FAW TROPHY TAKES SPOTLIGHT
(13/09/11) The FAW Trophy takes priority on Saturday when Trearddur Bay United are the visitors to Trefdraeth. Last season we had a fine run in this
competition before going out in the fourth round to eventual finalists Conwy United. Bay will of course be formidable opposition, they have several players in their squad with Cymru Alliance experience as well as Gwyn Owen (pictured) who was with Glantraeth last season and as we know from experience games between island teams are always highly competitive affairs where reputations often count for nothing. Chris Evans will miss the game due to work commitments. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Simon Newport of Rhuddlan.
GREAT WIN BUT STRANGE DAY
(11/09/11) Glantraeth’s contribution to saving the planet by reducing fuel consumption is pictured above although the coach refusing to start after yesterday’s game was just one feature of a strange day. The only thing that really counted however was the well deserved win at Kinmel Bay that keeps us
very much in the leading group although a late winner for Llandyrnog, a fifth successive victory for Llanberis and a 3-1 win for Greenfield at Nantlle Vale meant we actually dropped a place from fourth to fifth despite all our efforts…weird! Kinmel Bay is not an easy place to go and, choosing my words carefully, we have played at better grounds. Spectators can only watch the game from part of one side of the ground behind a wooden fence, the other three sides are officially out of bounds to spectators with no barrier around the pitch. It says much that we played some excellent football on what was a very poor playing surface. If Bro Goronwy ever play there I would be interested in their comments!! (SS)
A BIG THREE POINTS FOR GLANTRAETH
(10/09/11) Apart from a ten minute period at the start of the second half this was a game that saw Glantraeth firmly in control and the only downside was a controversial goal awarded to the home side three minutes from time. Playing with a strong wind it was Kinmel Bay who were first to apply pressure but it soon fizzled out as Glan began to take charge with Ian Pleming volleying over on 14 minutes after fastening on to a long ball from Kieren Jeffreys. Five minutes later a cross from Pleming passed right across the face of goal with Andy Clarke inches away from converting then Gethin Davies put in another fine cross that Bay were happy to see pass harmlessly out of play. A goal was looking more and more likely as Glantraeth continued to threaten and it almost came on 24 minutes as Andy Clarke stole behind the home defence only to head
inches over. The opening goal finally came in the 32nd minute with a fine move that saw Andy Clarke put Paul Rowlands away down the right where he cut inside his marker before squaring for the inrushing Jamie Roberts to neatly tuck the ball past keeper Ryan Woods. Kinmel’s first real threat came a minute later as Matty Toole drilled a shot a couple of feet wide but it was still the visitors who were calling the shots and they went further ahead two minutes before the break as Andy Clarke headed a Paul Rowlands’ cross against the bar only for Pleming to react quickest and smash the ball into the net. The home side had their best spell of the game immediately after the break and came close to pulling a goal back on 50 minutes only for keeper Dave Clarke to pull off a tremendous reflex save to push a shot from substitute Jack Lloyd Williams against the crossbar. The ball quickly swung up the end and a fine run from Gethin Davies set up a shooting chance for Andy Clarke but his shot passed
just wide. Kinmel had another chance on 55 minutes but Daniel Abbott shot wildly over after a rare lapse of concentration by the visitors. Glantraeth were soon back in control and looking the more likely to score next with Anthony Hughes firing narrowly wide, Paul Rowlands shooting just over then Ian Pleming was inches to high with an effort from the edge of the area. Glantraeth were quicker to the ball all over the park but with time almost up there was controversy as a scramble in the visitors’ penalty area saw the assistant referee frantically signalling for a handball by a Kinmel player only for referee Mike Gillespie to allow play to continue and Matty Toole forced the ball home for a late consolation goal that was hardly deserved. Even then it took a brilliant flying save from the home keeper to keep out a tremendous effort by Pleming in added time. It was the Rhyl side’s first home defeat in over two and a half years but on the day they could have few complaints about the final result. Final score: Kinmel Bay 1 Glantraeth 2
HOME DRAW IN MAWDDACH CUP
(10/09/11) Glantraeth have a bye in the first round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. formerly the Barritt Cup, and in the second round have been drawn at home to Nantlle Vale. Full draw:
Round One -
Meliden v Llanberis;
Rhos Utd v Llanllyfni
Round Two -
Amlwch Town v Blaenau Ffestiniog;
Barmouth & Dyffryn v Caernarfon Town;
Connahs Quay Town v Llandyrnog Utd;
Glan Conwy v Llandudno Junction;
Glantraeth v Nantlle Vale;
Greenfield v Meliden/Llanberis;
Gwalchmai v Denbigh Town;
Halkyn Utd v Llanrug Utd;
Holyhead Hotspur v Beaumaris Town;
Holywell Town v Bodedern Ath;
Kinmel Bay v Bethesda Ath;
Llanfairpwll v Llanrwst Utd;
Penmaenmawr Phoenix v Nefyn Utd;
Pwllheli v Caernarfon Wanderers;
Rhos Utd/LLanllyfni v Gaerwen;
St Asaph City v MochdreSports
ONE WINNER OF £500 JACKPOT
(10/09/11) The winner of the £500 Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw was Mrs Clark of Bodedern. The winning numbers were 8, 12 & 16. The next draw takes place on Saturday 24th September in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
(09/09/11) Two league fixtures have been added, both at home! We will be at home to Greenfield on Saturday 8th October and Llanberis will be the visitors on Saturday 29th October. Fixture page has been updated.
LOUIS DECIDES IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON
(07/09/11) Goalkeeper Louis Williams has this evening signed for Llanberis. You cannot keep two quality keepers happy and it was inevitable that one would move on. In Dave Clarke we have an experienced keeper with two Welsh Alliance Championship medals to his name and in 18 year old Louis we had a keeper who goalkeeping coach Mike Innes rated one of the finest young keepers he has ever worked with. Louis will always be welcome back at Glantraeth, he has been tremendously patient and shown a great attitude and we wish him every success at Llanberis despite them looking to be one of our major rivals this season.
BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
(06/09/11) On Saturday we travel to face current league leaders Kinmel Bay Sports. Last season as Abergele Rovers they romped away with the Clwyd League Championship by thirteen points and in many people’s eyes they are the favourites to once again win promotion this season. We have ambitions of our own and we need to make a statement on Saturday with a fully focused performance. Things are coming together nicely but there is still more to come from this squad, we have some real quality players, and although the fixtures are hardly falling kindly for us at present with a succession of league fixtures away from home it is important we stay right amongst the leading bunch especially as we are still involved in the Welsh Cup as well as the FAW Trophy. Grahame Jones is now free from suspension and Sam Williams (pictured) is expected to rejoin the squad after recovering from injury. There is a coach leaving Malltraeth at 12.00 noon, picking up at Asda, Llangefni (12.15 pm), Stermat, Gaerwen (12.25 pm) and One Stop (12.45 pm).
Please note that training moves to Plas Arthur Leisure Centre, Llangefni tomorrow evening (Wednesday), the all-weather pitch booked from 7 – 8 pm.
CULLING OF THE WEBSITES
(06/09/11) The Links page to other clubs websites has been drastically revised to just include local clubs who keep their sites fairly regularly updated. Some links have changed and some websites are rarely updated, they have been removed. It seems the lower league clubs on Anglesey now have the best websites, I would say Bro Goronwy, Amlwch Town, Bodedern Athletic and Cemaes Bay are the four best on the island although I may have missed one or two. Feel free to email me if you want a link, but not to a Facebook page! The Anglesey League website hasn't been updated this year so that has been removed also. (SS)
Footnote: It's been pointed out that Anglesey League have new website so link has now been added.
AWAY TO LLANIDLOES TOWN
(05/09/11) In the first round of the Welsh Cup Glantraeth have been drawn away to Powys side Llanidloes Town. Llanidloes were founder members of the League of Wales but are currently placed third in the first division of the Spar Mid-Wales League. They beat Glan Conwy in the previous round by four goals to three. It is a long trip for Glan and although the home side will be favourites, playing at a higher level than us, it is a game that with the right attitude we are capable of winning. The game will be played on Saturday 1st October. Full northern section draw:
Barmouth & Dyffryn United v Ruthin Town;
Buckley Town v Penrhyncoch;
Caersws v Conwy United;
Carno v Coedpoeth United;
Cefn Druids v Caernarfon Town;
Flint Town United v Chirk AAA;
Gap Connah’s Quay v Gwalchmai;
Llandrindod Wells v Llanrug United;
Llangefni Town v Denbigh Town;
Llanidloes Town v Glantraeth;
Llanrhaedr v Holyhead Hotspur;
Montgomery Town v Connah’s Quay Town;
Penycae v FC Cefn;
Porthmadog v Bethesda Athletic;
Rhos Aelwyd v Guilsfield;
Rhyl v Gresford Athletic;
Venture Community v Llandudno
NINE GOALS HIT THE HEADLINES
(04/09/11) “It was the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FAW Welsh Cup on Saturday and Anglesey-based side Glantraeth were the biggest winners of the afternoon with a crushing 9-0 win over Pontrhydfendigaid” is the front page headline on
the Welsh FA website this weekend and now Glantraeth go into tomorrow’s first round draw in Cardiff when the Huws Gray Alliance clubs enter the competition for the first time. Possible opponents vary from high scoring Rhyl to Powys side Newbridge-on-Wye. In terms of goal difference it was our biggest ever win in the Welsh Cup although we did win 10-2 in 2002-03 season against Bala Town, now Welsh Premier League leaders!
There were mixed fortunes for Anglesey sides in the competition with Holyhead Hotspur needing extra-time to overcome Llanfair United and Gwalchmai edging through by the odd goal in five against Llansantffraid Village. A visit to Spar Mid-Wales League side Montgomery Town proved a step too far for Bro Goronwy where they went down by five goals to nil, the same applying to Gaerwen who lost 5-1 at Coedpoeth United. News of the draw will be on the website tomorrow as soon as possible.
GLAN WIN THROUGH IN STYLE
(03/09/11) Pontrhydfendigaid went out of the Welsh Cup this afternoon as Glantraeth simply outclassed them, running out 9-0 winners. The visitors did well to hold Glan to a two goal lead at half-time but after the break the Anglesey side ran riot and only an outstanding display by keeper Jacob
Pickering prevented double figures. After dominating the opening period it took Glantraeth until the 25th minutes before they finally took the lead through Ian Pleming as he fastened on to a pass from Jamie Roberts and found the net with a powerful shot past Pickering and five minutes before the break it was Pleming again from twenty five yards with a low shot that found the bottom corner. The home side stepped up the pace even further after the interval and added a third on 48 minutes as James Saxon followed up to score after an effort from Andy Clarke had been well saved. Pleming set up Paul Rowlands for a fourth on 51 minutes and it was Rowlands again a minute later
with the goal of the game as he unleashed a tremendous shot into the roof of the net. The visitors were being overrun and escaped conceding a sixth on 56 minutes as Tryston Jones’ desperate attempt at a clearance crashed against his own crossbar. Bont couldn’t be faulted for effort but they were chasing a hopeless cause and Glan added further goals as Chris Evans fired home a free kick on 77 minutes, Andy Clarke converted a Chris Evans’ cross in the 81st minute and four minutes later Clarke scored again from a free kick just outside the area. The scoring was completed with a well deserved goal from Gethin Davies with time almost up as he headed home a cross from Paul Rowlands. Final score: Glantraeth 9 Pontrhydfendigaid 0.
