COOKSON CUP THE BIG PRIZE
(17/04/16) On Tuesday evening we have the opportunity to win the Cookson Cup for the first time in the club's history. It is a long established and prestigious competition won since starting up in 1948 by the likes of Wrexham, Colwyn Bay, Bangor City and Caernarfon Town. We need to be really up for this one against our opponents Llanberis who are always a difficult side to beat. Kick-off at Nantporth is 7.30 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is Matt Bridges and we have been allocated the home changing room.
On Thursday evening we are away to Prestatyn Sports in the Mawddach Challenge Cup. The game will be played at Prestatyn Town FC, kick-off 7.30 pm. We will be in the blue kit and the referee is Peter Kewley. The winners will be at home to Llangefni Town in the semi-finals.
** We will now be in the blue kit Saturday at Llanrwst. Referee for that one is Matt Bridges and after-match hospitality is in the Pen y Bryn.
BACK TO WINNING WAYS
(16/04/16) Tarw reports from St Asaph: The only goal of a hard fought game came on the hour mark as Guto Hughes fed the ball out to Tom Clarke whose cross was volleyed home by Craig Roberts. In the closing stages Mike Lundstrum had a shot cleared off the line and Shaun Lock struck the bar. A good three points for Glan.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
BIG BLOW TO TITLE HOPES
(14/04/16) Glantraeth's title hopes are receding fast following a second successive league defeat. After bossing the opening half-hour that should have seen them a goal or two ahead it was the visitors who opened the scoring on the restart with a quite incredible goal and then go on to comfortably take the three points.
The home side were in commanding form from the kick-off almost taking the lead on two minutes as a powerful drive from Kieren Jeffreys struck the crossbar. Jeffreys and James Bell had further efforts on goal as Glan continued to have the better of play and Llanrug keeper Dylan Roberts was called into action on 22 minutes as he went down well to save from Matty Lock and a minute later did well to push wide an effort from Mark Bridge, Matty Lock heading inches wide from the corner. 42 minutes had gone before the Gwynedd side had a shot on goal as Dylan Owen fired a couple of feet wide.
It was a different story after the break. The half kicked off in sensational fashion as the ball was passed to Dylan Owen and he tried his luck from the halfway line with a shot that debutant keeper Damian Bialozynski got a strong hand to but could only push into the roof of the net. It was a great goal from a Llanrug point of view but a terrible goal for Glan to concede. Thirteen minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors as David Noel Williams' shot from the edge of the area took a strong deflection giving the keeper no chance. It was now the visitors in control and apart from a Craig Roberts header that went close with twelve minutes remaining the Bodorgan side never really looked like rescuing the game.
THIS WEEK'S FIXTURES
(11/04/16) With our backlog of games now having reached nightmarish proportions we host Llanrug United on Thursday evening in a league fixture. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, referee is Terry Atkinson and we are playing in red. On Saturday we travel to face St Asaph City. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Peter Kewley and we are in the blue kit.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,500
(09/04/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 9 & 18. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 23rd April.
ANOTHER GAME OFF
(09/04/16) Today's game away to Prestatyn Sports has been called off by match referee Peter Kewley due to a waterlogged pitch.
GLANTRAETH LOSE & HEALD OFF
(07/04/16) A game that was headed for a highly forgettable goalless draw ended with high drama as Abergele Town won it with virtually the last kick of the game from a penalty kick awarded again keeper Ben Heald who was also red carded by referee Nick Pratt.
(06/04/16) League fixtures to the end of the season have now been added to Fixtures page.
TIME TO CONSIDER CHANGE ?
(05/04/16) With more heavy rain again this week the league now face an enormous challenge to even get the season finished at all. More midweek postponements look possible although our game on the all weather at Llandudno this Thursday should not be a problem. Going into the second week of April we still have fourteen league games left to play, a cup final and are still in the Mawddach Cup. Llanberis are one game worse off again. There is only so much that can be expected of part-time footballers and clubs with a squad of perhaps 16-18 players.
If this is the weather of the future then winter football at our level is no longer going to be feasible and a change to summer football must at least have to be considered. There is still not one 3G pitch on Anglesey and the limited availability of the one at Nantporth hardly helps. Someone needs to take the lead but there is not much sign of that from the FAW.
ON THE ROAD
(04/04/16) Glantraeth are away to Abergele Town on Thursday evening, the game being played on Llandudno FC's 3G pitch. Kick-off is 7.45 pm, referee is Nick Pratt and we are in the red kit. Next Saturday we are away to Prestatyn Sports in the Mawddach Challenge Cup looking for a place in the semi-finals. That will be played on Prestatyn Town FC's Bastion Gardens ground. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Peter Kewley and we are in the blue kit.
LLANRWST GAME OFF
(02/04/16) Following heavy overnight rain today's game at Llanrwst has been called off. Next game is now away to Abergele Town on Thursday evening.
(31/03/16) With the league's deadline for transfers coming into force at midnight tonight Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs has strengthened his squad with the signing of goalkeeper Damian Bialozynski from Llandudno Junction. We would like to thank Junction secretary Gary Cooper for his cooperation in completing the transfer.
LLANRWST AWAY NEXT
(30/03/16) On Saturday we have a league fixture at Llanrwst United. Referee is Robin Williams, we are in the blue kit and kick-off is 2.30 pm. After-match hospitality is at the Pen y Bryn Hotel.
NOT OUR ONLY OSCARS LINK
(30/03/16) Following the appointment of Academy Award nominated movie actress Naomi Watts last month as our new president I was staggered to find out that the club have Oscars connections even closer to home.
One of our followers both at games and on Facebook is Llangefni born Huw Garmon who as an Englishman I have to admit I did not know much about. However, I am a quick and enthusiastic learner and I have made it my business to learn of his achievements as an actor, director and scriptwriter.
Most famous of all was his starring role in the Welsh language film Hedd Wyn in 1992 which was nominated for an Oscar as best foreign language film. I actually bought the DVD and watched it (with subtitles!) last week and it is a very powerful film. Other films he has appeared in are Killer Elite with Robert de Niro and Bride of War. He was a regular in Pobol Y Cwm between 1997 and 2004 in the role of Steffan Humphries and has also written scripts for the programme. In English language roles Huw has also appeared in Coronation Street playing the part of Phil Dunbar in two episodes in 2011 and also Cadfael which starred Derek Jacobi. These are just a few of his many TV and film roles from 1991 to the present day. In recent years he has also taken on a role as lecturer on TV, theatre and performance at Glyndwr University in Wrexham. (SS)
GLAN MAKE A RIGHT MEAL OF IT
(28/03/16) It was a sixth straight win for Glantraeth but not for the first time they made hard work of seeing off opposition that should have been well beaten. Chance after chance went begging and 82 minutes had gone before Barmouth even had a shot on goal so much outplayed where they. Manager Warren Gibbs will be concerned at the failure to kill off a game after enjoying so much possession.
