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FOURTH PLACE FOR GLANTRAETH
(23/05/16) Gwalchmai were in trouble from the 22nd minute as their captain Alun Roberts was dismissed. Shaun Lock had played a ball into the area met by Mike Lundstrum whose header was net bound before Roberts stopped the ball crossing the line with his hand. Referee Allan Rowlands in his final game before retirement had no choice but to produce the red card. Tom Clarke put away the spot kick. Three minutes later it was almost two as Gareth Owen had a header come back off a post. Glan keeper Ben Heald was called into action nine minutes before the break, making a fine diving save as a Corey Sinnott free kick took a big deflection.
A minute into the second half the visitors went further ahead as a great pass from Clarke found Lundstrum and his cross was perfect for Kieren Jeffreys to score with a neat header. On 58 minutes it was 3-0 as a long ball from Geraint Williams found Jeffreys and his back heel released Shaun Lock to send in a low cross for Lundstrum to score from close in. It was all too easy for Glantraeth though Sinnott got a late consolation goal for the home side two minutes from time as he slid the ball past Heald after being put clear. The three points secured fourth place.

PRESENTATION NIGHT FRIDAY
(20/05/16) On Monday we will be away to Gwalchmai. Kick-off is 7 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Allan Rowlands and we finally play our last game of the season at Penrhyndeudraeth next Thursday. Kick-off is again 7 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gwilym Evans. We need two points from these games to ensure a fourth place finish as we still have three points to be deducted for failing to fulfil the Penrhyndeudraeth fixture earlier this month.
The club's end of season presentation night for players, wives, partners, girlfriends, family, supporters and club officials will be held next Friday 27th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth starting at 7.30 pm. There will be a buffet and a free jukebox laid on.

A HAT-TRICK FOR LUNDSTRUM AS....
GLANTRAETH RUN IN SEVEN
(19/05/16) Glantraeth could hardly buy a goal at Llanberis on Tuesday but tonight they found their scoring form with a vengeance as they ran out 7-3 winners against Llangefni Town.
The Bodorgan side went ahead after just two minutes as Shaun Lock was left with a simple tap-in from Kieren Jeffreys' cross. Three minutes later it took a good save from Ben Heald as Cefni responded through Iwan Jones. Glan went two up on 27 minutes as Mark Bridge controlled a through ball well before sliding the ball past keeper Liam Ewing and Mike Lundstrum added a third five minutes later, finishing smartly as he cut in from the right. Jack Williams was unlucky for the visitors ten minutes before the break as he saw his shot come back off a post then it took a great tackle from Tom Clarke to prevent Dafydd Jones getting in a shot on goal and Heald went down well to save from James Saxon as the visitors strove to get back in the game.
Llangefni did get a goal back eight minutes into the second half as a quick free kick taken by Steve Kehoe caught the home defence napping but it proved a brief glimmer of hope for the visitors as four minutes later Glantraeth scored the goal of the game as Mark Bridge whipped in a cross from the right that Lundstrum met with a superb header into the top corner giving Ewing no chance. On 66 minutes Lundstrum completed his hat-trick as he was released by Jeffreys before taking the ball around the keeper and slotting home. 5-1 to Glantraeth the scoring was still far from being over as with ten minutes remaining Tom Clarke strode forward and laid the ball off to Kelvin Frazer who netted with a nice finish just inside the post. Llangefni kept going and were rewarded with two goals in the final three minutes from ex-Glantraeth players James Burgess and Gari Owen. Stung back into action Glan got a seventh on the 90th minute as Bridge met a cross from Lundstrum at the far post to slide the ball into the empty net.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