KEEP IT UP BOYS
(02/09/11) The Welsh Alliance Fair Play tables have just been issued for August and we currently lie third best in Division Two, just behind Llandyrnog United and Gaerwen. but with the least number of cautions of any club. Let's keep it up fellas, it's important not only from a financial point of view but perhaps more importantly we do not want to see players missing crucial games due to suspension. We expect to see full commitment which can lead to the odd caution but it's the daft ones for dissent, etc. that we must make every effort to avoid.
ANOTHER NOTE OF APPRECIATION
(02/09/11) It was inevitable that we would get some players moving on this season but what has been particularly rewarding for everyone who works so hard for Glantraeth has been to receive so many unsolicited expressions of appreciation and good wishes from so many of the players that have left. The latest comes from Daron Wyn Jones who was transferred to Llangefni Town yesterday:
“Just a quick thank you for making the transfer to Llangefni Town so easy and quick this week. I would like to thank everyone involved with Glantraeth Football Club for making me feel so welcome when I joined the club last season and what a year it was.
It started on a bright sunny day away to Nefyn in August (remember the hen party in the pub afterwards?) and ended on a horrible rainy day in Holyhead with Glantraeth winning four cups and getting runners-up in the league which secured us promotion.
It was fantastic to be part of such a great team including the committee that will go down in history as the best ever season for Glantraeth. Not bad for a club that came back from the dead only 12 months prior. It was the most enjoyable season of my footballing life and I thank Chris, Kev, Gary, Stan, Les, Len, Arron, Darren, Helen and everyone else involved with the club for making it so special. I hope the winning streak carries on this season and I’m sure our paths will cross again. – Diolch, Daron Wyn Jones (Sion Bill)”
SION BILLY & STEVE RELEASED TO CEFNI
(01/09/11) To help out reserve team manager Peter Twigg Glantraeth have today transferred Daron Wyn Jones (Sion Billy) and Steve Jones to Llangefni Town. Neither have featured for Glan this season with Steve suffering from a knee injury while for 38 year old Daron Wyn (pictured left) it will be a return to the club where he set all kinds of goalscoring records during his eighteen years at Talwrn Road. We wish them both the best of luck. For Saturday's visit of Pontrhydfendigaid in the Welsh Cup Glantraeth look certain to be without Chris Evans (hamstring), Sam Williams (knee injury) and Graham Jones (suspended).
BONT PROVIDE WELSH CUP OPPOSITION
(31/08/11) Next Saturday we face new opposition at Cae Glantraeth when Ceredigion side Pontrhydfendigaid visit in the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup. Neither club knows much about the other so it should make for an interesting contest. They play at the same level as us in the Spar Mid-Wales League Division Two and as their last home game attracted a crowd of just under 250 we would expect them to be well supported for this trip to Anglesey. Known more commonly as Bont FC they are a long established club having been founded in 1947 and over the years have progressed from the Aberystwyth & District League. The winners will go through to the first round of the Welsh Cup which will be played on Saturday 1st October. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Hugh Jones.
ONE HELEN OF A KITCHEN
(31/08/11) Quickly establishing a reputation for some of the best matchday refreshments in the league is ‘Hel’s Kitchen’, named after and
managed by Helen Evans (pictured), wife of Glantraeth chairman Gareth. Helen is qualified in all areas of food hygiene and her bacon sarnies, sausage baps and great tasting burgers are just some of the temptations on offer as well as a steaming hot panad for just 60p. Glantraeth FC souvenirs are also on sale with mugs, pennants, polo shirts and pin badges being particularly popular. In fact like most clubs we get requests for pin badges from all over the world, the most far flung request having come from Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra Del Fuego Province, the southernmost city in the world. The club’s 3 Number Lotto draw tickets are also on sale at £1 with a minimum jackpot of £500 guaranteed. All clubs have their unsung heroes who carry out all kinds of jobs on matchdays and beyond and in our case it is nice to pay tribute to Helen for all the work she does for the club.
BANK HOLIDAY FIXTURES
(30/08/11) Arranging fixtures is always a thankless task but sending four Anglesey sides up the A55 on August Bank Holiday Monday was always likely to lead to problems. With the weather having turned colder clearly many holidaymakers set off home earlier and added to the ferry traffic and the various events around North Wales and the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool it was hardly surprising that the volume of traffic going east was horrendous. It took us two and a half hours to get from Llangefni to Halkyn and I feel sure the other clubs must have experienced similar problems. It hardly seems ideal preparation for a game and there seems a good case for the Welsh Alliance planning local derbies on this day that would undoubtedly attract good crowds especially with little in the way of competition from other leagues.(SS)
Footnote: I sent this article to league secretary Ron Bridges and he has promised to bring up the issue at the next league management committee meeting.
NO GRIDLOCK ON THE PITCH
(29/08/11) The omens didn’t look too promising for Glantraeth at Halkyn this afternoon, travelling with a threadbare squad of only ten outfield players due to injury and non-availability, players still in the early stages of recovery from last night’s wedding celebrations of teammate Grahame Jones and on top of that near gridlock along the length of the A55 resulting in the game starting twenty minutes late with the visitors almost straight off the coach and on to
the pitch. Despite that tale of woe it was Halkyn who didn’t know what hit them as Glantraeth raced four goals ahead after just 19 minutes. A long ball over the top of the home defence put Ian Pleming in for the first after just three minutes and the same player added a second a minute later as he broke clear down the middle and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper. Halkyn were rocking and Pleming was inches away from completing a whirlwind hat-trick on 6 minutes as he just failed to connect with a Gethin Davies cross and then it took a tremendous save from home keeper Jack Seery to prevent Andy Clarke adding his name to the scoresheet. It was three to Glan on 17 minutes as Paul Rowlands pulled a right wing corner kick back for Chris Evans to power a low shot home from fully thirty yards. Two minutes later it seemed to be game over as Gethin Davies joined in the scoring, linking up well with Andy Clarke before beating Seery with a well placed shot. A tremendous cross from Chris Evans was met by Pleming whose header was just too high as Glantraeth continued to dominate. It was all too easy for Glantraeth with Bart Slezok next to fire a shot narrowly wide then Seery again saved well from Andy Clarke. Just when it seemed a case of how many Halkyn would concede Glan got careless and twice in six minutes gave away possession far too cheaply in dangerous positions and twice Gavin Hughes took advantage to bring the score back to 4-2. Stung by this recovery the visitors scored again after 39 minutes as a looping header from Jamie Roberts found the net following a corner taken by Paul Rowlands and six minutes into the second half Andy Clarke opened his account, side-footing home a Pleming cross from the left. Stretched for players Glantraeth brought sub keeper Louis Williams on as an outfield player with 18 minutes left and five minutes later Andy Clarke broke away and tried to lay on a goal for Williams only for the keeper to intercept and launch the ball downfield leaving Tom Matthews to pull a further goal back for the home side and complete the scoring. Final score: Halkyn United 3 Glantraeth 6.
CONGRATULATIONS GRAHAME & CLAIRE
(28/08/11) Congratulations to Glantraeth defender Grahame 'Squeeze' Jones on his wedding today to Claire Louise. Not sure where the wedding took place but they should be having a good time this evening at the reception in the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon. Grahame is currently serving a three match suspension that has fitted in perfectly with his wedding and honeymoon arrangements.
QUICKLY BACK IN ACTION
(28/08/11) Tomorrow’s visit to Halkyn United gives us an early opportunity to make up for the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat. While we were not at our
best during the opening forty-five minutes, being guilty of too many misplaced passes, we really turned the screw after the break, dominating possession, playing the ball around in great style and applying constant pressure on their goal without really getting the break in front of goal we deserved. Sure we missed chances and sure they defended well but when they broke upfield and scored late on it seemed clear it was just not going to be our day. Tomorrow we must be totally focused on quickly putting that result behind us. There is a coach going to the game, leaving Malltraeth at 12.00 noon, picking up at Asda, Llangefni (12.15 pm), Stermat, Gaerwen (12.25 pm) and One Stop (12.45 pm).
KIM WINS £500 JACKPOT
(28/08/11) The winner of the £500 Jackpot in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw was Kim Jones of Brynsiencyn. The winning numbers were 4, 8 & 18. The next draw takes place on Saturday 10th September in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
GLAN PAY FOR MISSED CHANCES
(27/08/11) Glantraeth were left shaking their heads in disbelief after this 2-0 defeat, a game they should have won comfortably. The first half was an evenly contested affair but the home side took complete control after the
break, pounding the Llandyrnog goal non-stop and then fell to a sucker punch twelve minutes from time as the visitors stole the lead with their first notable threat of the half. A second goal with time almost up just added insult to injury. There was little to choose between the sides during the opening forty-five minutes although keeper Louis Williams was rarely troubled in the home goal with Kieren Jeffreys and Robbie Jones dominant in central defence and it was Dyrnog keeper Daz Pope who twice foiled Glan from taking the lead, saving full length from Anthony Hughes on 20 minutes and then
producing a fine save form Andy Clarke eight minutes later. It was a different story following the interval as Glan besieged the Dyrnog goal, Ian Pleming and Andy Clarke both going close within three minutes of the restart then Pleming again tested the keeper three time in succession and Anthony Hughes drove a shot just wide as the visitors desperately held out. After absorbing constant pressure the visitors took an undeserved lead with twelve minutes remaining through Josh Davies and the same player added a scrappy second against a shell-shocked home side with three minutes remaining to secure an unlikely win. Glantraeth have to take the positives from the performance rather than the result. They were the better side by quite a margin against a team that are likely to be amongst the league front-runners this season and deserved the win but to their credit Dyrnog defended well with number four Russ Moorcroft and keeper Gaz Pope outstanding and the Denbighshire side will be delighted to have gone away with the three points.
FAW DECISION WELCOME
(26/08/11) The FAW full council have decided that with immediate effect players who are suspended due to on-field offences in Sunday league football
shall ONLY be suspended for Sunday league football and shall still be able to participate in Saturday football during that period of suspension. However, if a player is suspended due to on-field offences in a Saturday or midweek match he will be suspended from all football, Saturday and Sunday, until such time that he has completed his match suspension.
