FIVE CLUBS APPLY FOR PROMOTION
(02/01/11) With the 31st December closing date for applications for promotion now gone there are five Gwynedd League clubs that have applied to join Welsh Alliance Division Two next season. They are: Glantraeth, Bethel, Bro Goronwy, Beaumaris Town and Llanfairfechan Town.
JANUARY'S FIXTURES RELEASED
(29/12/10) In our next fixture Glantraeth will be at home to Bangor City Reserves on Saturday 8th January. We have no game currently scheduled for the following weekend but on Saturday 22nd January are away to Llanfairfechan Town and then entertain Llanystumdwy on the last Saturday of the month. All are league games and kick-off at 2.00 pm.
(29/12/10) It was a question asked by Mail Sports Editor Dave Jones in a featured article just before Christmas. Many clubs will put forward a claim including Llangefni Town and England-based Oswestry Town, the only two clubs to win the Cymru Alliance title twice during the League’s 20 year existence. We at Glantraeth could certainly put forward a strong claim as Paul Whelan’s 2005-06 squad won a league and cup double, the only Anglesey side to ever do so as I never tire of saying. Not bad for a tiny village club and it was perhaps symbolic that the article was headed by a picture of Glan’s title winning side. Happy days. You can read what Dave had to say by clicking here (SS)
A YEAR OF BIG CHANGE AT GLANTRAETH
(28/12/10) 2010 will be remembered for several different reasons at Glantraeth having started off the year out of football but planning for our return this season. The ground at Trefdraeth has undergone a dramatic transformation and we have rebuilt the infrastructure of the club to make the foundations of the club stronger than ever. In March we announced the appointment of a new management team, Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts, and they were charged with building a team from scratch and their hard work paid off as we saw a tremendous turnout of players when pre-season training commenced back in June. Inevitably some players have moved on since due to lack of opportunities but Kev and Chris have put together a squad that has provided exciting, attacking
football and looks strong enough to compete for honours in the New Year.
We had applied to join Welsh Alliance Division Two but the FAW placed us in the Gwynedd League. It is a tremendously competitive league and island clubs such as ourselves, Bro Goronwy, Beaumaris Town and Trearddur Bay United from the Anglesey League have proved they can compete with, and in fact beat, clubs from much higher leagues. With so many local derbies and so many high scoring games it can be argued that football at this level has proved even more enjoyable although we are still ambitious to progress to the Welsh Alliance.
We have continued to build up our club lottery and it’s doubtful if any other island club sells more tickets than ourselves. The hard graft put into raising funds has always been the key to this club’s success over the years and we look forward to more of the same in the future.
STILL NO WORD ON FIXTURES
(28/12/10) We are due to resume playing on Saturday 8th January but we have not had any word on fixtures for January yet. I have asked league secretary Alun Foulkes if he can at least inform us of our next fixture. I will post on here as soon as any information is available. (SS)
BEST CHRISTMAS WISHES
(24/12/10) Best wishes for Christmas to all at Glantraeth...players, management, committee, supporters and their families as well as all regular visitors to the website.
BOB BRODIE IS £1,000 WINNER
(23/12/10) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 7 & 15 and there was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Bob Brodie of Holyhead, Bob being a former manager of Glantraeth. The next draw for a £500 Jackpot takes place on Saturday 8th January in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
£1,000 LOTTO DRAW THURSDAY
(21/12/10) Don't forget that the club's 3 Number Lotto draw this week for a £1,000 Rollover Jackpot will take place this Thursday evening at approx 9.50 pm in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth. Please ensure you have your tickets back in time for the draw. That will make total prize money for 2010 of £12,000, a magnificent achievement for a club of our size so a big thank you to all our agents and helpers and particularly Helen, Les and John who organise the draw so professionally.
GLAN APPLY FOR WELSH ALLIANCE
(18/12/10) Glantraeth have applied to join Welsh Alliance Division Two for season 2011-12 subject of course to finishing in a promotion position. A ground inspection is expected to take place next month. Other clubs that have so far applied according to the Welsh Alliance website are St Asaph, Abergele Rovers & Rhuddlan Town from the Clwyd League and Bethel from the Gwynedd League.
TOMORROW'S GAME IS OFF
(17/12/10) With over six inches of snow on the ground and more snow and freezing conditions forecast tomorrow's home game with Bangor City Reserves has now been officially postponed.
COAST FA UP & RUNNING AGAIN !
(17/12/10) The interview panel as selected at the NWCFA special general
meeting under the guidance of the FAW met on the 8th December at Conwy Golf Club and the following appointments have been made: General Secretary: Bryan Roberts (Abergele); Treasurer: Mr.R.M.Jones (Rhuddlan); Disciplinary Secretary: Philip Cotton (Colwyn Bay); Referees Secretary: Simon Williams (Beaumaris); Development Secretary: Gareth Jones (Gaerwen); Registration Secretary: Mrs. Julia Jones (Holywell); Welfare Officer: Paul Williams (Prestatyn). The Competitions Secretary is still Alun Foulkes (pictured).
LEAGUE GETS A LITTLE TIGHTER
(12/12/10) With the top two both dropping two points yesterday as Bro Goronwy and Holyhead Hotspur Reserves fought out a 2-2 draw the gap at the top of the Gwynedd League has narrowed a little with third placed Beaumaris Town winning 5-2 against Bethel and Glan gaining a 5-0 win at Bontnewydd to move back into fourth place. The title is still not completely in our own hands and we have yet to face tough away trips to Holyhead, Bro Goronwy and Beaumaris but there is now a chink of light and it is up to us to keep applying the pressure through our own performances on the pitch. The other league fixture between Llanystumdwy and Bangor University was postponed. League table has been updated.
£1,000 CHRISTMAS JACKPOT
(11/12/10) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the jackpot rollsover to £1,000. The winning numbers were 2, 15 & 16. Because Christmas Day falls on a Saturday please note the next draw takes place on THURSDAY 23RD DECEMBER in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
GLAN MADE TO WORK FOR POINTS
(11/12/10) Although Glantraeth ended 5-0 winners against bottom club Bontnewydd at Cae Stanley this afternoon it wasn't all plain sailing as the home side mounted a determined rearguard action during the opening forty-five minutes. The visitors played the ball around with effortless ease but time and again were denied by last ditch defending and the heroics of Bont keeper Carl Jones. Steve Jones came closest to opening the scoring as he headed against a
post after 11 minutes but it was the 28th minute before Glan finally made the breakthrough as Gary Jones found the net from the edge of the area after his first effort had been blocked. Five minutes later Craig Evans also struck an upright but James Saxon reacted quickly to float the ball back into the middle where Ricky Owen was on hand to make it 2-0 with a header. Bont came more into the game after the break without really testing keeper Kyle Williams. It was Chris Saxon who was thwarted by the woodwork on 67 minutes but he had better luck eight minutes later as he fired home from 25 yards after a good run from Huw Allan Jones. Although outplayed you could not but admire Bontnewydd's spirit but they finally capitulated in the final stages as a nice move four minutes from time ended with Craig Evans crossing for Huw Allan Jones to head home and a minute later it was Craig Evans the scorer from a James Saxon cross. It was almost six in added time as an effort from Daron Wyn Jones also struck a post.
BACK TO LEAGUE BUSINESS
(10/12/10) We play our first league game since October when we travel to bottom club Bontnewydd tomorrow, kick-off 2.00 pm. Having easily won the two previous meetings the biggest danger will be complacency so it is important we stay focused on securing a win with a professional and fully committed performance. The league is always the number one priority and although we might have to rely on results elsewhere we are still very much in the frame and ready to take advantage of any slip-ups. The match referee is Simon Wallace.
ALEC MOVES TO LLANERCHYMEDD
(07/12/10) Glantraeth have today released Alec Griffith in order for him to sign for Llanerchymedd. 22 year old Alec can play in defence or midfield and has made 12 starts for Glan this season, scoring twice. He will be a great asset to the Anglesey League club with his driving runs and powerful shooting ability and can count himself unlucky that he has not had more opportunity to shine in his more natural position on the right side of midfield in the face of fierce competition for places. We wish Alec well with his new club and thank him for his efforts for Glantraeth this season.
NO NEWS ON INTERMEDIATE CUP
(07/12/10) With the North Wales Coast FA still in transition after recent upheavals it is perhaps not surprising that there is no news yet of the Intermediate Cup semi-finals draw although to be fair they are not likely to
take place until the middle of March. Definitely through to the last four are Beaumaris Town and Glantraeth with quarter-final ties between Bangor City Reserves and Bethel plus Clwyd League sides Shotton Steel and St Asaph still to be played. Of these clubs only Bangor City have won the 55 year old competition previously. Our route to the semi-finals has been exciting to put it mildly with hard fought wins over Rhuddlan Town, Bro Goronwy and Llandudno proving anything but an easy passage. Last season the semi-finals were held on neutral grounds at Llangefni and Llandudno with the final at Farrar Road.
CHRISTMAS CHARITY DONATIONS
(05/12/10) As well as the support we have regularly given to the British International Search & Rescue Dogs (BIRD) based at Abergwyngregyn over the past seven years
through the car boot at Mona Glantraeth also make annual charitable donations from the club's 3 Number Lotto and this year the recipients include Malltraeth Ymlaen and St Llwydian's Church, Bodffordd. Malltraeth Ymlaen have been proactive in so much good work around the village the latest project being Clwt Glas a picnic area overlooking the Cefni Estuary opened in September by former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson CBE and distinguished local resident Mrs M.A Edwards MBE. A donation has also been made towards restoration work at St Llwydians's Church in Bodffordd.
BRO IN ANOTHER GOALFEST
(04/12/10) Like ourselves Bro Goronwy play an attacking brand of football that has seen goals galore in the two games between our two sides this season, 22 in total, and they were at it again today as they went down 6-5 to Gwynedd League leaders Holyhead Hotspur Reserves at Cae Nerys in the League's Black Dragon Badges sponsored Premier Cup. It means the semi-finalists are now Glantraeth, Hotspur Reserves, Beaumaris Town & Bangor University... a mouthwatering line-up! Both scheduled league games at Llanfairfechan and Llanystumdwy were postponed. In further news Richard Parry has emailed to inform us that he has taken over as club secretary at Holyhead Hotspur.