GLAN GO DOWN 4-1
(17/05/16) The difference was in the finishing and a man of the match performance by home keeper Louis Williams as Glan went down 4-1 at Llanberis this evening, Played in driving wind and rain the visitors had plenty of the ball but the final score was poor reward for their efforts.
Llanberis almost took the lead in the first minute as Dave Jones met a cross from the left, his shot bouncing up and striking the bar. Glan came back strongly with the keeper doing well to push away a header from Matty Lock then as the corner came in he saved twice in quick succession from Neil Hughes and Lock again. The home side did go ahead on 8 minutes as a low shot from Gethin Maxwell found the net. Gareth Owen twice went close for the visitors approaching the half-hour mark with headers after meeting long throws from Shaun Lock. Playing with the strong wind Glan were putting increasing pressure on the home goal. It took a tremendous save from Williams to keep out a shot from Neil Hughes with Mark Bridge firing over from the rebound then Gareth Owen saw his header go inches wide in the last action of the half.
Three minutes into the second half Glan were unlucky not to level as Tom Clarke shot against the underside of the bar and Kelvin Frazer followed up only to shoot wide with a great chance. Mark Bridge was then clear only to fire wide under pressure but in the next attack Bridge did score as he drove home for his twentieth goal of the season.
It was no more than Glantraeth deserved but they were back to square one on 55 minutes as Dylan Parry slid in at the far post to meet a left wing cross and put the home side back in the lead. With fifteen minutes remaining Williams went full length to his left to pull off a terrific save as Gareth Owen blasted the ball goalwards as Glan went looking to level again but it all went pear shaped three minutes later as Gerad Laidlow scored from fully forty yards with Glan keeper Ben Heald stranded following a clearance and there was further indignity for the Anglesey side as Owain Gibbard got a fourth in the last minute.
The scoreline might have flattered the home side but Glantraeth now have to lift themselves for Thursday's visit of Llangefni Town.

J O HUGHES
(16/05/16) We are sad to report that J.O.Hughes passed away this morning at the age of 97. J.O. was a legend in North Wales football and a former president of The Football Association of Wales. He is pictured at our presentation night at the Glantraeth Restaurant in 2006 at the end of our Cymru Alliance double winning season presenting the leading goalscorer award to Mark 'Cabbage' Thomas. I visited him last year at Rhos Residential Home in Malltraeth to give him a copy of the Glantraeth history. He was still sprightly and still receiving stacks of football related mail. We send our condolences to his family. (SS)

ONLY FOUR GAMES TO GO !
(15/05/16) I didn't go to the Llandyrnog game yesterday but chairman Gari was full of praise for our display in coming back to win although when I phoned him during the game I don't think I have ever known him so angry at the antics of a referee.
On Tuesday we are at Llanberis. We are in the blue kit, the referee is Peter Owen and kick-off is 6.30 pm. On Thursday we entertain Llangefni Town. Ref is Nick Pratt, we are in the red kit and that one kicks off at 6.45 pm.
Many of the players are away in Blackpool next weekend. When - and if - they return we are away to Gwalchmai on the Monday, kick-off 7.00 pm and the re-arranged game at Penrhyndeudraeth is the following Thursday 26th May also kicking off at 7.00 pm. Pre-season starts a week later.
Just kidding! (SS)

MAIR WINS £500
(14/05/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 12 & 14. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, Mair Hughes of Llangefni. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th May.

THREE FROM BRIDGE IN THRILLER
(14/05/16) Glantraeth were shocked as Llandyrnog raced into an early two goal lead, Will Ashley and Dion Jones the scorers, but got themselves back into the game with two goals in two minutes from Mark Bridge just before the break. The second half had hardly started before Glan were in front, Bridge completing his hat-trick. In a see-saw game the home side levelled from the penalty spot on 53 minutes through Dan Porter but the scoring was completed eight minutes from time as it was Glan's turn to be awarded a penalty and Tom Clarke made no mistake from the spot. Final score: Llandyrnog United 3 Glantraeth 4
More pictures on Facebook tomorrow.

BETTER BUT ONLY ONE POINT
(12/05/16) A higher energy performance after a five day rest from Glantraeth but a strong second half display could not bring them the three points that their performance probably deserved against a determined Llanberis side fighting against relegation.
The visitors took the lead in the eighth minute as Gwyn Jones swept the ball home at the near post as a corner came in from the right. Good work from Mark Bridge and Mike Lundstrum set up a good chance for Sean Davies six minutes later but the Glantraeth number seven saw his shot strike a post. On 26 minutes the home side levelled as Bridge smashed the ball past keeper Louis Williams, Tom Clarke providing the pass.
Bridge almost had a second five minutes into the second period only for the keeper too scoop his shot on to the bar and seven minutes later the same player was only inches wide after meeting a cross from Lundstrum. Glantraeth were having the better of things this half but clear chances were not proving easy to create. Sean Davies had a header cleared off the line with a quarter hour remaining by Dylan Parry and Neil Hughes went close with time almost up but the final whistle went with the sides tied at one goal apiece.

