FARRAR ROAD NEXT TUESDAY
(06/05/11) Next Tuesday's Bob Owen Memorial Shield Final against Holyhead Hotspur Reserves will be at Farrar Road, Bangor. Please note kick-off is 7.45 pm. The Cwpan Gwynedd Cup Final on Saturday 21st May when Beaumaris Town are our opponents will be at the New Oval, Holyhead with a 2.30 pm kick-off. The Gwynedd Shield Final against Bangor City Reserves or Llanfairfechan Town scheduled for Friday 13th May looks certain to be switched to the Saturday, venue to be decided.
CHANGE OF KICK-OFF TIME
(05/05/11) We were originally informed that Saturday's NWCFA Intermediate Cup Final at Holyhead would kick-off at 2.00 pm but have now been informed that kick-off time is 2.30 pm. We are still awaiting details of the venues for the various league cup finals.
LES WINS TOP AWARD
(05/05/11) Glantraeth discovery Les Davies has won the 2010/11 Phil Stanley Daily Post Welsh Premier Player of the Season award. Les has been outstanding for Bangor City this term as they have deservedly won the Welsh Premier League Championship and now stand poised to complete a tremendous league and cup double. Les had joined City in November 2003 after some eye-catching displays for Glantraeth where he was a great favourite of supporters. He was voted the best player of 2010/11 by Daily Post readers and is seen above being presented with the award by Dave Jones, Daily Post journalist and Sports Editor of the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail.
INTERMEDIATE CUP FINAL REVIEW
(04/05/11) On Saturday Glantraeth travel to Holyhead for the first of the four cup finals we face this month. The North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup is a prestigious competition with a distinguished history over more than fifty years, some famous names having been inscribed on the trophy. Standing in our way are fellow Gwynedd League side Beaumaris Town who we know from experience this season will be difficult to overcome. We’ve had quite a journey to this final including winning 8-5 against Bro Goronwy and 6-5 versus Llandudno while Beaumaris gained an impressive 4-0 win over holders Prestatyn Town along the way so there is every chance of the game living up to its star billing. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Heinz Broering of Amlwch. Glantraeth will be in the home dressing room.
UNDER 16s CUP SEMI-FINAL
(03/05/11) Glantraeth Juniors Under 16s will be playing an Anglesey Junior League cup semi-final on the senior clubs's ground at Trefdraeth tomorrow evening (Wednesday) against Llandegfan. Kick-off is 6.30 pm.
PLEMING SPECIAL SETTLES IT
(02/05/11) A strong swirling wind and a bone dry pitch were hardly going to make for a classic game of football and so it proved but it was Glantraeth who got the only goal of the tie to go through to their fourth cup final. Playing against the elements in the first half Glantraeth were soon on the defensive and a fine volley from Ben Hugh after only three minutes brought an equally
good save from home keeper Kyle Williams. It was the only time either keeper was seriously tested during a first half dominated by the wind but Glantraeth had the most reason to be satisfied as they reached the interval on level terms. Playing with the wind after the break Glan began to put pressure on the Llanfairfechan goal and took the lead through Ian Pleming on 55 minutes as he brought the ball down a full forty yards out and let fly with keeper Paul Davies helpless as the wind assisted shot flew over him and into the net. The Bodorgan side were taking advantage of the conditions by shooting from distance and another great effort from Jamie Roberts fifteen minutes from time came back off the inside of the post and five minutes later it was Paul Rowlands who was unlucky as his thirty yard drive struck the crossbar. On second half chances Glantraeth merited the win but Llanfairfechan fought to the end although it was always an uphill battle after they had failed to use their first half advantage. Glantraeth will now play Holyhead Hotspur Reserves in the final of the Bob Owen Memorial Shield on Tuesday 10th May.
LAST HOME GAME OF SEASON
(01/05/11) Tomorrow we welcome Llanfairfechan Town to Trefdraeth in the semi-final of the Bob Owen Memorial Shield. Fechan have finished a respectable fifth in the league. They have enjoyed some good results over the past few weeks including a tremendous 3-1 victory over Beaumaris Town so it will need a good performance if we are to go through. To be honest I am not sure who the winners will meet in the final. We’ll worry about that if we win. Liam West is cup-tied so will miss the game. The referee is Iwan Griffith of Bontnewydd and we are hopeful that assistant officials have been appointed for this game. Kick-off is 2.00 pm.
It's not often I capture a goal with my camera but I captured a good shot of Ian Pleming's third hitting the roof of the net yesterday. Click here to view. (SS)
A HAT-TRICK FOR IAN PLEMING AS....
GLAN STROLL THROUGH TO FINAL
(30/04/11) A masterful display from Glantraeth this afternoon easily saw of the challenge of Bro Goronwy as they went through to the final of the John Smiths’ Cwpan Gwynedd Cup against Beaumaris Town on Saturday 21st May. The Bodorgan side took the lead after just six minutes as James Saxon powered a tremendous header home from a Paul Rowlands’ free kick. Craig Evans and Ian Pleming both went close before the visitors drew level on 18 minutes as Steve Jones swung in a corner from the left that carried straight into the net. Despite playing against a strong wind Glan were well on top and went ahead on the half-hour mark, Ian Pleming the scorer, Steve Jones the provider. Four
minutes later Paul Rowlands fired over from a great position with the Bro defence all at sea and then Rowlands linked up brilliantly with Pleming only for keeper Jonny Sweetser-Hawkes to pull off a full length save. From the corner Craig Evans headed inches wide. It was one way traffic with Evans and Pleming again going close before Pleming scored his second on the stroke of half-time, once more running his marker ragged before finishing with a well driven shot to the far corner.
Craig Evans fired over under pressure ten minutes into the second half after fine work by Steve Jones and in a rare threat up the other end Alex Jones, a tireless worker for Bro, threaded a ball through to Steve Jones but his shot failed to test home keeper Kyle Willams. It was Glantraeth who were looking like champions and they were unlucky not to get a fourth with twenty minutes left as Huw Allan Jones struck a stunning shot from fully 25 yards that smashed against the crossbar. The final goal when it came was well worth waiting for as Ian Pleming put in his entry for goal of the season with a free kick from distance that fairly flew into the roof of the net (top picture). Final score: Glantraeth 4 Bro Goronwy 1.
PROMOTION TO WELSH ALLIANCE
(28/04/11) Glantraeth have been informed that the Welsh Alliance League ground inspection committee have decided that there is no need to carry out any further inspections of our ground as it already meets the criteria set by the league. The committee will carry out an inspection of the Bro Goronwy ground and then give their reports on all inspections made on clubs applying for promotion to the league's executive committee on Thursday 5th May for the committee to make the decision on which clubs will be promoted to the league for the season 2011-12.
AIMING FOR A THIRD CUP FINAL
(28/04/11) Once again Bro Goronwy are our opponents on Saturday when we meet in the semi-final of the Gwynedd Cup. This time we have home advantage and if we are to progress to a third final we need a repeat of last week’s performance that saw us totally focused from start to finish. The managers are expected to select from a full strength squad. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Chris O’Neal.
(26/04/11) A goal in the 91st minute from Ian Pleming finally settled this game and secured the runners-up spot for Glantraeth after they had overcome a tremendous challenge from Bethel this evening. The Gwynedd side gave
everything and only two brilliant first half saves from keeper Kyle Williams prevented them taking the lead. The visitors attacked from the start with Aled Steele volleying just wide after 9 minutes and two minutes later Glan keeper Kyle Williams pulled off a brilliant save from the same player. After a tentative opening Glantraeth began to settle and it was Bethel keeper Louis Williams’s turn to rescue his side with a flying save from Craig Evans on 16 minutes and a minute later Evans again went close volleying over from a fine Gary Jones cross. Williams made another good save from James Saxon approaching the thirty minute mark then Bethel had an incredible let-off as Ian Pleming slammed a shot against the crossbar and Steve Jones following up saw his shot strike the underside of the bar before Jamie Roberts fired over. Glan were now looking the most likely scorers with a fine effort on the turn from James Saxon dipping just over but any ideas that Bethel would treat this as an end of season game with little at stake were being dispelled as Sam Williams broke
clear and fired in a powerful shot that brought another tremendous save low down to his right from Kyle Williams. Glantraeth got their noses in front two minutes before the interval as Jamie Roberts blasted the ball home from ten yards out but it had been anything but a comfortable forty-five minutes for the Bodorgan side. There was a sudden flare up ten minutes into the second half ending with Glantraeth’s Jamie Roberts and Bethel’s Mark Williams both being dismissed for violent conduct. Glantraeth just could not get the second goal to give them some breathing space as Bethel continued to look dangerous going forward and again Kyle Williams came to his side’s rescue, saving well from Morgan Roberts on 67 minutes. With time almost up keeper Louis Williams ventured upfield for a free kick but with the ball cleared quickly out of defence Ian Pleming was clear on goal and despite the best efforts of a defender to bring him down he held him off to roll the ball into the net and give Glantraeth a 2-0 win.