I believe this is a decision that will be welcomed by all secretaries of Saturday league clubs. (SS)
LEAGUE LEADERS FIRST TO VISIT
(24/08/11) Glantraeth play their first home game of the season on Saturday when they entertain current league leaders Llandyrnog United. The Denbighshire side went top last night following a 1-0 win at Connahs Quay Town. Dyrnog are old rivals from our Cymru Alliance days when the two clubs had some hard fought and close encounters and Saturday is unlikely to be any different. Glantraeth will be missing Graham Jones, James Saxon and Paul Rowlands but welcome back from suspension striker Andy Clarke (pictured) and defender Robbie Jones. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the match referee is Gwilym Evans.
FAW TROPHY FIRST ROUND DRAW
(23/08/11) The draw for the first round of the FAW Trophy was made today in Cardiff and Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Trearddur Bay United. The two sides will meet on Saturday 17th September. Trearddur Bay of course won the Anglesey League last season and were promoted to the Gwynedd League.
DUCHESS CONSIDERS INVITATION
(22/08/11) HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is considering our request to become Vice-President of Glantraeth Football Club. A letter was received from Clarence House this week and instead of the polite refusal that we expected in the light of the thousands of letters that must be sent to her and Prince William we were delighted to be informed that she ‘will be considering our invitation in due course’ and that her office will ‘be in touch again’ as soon as possible. Sir George Meyrick has been the president of the club for several years now but we felt it would be a nice gesture to ask the Duchess to take on an honorary Vice-President role for the duration of her residency in Bodorgan. Nothing may well come of it but the picture brightens up the front page of the website.
WANDERERS SIGN UP GARI
(21/08/11) Glantraeth have tonight released left sided defender/midfielder Gari Jones to Welsh Alliance League Division One side Caernarfon Wanderers. Gari did well at Nefyn United in our 4-2 pre-season win but has not made the squad during the opening games of the season. With such a large squad it is inevitable that some players not involved will look for regular football elsewhere, it is the nature of the game. Gari at 18 is a really promising prospect and we wish him well at Wanderers.
THREE AWAY GAMES...THREE WINS
(20/08/11) It has been a good opening to the season for Glantraeth as they gained a third successive win at Connahs Quay Town this afternoon with a goal
in added time from Sam Williams. It shouldn’t have been that way as a masterful first half display by the visitors should have seen them more than one goal ahead at the interval. With keeper Dave Clarke a virtual spectator at the other end Town had their biggest let off on 34 minutes as a corner from Chris Evans caused panic in the home goalmouth, the ball coming off a defender against the underside of the crossbar and straight into the keepers' arms. Bart Slezok and Huw Allan Jones both went close as Glantraeth mounted sustained pressure before the goal eventually came from Anthony Hughes on 43 minutes as he cleverly lobbed the keeper after a brilliant 50 yard pass from Kieren Jeffreys. With only a one goal cushion Town were still in the frame and drew level three minutes into the second half as Glan keeper Dave Clarke
appeared to misjudge the path of a speculative low shot from Dave Joyce and instead of the ball passing wide it crept just inside a post. With play now more evenly distributed Glantraeth had a fight on their hands and things didn’t get any better on 62 minutes as captain Graham Jones was sent off along with Town’s Philip Killa after a fracas near a corner flag. As the game entered its final ten minutes Glan really began to pile on the pressure but there were 91 minutes on the clock when the Anglesey side finally got the winner, Jamie Roberts sending the tireless Anthony Hughes away down the left and his cross was expertly put away by Sam Williams. Final score: Connahs Quay Town 1 Glantraeth 2.
LIAM TO JOIN KYLE AT LLANGEFNI
(19/08/11) Liam West has been in touch today to tell us he has decided to take up the chance to play Cymru Alliance football with Llangefni Town this season. We have no problem with that, Llangefni Town have set an example as to how to follow correct procedure and Liam has been courteous enough to explain his reasons for leaving, in those circumstances we always wish a player well. Liam explained: “I have not taken this decision lightly and have taken my time to arrive at it after weighing us all the pro's and con's. In the end I could not give up the chance to play in the Cyrmu Alliance League as I may never have the chance to do so again. I hope that all at the club can understand this difficult decision. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you and the rest of the committee for all the help and support throughout last season. I am sad to be leaving a club with which I experienced such success last season and a club that is on such a meteoric rise. I would like to thank Kev and Chris for their managerial leadership and all the players for providing such a great atmosphere around the club, even if at times I had no idea what was being said! I wish Glan all the best for this season and with all the summer signings I feel confident that last season’s cup and league domination can be replicated.” Liam was an important member of last season’s trophy winning squad and I feel sure he will be a big asset to our near neighbours. (SS)
MORE PICTURES ONLINE
(19/08/11) More pictures from Wednesday's game at Gaerwen can now be viewed by clicking here
NEXT UP CONNAHS QUAY TOWN
(18/08/11) After a frenetic ninety minutes at Gaerwen last night saw us do
well to come away with all three points it is to be hoped that we can get back to playing something like our normal game on Saturday at Connahs Quay Town. Both sides have won their opening league game and successfully progressed to the next round of the Welsh Cup so there should be no shortage of confidence in both camps. Andy Clarke and Robbie Jones will serve the last of their three game suspensions. There will be a coach going to the game, same arrangements as last week. Starting at Malltraeth 11.45 am and picking up Asda, Llangefni 12.00 noon, Stermat, Gaerwen 12.10 pm and One Stop 12.30 pm. Ground is on Dock Road Industrial Estate off High Street. Referee is Tony Moore of Abergele.
GLAN TAKE THE POINTS...JUST!
(06/08/11) Any thoughts that there would be any easy games in Welsh Alliance Two this season were knocked in the head at Lon Groes this evening as a great effort from Gaerwen in what was a frantic Anglesey derby came so close to
earning them a point despite losing their keeper in the second half and it could have easily been three only for second half misses from Sion Campbell. The visitors looked fairly comfortable during the opening thirty minutes, playing the ball around well and as the pressure mounted on the home goal Graham Jones and Sam Williams both had shots turned away before a corner on the right from Paul Rowlands was headed home on 28 minutes by Ian Pleming (top picture). Gaerwen had a good spell coming up to half-time with Kieran Lewis narrowly wide from a free kick and Tom Wyn Roberts firing over. Some terrible defending a minute after the break saw Gaerwen draw level through Tom Wyn Roberts to the delight of the home crowd but four minutes later Graham Jones headed wide from a good position as Glantraeth looked to restore their advantage. There was drama on 52 minutes as home keeper Gwyndaf Owen handled
outside the area and was red carded by referee Ian Roberts to give the visitors a huge advantage but it only seemed to lift the home side who should have taken the lead on 65 minutes as Sion Campbell broke clear with only keeper Dave Clarke to beat only to place his shot wide and the same player was only inches away from making contact with a left wing cross nine minutes later. Glantraeth were desperately trying to make their one man advantage count, pushing forward at every opportunity with Kieren Jeffreys almost finishing at the far post in one move before the winner finally came five minutes from time. Jamie Roberts swung a ball in from the right that Bart Slezok chested down for Anthony Hughes to bury the ball in the bottom corner. A minute later Hughes almost got a second but it was Glantraeth who were relieved to hear the final whistle with the hard earned three points safely in the bag.
Two other Division Two games played tonight: Kinmel Bay 4 Penmaenmawr Phoenix 1; Halkyn United 0 Connahs Quay Town 1
(16/08/11) Three games played in Welsh Alliance Division Two this evening:
Amlwch Town 0 Nantlle Vale 1
Greenfield 1 Llandyrnog United 2
Llanberis 3 Blaenau Ffestiniog 2
In Division One: Caernarfon Wanderers 4 Llanfairpwll 4; Gwalchmai 3 Caernarfon Town 6; Llandudno Junction 0 Holywell Town 2; Pwllheli 2 Barmouth & Dyffryn United 0.
GAERWEN WELSH CUP WIN A WARNING!
(16/08/11) We open our league campaign in Welsh Alliance Two at Gaerwen tomorrow (Wednesday) in what is sure to be a hotly contested local derby. In my opinion Gaerwen got the result of the round on Saturday by defeating Llandudno Junction 2-1 in the Welsh Cup. Having a manager resign after just two weeks so near the start of the season would create upheaval at any club but for Darren Meredith to bravely return to that role and then pull off such an outstanding win with so little preparation is a fantastic achievement and should serve as a warning to us. We need a similar performance and the same commitment as Saturday. Kick-off at Lon Groes is 6.30 pm and the match referee is Ian Roberts of Llanfairpwll. After match hospitality is in the Gaerwen Arms. (SS)
WELSH CUP DRAW
(15/08/11) In the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Pontrhydfendigaid, known as Bont FC for short. Our opponents who play in the Spar Mid Wales League Division Two face a long trip being based in Ceredigion. In the previous round they won 4-2 at home to Castell Alun Colts. The game will be played on Saturday 3rd September.
CHRIS EVANS LATEST TO RETURN TO GLANTRAETH
(15/08/11) Left sided midfielder Chris Evans has today rejoined Glantraeth. 24 year old Chris began his career at Wrexham where he played for the youth and reserve teams. He has played in the Welsh Premier League with Llangefni Town, Porthmadog and Newtown and has bags of Cymru Alliance experience with Bethesda Athletic and of course, Glantraeth. He is another quality addition to the squad ahead of the new league season commencing at Gaerwen on Wednesday.
LLINOS & JEAN SHARE £500
(13/08/11) Two women members of our 3 Number Lotto shared the £500 Jackpot in tonight's draw, Llinos Williams of Llanerchymedd and Jean Owen of Aberffraw. The winning numbers were 2, 5 & 19. The next draw takes place on Saturday 27th August in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
FOUR FOR SAM AS GLAN WIN THROUGH
(13/08/11) After twice going behind early on Glantraeth fought back to run out 5-2 winners against Welsh National League Premier Division side Pen-y-ffordd in today's Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round Tie. An uncertain opening saw the visitors go behind after just 40 seconds as Phil Simons was first to a left wing cross, heading home to give Pen-y-ffordd the best possible start. Glantraeth drew level on seven minutes as Sam Williams ran on to a through ball from Bartlomiej Slezok and easily beat home keeper Richard Sanna (see top picture). The joy was shortlived as within a minute the Flintshire side were back in front as Glantraeth failed to deal with a corner from the left and Adam Pugh took advantage with a shot through a packed penalty box that found the target. In a frantic opening ten minutes it was the Anglesey
side next on the scoresheet with Sam Williams again the scorer, cutting in from the right and beating the keeper at the far post. Glantraeth were now starting to look the more likely to go in front with Sam Williams' pace causing the home defence all kinds of problems. Ian Pleming was inches over
with a header (picture left) then Gethin Davies fired in a shot that just skimmed the crossbar. Within a minute of the restart Pleming hit a volley from a good position that dipped just over (picture below) then Sam Richardson was close to making contact with a cross from the left as Pen-y-ffordd showed they were still dangerous. Although Glan were now looking the better side there was a feeling
that the next goal could well prove the winner and it took a quite incredible save from keeper Dave Clarke on 62 minutes from Marcus Davies as he scooped the ball away when it appeared to be on its way into the net. It proved a key moment in the game as Glantraeth took advantage of this let off to take the lead with eight minutes remaining as Sam Williams set up the chance for Anthony Hughes to slide the ball past the keeper and two minutes later Sam Williams pounced on a poor clearance to complete his hat-trick with a well taken chip over the keeper. With Pen-yffordd now looking a well beaten side a defence splitting pass from Gethyn Williams on 88 minutes gave Sam Williams the chance to score a fourth and put the lid on a fine performance by Glantraeth against a useful Pen-y-ffordd side despite playing on a pitch that did their usual passing game no favours.