GAME OFF TONIGHT
(10/05/16) Tonight's game at Penrhyndeudraeth is off as we cannot raise a team due to injuries, suspensions and players working away. We have sent our apologies to Penrhyn but feared that this situation would eventually come about with the number of games we are being forced to play in such a short space of time.

IT DON'T GET ANY EASIER
(08/05/16) We have to go again this week with three more games coming up. Hopefully on Tuesday Warren will have eleven fit players when we again face our cup conquerors Penrhyndeudraeth, this time a league fixture at their place. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the referee is Arwel Thomas.
On Thursday we will have the luxury of desperately needed reinforcements to the squad as Shaun Lock and Kieren Jeffreys are available again after suspension. Opponents at Glantraeth are Llanberis. Kick-off is again 6.30 pm, we will be in the blue kit and referee is Terry Atkinson.
The Llanberis game will be sponsored by Daniel's Tearoom, High Street, Llangefni. Owner John Morris will be attending the game along with Miss Anglesey & Gwynedd Khethiwe Ncube (pictured). Khethi occasionally works at the Tearoom and is originally from Zimbabwe but moved to Anglesey when she was six, her father working at RAF Valley. She is a fluent Welsh speaker and as a Miss Wales finalist could become the first black girl to win the title. John's uncle Henry Morris was the butler at Plas Newydd for many years. Khethiwe and John will be pictured with the team before kick-off.
Next Saturday we travel to face Llandyrnog United. Kick-off for that one is 2.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the referee is Matt Bridges. There will be a coach going to Llandyrnog leaving Malltraeth 11.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride 12.10 pm.

KNACKERED !!!
(07/05/16) The fresh legs of Penrhyndeudraeth ran out 4-1 winners in this afternoon's Mawddach Cup Final at Bangor as Glantraeth's gruelling end of season schedule really caught up with them. The difference was perhaps best summed up at half-time as Penrhyn had five substitutes warming up while Glan did not have enough for a kick around.
With injuries and suspensions manager Warren Gibbs has little room for squad rotation and the same players are being called upon to play in game after game resulting in today's laboured performance. It is too much to ask of part-time players. Take nothing away from Penrhyn they fully deserved the win and had the game's outstanding player in Sion Bradley.
Only five minutes in Darren Jones' hamstring went and although he soldiered on for a few more minutes it was another blow to an already decimated Glantraeth squad. It was the Anglesey side that came closest to opening the scoring on fifteen minutes as Tom Clarke turned and struck a tremendous half-volley that looked goal bound only for keeper Tyler French to make a flying save and push the ball over (top picture). From the corner Clarke failed to connect when any kind of touch would have resulted in a goal. Three minutes later Penrhyn went close as Jack Davis rifled in a shot that struck the bar and went over.
It was proving a good final with play switching from end to end and both sides looking dangerous in turn. Just coming to the hour mark Clarke twice went close for Glan, first having a header blocked then his follow up shot struck a defender but on 61 minutes the Gwynedd side took the lead as Gerwyn Jones just failed to get his tackle in and Bradley swept the ball home and four minutes later they went 2-0 down, Bradley again the scorer as he got between two defenders to meet a left wing cross.
Glantraeth were now looking a side that had played nine games in twenty days and with six minutes remaining it was hardly surprising when Penrhyn got a third through Meilir Williams. Glan responded with a Sean Davies goal on 88 minutes and tried hard to push for another but with time almost up it was all over as Paul Roberts made it 4-1.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook.

AIMING FOR ANOTHER CUP WIN
(05/05/16) It was an unlucky way to lose at Junction last night with a freak goal in added time. There was a great deal of dissatisfaction amongst our players and supporters with the performance of the local match officials and you do wonder why the league's top officials were not appointed for such an important fixture played in midweek. I will say no more. It was an unfortunate way to lose but we now have to forget that and lift ourselves for Saturday.
Like the Cookson Cup we have never won the Mawddach Challenge Cup (Barritt Cup) before so let's hope it is another first. We owe Penrhyndeudraeth one from last season's FAW Trophy semi-final defeat at Bangor but they are going well and it will need a top performance from our lads. We are in the red kit and have been allocated the home changing room. Referee is Robin Williams, kick-off is 2.30 pm and admission is £4 or £1 for seniors and under 14s. (SS)