In the opening ten minutes Mike Lundstrum, Gerwyn Jones and Gareth Owen were all narrowly off target from good opportunities before the home side went ahead on 19 minutes as Kelvin Frazer's corner kick from the left found the net, Neil Hughes claiming the final touch (top picture). A good move three minutes later ended with Mark Bridge's header from a Neil Hughes' cross being saved and Shaun Lock was inches wide from a free kick as half-time approached.
Glan keeper Ben Heald was virtually a spectator as Glan continued in complete control although the visitors did have a first attempt on goal on 56 minutes as a shot from Stuart Rogers sailed high and wide. The home side were making real hard work of putting the game to bed with Barmouth keeper Alex Evans going down well to save from Shaun Lock and Craig Whelan but a second goal finally came on 70 minutes as Mark Bridge volleyed home following a Shaun Lock corner (pictured above).
With eight minutes left Heald was called on to make a save for the first time in the game as he comfortably dealt with a shot from Bobby Griffiths but he was beaten five minutes later as Sion Lloyd tried his luck from distance and his wind assisted effort found the target. Glan only had themselves to blame that a game they should have won easily was still not settled until the final whistle blew. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 1
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(26/03/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 13. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th April.
GAME CALLED OFF
(26/03/16) Today's game at home to Llandyrnog United was called off by match referee Gwilym Evans after heavy rain had made the pitch unplayable.
(21/03/16) We have two home league games over the Easter weekend. Next Saturday Llandyrnog United are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Gwilym Evans and we are in the red kit. On Easter Monday Barmouth & Dyffryn United come to Glantraeth. We will be in the blue kit for that one, kick-off is again 2.30 pm and referee is Peter Kewley.
Our fourth round Mawddach Challenge Cup tie away to Prestatyn Sports will be played on Prestatyn Town's Bastion Road ground on Saturday 9th April.
Midfielder Joe Morgan has re-joined Glantraeth from Glan Conwy while young Luke Owen has been released to join Llanfairpwll.
James Burgess has been transferred to Llangefni Town.
THE RIGHT RESULT BUT...
A GAME BEST FORGOTTEN
(19/03/16) A second successive 5-3 win for Glantraeth but this was hardly a thriller more a bad tempered affair that was no great advert for the Welsh Alliance. Glan allowed themselves to be sucked into the nonsense and paid the price as Kieren Jeffreys was dismissed and manager Warren Gibbs was sent to the stand in the second half.
Losing their concentration was costly to Glan as they gifted the visitors two of their three goals through uncharacteristic errors by two of their most consistent players.
The Anglesey side almost took the lead on four minutes as Matty Lock's header struck the bar but it was the visitors who went ahead six minutes later as Gareth Owen's under hit back pass left keeper Ben Heald stranded and Kieran Ellis took advantage to score. Glan came back strongly, Mike Lundstrum equalising as he struck following a Shaun Lock free kick and on the quarter hour mark they were ahead as Tom Clarke volleyed home from close in.
There was a fracas on the edge of the Glantraeth area on 23 minutes with home keeper Ben Heald receiving a caution and his opposite number Ryan Woods also booked for running the length of the field to join in. Abergele drew level eight minutes before the break as Ian Bennett bent in a free kick that gave Heald no chance but the Glan keeper was at fault on 42 minutes as he missed his clearance and gave Robbie Dunn a simple tap in.
3-2 down it got tougher for the home side as Kieren Jeffreys was dismissed for a second caution early in the second half although it made little difference as they regained their composure and discipline and went on to dominate. On 56 minutes Gareth Owen forced the ball home after Lundstrum headed the ball across goal then Lundstrum struck a post only to get his second and put Glan back in the lead on 77 minutes as he pounced after a Shaun Lock free kick had come back off the keeper. With four minutes remaining Mark Bridge put the result beyond doubt with a fine finish (top picture) but even then the tiresome nonsense wasn't over as following the final whistle a punch was thrown at Heald resulting in a red card for one of the visitors. It was the right result but a game best forgotten.
Glantraeth will now be away to Prestatyn Sports in the next round.
MORE CUP ACTION
(14/03/16) Next Saturday we are at home to Abergele Town in the second round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Terry Atkinson. The winners will go through to the last eight and travel to face St Asaph City or Prestatyn Sports.
TWO SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(12/03/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 8 & 20. There were two winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, Emily Bedden of Gwalchmai & Wilma of Llangefni. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th March.
GLAN WIN CRACKER
(12/03/16) A thrilling Mawddach Cup game on Bangor's 3G pitch tonight ended in a 5-3 win for Glantraeth after extra-time. Abergele Town will now be the visitors to Glantraeth in the second round next Saturday.
Trearddur Bay struck first after 14 minutes through a stunning volley from Asa Thomas only for Glan to level on the half-hour mark as Matty Lock saw the keeper off his line and finished with a perfectly executed lob into the unguarded net. Bay struck first soon after the break to go back in front as Jordie Murphy finished after a scramble in the Glan goalmouth. With the game flowing from end to end further goals looked certain and it was Shaun Lock with a fiercely struck drive on 51 minutes that pulled the home side level. Glan had a let off on 66 minutes as keeper Ben Heald made a tremendous save from Curt Williams penalty kick. With six minutes remaining Craig Roberts looked to have put Glantraeth through with a fine finish but with the game in the fourth minute of added time Bay pushed forward in numbers and it was Richard Williams at the far post converting a right flank cross to end normal time three goals apiece.
Extra-time saw Craig Roberts get a second then a terrific curler into the top corner from Kelvin Frazer on 117 minutes ended Bay's challenge.
CHANGE OF VENUE
(07/03/16) Because of concerns about the pitch being playable next Saturday our home Mawddach Challenge Cup game with Trearddur Bay United has been switched to Bangor City FC's 3G pitch with a 6.15 pm kick-off. The bar at Nantporth will be open after the game.
LLANFAIRPWLL 0 GLANTRAETH 1
(05/03/16) It took Glantraeth an hour to break down the stubborn resistance of bottom side Llanfairpwll and with only the one goal to show the visitors were thankful to hear the final whistle and bag the three points.
As expected it was mainly one way traffic in the opening forty five minutes with a mixture of some committed defending from Llanfair and some glaring misses from Glan keeping the scoreline goalless at the break.
In the opening six minutes Craig Roberts and Kelvin Frazer both shot over from good positions then Frazer had a shot kicked off the line and keeper Connor Hughes made a tremendous save from James Bell. From the corner Llanfair twice cleared shots of the goalline as the pressure intensified.