STILL IN THE HEADLINES
(02/12/10) We might have taken a year out and dropped down the leagues but you cannot keep Glantraeth out of the headlines as proved in this week’s Holyhead & Anglesey Mail. 51 goals scored in our last 6 games makes us hard to ignore and the last two rounds of the Intermediate Cup have provided sensational games that have attracted attention right across North Wales. We are lucky in this area to have a journalist of the calibre of current Mail sports editor Dave Jones. It has never been just a job to Dave as proved by his Daily Post blog which surely is above and beyond the call of duty as are some of his special features on local teams and players which will always trigger debate and no doubt some dissention. We ain't won anything yet this season and certainly promotion will be a tall order with Bro Goronwy going so well but with at least three semi-finals to look forward to another trophy in the cabinet still remains a real possibility. All in all things are going well on and off the field which only serves to confirm that the decision to take a break, re-organise, then build again for the future was the right one. Not that we ever had any doubts.
LLANDUDNO...5 GLANTRAETH...6 !!!
(27/11/10) How to do justice to a quite incredible game? If the 8-5 win over Bro Goronwy in the previous round was an epic this perhaps beat even that as Glan twice came back from the dead to snatch a 6-5 victory in the 123rd minute
and enter the semi-finals of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. In front after just 90 seconds through a superb strike from Gary Jones Glan went further ahead in the tenth minute with another fine finish from the same player. At this stage the visitors were well in control and it was against the run of play when Tudno pulled a goal back on 21 minutes as Zac Evans sneaked in at the far post to head home a cross from the left. Glan had lost some of their early impetus and the home side pulled level with Zac Evans again the scorer five minutes before the break but Glan should have had the chance to go back in front on the stroke of half-time as James Saxon was clearly tripped as he surged into the area but inexplicably referee Tony Hill failed to blow his whistle and pointed for a goal kick. Llandudno, fielding a strong line-up with their first team fixture postponed, took the lead ten minutes into the second period as Dean Seager broke clear from what looked an offside position and was left with an easy finish. On the hour mark the visitors were awarded a penalty but this time Gary Jones’s powerful spot kick brought out a tremendous save from keeper Danny Adams. With the game entering added time it looked all over for Glan as Daron Wyn Jones had a shot saved from point blank range but you can never
write this side off and it was Craig Evans who was the saviour as he got behind the home defence to level in the 93rd minute and send the tie into extra-time.
Tudno began the stronger side in the extra period and went back in front six minutes in as Allan Davies side-footed home a right wing cross and Glan were caught short at the back four minutes later as Merrick Knight cut in to score and put the home side 5-3 ahead. With all subs used and Chris Roberts hobbling things were not looking too good for the Bodorgan side but the best was yet to come. With six minutes remaining Steve Jones jinked in from the right and his low shot found the bottom corner then Gary Jones missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick. With time up there was more drama as holding in the area resulted in another penalty to Glantraeth and this time Craig Evans made no mistake with the spot kick to make it five all and set up a penalty shoot-out…or so we thought! This amazing game had yet one more twist as with three minutes of added time played Glan won it with virtually the last kick as Gary Jones drove a ball in from the left which found keeper Danny Adams out of
position and he could only watch in despair as the ball entered the net via a post. It was Gary Jones’s third hat-trick in four games and triggered off wild scenes of celebration.
Eleven goals but there could have been more. A clear cut penalty denied and a penalty miss for the Anglesey side and a quite brilliant man of the match display from keeper Kyle Williams (pictured left) in the Glantraeth goal to keep the Tudno forwards at bay. There is a tremendous spirit in the Glantraeth camp and it showed today with a never-say-die attitude that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat…twice!
ONE £500 WINNER
(27/11/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a Jackpot of £500 was Mrs M Jones of Brynsiencyn. The winning numbers were 1, 4 & 15. The next draw for a jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 11th December in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
LLANDUDNO GAME ON
(27/11/10) The pitch at Llandudno has been declared fit and today's game goes ahead. Kick-off 1.30 pm.
CHANCE TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS
(25/11/10) Well, the dream of winning the FAW Trophy is over for this year but it was a good effort and for sure we will be back to try again. On Saturday Glan have the chance to put the disappointment behind them when they travel to Llandudno in the third round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. The home side currently lie mid-table in the competitive Clwyd League Reserve Premier League. The game at Maesdu Park kicks off at 1.30 pm and the match referee is Tony Hill of Kinmel Bay. Striker Ian Pleming is likely to miss the game following the tackle he received late in the Conwy United game but Gary Jones (pictured) and Dave Cashman will again be available for selection after being cup-tied last week.
NWCFA BACK FROM THE BRINK ?
(24/11/10) FA of Wales president Phil Pritchard (pictured) took charge of a meeting at Colwyn Bay last night with the intention of giving the North Wales Coast FA
one last chance to sort out their affairs following the chaos that has gone on far too long. He made plain that unless they did then the FAW would suspend the NWCFA. Mr Pritchard took a strong line, offering good advice that fortunately the majority of those present took on board with the result that we once again have a full complement of council members and a panel of seven has been set up to oversee the appointment of key post holders within the NWCFA and a meeting will shortly be called to do just that. We need to forget who are the winners and who are the losers in all this and set about creating a strong and democratic governing body that puts aside political posturing and appreciates that the priority is the game of football in this part of North Wales.
LUKE RETURNS TO BONT
(21/11/10) We have today signed the transfer form for goalkeeper Luke Davies to return to Bontnewydd. We thank Luke for his time with the club and wish him all the best for the rest of the season.
GLAN OUT WITH HEADS HELD HIGH
(20/11/10) Glantraeth came so close to rescuing this game with a barnstorming second half performance that had the Welsh Alliance high-flyers rocking but they had left themselves just too much to do after a nightmare start had seen them go two behind in the opening 12 minutes. Conwy came out of the blocks
stronger and went a goal up on 8 minutes as Chris Quinn scrambled the ball home from close in after the home side failed to clear a left wing corner kick. With Chris Saxon having to retire after tweaking a hamstring Glan were really on the rack at this stage and went further behind four minutes later as the ball fell nicely for Jamie Jones after keeper Kyle Williams had pulled off a brilliant save from Darren Jones. Glan gradually got back into the game and it took a full length save from Jamie Roberts on 18 minutes to prevent the Anglesey side pulling a goal back. Just when it looked like the home side had weathered the storm a bad defensive mistake let in Jamie Jones for his second to put Conwy three up. It was looking bad for Glan who looked destined for a hiding and Kyle Williams again came to the rescue five minutes before the break with another great save from Darren Jones. The start to the second half couldn’t have been worse as the home defence stood appealing for offside as Jamie Jones ran on to complete his hat-trick. With little to lose Glan began to play with greater freedom and went on to dominate the remainder of the half
and it took a tremendous finger tip save from Conwy keeper Andy Rooney to tip over a great 30 yard effort from Graham Jones (pictured) on the 70 minute mark then Matthew Scowen headed inches over as the pressure mounted. James Saxon struck the crossbar with a fearsome drive and Ian Pleming was denied a penalty kick as a foul in the area was adjudged a free kick by referee Ian Roberts. As Glan flung everything at Conwy the question was asked ‘why didn’t we play like this in the first half?’ The Bodorgan side finally got their reward on 81 minutes as Graham Jones’s well struck shot from outside the area found the bottom corner and two minutes later the same player was tripped in a goalmouth melee and Craig Evans converted the spot kick. There was controversy in the closing minutes after Ian Pleming was on the receiving end of a quite dreadful tackle and his verbal response to the match official’s decision to not even award a free kick after claiming he was unsighted earned Pleming a red card. More belief from the start and this could have been such a different result but the reformed Glantraeth can take pride from their second half performance and their great run in this season’s FAW Trophy. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Conwy United 4.
LOOKING TO BE THE FIRST & LIVE A DREAM
The FAW Trophy has never been won by an Anglesey club but next Saturday Glantraeth have the chance to go through to the last eight and make a little bit of history. The competition actually goes back 120 years in its various guises and even during that period there has only been one winner from the island when Llangefni Town won its predecessor, the Welsh Intermediate Cup, in 1992. For Glantraeth chairman Gareth Evans (pictured)
Saturday’s home tie with Conwy United will bring back memories of the last time Glantraeth won through to a national quarter-final.
“It was 2003-04 season and we were drawn away to Bangor City in the second round of the Welsh Cup. Nobody gave us a chance but we won through in a penalty shoot-out after holding them to a goalless draw over 120 minutes. It was the greatest result in the club’s history and after seeing off Flint and Welshpool we qualified for the quarter-finals where we were drawn away to the full-timers of TNS who were then in their heyday. After an hour we were
leading 1-0 but eventually their fitness told and they ran out 4-1 winners.
“We are under no illusions about the size of the task next Saturday as Conwy United are having a storming season in Welsh Alliance Division One and look one of the favourites for promotion. We are the lowest ranking club in the northern section of the competition and will be massive underdogs but will give it our best shot. We have beaten teams from a higher level through every round of this competition and we have to raise our game and do it again.”
Glantraeth secretary Stan Strickland is looking forward to the game for a different reason as he looks to be part of a unique double, winning the English and the Welsh FA Trophies.
“In 2002-03 season I was secretary and a director of Lancashire village club Burscough. We entered the FA Trophy as 600-1 outsiders starting in the first round at Marine where we were a goal down with the game entering added time when a miss-hit shot was fumbled into the net by the home keeper and we went on to win in extra-time. We were that close to going out but after winning through five more rounds we were in the quarter-finals and drawn away to holders and runaway Conference leaders Yeovil Town. What happened next is part of English non-league folklore as we beat a full strength Yeovil 2-0 at Huish Park and went on to win the English FA Trophy by beating Tamworth 2-1 in front of 15,000 at Villa Park. That season gave me my greatest memories in football and because of that the Welsh FA Trophy has taken on extra significance as being part of winning both would be like a dream come true for me personally. The odds against it happening may be long but they were even longer in 2003!”