LUCKY STRIKE DOWNS GLANTRAETH
(04/05/16) A huge deflection on a free kick in the 92nd minute gave Llandudno Junction a 2-1 victory in tonight's game. It was a lucky goal but just about ended Glan's title hopes.
The home side went ahead in the seventh minute as James Hobson ran in unmarked to head home a corner kick coming in from the left. Glan looked like they were going to level on 25 minutes as Mark Bridge hit a tremendous 25 yard volley that looked a goal all the way only for Junction keeper Gwydion Owen to pull off a quite brilliant save to fingertip the ball over. A minute before the break Glan were even more unfortunate as Sean Davies rose to meet a ball in from Guto Hughes and saw his header crash against the bar (top picture). In the melee that followed Gareth Owen was tripped for what should have been a penalty but wasn't given, one of a whole series of decisions by referee Peter Owen of Llandudno that seemed to go against the visitors.
Three minutes into the second half it was Glan keeper Ben Heald's turn to pull off a tremendous reaction save which saw him push a shot from Hobson against the bar as the home side were already celebrating what looked a certain goal. On 54 minutes Glantraeth gained a deserved equaliser Sean Davies headed home at the far post following a deep cross from Darren Jones (pictured above). It looked as if the game could go either way as play swung from end to end but with the game in the second minute of added time referee Owen awarded a free kick thirty yards out for the home side for what looked a harsh handball. Brian Roberts' free kick took a wicked deflection to give keeper Ben Heald no chance of saving. Final score: Llandudno Junction 2 Glantraeth 1
More pics by Aled Jones on Facebook tomorrow.

SHOWDOWN WEDNESDAY
(03/05/16) Tomorrow evening sees top playing second and third playing fourth as the league title battle reaches a defining point in the season.
Trearddur Bay are now clear favourites but they still have to cross a finishing line which now looks close but can yet seem a long way away as they host Llangefni Town who have led for most of the season. We must be the outsiders of the group with so many games still to play in such a short space of time but it's not over until the rotundly challenged person of the female gender bursts into song as they say in Llanfairfechan. A win at Junction is a must though if we are to maintain any kind of challenge. Our game kicks off at 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and referee is Peter Owen.
Two away wins could yet make things quite interesting.

SECOND HALF BLUES FOR PWLLHELI
(02/05/16) One goal down at the break Glantraeth took complete control in the second half to run out 5-1 winners against visitors Pwllheli.
Gareth Owen should have put Glan in front in the third minute but blasted wide from a great position then Mike Lundstrum was clear but under pressure was unable to get in a clean shot as the home side started the better. A fine twenty five yarder from Craig Roberts skimmed the bar on 19 minutes but eleven minutes later Pwllheli went ahead in their first real attack and it was their danger man Mark Jones who broke clear and made no mistake with an expert finish. Mark Bridge had two efforts on goal as half-time approached but it had been a lacklustre forty-five minutes from the Anglesey side.
Attacking their favoured canteen end Glan looked a completely different proposition on the restart and levelled within a minute as Lundstrum was fouled as the Pwllehli goal came under pressure and Tom Clarke put away the spot kick. Mark Jones was always a threat at the other end and he carved out a chance for Lukas Baltovic on 51 minutes but his shot was well wide and a minute later the home side went ahead as a superb cross from Guto Hughes was headed home by former Pwllheli striker Mark Bridge.
The visitors were not yet beaten and a fine run by Tomos Jones almost created an opening for Mark Jones. An equally determined run by Tom Clarke for Glan also went unrewarded as his cross passed across the face of goal with no contact made.
It was looking inevitable that Glan would get another goal so on top were they and it came on 73 minutes as Lundstrum scored with a header from a Guto Hughes free kick. The floodgates had now opened with Phil Warrington making it 4-1 five minutes later as he latched on to a defence splitting pass from Kelvin Frazer (top picture) and in the next attack Warrington struck the underside of the bar. The scoring was completed with ten minutes left as Bridge got a second, Geraint Mitchell the provider with a gem of a pass.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