Sensing Glantraeth's frustration the home side began the second half in lively fashion and began to threaten a little more but it was the Bodorgan side who came close to taking the lead on 54 minutes as a tremendous rising drive from Tom Clarke was only inches too high. This was proving anything but a pushover for the visitors and a reminder of the dangers came three minutes later as Llanfair's Iwan Williams connected perfectly with a volley only for the ball to strike a defender.
Coming up to the hour mark manager Warren Gibbs brought on substitute Shaun Lock and almost immediately his long throw was never properly cleared and Kieren Jeffreys' shot from just outside the area beat the home keeper to finally break the deadlock (pictured). Fine saves from Jeffreys and Gerwyn Jones followed as Glan pushed for a second but there were still one or two nervy moments before the end as the home side sensed they could still get something from the game. Final score: Llanfairpwll 0 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(28/02/16) It was disappointing to lose another game yesterday and although cynics from the opposition camp were suggesting on social media that we wanted the game off the truth was that even the Bernabeu groundsman could have not have made that pitch playable yesterday. I suppose the reaction was hardly surprising after several dry days and we have to admit we still have a drainage issue at the canteen end but the damage done by playing the Pwllheli game the previous weekend in farcical conditions was always going to have an impact.
There was no reason for us to want the game off, we are already falling well behind leaders Llangefni Town in games played. Although manager Warren Gibbs would have missed the game he had named a strong squad with only Guto Hughes of the recent starters missing. All of the Glan players named would have been just as disappointed as any Llanrug player at the postponement and perhaps just as surprised. For this reason we ensured that a Welsh Alliance referee Allan Rowlands was called in to make the final decision and his advice to match official Tony Moore was that parts of the pitch were too dangerous to play on. You can be sure that those that were most vocal in complaining at the game not going ahead would have been first to complain if they had been injured due to the pitch. The fact is you just can't win in these situations and it quite likely we would have reacted the same if a game had been called off elsewhere on what was a perfect winter's day for football. Anyway, we move on.
Next Saturday we are away in a local derby to Llanfairpwll, kick-off 2.30 pm. We will be in the red kit and the referee is Robin Williams. After match hospitality is at the Penrhos Arms.
THREE SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(28/02/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 8 & 16. There were three winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, Ann Lovelock of Llanfairpwll, Karl Owen of Newborough & Margaret Evans of Bodedern. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th March.
WARREN STRENGTHENS SQUAD FOR RUN-IN
(25/02/16) With three games a week in April the inevitable outcome of our fixture backlog manager Warren Gibbs has recently acted to strengthen his squad with the signings of two of the most talented young players in the area. Striker Phil Warrington (pictured) has joined from Bangor City were he was a member of the first team squad. Based in Penygroes 20 year old Phil was previously with Nantlle Vale and Caernarfon Town. Also signed is midfielder James Bell from Caernarfon Town. James is 19 and has also played with Bethel. Going the other way is Jamie Steel who has returned to Sweden to sign for Karlslunds IF.
NAOMI WATTS TO VISIT GLANTRAETH ?
(23/02/16) Since we received word that world famous movie actress Naomi Watts had accepted the position of president of Glantraeth on February 2nd through an email from her manager Jason Weinberg, her words being she "would be very excited to do this", the media interest has been nothing short of phenomenal. I have been in regular communication with her Hollywood based publicist Robin Baum over the past few days and this evening Robin sent through the following quote from Naomi as to why she has accepted the position as president of the club:
"I have great memories of my time growing up in Bodorgan, so when I was approached to be the president of the Glantraeth Football Club, I was obviously thrilled. My family and I hope to make it back down there to one of the games in the near future, so that I can support the team and show my children how beautiful Wales is."
Naomi is pictured right as a schoolgirl in Bodorgan where she attended Ysgol Bodorgan then Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni. I will be sending a letter of welcome to Naomi and hopefully we might see her at Glantraeth sometime in the future. (SS)
BACK TO LEAGUE ACTION
(23/02/16) Saturday's hard fought win against Pwllheli didn't do the pitch a lot of good. It was already very heavy but playable at the morning inspection but non-stop rain throughout the day meant parts ended up looking like a paddy field. This is the risk of playing games in this weather and referee Peter Kewley did well to get the game played at all although understandably being a man down there were some half hearted appeals by the Pwllheli players to have the game abandoned. We just hope we still have a groundsman after playing in those conditions!
We are in the Cookson Cup Final however, a competition we have never won, and the final we now know will be played on Conwy Borough's ground on Wednesday 30th March, kick-off 7.30 pm.
Ground permitting we are at home to Llanrug United next Saturday in a league fixture. Please note kick-off for that one is 2.30 pm and the referee is Tony Moore assisted by Alex Wharton and Patrick Satelle.
Apologies that no matchday programmes have been produced recently because of the uncertainty of games going ahead.
MAGNIFICENT EFFORT BY TEN MAN PWLLHELI BUT IT'S...
GLAN IN COOKSON CUP FINAL
(20/02/16) There was a sensational start to the game as Pwllheli's Carl Jones was sent off after just six minutes by referee Peter Kewley for foul and abusive language. Any ideas that Glan would then be in for an easy ride to the final were to prove anything but the case as the afternoon unfolded with the visitors coming close to pulling off an astounding victory against all the odds with keeper Jiri Kobr and player manager Jason Jones at the heart of a heroic defensive performance and Mark Jones making the most of the two opportunities that came his way in attack.
The home side had a great chance to take the lead on 18 minutes as Craig Roberts found Kelvin Frazer in space but with the whole goal gaping his volley struck the underside of the crossbar. Roles were reversed as Glantraeth took the lead on the thirty minute mark as Roberts met a Frazer cross with a neat header at the near post.
Five minutes into the second half the home side were shocked as a ball in from the left found Mark Jones unmarked and he made no mistake with a cleanly struck finish. It was the signal for Glan to step up the pressure with Craig Roberts seeing his shot come back off a post then Kobr saved a powerful Mark Bridge shot and Frazer volleyed inches over. The action was now almost totally centred around the visitor's penalty area which the incessant rain had now turned into a quagmire with appeals being made to referee Kewley to call the game off. There was some heroic last ditch defending by Pwllheli in the face of a constant barrage with Kobr again the saviour as he kept out shots from Guto Hughes and Jamie Bell.
After all this pressure there was virtual disbelief in the home camp as with fourteen minutes remaining Mark Jones ran at the home defence and found the bottom corner to put Pwllheli 2-1 ahead and heading for an unlikely win.
