JACKPOT BACK UP TO £1,000
(27/04/09) There was no winner in Saturday's Three Number Lotto draw, the winning numbers 6, 15 & 17. The next draw is on Saturday 9th May when the Jackpot will be £1,000.
SUPER SAVE RIGHTS THE WRONG
(27/04/09) This was a game Glantraeth should have won on chances created yet only a superb penalty save by keeper Marc Newbould prevented Penrhyn stealing
all three points. The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes as Josh Shaw forced the ball home from close range after some poor defending. Glan were level five minutes before the break through a marvellous strike from Mark Owens who volleyed the ball high into the net with keeper Richard Morgan having no chance. Three minutes into the second half Penrhyn were awarded a penalty with referee Peter Kewley doing a Howard Webb and penalising Danny Wade for a trip when it was clear he played the ball cleanly with a perfectly timed tackle. Newbould righted the wrong by diving to his left to pull off a stunning save. Glan went on having the better of the chances but just could not finish off the season with a win. (Apologies for the late update - computer problems!). Report now online.
LLANDYRNOG FINISH BOTTOM
(23/04/09) We have had little enough to cheer about this season but at least Llandyrnog United's 2-1 home defeat to Buckley Town last night ensures they cannot now catch us and the Clwyd Valley side finish in bottom place. It might not be enough to save us however. Berriew have applied for promotion from the Mid Wales League and now look well placed for a top two placing while both Bethesda Athletic and Llangollen Town, the likely winners of the Welsh Alliance and the Welsh National League respectively, have also applied to join the Cymru Alliance. It could well mean three clubs promoted this season which is good news for Welsh football but not such good news for us. The result of Saturday's home game with Penrhyncoch will therefore have no effect on our league position but it would be good to end this troubled season with a morale boosting victory. In yesterday's only other game Holyhead Hotspur won through to a League Cup Final date with Bala Town on Saturday 16th May by beating Guilsfield 5-3 on penalties after the game had ended goalless.
HOTSPUR STILL IN THE FRAME
(20/04/09) Just when you thought it was all over bar the shouting the Cymru Alliance title race has suddenly exploded back into life with Holyhead going to Bala next Saturday on the back of seven straight wins. Another three points for the Anglesey side could give them a real chance of coming from nowhere to snatch promotion, however, Bala remain strong favourites and a draw is all they need to be crowned Champions. There is sure to be a large crowd at Maes Tegid as the season comes to a thrilling climax. Promotion and relegation issues are still clouded at our end of the table and all we can do is try and beat Penrhyncoch on Saturday then sit and wait while it all sorts itself out. Gareth Owen will miss the game due to suspension but hopefully Eppy McFadden and Jarl Glynn will be available again.
FIRST HALF MISSES PROVE COSTLY
(18/04/09) Ruthin Town eventually ran out easy 4-1 winners after taking control of the second period but it could have been so different during an opening forty-five minutes that saw Glan miss a penalty and strike the woodwork twice. The visitors took the lead after just three minutes through Mike Garrod and after Kevin Roberts had struck the bar for the home side a bad defensive mistake let in Gwydion Ifan to score a second for Ruthin sixteen minutes later. Glan came back strongly on 25 minutes with Kevin Roberts scoring from the spot (pictured above) after Anthony Hughes had been brought down by the keeper only for Ruthin to regain a two goal cushion three minutes later as Gareth Owen headed a right wing cross into his own goal. Again Anthony Hughes was fouled in the area within a minute of the restart but this time Kevin Roberts' spot kick was saved by keeper Dylan Jones. With goalmouth action fast and furious at both ends Glan skipper Gareth Owen was denied by the crossbar on the half-hour mark but the visitors tied up the points on 61 minutes as Garrod headed home from a right wing corner kick. Report and Photos now online.
CHASING FIRST DOUBLE OF SEASON
(17/04/09) Ruthin Town are the visitors to Cae Trefdraeth tomorrow as Glan look to repeat one of their best performances of the season, having won 2-1 at Ruthin back in January. Adie Jones' boys currently lie in sixth place and could finish higher having proved one of the surprise packages of the season. Our only aim now is to stay above Llandyrnog and avoid the ignonimy of bottom place. Three points tomorrow would surely make us uncatchable.
ONE ESCAPE ROUTE CLOSES
(16/04/09) One possible escape route that might have prevented Glantraeth being relegated appears to have gone. According to www.welsh-premier.com the controversial merger between Welsh Premier Gap Connah's Quay and Cymru Alliance outfit Flint Town United has fallen through so Flint look likely to remain a Cymru Alliance club. "The main
reason is we couldn't do it from a timing point of view. There were too many issues so it just couldn't happen," says Nomads' president John Gray. For it to happen the FAW needed the details by the end of this month, and we can't make that." Mr Gray said Nomads stalwart Bobby Hunter (pictured right), a fierce opponent of the merger plan, had mounted a legal challenge against it - making it impossible for the Welsh FA deadline to be met. "I wouldn't call it a legal challenge, but I've objected to the Welsh FA," Hunter told the Wrexham Evening Leader. "I've been accused of letting my heart rule my head, but I think this wasn't going to be good for Connah's Quay." Mr Hunter said the news represented a stay of execution for the Nomads, adding: "If it's just about timing, are we going to have this again a year down the line?" The collapse of the merger throws the Nomads' Welsh Premier future into doubt, as they have been told they will be unable to use their Deeside Stadium home next season.
IT'S THE BOTTOM TWO FOR GLAN
(15/04/09) Gresford's 1-0 win over Mynydd Isa this evening means that they cannot be caught and Glantraeth will finish in the bottom two and our chances of escaping relegation will depend on events elsewhere. Some good news was that Penrhyncoch recovered from Saturday's mauling at Holyhead to win 3-1 at bottom placed Llandyrnog who now lie 5 points behind us with a game in hand. In the Anglesey derby Llangefni won 2-0 at Llanfairpwll, Llandudno and Flint slugged out a goalless draw and Bala Town went through to the League Cup Final with a 2-1 win over Ruthin Town.
SIR GEORGE STAYS PRESIDENT
(15/04/09) We are delighted to report that we have received a nice letter from Sir George Meyrick of Bodorgan Hall confirming he is staying on as President of the Club.
TRANSFER WINDOWS TO GO ?
(14/04/09) It appears that a proposal is to go before the FAW to remove the transfer windows next season meaning the registration period would run from 1st June 2009 until the last Thursday in March 2010. I always felt strongly that these restrictions on signing players were not appropriate for our level even before we were forced to play two men short last week and I just hope that common sense applies and this is voted through. This was always intended for the full-time professional game and even there few people can see any merit in it except the European Commission. The Cymru Alliance is the second tier of Welsh football but to try and treat it like the second tier below the Premiership was carrying things too far. Proposals have also been put forward from Welsh League club Llanwern FC to allow 'amateur' players to be able to register and play for more than two clubs in a season and also be registered for two clubs at one time although this seems less likely to be voted through. (SS)
THREE SHARE £1,000
(12/04/09) The winning numbers in last night's Three Number Lotto draw were 4, 7 & 19. There were three winners; Grace Jones (Gwalchmai), Meurig (RAF Valley) & Mandre Rutter (RAF Valley). The next draw is on Saturday 25th April when the Jackpot will be £500.
ISLAND SIDES GO GOAL CRAZY
(11/04/09) In today's Cymru Alliance fixtures Llangefni won 7-0 at Gresford while Holyhead went one better with an 8-0 home win over Penrhyncoch. Other results; Denbigh 2 Buckley 0; Mold 1 Guilsfield 4; Mynydd Isa 0 Llanfair PG 1; Ruthin 1 Flint 4.
THANK GOD FOR SMALL MERCIES
(10/04/09) Thank God we have no game this weekend. With four players out for the season injured, three university students home for Easter and one player seemingly having left the club we would still be struggling. Under normal circumstance an 18 man squad should see you OK but a combination of not having a reserve side and the transfer window gave us no fallback and I just hope that someone at the FAW finally sees sense and gets rid of this ridiculous rule that has no place at this level of the game. Repetitive, but I'll keep plugging away. The players were magnificent on Wednesday and no praise is too great for their efforts but taking the field with only nine players reflected very badly on the club and we can only hope it doesn't happen again. Wednesday evening also highlighted several other issues such as the state of the pitch that we as a club committee need to address if we are to develop further as a club. (SS)
GREAT EFFORT BY NINE MAN GLAN
(08/04/09) Against a Holyhead side that still have an outside chance of the title nine man Glantraeth gave it their all before eventually running out of steam and losing 5-1. Glan gave as good as they got during the opening forty-five minutes and took a sensational lead against all the odds after 26 minutes as Anthony Hughes raced away down the right before crossing to James Burgess (pictured) who did well to force the ball home under pressure. The first half was in added time before Hotspur pulled level although there was more than a hint of offside as Curt Williams slammed the ball past keeper Darren Baker. The visitors went ahead two minutes after the break as Dean Garmey set up Mike Kelly and now Glan were really up against it with Dean Garmey adding a third on 55 minutes with a low shot that keeper Darren Baker had covered only for the ball to bounce up off the uneven pitch and leave him stranded. As Glan tired the visitors dominated possession and scored a fourth on 70 minutes through a long range effort from substitute Darren Garmey. The scoring was completed seven minutes later as a corner from the left was deflected into goal off Glan's Caerwyn Roberts. Even then the depleted home side refused to give up and only a tremendous save by keeper Mike Doutch from Burgess in the closing stages prevented Glan pulling a goal back. Report now online.
THE LOWEST POINT OF THE SEASON
(08/04/09) It looks certain that Glantraeth will face Holyhead Hotspur this evening with only nine players due to late call-offs and one of them, skipper Gareth Owen, is down with flu and will be climbing out of his sick bed to play. It is an embarrassing situation for the club but the alternative would have been to call the game off at short notice, have three points deducted, face a fine of up to £200 and then still have to replay the game later in the season. There is little point in hiding what will become public knowledge this evening and we can only apologise to our own supporters and those clubs in competition with Holyhead for league placings. It is the lowest point of what has been a disastrous season from the start and the final game cannot come soon enough. (SS)
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ?