TWO OFF & TWO POINTS LOST
(30/04/16) Playing their seventh game in fourteen days it looked it might have been one game too far for Glantraeth this afternoon as they struggled against a Llandyrnog side fired up by an early strike from Ian Williams.
Matty Lock went close for the home side on 11 minutes as he volleyed wide after connecting with a great cross from Gerwyn Jones but a minute later the visitors took the lead as Glan made the mistake of playing a short corner with all their big men waiting for a cross and after losing possession Dyrnog took full advantage to race away upfield and Williams finished with a great strike.
Both sides were being frustrated by some of the decision making by the match official which was not helping what was already a scrappy game and Glantraeth showed few signs of pulling back the lead in the opening half the nearest being a fine cross from Guto Hughes that was headed into the side netting by Mike Lundstrum on 21 minutes.
After the break the Anglesey side began to exert some meaningful pressure and had a good opportunity to level five minutes in as Matty Lock shot over after good work by Shaun Lock. Although well on top in the second period Glan were not making the Dyrnog keeper really work as a determined visiting side marshalled by skipper Dan Jones defended well in numbers. Prospects of pulling the game back went down a notch on the hour mark as Shaun Lock got a straight red for a two footed tackle. It was a sign of Glantraeth's frustration at their failure to gain anything from all their pressure. For all that it was the visitors that had the best chance of the half ten minutes from time as Williams was well off target from a great position but one thing about Glantraeth they keep going to the end and on 86 minutes Gerwyn Jones finally gave the home supporters something to cheer as he headed home an equaliser. The drama wasn't over as Kieren Jeffreys was then sent off after reacting to being fouled to put the lid on one frustrating afternoon for the Bodorgan side. Chances of snatching a win for the home side were curtailed as referee Arwel Thomas whistled for time with little more than two minutes of added time played in a half that was littered with stoppages. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Llandyrnog United 1
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

NEXT UP - LLANDYRNOG
(29/04/16) It's a fact though maybe unfair that goalscorers get most of the headlines but having just played six games in twelve days while only conceding the one goal our defensive organisation is well worth a mention. However, the sheer number of games we are now faced with is bound to take its toll with injuries and possible suspensions. Warren was almost down to the bare bones of fit players last night and you do wonder if there might come a time when we struggle to even field a team such is the frightening fixture list we still have to fulfil.
As far as the league goes it is now there for Trearddur Bay to lose but we have not given up yet. All we can do is follow that old but oh so true football cliche of just taking it one game at a time and see where it takes us. Certainly our chairman thinks we can still win it but then again he thought his team Chelsea would retain their Premier League crown!
Whatever happens it has been a successful season, one cup won and another final to look forward to. Last night I sent an email to our president telling her that we had reached a second final and had a well done message back within five minutes. There is never a dull moment at Glantraeth.
There is much still to play for so just keep digging deep fellas.(SS)

GLANTRAETH THROUGH TO CUP FINAL NUMBER TWO
(28/04/16) A tight and sometimes feisty semi-final went Glantraeth's way as a goal from Shaun Lock just past the hour mark proved enough to earn the Bodorgan side another cup final appearance at Bangor.
In a lively opening a shot from Kieren Jeffreys on four minutes caused all kinds of problems in the Cefni defence as it came back off keeper Liam Ewing and in the ensuing scramble the keeper was lucky to see the ball deflected back into his arms. After that promising start the rest of the half was pretty well devoid of any meaningful goalmouth threat as both sides just about cancelled each other out.
That wasn't the case after the break as the action really picked up. Neil Hughes for the home side had an early chance only to shoot well over then Steve Sinclair for the visitors saw his downward header bounce up and clip the bar. On 61 minutes Glan skipper Gareth Owen headed over from a Craig Roberts free kick and a minute later the home side did go ahead as a Shaun Lock shot from twenty yards slid under keeper Liam Ewing. The game was now far more of a spectacle with Craig Evans heading over for Cefni then Neil Hughes clever play at the other end almost creating an opening,
Against a Glantraeth defence that had only conceded five goals in the previous eight games the visitors made one last effort and were unlucky in added time as James Saxon had a header come back off the crossbar.
Glantraeth will now meet Penrhyndeudraeth in the Mawddach Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 7th May at Bangor City FC.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