GWYNEDD LEAGUE REVIEW
(17/11/10) Bethel were surprisingly hammered 6-0 by Bangor University in last night's Gwynedd League fixture at Maes Glas, a good result for Glantraeth but we still have it all to do to catch Bro Goronwy. The Moelfre side have recovered well from conceding eight goals at Glan with hard fought wins at the University and Llanfairfechan. With leaders Holyhead Hotspur Reserves unable to be promoted Bro must be the strong favourites to go up and with Glan currently involved in a succession of cup matches the gap has grown and it will take a colossal efffort if we are to recover lost ground when our league programme resumes.
CHANGE OF KICK-OFF TIME
(15/11/10) With the agreement of our opponents Conwy United I today contacted Andrew Howard, Head of Competitions at the FA of Wales, and expressed our concerns that a 2.00 pm kick-off for next Saturday's FAW Trophy game could lead to problems with bad light if the game went to extra-time and penalties. He willingly agreed to us bringing the kick-off forward by 30 minutes. The game will now kick-off at 1.30 pm. The original referee JB Roberts of Llanllyfni is now on international duty so we are awaiting a new appointment. (SS)
ALAN IS £1,000 WINNER
(14/11/10) The winner of last night's 3 Number Lotto draw for a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 was Alan Barton of Malltraeth. The winning numbers were 2, 8 & 18. The next draw for a jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 27th November in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
ANOTHER HAT-TRICK FOR GARY AS...BONTNEWYDD ARE HIT FOR NINE
(14/11/10) Striker Gary Jones made it 7 goals in only three starts with another hat-trick as Glan demolished Bontewydd 9-0 in the 2nd Round of the Gwynedd League's Bob Jones Memorial Shield. Also on target were Huw Allan Jones (2), Chris Saxon (2), Ricky Owen and Ian Pleming. Further good news was that central defender Gareth Sharp played the full ninety minutes after recovering from a broken ankle.
CONGRATULATIONS CARLIE & JAMIE
(10/11/10) Congratulations to Glan player Jamie Roberts and his partner Carlie on the birth of a little girl. The baby as yet unnamed weighed in at 7lbs 15oz and is a little sister to Jack.
MORE CUP ACTION ON SATURDAY
(09/11/10) We travel to Bontnewydd next Saturday in the second round of the
Bob Jones Memorial Shield, formerly known as the Eryri Shield that Glantraeth last won in 1992-93 season. The league game in September at Trefdraeth between the two clubs ended in an 8-0 win for Glantraeth but it might not be so easy this time after Bontnewydd only went down by the odd goal in three at league leaders Holyhead Hotspur on the last Saturday of October, our former player Ian ‘Spud’ Owen (pictured) being the scorer for Bont. There will be changes to the Glan line-up from last weekend with Craig Evans, Liam West and Kyle Williams all unavailable and one or two players carrying knocks.
In last night's Gwynedd League fixture Bro Goronwy won 2-0 at Bangor University to go back into third place.
CRAIG & CHOPS COMMIT TO GLAN
(08/11/10) The form of midfielder Craig Evans and striker Ian ‘Chops’ Pleming has attracted enquiries from other clubs at a higher level this season so the club has acted by signing both players on extended contracts which will keep them at Glantraeth
for the foreseeable future. Craig (pictured above) has scored 12 goals from midfield and even then he spent most of October playing in a central defensive role before being moved back into the middle of the park recently. Ian Pleming (pictured left) has scored 11 and has many assists to his name after also being a prolific scorer for Mountain Rangers last season and could comfortably play on a considerably bigger stage. After starting afresh the club is still very much in the development stage with 29 players already used this season and of the eleven that started against Bethel last Saturday only four remained from the starting line-up back on August 14th at Penmaenmawr. However, the fact that we have lost one and won nine of our last eleven games would seem a positive sign that managers Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts are taking the club in the right direction.
SALUTATIONS DE FRANCE
(08/11/10) Our loyal French supporter, Guy Henou, has sent the club a postcard from Crozant in the Limousin region of France. He says: "Dear Stan, Here is Guy the faithful supporter of Glantraeth living in Normandy. I drop you this postcard to tell you that I do not forget the club and that I am very happy to see they are restarting for the present season. Kind Regards, Guy."
THANKS TO MON AND ROB
(07/11/10) Thanks to Mon and Rob Roberts whose company Roberts Brothers Roofing have sponsored the player's winter warm-up tops that were used for the first time at Bethel on Saturday.
GLANTRAETH CHIPPENDALES !!!
GLAN WIN THROUGH TO SEMIS
(06/11/10) A strong performance gave Glantraeth a 4-2 win over Bethel to go through to the last four of the Gwynedd League Premier Cup. While the home
side were always dangerous with their direct style of play Glan were well worth the win over the ninety minutes. On a very heavy pitch the visitors played some excellent passing football in the opening forty five minutes and were unlucky to reach the interval a goal down. They came close to taking the lead on 20 minutes as a brilliant flick from James Saxon gave Craig Evans a clear run on goal only for the Glan captain's powerful drive to come back off the crossbar. The visitors took the lead with a quick break 7 minutes before the interval as Aled Steele's cross from the right was expertly finished by Lee Allen. After a sluggish opening to the second period Glan began to get on top and pulled level on 58 minutes as James Saxon took control of an Ian Pleming throw-in and his shot seemed to be headed for the net only for Craig Evans to
rush in and apply the finishing touch. A minute later Evans missed a great chance to add a second but got the chance to make amends on the hour mark as he was left with an easy scoring opportunity after more good work by James Saxon. Ten minutes later Bethel could consider themselves hard done by as Ian Pleming (pictured right) went down in the box despite little or no contact and referee Chris O'Neal awarded a penalty kick despite Pleming's creditable protestations that it wasn't a penalty. Gary Jones powerfully struck the spot kick past home keeper Louis Williams. There was some compensation for Bethel fifteen minutes from time as they were also awarded a questionable penalty, Sam Williams making it 3-2 from the spot. Glan's win was secured on 84 minutes as Chris Saxon created a shooting chance for Pleming whose shot from outside the box carried too much power for keeper Williams who could only help the ball into the net.
BETHEL GAME ON
(06/11/10) Ground has been declared fit so today's game at Bethel goes ahead, 1.30 pm kick-off.
GARETH HOPING TO RESUME TRAINING NEXT WEEK
(04/11/10) Defender Gareth Sharp who fractured an ankle in September on his Glantraeth debut is hoping to resume training next Wednesday.
RETURN VISIT TO BETHEL
(03/11/10) Glantraeth make their second visit of the season to Bethel on Saturday in the second round of the Gwynedd League Premier Cup sponsored by Black Dragon Badges. The league fixture back in August saw Bethel win by three goals to two in what was one of our most disappointing performances of the season. Bethel are handily placed in the league with games in hand over the top three so progress in this competition will not be easy. The game kicks-off at 1.30 pm.
KYLE RECOVERING WELL
(03/11/10) Goalkeeper Kyle Williams has recovered from being knocked unconscious during Saturday's win over Bro Goronwy and should soon be back in action. John Glyn Roberts will be between the sticks for next Saturday's trip to Bethel.
LIAM SWITCHES FROM UNI TO GLAN
(02/11/10) Glantraeth have signed 21 year old Liam West from Bangor University after the midfielder impressed in the recent 3-3 draw between the two clubs. Chester born Liam has also represented Cardiff University and at school played for Cheshire Schoolboys and the North of England Independent Schools XI. Liam is pictured above with former Liverpool manager and Wales assistant manager Roy Evans when helping out with the Welsh international side.
A THIRTEEN GOAL EXTRAVAGANZA
(30/10/10) What a game and what a brilliant advert for Gwynedd League football as both sides went head to head in a feast of attacking football that resulted in thirteen goals and a game that will long be remembered by those privileged to witness it. The game got off to a dramatic start as confusion in the Glantraeth penalty area resulted in a penalty kick to Bro Goronwy within a minute of the kick-off only for home keeper Kyle Williams to pull off a brilliant save from Pat Roberts’s spot kick (see picture above). Glan
recovered from a nervous opening to take the lead on 13 minutes as Gary Jones held off his marker to fire the Bodorgan side into the lead. Bro are always dangerous going forward and pulled level on the twenty minute mark as Andy Williams volleyed home after Kyle Williams had done well to keep out a shot from Alex Jones. Glan regained the lead nine minutes later as James Saxon was on hand to finish off a perfectly delivered cross from Craig Evans (pictured left). The scoreline continued to change in bewildering fashion as two goals just before the interval put the Moelfre side in front, Andy Williams with his second and Pat Roberts being the scorers. There was more drama on the stroke of half-time as Glan keeper Kyle Williams dived in bravely for the ball but ended up badly concussed on the ground and for the second home game running an ambulance had to be called. John Glyn Roberts replaced him in goal. After the break Glan really began to take control and pulled level on the hour mark as Peter Twigg’s excellent cross from the right was superbly volleyed home by Chris Saxon and a minute later went back in front through Craig Evans after Jamie Roberts’s shot had been blocked. Despite Glantraeth now being well in the ascendancy you can never write Bro’s exciting forwards off and the game
changed yet again on 70 minutes as within the space of three minutes they had scored twice and were now almost unbelievably back in the lead through swift counter-attacks that saw Pat Roberts level then Andy Willams complete his hat-trick. If Glan were stunned it didn’t show as they continued to pour forward and it was Gary Jones again on target 13 minutes from time with a shot that looped over keeper Alan Jukes to put the sides on equal terms at five goals each and that’s the way the ninety minutes ended. Since the interval Glan had been far the stronger side but they now had to face up to a period of extra-time on a heavy pitch but they were not found wanting as they quickly put the tie to bed with three goals in an eight minute period through Alec Griffith with a simple tap-in following good work by Chris Saxon, then Craig Evans headed home a great cross from Gary Jones and it was Gary Jones who completed his hat-trick on 105 minutes with a tremendous strike from 25 yards to give Glantraeth a memorable victory and a place in the third round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. Final score: Glantraeth 8 Bro Goronwy 5. Glantraeth are now away to Llandudno in the third round on Saturday 27th November.