(06/04/09) The defeat at Mynydd Isa coupled with Penrhyncoch and Gresford both picking up three points means our chances of escaping the bottom two now look pretty slim, some might say non-existent, but with three home games to finish the season we have to keep plugging away until the bitter end. Certainly we must stay ahead of Llandyrnog or we will be in even worse trouble. Holyhead Hotspur are the visitors on Wednesday evening and considering the season we have had we haven't done too badly in local derbies so here's hoping. We were perhaps a little unlucky not to pick up a point at Holyhead earlier in the season when Hotspur were top of the league. It looks like they might now be headed for the runners-up spot which would cap their finest season since joining the Cymru Alliance in 1998. Kick-off is 6.30 pm (even earlier if we can get away with it!) then off to the Joiners to watch Liverpool/Chelsea for some of us. Danny Wade is expected to rejoin the squad.
LATE GOALS FLATTER ISA
(04/04/09) With the game delicately poised at 2-1 to the home side Glan were punished in added time when pushing forward for an equaliser as Isa scored twice in the 92nd and 94th minute through Alan Dawson and Dan Farrell to produce a scoreline that didn't really reflect what had been a close fought game. There was still time for Mark Owens to pull a goal back for Glantraeth to make the final score 4-2 to Isa. The Flintshire side had taken the lead in only the third minute as Sam Pugh swept the ball home after Glan had failed to deal with a long throw. Skipper Gareth Owen got Glantraeth back on level terms on 19 minutes firing home from fifteen yards after a James Burgess header had been blocked. Isa went back in front approaching the hour mark as Barry Calder broke quickly with the visitor's defence appealing in vain for an offside flag. Report now online.
BIG BOOST AHEAD OF ISA
(31/03/09) Friday's triumph at Llangefni gives us another opportunity to possibly move ahead of Gresford next Saturday when we travel to face Mynydd Isa. The Flintshire side are one of the form teams in the league at present and could yet finish runners-up. Their exposed Argoed ground is not the easiest to play on at the best of times so we will again do well to come away with something. However, victory over the second placed club should give us a big boost going into the game and despite their disappointment it was good to hear so many Llangefni people sportingly congratulating us at the end of the game, it was much appreciated. It was a fine team effort and although we had that let off in added time as Cefni missed a penalty it would have been rough justice if we had been denied the three points. James Burgess had his best game since joining us and Darren Baker had a good debut in goal and although he was rarely seriously tested showed safe handling in difficult conditions. We defended magnificently throughout and every player played their part in restoring some local pride with this performance. More of the same please fellas.
PROBLEMS ACCESSING SITE
(30/03/09) Since website hosts Yahoo carried out 'maintenance' last week myself and others have had problems accessing the website. I apologise for that but, touch wood, access seems to be OK this morning. I dread these closures for maintenance as they always seem to create more problems than they solve. Pound signs and apostrophes are now showing up as question marks in places and some Welsh words seem to have been translated into Swahili. Hopefully I can get that sorted as well. (SS)
JACKPOT BACK UP TO £1,000
(29/03/09) There were no winners in last night's Three Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 9, 10 & 11. The next draw is on Saturday 11th April when the Jackpot will be £1,000.
KEVIN ROBERTS SCORES TWO AS...
GLAN DEFY THE ODDS TO WIN
(27/03/09) League positions were turned on their head as Glantraeth deservedly took the points with a 2-1 win at Llangefni this evening. Glan went ahead in the 14th minute through a free kick from Kevin Roberts with James Burgess and David Alan Jones also going close during an opening period that saw the visitors looking the far more dangerous side. Cefni levelled on 33 minutes from the penalty spot through Kevin Roberts with what looked a harsh decision for an adjudged trip. Three minutes into the second period Glan regained the lead, this time a penalty being awarded in their favour although from the stand it was difficult to see what for. Kevin Roberts converted with a perfectly struck spot kick. With referee Nick Pratt inexplicably playing over six minutes of added time there were tense moments for Glan in the extended period as the home side were awarded another penalty, this time Cefni's Kevin Roberts striking the ball wide. Report now online.
TIME RUNNING OUT FAST
(25/03/09) We travel to Llangefni on Friday evening with time rapidly running out if we are to have any chance of escaping the bottom two. There is talk going around about mergers involving Cymru Alliance clubs that might yet offer us an escape route from relegation but at present it is just talk and we have to concentrate on trying to win games and see if we can set the clubs immediately above us some kind of target as they play their outstanding games. At one time it looked like this might be a vital promotion decider for Cefni but the truth is Bala are now virtually home and dry and despite my predictions that the league would be a closer contest this season the Maes Tegid club now look on course to overtake the 76 points that runaway winners Prestatyn Town achieved during the last campaign. Llangefni have had a fine season but Bala have set such a relentless pace that it has proved virtually impossible to stay with them although finishing runners-up ahead of fierce rivals Holyhead Hotspur is still a prize well worth fighting for so there will be no easing up by them. We will go into Friday's game very much the underdogs and if we continue to concede soft goals as at Lex last Saturday then we will have no chance but if we put in a Llanfair type performance then we just might surprise a few people. (SS)
TWO SOFT GOALS COST GLAN
(21/03/09) A horrendous start for Glan saw them fall behind after just 75 seconds as a free kick taken from 10 yards inside his own half by Lex defender Paul Griffiths bounced up off the hard surface and caught out keeper Marc
Newbould. From then on the visitors were the better side and pulled level on 37 minutes as Gareth Owen put Anthony Hughes clear and the Glan striker kept his composure as defenders closed in to coolly beat home keeper Dan Billington. James Burgess had a great chance to put Glan in front (pictured above) four minutes later but headed over from a perfectly flighted Chris Evans free kick. Following the break Glan again took the game to Lex but found themselves behind to an even more bizarre goal on the hour mark as Lex's best player Mick Santangelli fired in a shot that took a wicked deflection, spinning up into the air and looping over Newbould who could only push the ball into the roof of the net. It was completely against the run of play and to make things worse as Glan pushed forward for an equaliser they were caught out in the 93rd minute as Santangelli set up Mike Latham for an easy finish to make the final score 3-1 to the home side. Report and Photos now online.
A NEW GAME & A NEW CHALLENGE
(17/03/09) Our first half performance last Saturday really raised hopes that we might be on a roll and there was a tremendous sense of disappointment at how it all went wrong in the second period. All credit to Llandyrnog, they have gained three straight wins after going all season without one, and it was a tremendous fightback by them after being outplayed in the opening half. Certainly their first goal coming so soon after the break in the somewhat freaky way that it did had a big influence on the outcome. Speaking with skipper Gareth Owen we were agreed that if we had gone ten or fifteen minutes into the second period without conceding than we would have likely gone on to win with something to spare. However, it wasn?t to be and we now start again from scratch for this weekend?s trip to Wrexham to face Lex. It?s a new game and a new challenge. Their form is up and down to say the least, a 6-0 win over Holyhead being followed by a 5-1 defeat by Mold followed by a 4-1 win over Ruthin. You can?t legislate for that and hopefully we will catch them on one of their off days. Apparently they will be without players suspended following the fracas at Flint earlier in the season. We got caught in the crossfire of that incident being the next visitors to Flint we found ourselves surrounded by much of Mr Brunstrom's controversial mounted police unit?.all three of us! Team news later in the week.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY J.O.
(16/03/09) Congratulations to Cymru Alliance League President J.O. Hughes on reaching his 90th birthday last Saturday. J.O., who lives in Rhostrehwfa, is one of the most respected football administrators in Wales, first becoming involved back in 1946 when he became the secretary of the re-formed Anglesey League following the second world war. In 1997 he was appointed president of the Welsh FA and is a life member of the North Wales Coast FA. J.O. has been a regular guest at our end of season presentation nights and is pictured here in 2006 presenting the leading scorer trophy to Mark Thomas.
(16/03/09) Following the weekend's regional cup games fixtures until the end of the season have now been changed. It means our next three games are away from home and we finish the season with three home games. There is now no game on Saturday 11th April. Full details on Fixtures page.
£1,500 JACKPOT GOES TO BODED
(15/03/09) Mrs Lander of Bodedern was the outright winner of the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot in last night's Three Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 10, 13 & 14. The next draw is on Saturday 28th March when the Jackpot will be £500.
GLAN TAKE TWO GOAL LEAD...
BUT THEN DISASTER STRIKES
(14/03/09) Glantraeth looked to be cruising after an excellent first half display had given them a two goal lead through Anthony Hughes and Gareth Owen but a quite incredible game swung Llandyrnog's way as they staged a remarkable fightback to run out 5-3 winners. Glantraeth should have been out of sight at the interval such had been their dominance but a goal from Danny Jones two minutes after the break gave the Denbigh side hope and they levelled on 67 minutes through Tom Sharples and the same player put them ahead ten minutes later. Glan were now on the ropes and two goals from Sion Roberts in the final three minutes gave the visitors a three goal lead. David Alan Jones got a last minute consolation for Glantraeth. Report now online.
(13/03/09) Caerwyn Roberts (pictured left) returns to the team for tomorrow's vital home game with Llandyrnog. He is likely to replace Jarl Glynn who is unavailable with Andy Tower continuing at centre back in place of Danny Wade who went off injured during last week's win over Llanfairpwll. Mark Owens is still out with a hamstring injury.