BETHEL IN LEAGUE FINALE
(25/04/11) The curtain comes down on what has been a memorable Gwynedd League season tomorrow when we entertain Bethel at Trefdraeth. This will be the fourth meeting of the two clubs and they have all been hard fought contests with us just shading it so far by two wins to one. A win or a draw and we will finish runners-up to Bro Goronwy so there remains much still to play for. Kev and Chris expect to have a full strength squad to choose from. Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the referee is David R Williams. There will as usual be a hot meal for players and officials after the game in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
NO WINNER...£1,000 JACKPOT
(23/04/11) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the next draw in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th May will be for a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000. The winning numbers were 5, 16 & 20.
DOMINANT GLAN WIN THROUGH
(23/04/11) The 3-2 scoreline suggested a close game but Bro Goronwy were fortunate to escape so lightly after being outplayed by Glantraeth this
afternoon as the visitors won through to the Gwynedd Shield final. Only a below par display by Glan keeper Kyle Williams, who had previously performed brilliantly since joining from Bangor City, and some determined defending from the home defence superbly led by Sam Carter saved the league champions from a more comprehensive defeat. After applauding Bro on to the field Glantraeth began as if they really had a point to prove with Gary Jones three times going close to opening the scoring. On 11 minutes Bro’s John Littlemore got a straight red for a bad tackle on Graham Jones but three minutes later in their first attack a long ball was misjudged by the Glan keeper on the wet pitch and it left Steve Jones clear to slide the ball into the empty net. After constant pressure the visitors pulled level on 25 minutes as a great ball in from Chris Roberts was headed home by Craig Evans. Glan were playing some fine football and one excellent move ended with Craig Evans heading over.
It was more of the same after the break with James Saxon just failing to reach a dangerous cross from Ian Pleming and a surging run from Chris Roberts ending with him shooting a couple of feet wide. On 56 minutes Huw Allan Jones drilled in a shot from outside the area that came back off a post. Glantraeth gave the ball away cheaply four minutes later leaving Pat Roberts to go clear but his angled shot was off target. The pressure was really mounting on the home goal with Craig Evans heading wide from a good position on 70 minutes then Gary Jones brought a fine save from Bro keeper Alan Jukes before the visitors at last took the lead on 73 minutes, Craig Evans being tripped by Jukes then getting up to convert the penalty. A minute later it was 3-1 as Ian Pleming side-footed home a low cross from Steve Jones. With two minutes remaining a long free kick from Bro’s James Williams was spilled into the net by the keeper to give the home side some hope of rescuing the game but it wasn’t to be as Glantraeth deservedly won through to the final.
TREARDDUR BAY v CARDIFF CITY ?
(22/04/11) The intriguing possibility of an Anglesey League side meeting a Premier League club has been thrown up by the decision of the FA of Wales to invite clubs from the English league system - specifically Cardiff City, Swansea City, Wrexham, Newport County, Colwyn Bay and Merthyr Tydfil - to enter the Welsh Cup next season. It remains to be seen whether all with accept but with the possible entry into European football as the carrot it is likely that it would prove an attractive proposition. With the national competition thrown open to clubs from all levels this season provided certain basic ground criteria were met it does raise some interesting possible permutations for the future. There is bound to be opposition from Welsh Premier League clubs who will see their route into Europe threatened but the WPL is becoming increasingly isolated from the rest of Welsh football and they need to be reminded that there is a thriving football scene in this country outside of their protected inner sanctum. The re-introduction of these clubs after an absence of 16 years could well breathe new life into the competition if all Welsh clubs no matter where they play are allowed to enter.
TOUGH TEST AT CAE NERYS
(20/04/11) Glantraeth face more cup action on Saturday when we travel to Moelfre to face the newly crowned Gwynedd League Champions in the semi-final of the Gwynedd Shield (sponsored by Safeflue). Bro Goronwy will be full of confidence after their triumph on Tuesday night and it will be a severe test for us if we are to qualify for the final which will be against either Llanfairfechan Town or Bangor City Reserves on Friday 13th May. Glan will be without Chris Saxon and Paul Rowlands due to holiday arrangements. The game kicks off at 2.00 pm and the match referee is Heinz Broering.
BRO GORONWY CHAMPIONS
(19/04/11) A goal 10 minutes from time by Bro Goronwy's Alex Jones skittled Glantraeth's championship hopes and it was enough to give the Moelfre side a 2-1 win and the Gwynedd League title. After Bro had struck the crossbar early on it was Beaumaris who began to look the more likely winners with Gareth Davies taking advantage of a defensive mix up to give them an interval lead. Shaun Monument came close to making it two as his header struck the inside of a post before Bro's Andy Williams took advantage of more defensive indecision to put his side level with twenty minutes remaining to the delight of the watching Glantraeth contingent. However it was not to be as Bro went ahead and should have added another in the closing minutes as Alex Jones missed the sitter of the season. Glan must now take at least a point in their final league game to ensure the runners-up spot and see just where, if anywhere, that takes us. Congratulations to Bro Goronwy, they are worthy champions and their record of 77 goals in 18 league games speaks volumes for the entertaining attacking football they have played this season.
NEW NORTH WALES FOOTBALL MAGAZINE
(18/04/11) A new online magazine covering North Wales football starts today. Edited by Ethan Jones the North Wales Football Post covers every league, every county and is published every fortnight. The first edition is bang up-to-date and promises to be a great source of information. Most importantly the magazine is free and enthusiastically put together by a group of North Wales football fans. The primary aim is to increase the media coverage of EVERY league in North Wales from the lowest level to the highest and feature teams from up and down the pyramid in the hope of increasing awareness and interest in the North Wales’ football scene. All you need to do to subscribe to this new service is email firstname.lastname@example.org and state your intention to subscribe, you will then be added to the subscriber list and receive every issue direct to your inbox!
You can view the first edition here
NOW IT'S SIMPLE MATHEMATICS
| || || P || W || D || L || F || A || GD || PTS || 1 || BRO GORONWY || 17 || 12 || 2 || 3 || 75 || 29 || 46 || 38
|| 2 || BEAUMARIS TOWN || 17 || 11 || 4 || 2 || 56 || 24 || 32 || 37
|| 3 || GLANTRAETH || 17 || 12 || 1 || 4 || 55 || 28 || 27 || 37
(16/04/11) A 5-3 win for Bro Goronwy at Bethel this afternoon puts them back in the driving seat as the top three all move into their final league game. All roads will lead to Cae Nerys next Tuesday evening as Bro do battle with Beaumaris Town. Put simply a win for Bro Goronwy will give them the league title, a draw will leave an opening for Glantraeth to win their final game and be crowned champions while a win for Beaumaris will make them odds-on favourites to finish top, Glan having to win by at least six goals at home to Bethel on Tuesday 26th April. It is fascinating stuff and arguably even more of a thriller than last season’s epic climax between Gwalchmai and Bodedern Athletic.
HOTSPUR EDGE THROUGH TO FINAL
(16/04/11) A second half goal from Hotspur’s outstanding player, Bryn Roberts, proved the difference in a close fought encounter at the New Stadium this afternoon to take Holyhead Hotspur Reserves through to the Gwynedd League’s Premier Cup Final. There was little to choose between the teams in a game that could have gone either way with Glantraeth making the early breakthrough by
taking the lead on 13 minutes as Paul Rowlands swung in a superb cross for Craig Evans to send a glancing header into the bottom corner for his 22nd goal of the season. Nine minutes later Glan almost made it two as Ian Pleming robbed a defender and fired in a powerful low shot that shaved the outside of a post. A fine effort by the home side’s Mike Kelly was inches over on the thirty minute mark and two minutes later only a great reaction save from Hotspur keeper Dec Jones prevented James Saxon getting on the scoresheet. Hotspur drew level three minutes before the break as Alex Jones headed home at
the far post from a Bryn Roberts’ free kick. James Saxon fired just wide early in the second half then Glan keeper Kyle Williams saved well from Bryn Roberts before Hotspur went in front on 70 minutes as Bryn Roberts ran on to lob the keeper as the visitor’s defence stood appealing for offside. Glantraeth fought hard for an equaliser with Paul Rowlands firing a tremendous shot inches wide on 75 minutes then a minute later the same player struck a thunderbolt from thirty yards that came back of the upright with the keeper a spectator. Glantraeth’s last throw of the dice was a volley from Craig Evans in the closing stages that was only just too high but it was rare defeat for the Bodorgan side and there remains plenty still to play for although news coming through of Bro Goronwy’s late goals in a 5-3 win at Bethel meant there have been better days for the club.