FIXTURES FOR NOVEMBER
(28/10/10) November looks like being cup month for Glantraeth. On Saturday 6th November we are away to Bethel in the 2nd Round of the Black Dragon Badges Premier Cup, kick-off 1.30 pm. The following Saturday we travel to face Bontnewydd in the 2nd Round of the Bob Owen Memorial Shield. Kick-off is again 1.30 pm. Conwy United are the visitors in the FAW Trophy 4th Round on Saturday 20th November.
NO EARLY RETURN FOR GARETH
(28/10/10) Glan defender Gareth Sharp, whose ankle was fractured in a tackle last month, visited Llandudno Hospital on Tuesday and the bad news is that they have also found some ligament damage that is likely to delay his return to action.
BRO STAND IN WAY OF PROGRESS
(28/10/10) Bro Goronwy make their second visit of the season to Trefdraeth on Saturday as both clubs battle for a place in the third round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. Bro won the corresponding league game 6-3 with an impressive performance although Glan contributed to the defeat with some sloppy defending after taking a two goal lead. The Moelfre side are many people’s favourites for the Gwynedd League title, have been scoring goals for kicks and Glantraeth will have to be at their very best to progress. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Heinz Broering of Amlwch.
GWYNDAF GOES TO GAERWEN
(26/10/10) Gwyndaf Davies was this evening transferred to Gaerwen. The 25 year old defender made 10 appearances for Glan this season and will be best remembered for a stunning strike against Llanfairfechan Town in August. Gwyndaf goes with all our best wishes.
NO WINNER - £1,000 ROLLOVER
(23/10/10) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The winning numbers were 2, 12 & 13. The next draw is on Saturday 13th November in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
BACK FROM THE ABYSS
(23/10/10) With thirty minutes left on the clock the University side were three goals up and had just been awarded a penalty. It looked all over for Glan who had been a pale shadow of the side that played so well last week. But the game was to change dramatically as keeper Kyle Williams pulled off a fine save and the visitors suddenly came to life, scoring three times in a five minute spell to pull level. The home side had gone ahead with their first attack on 4 minutes as a flowing move ended with Matt Devine converting at the
far post following a cross from the right. Glan were having the major share of play without really troubling home keeper Luke Hughes and the University side always looked dangerous on the break. The second half began in the worst possible way for the visitors as Kyle Williams miscued a clearance into the path of Devine for him to score an easy second on 51 minutes and four minutes later the same player completed his hat-trick as he broke clear of the Glan defence leaving him another simple finish. It was Devine who had the chance to score his fourth on 60 minutes as referee Simon Wallace pointed for a penalty kick but his miss from the spot was to change the game. Glan at last began to go forward with some real purpose and pulled a goal back on 65 minutes as Ian Pleming forced the ball home from close range after a long ball had caused confusion in the home defence. A minute later it was all to play for as Craig Evans headed home a James Saxon corner kick (pictured right) and on 70 minutes it was Pleming again who curled one into the top corner from an acute angle. Glan can even count themselves unlucky not to claim all three points as Craig Evans was wrongly pulled back for offside as he ran through to score as the final whistle approached. Final score: Bangor University 3 Glantraeth 3.
LOOKING TO MAKE IT 8 OUT OF 9
(21/10/10) Next Saturday we now face another tough test against the University side. They were highly motivated for their visit to Glantraeth on 9th October and we had our work cut out to overcome them by two goals to one and their win at Bro Goronwy last Saturday will have done their confidence no harm. Dave Cashman and Gary Jones will be added to the squad that beat Bodedern so we should be pretty much at full strength. With seven wins in the last eight games it is important that we keep the momentum going as we still have some work to do to get right up there amongst the leaders.
FAW TROPHY FOURTH ROUND DRAW
(20/10/10) In today's draw for the fourth round of the FAW Trophy Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Conwy United. The tie will be played on Saturday 20th November. Conwy currently lie third in Welsh Alliance Division One and have beaten Llanrug United, Machynlleth and Bethesda Athletic to reach this stage. The winners will go through to the last eight when the draw goes national. Other ties in the northern section of the draw are: Pwllheli v Llanfairpwll, Coedpoeth United v Glan Conwy & Holywell Town v Gresford Athletic.
STATEMENT FROM IAN PLEMING
(18/10/10) Ian Pleming has been on the phone this morning and has asked for the following statement to be put on the website: "I am really sorry that Aron Owen got injured following my tackle. I admit I went in hard but I was only trying to get the ball, I would never deliberately try and injure another player. I just hope Aron is back playing soon and we can put all this behind us as it spoiled what should have been a good day for Glantraeth."
As both clubs are likely to be reported to the FAW for incidents that took place during the course of the game we will not be making any further comments regarding Saturday's game. The most important thing is that Aron Owen makes a full recovery.
BRO GORONWY - NEW DATE
(17/10/10) Our NWCFA Intermediate Cup game at home to Bro Goronwy will now be played on Saturday 30th October in place of our scheduled league fixture at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. The change in fixtures is because Bro Goronwy have requested a free date next Saturday.
BEST WISHES TO ARON
(17/10/10) Glantraeth chairman Gareth Evans (pictured) contacted Kev Hughes this morning to get the latest news on Aron Owen who was taken to hospital during yesterday's game. Sadly, it has been confirmed that Aron's ankle is fractured and we have sent a letter to Bodedern wishing Aron a speedy recovery. Gareth as well as being chairman is also a qualified physio and he was on hand to see that Aron was properly cared for prior to the arrival of the ambulance. We would like to thank Boded manager Ricky Williams and the Boded players for accepting our after-match hospitality despite the upset of Aron's injury and the disappointment of losing.
RESULTS & FIXTURES
(16/10/10) It appears from an email I have received today from the Gwynedd League secretary that we are now away to Bangor University next Saturday in a league fixture rather than being at home to Bro Goronwy in the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. The University this afternoon beat Bro Goronwy 4-2 away in the Bob Jones Memorial Shield with three goals in the final three minutes, proof that they will be a strong force this season. Two league games were played, Beaumaris Town beating Llanystumdwy 4-0 and leaders Holyhead Hotspur being held to a 2-2 draw at the New Oval by Llanfairfechan Town. Other teams through to the last 16 of the FAW Trophy include holders Glan Conwy, Conwy United, Llanfairpwll, Holywell Town, Gresford Athletic and Pwllheli. The draw for the fourth round of the FAW Trophy takes place on Tuesday. It is expected to remain regional until the quarter-finals. (SS)
GLAN GO THROUGH TO LAST 16
(16/10/10) Glantraeth won through to the fourth round of the FAW Trophy this afternoon with a 2-1 win over Welsh Alliance side Bodedern Athletic. It was no more than they deserved as apart from a late rally from Boded they were the better side. Sadly the win is likely to be remembered more for unsavoury
incidents and a serious injury to Boded defender Aron Owen that cast a cloud over the game. The opening half-hour saw the home side in total control and playing some of their best football of the season although there was only one clear opening as Craig Evans got behind the Boded defence on 7 minutes for a free header but found keeper Gareth OJ Roberts perfectly positioned to save. Emotions began to run high on 32 minutes as Ian Pleming and Aron Owen went into a full blooded challenge for which Pleming quite correctly received a yellow card but Owen was left writhing on the ground with what was quite clearly a serious injury. The game was halted for over half-an-hour until an ambulance arrived to take Aron to hospital with a suspected fractured ankle. Three minutes after resumption of play Glan took the lead as Chris Saxon drove home following a right wing cross from Pleming. Four minutes into the second period the home side went two up as Pleming took possession of a long ball from Peter Twigg and held off his marker before driving the ball into the bottom corner. As the game entered the final twenty minutes Glan were defending deeper and deeper and giving the initiative to Boded, a risky strategy, and with eight minutes remaining the result was again thrown wide open as substitute Mark Jones pulled a goal back for the visitors. With the game in the third minute of added time it took a brilliant save from new keeper Kyle Williams as he pushed a deflected shot from Adam Roberts against the crossbar to preserve Glan's lead. There are likely to be repercussions when the referee's report goes in after incidents that have no place in this report. Finally, everyone at Glantraeth wishes Aron Owen a speedy recovery from injury.
CHANGE OF REFEREE
(14/10/10) Robin Williams of Pwllheli is now the referee for Saturday's game with Bodedern Athletic replacing Martin Roberts of Llangefni.
STRIKER GARY JONES TRANSFERS FROM LLANFAIRPWLL
(14/10/10) Glantraeth have today signed 23 year old striker Gary Jones from Welsh Alliance club Llanfairpwll. Gary has also played for Pentraeth where he was leading scorer.
KYLE JOINS FROM BANGOR CITY
(14/10/10) We are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Kyle Williams from Bangor City. 21 year old Kyle has already played for City in the Welsh Premier League but had expressed a wish to join Glantraeth. He has also played for Welsh National League side Penyffordd and Bangor University. Six foot one in height Wrexham-born Kyle greatly impressed in our Gwynedd League game at Farrar Road last month for City Reserves and we welcome him to the club. He will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s FAW Trophy tie with Bodedern Athletic.
LAST 16 THE BIG PRIZE AT STAKE
(12/10/10) Saturday sees us up against old rivals Bodedern for a place in the fourth round of the FAW Trophy. Now renamed Bodedern Athletic they have done a great job of reviving the club since resigning from the Cymru Alliance during 2006-07 season. A tidy new ground, an excellent youth set-up and under manager Ricky Williams they have built up a strong squad that has started the season promisingly after gaining promotion to the second division of the Welsh Alliance. In past encounters we might well have started favourites but much has changed since then and now as the only Gwynedd League club remaining in the competition league positions alone will dictate that we start as underdogs which is not always a bad thing. We have already beaten teams from higher leagues in this competition and we will have to raise our game once again if we are to progress to the last sixteen. Kick-off is 2.30 pm (not 2.00 pm as was quoted in last Saturday's programme) and the match referee is Martin Roberts of Llangefni.
BRO GORONWY WIN THROUGH
(10/10/10) We will face Bro Goronwy at Cae Glantraeth on Saturday 23rd October in the second round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup after the Moelfre side had an easy 7-1 win yesterday over Gap Connahs Quay's second string. More photos from yesterday are now online.
