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FREE WEEKEND
(02/09/15) We have no game this weekend due to the counter attractions of Wales v Israel and Festival No 6 so our next fixture will be away to local rivals Llangefni Town the following week in the Welsh Cup. Cefni asked if we were interested in playing the game Friday night but the scheduled Saturday date suits us better.
There was a great atmosphere on Monday night against Gwalchmai. With little else on there was a crowd of over 200 including a large away contingent. I have said it before and I'll no doubt say it again but there can be few more idyllic locations in the UK to watch a game of football on a fine summer's evening than Glantraeth. The ground looked marvellous. It is no wonder the Welsh Alliance Groundhop has gone off so well over the past three years with so much wonderful scenery providing the backdrop at so many of our grounds. It's a pity it's now over.
It was great also to see two legends of the local football scene in action Monday, Gerallt Jones of Gwalchmai then Neil Hughes coming on for his first appearance of the season for Glantraeth. There is little difference in age between them and they seem to have been around forever. Gerry was saying in the Joiners after the game the best Glantraeth side he played in was under manager Mikey Bingo. Neil was also in that 1999-2000 side (pictured above) who were unlucky to be pipped for the Cymru Alliance league title on the final day of the season by Oswestry Town having scored about twenty more goals than the champions.
There was a surprise appearance of a former player on Monday at the ground, let's hope it's the prelude to more good news!

STUNNING BROOKWELL GOAL SETS GLAN ON WAY TO VICTORY
(31/08/15) An entertaining hard fought game in front of a large Bank Holiday crowd saw Glantraeth run out 3-1 winners but this was no easy ride against a Gwalchmai side that weren't beaten until the final whistle. The visitors put up a defensive shield in the opening forty-five minutes that Glan found hard to break down, the best chances falling to Gerwyn Jones on 20 minutes and Mark Bridge on 37 minutes but neither seriously troubled keeper Paul Evans from good positions. It took something really special to make the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time as Danny Brookwell took possession on the halfway line and ran right through the heart of the visitor's defence, beating four defenders before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home. It was a stunning strike.
Gwalchmai came out of their shell after the break and began to be more of a threat and Chris Bennett should have levelled on 59 minutes as he headed a Corey Sinnott cross wide when completely unmarked. It proved a costly miss as two minutes later Mark Bridge got on the end of a fine pass from Craig Whelan to put the home side two up and it was three on 67 minutes as Brookwell cut in from the left and created the chance for Whelan to finish.
There was renewed hope for the visitors with fifteen minutes remaining as a Sinnott free kick took a wicked deflection to give keeper Ben Heald no chance of keeping it out. The final action came on 90 minutes as Glantraeth almost got a fourth, Shaun Lock's rocket of a free kick rattling the crossbar.

GWALCHMAI THE VISITORS
(30/08/15) Gwalchmai are the visitors to Glantraeth tomorrow evening for the final game of the league's Bank Holiday programme. Kick-off is 6.15 pm and the referee is Terry Atkinson.



AWAY TO LLANGEFNI TOWN
(24/08/15) In the second qualifying round of the JD Welsh Cup we have been drawn away to Llangefni Town. To be played on Saturday 12th September.

NOT TOO BAD FOR STARTERS
(23/08/15) The disappointment of conceding a daft late goal against Trearddur Bay on Tuesday was just about put to rest yesterday as a last minute penalty from Tom Clarke gave us a close fought victory. We more than matched them physically but never quite managed to tame them and the longer it went the more likely it was that one goal would decide it and that proved the case. It was particularly rewarding to finish with all three points as we had several players missing and manager Warren Gibbs was also absent for family reasons. It is a good start to the season, the squad is getting stronger by the week and Warren's biggest problem is likely to be just who to leave out when Gwalchmai visit on Bank Holiday Monday.

£1,000 GOES TO HOLYHEAD
(22/08/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 6 & 11. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, C.Williams of Holyhead. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th September.