EMYR PLEASED TO HAVE 'SELECTION HEADACHES'
(11/03/09) We look to continue to pick up points on Saturday when bottom club Llandyrnog United are the visitors. Their results too have picked up over the past couple of weeks and they will not be short of confidence. It is a game we cannot afford to lose, bottom place means almost certain relegation. Despite the scoreline last week?s win against Llanfairpwll was never easy, the most rewarding ones never are, but with a bit of luck we could have had a couple more goals. I watched a video replay of Kev Roberts?s disallowed second half ?goal? and there was no sign of the hand ball the ref supposedly spotted. Whatever, we carry more of a threat up front now than has previously been the case all season and acting manager Emyr Rowlands (pictured) was optimistic about our chances of avoiding the drop in today?s Anglesey Mail, telling sports editor Dave Jones: ?Now we firmly believe we can stay up. Everybody wants to play on Saturday and I?ve got pleasant selection headaches.? (SS)
GLANTRAETH 4 LLANFAIRPWLL 1
(07/03/09) A minute's silence was held before kick-off in memory of local lad Cliff Jones from Malltraeth who died in the tragic car crash at Menai Bridge last weekend. Glan got off to a great start, taking the lead in the sixth minute as Kevin Roberts rose to head home a well flighted free kick from Adam Jones. Llanfair pulled level on the 20 minute mark as ex-Glan player Darren Hughes was first to a cross from Tony Williams. In an evenly fought game it was the home side who finally got the upper hand seven minutes into the second half as Anthony Hughes won a race for possession, the ball sailing over Ben Heald in the Llanfair goal. The game swung even further in Glan's favour eight minutes later as Emyr Rowlands was clear on goal only to be tripped by Darren Hughes. It was a red card for the Llanfair player and Chris Evans easily converted the spot kick. With five minutes remaining Glan secured their first home win as keeper Ben Heald held back Anthony Hughes as he looked certain to score and this time it was Emyr Rowlands who converted from the spot. Report and Photos now online.
STILL TARGETING FIRST HOME WIN
(04/03/09) Saturday sees us continue the search for our first home win of the season when local rivals Llanfairpwll are the visitors. Please remember that all games now kick-off at 2.30 pm. The Maes Eilian club are once again comfortably holding their own in the league, something they appear to do every season with the minimum of fuss. Last weekend we gave a battling performance at Mold to put behind us the Llandudno defeat and should have edged all three points based on the number of chances created. Our home record this season is terrible, all but one of our ten points being gained on the road, and it would be nice to give our small but loyal band of supporters something to cheer about on Saturday. Kevin Roberts (pictured left) is hoping to be available again after recovering from a thigh strain.
JACKPOT HITS £1,500 !!
(01/03/09) There were no winning tickets in last night's Three Number Lotto draw made in the Royal Oak at Malltraeth. The winning numbers were 10, 14 & 15. The next draw will be on Saturday 14th March when the Rollover Jackpot will be £1,500.
A POINT WAS POOR REWARD
(27/02/09) Every point is now a bonus but Glan will be kicking themselves for not taking all three points at Mold this afternoon, two nil up and missing a gilt edged opportunity to win with the last action of the game. The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute as Jarl Glynn's slide rule pass released Anthony Hughes who neatly slipped the ball past the advancing keeper. With seven minutes of the half remaining James Burgess put Glan two up, doing well under pressure to head home a corner kick delivered in by Caerwyn Roberts. Within a minute Mold had pulled a goal back as Mike Roberts converted a penalty after a trip by Jarl Glynn. The home side levelled 17 minutes from time as Craig Roberts was left unmarked as a corner kick came in from the left and headed powerfully past keeper Marc Newbould. It was all Glantraeth in the closing stages and the Anglesey side should have taken all three points with the last action, Caerwyn Roberts' corner kick finding James Burgess right in front to goal but he failed to get enough purchase on the ball which passed harmlessly wide. It was a good, spirited performance by a Glan squad short on numbers with Danny Wade returning from injury to make his debut with a sound display at the back. Report and Photos now online.
JOHN STANDS DOWN AFTER 25 YRS
(27/02/09) John Owen has announced that he will be standing down as club
secretary at the end of the season after 25 years unbroken service with the club. He has also stood in as club treasurer this season. John will remain on the committee and continue to manage the club lottery. Born in Aberdaron on the tip of the Llŷn Peninsular John joined the police force at the age of 19, the job taking him to Anglesey where he has lived ever since. John is one of several committee members at Glantraeth who have been with the club since it was formed in 1984.
RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT OF GAMES
(26/02/09) An extended winning run is now needed if we are to have any chance of escaping the bottom two. With an eight point gap opened up, only nine games left and the teams immediately above us having games in hand the position is looking pretty desperate and most neutrals will have already written us off as dead in the water but we have to keep ploughing on, starting at Mold on Saturday. In the position we are in you can?t help taking a glance at what is happening in the feeder leagues below us. Certainly a league official I spoke to a few weeks back feels that a club from each of the three feeder leagues could well be promoted this season which will likely mean two relegated from the Cymru Alliance as the league returns to 18 clubs. Bethesda Athletic look certainties to win the Welsh Alliance and Llangollen Town are well placed in the Welsh National League. I presume both will meet ground requirements for promotion. Our best hope of a reprieve if we do finish second bottom is the Mid Wales League where two applicants for promotion, Carno and Berriew, are being challenged for the top two places by Newtown and Aberystwyth Reserves who of course cannot be promoted. It?s a bit much when we are hoping that the reserve side of a Welsh Premier League club might save us but it could well come to that unless we start winning regularly and produce a comeback on a par with Take That?s. Chris Evans returns to the squad after completing a one match suspension. (SS)
BALA LOOKING UNSTOPPABLE
(24/02/09) Despite a tremendous 3-2 win by Llangefni Town at Flint this evening Bala are beginning to look unstoppable as they triumphed 2-0 at home to Lex to maintain their seven point lead.
ADAM'S STRIKE A RARE HIGHLIGHT
(21/02/09) A fabulous strike from defender Adam Jones (pictured below with Tudno's Lee Thomas) with five minutes remaining was a rare high point for Glantraeth as they went down to a heavy 6-1 defeat this afternoon. Llandudno had cruised into a six goal lead after 67 minutes through goals from Danny Hughes (3), Luke O'Mahoney, Lee Thomas and Chris Boulton but with all around them threatening to fall apart Glan kept battling on and earned a late consolation goal from Adam Jones with a stunning volley from 25 yards that rocketed into the top corner, one of the best goals seen at Trefdraeth for many a season. Glan had periods of good possession but Tudno always looked threatening going forward and defensive mistakes didn't help, costing at least three of the visitor's goals. After the game Glan chairman Gareth Evans remained upbeat: "We just have to keep going, keep battling on, then rebuild for next season." Report and Photos now online.
HAPPY 18th WILLIAM
(20/02/09) Happy Birthday to William Owen, who is 18 today. It is a double celebration as last week he passed his driving test. William is the son of Richard Owen, the chairman of Glantraeth Juniors, and the grandson of our landowner Iolo Owen. Have a good one William.
GROUND PLANS MOVE FORWARD
(19/02/09) While the season has been a struggle on the field the club as a whole has not been standing still and is now moving ahead with the planned ground improvements at Cae Trefdraeth. On top of the grant we received from mobile phone company o2 to fence the ground off from the surrounding farmland we have recently received written confirmation that our application for grant aid from Welsh Grounds Improvements to lay hardstanding around the ground has been successful. The fencing is in the process of being erected and work on laying the concrete hardstanding that links up the ground entrance to the two covered spectator areas begins on Monday. Next on the agenda will be refurbishing the main stand including the fitting of easy clean tip-up seats. The improvements will also make the ground more accessible to spectators with disabilities. You can see some details of the club's plans here. We might never be able to match what has been achieved at Holyhead and Llangefni but we can continue to make the ground a more enticing place for spectators to watch a game of football in a wonderful setting and see just where it takes us.
CHANCE TO UPSET THE ODDS
(17/02/09) The odds are now heavily stacked against us escaping from the bottom two following last week?s defeat at Gresford but we have to continue to believe and treat Saturday as another day and another chance to pick up three points. Llandudno now occupy fourth spot, the same position as Ruthin when we beat them, so anything is possible and a repeat performance would again raise spirits throughout the club. Tudno enjoyed a solid 4-1 win at Llanfairpwll last weekend and are not yet out of the race for promotion so both sides still have much to play for. Gareth Owen is back (Birthday greetings to Debs!) although Chris Evans (pictured) will miss the game due to a one match suspension after accruing five cautions.
BALA MOVE FURTHER AHEAD
(17/02/09) Bala Town comfortably beat Mold Alex 3-0 tonight to move four points ahead of second placed Llangefni Town with games in hand. In the other of tonight's games a nine goal thriller saw Flint Town United overcome Buckley Town by five goals to four.
NO WINNER - JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(15/02/09) There were no winning tickets in last night's Three Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 1, 5 & 16. The next draw will be on Saturday 28th February when the Rollover Jackpot will be £1,000.
NOW A HUGE MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
(14/02/09) Glan?s position looks ever more precarious as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Gresford this afternoon. In truth it was a game that could have gone either way with the home side having the better scoring opportunities during the opening forty-five minutes, taking the lead on 25 minutes as Phil Jones found the top corner despite badly slicing his shot. After the break it was Glan who threatened most with Anthony Hughes playing a starring role up front. Despite pressure from the visitors a bad mistake by Jarl Glynn on 74 minutes gifted Gresford possession and Josh Russell was left with a clear run on goal and there was little keeper Marc Newbould could do to prevent the Wrexham side going two up. Within two minutes there was hope for Glan as another great run from Anthony Hughes saw him get in a cross for James Burgess to head home. With 12 minutes remaining there was controversy as Glan were arguably robbed of a share of the points as Anthony Hughes looked certain to score an equaliser only for Gresford defender Wyn Jones to chop him down with little ceremony as he surged into the box. The verdict from the referee was a yellow card and a free kick, it was not to be Glantraeth?s day. Report and Photos now online.
A GAME WE REALLY DO NEED TO WIN
(11/02/09) Glantraeth captain Gareth Owen (pictured) will miss out on Saturday?s important fixture at Gresford due to a long standing arrangement for this weekend. On the positive side the two Irish boys, Eppy McFadden and Jarl Glynn, are both available again. Gresford are one place above us so this is one we really need to win. We have to assume that two teams could well be relegated this season and Gresford are one of those sides that we can finish above if we put a few good results together. The same kind of commitment we showed in our last away fixture at Ruthin would surely give us a real chance.