TONY OF HUWS GRAY IS WINNER
(09/10/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a jackpot of £500 was Tony Owen (Huws Gray). The winning numbers were 6, 10 & 14. The next draw for a further jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 23rd October in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
GLAN JUST SHADE CLOSE GAME
(09/10/10) Any ideas that this would prove an easy game for Glantraeth were quickly dispelled as the University fielded what their manager described as 'a completely different team' from the side that lost heavily at Beaumaris last week when the visitors were still awaiting international clearance for much of their squad. Playing with a strong wind at their backs the University took the game to Glantraeth in the early stages and it was somewhat against the run of play when the Bodorgan side took the lead on 19 minutes as James Saxon fastened on to a well delivered cross from Ricky Owen and slid the ball under keeper Steffan Holden. Glan began to settle following the goal and a good effort from Graham Jones was just too high but it took a fine save from debutant home keeper John Glyn Roberts just past the half-hour mark to keep out an effort from Matthew Devine. Ian Pleming went close as the interval approached but the keeper did well to save with his knees but six minutes into the second half the University pulled level as Matthew Middleman's powerful shot from outside the area curled just inside a post. Nine minutes later Glan went back in front as an Ian Pleming free kick was only half cleared and Ricky Owen drilled a low shot past Holden. With five minutes remaining it took another fine save from John Glyn Roberts to prevent an equaliser as he went full length to keep out a shot from Devine. On the evidence of this game the University won't be a pushover for anyone this season and Glan were just happy to pocket three points from a closely fought game played in difficult conditions. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Bangor University 1.
STUDENTS PAY FIRST VISIT
(07/10/10) Bangor University play their second game of the season on Saturday with their first ever visit to Trefdraeth. They lost their opening game 7-0 to Beaumaris Town last Saturday then saw their midweek game with Bethel abandoned shortly after kick-off due to a problem with the lights. It is important we put in a focused and professional performance to keep the momentum of the past few games going. Dave Cashman will finally be available for selection after his prolonged transfer from Bethesda Athletic. Kick-off is 2.30 pm.
GWYNEDD LEAGUE GAME OFF
(05/10/10) Tonight's Gwynedd League fixture between Bangor University and Bethel was called off due to floodlight failure.
UNLUCKY FOR GARETH
(05/10/10) After just one game for Glantraeth since signing from Bangor City central defender Gareth Sharp faces an extended lay-off through what has now been diagnosed as a fractured ankle. It occurred in the home game with Bontnewydd although it has taken a few days to confirm the full extent of the injury. He is due to return to hospital in three weeks time.
HOME TO GAP OR BRO GORONWY
(03/10/10) Following yesterday's win over Rhuddlan Town we will now be at home to Gap Connahs Quay or Bro Goronwy in the second round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup on Saturday 23rd October. The two clubs were due to meet yesterday but Bro Goronwy complain that they were only informed on the morning of the game that it had been put back a week, possibly another casualty of the chronic shortage of referees which saw several games throughout North Wales called off yesterday.
JAMIE & RICKY SCORE IN 2-1 WIN
(02/10/10) A good team performance from Glantraeth saw off Clwyd League Premier Division leaders Rhuddlan Town to enter the second round of the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup. After a strong start by the home side Glan began to get on top and took the lead after 25 minutes as Jamie Roberts was
quickest to react as the ball came back off the keeper following a well struck free kick from Peter Twigg (see top picture). Ian Pleming and James Saxon both went close to adding a second but it took a great flying save from stand-in keeper Chris Roberts just on half-time to stop Karl Evans putting the home side level. It had been a lively first forty-five minutes that had threatened to spill over at times especially when a punch off the ball felled Glan defender Graham Jones but Glan refused to be diverted from the job in hand and continued to play the ball around well on a poor playing surface. The visiting side remained in command after the break and scored a second through a powerful header from Ricky Owen as he rose to meet an Ian Pleming cross on 50 minutes. Glan looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory but a failure to deal with a corner kick from the left five minutes later gave Demo Ketley an opening and he finished well to once again put the result in doubt. The goal lifted Rhuddlan and the game was now more evenly contested but it was Glan who came closest to adding to the scoreline as Steve Jones headed against the crossbar with nine minutes remaining.
CHRIS HOPEFUL OF RETURN
(01/10/10) After intensive physiotherapy on a hamstring injury midfielder Chris Saxon is hopeful of returning to the squad tomorrow for the trip to Rhuddlan. Gareth Sharp sustained a leg injury on his debut last Saturday and will miss the game while Peter Twigg is doubtful after hobbling off injured in the same game. New signing Dave Cashman is not eligible having not met the seven day's qualification required for this competition, a strange rule considering only 24 hours or less is required for the Welsh Cup and just about all other competitions, but maybe I'm missing something. (SS)
LEAGUE LEADERS AWAIT
(28/09/10) Currently top of the Clwyd League Premier Division Rhuddlan Town will host Glantraeth on Saturday in the first round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. On league position alone the Denbighshire side will be favourites to progress but four wins in the last five games will give Glan confidence they can pull off another cup win. It will be the first time we have taken part in a North Wales Coast FA cup competition since a bitter dispute several seasons back over a decision by the governing body ordering Glan to give up home advantage for a Challenge Cup tie with Caernarfon Town. Kick-off at their Pengwern College ground (pictured above) is 2.00 pm.
CASHMAN TRANSFER SAGA FINALLY OVER
(23/09/10) 20 year old David Cashman has finally joined Glantraeth from Bethesda Athletic after a much protracted and wholly unnecessary transfer saga that has gone on for over a week before the Welsh FA stepped in and quite correctly instructed Bethesda to sign the transfer form. Deiniolen based David, a central defender, was previously with the TNS Academy and has also been with Holyhead Hotspur and Bangor City.
MARY IS £500 WINNER
(25/09/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a jackpot of £500 was Mary Owen of Brynsiencyn. The winning numbers were 9, 10 & 15. The next draw for a further jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 9th October in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
A HAT-TRICK FOR PLEMING AS.... GLANTRAETH HIT BONT FOR EIGHT
(25/09/10) Two goals in the opening four minutes put Glantraeth firmly in control, both identical in the making and the execution as Ian Pleming’s crosses from the right were headed home at the far post by Craig Evans. A minute later Evans almost completed a hat-trick as his long range effort was turned on to the crossbar by Bont keeper Steve Jones. It was three for the home side on 13 minutes as a fine strike from Alec Griffith opened his account for the season. The expected first half avalanche failed to materialise as the visitors bravely battled to get back in the game and Glan were guilty of a degree of complacency after storming into an early lead although Craig Evans was again unlucky not to get his third minutes before the interval as a tremendous shot came back off the bar. There was no complacency at the start of the second half as Ian Pleming (pictured left) added a fourth within 65 seconds of the kick-off, rounding a defender and finding the bottom corner. On the hour mark Pleming was on target again this time finding the top corner with a curling free kick from fully 30 yards. Steve Jones was next on target as a ball headed over the Bont defence left him with a clear run on goal and there is no-one better at finishing in those situations. With 15 minutes remaining Pleming did get his hat-trick as a surging run took him past two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot that flew into the net. James Saxon rounded off the scoring in the 85th minute as Daron Wyn Jones’s ball in from the left found him unmarked and he cleverly dinked the ball past the keeper. Final score: Glantraeth 8 Bontnewydd 0.
GARETH ADDED TO SQUAD
(23/09/10) Gareth Sharp, a 19 year old defender, has signed for Glantraeth from Bangor City. Born in Shrewsbury Gareth has made first team appearances in the Loosemores Cup for the Farrar Road club and comes highly recommended as a player with the ability to go on and play at a higher level. He is expected to be in the squad for Saturday’s home game with Bontnewydd. Huw Allan Jones, the brother of Glantraeth defender Graham Jones, has also joined the club.
STRUGGLING BONT THE VISITORS
(22/09/10) Saturday sees the visit of struggling Bontnewydd to Trefdraeth and although they have suffered a horrendous week, losing 12-0 at Bro Goronwy last Saturday and 5-1 at Bangor City Reserves last night, it is vital that we treat this game as any other and put in a totally professional performance with full commitment from every player. The squad is still developing as the management look to achieve their aim of building a team capable of taking the club to a higher level. We know it is not going to happen overnight, some of the more established sides we have met have proved there is no substitute for a settled squad of good quality players and naturally that takes time to achieve. We’re only in the sixth week of the season. Defender Gwyndaf Davies (pictured right) will be missing on Saturday due to a one match suspension although we are still hoping to complete the signing of two new players in time for the game. Kick-off is 2.30 pm.
FAW TROPHY DRAW
(22/09/10) The draw for the third round of the FAW Trophy was made today in Cardiff and Glantraeth were drawn at home to Bodedern Athletic. We couldn't have got a tougher game, Boded impressed me greatly in a recent win over Penmaenmawr. The tie will be played on Saturday 16th October with a 2.00 pm kick-off and replaces our league cup game at Bontnewydd. The winners will enter the last 16 of a competition won by Glan Conwy last season. For my part how I would love to be the first club secretary to ever be part of winning both the English FA Trophy and the Welsh FA Trophy. An impossible dream perhaps for a Gwynedd League club although I’ve heard similar words used in the past. (SS)
PHOENIX THE LOSERS THIS TIME
(18/09/10) A goal five minutes before time from Peter Williams gave Welsh Alliance outfit Penmaenmawr Phoenix false hope that they could claw their way back into a game that had for the most part seen them outplayed by a Glantraeth side looking for a measure of revenge after the controversial defeat in the Welsh Cup last month. It was not to be though as the Bodorgan boys ended 2-1 winners to go through to the last 32 of the FAW Trophy. The opening to the game was decidedly low key with little scoring threat from either side of note and both keepers largely untroubled but as the half-hour mark approached the visitors suddenly sprang to life with Ian Pleming through on goal only to see Phoenix keeper Robert Benjamin save with his legs. Pleming and Craig Evans had further chances as Glan finished the half looking the more likely scorers. Whatever was said at the interval it was a revitalised Glantraeth that took the field for the second half and they went on to monopolise possession. A goal had to come and it was Steve Jones with his fifth of the season who obliged on 53 minutes fastening on to a through ball from Daron Wyn Jones (pictured right) and expertly finishing past the advancing keeper. The Anglesey side were now playing the ball around with some style and went two ahead with twenty minutes remaining as a glorious passing move finished with Craig Evans sliding the ball past a defender leaving Pleming to stride on and powerfully drill the ball into the bottom corner. A lack of concentration in the closing minutes let Phoenix in to pull back a goal and make for a nervous ending that should never have been. Any result other than an away win would have been a travesty.