TOM SPOT ON WITH WINNER AS.....
GLANTRAETH JUST EDGE IT
(22/08/15) It was a close run thing but Glantraeth just about deserved the three points after overcoming the fierce challenge of unbeaten Abergele, the winner coming on 89 minutes as Tom Clarke converted from the penalty spot.
Glan opened strongly but despite their early possession were finding chances hard to create, the first coming on 27 minutes as Mark Bridge was badly fouled on the edge of the area only for Craig Whelan to send the free kick just too high. Warren Adams shot too high for the visitors on 31 minutes but Glan piled on the pressure approaching the break and a great run down the right by Mark Bridge deserved better as his cross passed across the face of goal with no-one getting the vital touch.
Abergele opened the second period with a great chance as Jack Higgins got clear but lost his composure and fired wildly off target and Glan keeper Dave Vickers had to dive to his left to save from a Ben Parment free kick.
It was game that looked as if one goal could be enough and the last twenty minutes saw Glan really going for it, Mark Bridge trying a spectacular scissors kick then Craig Whelan shot wide and Gareth Owen went even closer on 79 minutes as he powered in a header from a Whelan free kick only to see it deflected wide.
Abergele's lack of discipline cost them with eight minutes remaining as their captain Danny Abbott was sent off following a bad tackle on Bridge. With two minutes of normal time remaining Glantraeth were awarded a penalty when Bridge was clearly chopped down in the box. After a long delay due to injury Tom Clarke kept his cool brilliantly for a 19 year old to slot the spot kick just inside the post for the winner.

ANOTHER TOUGH ONE
(20/08/15) Abergele Town are the visitors on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Lawrence Jones assisted by Andrew Asquith and Sion Roberts.

NEW KIT SPONSORS
(19/08/15) We are delighted to announce our new kit sponsor for 2015-2016 season is Darren Jones' company DJ Joinery.

GERWYN JOINS FROM CAERNARFON
(19/08/15) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs has signed 24 year old defender Gerwyn Jones from Caernarfon Town. As a youngster Gerwyn played for Tranmere Rovers youth and reserve teams as well as for Wales at under 16, under 17 and under 18 levels. He then took up a scholarship with Loyola University in Maryland, USA, going on to play for Washington-based DC United. Back in Wales he has also been with Bangor City, Rhyl and Porthmadog.

WASTEFUL GLAN THROW TWO POINTS AWAY
(18/08/15) A bad defensive error in the 89th minute led to Trearddur Bay snatching a draw from a game that Glantraeth should have comfortably won. The home side scored two spectacular goals but missed far easier chances to sew up the three points and paid the price as their one hundred percent record came to an end.
As expected the opening to the game was tightly fought but Glan were having slightly the better of it and came close to taking the lead on 16 minutes as Bay keeper Bryan Roberts made a point blank save from a Gareth Owen header following a Craig Whelan free kick. On 43 minutes the Bodorgan side took the lead through Mark Bridge as he took possession following a throw-in turned and fired a tremendous shot into the roof of the net (pictured below).
Five minutes into the second half it was two to the home side with an even more spectacular strike. As Bridge threatened to break through the ball was cleared but with the Bay defence in disarray James Burgess volleyed the ball home superbly from fully thirty yards out. Casey Boylan had a shot deflected wide as Bay responded but on 58 minutes the home side had a great chance to go three up as Shaun Lock's fine cross was at first missed by Burgess when in a great position to score then he recovered to bring a full length save from Bay's keeper. It proved an expensive miss as within two minutes the visitors were back in the game as Curt Williams got on the end of a Asa Thomas cross to score.
Glan came back strongly with a quite brilliant save from Roberts keeping out a Sean Davies header that looked destined for the net and a minute later Burgess volleyed over as another chance went begging. On 77 minutes Burgess could not have gone closer as he took delivery of a Shaun Lock cross and smashed a shot against the underside of the bar. Glan's wastefulness cost them with time almost up as Tom Clarke's back headed the ball with the intention of finding keeper Ben Heald only to leave Heald stranded and Thomas nipped in to score. Even then Glan almost struck back as Burgess failed to connect cleanly with the goal at his mercy. Bay got their rewards for never giving up but Glantraeth will be kicking themselves for not winning this one. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Trearddur Bay Utd 2

FAW TROPHY
(18/08/15) The draw was made yesterday for the second round of the FAW Trophy but we are exempt until round three due to reaching the semi-finals last season.

ISLAND PACESETTERS MEET
(17/08/15) Early days but it's good to see three island sides at the top of the table. Trearddur Bay are one of them having made an excellent start to the season after last season's promotion and they are the visitors tomorrow evening for what promises to be a cracking encounter. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, referee is Gwilym Evans and please note we will be in the blue kit.
Note: We have agreed to a request from Gwalchmai that our home game on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August will now have a 6.15 pm evening kick-off.