MALDWYN RETIRES FROM FIFA LIST
(10/02/09) The referee from last Saturday?s game with Mynydd Isa, Maldwyn Williams (pictured left), has retired from the FIFA list of assistant referees after reaching the mandatory age limit. To mark his retirement Maldwyn received an inscribed miner?s lamp from his refereeing colleagues, recently presented to him at Newtown by Wales?s senior referee Ceri Richards. Maldwyn, from Bethel in Gwynedd, began refereeing in 1994 and progressed to the Cymru Alliance in 1999, becoming a FIFA assistant referee in 2001.
In this season when there appears to be a new determination to enforce more respect towards match officials (doesn?t apply to Premiership managers of course) it is perhaps a good time to thank these guys that turn up at our games week after week. I am as guilty as anyone of not always appreciating their efforts but I have to say that after many years in the English pyramid and even dealing with Prem refs such as Mark Halsey and Uriah Rennie (God help us) I have generally been very impressed with the standard in the Cymru Alliance. I might not always feel that way at around 4.30 on a Saturday afternoon but referees like Maldwyn, Mark Petch, John Roberts and Andy Harms (some now promoted), to name but four, are as good as as any I have seen. Of course we will never agree with every decision and sometimes they clearly get it wrong but isn?t it strange the way that every decision they do get wrong favours the opposition. It?s an incredible coincidence!
There, I?ve done it, it?s the middle of the week and all is calm, I?ve said something nice about referees, my conscious is clear and now I can get back to my normal self on Saturday. (SS)
NO REPEAT AS ISA TAKE POINTS
(07/02/09) It was pretty much a case of after the Lord Mayor?s show for Glantraeth this afternoon
as they failed to repeat last week?s form against Ruthin with visitors Mynydd Isa comfortably running out winners by two goals to nil. The visitors took the lead in only the third minute as Anthony Williams headed home a free kick swung in by Stuart Wood. Glan came closest during the first period through Anthony Hughes and David Alan Jones but it was generally Isa who were in control going two up on the hour mark through John Leonard as he just beat Marc Newbould to a through ball to neatly dink the ball over the home keeper. Glan came back into the game during the final quarter hour but failed to make any kind of break through as the Flintshire side ran out deserved winners. Report and Photos now online.
(07/02/09) Short of a snowstorm later today's game with Mynydd Isa is definitely on, kick-off 2.00 pm. A good day to warm up with some of Helen's delicious home made soup!
GLAN TO FACE IN-FORM ISA
(05/02/09) Following on from a 10-1 thrashing of Penrhyncoch Mynydd Isa gained a deserved point at high flying Llangefni Town last Saturday so will not be short of confidence for their visit to Cae Trefdraeth on Saturday. It will be another tough examination of the new found belief in the squad and although we will not be at full strength with Eppy McFadden (pictured) and David Alan Jones unavailable this is a game that can see us triumph once more against the odds in our present mood. The Flintshire side have been described as a big, physical side who are likely to pose an aerial threat so we are under no illusions of what we must overcome. There should be no lack of motivation as with Gresford having no game this weekend a win would lift us out of the bottom two and provide another boost in our efforts to climb the table.
"BELIEF IS INFECTIOUS" SAYS EMYR
(03/02/09) Interviewed in this week?s Holyhead & Anglesey Mail Glantraeth acting manager Emyr Rowlands (pictured) was in a positive mood about the club?s prospects for the remainder of the season. He told sports editor Dave Jones: ?The belief
within the squad is infectious at the moment; we are enjoying our football so much more now and the lads are bouncing off each other. For a lot of the season we?ve been operating with a minimum squad; at times it?s been a struggle to get through games, but bringing in more players can only help.? Emyr went on to say he is confident the club can escape from the relegation zone. Emyr is right, everyone is working together now to turn the season around and at the very least retain our Cymru Alliance status. There?s no doubt this season has come as something of a culture shock after the successes of previous years but there is a strong belief the club will come out of this even stronger. There is a new determination to develop the club sensibly on and off the field, learn from what has happened and hopefully gain the benefits next season. But before that much hard work lies ahead.
OUR FRIENDS AT ABERFFRAW
(02/02/09) A reformed Aberffraw team are playing in the North Gwynedd & Anglesey Sunday League this season and with Glan committeeman Arron Owen (pictured), Aberffraw chairman Stuart Austin and several more of their players and officials now coming down to support Glantraeth on a regular basis I thought it was a good idea to give them a mention. The team is sponsored by Trac Mon/Anglesey Circuit and play their home games on Sunday mornings at Glantraeth Juniors? ground at Cae Cob, Malltraeth. Next Sunday South Stack are the visitors and you can learn more about them by visiting their web page here, part of the superb aberffraw.org website. (SS)
PORTHMADOG SACK WHELO
(01/02/09) A campaign to get Paul Whelan sacked as manager of Porthmadog seems to have paid off as the Welsh Premier League club today relieved him of his duties and are now advertising for a new manager. Results over recent weeks have been poor with particular concerns about the number of goals being conceded. Here at Glantraeth he has legendary status as the manager who led us to a Cymru Alliance league and cup double and we extend our sympathy to Paul and wish him well in whatever he chooses to do in future.
AND THERE'S MORE GOOD NEWS
(01/02/09) Acting manager Emyr Rowlands has signed two more players ahead of tomorrow?s closure of the transfer window. Joining us is Danny Wade (pictured) a 28 year old defender from Buckley Town who was with Bethesda Athletic last season. Also signing is goalkeeper Darren Baker (26) from Bodedern Athletic. Darren has seen service in the past with several clubs including Glantraeth, Holyhead Hotspur, Llangefni Town and Porthmadog. As Darren joins the club another keeper, Andy Pitman, has been released and has signed for Holyhead Hotspur. We also expect to announce more good news on the ground development front later this month.
ALAN'S LATE STRIKE ENSURES....
FOURTH PLACED RUTHIN FINISH SECOND BEST
(31/01/09) There's a new found belief about Glantraeth as they convincingly beat third placed Ruthin Town 2-1 at the Memorial Fields. The visitors had their let offs in the first half as Simon Hulse, the only home player to impress, twice struck the woodwork but this was a game Glan
commanded for long periods and they proved well worthy winners, teamwork being the key with a every player giving a five star performance. Within a minute of coming on as substitute in the 64th minute Anthony Hughes (pictured right) put Glan ahead as he turned his marker before beating home keeper Simon Williams with a low shot to the corner. It looked like again being tough on Glan ten minutes from time as Shaun Williams was first to a Liam Jones corner to head home but this time the Anglesey side were not to be denied as with four minutes remaining keeper Williams couldn't hold on to a Caerwyn Roberts corner and Alan Jones pounced to lift the ball into the roof of the net for the winner. Report and Photos now online.
GAF MOVES ON
(30/01/09) Gafyn Lloyd Jones has now joined Llanfairpwll. In an email to me Gaf was keen to point out he wasn't 'jumping ship' but feels he needs to get back to match fitness and he's not ready for a return to the Cymru Alliance. He can do that with Llanfair who run a reserve side in the Gwynedd League. We wish Gaf well, he was one of those that stayed on after Kev Hughes' departure and helped us through a difficult time the highlight being the goal he smashed home at Llandyrnog to give us one of our precious seven points. (SS)
CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM
(29/01/09) Glan travel to Ruthin on Saturday looking to build on the good
performance against Bala last week. New signings James Burgess and Caerwyn Roberts will be in the squad with David Alan Jones available again following suspension. Missing will be defender David Hughes who faces six weeks out of the game after tearing his medial ligament at Flint and Jarl Glynn (pictured) who will be at home in Ireland for the weekend. Ruthin have come a long way under manager Adie Jones, currently lying fourth in the table, and will be looking to continue their progress. There is a good mood in the club at present so let?s hope that transmits on to the field, three points on Saturday could really transform our season and if we show the same commitment this week there is cause for optimism that we can do it.
SAXON COMPLETES MOVE TO HOTSPUR
(28/01/09) The transfer of midfielder Chris Saxon (pictured) from Glantraeth to Holyhead Hotspur was completed today. Chris was last season's Player of the Year but work commitments have limited his appearances this season. Gafyn Lloyd Jones is expected to sign for Llanfairpwll.
CAERWYN JOINS GLAN FROM LLANDUDNO
(27/01/09) Caerwyn Roberts has joined Glantraeth from Llandudno. The 26 year old left sided midfielder/forward has Welsh Premier League experience with Caernarfon Town and Llangefni Town. He has also played for Bethel and Porthmadog. Welcome to the club Caerwyn and James.
JAMES SIGNS ON FROM AMLWCH
(27/01/09) Glantraeth this afternoon completed the signing of 24 year old James Burgess (pictured) a striker from Welsh Alliance club Amlwch Town. James has been with Glantraeth in the past and has also played for Cemaes Bay. Things are hopefully starting to look up with more signings in the pipeline ahead of next Monday?s deadline and last night Andy Tower, who is a qualified coach and has management aspirations, put the 15 players present through an impressive two hour training session at Plas Arthur with Emyr Rowlands in particular looking on fire with his finishing. A frustrated striker Emyr? (Picture of James Burgess courtesy of Amlwch Town secretary Wayne Jones).
A NEW SENSE OF TOGETHERNESS?