DAVE PLACES US FOURTH
(17/09/10) Dave Jones, sports writer for the Daily Post and sports editor of the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail, has been trawling the football club websites of North Wales and published his opinions of which are best on his Daily Post football blog, a great source of information for local football fans. We are not too immodest to publicise that we were placed fourth, top of all the island sites and the recipient of some very nice comments from Dave. You can view the full results and comments here. Worthy winners were Porthmadog who regularly win awards with their fully bilingual site, a real labour of love and pride in Wales because of the extra work involved. Second was the Bangor City Citizen's Choice site administered by Mike Smith which is a mine of information about the club and it's proud history as well as having a lively fan's forum. Third were Airbus UK Broughton with a site that is obviously professionally designed but very easy on the eye. The Pitchero 'revolution' has seen more and more Anglesey clubs take advantage of the opportunity to have a free website that is easy to keep updated and it has been particularly pleasing to see the likes of Gwalchmai, Bro Goronwy, Beaumaris Town and Bodedern Athletic take advantage of this facility so providing up-to-date news of what is happening at their clubs. In many ways the websites have overtaken the matchday programme in being a source of information for supporters and our football administrators seem to have been slow to appreciate their importance in promoting football in North Wales. One or two awards and a little funding would not go amiss!
TWO IN....ONE OUT !
(16/09/10) Glantraeth have signed 32 year old midfielder Peter Twigg (pictured) from Gwalchmai. Peter was a regular in last season's Gwynedd League winning squad and we are grateful to Gwalchmai manager Paul 'Skin' Owen for allowing Peter to join us without the normal seven day's notice. It means that Peter goes straight into the squad for Saturday's game at Penmaenmawr. Another signing of a 20 year old defender is awaiting completion of the paperwork although the player would not have been eligible for Saturday's game. Going the other way is Gwyn Owen who has been released to return to Gaerwen. Yet again we have waived the seven day rule! Welcome to Peter and best wishes to Gwyn.
BACK WITH A POINT TO PROVE
(16/09/10) We travel to face Penmaenmawr Phoenix on Saturday in the second round of the FAW Trophy. It will be our third visit to Cae Sling already this season and we certainly have a point or two to prove after the manner of our defeat in the Welsh Cup on the first day of the season. We looked far too strong for them in the opening half hour but the refusal of a clear penalty and dismissals changed the game dramatically and the home side went on to gain what looked on paper an easy win. In some ways we are lucky to now have the opportunity to put right a perceived wrong so it is important we take full advantage, it would be nice to have a good run in this competition. James Saxon (pictured) returns to the squad after completing a two match suspension.
MIXED START TO THE SEASON
(14/09/10) We’ve had some good wins and some disappointing defeats in what has been a mixed start to the season but considering we have been out of the game a year and had to start afresh we should not be too disappointed with how things have gone so far. The squad is likely to get stronger as the season progresses and hopefully we might have some silverware to show by the end. What is certain is that the Gwynedd League will not be an easy competition to win, there are some fine sides competing for the honour. Although we felt we were our own worst enemies on Saturday, shooting ourselves in the foot after taking what should have been a match winning two goal lead, Bro Goronwy still looked an impressive side going forward and seem sure to be there or thereabouts come next April. Injuries and a dismissal didn’t help to make the afternoon more palatable but we now move on and the concentration switches to preparing for the next game.
THIS WAYNE'S HAD A GOOD WEEK!
(12/09/10) The winner of last night's 3 Number Lotto draw for a jackpot of £500 was Wayne Roberts of Caernarfon. The winning numbers were 3, 9 & 14. At the time of writing he still thought it was a hoax call when Helen phoned him last night to tell him of his good fortune but will be convinced when he is paid the money next weekend. (We always wait seven days before paying out to allow time for any further claims to be made). The next draw for a further jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 25th September in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
AN AFTERNOON TO FORGET
(11/09/10) The final scoreline might have flattered the visitors but there was little doubt about their credentials as possible title challengers as they took advantage of Glan going down to ten men to score three times in the final
six minutes and run out 6-3 winners. The home side should be kicking themselves after taking a commanding position as they were two up by the 47th minutes, both goals scored by Craig Evans, then threw away their lead within two minutes through some poor defending. A hopeful ball into the area from Chris Hough found the net then poor marking left Pat Roberts with an easy header to put the Moelfre side level. On 57 minutes the visitors went ahead as they broke quickly for Pat Roberts to score his second. Glan drew level with ten minutes remaining through a superb strike from Steve Jones and were then looking the more likely winners but it all turned sour two minutes later as Gwyndaf Davies was dismissed for a second caution and from the restart an own goal put Bro Goronwy ahead, Graham Jones deflecting the free kick past Bentley. As Glantraeth pushed forward they were twice caught on the counter-attack as substitutes Steve Jones and Gary Swindells added further goals to put the lid on a game that Glan will prefer to forget with Chris Saxon, Chris Roberts and Matthew Scowen having all hobbled off injured during the course of the afternoon.
In the only other league game played today Bethel beat Llanfairfechan Town 1-0.
BRO THE NEXT CHALLENGE
(09/09/10) Saturday’s visitors are Bro Goronwy who look likely to be amongst the title challengers this season. The Moelfre based club recently had a good win at Bangor City Reserves and must have been gutted last weekend when their scheduled league game at home to Bethel was called off as no referee was available. All island derbies are hard fought competitive affairs but if we add total commitment and good discipline to our undoubted quality we must be in with a chance of making it three in a row. The referee is Dewi Morris of Llanfairfechan and there will be hot food for players and officials of both clubs in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth following the game.
LEE'S CONTRACT TERMINATED
(09/09/10) Lee Jones has had his contract with Glantraeth cancelled by mutual consent. With twenty plus players registered it is inevitable that some players will move on if they feel they can play regularly elsewhere. Lee cannot register as a non-contract player with another club for a period of 30 days according to FAW rules, the 30 day period commencing from his last appearance with Glantraeth. We wish Lee all the best with whatever club he decides to join.
(07/09/10) The Gwynedd League have released the fixtures for October. On Saturday 2nd October Glantraeth are away to Clwyd League Premier Division leaders Rhuddlan Town in the first round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. The following weekend Bangor University are the visitors to Cae Trefdraeth for a league fixture. On Saturday 16th October Glan visit Bontnewydd in round one of the Bob Jones Memorial Shield and are away again on the last Saturday of the month for a league fixture at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. Fixture page has been updated.
CHANGE OF VENUE
(05/09/10) Our scheduled Gwynedd League fixture at Bontnewydd on Saturday 25th September has now been switched to Glantraeth.
GWYNEDD LEAGUE RESULTS
(04/09/10) Two games played today in the Gwynedd League with Holyhead Hotspur Reserves stretching their lead at the top with an 8-1 win over Llanystumdwy while second placed Beaumaris Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Llanfairfechan Town. Glantraeth remain in third place. The game between Bro Goronwy and Bethel was cancelled due to no referee! League table has been updated.
PLEMING MARKS RETURN WITH TWO
(03/09/10) It was never easy against a young, talented Bangor City Reserves side but Glantraeth put on a powerful show at Farrar Road tonight to come away
with a 3-0 win. The opening half-hour was evenly fought before Glan began to take control, taking the lead on 39 minutes as Daron Wyn Jones came in at the far post to head home a Steve Jones corner kick (top picture). Ian Pleming, coming back after a two game suspension, soon made his presence felt after the break, hitting the bar before putting Glan ahead on 54 minutes with a superb strike after cutting in from the left. Four minutes later it was Pleming again latching on to a through ball from Gwyn Owen and driving the ball past the outstanding Kyle Williams in the home goal. The visitors seemed to lose concentration after taking a three goal lead and Bangor enjoyed their best spell of the game but Glan will be happy with this performance that moves them into third place.
KIERAN REJOINS GAERWEN
(03/09/10) Kieran Lewis has been released and has rejoined Gaerwen. Once again we have waived the requirement for seven day's notice of approach so that Kieran is free to play in Gaerwen's opening Welsh Alliance Division Two fixture at Greenfield tomorrow.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD FRIDAY
(02/09/10) Glan travel to Farrar Road tomorrow evening looking to build on their midweek victory over a gutsy Llanfairfechan side. They will face a Bangor City Reserve side who won the Caernarfon & District League last season but are in a period of transition after several of that title winning squad moved on during the summer. Glan have had a mixed start to the season but we always knew that after a season out of the game it would take time to rebuild, on and off the field. Twelve months back we couldn’t even field a team! Rob Bentley, Chris Saxon and Ian Pleming are expected to be additions to the squad.
LAST NIGHT'S RESULTS
(01/09/10) Three Gwynedd League games played last night. The other results were: Beaumaris Town 4 Bontnewydd 1, Bangor City Reserves 2 Bro Goronwy 6. League table has been updated.
LATE LATE SHOW WINS IT
(31/08/10) With seven minutes remaining and 2-1 down it was all looking pretty desperate for Glantraeth but their pressure finally paid off as they hit Llanfairfechan Town with a three goal burst to take the points. Glantraeth were the better side in the opening forty-five minutes, twice seeing shots cleared off the line before they took the lead on 32 minutes as a long ball from Gwyndaf Davies gave Steve Jones a clear run on goal and his well drilled shot past keeper Paul Davies found the bottom corner. Four minutes later Matty Barley went close to adding a second as he drove inches over. The visitors pulled level on the hour mark as Glan were punished for some sloppy defending with Shane Jones applying the finishing touch. Despite Town being reduced to ten men two minutes later as Rory O'Hagan was dismissed for a bad foul the home side fell behind on 65 minutes with Shane Jones again the scorer. Things were looking decidedly grim for Glan but it all changed on 83 minutes as Craig Evans headed home from a Steve Jones corner (top picture). It was the signal for the home side to throw caution to the wind and with a minute of normal time left they went in front with Craig Evans again the scorer, taking advantage of a defensive mistake to poke the ball past the advancing keeper. It got even better on 90 minutes as Gwyndaf Davies found the top corner from 30 yards to clinch a 4-2 victory.