BANGOR AGAIN IN OUR SIGHTS
(27/04/16) You cannot fail to admire a young Llanfairpwll side led by the experienced Sion Parry who despite their bottom placing just never stop trying and we certainly got out of jail yesterday. I don't know if they raise their game against us but they have given us a tough time on both occasions we have met this season and it's something of a mystery how they have such few points. Call it lucky, call it sheer bloody mindedness, call it a never-say-die spirit in the squad but it was an incredible turnaround as two late goals gave us three points that were looking an impossible ask only a couple of minutes earlier. The conditions made the game something of a lottery from the start and we struggled to get any kind of rhythm in our game in what was for the most part a well below par performance.
In the end it was very much a case of three points earned against the odds but one thing's for sure, we'll have to be much better tomorrow night if we are to progress to another cup final at Bangor. (SS)

PHIL LEADS THE LATE GREAT ESCAPE
(26/04/16) Glantraeth looked headed for a devastating home defeat against bottom club Llanfairpwll only for Phil Warrington to strike twice with time almost up in a sensational finale to the game.
Playing with a near gale force wind behind them Llanfair took the lead after just three minutes as Dylan Williams used the conditions to let fly from 35 yards out, the ball sailing over keeper Ben Heald. Glan were struggling to create much against the elements, the nearest being a fine move that ended with an angled shot from Kelvin Frazer that passed just wide on 26 minutes. A Craig Roberts free kick was met by Gareth Owen just before half-time at the far post but he could not get his effort on target.
Warrington shot too high as the second period opened with Glan now pushing forward constantly but the visitors were fighting for everything and not making it easy to create clear openings. Glan were becoming frustrated at their failure to make a breakthrough and it got worse on 77 minutes as the visitors were awarded a penalty after a trip by Sean Davies. Not for the first time this week Heald came to Glan's rescue diving to his right to save Dylan Williams' spot kick.
Defeat looked on the cards for Glantraeth as the game entered the final minute of normal time only for the game to swing dramatically with Mark Bridge lashing in a cross from the right that Phil Warrington headed home to level then in the third minute of added time it was that man Warrington who struck again with a low shot to beat keeper Connor Hughes before disappearing under a mass of his celebrating teammates. Even then Warrington twice went close to completing a hat-trick before the final whistle sounded.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

ANOTHER KEY & DEMANDING WEEK
(24/04/16) Four wins over the past week without a goal conceded is very impressive but we must now go again with another demanding run of four home games in seven days. Hardly ideal but a real opportunity to further define our season with the Cookson Cup already in the trophy cabinet (pictured).
On Tuesday Llanfairpwll are the visitors. Bottom or not they gave us quite a scare in the game at their place and there will be no room for complacency. We will be in the red kit, referee is Kelvin Lewis and kick-off is 2.30 pm.
Thursday evening sees Llangefni Town coming to Glantraeth in a semi-final of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Our former manager Chris Roberts is doing a great job at Talwrn Road and they are in with a great chance of promotion so this will be a tough one. We need to be fully motivated for this local derby but that should be no problem. We will be wearing our blue kit, kick-off is 6.30 pm and the ref is Peter Kewley. The winners will face Penrhyndeudraeth in the final at Bangor City FC on Saturday 7th May.
Llandyrnog United are our opponents next Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Arwel Thomas and we are in the red kit and Bank Holiday Monday we host Pwllheli. Kick-off is again 2.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and ref is Gwilym Evans.

STACEY WINS £1,500 JACKPOT
(23/04/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2, 16 & 20. There was one winner of the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot, Stacey Jones of Aberffraw. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th May.

GLAN STILL HANGING IN THERE
(23/04/16) A gutsy performance from Glantraeth saw them run out 1-0 winners at Llanrwst this afternoon after playing the final twenty-five minutes effectively with ten men with Shaun Lock injured and hardly able to move but kept on for his long throws.
On a hard, uneven pitch that bordered on being dangerous this was never going to be a day for attractive passing football and the first half made for poor entertainment. Early efforts by Shaun Lock and Gareth Owen were followed on 17 minutes by a glorious chance for Llanrwst as Tom Clarke's header back didn't carry enough weight and as the ball was crossed into the box Luke Roberts looked certain to score only for keeper Ben Heald to throw himself to his left and make a stunning save from almost point blank range.
Glan came close to going ahead on 26 minutes as Kelvin Frazer got clear and squared the ball unselfishly for Shaun Lock who was inches away from converting. Two minutes before the break the visitors did go ahead, Frazer again involved as he headed on a long throw to give Tom Clarke an easy finish (top picture). Bryn Jenkins had a chance to level a minute later but blazed over from a good position.
Glantraeth began to look much more dangerous as the game restarted and Mike Lundstrum should have made it two when given a clear shot on goal then Shaun Lock twice threatened before Tom Clarke did well to block a shot from Kane Williams as the home side responded. With their three subs used and Lock a passenger Glan were having to defend their lead in the closing stages but a shot from Jenkins with eight minutes remaining looked destined for the top corner only for Heald to pull off another outstanding save to leave the big number nine holding his head in his hands.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