With events looking to be turning against them Glan to their credit continued to throw everything at a Pwllheli defence who were looking like they might hold out and the breakthrough came ten minutes from time at Tom Clarke's left foot shot found the net and with the home side pouring forward in numbers the winner came four minutes later as Sean Davies slid in to convert a left wing cross from Guto Hughes (top picture). Final score: Glantraeth 3 Pwllheli 2
In the Cookson Cup Final Glantraeth will meet Llanfairpwll or Llanberis.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(19/02/16) Despite falling behind with our league games we have an early chance to reach a cup final on Saturday when Pwllheli are the visitors in the Cookson Cup. Mark Bridge's former club are currently lying in eighth place and will be no pushovers, we need another strong performance like last Saturday. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley assisted by Tomos Barker and Steve Cockram.
ONE £1,000 JACKPOT WINNER
(14/02/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 13 & 14. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, J.Davis of Caernarfon. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th February.
GLANTRAETH THROUGH TO SEMIS
(13/02/16) A dominant second half display saw Glantraeth overcome Glan Conwy by two goals to nil and will now be at home to Pwllheli next Saturday in a Cookson Cup semi-final. The opening forty-five minutes were fairly even and hardly great entertainment on a very difficult pitch and there were 26 minutes gone before a real goal chance materialised as Mark Bridge broke clear for the home side but failed to take advantage. It sparked further goalmouth action with Kelvin Frazer having a shot deflected over then Conwy keeper Rory Crowther pulled off a tremendous diving save as Tom Clarke met a Guto Hughes corner. For the visitors John Blundell went close four minutes before the break as he chanced his arm with a shot from just outside the area that clipped the top of the bar.
Kyle Robb for the visitors threatened on the restart but then Glantraeth began to take control with Tom Clarke sending in a superb free kick that struck the underside of the bar before bouncing down on the goal line. The pressure paid off on 65 minutes as the Anglesey side took a deserved lead, Gerwyn Jones rising above everyone to meet a corner from Guto Hughes and send in a powerful header that gave Crowther no chance. Glantraeth were being wasteful of chances and should have been further ahead but had to wait until five minutes from time for Mark Bridge to make it 2-0 with a neat finish after the visitors had failed to clear following a long throw from Shaun Lock.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(08/02/16) Our Cookson Cup game at home to Glan Conwy will now be played next Saturday weather permitting. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Allan Rowlands. The winners will be at home to Pwllheli the following Saturday in the semi-finals.
(06/02/16) Today's game at home to Glan Conwy has been called off by match referee Terry Atkinson due to a waterlogged pitch.
NAOMI WATTS THE FULL STORY...SO FAR
(05/02/16) Since I opened an email early Tuesday morning confirming Hollywood movie star Naomi Watts had accepted our request to be president of the club and put a small piece on our website it has been sheer madness. Myself and the chairman have spent most of the week dealing with requests for quotes and interviews from the press, radio and TV. Key 'Naomi Watts Glantraeth' into Google and you will see what I mean. The story has gone global in a way even I could not have envisaged. I have been in hour by hour contact with Naomi's publicist Robin Baum who is based on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and she is currently discussing requests for interviews about the story with Naomi. Robin is one of the top three publicists in Hollywood representing Johnny Depp (pictured with Robin), Orlando Bloom and Ryan Gosling amongst others. I have put three requests for interview forward to Robin from BBC Radio Wales, BBC TV's Victoria Derbyshire Show and ITV 's Good Morning Britain so expect to hear Naomi talking about accepting the role of president over the next few days. Gareth our chairman has been interviewed on Radio Cymru while I have been on BBC Radio Wales and Talksport and will be on the beIN Sport TV Channel based in Qatar this evening via a video link talking to Richard Keys and Andy Gray. Glantraeth players Guto Hughes and Mark Bridge were also interviewed at training on Wednesday for a feature on S4C. It is wonderful publicity for the club and as many media people have said to me - a nice story.
How did it all come about? The comment I made when interviewed 'if you don't ask, you don't get' will stick with me forever as it has been quoted all over the world alongside this story but it's true.
When Sir George Meyrick stood down in the summer after twenty years as president we had to consider who might succeed him. We felt it should be someone reasonably high profile with local connections. We considered a few names and I mentioned that Naomi Watts lived in Bodorgan between the ages of ten to fourteen and went to the local village school. It was clear from comments she has made in the past that living here with her nain and taid was a really happy period of her life so I felt renewing a connection with this area of Anglesey might appeal to her. I am sure the rest of our committee thought I was daft when I suggested we write to her and ask her to be president.
An Internet search revealed her manager was Jason Weinberg. I emailed him several weeks ago requesting that he pass on an attached letter to Naomi but heard nothing back. Last week I sent a cheeky email saying 'it would be nice if I got the courtesy of a reply to our polite request.' He could easily have taken offence but he didn't. He replied that he was sorry and could I send the letter again. I did and got a reply saying 'leave it with me' which sounded promising. As soon as Naomi accepted the position of president and the story broke a whole chain of people in Los Angeles were brought into the loop and I have found myself dealing with some really big names in Hollywood and drawn into a world that I had only read about in the past. It has been surreal to say the least but also exciting. A pint in the Joiners tonight is going to seem pretty tame.
Meanwhile we welcome Naomi to the club, I will be sending her a letter shortly saying just that. It is an honorary position, her name will go on our letterhead as president, on the website and in the matchday programme and she will be sent a newsletter detailing the club's progress at the end of the season just as we did with Sir George. If she wants to take a more active role that will be more than welcome but as I believe she now lives in New York it will very much be a long distance relationship. (Stan Strickland)
SEMI-FINAL PLACE AT STAKE
(04/02/16) Briefly returning to Planet Earth following the media hysteria generated by the Naomi Watts story we are due to be at home to Glan Conwy this Saturday in the Cookson Cup, the winners will host Pwllheli in the semi-final. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Terry Atkinson. At present the pitch is playable.
HOLLYWOOD COMES TO GLANTRAETH
(02/02/16) The club are delighted to announce that Hollywood movie actress Naomi Watts has agreed to become the new President of Glantraeth, in fact she has told us in an email from LA that she is 'very excited' to be taking on this honorary position in the club. Naomi, who was born in Kent, has been nominated on more than one occasion for an Academy Award for Best Actress and is perhaps most well known for starring in the David Lynch thriller Mulholland Drive and the 2005 re-make of King Kong. She is also a great friend of Nicole Kidman. Her connection with Bodorgan comes about through the happy times she spent as a child living with her grandparents Nikki and Hugh Roberts at their farm in Llangristiolus on Anglesey. Naomi succeeds Sir George Meyrick who recently stood down after twenty years as president. We expect to have further contact with Naomi over the next few days.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(23/01/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 13, 17 & 19. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th February.
FIRST DEFEAT FOR GLANTRAETH
(23/01/16) Glantraeth went down to their first league defeat of the season this afternoon as they failed to overcome Glan Conwy and their notorious Cae Ffwt pitch, the only goal of the game coming in the 14th minute as a low shot from Alan Davies found the net. An uninspired display by the Anglesey side in which they failed to trouble the home defence enough deserved little better. There was further bad news for the visitors as captain Gareth Owen was sent off in the second half along with Glan Conwy's Joe Morgan.