NEW DIRECTIONS PENYFFORDD
(12/08/11) Travel directions supplied by Penyffordd today: "Due to our promotion last year we had to move grounds to a location that we were able to develop in line with WNL Premier Division ground criteria. Our new ground is situated at Padeswood Works, Hanson Cement, Padeswood, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 4HB
Road travel directions are: Leave A55 at Junction 35 then take A550 south until reaching 2nd roundabout (St Johns Church on the left as you approach the r/bout). Take 3rd exit signposted Buckley (A5118) follow this road for 1 mile & Hanson Cement Works are on the left. Turn left into the Works Car Park where a parking marshall will be pleased to direct you to the ground & changing rooms."
BYE IN DIVISION TWO CUP
(12/08/11) Glantraeth have been given a bye in the first round of the Take Stock Van Hire Cup, a competition for Welsh Alliance Division Two clubs. Other clubs receiving a bye are Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llandyrnog United & Greenfield. The first round will be played on Saturday 17th September and will be over two legs. Those clubs in the first round draw are: Amlwch Town v Penmaenmawr Phoenix Gaerwen v Llanberis Halkyn United v Nantlle Vale Kinmel Bay v Connahs Quay Town.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS SATURDAY
(10/08/11) There is a coach going to Penyffordd for Saturday’s Welsh Cup Tie, leaving Malltraeth at 11.45 am and picking up at Asda, Llangefni 12.00 noon, Stermat, Gaerwen 12.10 pm and One Stop, Llandygai 12.30 pm.
WELSH CUP PROGRESS WELL OVERDUE
(09/08/11) The season starts on Saturday and a good run in the Welsh Cup is well overdue, our last four outings having seen us eliminated at the first time of asking to Bodedern, Bala Town, Mynydd Isa and last year, Penmaenmawr Phoenix. That last game is still etched in my memory. For half-an-hour we were a class apart and looked to be headed for certain victory but then our discipline fell apart, we had two players dismissed and lost two goals and ended up losing 4-1. Let’s not make that mistake again! Prior to that we had a good record in Wales’ premier cup competition, reaching the quarter-finals in 2003-04 having beaten Bangor City at Farrar Road along the way so it would be nice to at least get over the first hurdle next Saturday at Penyffordd. We know little about them except that last season they won the Welsh National League First Division and are now promoted to the Premier Division playing one level higher than us. Andy Clarke and Robbie Jones will miss the first three games of the season due to suspensions carried over from last season. (SS)
SION HOGAN SIGNS FOR LLANFAIRPWLL
(07/08/11) Sion Hogan has signed transfer forms to join Llanfairpwll. The talented youngster who made his mark in the Anglesey League last season with Menai Bridge Tigers felt his opportunities were likely to be limited at Glantraeth. We wish him well with his new club.
HAT-TRICK FOR ANDY CLARKE AS... GLANTRAETH CRUISE TO EASY WIN
(06/08/11) The game ended 4-2 to Glantraeth but the scoreline hardly did justice to a performance that saw them the better side from start to finish. Unlike Thursday there was real motivation for Glan to perform today against a side that finished in the top half of Welsh Alliance One last season and they
didn't disappoint. Although there were moments in the opening half when players seemed still to be adjusting to playing together the potential of this side was there for all to see. Every one of the 16 players who travelled did themselves justice including the three 18 year olds, with Kieren Jeffrey having an outstanding game in central defence in the absence of skipper Graham Jones. After near misses from Sam Williams and Gethin Davies early on the visitors came closest to taking the lead as a cross from Anthony Hughes was volleyed against a post by Ian Pleming. Totally against the run of play Nefyn took the lead ten minutes before the break through Daniel Roberts but it only took five minutes for Glan to level as Andy Clarke threaded a ball through for Anthony Hughes to slide the ball past the keeper and three minutes later the
Anglesey side were ahead as a trip on Paul Rowlands left Andy Clarke to send the keeper the wrong way with a perfectly struck spot kick. A minute into the second half Glantraeth went 3-1 up as Kieren Jeffreys sent a great pass out to Pleming on the right and his low cross was converted by Andy Clarke. Nine minutes later Pleming drove a 30 yard free kick against an upright and as Glan threatened in every attack Gari Jones was next the provider on 67 minutes for Clarke to complete his hat-trick. A bizarre final ten minutes led to Nefyn being given an undeserved opportunity to rescue something from the game. First Bart Slezok headed home what looked a perfectly good fifth goal only for it to be disallowed on a club linesman's flag then with two minutes remaining a penalty was awarded to Nefyn after what looked the best tackle of the game by Jeffreys and in the final minute a Sam Williams tackle outside the area was given as a second penalty. Rhodri Scott scored the first but missed the second. Final score: Nefyn United 2 Glantraeth 4.
TWO MORE RETURN TO GLANTRAETH
(05/08/11) Following his transfer back to Beaumaris Town last month goalkeeper
Dave Clarke (pictured left) has now made the decision that he wants to re-sign for Glantraeth, the paperwork going through today. In what is turning out to be a dramatic close season of many twists and turns former Glantraeth forward Anthony Hughes (pictured right) has also signed transfer forms to move from Beaumaris. Anthony was last with us during 2008-09 season in the Cymru Alliance. Both give added strength to what is looking a formidable squad of players.
BATTLING CEFNI KEEP IT CLOSE
(04/08/11) A much improved Llangefni Town reserve side only went down 2-0 to a strong Glantraeth squad in this evening's pre-season fixture at Trefdraeth. Town manager Peter Twigg will be pleased with his team's never-say-die performance and although they were under tremendous second half pressure and only a man of the
match display from keeper John Glyn Roberts and some glaring misses from the home side kept the score down they look well capable of being a force in the Anglesey League this season. For Glantraeth the goals came from Jamie Roberts after 14 minutes with a well struck shot from 25 yards and a penalty converted by Andy Clarke on 59 minutes (top picture) after Ian Pleming had been chopped down. Saturday's trip to Nefyn will be the real test of pre-season progress when this time it will be Glantraeth who will be the underdogs against Welsh Alliance Division One opposition but with understanding between players improving all the time Kev and Chris will be looking for a good result as well as a good performance.
IAN 'CHOPS' PLEMING COMMITS TO GLANTRAETH
(04/08/11) After seemingly being on the verge of being transferred to his home town club Caernarfon Town Ian Pleming has today given the club a huge pre-season boost by now committing to Glantraeth for 2011-12 season. You should never get too carried away in football but with strikers of the calibre of Andy Clarke, Sam Williams and 'Chops' on the books, three of the top scorers in the Gwynedd League last season, and another of that league's all-time top scorers due to join us later this week it certainly adds spice as the new season gets ever nearer. This evening Glantraeth entertain a Llangefni Town XI at Trefdraeth, kick-off 6.45 pm.
BEST WISHES FROM CORNWALL
(02/08/11) Kyle Williams has sent his best wishes from Cornwall where he is working following today's transfer to Llangefni Town: "To all at the club,
I just want to thank everyone at CPD Glantraeth for a great 10/11 season, everyone made me feel so welcome. Moving to Llangefni has been a hard decision to make, leaving Glantraeth is not easy as everyone at the club is so welcoming. I wish the club all the best for the upcoming season, and I hope you are successful against Pen-y-ffordd. Thank you and good luck Kyle."
TRAINING DATES ONLINE
(02/08/11) Training dates at Plas Arthur starting on 7th September have now been uploaded, you can access in right hand column. Please note training day changes during the season. Helen has made out the new 2011-12 menu for 'Hel's Kitchen' and this can also be accessed on the right.
KYLE STEPS UP TO CYMRU ALLIANCE
(02/08/11) As well as many incomings to the club during the summer there have been several outgoings with players who made their mark with us last season stepping up to a higher level, the latest being goalkeeper Kyle Williams who has joined Huws Gray Alliance outfit Llangefni Town. Kyle was a popular member of last season's successful side but has been tempted to join his former Bangor City manager Marc Poole at Talwrn Road. We wish Kyle well. Others that have left for greener pastures elsewhere are Chris Saxon to Holyhead Hotspur and Craig Evans to Gwalchmai. Despite that the great majority of last season's squad remain with the addition of some exciting signings by Chris and Kev and the squad's performance against Glan Conwy in particular gives every reason to believe that we can do well in the Welsh Alliance this season.
OWAIN ROBERTS JOINS GLANTRAETH SQUAD
(01/08/11) 23 year old wide midfield player Owain Roberts has this evening signed forms for Glantraeth after training with the club since early June and playing in pre-season games. Owain was formerly with Beaumaris Town and Llanfairpwll and we welcome him to the club. Further signings are expected later this week.
(31/07/11) An additional friendly has now been arranged for this coming Thursday when we will be at home to a Llangefni Town XI, kick-off 6.45 pm. Helen will have the canteen open and there will be after-match hospitality in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth. Referee is Dewi Morris of Llanfairfechan.
SIR GEORGE TO CONTINUE AS PRESIDENT
(29/07/11) Sir George Meyrick has written to the club confirming that ‘he would very much like to continue as President of Glantraeth FC for the forthcoming season.’ We in turn are delighted that Sir George has agreed to support us in this role for yet another season. The Meyrick family have a proud history over many centuries in Bodorgan, their ancestral home being Bodorgan Hall, although the family mainly reside in Hampshire now. Sir George has strong connections with sport as one of the top racehorse owners in the UK and his father was for a long time a director of Southampton Football Club.
RHOS UNITED GAME OFF
(29/07/11) We have had to call off tomorrow's pre-season game at Rhos United and have apologised to the Clwyd League club for our late cancellation. With players at a stag weekend in Blackpool and some still on holiday the late withdrawal of others has meant we are unable to meet our commitment.