(26/01/09) If I am entirely honest I was pretty pessimistic about what the result might be on Saturday after all that has happened and the 7-1 defeat and although we lost it was a good performance to run the league leaders so close and gives us something to build on for the remaining 13 fixtures. There were plenty of complimentary remarks going around about our display but we are fully aware that until we start to pick up some serious points then there will continue to be doubts about our ability to survive. We desperately want to avoid relegation and Emyr and co are optimistic about making further signings this week to strengthen the squad for the final run-in. It has been somewhat decimated by players leaving and although that?s disappointing there is little point in feeling bitter. We can only wish them well and admit it has been a very difficult season for everyone, on and off the pitch. Darren Jones and Paul Rowlands have joined Bethesda, Tomos Wyn Roberts and Gerallt Jones have returned to Llangefni while Chris Saxon and Gafyn Lloyd Jones look certain to move on over the next few days. Despite the Bala defeat there was a feelgood factor around the Joiners after the game that the players remaining are now all in this together and determined to give it everything to get us out of this mess. I just hope it wasn?t the two of pints of Smooth giving me that impression. (SS)
BALA PICTURES NOW ONLINE
(26/01/09) Pictures from Saturday's game with Bala are now online. You can view them here
NERYS IS LATEST £500 WINNER
(25/01/09) Nerys Roberts of Gaerwen was delighted to get a phone call from Helen last night telling her she was the latest £500 winner in Glantraeth's Three Number Lotto. The winning numbers were 1, 6 & 14. The next draw for another £500 will be on Saturday 14th February.
NO EASY RIDE FOR LEADERS
(24/01/09) A goal from Tommy Mutton on 61 minutes was all that separated the teams after a titanic battle at Cae Trefdraeth today. If league leaders Bala Town
thought they were in for an easy ride then they were given a rude awakening as Glan battled for everything and came close on several occasions to scoring. There was no doubting the pedigree of the visitors, they looked strong in all departments, but there were times when it was difficult, as one first-time visitor commented, to tell just which was the top of the table side. Kevin Roberts twice in the first period had good headed opportunities that went wide and Emyr Rowlands drew a tremendous save from Bala keeper Leon Bimpson in the second period then struck the crossbar just after Mutton had put the visitors ahead signalling an extended period of pressure on the Bala goal that had them rocking. At the end of the day it was another defeat but a repeat performance like this against lesser teams will surely see the points tally start to rise. Report now online.
FIXTURES FOR MARCH ADDED
(24/01/09) Fixtures for March have now been added to the fixtures page. They include two local derbies, at home to Llanfairpwll on the first Saturday of the month and away to Llangefni Town on Friday 27th March.
UNOFFICIAL FAN'S FORUM
(23/01/09) It has been disappointing to see the Llangefni forum close although I understand the reasons why. I know many people enjoy banter about local football so for a three month trial period I am prepared to administer an unofficial football forum covering all Anglesey clubs down to Gwynedd League level. Please keep it good natured or I will remove posts and even ban persistent offenders. The link is now in the menu but you must register to contribute. (SS)
ALL CHANGE AGAIN FOR BALA
(22/01/09) It?s another step into the unknown on Saturday when league leaders Bala Town are the visitors. Coming back from last week?s 7-1 hammering at Flint will prove a real test of character but let?s not forget that up until
then we had been running teams close while not actually piling up the points. When Bala visited in the Welsh Cup last September Gareth Roberts had just been appointed manager now it will be caretaker player manager Emyr Rowlands in charge assisted by a couple of the club?s senior pros so let?s hope for a change in fortune as we move into another testing phase of the season. Let?s be honest if we get out of the bottom two after all that has happened since last August it will be an achievement in itself.
?OZZIE? JOINS THE BATTLE
(21/01/09) This evening former Glan forward Mark ?Ozzie? Owens re-signed for the club. Mark was last with the club while Paul Whelan was manager. His previous clubs include Cemaes Bay and Bethesda Athletic.
EMYR TAKES LEAD ROLE
(19/01/09) Emyr Rowlands (pictured right) has taken on the title of caretaker player manager for the remainder of the season. Emyr will be assisted by a couple of the senior players. The intention is to appoint a new manager at the end of the season. With 14 games still to play everyone now needs to work together if we are to recover from the latest upheaval and avoid the drop. The worst case scenario will likely see two teams relegated if three clubs are promoted and a league official I spoke to on Saturday believes that could well happen this season with all the leading clubs from the three feeder leagues having applied for promotion and likely to meet CA ground requirements. So we have much work to do and getting out of the bottom two will not be easy but there has been a really positive response amongst the players this week to the situation we now find ourselves in. Now is perhaps a good time to thank those players who have stuck by the club during what has been a very difficult season for everyone, it is much appreciated. As well as competing fiercely to win games we need to remember the game is also about fun and enjoyment which at times has been in short supply this season as we seem to have stumbled from one crisis to another. I have also been amazed how much genuine concern has been expressed within local football and beyond for our present plight, there has been precious little gloating, and one rival manager even sent me an email yesterday with some names of potential managers who are currently available. A great gesture.(SS)
GARI REFUSES TO BE BEATEN
(17/01/09) Another low point in a depressing season came at Flint this afternoon as Glan went down to a 7-1 defeat. Chairman Gari Evans (pictured left) set an example to everyone after the game with his refusal to be beaten and his determination that the club will recover and come again next season. Following the resignation of manager Gareth Roberts it's now all about getting through the rest of the season and trying to avoid relegation. A decision as to who will succeed Gareth will not be rushed following a discussion with the senior players after the game. We would like to thank Gareth and Dafydd for their efforts. They came in at a very difficult time, steadied the ship, made some tough decisions but enjoyed little luck and recent departures have hardly helped. The game itself was almost incidental to what has happened off the pitch. Glan went a goal behind after 11 minutes as Paul Williams shot home for Flint but an own
goal from Gareth Owen 14 minutes later set the tone for what was to follow as he headed back to Marc Newbould but the keeper had advanced out of his goal and the ball trickled into the net. Further first half goals from Williams and Sean Beck gave the home side a four goal interval cushion. Goals from Abrahams and Beck added to Glan's misery after the break before Emyr Rowlands pulled one back five minutes from time with a coolly executed finish. With the last kick of the game Beck got another to complete his hat-trick. Report now online.
(17/01/09) Gareth Roberts will be finishing as manager of Glantraeth following today's game at Flint. The club are now looking for their third manager of the season. Anyone wanting to throw their hat into the ring should contact chairman Gari Evans without delay on 07747 890497. More news online this evening.
CATRIN IS £1,000 WINNER
(11/01/09) Catrin Thomas of Gaerwen was the outright winner of the £1,000 Jackpot in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth. Her winning numbers were 1, 4 & 9. The next draw takes place on Saturday 24th January when the Rollover Jackpot will be £500.
CHICKEN JOINS PESDA
(10/01/09) Darren 'Chicken' Jones has signed for Welsh Alliance leaders Bethesda Athletic. It is a big disappointment to lose Chicken and the place will certainly be a whole lot quieter but manager Gareth Roberts is still confident that with the signings already made and others he has lined up the squad will be far stronger going into the second half of the season.
(10/01/09) Today's game at home to Llanfairpwll has been called off following a 10.00 am inspection due to a frozen pitch.
GAME STILL A BIG DOUBT
(09/01/09) Although today's sunshine and slightly higher temperatures have seen a big improvement in the pitch there is still a large area at the restaurant end that remains in the shade for much of the day, is still frozen and is likely to be declared unplayable. A pitch inspecton is planned for 10.00 am tomorrow. Watch website for news.
ANTHONY BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(08/01/09) Glan manager Gareth Roberts has continued to strengthen his squad with the signing of Anthony Hughes who has been playing with Beaumaris Town. Anthony was previously with Glantraeth during 2006-07 season. The 24 year old forward has also played for Bethesda Athletic and has Welsh Premier League experience with Bangor City. Further signings are expected over the next few days.
"A FORGOTTEN BACKWATER"
(08/01/09) Reality finally seems to be kicking in amongst Welsh Premier Clubs that the idea of two national leagues of 10 clubs that they voted for is not such a good idea after all.
I always thought a national second division was a madcap scheme but you have to admire the honesty of Porthmadog secretary Gerallt Owen (pictured) who admits to voting for the scheme but is now pleading for ?clemency on the grounds of temporary insanity? and admits that such a second division is likely to become a ?forgotten backwater.? I couldn?t have chosen the words better myself. The knock-on effect on the Cymru Alliance should not be underestimated as promotion would become a far less desirable proposition. If this proposal comes to fruition you would have to feel for Holyhead and Llangefni for example who have both invested heavily in bringing their grounds up to WPL standard with the intention of joining the elite of Welsh semi-pro football yet could in the near future be faced with an additional hurdle to overcome before truly achieving that objective. I doubt they would be best pleased. (SS)
BREATH OF o2 FOR GLANTRAETH
(07/01/09) The mobile phone company o2 have awarded ?1,000 to Glantraeth to fence off their ground at Trefdraeth. We put forward an application in November to fence off part of the ground from surrounding farmland to prevent sheep getting on to the playing field and the viewing areas and have now received confirmation that we have been successful in getting an o2 ?It?s Your Community Award.? The award has paid for all the materials and we will be erecting environmentally friendly fencing later this month using volunteer labour. The o2 It?s Your Community Awards of up to ?1,000 are intended to make a real difference within a community and it now gives us the incentive to proceed with further plans to improve the facilities at Glantraeth and make the ground more appealing to players and spectators alike. (SS)
£12,000 PAID OUT IN 2008
(06/01/09) An amazing £12,000 in prize money was paid out last year in Glantraeth's 3 Number Lotto draw.
When you consider the thinly populated catchment area here in Bodorgan it is a quite incredible sum of money to generate for prize money plus the revenue that goes towards funding the club and once again many thanks to those within and outside of the club who work so tirelessly to make it so successful. The next draw next Saturday night is for a £1,000 Jackpot and you can obtain a ticket costing ?1 at the Llanfairpwll game or at Bethel Village shop.
WAITING FOR CLEARANCE
(04/01/09) Manager Gareth Roberts has made his first signings of the transfer window both now awaiting the all-clear to play in Welsh football from the FAW. The first is Andy Pitman a 23 year old goalkeeper. Doncaster born Andy was a youth player with Notts Forest, Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United and has also played UniBond League football for Frickley Athletic and Wakefield-Emley. The second is Ephrim (Eppy) McFadden aged 20. Born in Ireland Ephrim plays mainly in defence and has played with Bangor University. Gerallt Jones has rejoined Llangefni Town.