PREMIER CUP FINAL THE PRIZE
(13/04/11) Glantraeth travel to face Holyhead Hotspur Reserves on Saturday in the semi-final of the Gwynedd League’s Premier Cup (sponsored by Black Dragon Badges). The winners will meet Beaumaris Town or Bangor University in the final on Tuesday 17th May. After leading the Gwynedd League for much of the season Hotspur have been overtaken over the past few weeks and will be looking to finish the season with cup success. Games between the two clubs are always competitive and again we will need to approach the tie with the right attitude if we are to progress to a second final. Kick of is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Heinz Broering.
PRESSURE STARTING TO TELL ?
(12/04/11) We've reached that stage of the season when the team that handles the pressure best is likely to come out on top. After winning 19 of our last 22 games Glantraeth have got themselves into the battle for the league title and promotion but the defeat at Beaumaris meant we are now reliant on results elsewhere. Tonight Beaumaris Town lost 3-1 at Llanfairfechan Town and had four players dismissed which gives us a glimmer of hope that results may yet go our way and then the pressure would switch to our final league game at home to Bethel on April 26. There is still a long way to go but the fingers remain firmly crossed.
GARETH SOUNDS A POSITIVE NOTE
(10/04/11) Glantraeth chairman Gareth Evans has been expressing his delight at the way the club’s return to football this season has gone: “We’ve won nothing yet and there is no guarantee we will win anything but to reach four semi-finals, a regional cup final and still be involved in the promotion dogfight in what is a very high standard Gwynedd League is not bad for starters. Add to that our good run in the FAW Trophy and I believe we can be well satisfied with how things are going and feel sure the managers and players will be giving everything over the coming weeks with a view to finishing the season with some silverware to show for their efforts. It is not only on the field that has pleased me, I cannot speak highly enough of my management committee and helpers for the work they have done in transforming our ground at Trefdraeth plus the tremendous efforts they put into raising the funds each week to run the club. It’s very much a team effort on and off the pitch and I believe the club is now built on very sound foundations after the setbacks we suffered two years ago. The most important thing was that we dealt with those setbacks and are now beginning to see the benefits. I believe that whatever happens this season the future once again looks very bright for Glantraeth Football Club.”
RHIANNON WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(09/04/11) The winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw is Rhiannon Jones of Gwalchmai. The winning numbers were 2, 6 & 9. Next draw takes place on Saturday 23rd April in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
PAUL'S 66th MINUTE VOLLEY CLINCHES SEMI-FINAL PLACE
(09/04/11) A game in which Glantraeth appeared to be cruising to victory suddenly sprang to life approaching the hour mark as Bethel scored twice within a minute to pull level and it took a spectacular strike from Paul Rowlands to finally settle the tie and take the Bodorgan side through into their fourth league cup semi-final. Glan were almost behind in the first minute as they lost possession leaving Sam Williams with a clear shooting chance but he fired well over from a good position. All the action then swung to the other end, Ian Pleming putting the home side in the lead on four minutes with a clinical finish after good work from Jamie Roberts and a nicely
weighted pass from Daron Wyn Jones had created the chance. Three minutes later Pleming almost added to his tally as he met a cross from Craig Evans only to see his shot come back off a post and then saw a curling effort pass inches over. Bethel keeper Louis Williams made a tremendous point blank save from Craig Evans on 29 minutes as Glan continued to apply fierce pressure on their goal but the Gwynedd side had a chance themselves to level four minutes later as Sam Williams pulled the ball wide from an acute angle. Craig Evans should have put Glan two up on the stroke of half-time as he skyed a Graham Jones pass over from almost under the bar but made amends two minutes into the second half as he put Ian Pleming clear to strike a superb shot high into the net amd two minutes later James Saxon powered in an equally impressive effort from 25 yards that
rattled the ctossbar. The game should have been won but the result still looked a forgone conclusion as the home side remained in control only for a rude awakening on 56 minutes as Sam Williams swung in a deep cross from the left hand touchline that dropped over stand-in keeper Chris Roberts and a minute later a defensive clearance was charged down and the ball fell perfectly for Williams to run on and score his second. The goals had brought the game to life and things were getting a bit feisty with referee Robin Williams having to step in and sort one melee out with players of both sides involved. If you are going to win a game it’s nice to do it with style and you will see fewer better goals than the winner on 66 minutes from Paul Rowlands, his left foot volley from 25 yards flying through a packed area and bulging the net after a corner kick had been partially cleared. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Bethel 2.
More photos from Saturday’s game now online.
£1,000 ROLLOVER JACKPOT
(07/04/11) There is another £1,000 Rollover Jackpot as the prize in this weekend's 3 Number Lotto draw. The draw will take place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday night. Make sure you're in it to win it.
ANOTHER SEMI-FINAL PLACE UP FOR GRABS
(06/04/11) We’ve had no easy games against Bethel this season and Saturday’s Gwynedd Cup Second Round tie at Cae Glantraeth promises to be no different. The Intermediate Cup semi-final at Holyhead a couple of weeks back saw us eventually triumph with a goal fifteen minutes from time but despite all our pressure the result was always in doubt right to the final whistle. A win would put us in the semi-finals of all four of the Gwynedd League cup competitions, the only club who can achieve that. A home tie against Bro Goronwy or Llanfairfechan Town, who also play on Saturday, awaits the winners. Don’t forget kick-off this week is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Robin Williams of Pwllheli.
ALL CHANGE AT THE TOP
| || || P || W || D || L || F || A || GD || PTS || 1 || BEAUMARIS TOWN || 16 || 11 || 4 || 1 || 55 || 21 || 34 || 37
|| 2 || GLANTRAETH || 17 || 12 || 1 || 4 || 55 || 28 || 27 || 37
|| 3 || BRO GORONWY || 16 || 11 || 2 || 3 || 70 || 26 || 44 || 35
|| 4 || HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR RESERVES || 18 || 10 || 4 || 4 || 40 || 26 || 14 || 34
(05/04/11) A 4-1 win at Holyhead Hotspur this evening takes Beaumaris Town to the top of the league.
NOW WE MUST JUST WAIT AND SEE
(04/04/11) Despite getting the vital win on Saturday there was still a feeling of disappointment that we didn’t do our goal difference a bit more good such was our first half dominance. We had little luck with two strong penalty claims and although our shooting could have been better a half-time lead of three or four goals would not have flattered us. We never achieved the same heights after the break as the game became rather scrappy yet did enjoy the luck of two goals that are not likely to be contenders for goal of the season. Llanystumdwy are no mugs however and on the back of two good wins they gave a much stronger showing in the second period so the win still has to go down as a good one. We must now leave it to the other title contenders to slug it out for points while we concentrate on cup matters.
The pitch at Glantraeth has never been better prompting referee Gwilym Evans to comment on Saturday that ‘it’s a shame to play on it” knowing the pitch was bound to cut up somewhat after the overnight thunderstorm. Apart from Farrar Road back in September there is no better playing surface in the league and chairman Gareth Evans is determined to make it even better for next season. We have an excellent ground staff who are doing a great job of keeping the whole ground in pristine condition and when we replace the tatty fencing at the far end from the canteen in the summer the transformation will be just about complete.
More photos from Saturday’s game now online.
CHRIS PLANS FURTHER TRIBUTE TO OSIAN
(04/04/11) Glantraeth joint manager Chris Roberts is again organising a memorial game for local footballer Osian Roberts which will be played at Llangefni Town FC on Friday 22nd April, 6.30 pm kick-off. The game will be between Osian’s XI and a Llangefni Allstars team that will be made up of players who have played for championship winning Llangefni sides of the past. Last years game was attended by over 1,000 and more that £6,000 was raised for Wales Air Ambulance. It is an event well worth supporting as well as a great tribute to the late Osian Roberts who was a former player with Glantraeth amongst other local clubs.
(03/04/11) Fixtures have now been released for the remainder of the season:
Sat 9th April: Glantraeth v Bethel - Gwynedd Cup Rd 2
Sat 16th April: Holyhead Hotspur Reserves v Glantraeth - Premier Cup Semi-Final
Sat 23rd April: Bro Goronwy v Glantraeth – Gwynedd Shield Semi-Final
Tue 26th April: Glantraeth v Bethel – Gwynedd League
Sat 30th April: Glantraeth or Bethel v Bro Goronwy or Llanfairfechan Town – Gwynedd Cup Semi-Final
Mon 2nd May: Glantraeth v Bethel or Llanfairfechan Town – Memorial Shield Semi-Final
Sat 7th May: Glantraeth v Beaumaris Town – NWCFA Intermediate Cup Final at Holyhead Hotspur FC
The league cup finals have been allocated to the following dates: Tuesday 10th May - Bob Owen Memorial Shield Final; Friday 13th May - Gwynedd Safeflue Shield Final; Tuesday 17th May - Black Dragon Badges Premier Cup Final; Saturday 21st May - John Smiths' Cwpan Gwynedd Cup Final.