LUNDSTRUM & BELL SEAL CUP WIN
(21/04/16) Gareth Evans reports: Glantraeth ran out 2-0 winners at Prestatyn Sports this evening to go through to the semi-finals of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Mike Lundstrum scored on 56 minutes, a great strike after taking possession of a long ball from Ben Heald, and James Bell added a second, a fine individual effort, in the 87th minute. Prestatyn had their moments and keeper Ben Heald had to pull off a couple decent saves. Manager Warren Gibbs' verdict: 'A fine effort by everyone after Tuesday's tough final.' Glan will now be at home to Llangefni Town next Thursday evening for a place in the final.

GOOD LUCK MESSAGE FROM NEW YORK
(20/04/16) Exactly fifteen minutes before kick-off last night an email came through from New York with a good luck message from club president Naomi Watts. You can view the short video on our Facebook page. It was a marvellous gesture by the Hollywood movie actress and proves she is no token president, the timing of the message showing she is taking a real interest in the club. I was able to send her pictures of the team celebrating winning the Cookson Cup late last night. (SS)

GLANTRAETH WIN COOKSON CUP
(19/04/16) It was another great night in Glantraeth's history as the Anglesey village side beat Llanberis by three goals to nil at Bangor City's Nantporth Stadium to win the Cookson Cup for the first time.
Llanberis began brighter but it was Glan who came closest to taking the lead on ten minutes, only a brilliant tackle from Nathan Williams prevented Mark Bridge getting his shot in after Craig Roberts had broken clear down the right. The Anglesey side did go ahead three minutes later as Guto Hughes swung in a corner from the right that found Gerwyn Jones well placed to head home. Glan keeper Ben Heald made a fine save from a Nidian Huws free kick on 17 minutes as Llanberis continued to have the better of play although Glantraeth always looked dangerous going forward with Mark Bridge failing to properly connect with a volley from a good position. Glan led at the break but had never looked really convincing and Llanberis could justifiably have felt unlucky to be behind.
Whatever manager Warren Gibbs said to his players at half-time seemed to work as within five minutes of the restart they went two up with a tremendous goal, a superb driven cross from Shaun Lock being powerfully headed home by Mike Lundstrum then Tom Clarke went close and five minutes later it was almost a second for Lundstrum as he broke clear on goal only for keeper Louis Williams to make point blank save,
Llanberis were not giving up without a fight and only a tremendous save from Heald on 57 minutes prevented Llion Jones reducing the deficit and nine minutes later a volley from Stef Jones only just missed the target. It was all but over with fourteen minutes left as another great cross from Shaun Lock found Craig Roberts at the far post and the Glantraeth number 9 made no mistake with a shot driven high into the roof of the net. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Llanberis 0
More of Aled's pics will be on the Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.

COOKSON CUP THE BIG PRIZE
(17/04/16) On Tuesday evening we have the opportunity to win the Cookson Cup for the first time in the club's history. It is a long established and prestigious competition won since starting up in 1948 by the likes of Wrexham, Colwyn Bay, Bangor City and Caernarfon Town. We need to be really up for this one against our opponents Llanberis who are always a difficult side to beat. Kick-off at Nantporth is 7.30 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is Matt Bridges and we have been allocated the home changing room.
On Thursday evening we are away to Prestatyn Sports in the Mawddach Challenge Cup. The game will be played at Prestatyn Town FC, kick-off 7.30 pm. We will be in the blue kit and the referee is Peter Kewley. The winners will be at home to Llangefni Town in the semi-finals.
** We will now be in the blue kit Saturday at Llanrwst. Referee for that one is Matt Bridges and after-match hospitality is in the Pen y Bryn.