DAY LIVERPOOL CAME TO TOWN
WELL...TO THE VILLAGE
(04/01/09) A programme kept by chairman Gari Evans is a reminder of a red letter day for Glantraeth in November 1997 when some Liverpool stars came to Bodorgan, the occasion being featured in the matchday programme for Liverpool?s home Premiership game with Coventry City the following month. It was when the Jones Llanfaethlu Branch of the Red?s International Supporters Club played host to the Mark Leather Select XI that included Liverpool staff members Sammy Lee, Joe Corrigan and Mark Leather himself who was Liverpool?s physio at the time. Click on picture above to enlarge. This and more club memorabilia will be added to the Archives pages over the coming weeks.
(03/01/09) With more overnight frost it looks certain that today's Cymru Alliance programme will be decimated. Already confirmed off are Llangefni's home game with Buckley and Holyhead's away trip to Penrhyncoch with more seemingly certain to follow. All games have now been confirmed off.
THAT WAS SOME YEAR THAT WAS
(01/01/09) Well, I don?t think we will be too sorry to see the back of 2008.
It didn?t start too promisingly as we went down to a heavy 5-1 defeat at Gap Queens Park in the first game of the year. Finishing seventh was hardly disastrous but not quite up to the high standard manager Paul Whelan had set during his five years in charge that included that famous league and cup double. In the summer Paul moved into the Welsh Premier League with Porthmadog and we were left with the task of appointing a new manager.
Former Bodedern boss Kev Hughes took charge and brought a new burst of enthusiasm to the club. Kev worked tremendously hard to bring together a squad of players that he believed were equipped for the challenges that lay ahead including several from his previous club. I got on great with Kev and nothing would have given me greater pleasure than to see him still in charge and us top of the league but for reasons we won?t revisit things didn?t work out and September saw Gareth Roberts appointed our third manager of the year.
There could not have been a worse time to come on board as with the transfer deadline looming and players leaving it was clear that the coming months would prove difficult in the extreme and so they have proved as we have at times struggled to even field a full team with the depleted squad that remained. Gareth and Dafydd have done a great job in stabilising things but have enjoyed little luck. Game after game we have matched the opposition then gone down to a single goal defeat and you don?t have to be a genius to realise that lack of strike power is our major problem. Fixing that during the one month the Welsh FA generously allow us will not be easy but we can only hope for a better 2009. Happy New Year everyone. (SS)
(31/12/08) Fixtures for February have now been released by the Cymru Alliance and added to the fixtures page. They include two home games against Mynydd Isa and Llandudno with a fixture still to be arranged for Saturday 14th February the date of the regional cups which we do not enter.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(31/12/08) There were no winners in last weekend's Three Number Lotto draw, the winning numbers being 5, 13 & 20. The next draw is on Saturday 10th January when the Rollover Jackpot will be £1,000.
TIME TO REGROUP AND GO AGAIN
(30/12/08) No praise is too high for our performance at Buckley Town on Saturday. To fight back from two goals down with only ten men and come so close to winning the game was a magnificent effort. Every one of those players
who battled their way back into the game showed a real commitment and there were outstanding performances all over the pitch. I have often bemoaned our failure to turn possession into points this season but Saturday?s fighting display was beyond any kind of criticism. When David Alan Jones (pictured) scored with four minutes remaining it looked as if we would pull of a memorable win but football can be a cruel as well as a funny old game. We went from something approaching euphoria to complete dejection in a little over five minutes and the final whistle sounding just as Buckley went ahead struck a nerve to say the least. They of course couldn?t hide their delight after staring defeat in the face. With no game this coming weekend it buys us some time to regroup, recover from the disappointment of Saturday and hopefully make some additions to the squad by the time of the next game at home to Llanfairpwll on 10th January. A change of fortune in the New Year would not go amiss. (SS)
MAGNIFICENT SECOND HALF RECOVERY BUT....
VICTORY CRUELLY SNATCHED AWAY
(27/12/08) If ever a game summed up Glantraeth's season this was it. A quite magnificent second half effort appeared to have earned Glantraeth the three points only for victory to be cruelly snatched away in injury time as
Buckley scored twice to gain a victory they hardly deserved. The home side went two up in the opening half-hour through Mark Roberts and John Dowridge and the game appeared to have completely slipped away from Glan seven minutes before the break as Gerallt Jones was cautioned twice for dissent and sent off. Down to ten men the Anglesey side, who had played much the better football in the first period, continued to push forward and at last gained some reward on 64 minutes as Paul Rowlands pounced on a loose ball following a good run from David Alan Jones and let fly with a low shot that found the bottom corner. Four minutes later Glan were level as Paul Rowlands was tripped and Kevin Roberts converted the spot kick. It was a heroic effort from Glan and four minutes from time they seemed to have won it as a series of shots were blocked on the goalline before David Alan Jones found space to force the ball home. With the game in the 91st minute there was cruel luck for Glan as Ryan Butcher let fly with a shot that was going wide only for the ball to seemingly cannon off defender Emyr Rowlands into the net. Even worse was to follow as Miles Todd swept the ball home in the 93rd minute to put Buckley back in the lead, the referee deciding that was to be the last kick of the game and resulting in David Alan Jones being red-carded for something he said to the match official. Report now online.
PITCH INSPECTION - GAME ON
(27/12/08) Following the overnight frost Buckley Town have been in touch to say they have arranged a pitch inspection for 11.00 am. Referee has declared pitch playable and game is ON.
END OF THE STRUGGLE?
(26/12/08) Glantraeth travel to face Buckley Town at Globe Way tomorrow without skipper Gareth Owen who is unavailable. We can only hope the game will bring to an end one of the most difficult periods in the club?s history as we have
struggled on week after week without being able to add to what has often been a threadbare squad since the change in management back in September. Buckley are having a much improved season, currently seventh in the table and still with a realistic chance of joining the leading group and any points we take from this game will be a nice holiday bonus. It?s perhaps ironic that our 3-0 home defeat to Buckley in October was arguably the only one of our last 11 games in which we have clearly been second best and yet we have only taken 5 points from those games which is disappointing but hopefully also evidence that we are not far away from having a side that can start climbing the table.
MARC'S EPIC CHRISTMAS JOURNEY
(22/12/08) Despite Kev Roberts' fabulous strike it was another disappointing defeat on Saturday when we again had enough possession to have reasonably expected to take something from the game but once more we lost by a single goal margin, that?s five times in the past seven games, and once more it was our failure to convert all that possession into enough goals that was our downfall. With Gerallt and Paul recently becoming fathers for the first time I did suggest tongue in cheek to Gareth Owen after the game that it was a pity our finishing wasn?t as good on the pitch as it appears to be off it! I also asked him how his finishing was going but we won?t go there. The transfer window opens on January 1st when we are allowed to sign a player or two. Brought in by FIFA to satisfy the European Commission I am surprised these transfer windows have not been challenged in a court of law. I make no apologies for returning to this subject because it is clearly a restraint of trade, stopping a non-contract player going to work for another employer. Can you imagine a part-time cashier at Tesco in Holyhead being told they would have to wait until January before they could accept a similar position at the new Morrisons? store!! We have done well to field a full team every week. Next Saturday we travel to face Buckley Town and coming so closely on top of the Christmas festivities it is probably a game we could do without but mention should be made of keeper Marc Newbould (pictured above). The Bangor University student will be home in Kent for Christmas but is making a 500 mile round trip by train especially to play at Buckley before returning home for the New Year celebrations. Well done Marc. Finally, Nadolig Llawen to all our players, officials and spectators plus all our many friends in the Cymru Alliance and in fact everyone who regularly visits the website. (SS)
KEV'S STUNNER NOT ENOUGH
(20/12/08) A spectacular half-volleyed strike from Kevin Roberts fifteen minutes from time was not enough to retrieve the game as Glan went down to yet another single goal defeat, losing 2-1 to Denbigh Town. The first half belonged to the visitors as they went ahead through a glancing header from Gareth Martin after 17 minutes and added another on the stroke of half-time through Chris Williams. A much better display by the home side in the second period could have seen them rescue the game but while there was no lack of effort again there were not enough bullets in the gun and the result followed the pattern of so many recent games to see Glan even more firmly anchored in the bottom two. Report and Photos now online.
GAME STILL ON
(20/12/08) The pitch is heavy but playable and today's game at home to Denbigh Town is still on, kick-off 2.00 pm.
PAUL BACH A DAD AT LAST
(19/12/08) News just in from a delighted taid that Paul Rowlands became a father for the first time when his wife gave birth to a baby girl this afternoon. Paul's father is of course Allan Rowlands, a referee in the Welsh Alliance as well as running the line in the Cymru Alliance. Congratulations Paul.
CHANCE TO JUMP A PLACE?
(18/12/08) We reach the halfway stage of the season on Saturday with the visit of Denbigh Town. A lot has happened since we last met on the opening day of the season when we came away from Central Park with a hard earned goalless draw. Our visitors currently lie in 11th place and a win over them could possibly see us jump out of the bottom two with Gresford facing what will be a tough game at Llandudno. Defender David Hughes (pictured left) is back in contention after recovering from injury. The match ball sponsors carried over from last week are the Mostyn Arms, Bangor.
MORE RECORDS ADDED
(14/12/08) Winners of the club's Player of the Year award over the seasons have been added to the Records page. Also Leading Goalscorers including Ian Fidler (pictured) the club's all time record scorer. There are still plenty of gaps, if you know any of the missing names please email website.
(14/12/08) Last night's winning numbers in the Three Number Lotto draw were 3, 8 & 10. The winners were Morfydd Hughes of Gwalchmai and Gina Baker of Newborough who shared the £500 Jackpot. The next draw is on Saturday 27th December when the Rollover Jackpot will again be £500.