VISITORS ESCAPE LIGHTLY
(15/08/15) Glantraeth might have run out 3-0 winners and gone top of the league but the biggest mystery was how it wasn't a whole lot more so much were they in command over the ninety minutes.
They were unlucky not to go ahead on 13 minutes as Guto Hughes' cross was met by Danny Brookwell who fairly thundered in a shot that struck the underside of the bar. Brookwell was again involved nine minutes later as Glan took the lead, sending in a ball from the right that was finished by Mark Bridge (top picture), and two minutes later the goal frame again came to the visitors rescue as Brookwell struck a post. St Asaph keeper Luke Jones made a good save, one of many during the afternoon, from Craig Whelan as Glan continued in total command but just on half-time Brookwell's luck changed for the better as he made it 2-0 with a fine left foot finish.
Little changed after the break as the Anglesey side continued on top, Craig Whelan curling a shot just over and the pressure increased even further as Whelan and Bridge both had close range shots blocked and Tom Clarke headed over from a good position (pictured left). St Asaph did have a shot from Jordan Owen deflected wide but with an hour gone it was the best they had so far offered.
The visitors did have a little more possession in the closing stages and with still only two goals in it finally created their first real chance of the game with ninety seconds of normal time remaining only for substitute Dave Winters to send his volley wide. It was a warning to Glantraeth and with a minute of added time gone a move started by young full back Luke Owen ended with Brookwell side-stepping the keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net.
More action pictures on Facebook tomorrow.

NEWLY PROMOTED ST ASAPH NEXT
(14/08/15) After two hard fought wins it's important we keep the momentum going on Saturday when last season's second division champions St Asaph City are the visitors to Trefdraeth. Division One promises to be one of the most competitive for several seasons and there are likely to be few easy games. Certainly Llanrug will be one of the favourites and nothing on Wednesday convinced us otherwise but we were competitive all over the pitch and fully focused on getting a result. We must keep that going on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is again Hugh Jones assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Andrew Dogan.

WARREN ADDS TO HIS SQUAD
(13/08/15) "Great effort to win at such a tough place. They will be up there without a doubt" was Glan manager Warren Gibbs summing up after last night's game. It was very much a team effort and there was a fierce determination to at last lay the Llanrug ground bogey to rest. It ended up close but we deserved the win. Their ground has never looked better and they deserve great credit for the work that has been carried out during the close season and that includes the pitch which certainly suited our game.
Following the game Warren signed experienced midfielder Joe Morgan (pictured) who was last with Llandudno Junction. Joe spent nine years with Llandudno and has also played for Glan Conwy.

THE CURSE FINALLY BROKEN
(12/08/15) You don't win easily at Llanrug as Glan have found to their cost over recent seasons but they finally broke a sequence of disappointing results with three hard earned points that were deserved over the ninety minutes although indebted to some vital saves from keeper Ben Heald and some stubborn defending in the final quarter as the Gwynedd side sensed they might rescue something from the game.
The game seemed to be following the usual pattern as the home side were awarded a penalty on 12 minutes for a foul by Kieren Jeffreys only for Heald to pull off a brilliant save, diving to his left to keep out David Noel Williams' spot kick and three minutes later the Glan keeper again came to the rescue with a point blank save from Carl Griffiths. The saves proved game changers as within a minute Glantraeth had taken the lead as Craig Whelan rifled his shot into the roof of the net following a corner kick. Glan were pressing hard now with Sean Davies and Mark Bridge going close but were unlucky to lose a goal on 26 minutes as a corner from the left seemed to deflect in off Darren Jones.
The visitors responded by going back in front within two minutes as Heald's kick upfield was flicked on by Whelan to Burgess who neatly side footed the ball past the advancing keeper and Burgess was only inches wide from adding another following the restart. Jonathan Peris-Jones headed over from a free kick for Llanrug but it was Burgess again who was the threat five minutes before the interval as he headed against the inside of a post then Gareth Owen's effort was cleared off the line as Glan proved good value for their half-time lead.
The first threat of the second period came when Heald did well to push over a long distance effort from Llanrug's David Noel Williams then Burgess again went close to his second, cleverly turning his marker before shooting just wide of a post. Glantraeth went 3-1 up on 61 minutes as Guto Hughes put Mark Bridges in the clear and he left his markers for dead as he raced through to score (pictured).
Just when it looked the game was going Glan's way the Gwynedd side pulled a goal back four minutes later when what looked like a cross from Carl Griffiths dropped over everyone and nestled in the net. Kev Lloyd had an opportunity to equalise with twenty minutes remaining but shot wide from a great position.
Glan had been frustrated throughout the game as with monotonous regularity decision after decision from referee Martin Trigg was going in the home side's favour but despite that Glan stood firm under pressure in the closing moments to hold on to their lead. Final score: Llanrug United 2 Glantraeth 3
More action pictures on Facebook tomorrow.