GWYNEDD LEAGUE RESULT
(31/08/10) Yesterday's Gwynedd League fixture saw Llanystumdwy beat Bethel by six goals to one.
LOOKING TO CLOSE THE GAP
(30/08/10) Following two successive defeats tomorrow’s league fixture at home to Llanfairfechan Town takes on even greater importance as Glan look to close the points gap on the leading group. Town have lost two and won one but only four goals conceded in those three games suggest they will not be an easy side to beat. The game kicks-off at 6.15 pm and entry to the ground will be from the car park with no parking allowed on the field.
Glantraeth have completed the signing of 26 year old central defender Graham Jones, formerly with Llangefni Town.
TWO SHARE £500
(28/08/10) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 10 & 13 and there were two winners who share the £500 jackpot, Melfyn Hughes of Llanerchymedd and Mr & Mrs Hughes of Malltraeth. The next draw is on Saturday 11th September when the jackpot will be £500.
LEE JONES'S DOUBLE NOT ENOUGH
(28/08/10) Once again a poor second half performance led to defeat for Glantraeth as they went down 3-2 at Bethel this afternoon. The visitors should
have been two or three in the lead at the break such was their first half domination. Playing with the wind Bethel could offer little more than a long punt upfield and it gave them the lead on 17 minutes as a ball broke nicely for Sam Williams to slot the ball into an unguarded net. After a period of Glan pressure they drew level on the half hour mark as Lee Jones thundered a free kick into the top corner (top picture) and as the pressure mounted on the Bethel goal Chris Saxon headed inches wide then had another header cleared off the line. It should have been the signal for Glan to take the second half by storm but whether it was Bethel that improved or the visitors that took their foot off the pedal Glan just could not regain the same measure of control and became increasingly frustrated leading to Bethel regaining the lead in the 64th minute, Ben Bolton the scorer after keeper Rob Bentley had made a tremendous stop from Sam Williams. Pushing forward Glantraeth were caught out again with ten minutes remaining as Aled Steele took advantage of no offside flag to put the Gwynedd side two ahead. Within a minute Lee Jones had scored a second to set up a grandstand finish but Bethel desperately clung on to their advantage. Photos now online.
Today's other Gwynedd League results: Holyhead Hotspur Reserves 3 Bangor City Reserves 1, Llanfairfechan Town 3 Bontnewydd 1, Llanystumdwy 5 Beaumaris Town 2.
GWYNEDD LEAGUE CUP DRAWS
(28/08/10) Presidents Cup: Glantraeth have a bye in the first round and will be away to Bangor City Reserves or Bethel in the second round
Gwynedd Cup: Again a bye in the first round then a home tie against Bethel in the second round.
Bob Owen Memorial Shield: A first round bye and away to Bontnewydd in second round.
Gwynedd Safeflue Shield: Away to Beaumaris Town in first round with winners at home to Bontnewydd.
GLAN ADD A LITTLE MAGIC!
(27/08/10) Glantraeth travel to Bethel on Saturday looking to bounce back after Wednesday’s defeat by Beaumaris Town. They will have to do it without striker Ian Pleming and midfielder James Saxon who are both suspended. Pleming has in fact been the subject of 7 day’s notice of approach from Bethel but they have been informed he has a written contract with Glantraeth and any approach would be in breach of FAW rules. Bethel are now the only Gwynedd League side with a 100% record so it will need an improved performance if we are to come away from Cae Coed Boelyn with a good result.
Glantraeth have today signed Paul Williams, known as 'Magic.' Paul is an experienced forward who has been with Glantraeth at the start of his career then spent 13 years with Bodedern. He has also played with Gwalchmai and Trearddur Bay.
FIXTURES FOR SEPTEMBER
(27/08/10) Glantraeth will be away to Bangor City Reserves on Friday 3rd September, 7.00 pm kick-off. On Saturday 11th September Bro Goronwy will be the visitors to Trefdraeth subject to their involvement in the Welsh Cup. The following Saturday we have our FAW Trophy visit to Penmaenmawr and the final Saturday of the month will see us at Bontnewydd. The NWCFA Intermediate Cup 1st Round tie at Rhuddlan Town will be played on Saturday 2nd October. Fixtures page has been updated.
Porthmadog Reserves have officially resigned from the Gwynedd League according to their website leaving the league with ten clubs.
YET ANOTHER AWAY DRAW
(26/08/10) In the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup we have been drawn away to Rhuddlan Town from the Clwyd League. Date to be announced. We now have a league fixture at Farrar Road on Friday 3rd September when we will face Bangor City Reserves. Finally, best wishes to Kelvin Evans who has rejoined Gaerwen.
BEAUMARIS TAKE THE POINTS
(25/08/10) Beaumaris ran out deserved winners at Glantraeth by two goals to nil. Any ideas that the Gwynedd League will prove anything but a tough competition to win were dispelled this evening as the visitors took the lead two minutes after the break through ex-Glan striker Richard Owen and with Glan clearly rattled went on to dictate the pattern of the second period before clinching victory four minutes from time through an Andy Clarke penalty. The first forty-five minutes had proved evenly fought with both sides having opportunities to take the lead, Glan perhaps having the best as Daron Wyn Jones drove wide from a great position and Craig Evans saw a shot saved at point blank range by keeper Dave Clarke. The visitors were clearly well motivated for the game, something Glantraeth will have to get used to, and they will be well pleased with this performance and look certain to be one of the major contenders for honours this season. They are an experienced side and that showed as they put something of a stranglehold on Glan after taking the lead, denying them the time and space to really threaten until late on when Craig Evans was left with just the keeper to beat but failed to get enough power on his shot.
(24/08/10) With the season barely started we are already faced with our third visit to Penmaenmawr Phoenix having against all the odds drawn them in round two of the FAW Trophy. The game will be played on Saturday 18th September. We won the pre-season friendly 3-2 but then lost the Welsh Cup Tie by four goals to one after being reduced to nine men. Eleven against eleven we believe we are the better side and now have the chance to put our money where our mouth is!
ANOTHER TOUGH ASK FOR GLAN
(23/08/10) We've had no easy games so far and it will be no different on Wednesday evening when we play our second league game at home to Beaumaris Town. They already look like being amongst the strongest sides in the league this season and as well as being another island derby with local pride as well as points at stake we look forward to welcoming some familiar faces back to Glantraeth with Carl Thomas, Anthony Hughes (pictured) and Richard ‘Pigeon’ Owen named in their squad. Chris Saxon looks likely to return for Glan after missing out on Saturday’s trip to Wrexham. It's another tough one in what is promising to be a highly competitive league. Kick-off is 6.30 pm.
BETHEL AWAY NEXT SATURDAY
(21/08/10) We have now been notified that Glantraeth will be away to Bethel next Saturday. Today's results mean that Glan are the only Gwynedd League side remaining in the FAW Trophy following the elimination of Bethel and Llanystumdwy.
LATE GOALS SEAL VICTORY
(21/08/10) Glan began well at Brickfield Rangers in today’s FAW Trophy clash, taking the lead after just 8 minutes as Gwyndaf Davies found Ian Pleming down the right and his cross was finished by Ricky Owen who found the net with a well placed left foot shot from 15 yards. Rangers came back strongly and Glan keeper Luke Davies twice in as many minutes made vital saves at the feet of first Owen Williams then Naz Fazphut. The Wrexham side were looking useful, as you would expect of a side playing two levels higher then Glan, and levelled on 32 minutes as Owen Williams headed home from a corner kick from the left. Within a minute Glan were back in front and again Pleming was involved as his shot was blocked only for Craig Evans to follow up and apply the finishing touch. There had been little to choose between the sides as the second period got underway and the home side pulled level on 65 minutes as Owen Williams got his second. From then on Glantraeth took control and should have gone ahead seven minutes later as Pleming was pulled back in the area and then elected to take the penalty kick himself only to drive the ball wide of the right hand post. Four minutes later and Glan missed an open goal. With the home defence all at sea four attackers only had the keeper to beat, Alec Griffith squaring the ball for Steve Jones to score only for the referee to rule that Jones had strayed into an offside position. It was wasteful play by Glan and it looked like they would pay the price as the game seemed headed for extra-time. With six minutes remaining their luck changed as Pleming was again brought down and this time Lee Jones made no mistake from the spot. All that was missing was for Pleming, who has been a constant thorn in the side of opposing defences, to open his account for the season and it came on 88 minutes as he got behind the home defence and had the confidence despite the missed penalty to brilliantly chip the keeper. The game still wasn’t over as Owen Williams completed his hat-trick for Rangers in the final minute to make the game appear closer than it really was. Final score: Brickfield Rangers 3 Glantraeth 4.
Gwynedd League results: Friday: Bangor City Res 1 Beaumaris Town 1 - Saturday: Bro Goronwy 2 Llanfairfechan Town 1; Bontnewydd 0 Holyhead Hotspur Res 3.
'SPUD' & RHYS MOVE ON
(19/08/10) Rhys Evans (pictured far left) has this afternoon been transferred from Glantraeth to Gaerwen and Ian 'Spud' Owen has signed for Bontnewydd. With 23 players registered it is impossible to keep them all happy, especially without a reserve side, so there is bound to be a reduction in squad numbers. Both players have shown a great attitude during their short time with the club and we wish them all the best for the season.
TRIP INTO THE UNKNOWN
(19/08/10) Little is known about our opponents in the FAW Trophy on Saturday as we travel to Wrexham to face Welsh National League Premier Division side Brickfield Rangers. Brickfield are a strong community club with junior boys and girls sides as well as a special needs section. Certainly their pre-season results have been impressive and the signs are that we will have to be at our very best if we are to progress further. Team changes are likely to be few following Wednesday's win although Luke Davies (pictured) will make his first start of the season in goal.