PRE-SEASON PROGRESSING WELL
(28/07/11) With a whole host of players missing through holidays plus a pre-arranged stag night in Blackpool Glantraeth can just about put a team together for Saturday’s trip to Colwyn Bay to face Rhos United. The Clwyd League Premier Division side play at Brookfield Drive, Rhos-on-Sea right next to Colwyn Bay Rugby Club where after match hospitality will take place (travel directions below). Kick-off is 2.30 pm.
Despite two losses against higher league opposition the performances, especially against a strong Glan Conwy side, gave much cause for optimism. Last night’s game was more like a cup tie than a pre-season friendly with the visitors loudly contesting every decision given against them by referee Martin Roberts. It made for a real test of our credentials and after recovering from a slow start against really fired up opponents we went on to play football that at times was a joy to watch and with even a little luck would have brought us a richly deserved win over a side that have proved themselves one of the best in Wales at this level over recent seasons through their exploits in the FAW Trophy. With just over two weeks until the start of the season Kev and Chris have every reason to be pleased with progress so far.
Directions to Rhos United FC: Leave A55 at Junction 20 and take Llandudno road (B5115) for Llandrillo-yn-Rhos. On reaching Ship Hotel turn left then bear left at Spar Garage. After 200 yards turn right just after sign for Colwyn Bay Rugby Club and head down hill to Rugby Club where changing facilities are located. Post code for Sat Nav LL28 4SW.
A TRAVESTY OF A RESULT
(27/07/11) Quite how Glantraeth went down to a 2-1 defeat in tonight’s pre-season fixture with Glan Conwy will remain a mystery for some time to come. After a good start the Welsh Alliance Division One side went on to be outplayed for more than an hour with Glantraeth four times striking the woodwork and playing the kind of football that promises much for the season ahead. The visitors went ahead after 7 minutes as they began the sharper side with Glantraeth struggling to come to terms with the pace of the game. The game began to turn after 23 minutes as Paul Rowlands struck the crossbar and from
then on there was only really one team in it, Andy Clarke the next to be denied as he saw his shot come back off a post after a great move in which Graham Jones prominently featured. It was more of the same after the break as a stunning shot from Kieren Jeffreys rocked the crossbar on 49 minutes and it was even harder to take as the visitors went two ahead with a rare attack on 56 minutes. Glantraeth responded well with Jamie Roberts striking the bar a minute later and two minutes after that the Bodorgan side at last got some reward for their superiority as James Saxon found the net from 25 yards. Glantraeth pushed to the end but the visitors hung on to their lead.
CHANGE OF FIXTURE
(25/07/11) Instead of having back to back fixtures with Llandyrnog United on Saturdays 20th and 27th August, hardly a perfect arrangement, there has now been a fixture change and we will travel to face Connahs Quay Town on 20th August.
ANDY ELECTS TO STAY WITH GLANTRAETH
(25/07/11) The transfer of striker Andy Clarke (pictured right) from Glantraeth back to Beaumaris Town was dramatically pulled at the last possible moment over the weekend after Andy decided he wanted to stay with Glantraeth, playing and scoring for the Bodorgan club in Saturday’s home friendly with Llanfairpwll. Glantraeth have also added talented young goalkeeper Louis Williams (pictured below) from Bethel to their squad and Gari Jones another
promising 18 year old from the Gwynedd club has also signed. Gari can play on the left side of defence or midfield.
It’s Glan v Glan on Wednesday when Glantraeth have a home friendly with another Welsh Alliance Division One club, Glan Conwy. Although the Cae Ffwt club finished in a lower half position during the last campaign their exploits over the past couple of seasons in the FAW Trophy mark them down as formidable opposition. Paul Rowlands and Bartlomiej Slezok, who were unavailable last Saturday, are expected to return to the squad. The game kicks-off at 7.00 pm and the match referee is Martin Roberts.
BETHAN FROM BETHEL WINS £500
(23/07/11) The winner of the £500 Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw was Bethan Davies of Bethel. The winning numbers were 6, 8 & 19. The next draw takes place on Saturday 13th August in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
LLANFAIR RUN OUT 3-1 WINNERS
(23/07/11) Glantraeth had more of the play, Llanfairpwll had more of the goals, just about summed a game that had plenty of positives for both sides. Despite many players missing and the constant roll-on roll-off of players from the bench Glan enjoyed loads of possession but didn't
really create enough clear chances to blame bad luck for the defeat. The home side made the early breakthrough taking the lead on 17 minutes as Sion Hogan put Andy Clarke in on goal and he cleverly lobbed the advancing keeper. Llanfair went ahead just after the half-hour mark as they were awarded two penalties in a seven minute period by Lancashire referee Gordon Johnson, one for a trip, one for holding. Richard Owen converted both. Glantraeth again enjoyed plenty of the ball after the break but it was Llanfair who got a third goal as a tremendous run down the right flank left Arwyn Owen with an easy finish. Huw Allan Jones struck the bar for Glan as they looked to reduce the deficit. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Llanfairpwll 3.
TOUGHEST TEST TO DATE
(21/07/11) The opposition is getting tougher and on Saturday we entertain Welsh Alliance Division One side Llanfairpwll. The Maes Eilian club gained a top six finish last season and stopped us in our tracks this time a year ago, proving too strong and winning 4-0 here in a pre-season fixture. It will be a good reference point to see if we can improve on that result at the weekend. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the referee is Gordon Johnson (Ormskirk, Lancashire) assisted by Allan Rowlands (Llangefni) and Kieran Johnson (Ormskirk).
MIKE NOW PART OF THE TEAM
(19/07/11) Mike Innes has joined Glantraeth as goalkeeping coach and physio. Mike is an experienced keeper who began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers and has also played for Bangor City, Holyhead Hotspur, Porthmadog and Llangefni Town. He is a great addition to the backroom staff and we welcome Mike to the club.
STRONG SECOND HALF FROM GLANTRAETH
(16/07/11) It was Llanllyfni who started the strongest, taking the lead on 14 minutes through Cynan Davies, and they could have easily added a second during a bright opening half-hour. As the interval approached Glantraeth began to exert pressure on the visitor's goal with Kieren Jeffreys and Paul Rowlands
both going close. After the break it was a completely different story as Glan stepped up a couple of gears and took total control, playing some excellent football, although it was just past the hour mark before they finally levelled through Jamie Roberts following good work from James Saxon. On 74 minutes the home side went ahead as Kieren Jeffreys set up Bartlomiej Slezok whose low drive found the bottom corner. Huw Allan Jones was the provider for Daron Wyn Jones to make it 3-1 five minutes later and further goals came as James Saxon rose highest to head home then Kieren Jeffreys squared for Chris Evans to slam the ball past the keeper. Llanllyfni showed that given the chance they are a useful outfit but in the end it proved an easy win for the Bodorgan side. Final score: Glantraeth 5 Llanllyfni 1.
PROMOTED LLANLLYFNI NEXT UP
(13/07/11) It might be somewhat overdramatic to say that Glantraeth and Llanllyfni came back from the dead to both have a storming 2010-11 season but certainly the two clubs made remarkable comebacks after having previously dropped out of football. Our exploits have been well documented on the website and in the local press but Llanllyfni’s impressive winning of the Caernarfon & District League has also drawn many plaudits across the Menai Strait. Now promoted to the Gwynedd League our visitors will looking to put one over us on Saturday and though we will be missing several players due to holidays the game should give us a good idea just where we are at. Kick off at Trefdraeth is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Allan Rowlands.
ANDY & DAVE TO RETURN TO BEAUMARIS
(13/07/11) Following the receipt of seven day’s notice from Beaumaris Town on Andy Clarke (pictured) I have promised their secretary Rob Jones that as soon as I receive the transfer forms we will immediately release Andy and Dave Clarke back to them. Andy and Dave were two of the first to sign for us for this season but whatever issues they might have had with the Beach Road club at the time appear to have been resolved and they have now made the decision to stay with Beaumaris. It’s disappointing as both would have been great additions to the squad but we respect their decision and wish them well. Despite that the squad is already looking stronger than ever for the coming season with Kev and Chris having made some fine signings that give promise of more good times ahead. (SS)
SAM & SION SIGN ON
(11/07/11) The Glantraeth management team of Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts were well pleased with the performance of the squad this evening and several
new players caught the eye. Following the game former Bethel striker Sam Williams (pictured left) signed forms for Glantraeth along with 18 year old ex-Menai Bridge winger Sion Hogan (pictured right). Another impressive performance came from Gethin Davies who has re-signed for the club after being with Gwalchmai and Gaerwen last season along with the evergreen Daron Wyn Jones who is proving a great clubman and looked as sharp as ever this evening. Thanks to Llangefni Town for a good opening workout and despite the result they look far more prepared for life in the Anglesey League than last season with a good blend of youth and experience in their squad.
EARLY PROMISE AS GLAN STRIKE 9
(11/07/11) Facing a Llangefni Town second string squad this evening Glantraeth went behind after just 40 seconds, Andrew Jones converting after a clearance had been charged down. There was a large crowd present at Isgraig and it took until the 27th minute before the Bodorgan side pulled level as a Huw Allan Jones shot from 25 yards was deflected past the impressive Cefni keeper. After that early shock Glan were now well in control and took the lead
three minutes later as a fine cross from Sion Hogan was headed home by Bart Slezok. The second half saw Glantraeth dominating, adding further goals through Paul Rowlands on 62 minutes, as he converted a great cross from Gethin Davies (pictured left) then four goals in thirteen minutes from Gethin Davies, Jamie Roberts, Sam Williams (pen) and Owain Roberts put the result beyond doubt. Peter Twigg's Llangefni side kept battling away and pulled a goal back as Lee Lewis converted a penalty kick ten minutes from time only for Glantraeth to add two more through Kieren Jeffreys and another from Sam Williams. Final score: Llangefni Town Res 2 Glantraeth 9.
ADDITIONAL AUGUST FIXTURE
(11/07/11) Because we have a bye in the FAW Trophy we now have a league fixture on Saturday 20th August, travelling to Denbighshire to face Llandyrnog United. All fixtures for August have been allocated a referee and two assistants.
PRE-SEASON GATHERS PACE
(10/07/11) Glantraeth begin their pre-season fixtures tomorrow evening (Monday) when they face what will predominantly be a Llangefni Town reserve side at Isgraig. Former Glantraeth player Peter Twigg was recently appointed manager of the Talwrn Road club’s second string and we wish him well in his new role. Kick-off is 6.30 pm.
£1,000 GOES TO GWALCHMAI
(10/07/11) The winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw was Sheila of Gwalchmai. The winning numbers were 6, 10 & 11. The next draw takes place on Saturday 23rd July in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
GREAT DAY FOR THE SCHOOLKIDS
(09/07/11) Blessed with non-stop sunshine the 2011 Monaliga Tournament proved a great success at Glantraeth on Thursday afternoon with ten local primary schools taking part; Bodffordd, Corn Hir, Dwyran, Henblas, Talwrn, Bodorgan, Gaerwen, Llanbedrgoch, Niwbwrch & Y Graig. The winners following a penalty shootout were Ysgol Corn Hir from Llangefni.