LLANRUG AWAY
(10/08/15) Llanrug United are our opponents on Wednesday evening when we travel to Eithin Duon looking for a well overdue win at their place. We made finishing off Glan Conwy harder than it should have been on Saturday but deserved the three points. We played some great stuff at times but just needed to be a little more ruthless with our finishing. Mark Bridge who was unavailable at the weekend is expected to return to the squad. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, referee is Martin Trigg and we are in the blue kit.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(08/08/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2, 11 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd August.

DANNY WEAVES HIS MAGIC
(08/08/15) Three points for Glantraeth though they left it late to finally see off the challenge of a battling Glan Conwy side but what a goal the winner was as Danny Brookwell weaved his way through the visitor's defence before unleashing a left foot shot that never gave the keeper a prayer (top picture).
Glan began well, James Burgess firing just wide before a long punt upfield by keeper Ben Heald had Conwy keeper Rory Crowther in all kinds of trouble before he managed to scoop the ball to safety. On ten minutes the home side took the lead as Guto Hughes put a searching ball in from the right that was met by Gareth Owen and as the ball looped in the air Burgess jumped highest to head home but within a minute a bad defensive lapse at the other end gave Merreck Knight an easy opportunity to pull his side level.
Glan pushed hard to regain the lead with Guto Hughes firing narrowly wide on 28 minutes and two minutes later the keeper went down well to save from Brookwell. With ten minutes of the half remaining the Anglesey side went back in front as Gareth Owen sent in a long cross from the right and Burgess headed his second by outjumping the keeper.
The visitor's goal was under constant pressure after the break, Crowther making a fine save from Brookwell then only a last ditch tackle on the same player after a surging run prevented a goalscoring opportunity. With only one goal still in it Glan could not relax and home keeper Ben Heald went down well to save a Leighton Griffiths' free kick on 55 minutes and did even better to save the follow up shot from Kyle Robb with a tremendous flying save. Brookwell was giving the Conwy defence a torrid time with his direct running and was only denied a goal on the hour mark as his shot was deflected inches wide. Glan deserved a goal on 75 minutes as another charge on goal by Brookwell saw the ball played out to Guto Hughes whose cross was headed just the wrong side of a post by Mike Lundstrum.
Despite their superiority Glan just could not get the killer goal that would likely seal the win and their failure to make their chances count looked to have cost them on 77 minutes as Shaun Shannon crossed from the right and Merreck volleyed home but it was that man Brookwell who got that brilliant winner for the home side on 81 minutes. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Glan Conwy 2
More action pictures on Facebook tomorrow.

LOOKING FOR PERFECT START
(06/08/15) The Welsh Alliance kicks off on Saturday when Glan Conwy are the visitors to the lush pastures of Glantraeth. All teams are really fired up at this stage of the season as we all start off equal and we can be sure our visitors will provide stern opposition for us to overcome.
We began last season slowly but ended with a tremendous run of results that very nearly bought us second place. Although we have made some new signings the backbone of last year's team is still in place so the aim must be to hit the ground running right from the first whistle Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Hugh Jones assisted by William Peel and Andrew Asquith.
Pen pics will be updated after this weekend.

STAYING PUT
(04/08/15) After carefully weighing up all the pros and cons we have decided to stay put at Glantraeth. Landowner Iolo Owen had generously offered us a long lease on a piece of land nearer Malltraeth village where there was the potential to develop a community club free from some of the restrictions that apply on our present ground but after much discussion and consultation with other interested parties we decided there were problems that were too difficult to overcome so have abandoned the idea.
Our present ground has never looked better and we are greatly indebted to the work carried out by Tarw, Hoss and DJ who can all be proud of their efforts in preparing the pitch and the surroundings for the new season. The pitch alone has resulted in at least one player joining the club in preference to another Welsh Alliance club.
Admission will again be £3 this season with a free programme while stocks last. Under 16s are free. Helen of Hel's Kitchen fame will again be providing some of the best and most reasonably priced food and drink in the league alongside Nia's delicious cup cakes we hope!
The club is always on the lookout for more lottery agents paid on a commission basis. Glantraeth run one of the most successful club lotteries in North Wales football with £1,000 of prize money paid out every month. If you are interested in becoming an agent please contact Helen on 07867 535954.
At tonight's club management committee meeting we were delighted to welcome on board new member Cledwyn Williams.
Late news: Manager Warren Gibbs this evening signed experienced striker Mike Lundstrum. Mike was last season with Llandudno Junction and previous to that played for Llandudno.