You can view all the fixtures for April and May here
A NERVOUS THREE POINTS AS...
GLANTRAETH FINALLY GO TOP
(02/04/11) It’s all about winning at this stage of the campaign so it was mission accomplished for Glantraeth this afternoon as the three points took them to the top of the Gwynedd League for the first time this season. Llanystumdwy were on the end of a first half pounding from Glantraeth but the home side only had one goal to show for it and an improved showing from the visitors after the break made for some nervous moments before the win was finally in the bag. Glan could have been three ahead after only five minutes,
Craig Evans heading inches wide in the second minute following a great left foot cross from James Saxon. A minute later the Bodorgan side took the lead as Jamie Roberts powered home a header (pictured left), James Saxon again providing the cross. On five minutes Glan were denied a certain penalty as Daron Wyn Jones was fouled in the box but with referee Gwilym Evans poised to blow his whistle he inexplicably decided to apply advantage as he believed Ian Pleming was following up to score only for a Stumdwy defender to block his shot on goal. The home side continued to put tremendous pressure on the Gwynedd side, playing some fine football and although the visitor’s defence enjoyed a charmed life at times Glantraeth were also guilty of some wayward finishing. A failure to make their first half dominance count cost dearly as within two minutes of the restart Stumdwy pulled level with their first real threat as good play by Carl Threadgill saw him cut in from the right and drive the ball goalwards and see the ball ricochet into the net off Glantraeth defender Chris Roberts. If the home side could feel hard done by for not being ahead at this stage then their luck changed three minutes later as a long ball from Graham Jones was met by Meirion Pritchard who tried to cushion a header back to Caron Hughes only to see the ball loop over the advancing keeper and into the net to put the Anglesey side back in front. Five minutes later Glantraeth at last gained some daylight with Ian Pleming the scorer from the edge of the area and although Stumdwy were more of a threat this half it was Glantraeth who came closest to adding a further goal as a fine 25 yard effort from Paul Rowlands on 82 minutes came back off the crossbar. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Llanystumdwy 1.
PRESENTATION NIGHT JUNE 3rd
(01/04/11) The end of season Presentation Night has now been confirmed for Friday 3rd June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth. There will be a karaoke and disco and based on past experience a superb buffet laid on by Phil. Awards will include Leading Goalscorer, Committee's Player of the Year, Manager's Player of the Year and the main award of Player of the Year as chosen by the players. Let's hope there are one or two other trophies on display!
A BIG MONTH COMING UP
(28/03/11) The pressure is mounting on all of the league’s title contenders as we enter the final stages of the season, starting at Cae Glantraeth next Saturday when we host Llanystumdwy in a ‘must win’ fixture. There’s no hiding place now, we have to do the business and hope other results go well for us. Three points would take us to the top of the league for the first time and leave the others to play catch-up and by the time we play our final league game at home to Bethel on Tuesday 26th April we should know exactly where we stand and whether we are still in with a chance of the championship and/or promotion. It’s a big month coming up.
Saturday will be our first home game in six days short of three months. Incredible really, let’s hope the players can remember where we play.
Stumdwy won’t be easy, they’ve just had two impressive wins, 1-0 at Llanfairfechan Town and yesterday a 4-2 home victory over the University. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Chris O'Neal.
£1,000 ROLLOVER JACKPOT
(27/03/11) There were no winners in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 9, 12 & 13. The next draw for a £1,000 Rollover Jackpot takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th April.
AN ALL GWYNEDD LEAGUE FINAL
(25/03/11) The strength of the Gwynedd League this season was confirmed as Beaumaris Town coasted to victory over an outclassed St Asaph side this evening and will now meet Glantraeth in the NWCFA Intermediate Cup Final at Holyhead Hotspur FC on Saturday 7th May. Although the final scoreline was 2-0 to the Anglesey club it could have easily come close to double figures if they had taken all their chances. The goals came one in each half from former Glantraeth forward Anthony Hughes (pictured), the second brilliantly set up by Andy Clarke. Hughes went close to a hat-trick when his shot thudded against the underside of the bar.
The draws for the semi-finals of the various Gwynedd League cups were made this evening as follows, Glantraeth being the only club going into all four draws:
Bob Owen Memorial Shield:
Holyhead Hotspur Reserves v Bangor University
Glantraeth v Bethel or Beaumaris Town or Llanfairfechan Town
Bangor City Reserves or Holyhead Hotspur Reserves v Beaumaris Town or Llanystumdwy
Glantraeth or Bethel v Bro Goronwy or Llanfairfechan Town
Holyhead Hotspur Reserves v Glantraeth
Beaumaris Town v Bangor University
Gwynedd Safeflue Shield:
Bro Goronwy v Glantraeth
Llanfairfechan Town v Bangor City Reserves
TECWYN SENDS GOOD WISHES
(23/03/11) Bethel secretary Tecwyn Hughes has sportingly emailed his club's best wishes following our victory last night. He says: "Just a quick note to congratulate you and your team on their success last night. Great achievement on your first season back. It will be nice for your club to have a final. Please relay our best wishes to all concerned."
Bethel still have to visit Glantraeth at least twice this season so we look forward to renewing acquaintance as last night's game was played in an excellent spirit and well handled by the three officials.
Tomorrow night there is a Club Meeting of the Gwynedd Football League at Mountain Rangers Social Club when the draws for all league cup semi-finals will be made.
LATE WINNER SEALS FINAL PLACE
(22/03/11) It took until the 75th minute of this hard fought encounter before Glantraeth finally got the winner to take them through to the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday 7th May against Beaumaris Town or St Asaph. Bethel put up a stout resistance throughout with Terry Jones outstanding in defence but the Bodorgan side deserved the win and in fact should have had a clear
advantage by the interval. Ian Pleming was giving the Bethel rearguard a torrid time in the opening fifteen minutes and twice had good opportunities to open the scoring. Gary Jones was through in the 18th minute and had his shot blocked by the advancing keeper and a fine overhead effort from Pleming was only just too high, then on 24 minutes Craig Evans took a Jamie Roberts pass in his stride but his low shot came back off a post with keeper Louis Williams beaten. Evans had an even better chance twelve minutes later but struck the ball wide from a great position. Bethel continued to defend determinedly after the break and it took a tremendous tackle from Andrew Davies on 61 minutes to keep out Ricky Owen when the Glantraeth forward looked certain to score. Glan refused to be frustrated by their failure to score and kept pressing and pressing the Gwynedd side and finally got the reward for their efforts with 15 minutes remaining as Ian Pleming fired in a great cross from the left and Craig Evans rose to head home. Bethel showed more adventure following the goal and tested Glantraeth keeper Kyle Williams for the first time in the 91st minute as he had to go full length to save from Davies.
BETHEL STAND IN WAY OF FINAL
(21/03/11) Glantraeth look to return to winning ways tomorrow night at Holyhead Hotspur FC as they face fellow Gwynedd League side Bethel in a semi-final of the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup. Our route to this stage of the competition has never been boring, starting with a 2-1 win at Clwyd League
side Rhuddlan Town we were then drawn at home to Bro Goronwy and a quite incredible game at Trefdraeth ended with Glan winning 8-5 after extra-time. If that wasn’t special enough we then travelled to face Llandudno in the quarter-finals and triumphed 6-5, again after an extra half-hour, twice pulling level in added time before going on to score the winner with the last kick of the game. Great stuff and this is a competition we would love to win. It carries great prestige across the region and a final against Beaumaris Town or St Asaph, who play on Friday at Conwy United FC, awaits the winners. Tomorrow’s game kicks-off at 7.00 pm and Welsh Premier League and FIFA listed official Lee Evans from Llanllechid (pictured) will be in charge with Martin Roberts (Llangefni) and Gwilym Evans (Llanberis) as his assistants. Glantraeth will be in the away changing room.
STILL TOO SOON TO CALL
(20/03/11) It was a huge win for Beaumaris Town on Saturday and it left us with a feeling of disappointment and frustration that, while not at our best, we
didn’t get something from a game in which we enjoyed so much of the play. Credit to the home side however who took their chance well and defended superbly in the second period. The result now leaves us as the outsiders of the top three in the race for the Gwynedd League title so all we can do is make it as difficult as possible by winning our final two games. That will set a target of 40 points which will require Bro Goronwy to take maximum points from their final two games or Beaumaris Town to secure at least two wins and a draw to be certain of finishing ahead of us on points. It’s not over yet!
APRIL FIXTURES RELEASED
(20/03/11) We will be at home to Llanystumdy on Saturday 2nd April in a league fixture and the following week Bethel will be the visitors in the second round of the Gwynedd Cup. We will definitely have cup games allocated on Saturdays 16th and 23rd April and will play our final league game at home to Bethel on Tuesday 26th April. In other news defender Dave Cashman (pictured) has been released to return to his former club, Bethesda Athletic. We wish David all the best for the remainder of the season.