ISLAND CHALLENGE GETS STRONGER
(13/12/08) Only three games survived the weather today with Anglesey sides Llangefni Town and Holyhead Hotspur both battling back from a goal down to take maximum points. Hotspur eventually came out on top against Lex XI by four goals to two with Ian Williams on target twice and Lee Webber and Marc Evans also on the scoresheet. Cefni's good run of form continues as they came out the winners 3-2 after their game was switched to Penrhyncoch and retain second place in the table now only three points behind title favourites Bala Town. Their goals came from Iwan Jones, Kev Roberts and a late winner from Graham Austin. In the day's only other Cymru Alliance game Mold Alex beat bottom club Llandyrnog United 2-1.
(13/12/08) Today's game at home to Ruthin Town has been postponed following a 10.00 am pitch inspection due to a waterlogged pitch.
TOUGH ON AND OFF THE FIELD
(10/12/08) Ruthin Town are the visitors to Cae Trefdraeth on Saturday. Under former Llangefni manager Adie Jones (pictured right) they are enjoying something of a renaissance this season, currently lying in fourth place. We welcome back Gareth Owen following his one game suspension. We meanwhile are now in a serious relegation struggle having fallen seven points below the safety zone following our defeat at Penrhyncoch and need to make the next two home games count. Quite what will happen at the end of this season in regards to relegation (and promotion) appears to be more complicated than ever due to the proposed FAW restructuring and no-one seems to be sure just what is going on. Only this week a meeting has been called at very short notice of North Wales WPL clubs plus promotion seeking clubs from our league to attend a meeting to discuss the splitting of the WPL into two leagues. Quite incredibly it appears that no-one has had the courtesy to inform the Cymru Alliance of this meeting which is very unprofessional as well as disrespectful. Yet last Friday?s Daily Post apparently carried a claim from the Porthmadog chairman that the CA was ?not as professionally run? as the WPL. The guy is entitled to his opinion but give me Chas Rowland (pictured left), our league secretary, rather than John Deakin any day of the week. We?re not only finding it tough on the pitch at present it?s tough off it as well. Generating revenue in the present economic climate is getting harder and harder and many clubs are struggling and Glantraeth are no exception. Across the Menai Strait we have our two local WPL clubs, Bangor City and Caernarfon Town, effectively up for sale and Mike Smith who runs the much respected Bangor City Citizens Choice website has written a well researched article under the heading Welsh Premier in Meltdown that spells out in graphic detail the problems being faced by clubs throughout Wales. What is certain is that it will get a whole lot worse before it gets better. (SS)
MOSTYN ARMS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT
(08/12/08) We thank Keith & Linda of the Mostyn Arms, Ambrose Street, Bangor for sponsoring the match ball at next Saturday's home game with Ruthin Town. They own the recently refurbished Pub with their sons, Mathew and Adam. You will know Adam as Adam Jones who of course plays for us here at Glantraeth. The recent refurbishment has given the Mostyn Arms, just around the corner from The Skerries Pub, a warm and inviting atmosphere and the feedback from everyone has been great!! Being a Free House there is a good choice of Wines, Spirits, Beers and local Cask Ales. There are the usual attractions including Pool, Darts, Jukebox and TV, including the Sky Sports Ultra Package for the new season and all in HD, so whatever Sky Sports are televising during the next 12 months the Mostyn Arms will be showing every sporting event including the Premiership and the Six Nations Rugby. You can learn more about the Mostyn Arms at their excellent website www.mostynarms.co.uk
GLAN MANAGER GARETH ROBERTS SAYS IT ALL....
"THE SAME OLD STORY"
(06/12/08) A nightmare start for Glantraeth as they went a goal down after just 65 seconds, Tim Turner rising above Emyr Rowlands to head home a cross from Ashley Stephens. Glan came back strongly and five minutes later Paul Rowlands went around the keeper (pictured above) only for Mark Gornall to make a brilliant clearance off the line but Rowlands was not be denied picking up the loose ball then beating a defender before slamming the ball into the net with great composure. Glan were now well on top only to be caught out again on 13 minutes as Penrhyn broke forward quickly and Sion Meredith was left with an easy finish.
It was another of those frustrating afternoons as Glan went on to look the better side with stand-in skipper Darren Jones at the heart of a midfield that dominated much of the play and played some fine passing football but again the side lacked that vital cutting edge, the nearest to an equaliser coming five minutes from time as Paul Rowlands picked out an unmarked Chris Saxon at the far post but he headed over from a great position. As the final whistle sounded Glan manager Gareth Robert's exasperated shout of 'the same old story' just about said it all. Report now online.
A BIT OF LUCK WOULD BE NICE
(04/12/08) It?s the long journey to Ceredigion on Saturday to face Penrhyncoch, another place where it?s not easy to come away with three points. The Cae Baker side had a good one-all draw at Llandudno last week apparently fielding a very youthful side and lie two places above us in the table, just the kind of side we need to beat. A bit of luck would be nice for a change?.a fluke, a deflection, even a Van Persie type offside goal, we?ll take any of them. Penrhyn are another of those clubs you have to admire, a village club where there is always a friendly welcome (off the field!) who have developed a tidy ground with what appears a thriving social club, they are one of the few clubs who would hardly face an increase in travel costs if promoted. The bad news is that skipper Gareth Owen will miss the game due to a one match suspension following his dismissal against Lex although on the positive side Chris Saxon?s current work pattern means he is available this week.
MOVING AHEAD OFF THE FIELD
(02/12/08) There is a good buzz about the club at present despite our league position. Saturday might not have been a good day for Gareth but there was much to admire about the way the team battled on with ten men and once again we can feel a little hard done by not to get at least a point. Certainly at no time in the game were we second best. The nonsense at the end of the game shouldn?t deflect from what was a fine game of football with Lex making a full contribution to the entertainment. Things have changed considerably off the field and it has been noticeable that we are getting far more support this season from Malltraeth where we now have our base at the Joiners Arms. Phil
lays on some great food following the game and the Joiners has quickly become part of a really enjoyable matchday experience. However, the biggest change has been the establishing of the canteen on the ground. It has given a focal point to the ground itself that wasn?t there before and it is noticeable that spectators are arriving earlier to take advantage of the marvellous food smells emanating from ?Hel?s Kitchen.? On Saturday the bacon and sausage baps went like a bomb and Helen and Les sold out of just about everything, even serving up full breakfasts! We were also complimented by Lex officials on our hospitality. There is now a link on this page to the canteen menu. There is also now a real determination to develop the ground and make it far more comfortable for spectators and we hope to see progress over the next two or three months. Last Monday I did a presentation at Ysgol Bodorgan to the club committee of a two year development plan that I believe will transform the ground. If my involvement with the club is to mean anything it?s something we have to do, standing still is not an option if we are to remain in the second tier of Welsh football. The demands from the FAW for clubs to improve their grounds are getting ever stronger and we will face a ground inspection in the near future. The club committee has also gained in strength and that will be a great bonus in tackling the work that lies ahead. This season has been challenging for all of us and we can only hope that come next May we will all feel we have succeeded in meeting those challenges. (SS)
DISGRACEFUL SCENES MAR A FABULOUS GAME AS....
TEN MEN GLAN FIGHT LIKE TIGERS
(29/11/08) Playing the whole of the second period with ten men following the dismissal of Gareth Owen for a second caution Glantraeth fought to the bitter end to get something out of this game and once again will feel the Gods were conspiring against them. This was a great advert for Cymru Alliance football until the game entered added time when one player spoiled it for everyone. Lex subsititute Khoz Hematinafar was sent off for kicking out at Gerallt Jones. In the act of leaving the field the same player ran over and viciously kicked Jones in one of the most cowardly acts ever seen at Cae Trefdraeth and seems certain to now face a lengthy ban from football. His disgraceful behaviour shouldn't deflect from what was a fabulous game of football. Lex took the lead against the run of play on 21
minutes as Gareth Owen inexplicably handled a cross from Ian Davies and Mike Latham converted the spot kick. The home side pulled level eleven minutes later as Chris Evans bent a free kick into the bottom corner (pictured above). A scuffle in the Lex area three minutes before the interval saw Gareth Owen picked out for punishment and a second yellow meant an early departure for Glan's skipper. There was no stopping ten man Glan as they went pressing for the lead and it came on the hour mark as Chris Evans crossed from the left and Gerallt Jones, now the proud father of baby Gres, converted with a downward header. Three minutes later Hematinafar levelled as a cross from the right found him unmarked and there was fury on the home bench on 68 minutes as Lex substitute Leighton Roberts was allowed to run on from a seemingly offside position and his shot found the net off the inside of a post. A man down Glan continued to press forward and it was Gerallt Jones again the scorer to pull it back to three-all, volleying home after being picked out by Chris Evans. After such a magnificent effort it was hard on Glantraeth when Leighton Roberts scored what proved to be the winner fifteen minutes from time, heading past keeper Marc Newbould after Craig Hughes had met a right wing corner kick. Lex hung on in added time with Mike Griffiths clearing off the line and Paul Rowlands having a shot saved at point blank range. Report and Photos now online.
MATCH BALL SPONSORS
(27/11/08) Saturday's match ball sponsors are Agoriad Cyf who help people with disabilities achieve greater independence and realise their potential as valued
members of their communities. Glantraeth manager Gareth Roberts is employed by them, working in their Bangor office. We thank them for their support.
REASON TO FEEL OPTIMISTIC
(26/11/08) After being fortunate to escape relegation last term next Saturday?s visitors Lex XI have come back strongly this season helped by players and management moving over from last season?s Welsh National League winners Brymbo. The Wrexham side started the season like a train and although they have fallen back somewhat since then last weekend?s 2-0 win at bottom club Llandyrnog United consolidated a comfortable mid-table placing.