HOME & HOME AGAIN
(03/08/15) The draws for the league cups were made at the league meeting tonight. In round one of the Lock Stock Cookson Cup for Division One clubs we have been drawn at home to Llandyrnog United. In the Mawddach Challenge Cup for all member clubs we are at home to Trearddur Bay United. Dates to be confirmed.
Division Two clubs Gaerwen and Bethesda Athletic were allowed 14 days grace to sort out their problems so all going to plan they will start their fixtures on Saturday 22nd August. The league secretary reported that Gaerwen had a team but no manager while Bethesda had a manager but no team! As is now the custom discussion also took place regarding Kinmel/Abergele, this time regarding the uncertainty of the availability of the Llandudno FC ground.
League chairman Billy Evans was not well enough to attend. We send him our best wishes.
We have applied for an open date on Saturday September 5th because of players attending the Wales v Israel international in Cardiff the following day.

GLAN END PRE-SEASON WITH WIN
(01/08/15) A good contest with no shortage of commitment from either side saw Glantraeth run out 5-3 winners over visitors Saltney Town this afternoon but Warren Gibbs will be looking for a much improved performance when the season opens next weekend. Too often an impressive spell was followed by sloppy periods of play that allowed Saltney to get back in the game.
After a fairly even opening Glan really laid into the visitors with Kieren Jeffreys smashing a shot against the crossbar on 33 minutes and as the ball was played back in Gareth Owen was there to put the home side ahead. A minute later Danny Brookwell struck a shot that came back off the bar and the woodwork continued to get a real testing as Craig Whelan was the latest to rattle the bar on 39 minutes when it was surely easier to score but three minutes later Whelan made amends as he scored from close in (pictured) and the game looked to be going Glan's way a minute into the second half as Danny Brookwell made it 3-0.
Saltney came back strongly and two goals in the 48th and 55th minute, the second from a penalty, brought them right back in contention. As the game entered the final fifteen minutes Glan again opened a two goal lead, Mark Bridge scoring from the spot and Sion Kyle adding a fifth but even then the Chester side weren't finished as a tremendous dipping shot following a quickly taken free kick completed the scoring.
More of Aled's action pics now on Glantraeth Facebook page.

VICKERS APPOINTED COACH
(29/07/15) Dave Vickers has been appointed club coach for 2015-2016 season. He gained a great deal of coaching experience in the Royal Navy. Dave will also be registered as a player. A goalkeeper who made a total of nineteen Welsh Premier appearances for Porthmadog and began his career as a youth with Manchester United. Dave has also been with Bangor City, Rhyl, Llandudno, Buckley Town and Bethesda Athletic. Darren 'Chicken' Jones who did the job last season told us he is now 'just a player' but he again has never looked fitter and more enthusiastic and is so full of life he is every club's dream in the changing room before games.

DAZ BACK ON THE ISLAND
(29/07/15) Darren (Daz) Meredith returns to Ynys Mon this Saturday with his Saltney Town side our opponents. Formerly Gaerwen supremo Darren is now assistant manager of the Welsh National League Premier Division club. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, admission is free and Allan Rowlands will be back in the middle with Dewi Morris and Hugh Davies as his assistants.

5-2 BUT NEVER EASY
(28/07/15) Glantraeth were again made to work for victory against pumped up local opposition before running out 5-2 winners at home to Menai Bridge this evening. Craig Roberts put Glan ahead after just three minutes and Mark Bridge added a second on 35 minutes. Craig Roberts got his second five minutes later only for the impressive Sion Hogan to pull a goal back just on the interval. Bridge were giving a good account of themselves and pulled it back to 3-2 on 65 minutes only for Glan to finish strongly as Mike Lundstrum volleyed home a cross from Bridge then James Burgess completed the scoring on 84 minutes.

GAME TOMORROW NIGHT
(27/07/15) We again face local opposition in Menai Bridge tomorrow evening and we can be expect they will be fired up to put one over us as were Llandegai and Aberffraw. Kick-off is 6.45 pm.
Everyone at the club extends their sympathy to Allan Rowlands. Rowls was due to referee our game on Saturday but had to call off due to a family bereavement.
After showing up well during pre-season Warren has added 17 year old defender Luke Owen to his squad. Luke was previously with Llanfairpwll.

BETTY IS £1,000 WINNER
(25/07/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 9 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Betty Hughes of Ty Croes. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th August.