AWAY TO PENYFFORDD
(08/07/11) In the first qualifying round of the Welsh Cup Glantraeth have been drawn away to Welsh National League Premier Division side Penyffordd, goalkeeper Kyle Williams' former club. Penyffordd were promoted last season after finishing Division One Champions so it it a tough opening to the season if we are to progress. The game will be played Saturday 13th August. With the opening up of the competition to English based Welsh clubs it is good news that Wrexham and Newport County have now entered although they will not come in until round three along with Welsh Premier League clubs.
IAN PLEMING FINISHES GWYNEDD LEAGUE TOP GOALSCORER
(07/07/11) At tonight's Gwynedd League AGM at Mountain Rangers Social Club it was announced that Glantraeth striker Ian Pleming had finished top goalscorer in league and cup competitions with 25 goals, the trophy being presented to club chairman Gareth Evans on Pleming's behalf. Congratulations to Gareth Roberts (pictured below with Gwyn Pierce Owen) of Bro Goronwy who was chosen Secretary of the Year and long serving Ben Pugh of Llanfairfechan Town who picked up the League's
Player of the Year award, both well deserved honours for their service to their respective clubs. Bangor City Reserves finished top of the fair play table and were presented with the Wyn Burrows Cup. The bottom three in the disciplinary table were the top three in the league and there is certainly room for improvement there!! And last, but not least, Chris O'Neill got the vote as Referee of the Year.
WELSH CUP & TROPHY DRAWS
(06/07/11) Glantraeth have a bye in the qualifying round of the FAW Trophy, along with most other clubs, and it is believed that the Welsh Cup draw will now be made tomorrow. The only clubs from the northern section involved in the first round draw are: Llanllyfni v Bethel
Meifod v Beaumaris Town
Meliden v Trearrdur Bay
(06/07/11) Glantraeth will host the 2011 Monaliga Tournament tomorrow (Thursday). The tournament is for primary schools in the Llangefni catchment area and is supported by PACT, the North Wales Police and Community Trust. The tournament will run from 1.30 to 4.30 pm. The canteen on the ground will be open serving hot dogs, burgers and hot and cold drinks.
DARREN KEEPS UP FAMILY CONNECTION
(05/07/11) We are delighted that Darren Evans has this evening been voted on to the Glantraeth management committee. Darren is the third generation of his family to be involved, following in the footsteps of his taid Huw and his father, current chairman Gareth Evans. With Darren only in his thirties it is another big step forward in securing the future of the club for many years to come.
Amongst other decisions made admission this season will remain at £2 with under 16s admitted free. The matchday programme will be free with paid admission. The usual superb after-match hospitality will again be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
GLAN OPEN AWAY TO GAERWEN
(05/07/11) The Welsh Alliance League have published the fixtures for 2011-12 season and Glantraeth will be away to fellow Anglesey side Gaerwen in their opening league fixture on Wednesday 17th August. Saturdays 13th and 20th August are presently reserved for the Welsh Cup and the FAW Trophy which will be drawn tomorrow. On Saturday 27th August former Cymru Alliance rivals Llandyrnog United will be the visitors to Trefdraeth and the following Bank Holiday Monday we will be away to Halkyn United. August through to December's fixtures are now on the Fixtures page.
LLANGEFNI GAME NOW MONDAY
(04/07/11) The opening game of our pre-season programme away to Llangefni Town Reserves has now been moved forward to next Monday evening. Kick-off at Isgraig is 6.30 pm.
YNYS MON FINISH NINTH
(01/07/11) Ynys Mon won their final game last night beating Gotland 2-1 to finish in ninth place out of the fifteen teams competing in the 2011 Island Games currently being held in the Isle of Wight. After losing their two opening group games against tough opposition in Isle of Wight (4-0) and Gibraltar (6-3) the island side beat Alderney 5-0 to finish their group with a flourish but it wasn't enough to qualify for the semi-final stages.
BRO GORONWY GAME OFF
(29/06/11) Because of doubts that Bro Goronwy's ground will be ready in time due to rerouting of the overhead electric cables underground both clubs have agreed to call off the pre-season fixture scheduled for Cae Nerys on Tuesday 19th July.
There will be training on the ground tomorrow (Thursday) and again next Monday evening, both starting at 6.30 pm.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(25/06/11) There were no winners in this evening's 3 Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 6, 9 & 20. The next draw for a £1,000 Rollover Jackpot takes place on Saturday 9th July in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
AND WARREN TAKES OVER AT BETHESDA
(24/06/11) Warren Gibbs has been appointed manager of Welsh Alliance Division One club Bethesda Athletic. Warren of course was captain of the Glantraeth side that won the Cymru Alliance League and Cup double in 2005-06 season. He replaces Marc Poole who recently left Parc Meurig to take charge of Llangefni Town. Again we wish Warren good luck on his first venture into management.
KEV BACK IN CHARGE AT BODEDERN
(24/06/11) The Bodedern Athletic website reports that Ricky Williams has stood down as manager after leading the club to the Welsh Alliance Division One. Ricky has cited personal and work reasons for his decision. Taking over is Kev Hughes (pictured) who will be assisted by Mike Bennett and Emyr Roberts. Kev was a manager with Bodedern in the Cymru Alliance and had a short spell in charge here at Glantraeth as well as being a former player with the club. We wish him well.
SOUVENIR OF A GREAT SEASON
(23/06/11) Team picture of Glantraeth with the four trophies won last season, albeit a very wet team picture. Click on picture to enlarge for an official record of the players and the trophies won. Players missing from the picture who played in the finals are Jamie Roberts and Peter Twigg.
(22/06/11) Our pre-season programme is now pretty well completed. Fixtures are:
Tuesday 12th July (6.30 pm)
LLANGEFNI TOWN RESERVES v GLANTRAETH (at Isgraig)
Saturday 16th July (2.30 pm)
GLANTRAETH v LLANLLYFNI
Tuesday 19th July (7.00 pm)
BRO GORONWY v GLANTRAETH
Saturday 23rd July (2.30 pm)
GLANTRAETH v LLANFAIRPWLL
Wednesday 27th July (7.00 pm)
GLANTRAETH v GLAN CONWY
Saturday 30th July (2.30 pm)
RHOS UNITED v GLANTRAETH
Saturday 6th August (2.30 pm)
NEFYN UNITED v GLANTRAETH
Training next week is on Monday, 6.30 pm at the ground.
LLANLLYFNI THE OPPOSITION
(20/06/11) Another pre-season fixture has been arranged. We will now be at home to Caernarfon & District League Champions Llanllyfni on Saturday 16th July, kick-off 2.30 pm. Like ourselves the Gwynedd side pulled out of football two years ago and have staged a remarkable comeback. They will provide stiff opposition in what will be our first home game in the pre-season programme. Allan Rowlands will be the referee while the referee for the Glantraeth v Glan Conwy pre-season fixture will now be Martin Roberts.
(20/06/11) It's only right that I should apologise to Holyhead Hotspur about an unconfirmed story I posted a couple of days back. It seems that Chris Saxon has not joined Hotspur and stories about the terms he was being offered are totally unfounded. I try to get my facts correct but if I am wrong I will admit it. (SS)
WELSH CUP & FAW TROPHY
(19/06/11) Glantraeth have entered the Welsh Cup and the FAW Trophy for season 2011-12. The draw will take place in Cardiff on Wednesday 6th July. After our success in the NWCFA Intermediate Cup it is expected that we will also be involved in the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup this season as well as the Barritt Cup and the Take Stock Van Hire Cup.
GREENFIELD FC TRAGEDY
(19/06/11) Welsh Alliance Division Two side Greenfield have been left shattered by the tragic caravan fire accident at Barmouth that has devastated the family of their player Lee Taylor (pictured). With the loss of his father Rob, younger brother Andrew and also leaving his niece Emmy critically injured and fighting for her life all our hearts go out to Lee and his whole family.
Greenfield have assured Lee that they will do everything possible to help and support them in any way possible and at yesterday's League AGM appealed for clubs to send a card and a donation towards a fund they have set up to help the family at this tragic time. Glantraeth will be sending a donation and anyone else who wants to contribute should send their donation to Greenfield FC Secretary Barry Ainsworth, 14 Englefield Road, Greenfield CH8 7JU. It is at times like this when we see all that is good about the much maligned game of football.
DAVE & ROBBIE ADDED TO SQUAD
(18/06/11) Two more of Beaumaris Town's squad from last season have now moved across to join Glantraeth, goalkeeper Dave Clarke (pictured right) and central defender Robbie Jones. 26 year old Dave is an experienced and highly regarded
keeper who impressed us particularly in the vital 1-0 league defeat at Beach Road that effectively cost us the league championship. Dave has also played for Bethesda Athletic and has two Welsh Alliance Championship medals to his name. He is the uncle of striker Andy Clarke who signed earlier in the week. Keeper Kyle Williams has also re-signed as the squad builds up nicely for the new season. Robbie Jones (pictured left) is 23 and the son of Beaumaris Town assistant manager Rob Jones Snr. Robbie’s former clubs include Rhiwlas and Llandegfan.
Pen pictures have now been updated. There will be training at Glantraeth again next Tuesday, 6.30 pm start.
YOUNG KIEREN PUTS PEN TO PAPER
(16/06/11) Talented young midfield player Kieren Jeffreys has signed for Glantraeth from Beaumaris Town. The 18 year old was outstanding in the recent North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup Final between the two clubs and it is a major boost for Glan managers Chris Roberts and Kev O'Neill as they build for the new season. Kieren has also played for Bethesda Athletic and looks certain to advance his game even further during the coming season. Also signing on is Llangefni-based attacking midfielder Gethyn Williams who was with Amlwch Town last season. 27 year old Gethyn's previous clubs include Bodedern, Holyhead Gwelfor, Gwalchmai and Deiniolen.
ANDY CLARKE SIGNS FOR GLANTRAETH
(14/06/11) At the first training session held at Trefdraeth in preparation for the new season there were several significant signings this evening. Most of last season's squad have now re-signed but one big new signing was prolific Beaumaris Town striker Andy Clarke who is expected to form a formidable partnership up front next season with Ian Pleming. Another signing was the
highly rated Polish midfielder Bartlomiej Slezok from Gaerwen (pictured right). There will be news of further exciting signings on the website during the course of the week. The only negative has been the disappointing news that last year's club captain Craig Evans has expressed a wish to rejoin his former club Gwalchmai. With Craig having almost a year left on the contract he signed last November Glantraeth will be expecting compensation and it is hoped that agreement can be reached with the Maes Meurig club over the next few weeks but for the present our priority will be on building up the squad for the challenges that lie ahead in the Welsh Alliance. Graham Jones will be the club captain next season.