(19/03/11) A first half goal from Andy Clarke was enough to give Beaumaris Town the points in this afternoon’s crucial top of the table clash at Beach Road. An incredible run of wins for Glantraeth came to an end as they failed to break through a Beau defence brilliantly marshalled by Mally Vaughan and backed up by the commanding presence of Dave Clark in goal. Glantraeth enjoyed loads of possession but were left to rue missed chances during the opening forty-five minutes. It means the advantage now swings to Beaumaris and Bro Goronwy either of whom will win the league if they win their remaining games. Glantraeth can only concentrate on winning their final two games and hope for other results to go their way. The game as expected was a much closer affair than the recent Gwynedd Shield meeting but the visitors began as if they meant business with James Saxon almost forcing the ball home and Jamie Roberts heading over all within the opening four minutes. Beaumaris came into the game
with Anthony Hughes drilling in a shot that was only narrowly off target. Ian Pleming missed a golden opportunity to give Glantraeth the lead on 13 minutes as he ran clear down the middle but with only the advancing Clark to beat he pushed his shot the wrong side of the upright. Craig Evans then went close as he just failed to make contact with a ball driven in by Pleming then James Saxon’s effort from 25 yards passed inches wide with Clark a spectator. Although most of the chances had fallen to the visitors it was Beaumaris who took the lead on 39 minutes as a quick break upfield saw Andy Clarke cut in from the right and his powerfully driven shot found the far corner of the net. Beaumaris set out their stall to protect their lead after the break, defending in numbers and despite much pressure from Glantraeth clear cut scoring chances were becoming increasingly more difficult to create, the closest being a header from Gary Jones just past the hour mark and an effort on the turn from Pleming. With referee Colin Dukes playing a full twelve minutes of added time the visitors pressed to the end but had to admit defeat as Beaumaris hung on for victory and in fact could have added a second themselves through Andy Clarke in the final minutes with Glantraeth stretched at the back.
DIFFERENT DAY....DIFFERENT GAME
(15/03/11) Our recent 3-0 win at Beaumaris Town in the Gwynedd Shield is now history as we face them again on Saturday in an important league fixture, again at Beach Road, Bangor.
The meeting of the two title challengers won’t in itself decide anything for certain but the result will have an important bearing on who finishes top this season. A win for either side will give them a huge boost going into the final few games while a draw could well swing the initiative Bro Goronwy’s way. It is an intriguing situation. Beau will have been stung by the cup defeat and determined to make amends while we have to be even more determined. Good though our performance was in the previous meeting the win could have been even more conclusive and we need to keep pushing and pushing for further improvement. We know we have the quality in the squad but that needs to be married to a ruthless desire to win and good discipline both qualities along with the strong character and spirit in the squad that have held us in good stead over recent weeks. The club’s expectations on reforming at the start of the season were to win more games than we lost. I think it’s fair to say we have exceeded those expectations but as has been said before, we ain’t won nothing yet. We need another big performance. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Colin Dukes of Penrhyndeudraeth. (SS)
GWYNEDD SHIELD SEMI-FINALISTS
(13/03/11) According to the results posted on the excellent Bro Goronwy website the semi-finalists in the Gwynedd Shield are now known: Bro Goronwy, Glantraeth, Llanfairfechan Town & Bangor City Reserves, Llanfairfechan Town having had a good 3-1 home win over Bangor University yesterday while City Reserves won 2-0 at Farrar Road against Llanystumdwy. Clwyd League side St Asaph have now joined Glantraeth, Bethel & Beaumaris Town in the semi-finals of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup.
CATRIN WINS THE £1,500
(12/03/11) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto were 7, 13 & 20 and there was one winner of the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot, Catrin Owen c/o Gallt Ysw, Bethel. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th March.
PAUL JOINS THE PUSH FOR PROMOTION
(11/03/11) Attacking midfielder Paul Rowlands has today re-joined Glantraeth from Holyhead Hotspur. 26 year old Paul played for Glan in the Cymru Alliance from 2006-07 to 2008-09 season making a total of 79 appearances. He has also played for Gaerwen, Llangefni Town, Bodedern and Bethesda Athletic. We welcome Paul back to the club and would also like to thank the Hotspur management and officials for their co-operation in effecting a smooth transfer of the player.
GLANTRAETH GIVEN WALKOVER
(10/03/11) Saturday's Gwynedd Shield second round tie at home to Bontnewydd has been called off. Apparently it clashes with a club function that Bont have organised. The league secretary informs us that we have therefore been given a walkover into the semi-finals.
HOME AT LAST
(08/03/11) After being on the road for over two months Glantraeth finally return to Trefdraeth this Saturday as they host bottom club Bontnewydd in the second round of the Gwynedd Shield. Glan will be odds-on to progress but need to approach the game with the same professional attitude that has been such a feature of recent games. Bont deserve our respect, they have battled on despite some heavy defeats this season while at the same time looking to develop the potential at their Cae Stanley ground. A win for Glan will make it a minimum of four semi-finals to look forward to in what is proving a fascinating Gwynedd League season. The game kicks off at 2.00 pm and as usual there will be a four page programme available free with paid admission or 20p at the canteen. 3 Number Lotto tickets will also be available at the canteen for Saturday’s draw for a giant £1,500 Rollover Jackpot. Match referee is Chris O'Neal.
NINTH AWAY WIN ON THE TROT
(05/03/11) A comfortable 3-0 win at Beaumaris Town this afternoon took Glantraeth through to the second round of the Gwynedd Shield where they will be at home to Bontnewydd next Saturday. Despite the scoreline Glan were guilty of missing gilt-edged chances during a dominant first forty-five minutes. Steve Jones and James Saxon were only inches wide with efforts in the opening
three minutes then home keeper Dave Clarke brought off a tremendous save from Chris Saxon on 13 minutes and three minutes later Steve Jones pulled his shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Apart from one scramble in the visitor’s goalmouth following a miscued clearance little had been seen of Beau as an attacking force and Glan took a deserved lead on 34 minutes as fierce pressure on the home goal ended with Steve Jones finding the net from ten yards out. It took another fine save from Clarke to prevent Ian Pleming adding a second two minutes later. Glan were again on the attack following the break and went further ahead three minutes in as Ian Pleming beautifully chipped the keeper after a great reverse pass from Gary Jones. The visitors took a 3-0 lead on 66 minutes as James Saxon’s weighted header from a Huw Allan Jones free kick again left keeper Clarke stranded. It had been a convincing display from Glantraeth but it means exactly zilch in terms of what the possible outcome might be when the two sides meet again in an important league encounter two weeks from now, the only certainty being that Beaumaris striker Gareth Davies will miss the game after receiving a second yellow as the game entered its closing stages.
FOCUS SWITCHES TO CUP ACTION
(02/03/11) The battle for the league title is put on the back burner this weekend as we travel to face Beaumaris Town at Beach Road, Bangor in the first round of the Gwynedd Shield (sponsored by Safeflue). It will mean that nine of our last eleven games have been played away from home but there is little point complaining, you just get on with it, preparing for each game as it comes. We are already in three semi-finals and the winners on Saturday will be confident of further progress with a home game against bottom club Bontnewydd awaiting. Kick-off is 2.00 pm. Match referee is Peter Kewley. Hospitality after the game will be at Maesgeirchen Social Club.
A COMPLETE SELL-OUT
(02/03/11) The FAW have confirmed that the Wales v England Euro 2012 Qualifier on Saturday 26th March is now a complete 75,000 sell-out. Those that applied for tickets through the club before 14th February will receive tickets but those that applied after that date will not.
JACKPOT NOW A MASSIVE £1,500
(26/02/11) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,500 for the next draw on Saturday 12th March in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth. The numbers drawn were 2, 9 & 10.
DOMINANT GLANTRAETH WIN AGAIN
(26/02/11) Glantraeth continued their impressive run of away wins with a commanding 3-0 win at Holyhead Hotspur this afternoon, the only criticism being the time it took to finally put the result beyond doubt. The visitors
went ahead after just seven minutes as James Saxon forced the ball home at the far post after getting on the end of a cross from Ian Pleming. Hotspur could make little progress and were getting increasingly frustrated leading to a flurry of yellow cards from referee Lloyd Edwards. The first half action was scrappy with too many stoppages and not helped by a pitch that was cutting up badly but Glan comfortably held on to their lead with keeper Kyle Williams virtually untroubled. The quality of the game improved after the break but again it was Glan who continued to look the most threatening with Chris Saxon rising to meet a James Saxon corner kick on 59 minutes only to see his header come back off the crossbar. The Bodorgan side’s defence was in superb form and Hotspur had still
not had a direct shot on goal as Ian Pleming rolled an effort inches wide on 78 minutes. Steve Jones and Pleming had both gone close before the second goal arrived five minutes from time as a fine ball down the line from James Saxon sent Pleming clear and the big striker squared the ball to give substitute Ricky Owen an easy tap-in. Four minutes later Pleming was again the provider as his cross was headed against the bar by Steve Jones but with the game in added time Glan scored a third with Daron Wyn Jones finding Pleming in space to beat his marker and slide the ball past keeper Declan Jones.