CORWEN HIT FOR SIX
(25/07/15) Visitors Corwen took the lead after just thirty seconds and went further ahead with less than five minutes on the clock. Glan then began to take control, spraying the ball around with some fine passing and Mark Bridge was unlucky as his shot came back off the bar. On the half-hour mark it was Bridge who pulled a goal back as a fine run into the area created the space for a low shot that found the bottom corner.
Five minutes into the second period the home side levelled as a great build up ended with Neil Hughes laying the ball off to Sean Davies whose shot from outside the area gave the keeper no chance. Having got level Glan were lucky three minutes later as a trip in the area saw referee Dewi Morris award a penalty only for Corwen to waste the opportunity as the spot kick struck the bar.
They were quickly punished as two goals in four minutes, a great strike from Shaun Lock and a close range finish from James Burgess, made it 4-2 for the Anglesey side. Midway through the half a long throw from Lock was headed home by Burgess and Lock powerfully drove home a sixth with five minutes remaining.
Final score: Glantraeth 6 Corwen 2
More of Aled's action pics on Glantraeth Facebook page.

RORY & BROM MOVE ON
(24/07/15) Two players who won't be with us this season are Rory Courlander and central defender Brom Sibson. Rory has moved with his family to live and work in Thailand and Brom has completed his studies at Bangor University and moved back to his native Derbyshire. We wish them both well.

KINMEL - THE SAGA CONTINUES
(23/07/15) Remember the farce at the start of last season as a wall that Kinmel Bay had built at their ground caused our opening game AT GLANTRAETH to be cancelled. You couldn't really make that up.
The clubs and the league having agreed to them, now called Abergele Town, playing on Llandudno FC's ground again this season we have now been informed by the league that Llandudno's ground is not available to them in August. It means that our away game on Saturday August 22 has been switched to Glantraeth so due to being messed around once again seven of our first nine games will now be at home!
The saga continues.

JEFFERS IS BACK
(22/07/15) One of our most popular former players has re-signed for Glantraeth. Kieren Jeffreys is back. Then only 18 Kieren was of course a regular in our double winning side of 2011-2012 season when we took Welsh Alliance Division Two by storm under the management of Kev O'Neil and Chris Roberts. He played for Wales at schools level and his other former clubs include Bethesda Athletic, Holyhead Hotspur, Beaumaris Town and Gaerwen. Aso rejoining the club is Craig Whelan who last season signed for Cardiff Met and was previously with Bangor City. After scoring a hat-trick last Saturday Warren has also signed Shaun Lock (pictured right). Shaun has also played for Beaumaris Town, Bethesda Athletic and Gaerwen.
We have agreed to release Brendun Hogan to join Holyhead Hotspur without insisting on seven day's notice. We wish Brendun luck.

GLAN MADE TO WORK FOR WIN
(21/07/15) Glantraeth ran out 2-1 winners in tonight's home friendly but it was visitors Aberffraw who can take great credit for a battling performance. The opening forty-five minutes saw Glan playing the ball around well without any real sense of urgency although they led at the break through a Tom Clarke penalty. The Bodorgan side applied tremendous pressure after the break but Berrfro stood firm until the 70th minute as a superb strike from Craig Whelan made it 2-0. It appeared the floodgates might now open but it wasn't to be as the visitors refused to buckle and instead got themselves a goal back through Craig Owen with twelve minutes remaining. We wish Aberffraw all the best for the season.
A real test for Glan will come on Saturday when they meet opposition of an equal standing when Welsh National League Premier Division side Corwen are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and admission is again free.
Some action shots on Glan Facebook page tomorrow..

DANNY IMPRESSES THEN SIGNS
(19/07/15) After a performance that impressed everyone watching on Saturday Glantraeth have signed 22 year old forward Danny Brookwell. Locally Danny last played for Menai Bridge but has represented the Royal Navy at under 19 and under 23 level. He has twice represented the Service at the Dallas Cup in Texas and in 2012 was nominated for the Royal Navy's Young Sports Person of the Year award. (Pictured with the Inter-Services Championship Trophy at Portsmouth's Fratton Park & in action yesterday.)
So it's two games played, one won, one lost. It's nice to win but results are not that important at this stage as Warren looks to strengthen the squad for the new season. In truth Blaenau at times looked a better side than Llandegai despite the difference in results. We should have been five up by the interval last Wednesday and with two minutes gone on Saturday Neil Hughes of all people missed an absolute sitter after great play by Mark Bridge. From then on though our finishing was pretty lethal. Two good games and two good workouts.
On Tuesday evening Glan play the third of their pre-season fixtures when near neighbours Aberffraw are the visitors. Kick-off is 6.45 pm, referee is Allan Rowlands and admission is free.
Some of Aled's action pics on club Facebook page later today.