MARC POOLE NEW CEFNI BOSS
(13/06/11) Llangefni Town have announced the appointment of Marc Poole (pictured) as their manager. "Marc is from the Island (reports the Llangefni website) and knows the local scene very well having been with the Bangor Academy and manager of the Bangor Reserve team in past seasons. More recently he was called into Bethesda Athletic of the Welsh Alliance earlier this year to stabilise them and make sure they did not drop down another division, which he accomplished in some style. He now feels ready to step up a level and test himself in what is going to be the toughest Cymru Alliance in memory. There is a long term plan in place, so no quick fix this as the club builds on a solid foundation for the future."
TWO SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(11/06/11) The winners in this evening's 3 Number Lotto draw were Marian Williams and Ian Ferrier, both of Malltraeth, who share the £500 Jackpot. The winning numbers were 12, 15 & 20. Next draw takes place on Saturday 25th June in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
LATEST FRIENDLY & TRAINING
(07/06/11) A pre-season game has now been confirmed for Saturday 30th July when we will travel to face Clwyd League Premier Division side Rhos United, kick-off 2.30 pm. The Colwyn Bay based club finished in sixth position last season one ahead of Rhuddlan Town who we beat 2-1 on our way to winning the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup.
Would players old and new please note that training commences on Glantraeth's ground next Tuesday, 14th June, 6.30 pm start. Managers Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts can be contacted on 07717 609790 and 07876 010406 respectively.
POST NAMES US NUMBER FIVE
(07/06/11) Today's Daily Post names North Wales' top 10 performing teams from the past 12 months and sitting pretty at number five are Glantraeth. It would be difficult to argue against the sides that finished above us; Bangor City, Welsh Premier League Champions; Colwyn Bay, promoted to the Conference North;
Trearddur Bay United, Anglesey League Champions, winners of three cup finals and not forgetting their great run in the Welsh Cup and in fourth place Rhos Aelwyd who had such an excellent first season in a very strong Cymru Alliance, finishing fourth. However, this further accolade caps what has been a fantastic comeback for the club. Less than two years ago there were many all too ready to write the club off after we dropped out of football but we always knew we would be back. We weren't the first club and won't be the last club to run into problems and return stronger than ever, think Bodedern, Llanllyfni and Caernarfon Town as just three further recent examples. At the end of the day it is down to the calibre of the people running the club and you won't get any more determined than we have here at Glantraeth.
WELSH ALLIANCE LEAGUE AGM
(06/06/11) The Welsh Alliance League Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday 18th June at the Split Willow, Main Road, Llanfairfechan, 2.30 pm start. Only two representatives of each club can attend with one only allowed to vote. Division Two is expected to be made up of the following 12 clubs: Amlwch Town, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Connahs Quay Town, Gaerwen, Glantraeth, Greenfield, Halkyn United, Kinmel Bay Sports (Abergele Rovers), Llanberis, Llandyrnog United, Nantlle Vale & Penmaenmawr Phoenix.
JAMIE HOLDIN' UP THE BYPASS
(06/06/11) Jamie Roberts dispenses with Friday's normal karaoke format to put his heart and soul into Nizlopi's JCB Song.
ARFON TO CONTINUE SPONSORSHIP
(05/06/11) We are delighted to announce that Arfon Williams, owner of Ty Crwn Garage, Gaerwen will continue his sponsorship of the club next season. Ty Crwn have sponsored Glantraeth during some of our most successful seasons including the 2005-06 Cymru Alliance league and cup double winning season as well as the season just gone. Arfon is delighted with the club's progress and is only too happy to continue his support.
MORE PICTURES NOW ONLINE
(04/06/11) You can view more pictures from yesterday's club presentation night here. Some I can vaguely recall taking and others were taken by Susan Roberts. (SS)
CRAIG IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(04/06/11) Craig Evans picked up the main award at last night's club presentation night, being voted the Player's Player of the Year for 2010-11
season. He is pictured above receiving the magnificent etched crystal trophy from Glantraeth's main sponsor Arfon Williams of Ty Crwn Garage, Gaerwen. Craig was also the Manager's choice of Player of the Year while the Committee's choice was Graham 'Squeeze' Jones who received his trophy from chairman Gareth Evans (pictured right). The award for Leading Scorer went to Ian 'Chops' Pleming with 28 goals. Gwynedd League secretary Alun Foulkes presented the squad with their league runners-up medals and captain Craig Evans with the Runners-up Shield. Flowers were presented to the chairman's wife, Helen Evans, for all the work she does for the club and a presentation was made to Mike Roberts for his efforts with training and matchday preparations. There was also a presentation to managers Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts in recognition of them
building such a successful side from scratch at the start of the season. There was hardly any room for all the cups, shields, medals and plaques (some, but not all, are pictured) won in what has been one of the most successful seasons the club has ever seen, the highlight being the winning of four cup finals in 14 days. It was another brilliant night with a fantastic buffet laid on by Phil at the Joiners Arms and this year it had to be Jamie Roberts who was the star turn of the karaoke. When the paracetamols have kicked in I might look at getting some more pictures online. Thanks to the managers and players for giving us such a memorable season. Bendigedig boys! (SS)
CREATURES FROM THE PLANET ZOG
(01/06/11) I've been watching football for longer than I care to remember, I've seen live the two players generally considered the two most gifted of all time, Pele and Maradona, but that was before Lionel Messi came on the scene, surely now the greatest player the planet has ever seen. If ever three players proved that football should be predominantly about skill rather than size and raw power it's the triumvirate made up of Xavi, Iniesta and the maestro that is Messi. They have taken football to another level with their passing, control and quickness of thought in tight situations and let's not forget their tremendous workrate and the selfless way they play for the team rather than personal glory, something that perhaps stands all three apart from Ronaldo. Barcelona might not be a three man team but it is this trio that encompass all that is great about them and who play a major part in dictating the club's style of play. They remind me just why football is the greatest game ever invented and why we as club officials all spend a certifiable amount of time being involved with eleven players kicking a spherical object around a field.(SS)
BLASTS FROM THE DISTANT PAST
(01/06/11) This old picture has recently surfaced of Glantraeth committeeman Reg Bryant (right) in his refereeing days. He is pictured with well known local personality Gwyn Pierce Owen, up to recently president of Bangor City but in his time a referee at the very top level of the game. Gwyn's full time occupation at that time as a headmaster of Llanddona Primary School meant he had to fit
his refereeing in with his school duties so midweek appointments were fairly local at Wrexham, Chester, Shrewsbury, etc. Gwyn could be refereeing at Old Trafford one week and Hereford United the next but as a top Football League referee he had to cover hundreds of miles every week from his comparatively remote North Wales base. Gwyn is pictured right with Scottish international Archie Gemmill in a game at Birmingham City's St Andrews ground. Benllech-based Gwyn remains one of the great enthusiasts and characters of local football and is a regular visitor at all of the grounds on the island when his beloved Bangor City are not in action.
SONIA WINS £500 JACKPOT
(29/05/11) The winner of the £500 Jackpot in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw was Sonia of Bodffordd. The winning numbers were 9, 15 & 20. Next draw takes place on Saturday 11th June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
(28/05/11) A coach has been booked to transport players and partners to Malltraeth for the club's Presentation Night next Friday, 3rd June. The pick-up points are:
7.00 pm - Caernarfon Town FC
7.20 pm - Bangor Railway Station
7.30 pm - Menai Bridge Bus Station
7.45 pm - Asda, Llangefni
Arriving Joiners Arms, Malltraeth approx. 8.00 pm. The coach is booked to leave the Joiners at 12.30 am dropping off same as pick-up points.
(27/05/11) Yesterday's meeting of the Joint Liaison Committee has approved the promotion of Glantraeth from the Gwynedd Football League and Abergele Rovers from the Clwyd Football League to the Welsh Alliance League Division Two for season 2011-12. The promotions will be confirmed at the League AGM on Saturday 18th June.
ANOTHER FRIENDLY ADDED
(25/05/11) On Saturday 6th August we travel to face Nefyn United in what is likely to be our final pre-season fixture, kick-off 2.30 pm. Last season we won 2-1 at Caer Delyn in a similar fixture, Ian Pleming scoring both our goals. The day is still most remembered however for an after-match coming together of a group of testosterone charged players and a hen party at an advanced stage of celebrating in the Nanhoron Hotel at Nefyn. Hospitality will again be at the same venue!
(23/05/11) Two pre-season fixtures now confirmed are Glantraeth v Llanfairpwll on Saturday 23rd July, kick-off 2.30 pm. The referee for that one is Gordon Johnson of Ormskirk, Lancashire (pictured) who is on the Football League panel. On Wednesday 27th July Glantraeth will be at home to Glan Conwy, kick-off 7.00 pm. Refereeing that game will be Alan Rowlands of Llangefni.
IT'S A MAGIC FOUR FOR GLAN
(21/05/11) Glantraeth completed an incredible two weeks by winning a fourth cup final as they beat Beaumaris Town 3-2 after extra-time at Holyhead this afternoon to add the Cwpan Gwynedd to their season's honours. It was a game
played in diabolical conditions with the gale force wind dominating the proceedings. Glantraeth were the first to have the advantage of the conditions, taking the lead after just five minutes as Craig Evans forced the ball home following a long ball in from Chris Saxon. Beaumaris fought back well and after a series of errors in the Glan defence Andy Clarke put the Beach Road side level on 27 minutes as he converted a cross from Gareth Davies. Level at the interval and with the wind behind them to follow Beau must have thought the game was theres to win but were shocked as Glan came out charged up after the break and quickly went back in front as good work by Ian Pleming ended with James Saxon slamming the ball home from fifteen yards out and a minute later it took a full length save from Dave Clarke to keep out another effort from James Saxon. With the game in the second minute of added time and Glantraeth looking home and dry they were shocked as a corner kick was not properly cleared and Shaun Monument headed home to take the game into extra-time. The deciding goal came two minutes into the extended period as a great through ball from Huw Allan Jones put Gary Jones clear and his superbly struck match-winner gave Clarke no chance. Andy Clark had a chance to level for Beau and it took a tremendous save from Dave Clarke to keep out a full blooded drive from Ian Pleming in the closing moments but yet again it was Glantraeth who came out on top to cap an amazing season. More photos of the celebrations can be viewed here
CONGRATULATIONS CHRIS & CYNTHIA
(20/05/11) Congratulations from everyone at Glantraeth to Chris Saxon and his partner Cynthia on the birth of a baby boy who they have named Leo. We are told Leo weighed in at 7lbs 7oz.