GROUND PASSES INSPECTION
(23/02/11) We have received confirmation from Welsh Alliance League Secretary Ron Bridges that our ground has passed inspection for promotion. The letter says: "May I thank you for the hospitality shown to the league grounds inspection committee on our visit to your ground, for your application to become members of Welsh Alliance Division Two for the season 2011/12. My committee wil not require any extra work to be carried out as your ground meets the criteria for membership of the league. I have been asked by my committee to congratulate your members on the excellent improvements that you have made to your facilities since our last visit. They have worked very hard to reach this standard."
We will of course have to finish in the top two to be considered for promotion.
ANY ONE FROM FOUR & ALL TO PLAY FOR
(22/02/11) A bookmaker would have an impossible job separating the top four at present if they were to lay down odds against each of those clubs winning the league. Holyhead Hotspur Reserves currently lead and finish with two home games against two of their strongest rivals while the three teams below them all gained emphatic away wins at the weekend with Beaumaris’s 7-2 win at Bethel perhaps the most impressive result although scoring six at Llanystumdwy doesn’t come easy. There are some fascinating games still to come in what is proving a tremendous climax to the season. At Glantraeth we have faced a formidable run of away fixtures since beating Bangor City Reserves at Trefdraeth in early January. All we can do is prepare for them one at a time and next Saturday is no exception as we travel to face Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. Hotspur have led the league pretty well all season but now the pack is starting to breathe down their necks as teams play their games in hand. It is another tough one and nothing but our best will be good enough. The match referee is Lloyd Edwards of Caernarfon.
A BOY FOR HUW ALLAN
(22/02/11) Congratulations to Glantraeth defender Huw Allan Jones and his better half Sioned on the birth of a baby boy. Young Caiden weighed in at over 10 pounds.
MARCH FIXTURES RELEASED
(20/02/11) We will travel to Beaumaris Town on the first Saturday in March in round one of the Gwynedd Shield (sponsored by Safeflue) and the following Saturday the winners are at home to Bontnewydd in the second round. On Saturday 19th March we again travel to face Beaumaris, this time for a league encounter. The final Saturday of the month we have no game, it's the day of the Wales v England Euro 2012 qualifier. Fixture page has been updated.
LLANYSTUMDWY HIT FOR SIX
(19/02/11) Before they could win the game Glan had to win the battle against a determined Llanystumdwy side who have proved difficult to beat on their own patch this season. After taking a two goal lead in the opening ten minutes Glan looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory but the home side refused to bow down and fought back to level before the break. The second half proved a different story as the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck and took total control to run out 6-2 winners and it could have been even
more emphatic. Glan were ahead after just four minutes as a great ball from Chris Roberts put Craig Evans clear and he squared the ball to give Ian Pleming an easy finish. Six minutes later and the home side went further behind as a corner kick from James Saxon was headed on by Craig Evans for Chris Saxon to slam the ball into the roof of the net. The visitors got a shock on 23 minutes as Ben Jones scrambled the ball home at the far post after Glan failed to clear a right wind corner. Craig Evans had a great opportunity to restore the two goal lead three minutes later but volleyed over with just the keeper to beat.. Six minutes before the break Stumdwy pulled level as Richard Evans took advantage of hesitancy in the Glan defence as they waited for an offside decision to pull the ball wide of keeper Kyle Williams. Rarely have Glantraeth been as fired up as they were for the second period as they went on to destroy the home side with some superb football on a very poor playing surface. They went back in front on 51 minutes as good build up play from Jamie Roberts and James Saxon gave Ian Pleming the chance to cross and leave Craig Evans a simple tap-in. Six minutes later it was 4-2 as some desperate defending failed to clear the ball and it was Steve Jones who took advantage to slide the ball home despite the despairing efforts of a defender to clear. Just past the hour mark Steve Jones scored his second with an even better finish and now it was a case of just how many Glantraeth would score as every attack threatened a goal. The only addition to the scoreline came however with just five minutes remaining as Gareth Sharp linked up well with Ian Pleming who finished with real style, turning and shooting home from the edge of the area to give keeper Caron Hughes no chance. Dave Cashman almost added a seventh with time almost up, rounding the keeper well but shooting into the side netting when a squared ball to Pleming looked the better option. Final score: Llanystumdwy 2 Glantraeth 6.
(17/02/11) There is a bus laid on for Saturday’s trip to Llanystumdwy leaving Malltraeth at 11.30 am. Pick-up points are:
Asda, Llangefni – 11.50 am
Tesco, Bangor – 12.10 pm
McDonalds, Caernarfon – 12.25 pm
HOLYHEAD IS THE VENUE
(17/02/11) Our North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup Sem-Final against Bethel has now been arranged for Tuesday 22nd March at Holyhead Hotspur FC. The other semi-final between Beaumaris Town and St Asaph or Mochdre Sports* will be played the following Friday at Conwy United FC. The final will be played on Saturday 7th May. (*Mochdre Sports have been reinstated in competition instead of Shotton Steel upon appeal to NWCFA).
PROSPECTS LOOKING GOOD
(17/02/11) Llanystumdwy’s Parc Dwyfor ground was reported perfectly playable today and although there is some more rain forecast for tomorrow the prospects for Saturday’s game going ahead are looking positive. We tread new ground as it will be our first ever visit to meet the Gwynedd village side so we can be assured of a warm welcome!
TIME TO STEP UP ANOTHER GEAR
(16/02/11) We’ve a come a long way over the past couple of months and are now very much in the frame for a promotion push over our remaining five league games. Every game is now crucial and for our trip to Llanystumdwy next Saturday we have to be more ruthless than ever if we are to maintain our progress. We have shown our credentials by coming out on top in two demanding away trips to Llanfairfechan Town and Bro Goronwy but we cannot afford to
relax for a minute or drop the standards we have set against a Stumdwy side that have already proved they are a tough nut to crack at home, having beaten Beaumaris Town and drawn with the current league leaders. Only a few weeks back we were in the worst position of the top four clubs but a succession of wins have now put us in with a realistic chance of promotion, however, it is critical that we continue to build on all the good work of recent weeks and keep the pressure on our promotion rivals particularly with Bro Goronwy looking certain of a comfortable three points at Bontnewydd this weekend. Hotspur Reserves have no game while in-form Beaumaris Town face a tough task at Bethel. Whatever the outcome this season it is just great to see everyone at the club enjoying being back in the hunt for honours once again after an unproductive few years since winning the Cymru Alliance in 2006.
TODAY'S GROUND INSPECTION
(15/02/11) Officials of the Welsh Alliance this afternoon visited Cae Glantraeth to carry out a ground inspection. The inspection went well with no outstanding issues although there is the little matter of finishing in a promotion position come the end of the season still to address! It is hardly surprising as the ground is now almost unrecognisable from our days in the Cymru Alliance such has been the scale of the improvements made through a tremendous amount of work from our committee and various helpers.
INDOOR CAR BOOT AT MONA
(14/02/11) The Car Boot that Glantraeth run at Mona Showground is continuing throughout the winter with two large sheds ensuring it can go ahead whatever the weather. The car boot starts at 6.30 am every Sunday with indoor stalls costing just £10.
ARON BACK IN ACTION
(13/02/11) We are delighted to report that Bodedern Athletic defender Aron Owen has returned to action following the badly fractured ankle he suffered in the FAW Trophy game at Glantraeth back in October. We wish Aron all the best for the remainder of the season. Congratulations also to Boded's youth team on reaching the quarter-finals of the Welsh Youth Cup before finally losing 5-3 at Swansea today against West End FC.
JACKPOT ROLLS OVER TO £1,000
(12/02/11) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so there will be a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 for the next draw on Saturday 26th February in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth. The numbers drawn were 1, 4 & 18.
(12/02/11) Bro Goronwy further improved their goal difference as they romped to a 7-1 home win over Llanystumdwy this afternoon to move back into second place. Llanfairfechan Town and Bangor University drew two apiece in the other league game played. In the quarter-finals of the FAW Trophy three North Wales clubs progressed to the last four; Holywell Town, Glan Conwy and in the game I took in our conquerors Conwy United eventually went through 2-1 after extra time against a very good Swansea Dockers side. Llanfairpwll were the odd one out, losing in a penalty shoot-out to Ton & Gelli. (SS)
IT'S BETHEL IN INTERMEDIATE CUP SEMI-FINAL
(10/02/11) The draw for the semi-finals of the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup was made this evening and Glantraeth have been drawn against fellow Gwynedd League side Bethel. Date and venue to be decided. In the other semi-final Beaumaris Town will meet St Asaph or Shotton Steel.