Glantraeth have requested that next Saturday's game at home to Trearddur Bay United be cancelled as it clashes with the funeral of long serving committeeman Len Jones.
LEN JONES R.I.P.
(22/01/16) Everyone at Glantraeth is saddened to hear that long serving committeeman Len Jones passed away last night in Ysbyty Gwynedd. Len was one of the founding members of the club in 1984 and even though in poor health was still attending games and taking gate money until only a few weeks ago. He was a great fundraiser and also a former chairman of the club. Len was a leading member of the community as deacon of Sardis Chapel in Malltraeth until its closure. He was one of our most vocal supporters and will be well known to most match officials! We offer our deepest sympathy to his son Aled and family. There will be a minute's silence at our next home game.
ONE HELL OF A GAME
(17/01/16) Well that was some game. In truth a game we should have won comfortably based on possession, control and chances but you cannot get away with lapses in concentration and basic mistakes against a side as good as Bay. On the positive side we showed tremendous character to come back from two down after being reduced to ten men. In truth I expected referee Gwilym Evans to only play three or four minutes of added time despite numerous stoppages in the second half but to his credit he played almost ten and either side could have won it in that extended period.
Llangefni again took advantage and although we have games in hand there is nothing like having points in the bag as they say so we have much still to do to stay in contention. I have finally gotten round to updating league table.
Next Saturday, weather allowing, we are at Glan Conwy, another difficult trip. They are going well. We will be in the red kit, kick-off is 2.00 pm and the ref is Arwyn Griffiths. (SS)
(16/01/16) Glantraeth maintained their unbeaten record through a 94th minute header from Gareth Owen in a crazy eight goal thriller at Trearddur Bay this afternoon.
Some kamikaze defending in the opening half-hour by the visitors saw Bay stroll into a three goal lead. Although the Bodorgan side were having more of the possession Bay's quick counter attacking was causing problems. They took the lead in the 9th minute as a free kick caught the Glan defence sleeping as Jordie Murphy broke clear to shoot home. Glan responded with Matty Lock having a shot cleared off the line and Kieren Jeffreys seeing his effort deflected wide. The resulting corner saw Bay break quickly as the visitors were caught short of numbers at the back, Murphy getting his second. A minute later there was no hiding place for debutant keeper Ceirion Hall as he placed the ball straight at the feet of Craig Moore who could hardly miss. Three down Glan had a mountain to climb but a goal from Mark Bridge on 32 minutes lifted the visitors who now began to pound the home goal. The second half was one way traffic, keeper Bryan Roberts going full length to save from James Burgess, but he could do nothing on 51 minutes as Lock's header struck the underside of the bar and Gareth Owen followed up to score. A fantastic move a minute later deserved an equaliser, Jamie Steel meeting a Bridge cross and heading inches over. Roberts was constantly in action in the home goal diving to save from Bridge and at this stage it looked only a matter of time before Glan levelled but once again they shot themselves in the foot, Tom Clarke failing to clear his lines leaving Moore to take advantage. It seemed all over for the visitors just past the hour mark as Sean Davies was dismissed for a second caution but there was no faulting the effort from Glantraeth and Roberts continued to be far the busier keeper with Hall little more than a spectator at the other end. With fifteen minutes remaining substitute Kelvin Frazer smashed the ball home after Burgess had headed the ball on. It was game on again. Bay were hanging on with Neil Hughes heading wide and Lock having a shot saved at point blank range. Bay's Asa Thomas was dismissed near the end for a second yellow and with the game in added time it looked as if Glan's unbeaten record would go only for Gareth Owen to rise to meet a Jamie Steel corner and dramatically head home a thoroughly deserved equaliser. Final score: Trearddur Bay Utd 4 Glantraeth 4
WARREN SIGNS ON NEW KEEPER
(13/01/16) Manager Warren Gibbs has completed the signing of keeper Ceirion Hall from Caernarfon Town. The 19 year old from Talysarn has also been with Nantlle Vale. We thank Iwan Williams and Geraint Jones at Caernarfon for their assistance.
(12/01/16) Tonight's top of the table clash at Talwrn Road between Llangefni Town and Glantraeth ended in a 1-1 draw, a fair result in a game in which both sides had their moments. On a very heavy pitch and in blustery conditions Glan took the lead on 20 minutes as Craig Roberts ran clear and held his nerve to finish clinically. Within a minute of the restart the home side were level as a free kick from Iwan Jones appeared to deflect in off Andrew Sinclair. Mark Bridge for Glan and Anthony Hughes for Cefni both had great chances to give their side the advantage in the second period, Bridge firing wide when clean through and Hughes' dipping shot from close range just over. Glantraeth are now the only unbeaten side in the division.
JULIE WINS £1,000
(09/01/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2,5 & 20. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Julie of Hermon. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 23rd January.
LLANDYRNOG GAME OFF
(09/01/16) Today's home game with Llandyrnog United has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
TODAY'S GAME OFF
(18/12/15) Today's home game with Llanrug United has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
(15/12/15) The fixtures page has now been updated until the end of January.
CAUSES FOR CONCERN
(15/12/15) With the increased ground grading requirements for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance expected to come into force for 2017-18 season you wonder just what is the future for Welsh Alliance clubs. It appears that the demand that all clubs have floodlights might have been put back but the Criteria A requirement of having a ground with seating for 250 is unlikely to be met by any club currently in the Welsh Alliance with the exception of Llangefni Town. They are by some distance the biggest club in the league, no other club has a ground that comes close. Apart from them it is difficult to see any other clubs from 2017 onwards meeting the latest criteria in the foreseeable future with stagnation the eventual outcome as promotion from the Welsh Alliance becomes less and less likely to happen. You also wonder just how many clubs already in the higher league will meet these ground requirements, certainly several don't at present.
Another cause for concern is that Welsh Alliance clubs have still not received grant application forms to carry out ground improvements this season amidst reports that the FAW are intent on a large percentage of that third tier grant money being diverted to the Huws Gray Alliance in order to help clubs make the improvements necessary to meet the criteria for future membership. If the FAW want to make more money available for the higher league fine, let them finance it themselves, rather than targeting the already small pot of grant money previously available to our league. (SS)
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(12/12/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4,9 & 10. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th January.
GAME OFF YET AGAIN
(11/12/15) Please be advised that we have been instructed by Anglesey County Council that NO GAME is to be played at Trearddur Bay due to the saturation and condition of the field until further notice.
We apologise for this situation but having inspected the pitch our-selfs again this evening and taking into account tomorrows forecast of more torrential rain we have no option but to abide by the decision.
Regards Gwilym Owen, secretary Trearddur Bay FC.