MARK BRIDGE JOINS GLANTRAETH
(18/07/15) Manager Warren Gibbs has signed former Pwllheli striker Mark Bridge (pictured). The pacey 25 year old has been a thorn in Glan's side over recent seasons and makes a welcome addition to the squad. He has also played for Dolgellau and Porthmadog. News of more new signings during the course of the week.
In today's pre-season game Glan with several new faces ran out 7-1 winners over Blaenau Ffestiniog. 3-1 up at the break through goals from Tomos Clarke (pen) and two scorchers from Shaun Lock, Gethin Edwards replying for the visitors, the goals continued to flow in the second period as Lock completed his hat-trick and further goals from Danny Brookwell, Andy Barker and Gavin Jones completed the scoring. The visitors showed some great skills particularly Bala Town academy player Sion Bradley but could never match the finishing of the Anglesey side.

NOT THE BEST OF STARTS
(15/07/15) Mynydd Llandegai stole the honours in this evening's pre-season opener as a late goal gave them a 1-0 win. On Saturday Glan entertain Blaenau Ffestiniog, kick-off 2.30 pm.

PRE-SEASON OPENER
(13/07/15) We begin our pre-season programme on Wednesday with the visit of Welsh Alliance Division Two side Mynydd Llandegai. Manager Warren Gibbs fresh from mixing with fellow celebs in Vegas will be parading some new faces no doubt as he looks to build up his squad for the forthcoming season. Kick-off is 6.45 pm and there is no charge for admission.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(11/07/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 7 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th July.

JD TO SPONSOR WELSH CUP
(07/07/15) The FA of Wales have announced that the Welsh Cup is to be sponsored by JD Sports and will be known as the JD Welsh Cup. 199 clubs have entered this year's competition, one new name being Aberffraw FC. Hopefully this might result in more prize money in the earlier rounds!
There is much activity locally with Bodedern reported to be returning to football in the Gwynedd League. Ricky Williams is again manager and it is good to see Kev Hughes (pictured) taking on all the responsibility that goes with being chairman.
Llangefni Town under Chris Roberts have made the sensible decision to join the Welsh Alliance Reserve League. To properly run a reserve side you need flexibility of movement to and from the first team something that you cannot get in the Gwynnedd or Anglesey Leagues for obvious reasons.
Everyone will feel for Llanerchymedd. Not only has everyone at their club and further afield been badly affected by the tragic loss of Chris Evans but the club have also lost one of the most talented players on the island.
Gaerwen have been busy making signings including our former players Bart Slezok and Ian 'Chops' Pleming. Chops is still regarded as something of a legend at Glantraeth and chairman Gareth Evans reckons he could right a book on his time with us!
Despite results Llanfairpwll's young team won many friends last season and it will be interesting to see how their players fare this campaign, another year older and hopefully another year wiser.
With Caernarfon, Denbigh and Holywell now gone Division One is looking more open than ever and with sixteen clubs in the mix the battle for honours promises to make for compulsive viewing. (SS)

AUGUST FIXTURES
(30/06/15) Glan Conwy will be the visitors for the opening game of the season on Saturday 8th August and the following Wednesday we will be away to Llanrug United. Two more home games follow on Saturday 15th August with newly promoted St Asaph City the opponents with Trearddur Bay at Glantraeth on Tuesday the 18th. We have an away game on Saturday 22nd at Abergele Town and the final game of the month is a local derby at home to Gwalchmai on Monday 31st August.

£1,000 TO MAESGEIRCHEN
(27/06/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 5 & 13. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, D.Jones of Maesgeirchen. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th July.

JACKPOT INCREASES TO £1,000
(13/06/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 5 & 11. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th June.

GRESFORD CANCELLED
(02/06/15) We have cancelled our pre-season game at home to Gresford Athletic on Saturday 18th July and will now entertain Blaenau Ffestiniog instead. Quite by accident we found that the game was listed on their website as one of their reserves' pre-season games and that the guy who confirmed the game was in fact their reserve team manager. As one of the top teams in Welsh Alliance One we were of course expecting to play their first team. We feel we have been misled and have therefore informed them the game is now off.