BRO TO MOVE IN FRONT AGAIN?
(10/02/11) A free weekend for Glantraeth gives Bro Goronwy the opportunity to reclaim second place this Saturday if they can overcome Llanystumdwy at Cae Nerys. Unlikely though it may seem Stumdwy are now the only club that has a mathematical chance of preventing an Anglesey club winning the league, no other side outside the top four being able to catch Hotspur Reserves. No doubt our management will welcome the opportunity to take a look at the Gwynedd side who we meet the following week. The only other league fixture sees Llanfairfechan Town entertain Bangor University.
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
| || || P || W || D || L || F || A || GD || PTS || 1 || HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR RESERVES || 16 || 10 || 4 || 2 || 39 || 19 || 20 || 34
|| 2 || GLANTRAETH || 13 || 9 || 1 || 3 || 43 || 24 || 19 || 28
|| 3 || BRO GORONWY || 13 || 8 || 2 || 3 || 50 || 23 || 27 || 26
|| 4 || BEAUMARIS TOWN || 12 || 7 || 4 || 1 || 37 || 18 || 19 || 25
(07/02/11) The weekend's results have left the battle for the Gwynedd League title closer than ever with the top four all in with a great chance of finishing Champions. It now looks virtually certain that the trophy will be won by an Anglesey club for the second successive year. Glantraeth did their chances no harm at all with a hard fought win at Bro Goronwy but still face
arguably the toughest remaining fixtures including trips to Holyhead Hotspur and Beaumaris Town. Hotspur's 1-1 draw at Llanystumdwy on Saturday led to a closing of a gap at the top and the Criccieth club will have a big say over the coming weeks with home and away games still to play against both Glantraeth and Bro Goronwy. Glantraeth have now won 13 of the last 15 games played, the only defeat being against Welsh Alliance Division One title favourites Conwy United in the FAW Trophy. The winning goal from Craig Evans (pictured) on Saturday took his total for the season to nineteen, a tremendous return for a midfield player, and Glan skipper Craig will be looking to add a second Gwynedd League Championship medal to his collection over the coming weeks when every game will be a cup-tie as the old cliché goes with no doubt many more twists and turns before this little lot is sorted.
CRAIG EVANS GETS LATE WINNER AS....
TITLE RACE BLOWN WIDE OPEN
(05/02/11) A 2-1 win for Glantraeth at Bro Goronwy today with leaders Holyhead Hotspur Reserves dropping two points throws the Gwynedd League wide open. A dominant first half display from Glan which should have seen them more than one goal ahead was enough to justify the three points at the final whistle and although Bro came back strongly after the break it was Glan that clinched victory six minutes from time through a Craig Evans header.
It was a tremendous battle at Cae Nerys with no quarter asked or given by two excellent sides who are both worthy of playing at a higher level. Bro began on the offensive but the visitors soon began to take control with a first half display of non-stop attacking football with Bro's threat at the other end mainly limited to dead ball situations. Craig Evans came close to giving the Bodorgan side the lead on 15 minutes with a well struck shot from close range that found keeper Alan Jukes perfectly positioned to save then Ian Pleming drilled a twenty-five yarder inches over. Glan keeper Kyle Williams pulled off a fine save from Bro's Steve Jones on the twenty minute mark but it was Glan that were asking most of the questions and the home side had a let off on 39 minutes as Huw Allan Jones free kick brought a great flying save from Jukes who manage to get his fingertips to the ball and deflect it on to a post. Three minutes later Glan finally got the goal they deserved as Steve Jones made a superb pass down the left touchline to find Pleming whose cross found James Saxon in space to slot the ball home from ten yards.
It had been an excellent first half display from Glantraeth but the Moelfre side came out of the blocks quicker after the break to pin Glan back in the opening ten minutes before the game began to even out again but there was disaster for the visitors as Huw Allan Jones badly miscued a clearance on 64 minutes for Andy Williams to run on and provide the perfect finish.
The game was now evenly balanced with both sides threatening to get a winner but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 84 minutes as Gary Jones delivered a great cross from the left and Craig Evans rose to head the ball into the top corner well out of Jukes's reach and spark off jubilant scenes of celebration.
(04/02/11) The Gwynedd League are running four cup competitions this season. We are already through to the semi-finals of the President's Cup and the Bob Owen Memorial Shield having beaten Bethel and Bontnewydd respectively. We are due to face Beaumaris Town (away) in round one of the Gwynedd Shield and Bethel (home) in the second round of the Gwynedd Cup. No dates have yet been scheduled for these games. We have not yet received any word on the draw for the semi-finals of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup although Beaumaris Town are claimimg they will meet Bethel in one semi-final. If true we would face a Clwyd League side, either Shotton Steel or St Asaph, who have still to meet in their third round tie.
ANGLESEY'S MATCH OF THE DAY
(01/02/11) With a phenomenal 22 goals scored in the two meetings between the clubs this season there is little doubt that Saturday’s Gwynedd League fixture at Moelfre between Bro Goronwy and Glantraeth well justifies star billing as
Anglesey’s Match of the Day. Bro are still in the driving seat but only just after dropping two vital points to Bangor University last weekend and it is now up to Glan to take full advantage with every player fully committed for the big games coming up over the next few weeks. We know it won’t be easy on Saturday as there is little to choose between two fine sides who have both been a revelation this season with some superb attacking football but as always in these local derbies it is likely to be the side that wants it most that will come out on top. There will be no shortage of motivation as both clubs know that if either wins all their remaining six games they will end the season as Champions. Easy said but not so easy done in what is proving a very competitive league.
(30/01/11) Tickets for the Wales v England Euro 2012 Qualifier at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 26th March must be ordered and paid for by next Saturday at the very latest as the application will be going in next Sunday. Tickets cost £25 & £15 (Adults) and £15 & £5 (Seniors/Juniors). To order contact secretary Stan Strickland by email through the website or by phone or text on 07743 483733. Money can be paid to Kev, Chris or myself. Tickets will be sent out by the FAW two to three weeks before the game.(SS)
UNI FIGHT BACK TO SHARE POINTS
(29/01/11) In today's only Gwynedd League fixture promotion favourites Bro Goronwy were held to a 3-3 draw at Cae Nerys by Bangor University. Bethel have joined Glantraeth and Beaumaris Town in the semi-finals of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup with a 3-1 win over Bangor City Reserves. We are still awaiting the Clwyd League clubs St.Asaph, Mochdre Sports and Shotton Steel to sort out the fourth semi-finalist.
TODAY'S GAME CALLED OFF
(29/01/11) Looking through the window it looks a great day but unfortunately the pitch at Glantraeth is as hard as concrete after more overnight frost and today's home game with Llanystumdwy has been called off.
STUMDWY WILL BE NO PUSHOVER
(26/01/11) On Saturday we welcome Llanystumdwy for their first ever visit to Glantraeth. The Gwynedd village side have fallen behind with their fixtures and have much catching up to do and although they currently lie second to bottom they have a couple of good results to their name including a 5-2 win over Beaumaris Town so we cannot take anything for granted. It will require another good performance if we are to pick up maximum points and maintain the pressure on the teams above us. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and match referee is Chris O’Neal.
(24/01/11) Tickets for the Wales v England Euro 2012 Qualifier at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 26th March are available through the club. Seats are priced at £25 or £15 for Adults and £15 or £5 for Juniors and Seniors. Contact secretary Stan Strickland by Saturday 5th February latest if you wish to purchase tickets.
Make a note in your diary (or on you iPad!) that a karaoke and disco has now been booked for the end of season Presentation Night which is due to take place at the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Friday 3rd June.
'NOBBY' RETURNS TO TREARDDUR BAY
(24/01/11) Once again we have waived the usual 7 day’s notice to allow goalkeeper Rob Bentley to return to his former club, Trearddur Bay United. Rob has not played for Glantraeth since September but we wish him all the best with the club he has served with distinction for the major part of his playing career.
ALL STILL TO PLAY FOR
(24/01/11) The battle for the Gwynedd League title and promotion to the Welsh Alliance is looking like being one of the most thrilling for years and though it might be too early to assume it has turned into a four horse race this weekend’s results further opened the gap between the leaders and the chasing pack with Glan, Hotspur and Beaumaris all showing the qualities needed as the pressure mounts by securing three points with vital goals in the final five minutes. Current frontrunners Hotspur Reserves have the advantage of points in the bag as they say but Bro Goronwy must still have the edge for both the title and promotion with their games in hand and superior goal difference. Beaumaris Town and we at Glantraeth still have much to do and face some tough away fixtures but both are going well and will have a big say in just who finishes where. There is also the little matter of ground inspections by the Welsh Alliance which are due to take place next month and how they will impact, if at all, on promotion. These are the remaining fixtures of the top four clubs: HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR RES - Glantraeth (H), Beaumaris Town (H) & Llanystumdwy (A); BRO GORONWY - Glantraeth (H), Beaumaris Town (H), Llanystumdwy (A), Bontnewydd (A), Bethel (A), Bangor University (H) & Llanystumdwy (H); BEAUMARIS TOWN - Glantraeth (H), Bro Goronwy (A), Holyhead Hotspur Res (A), Llanfairfechan Town (A), Bontnewydd (A) & Bethel (A); GLANTRAETH - Llanystumdwy (H), Llanystumdwy (A), Bro Goronwy (A), Holyhead Hotspur Res (A), Bethel (H) & Beaumaris Town (A).