ANOTHER GAME OFF
(04/12/15) Tomorrow's game at Llanrwst United is off as the pitch is under water.
ALAN WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(28/11/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,10 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Alan Hughes of Llanfairpwll. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th December.
TODAY'S GAME CALLED OFF
(28/11/15) Match referee Mike Gillham has called off today's game at Llandyrnog.
(25/11/15) Tonight's game at Llangefni Town has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
(22/11/15) Not sure who were more surprised yesterday, Corwen at winning or us at losing. Good luck to them in the next round they fought to the end but it was a game we should not be losing. It was a shocker and a reminder we cannot take any opposition lightly. Of the only four games we have not won this season we were leading in them all as the game entered added time. Frustrating to say the least.
We will need a far better performance on Wednesday evening when we face current leaders Llangefni Town at Talwrn Road. Just as Warren is doing a great job at Glantraeth our former manager Chris Roberts is doing an equally fine job at Cefni and the recent Welsh Cup game suggests it will be another closely fought encounter. Certainly a win there would not only see us back on top but put us in a great position as the league approaches its halfway stage so there should be no shortage of motivation.
Kick-off is 7.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the referee is Matt Bridges. (SS)
GLANTRAETH GO OUT OF TROPHY
(21/11/15) Corwen pulled off what might well go down as the shock of the round as two goals in added time gave them a 3-2 victory. It was a game that could have gone either way with both keepers having a strong claim for man of the match. The home side had the greater possession and the lion's share of goal chances but the visitors were always dangerous going forward and Glan have only themselves to blame for losing after a scrappy performance that was well below their best.
The visitors went ahead in the ninth minute as Glan gave the ball away cheaply in the opposition half and were caught short at the back with Ryan Jones applying the finishing touch. The home side mounted increasing pressure on the Corwen goal as they looked to pull level with Kieren Jeffreys and Gareth Owen going close but it was five minutes into the second half before they got their reward as Tom Clarke's left foot shot from a Guto Hughes cross found the net (top picture). Corwen responded and it took two fine saves from Dave Vickers to keep out shots from Will Roberts and Ryan Jones.
On 61 minutes Glan took the lead as a brilliant run by Kieren Jeffreys carved open the Corwen defence leaving Mike Lundstrum a simple tap-in and with fifteen minutes remaining Jeffreys hit a screamer that whistled inches over and a Matty Lock header on 87 minutes brought a tremendous save from keeper Jamie Bodden.
With the game going into added time Corwen shocked the home support as Ryan Jones pulled it back to 2-2 with his second of the game. It was the signal for Glan to throw everything at the Corwen defence with Sion Hughes clearing off the line then Gareth Owens saw an effort pass narrowly the wrong side of a post. With the home side pressing and five minutes of additional time played the visiting supporters were shouting for referee Allan Rowlands to whistle but their anxiety soon changed to joy as a quick break upfield saw a looping header from Dale Davies find the net and give the Welsh National League side a sensational last ditch win.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(18/11/15) Glantraeth have agreed to release experienced midfielder Joe Morgan to join Glan Conwy. Good luck Joe.
KICK-OFF NOW 1.30 PM
(17/11/15) Next Saturday we are at home to Corwen in the FAW Trophy attempting to reach the last sixteen. The FAW have now realised that a 2.00 pm kick-off could cause problems with light if a tie goes to extra-time so have recommended a 1.30 pm kick-off.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(14/11/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,15 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th October.
FOUR FOR BRIDGE AS GLAN HIT FIVE
(14/11/15) Glan finished 5-1 winners despite playing for over seventy minutes with only ten men as Shaun Lock turned from last week's five goal hero to villain after being sent off in the 18th minute for an off the ball incident seen by an assistant referee.
The home side began strongly with Gerwyn Jones, Tom Clarke and Kieren Jeffreys all threatening then a ball in from Ryan Davies was spilled against a post by Llanrwst keeper Adam Redrop. The visitors replied through a shot from Al Roberts that wasn't far wide. The game, being played in increasingly windy conditions, had gone scrappy but a free kick from Tom Clarke on 39 minutes that passed inches wide livened up proceedings and three minutes later the home side went ahead as a corner from Clarke found Mark Bridge free at the far post and he leathered the ball home for the opener.
Glan went two up on 57 minutes as a Jeffrey's free kick was headed home by Matty Lock and a third came fourteen minutes later as a long ball upfield by keeper Dave Vickers was controlled by Bridge before lobbing the ball over the keeper. With twelve minutes remaining Vickers made a tremendous save from Llanrwst sub Callum Parry before play quickly switched to the other end where Bridge completed his hat-trick with a fine finish. On 86 minutes Bridge made it 5-0 with another clinical strike. A late flourish from the visitors saw Bryn Jenkins get a goal back and Dan Lycett bring another good save from Vickers.
(14/11/15) After a 10 am pitch inspection today's game at home to Llanrwst United is on. Kick-off 2.00 pm.
CHANGE OF FIXTURE
(08/11/15) Because of postponements in the Cookson Cup on Saturday our fixture on Saturday 28th November has now changed. Instead of being away to Glan Conwy we are now away to Llandyrnog United.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
(08/11/15) Shaun Lock's five goals for Glantraeth yesterday means he joins an elite group. Previously only four players had scored more than four goals in a game: Club legend Ian Fidler, Nigel Moore and Darren Pritchard also with five while the all-time record is held by Richie Evans who scored seven in a 19-1 demolition of Glan Conwy back in 2002.
Warren made a few changes for the game which saw a debut for Geraint Mitchell but after an evenly fought opening half-hour that saw Dyrnog arguably have the better chances Glan ran away with the game and could well have gone into double figures. Llandyrnog are going through a difficult period at present although it's only a couple of weeks back they ran current leaders Llangefni close but they are a good club and will come back strong for sure.
Next Saturday we have a league fixture at Llanrwst United. Don't forget to allow for the roadworks at the Penmaenbach Tunnel. We are in the blue away kit, referee is Gordon Boyd and kick-off is 2.00 pm. After-match hospitality is at the Pen-y-Bryn.
FIVE FOR SHAUN AS DYRNOG HIT FOR NINE
(07/11/15) It took just 51 seconds for Glantraeth to take the lead as Shaun Lock was on hand to finish after Mark Bridge had cut in and crossed from the right. On twenty minutes Dyrnog were close to pulling level as home keeper Ben Heald did well to keep out a close range effort from Dan Jones then saw his wind assisted kick upfield strike a post. The visitors were giving a good account of themselves at this stage but went further behind on the half-hour mark as Glan scored again through the same combo as before, Shaun Lock side footing home a Bridge cross. It got worse for the visitors five minutes later as Lock completed his hat-trick with a powerful drive that gave Goldston no chance. Bridge struck the bar three minutes before the break but it was only a brief respite for Dyrnog as Matty Lock got a fourth a minute later.