Glantraeth welcome back Adam Jones and Andy Tower while Chris Saxon is again absent through unavoidable work commitments. On the injury front Gafyn Lloyd Jones has been told he can start training again in January following his ankle operation and David Hughes is still two or three weeks away from returning. With the added pressure of trying to secure that first win gone it?s to be hoped that we can now play with more confidence in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It?s been difficult but we have made slow but steady progress since that dark period a few weeks back when we conceded 16 goals in three games culminating in last weekend?s vital three points at Guilsfield, and at our best there is no reason why we cannot do it again on Saturday.
LOOKING TO BUILD ON SATURDAY
(24/11/08) Celebrating a first win of the season with December fast approaching was perhaps something we?re not used to at Glantraeth, but celebrate we did on Saturday. The Spa Off-licence in Guilsfield was fair cleaned out and the long coach journey home was a joyous affair with inevitably ?Chicken? at the heart of most of the noise. The drama of those last ten minutes on a freezing cold afternoon made for great theatre and even though we had to suffer through what appeared an excessive amount of added time ? shades of Sir Alex there! ? the whistle when it finally sounded saw raised arms all around. It?s a wonder Chris and Corey survived the goal celebrations, I don?t think I?ve ever seen so many bodies heaped on top of a scorer. I?m delighted for Gareth and Dafydd, it has been so frustrating over recent weeks as on so many occasions we have failed to gain the points our performances have deserved. Even on Saturday it looked until late on as if that might be the case and I would be regurgitating the same old sob story in my match report. Rome wasn?t built in a day, so they tell me, and there is still much work to do but it does give us a platform on which to build. Confidence and belief are an important part of the game and the win will have done us no harm. It?s an old clich頩n football to take one game at a time, but it?s a good clich鬠and now we have to take the standard we set at Guilsfield into the next game. Photos from the Guilsfield game are now online but don't expect anything special from me. (SS)
LATE STRIKES FROM SAXON & SINNOTT GIVE GLAN....
VICTORY AT LAST
(22/11/08) It's been a long time coming but how Glan deserved it as they battled and battled and gained their just rewards as two goals from Chris Saxon and Corey Sinnott in the final seven minutes secured a great 2-1
triumph, and how the players celebrated the goals! With the squad stretched to the limit 17 year old Bryn Jones (pictured left) made his first team debut after graduating from Glantraeth Juniors and played a big part in a fine performance from the visitors. Glan looked to be fired up from the start and should have been ahead at the break but it was Guilsfield who took the lead on 51 minutes as Jamie Evans' low shot beat Marc Newbould's despairing dive. Instead of letting heads drop Glan stepped up the pace and only the brilliance of Guils' keeper Dave Littleford kept them out. It looked like being the same old story but the pressure finally told as Glan went for broke with Chris Saxon fairly blasting the ball home in the 83rd minute to pull level and three minutes later all hell let loose as Corey Sinnott went round the keeper before burying the ball in the net for the winner. Report now online.
CONDOLENCES TO PAUL
(22/11/08) The club have sent a card to our former manager Paul Whelan
expressing our sympathy following the death of his father Paddy in a Bangor nursing home aged 82. Paddy Whelan was one of North Wales? best known footballers of the post-war era. As an inside-forward with a flair for goals, Dublin-born Whelan played for Bangor City, Pwllheli, Holyhead Town and is pictured in Flint Town colours as part of their Welsh Cup winning team of 1954. Whelan became Bangor?s trainer later and was involved in that club?s Welsh Cup triumph of 1962, followed by the European Cup Winners? Cup epic with Naples.
£500 JACKPOT GOES AGAIN
(22/11/08) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 1, 13 & 20. The winners were Val Jones of Gaerwen and Jean of Mona who had two winning tickets so gets a two third share of the £500 Jackpot. The next draw is on Saturday 13th December when the Rollover Jackpot will again be £500.
(21/11/08) Congratulations to Gerallt Jones and his lovely wife Vicky who yesterday afternoon became the proud parents of a baby girl. For our female visitors the baby weighed in at 6lb 14oz although she doesn't have a name just yet. Gerallt will of course have responsibilities more important than football tomorrow when we travel to Guilsfield with a squad that will be down to the bare bones. Adam, Gafyn, Andy, David, and now Gerallt are unavailable and former youth team player Bryn Jones could well be rewarded for his patience.
TWO IN & TWO OUT
(19/11/08) Both full backs are out of next Saturday?s vital meeting with Guilsfield, a game we simply cannot afford to lose. David Hughes faces an operation while Adam Jones (pictured) has to attend a course. The good news is
that Chris Saxon and Paul Rowlands are again available for selection. Last Saturday?s 2-1 defeat by Gresford was a bitter blow and with only Llandyrnog between us and rock bottom and the gap above growing the situation is getting desperate. Everyone is looking to January when we can hopefully strengthen the squad but weather permitting well over half the games will have been played by then and if we don?t start piling up points soon recovery might be well nigh impossible. They say that when strikers suffering a goal famine score plenty more goals follow, let?s hope the same is true if we pick up our first win! We face our two longest journeys before Christmas, Guilsfield and Penrhyncoch, but we have been playing better away from home recently and we have to believe they are games we can win. We renew acquaintance with Llion Davies on Saturday. Having played 31 goals for Glan last season without getting a sniff of a goal he recently got his name in the papers after putting Guilsfield ahead in their Welsh Cup tie at TNS. Seems he only does it for the cameras.
SPONSOR A MATCH BALL?
(17/11/08) Would anyone willing to sponsor a match ball at one of our home games please email the website, we offer a great deal. Although most sponsors donate ?15 or ?20 we will accept as little as ?12.50, the cost of a Mitre Ultimatch football at Argos, and for that you get a feature article on you and your business on the Glantraeth website, one of the most visited football sites in North Wales (20,000 hits per month and growing!). Also a link to your business on the site for a two week period either side of the game and last but not least a mention in the matchday programme and over the PA before the game. As well as all that of course you are helping the club. Please give it some conideration.
GLAN DEEP IN THE MIRE
(15/11/08) A first half display best forgotten in which Glantraeth were outplayed, outfought and outthought saw them gain a lifeline on 41 minutes as Kevin Roberts headed home a Tomos Wyn Roberts' cross and Gresford striker Craig
Williams get his marching orders presumably for something he said to one of the match officials. It reduced the arrears to a single goal after Gresford had scored through Craig Willams on 10 minutes with Max Peate adding another in the 21st minute. To their credit Glan upped the ante after the break and exerted more and more pressure on the visiting defence and ended the game virtually camped out in the Gresford half but the goal just would not come and Glan now find themselves deep in the mire with a relegation battle seemingly looming. Report now online.
PROBLEMS ACCESSING WEBSITE?
(14/11/08) I've had one or two reports of people not being able to access the website over recent weeks although as it's still averaging 500 to 600 hits a day it can't be many. Wayne Jones at Amlwch was having trouble accessing using AOL but gets it no problem using Internet Explorer. I will try and find out why that should be as it's well beyond my computer knowledge. (SS)
LOOKING TO CLOSE THE GAP
(13/11/08) Gresford?s 2-1 win over Penrhyncoch last Saturday saw them jump
ahead of us and now we are suffering the indignity of lying second from bottom. It doesn?t need a university degree then to understand just how important is next Saturday?s game when the Wrexham side are the visitors to Cae Trefdraeth. A six point gap has now opened up above the bottom three and we cannot afford for it to get any bigger. Last season we won the corresponding fixture 4-0 with goals from Paul Tilbury, Chris Saxon, Rob Williams and Gerallt Jones. A repeat would go down well, however, manager Gareth Roberts reports that Chris Saxon, Andy Tower and Paul Rowlands are all unavailable so things don?t get any easier.
(12/11/08) In tonight?s games Buckley beat Guilsfield 2-1, Holyhead won 3-1 at
Llandudno and the local island derby ended 2-1 in favour of Llangefni over Llanfairpwll courtesy of a last minute goal for the home side. Gresford were winning 2-1 at Mold Alex only for the game to be abandoned due to floodlight failure. There was an abandonment last night as well with Lex XI winning 2-0 at Flint. The game between Bala and Denbigh had earlier been postponed. Updated league table now online.
ANDY TO SPONSOR MATCH BALL
(10/11/08) Our thanks to Andy Unwin of Agoriad Cyf who has agreed to sponsor the match ball for next Saturday?s home game with Gresford Athletic. Agoriad Cyf was set up to help people with disabilities achieve greater independence and realise their potential as valued
members of their communities. They are based in Bangor, Pwllheli, Dolgellau and Bethesda. Andy works in the Dolgellau office but will be attending Saturday?s game as a guest of manager Gareth Roberts.
KEY GAMES COMING UP
(10/11/08) There?s no hiding away from the fact that the pressure is mounting as we now go into two consecutive games against the sides immediately above us, Gresford Athletic and Guilsfield. It is a frustrating experience watching Glan at present, several supporters are already reported to be on medication, the frustration coming from the way we are matching or bettering opponents but failing to gain anything like the reward our efforts should warrant. It?s happening time and time again and we can only blame ourselves although a little luck would be much appreciated, it has been in short supply recently. Last Saturday was typical, we were on top for lengthy periods of the game, the chances were there, yet we still had to rely on a late goal to claw back even a point. It?s maybe being a little dramatic to talk about Saturday being a ?must win? game but if we are not to fall further off the pace we need to be looking for at least four points from these two encounters. It won?t be easy, however, we are more than capable of achieving them and more if we start putting to bed the chances we are creating.
(08/11/08) It took a late goal from Kevin Roberts to give Glantraeth even a share of the points after they had dominated today's encounter with a poor Mold Alex side. The visitors had taken the lead after 22
minutes in their first meaningful attack through a marvellous strike from Dave Pitson. Glan huffed and puffed all afternoon and should have won with goals to spare but again they and their supporters were left frustrated at the failure to make all this possession count. Glan were still going strong for the winner at the death but were hardly helped by a referee that blew the final whistle with no added time and almost 30 seconds of the allotted 45 minutes still to play.