BRO GORONWY NOT TO APPEAL
(19/05/11) A further statement has been added to the Bro Goronwy website regarding promotion to the Welsh Alliance: "The club have today informed Welsh Alliance officials that they will not be appealing the decision not to recommend the club for promotion. After notification from the Welsh Alliance
that they could not recommend Bro Goronwy for promotion to Welsh Alliance Division Two the club have decided not to appeal this decision. Vast progress has been made on and off the pitch in the past few seasons in moving the club forward and everyone involved within the club is determined to retain the Gwynedd League title next season. Planned ground improvements at Cae Nerys are continuing following the completion of the new kitchen area and new match officials changing room and the club are determined that the ground, in the near future, will be at a standard to meet the higher league's criteria.
Thanks must go to the players and supporters who have given up their time and effort to carry out the improvements that have so far been completed at Cae Nerys, it really does emphasise the remarkable spirit within the club, the same spirit that ultimately gained us this years league championship.
The club wish Glantraeth FC future success in Welsh Alliance Division Two next season and are sure they will be worthy representatives of this years highly competitive Gwynedd League."
For our part we have every sympathy with Bro Goronwy who we have already stated are worthy champions of the Gwynedd League but we will take nothing for granted until officially accepted into the Welsh Alliance. We really do appreciate their good wishes and wish them every success in their future efforts to qualify for the higher league.
AIMING FOR THE BIG FINISH
(17/05/11) A long season finally ends on Saturday when we play Beaumaris Town in the final of the Gwynedd League Cup. It will be our 39th game, 18 being in the league and 21 in various cup competitions. Whatever happens now the season has been a huge success and has to go down as a great return to football for the club although another trophy would not go amiss. Beaumaris will have players returning from suspension and are sure to give us a tremendous battle
after losing out in the Intermediate Cup. The game will be played on Holyhead Hotspur’s old ground adjacent to the New Stadium and kick-off is 2.30 pm. Match referee is Heinz Broering (pictured right) who will be retiring following the game. German-born Heinz has lived much of his adult life on the island and given many years service to the game locally. We wish him well in his retirement. His assistants are Arwel Jones (Dwyran) & Iwan Griffith (Conwy). Glantraeth will occupy the away changing room.
** Beaumaris Town won the Gwynedd League Premier Cup this evening at Bangor beating Holyhead Hotspur Reserves 5-3 after extra-time.
BIGGEST EVER MEDAL HAUL
(15/05/11) Three cup final wins in six days is an incredible achievement by any standards but now we have the luxury of a whole week to try and get some of our walking wounded fit again and recharge the batteries for next weekend’s Gwynedd Cup Final. No-one could surely have imagined when we returned to football back in August what an eventful season this would prove to be. Our
medal haul already outnumbers anything the club has ever achieved in any one of the previous 25 seasons and that is quite something considering how successful Glantraeth have been over that period. Nothing is ever likely to eclipse the sheer magnitude of our 2006 Cymru Alliance League and Cup double but for drama, excitement and local rivalry this season takes some beating. It is to the credit of everyone at the club that we have so quickly re-established ourselves as a force in North Wales football. Building a successful new squad from scratch was always going to take time and that proved the case as we were quickly eliminated from the Welsh Cup then lost three of our opening six league fixtures in the first few weeks of the season. However, as the squad strengthened we became virtually unstoppable and have since gone on to win 26 of our last 30 league and cup games and despite that poor start only narrowly missed out on the league title. We will have much to celebrate at next month's presentation night.
ONE £1,000 JACKPOT WINNER
(14/05/11) The winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw is Eric of Rhos Residential Home, Malltraeth. The winning numbers were 5, 10 & 16. Next draw takes place on Saturday 28th May in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.
CHOPS GETS MAN OF MATCH VOTE
(14/05/11) After his match winning hat-trick in last night's final there was only one choice for the game's Man of the Match award. Glantraeth striker Ian Pleming is shown receiving his award from the representative of Safeflue, the Gwynedd Shield sponsors. It was the perfect hat-trick; three in a row, with one a powerful ground shot, one a header and one a delicate lob over the keeper as the Caernarfon based forward showed just why the club value him so
highly. It took his goal tally for the season to 28, three ahead of Craig Evans. Also pictured is Jamie Roberts whose dismissal against Bethel has cruelly led to him missing all three league cup finals. Glantraeth will be going for a unique fourth trophy next Saturday when Beaumaris Town are the opponents in the Gwynedd League Cup Final. It is likely to be our toughest game yet if we are to win a competition we last won in 1993-94 season after beating Mountain Rangers in the final. There is a coach going to the game leaving the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth at 12.30 pm and picking up in Llangefni at 12.45 pm. Fare for supporters is £2.
SAD FOOTNOTE TO FINAL
(14/05/11) Yesterday's final at Bethesda kicked off twenty minutes late after chaotic scenes with the ground locked and no goalposts or nets in place. It was only after the game the majority of us found out the tragic cicumstances behind the delayed kick-off. Apparently Bethesda's long-serving groundsman John Jones had died that very afternoon and this was only discovered an hour or so before the game was due to start. It is of little consolation but the ground was a credit to him and a perfect setting for the final. We extend our sympathy to his family and all at Bethesda Athletic FC. (SS)
GLAN JUST KEEP ON WINNING
(13/05/11) Friday the thirteenth proved not to be unlucky for Glantraeth as they won their third cup final in six days, overcoming Llanfairfechan Town by four goals to one in tonight’s Gwynedd Safeflue Shield final at Bethesda. It was ‘Fechan who started strongest almost taking the lead after just 29 seconds as Curtis Murray volleyed wide from a good position then Ben Pugh was narrowly off target on 9 minutes as the Gwynedd side continued to set the early pace. It took a tremendous saving tackle from Graham Jones a minute later to prevent Pugh closing in on goal in what was proving a testing opening for Glan. After surviving those early scares Glantraeth began to get the upper hand with Ian Pleming striking a post on 13 minutes and then Craig Evans twice came close to opening the scoring. On 36 minutes Glantraeth took the lead as Pleming held off his marker before finding the bottom corner with a well struck shot and ten minutes later the same player added a second as he headed home a perfectly delivered cross from Paul Rowlands. In first half added time Llanfairfechan went close to pulling a goal back as keeper Kyle Williams went full length to keep out an effort from Curtis Murray. After setting the early pace in the
second period Llanfairfechan soon found themselves on the back foot as keeper Paul Davies did well to push a Craig Evans for a corner on 62 minutes and two minutes later an Evans’ header was cleared off the line. Ian Pleming completed his hat-trick on 78 minutes with a well executed lob over the keeper (pictured left) to virtually put the result beyond doubt and although ‘Fechan pulled a goal back in the 91st minute through Ben Pugh as he fired home from close range following two cracking saves from Kyle Williams it still wasn’t the end of the scoring as a minute later Glantraeth were awarded a penalty after a trip on Daron Wyn Jones, Gary Jones stepping up to slam the spot kick high into net.
IT'S CARRY ON KEV AND CHRIS
(12/05/11) Glantraeth can confirm that Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts will continue as joint team managers of the Club next season. It has been an incredibly successful return to football for Glantraeth under Kev and Chris; finishing Gwynedd League runners-up, reaching the last 16 of the FAW Trophy and winning two cup finals with two more yet to come. Just as important the duo have helped generate a great spirit of togetherness in the club and worked well with the club's management committee who will be meeting with the managers following the final game to formulate plans for next season.
Out of courtesy to Gwynedd League Champions Bro Goronwy we have refrained from saying anything about the latest promotion situation but following their statement we can confirm that the Welsh Alliance League have recommended that Glantraeth FC be promoted to Welsh Alliance Division Two for 2011-12 season.
BRO GORONWY STATEMENT
(12/05/11) The following statement was posted on the Bro Goronwy website yesterday: "The club have today received a letter from the Welsh Alliance stating that the committee are unable to recommend Bro Goronwy FC for promotion to Welsh Alliance Division Two for next season.
The reasons stated were: safety of electricity cables, toilets not being located inside the players and referees changing rooms and whereas no drainage is present at the ground at the moment the current five temporary portaloos are not acceptable, no stretcher present at the ground.
The club had already submitted to the league confirmation from Scottish Power that the electricity cables are in a process of being removed and relocated underground in the next month.
The club has the right to appeal."
Any decision with regards to promotion to Welsh Alliance Division Two will not be approved until May 26th at a meeting of the Joint Liaison Committee with the Clwyd and Gwynedd Leagues.
FOCUS SWITCHES TO BETHESDA
(11/05/11) The Glantraeth roadshow moves on to Bethesda on Friday as we face Llanfairfechan Town in the final of the Gwynedd Safeflue Shield. The clubs have met three times this season and we have won all three but every one has been a tight affair that has seen us having to battle to the final whistle before securing victory. Friday is likely to be no different if we are to add another trophy to our collection. Liam West returns to the squad after being cup-tied on Tuesday while Jamie Roberts remains suspended. Kick-off at Parc Meurig is 6.30 pm and the referee is Chris O’Neal. Glantraeth have been allocated the home changing room. As Bob Brodie was a former manager of Llanfairfechan their secretary Martin McDonald has requested that we again have a minute's silence before the final in his memory.
CHRIS CAPS IT WITH WINNING GOAL
(11/05/11) Despite being injured on Saturday and doubtful right up to kick-off Chris Saxon capped an outstanding man of the match performance with the winning goal twenty minutes from time as Glantraeth won the Bob Owen Memorial Shield at Farrar Road, beating a strong Holyhead Hotspur Reserves side by one goal to nil. Glantraeth went straight on the attack with Ian Pleming three times going close in the opening five minutes and a superb volley from James Saxon on 13 minutes brought a spectacular save from Hotspur
keeper Declan Jones who had been constantly in action during a period of sustained pressure on his goal. Hotspur threatened for the first time with twenty minutes gone as Bryn Roberts hit a powerful shot that brought a good save from Glan keeper Kyle Williams and this was followed by an even better effort from Alex Jones eight minutes later as he saw his header strike the bar. Glantraeth were now under pressure and a tremendous effort from Tom Scott looked bound for the top corner until a quite incredible save from Kyle Williams saw him palm the ball to safety. Glan came back strongly approaching half-time and Craig Evans looked certain to score only for Scott to make a brilliant interception. From the resulting corner there was an incredible miss as Graham Jones steered the ball just wide when it looked easier to score. The Bodorgan side always looked the most likely scorers after the break with Craig Evans, Peter Twigg and Matthew Scowen all having efforts on goal before Chris Saxon powered a header home on 70 minutes following a free kick taken by his brother James (top picture). With seven minutes remaining a tremendous run by Bryn Roberts, far and away Hotspur's best player, created a shooting opportunity for Mel McGinness but he fired well wide. Ian Pleming, who had caused problems all night with his powerful running, turned his marker before firing just over in what proved the final goal threat of the game. It was a hard fought but well deserved triumph as Glantraeth now face yet another final on Friday when they meet Llanfairfechan Town for the Gwynedd Safeflue Shield.