Kieran Jeffreys got his name on the scoresheet two minutes into the second half with an inch perfect strike just inside an upright to make it 5-0 and four minutes later got his second as he rifled home a shot that near burst the net, Shaun Lock couldn't stop scoring and added two more in the 65th and 69th minutes
The visitors got a goal back on 74 minutes through a low shot from Josh Parry but within a minute Glan replied through a second from Matty Lock. Dyrnog held out for the final fifteen minutes to avoid the indignity of a double figure defeat.
Final score: Glantraeth 9 Llandyrnog United 1
(05/11/15) Fixtures for December have now been uploaded to fixtures page.
LEAGUE CUP ACTION
(04/11/15) It's Cookson Cup first round action next Saturday with Llandyrnog United faced with the unenviable task of negotiating the seemingly never-ending A55 roadworks on their journey to Glantraeth. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Terry Atkinson. It is a competition just for Division One clubs and the nearest we have come to winning it was in 2002-2003 season when we were beaten finalists. Darren Jones will miss the game due to a one game ban for his 'handball' against Junction.
(30/10/15) Because of some clubs still being involved in the Welsh Cup this weekend we have ended up the odd one out in the scheduled league programme so have no game.
ONE £1,000 WINNER
(24/10/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5,6 & 16. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, John Williams of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th November.
JUNCTION SNATCH DRAW AT DEATH
(24/10/15) Once again Junction escaped through a controversial refereeing decision with the final kick of the game just as happened last season when Glan were denied a last gap winner at the Flyover. This time it was ref Simon Newport that declared that home defender Darren Jones had intentionally handled after the ball had been blasted at him from barely a yard away. A furious Jones, apparently a man who can catch bullets in flight, was then red carded to add insult to injury. Junction's best player Joel Hewitt put away the spot kick to make the final score 2-2. To be fair and despite the controversy a draw was probably the right result, Glantraeth having the better chances until Junction came back strongly in the final half-hour.
Glantraeth were first to threaten as Craig Whelan flashed a low shot just wide in the third minute then Hewitt fired over for the visitors. Glan had a great chance on 13 minutes as Mark Bridge received the ball unmarked on the edge of the area but failed to control the ball quickly enough and keeper Gwidion Owen was able to smother the ball. Junction took the lead five minutes later as Tom Clarke slipped in going for the ball letting in Ross Jones to cross for Dean Seager to score. On 25 minutes Glantraeth levelled as a superb driven cross from Guto Hughes was met by Mark Bridge.
Eight minutes into the second half Guto Hughes struck a post for the home side (top picture) but Junction then began to have their best spell of the game as they put Glan under pressure but the defence held firm and the home side went in front on 79 minutes as a long throw from Shaun Lock was flicked on by Ryan Davies for Craig Whelan to head home. It took a fine save from Ben Heald on 83 minutes to prevent a Junction goal after a shot had deflected off Ryan Davies. But with the game in the third minute of added time and Glan looking like increasing their lead at the top it all changed on a decision of a referee.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.
GERAINT SIGNS ON FOR GLANTRAETH
(22/10/15) Having now recovered from long term injury 29 year old defender Geraint Mitchell has signed for Glantraeth. Geraint has Welsh Premier League experience with Porthmadog and Llangefni Town and last played with Caernarfon Town.
ALLIANCE MATCH OF THE DAY
(20/10/15) Not much doubting where the main Welsh Alliance action is next Saturday when the top two Division One sides meet at Glantraeth. Llandudno Junction are the opponents for what promises to be a fascinating encounter between two evenly matched sides. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Simon Newport assisted by Rhys Williams & William Bradfield.
HOME TO CORWEN
(19/10/15) In the fourth round of the FAW Trophy we have been drawn at home to Welsh National League Premier Division side Corwen. Tie to be played on Saturday 21st November. Two other ties of local interest see Aberffraw away to Llandudno Junction and Gwalchmai at home to Trearddur Bay.
Fixtures page has been updated until end of November.
GOALS FROM GERWYN AND MATTY ENSURE NO TROPHY UPSET
(17/10/15) In a FAW Trophy tie with potential upset written all over it Glantraeth came through against a Llanllyfni side that refused to give up after twice falling two goals in arrears.
Right from the start it was clear that Glan were fired up for this one as they threw everything at the home side with the home keeper constantly in action. On 9 minutes James Burgess headed on for Mark Bridge who saw his shot come back off the bar and Bridge had another effort blocked two minutes later following a long throw-in from Shaun Lock. Lock's long throws were rewarded in the 13th minute as Gerwyn Jones headed home to give Glan an early lead (top picture) and four minutes later Bridge was inches wide with a header. With twenty minutes gone little had been seen of Llanllyfni as an attacking threat but they almost pulled level on 22 minutes as keeper Ben Heald twice had to make crucial reaction saves from Terry Watkinson and Rob Daniels. The near misses lifted the home side and they pulled level on the half-hour mark as Alan Mark Owen beat the offside trap to finish well but their joy was short-lived as Gerwyn Jones got his second for the visitors two minutes later, heading home a free kick taken by Ben Heald (next to top picture).
Seven minutes into the second half Shaun Lock was only inches away from finishing off a cross from Burgess but Lock had better luck on 58 minutes as his powerfully driven free kick set up Matty Lock to put Glan 3-1 ahead. In what was turning into a cracking cup tie Llanllyfni came back again as a great free kick from Chris Parry was converted at the far post by Mathew Davies. With nine minutes remaining Glan looked like they might have secured their place in the fourth round as a stunning Matty Lock half-volley from 25 yards out gave the keeper no chance (pictured above). Again the home side came back as in the third minute of added time Alan Mark Owen got another to make the final score 4-3 to the Anglesey side. It had been a great effort by the Division Two side but there could be no argument that over the ninety minutes Glan deserved the win.
One big plus for Glantraeth was the first appearance of Ryan Davies after almost a year out and looking like he had never been away.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
WELSH TROPHY TIME
(13/10/15) Next Saturday we have a classic cup game when we enter the FAW Trophy for the first time. As one of the leading teams in Division Two Llanllyfni will be going flat out to put one over the Division One leaders. We will need to be at our most competitive cos we can be damn sure they will be. Any thoughts we can go through in cruise control should be banished right now, this could well be our toughest game so far this season.
The game at Cae Brenin Sior V kicks-off at 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Peter Owen assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Graham Hannah. After-match hospitality is at The Goat in Penygroes.