FEBRUARY FIXTURES RELEASED
(23/01/11) We will travel to face Bro Goronwy on Saturday 5th February but have no league fixture the following weekend. On Saturday 19th February Glan travel to face Llanystumdwy and on the last Saturday of the month are away to current leaders Holyhead Hotspur Reserves.
THREE SHARE £1,000 JACKPOT
(22/01/11) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 17 & 18. There were three lucky winners who all get an equal share of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot; G.Williams (Bodffordd), Ruth Parry (Llanerchymedd) & Terry Williams (Aberffraw). The next draw for a £500 Jackpot takes place on Saturday 12th February in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
DESERVED 3-2 WIN BUT GLAN LEAVE IT LATE TO WRAP UP THREE POINTS
(22/01/11) Llanfairfechan is not an easy place to pick up points but Glantraeth should have won with something to spare after a powerful display saw them control much of the game yet it still needed a goal three minutes from time to finally overcome the resistance of the Gwynedd side and in particular keeper Paul Davies who had an outstanding game between the sticks.
The opening exchanges were pretty even with James Saxon and Ian Pleming going close for Glan and Kyle Williams saving well from the home side’s Ben Pugh but just as Glan were starting to dominate possession Fechan took the lead on 25 minutes as Curtis Murray broke through with the visitors appealing for offside and coolly steered the ball into the net. Glan continued on top with Craig Evans heading just wide, Ian Pleming firing against a post then shooting inches over and even defender Graham Jones burst forward and was only just off target. The second period was an even more one-sided affair with Davies pulling off successive saves from Ian Pleming, twice, and Craig Evans to prevent an equaliser before eventually being beaten on 61 minutes as Craig Evans got behind the home defence and expertly finished and a minute later Glan were finally ahead as good play by Pleming ended with a cross that Craig Evans headed against the bar only for Gary Jones to be in the right spot to finish from close in. The Anglesey side were totally in control and playing some great football on a difficult surface and it came as a major shock when Fechan pulled level on 73 minutes with virtually their first meaningful attack of the second half, Curtis Murray volleying home after Glan had failed to clear from a free kick. Glan kept going right to the end and a free kick from outside the area was headed past the keeper by leading scorer Craig Evans on 87 minutes to earn the three points their performance so richly deserved.
Today's other league results: Bethel 2 Holyhead Hotspur Res 3, Beaumaris Town 5 Bangor City Res 3. League table has now been updated.
ANOTHER £1,000 JACKPOT
(21/01/11) Don't forget there is another £1,000 Rollover Jackpot up for grabs tomorrow night in the club's ever popular 3 Number Lotto draw. The draw will take place about 9.50 pm in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth and the winning numbers will be posted on here sometime just after Match of the Day!
LOOKING GOOD SO FAR
(20/01/11) Llanfairfechan Town's Recreation Ground was this afternoon soft but playable and with little rain forecast for the next 48 hours the major threat to Saturday's game would appear to be heavy overnight frosts. After the enforced winter break and losing a full set of fixtures last weekend due to rain and high winds all clubs, not just ourselves, will be eager to get back to regular weekly action as quickly as possible.
DATE SET FOR GROUND INSPECTION
(20/01/11) The Welsh Alliance League have informed us that ground inspections for Gwynedd League clubs that have applied for promotion will take place on Tuesday 15th February with the visit to Cae Glantraeth scheduled for 2.00 pm.
TESTING AWAY DAY FOR GLAN
(19/01/11) There’s a tough away trip for Glan on Saturday as they travel to face Llanfairfechan Town at their Station Road ground. The Gwynedd club
currently lie fifth in the League and are one of the clubs that have applied for promotion to the Welsh Alliance. The league fixture at Trefdraeth back in August ended in a 4-2 win for Glantraeth but only after we had fought back from 2-1 down with only seven minutes remaining through goals from Craig Evans (2) & Gwyndaf Davies. With seven or less games to play it’s now reaching that stage of the season where nerve and character become just as important factors as skill and ability and with the top teams continuing to set a blistering pace in the quest for a promotion place there is little room for any slip-ups. With Ian Pleming now having completed his suspension managers Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts expect to have a full strength squad to select from.
'MAGIC' TO SIGN FOR LLANERCHYMEDD
(18/01/11) Paul 'Magic' Williams has been released to join Anglesey League side Llanerchymedd. We thank Paul for his efforts for Glantraeth earlier in the season and wish him well at his new club.
NO ACTION COMPLETED TODAY
(15/01/11) There was no further progress in the Gwynedd League today due to the weather. Although the Holyhead Hotspur Reserves v Beaumaris Town game kicked-off it was abandoned after just ten minutes due to high winds with Hotspur already leading 2-0. The league games Llanfairfechan Town v Llanystumdwy and Bontnewydd v Bro Goronwy were postponed as was the NWCFA Intermediate Cup quarter-final Bangor City Reserves v Bethel.
GLAN COME OUT ON TOP
(13/01/11) Glantraeth ran out 2-0 winners in tonight's friendly away to Bangor University, the goals coming from Craig Evans on 9 minutes with Jamie Roberts adding a second on the hour mark. Glan dictated the opening forty-five minutes with keeper Kyle Williams only called into serious action once but the University were much more of a threat after the interval and the visitors did well to keep a clean sheet while Glan's Liam West came close to adding a third against his former club with a tremendous effort that thudded against a post. It was a well contested game that proved a good workout for both clubs and the only negative for Glan was seeing both strikers, Gary Jones and Ian Pleming, leave the field through injury although neither looks too serious.
EXTRA GAME ARRANGED
(11/01/11) With no game scheduled for next weekend Kev and Chris have arranged for a friendly against Bangor University on Thursday evening under lights at Maes Glas. Kick-off is 7.00 pm.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(08/01/11) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the jackpot rollsover to £1,000. The winning numbers were 2, 5 & 18. The next draw takes place on Saturday 22nd January in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
NOT AT THEIR BEST BUT THREE POINTS AS....
GLAN MOVE UP INTO THIRD PLACE
(08/01/11) This was by no means a vintage performance from Glantraeth but they did enough to finally overcome Bangor City Reserves by five goals to three to move above Beaumaris Town into third place in the Gwynedd League. Looking decidedly rusty after the enforced four week break Glan began slowly and it was the visitors who took the lead on 18 minutes as Rob Roberts broke clear down the left and finished well with a low shot past keeper Kyle Williams. Stung into action the home side were soon in front as Jamie Roberts scored
from close range following a goalmouth scramble on 28 minutes and two minutes later it was James Saxon the scorer as he guided the ball home from a Huw Allan Jones cross. James Saxon was again on target seven minutes into the second period with a great left foot volley that gave Bangor keeper Dan Jones no chance and a goal from Gary Jones on 68 minutes as he ran in to to convert a cross from Steve Jones seemed to have wrapped up the points for the Anglesey side. However, defensive frailties despite a man of the match performance from central defender Graham Jones were again evident as the visitors pulled a goal back five minutes later through the impressive John Owen to again put the result in doubt. Bangor’s hopes were again dampened as Gary Jones scored his 13th goal in six starts three minutes later to again open up a three goal difference but high-scoring games are getting to be the norm in Glantraeth fixtures this season and the scoring was not yet finished as Rob Roberts got his second for City with six minutes remaining and even then home striker Gary Jones should have completed his hat-trick in the final minute as he ran clear but his low shot was inches the wrong side of the upright.
BANGOR CITY RESERVES NEXT AT TREFDRAETH
(04/01/11) Unsurprisingly a bit of bad weather and the usual suspects have been calling for summer football or a winter break. Well, I don't know about you but four weeks without football has left me on the verge of clinical depression so the idea of a couple of months or even more without fills me with horror. With a bit of luck football will resume in the Gwynedd League when we entertain Bangor City’s second string at Trefdraeth next Saturday. We won the previous league fixture between the clubs at Farrar Road 3-0 back in September with goals from Daron Wyn Jones and Ian Pleming (2). Since then we have signed two of that City squad in keeper Kyle Williams and defender Gareth Sharp. A win is pretty well a must if we are to stay in contention with the leaders and set ourselves up for a real run at promotion as we enter the business end of the season. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and match referee is Simon Wallace of Old Colwyn. (SS)