CHRIS EVANS
(31/05/15) Only half-an-hour ago I received a phone call from Helen our chairman's wife telling me about the tragic death of Chris Evans. I had earlier seen a message by Jamie Roberts on Facebook about 'Chris' but I had no idea who he meant. Sometimes words just fail you. Chris played many games for Glantraeth and I always got on brilliantly with him. He always seemed bright and intelligent and no matter who he was playing for we always stopped for a chat. I am one of those who often uses ten words when two would probably suffice but I cannot for the life of me take this in and really express just how much it has shocked me. Chris was only 27 and had so much to live for as did Gary Speed but you just don't know what is going on in someone's mind no matter how well you know them, another reason for us all to be kind and supportive to each other. I will always remember Chris's educated left foot, his voice ringing around the field at Glantraeth, his turning up at our presentation night dressed as a nun and perhaps most of all being one of those players who stayed most loyal to the club during that difficult 2008-2009 season. RIP Chris and sincere condolences from everyone at Glantraeth to his family and friends.
Stan Strickland

LEAGUE NEWS
(29/05/15) A few notes from last night's league meeting at Llanfairfechan. Holywell Town will of course be promoted to the Huws Gay Alliance. St Asaph, Llangefni Town and Trearddur Bay are promoted to the first division bringing the total number of clubs to sixteen. St Asaph have this coming season to bring their ground up to league requirements. Kinmel Bay will now be known as Abergele Town and will continue to play at Llandudno FC next season. Llanfairpwll were praised by the league chairman for fulfilling all their fixtures on schedule despite failing to win or draw a game. Prestatyn Sports and Llanllyfni have been promoted into the second division. All to be rubber stamped at league AGM.

ONE £1,000 WINNER
(23/05/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 13 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Jackpot, M.Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th June.

GLANTRAETH TO MOVE ?
(23/05/15) A lot of wild rumours have been sweeping about recently that need putting to bed: 1) We are being kicked off our present ground. 2) We are moving to the field used by Bodorgan Juniors. 3) We are amalgamating with Bodorgan Juniors. All of them are false, Bodorgan became a separate club in their wisdom a few years ago when they changed their name from Glantraeth.
Here are the actual facts:
Over the past few months we have discussed with our landlord Iolo Owen the possibility of building a new changing room block behind the goal at Glantraeth. This was acceptable to him but we would only get grant funding for such a project if we extended the community use of the ground and our proposal to initially start an under 18 or under 19 side was not acceptable because of the increased disruption it would cause for the residents of the adjacent cottages.
So either way we are limited in what we can do at Glantraeth just as we would never be allowed to erect floodlights on the present ground which will almost certainly be a requirement for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance by 2017.
During our latest discussions with Iolo he generously offered us a long lease on a piece of land closer to our home village of Malltraeth in a position where much of what we have proposed to develop the club might be possible. The field is at Glan Menai next to the field where Bodorgan Juniors play.
Any such move would be an expensive business, will certainly not happen overnight and would very much depend on what level of funding is available but certainly the siting of the proposed new ground would give Glantraeth a far greater opportunity to develop further as a community club by for example introducing further teams at youth level.

'FREDDY' CALLS IT A DAY
(17/05/15) Richard 'Freddy' Owen announced his retirement from football at the club's presentation night on Friday evening. Freddy is now 36 and manager Warren Gibbs wishes to thank him for postponing his retirement last year and agreeing to play on for one more season with Glantraeth. The left sided midfielder has had an outstanding career in local senior football making a total of 129 appearances in the Welsh Premier League with Bangor City, Porthmadog and Caernarfon Town. He has also played for Cemaes Bay and Llangefni Town. Freddy first joined Glantraeth during 2005-06 season as the club went on to win a Cymru Alliance League & Cup double. We wish Freddy well in his 'retirement'.

SEAN & GARETH GET THE VOTES
(16/05/15) Sean Davies received the Players' Player of the Year of the Year Trophy at Glantraeth's Presentation Night & Dinner held yesterday evening at Cartio Mon. Sean was just about an ever-present in midfield last season and is still remembered as part of the trophy winning Glantraeth youth team when he was only 17. He was presented with his award by chairman's wife Helen Evans. Glan legend Gareth Owen was the choice of the supporters and the manager as Player of the Year, the second time he has won such an accolade having also come out on top back in 2009. The Leading Goalscorer trophy went to Craig Roberts who finished the season with 17 goals.
Our thanks to Eirian and staff at Cartio Mon for providing great food, great service and a great venue. Thanks also to Ali and Judith of Ben Lon Boogie for the disco and karaoke.
Lots more pictures on Glan Facebook during course of today.

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