SIR GEORGE STANDS DOWN AS PRESIDENT AFTER TWENTY YEARS
(12/10/15) Twenty years after accepting the position Sir George Meyrick of Bodorgan Hall has decided to stand down as president of the club. He sent his good wishes and said how much he has enjoyed his long association with the club. We in turn have thanked him for his support and patronage over that period. From a PR point of view we will now be looking for someone in the public eye with local Bodorgan connections past or present to take over this honorary role.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(10/10/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,15 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th October.
BRACE FROM BURGESS SETS GLANTRAETH ON WAY TO ANOTHER THREE POINTS
(10/10/15) Two goals from James Burgess and one from Shaun Lock secured a 3-1 win at Barmouth this afternoon to keep up Glan's unbeaten start to the season. On a lush carpet of a pitch it was Glantraeth that dominated the opening forty-five minutes despite playing against a very strong wind. Tom Clarke was only inches over with a dipping shot on seven minutes and five minutes later Burgess volleyed just wide. Only a fine tackle from Barmouth's Tom Andrews prevented Burgess converting a Shaun Lock cross on the half-hour mark but Glan took a well deserved lead on 36 minutes as Burgess scored with a glancing header after a long ball in from Darren Jones. With only a minute of the half left Barmouth had not had one shot on goal but their luck was in as referee Tony Moore adjudged Gareth Owen had fouled in the area as he went up for a high ball and awarded the home side a penalty. It looked a very harsh decision but the kick was powerfully converted by Paul Lewis to send the teams in level at the break.
Gareth Owen twice went close for Glan at the start of the second period then had to make a great tackle at the other end to prevent Lewis getting in a shot. Barmouth were playing far better against the elements and the game was now more even but there was a mass appeal for a penalty by the Glan players on 74 minutes following a blatant push on Mark Bridge in the area but this time the match official was not so vigilant. There was justice however as within a minute Tom Clarke cut in from the left, beat a defender and crossed for Burgess to score his second from close range. With time almost up Burgess made a great run down the left and tried to put a goal on a plate for Bridge but the pass was intercepted. The ball had hardly been cleared before Shaun Lock had a direct run on goal and this time there was no mistake as he made a neat finish past the advancing keeper.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(04/10/15) It might be going too far to say we were robbed of victory yesterday but certainly there was a great sense of injustice at the amount of added time played by the ref in a game of few hold-ups. Guilsfield will of course be delighted and we wish them well in the next round. They are a good side but apart from a shot that hit a post they had rarely got a sight of keeper Ben Heald all afternoon such was our defensive stranglehold until that late strike gave them the advantage. Whatever other sources might say I had the game on my stopwatch and 96 minutes had already passed when they scored and a remark made by the ref to Ben suggested he was quite pleased that his timekeeping had resulted in a goal.
It was a tremendous effort by the lads and so close to another win and yet another clean sheet especially as the squad that travelled was missing so many players as well as manager Warren Gibbs. On top of that injuries meant we played much of the final hour with only ten fit players so extra-time was always likely to make Guilsfield favourites and so it proved.
We move forward. Next Saturday we are at Barmouth. There is a coach leaving Malltraeth at 10.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride at 11.00 am. Referee is Tony Moore, kick-off is 2.30 pm and we are in the red kit. After-match hospitality is at The Barmouth in Church Street.
CRUEL ON GLANTRAETH AS GUILS ESCAPE DEFEAT IN 97th MINUTE
(03/10/15) Guilsfield won 4-2 after extra-time but it doesn't begin to tell half the story. With the game going into a 97th minute Glantraeth were leading 1-0 and looking like going through to the second round despite being virtually down to ten men with Craig Whelan injured and pushed up front for nuisance value.
An already threadbare squad had suffered a blow even before kick-off as central defender Gerwyn Jones pulled up in the warm-up and a not fully fit Neil Hughes took his place in the starting line-up with only newly signed Kelvin Frazer on the bench.
Not deterred Glan took the lead with only three and a half minutes gone as Gareth Owen rose to powerfully head home a corner swung in by Craig Whelan (top picture). Keeper Ben Heald made a fine save from Jake Cook on 13 minutes but the Anglesey side should have gone two up five minutes later as Neil Hughes put James Burgess clear but with the keeper advancing he shot wide then Darren Jones shot over following a long throw in from Shaun Lock.
Guilsfield were having plenty of the ball but running into a brick wall against a Glan defence that had only conceded three goals in the previous seven games and the only real threats were coming from corner kicks that the home side were swinging in accurately from left and right. Just past the hour mark the visitors had a golden opportunity to go two up as Burgess took the ball around the keeper but with an open goal beckoning seemed to delay his finish allowing a defender to get in a desperate saving tackle.
As the game entered the final twenty minutes the Guils began to push hard with a floated cross from Cook coming back off an upright and on 77 minutes substitute Peter Rees also struck a shot against a post. Glantraeth were defending magnificently and looked to have secured a win against all the odds but with referee Gwilym Lewis taking the game into a difficult to comprehend seventh minute of added time a scramble in the visitors' goalmouth saw the ball fall nicely for Gareth Jones to fire his side level with virtually the last kick.
Two minutes into extra-time it looked like it might be all over for a decimated Glan side that appeared to be running out of legs as Rees put the Powys side ahead for the first time but with the half almost over Glan got level as a kick from Heald was played on by Tom Clarke and confusion in the home defence gave Shaun Lock an easy finish. It turned out to be a brief respite for the visitors as Chris Cathrall put Guilsfield back in the lead on 111 minutes and as Glantraeth threw defenders forward in search of an equaliser Gareth Jones took advantage with four minutes remaining to make it 4-2. It was a day when a magnificent effort by Glantraeth came close but just failed to get the rewards it deserved.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.
GUILS THE BIGGEST TEST YET
(27/09/15) Next Saturday we make the long trip down to Powys to face Guilsfield, old foes from our Cymru Alliance days, in the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. It will be our first meeting this season with opposition from a higher league and for once we will be the underdogs. Despite the win at Pwllheli yesterday Neil Hughes, in charge in the absence of Warren, felt we were nowhere near our best and had to grind the result out although it was good to see Craig Roberts back in action after being injured on the opening day of the season. Neil added that we will have to be much better next Saturday if we are to pull off a shock result.
There will be a coach leaving Malltraeth at 10.00 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride 10.30 am. Referee is Neil Rutter, we are in the blue kit and please note kick-off is 2.00 pm.
HELEN WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(27/09/15) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3,11 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Helen Evans of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th October.
A WIN & ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET
(27/09/15) Gareth Evans reports: Glantraeth took the lead on 25 minutes as Matty Lock headed home from a Guto Hughes corner kick and wrapped up the points three minutes from time as a driving run and cross by Craig Roberts led to Pwllheli's Terry Ogilvy turning the ball into his own net. Final score: Pwllheli 0 Glantraeth 2
More of Aled's pics on Facebook later today.
WARREN SIGNS KELVIN FRAZER