NIA SENDS HER REGARDS
(19/08/10) I was talking to S4C presenter Nia Parry earlier today at Caban in Brynrefail and told her, amongst other things, that I've heard several Glantraeth players, not to mention one or two committee members, have had her high on their most fanciable list over the past two or three years. She was with her baby boy and came back with; ‘they wouldn’t fancy me at the moment as my blouse is covered in baby sick!’ Nia now lives in Rhostryfan with her husband Aled after spending 12 years in Cardiff. She is every bit as nice as she comes over on TV and sent her regards to everyone at the club. (SS)
GLAN OPEN WITH THREE POINTS
(18/08/10) With a large crowd present at the new look Cae Trefdraeth this evening Glantraeth began their Gwynedd League campaign with a 3-1 win over Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. It was never easy but Glan deserved the three points, making the better chances throughout. Playing in blue while the visitors were in Glan's usual colours of red may have led to some confusion but there was no denying it was the home side that took the lead after 9 minutes as Ian Pleming's cross was well converted by Steve Jones. The lead lasted just two minutes as home keeper Rob Bentley saved well from Ricky Lavelle only for the ball to spin loose to Ant Parry who unleashed a tremendous shot into the roof of the net. Chris Saxon, Steve Jones and Pleming all threatened for Glan before they regained the lead on 37 minutes and it was the same combination again as Pleming crossed from the left and Steve Jones (pictured right) was there to finish. As half-time approached Hotspur's Ad Cousins was dismissed for a second caution. The visitors began the second period in the ascendancy but Glan weathered the storm and came back strongly with Gwyn Owen firing against a post on the hour mark before James Saxon increased the lead from the penalty spot thirteen minutes later after the always dangerous Pleming had been brought down in the box. It was never a dirty game but there had been a flurry of cards shown by referee Arwel Jones and the home side were next to suffer as James Saxon was sent off for the second successive game with ten minutes remaining following a second caution.
League table has now been updated.
CHANCE TO MAKE AMENDS
(16/08/10) Glantraeth begin their Gwynedd League campaign on Wednesday evening with the visit of Holyhead Hotspur Reserves who finished in third place last season and seem sure to be amongst the front-runners once again, winning their opening game at Llanfairfechan last Saturday. It wasn’t the start to the season we would have hoped for last Saturday but there was clear evidence in that opening half hour of the quality in the squad and that’s what we have to build on. We were awesome while we had eleven players on the pitch and although we still had more of the play even when reduced to nine the home side were able to take advantage of the gaps that inevitably appeared and ran out comfortable winners. Kick-off on Wednesday is 6.30 pm and Glan will be playing in blue.
GWYNEDD LEAGUE RESULTS
(15/08/10) Only two league fixtures played yesterday with Holyhead Hotspur Reserves winning 1-0 at Llanfairfechan Town and Bangor City Reserves coming out on top by three goals to nil at Bontnewydd.
KEV SELLS WINNER!!
(14/08/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a massive £1,500 Rollover Jackpot is Meredith Hughes of Llangefni. Winning numbers 2, 10 & 15. The seller of the winning ticket was Glantraeth joint manager Kev O'neill who gets his 10% agent's commission of £150. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th August when the Jackpot will be £500.
DISMISSAL CHANGES EVERYTHING
(14/08/10) For 27 minutes Glan besieged the home goal without managing to force the breakthrough but the refusal of a clear penalty kick when Ian Pleming was chopped down in the area changed everything as the big Glantraeth striker reacted far too forcibly for the match official and was red carded. While the visitors were still visibly shell-shocked Phoenix took the lead three minutes later as they broke quickly leaving Peter Williams with an easy tap-in and it got worse on 36 minutes as a long ball downfield found Gavin Simpson with another simple chance to pick his spot.
Glan had started off like a house on fire, Steve Jones striking a post in only the second minute. Chris Saxon, Jamie Roberts and Craig Evans all went close as the home side struggled to cross the halfway line then the keeper made a point blank save from Pleming. The only threat during that period from Phoenix came in the 8th minute as Glan keeper Rob Bentley pulled off a brilliant double save from Simpson. On the stroke of half-time Matty Barley was through one-on-one but keeper Robert Benjamin was out quickly to smother his shot. From a position where it looked as if they would completely overpower the opposition it had all gone wrong for Glan and it got even more desperate on 67 minutes as James Saxon was dismissed for a second yellow. Down to nine men the visitors battled on and only a fine save from Benjamin kept out a good effort from Barley. It was just about curtains for Glan with fifteen minutes left as Williams got the run of the ball after his first effort had been saved by Bentley leaving him another open goal to aim at. Chris Saxon pulled a goal back on 85 minutes as he rose to head home a Lee Jones corner but a hugely disappointing afternoon was made worse as Williams completed his hat-trick in the final minute and the home striker's verdict after the game that 'you outclassed us while you had eleven men' was of little consolation.
If we are to achieve anything at all this season we have to keep eleven players on the pitch. This was a game that was so clearly there to be won, we were really impressive during that opening period, but the combination of a poor refereeing decision and a failure to maintain our discipline almost certainly cost us a place in the next round of the Welsh Cup. Final score: Penmaenmawr Phoenix 4 Glantraeth 1.
IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK AGAIN
(13/08/10) Sixteen months after playing our last competitive game, a 1-1 draw with Penrhyncoch, Glantraeth return to action tomorrow with a Welsh Cup tie at Penmaenmawr Phoenix. It was not a cup we expected to be in this season but a change to the entry rules means we are once again involved in the nation's most famous football competition, albeit at an early qualifying stage. There is a great buzz about the club once again and if we don't enjoy a good result at the weekend it won’t be through a lack of preparation. A tremendous amount of work has gone into our return to football, on and off the field, and we have every reason to be proud of the way the club has bounced back in the face of adversity. Midfielder Jamie Roberts (pictured left) was unable to train yesterday and faces a late fitness test after hobbling off during Tuesday’s encounter with Llangoed.
TY CRWN UNVEIL NEW GLAN KIT
(12/08/10) Pictured with the new Glantraeth shirt for 2010-11 season are Arfon Williams the owner of Ty Crwn Garage of Gaerwen, the club's sponsors this season, along with Glan chairman Gareth Evans. Ty Crwn were the club's sponsors during those glory years in the Cymru Alliance and we are looking forward to an equally rewarding partnership this season.
POSSIBLY AN OMEN OF SORTS?
(11/08/10) Saturday is a red letter day for me personally as it is the first time I have been secretary of a football club for a cup tie, in fact for any kind of competitive game, since Sunday May 18th 2003 when Burscough met Tamworth. My club Burscough had started the season as 400-1 outsiders to win the English FA Trophy and after already winning through five rounds were drawn away to runaway Conference leaders Yeovil Town in the quarter-finals. In what was described by Daily Telegraph journalist Ricky George as 'the biggest shock in the history of non-league football" we beat Yeovil 2-0 at Huish Park and went on to reach the final at Villa Park, Birmingham. In front of a crowd of 15,000 and with the game transmitted live by Sky we triumphed 2-1 over Tamworth to win the FA Trophy. It was an incredible achievement for a village club and by far my greatest memory in football. (Click on the picture to see the highlights if you are interested).
The relevance? Well, next Saturday we start the season with a Welsh Cup tie at Penmaenmawr and as a Gwynedd League side could well face similar or even greater odds against winning the Welsh Cup. Over to you lads. (Stan Strickland)
SIMON LENDS A HELPING HAND
(11/08/10) When Simon Duckworth set off from his Huddersfield home last weekend to spend a week on Anglesey with his family little could he have imagined that their holiday cottage was situated right next to a football ground and even less likely could he have imagined he would end up playing a game for one of Anglesey’s top football clubs. With Glantraeth keeper Luke Davies a last minute casualty the search was on for a replacement to play against Llangoed yesterday evening and Simon, who had been kicking a ball around with his young son, agreed, after some persuasion, to take Luke’s place between the sticks. Although he didn’t have a great deal to do Simon acquitted himself well when called into action, one long throw to the halfway line almost leading to a goal. Back home in Yorkshire he coaches a junior football team and at an amateur Rugby League club and to prove to his mates that he did play for Glantraeth as ‘they just won’t believe this’ he had his picture taken with the team following the game. Here is further proof Simon.
NOW FOR THE SERIOUS STUFF
(10/08/10) Glantraeth completed their pre-season fixtures this evening with a 9-1 win over Anglesey League side Llangoed and now get down to the serious stuff as they face a Welsh Cup tie at Penmaenmawr next Saturday. First half scorers were James Saxon, Ian Pleming (2), Craig Evans and Kieran Lewis. After the break Craig Evans went on to complete his hat-trick with Matty Barley, from the penalty spot, and Steve Jones also on target.
PREPARATIONS FOR NEW SEASON
(08/08/10) Anglesey League side Llangoed & District are our opponents on Tuesday evening as we round off pre-season at Cae Trefdraeth. Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the match referee is Allan Rowlands. There is training at the ground on Thursday evening and it is important all players attend with the season starting next Saturday.
Admission to the ground this season will be £2 for all adults with youngsters under 16 free. Entrance will normally be from the car park with no parking allowed on the field. There may be exceptions when a larger crowd is expected that will test the car park’s capacity when admission will be taken at the main gate. There will be a basic four page programme issued that will be free with paid admission while stocks last. The canteen, Hel’s Kitchen, will be open from about one hour before kick-off to about twenty minutes prior to the final whistle. Club badges and lottery tickets will also be on sale at the canteen with next Saturday’s lottery jackpot now standing at £1,500. The entrance to the canteen has now been caged to protect customers from flying footballs following one or two near misses.
The new playing kit sponsored by Ty Crwn Garage of Gaerwen and tracksuits sponsored by BrakeFree Driving School of Bodorgan have now been delivered and will be in use for the first time next Saturday.
Please note the Gwynedd League home game with Llanfairfechan Town has now been put back from Bank Holiday Monday to Tuesday 31st August, 6.15 pm kick-off.
It’s good to be back.