BACK TO WINNING WAYS
(16/04/16) Tarw reports from St Asaph: The only goal of a hard fought game came on the hour mark as Guto Hughes fed the ball out to Tom Clarke whose cross was volleyed home by Craig Roberts. In the closing stages Mike Lundstrum had a shot cleared off the line and Shaun Lock struck the bar. A good three points for Glan.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

BIG BLOW TO TITLE HOPES
(14/04/16) Glantraeth's title hopes are receding fast following a second successive league defeat. After bossing the opening half-hour that should have seen them a goal or two ahead it was the visitors who opened the scoring on the restart with a quite incredible goal and then go on to comfortably take the three points.
The home side were in commanding form from the kick-off almost taking the lead on two minutes as a powerful drive from Kieren Jeffreys struck the crossbar. Jeffreys and James Bell had further efforts on goal as Glan continued to have the better of play and Llanrug keeper Dylan Roberts was called into action on 22 minutes as he went down well to save from Matty Lock and a minute later did well to push wide an effort from Mark Bridge, Matty Lock heading inches wide from the corner. 42 minutes had gone before the Gwynedd side had a shot on goal as Dylan Owen fired a couple of feet wide.
It was a different story after the break. The half kicked off in sensational fashion as the ball was passed to Dylan Owen and he tried his luck from the halfway line with a shot that debutant keeper Damian Bialozynski got a strong hand to but could only push into the roof of the net. It was a great goal from a Llanrug point of view but a terrible goal for Glan to concede. Thirteen minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors as David Noel Williams' shot from the edge of the area took a strong deflection giving the keeper no chance. It was now the visitors in control and apart from a Craig Roberts header that went close with twelve minutes remaining the Bodorgan side never really looked like rescuing the game.

THIS WEEK'S FIXTURES
(11/04/16) With our backlog of games now having reached nightmarish proportions we host Llanrug United on Thursday evening in a league fixture. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, referee is Terry Atkinson and we are playing in red. On Saturday we travel to face St Asaph City. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Peter Kewley and we are in the blue kit.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,500
(09/04/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 9 & 18. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 23rd April.

ANOTHER GAME OFF
(09/04/16) Today's game away to Prestatyn Sports has been called off by match referee Peter Kewley due to a waterlogged pitch.

GLANTRAETH LOSE & HEALD OFF
(07/04/16) A game that was headed for a highly forgettable goalless draw ended with high drama as Abergele Town won it with virtually the last kick of the game from a penalty kick awarded again keeper Ben Heald who was also red carded by referee Nick Pratt.

REMAINING FIXTURES
(06/04/16) League fixtures to the end of the season have now been added to Fixtures page.

TIME TO CONSIDER CHANGE ?
(05/04/16) With more heavy rain again this week the league now face an enormous challenge to even get the season finished at all. More midweek postponements look possible although our game on the all weather at Llandudno this Thursday should not be a problem. Going into the second week of April we still have fourteen league games left to play, a cup final and are still in the Mawddach Cup. Llanberis are one game worse off again. There is only so much that can be expected of part-time footballers and clubs with a squad of perhaps 16-18 players.
If this is the weather of the future then winter football at our level is no longer going to be feasible and a change to summer football must at least have to be considered. There is still not one 3G pitch on Anglesey and the limited availability of the one at Nantporth hardly helps. Someone needs to take the lead but there is not much sign of that from the FAW.

ON THE ROAD
(04/04/16) Glantraeth are away to Abergele Town on Thursday evening, the game being played on Llandudno FC's 3G pitch. Kick-off is 7.45 pm, referee is Nick Pratt and we are in the red kit. Next Saturday we are away to Prestatyn Sports in the Mawddach Challenge Cup looking for a place in the semi-finals. That will be played on Prestatyn Town FC's Bastion Gardens ground. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Peter Kewley and we are in the blue kit.

LLANRWST GAME OFF
(02/04/16) Following heavy overnight rain today's game at Llanrwst has been called off. Next game is now away to Abergele Town on Thursday evening.

DEADLINE SIGNING
(31/03/16) With the league's deadline for transfers coming into force at midnight tonight Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs has strengthened his squad with the signing of goalkeeper Damian Bialozynski from Llandudno Junction. We would like to thank Junction secretary Gary Cooper for his cooperation in completing the transfer.

LLANRWST AWAY NEXT
(30/03/16) On Saturday we have a league fixture at Llanrwst United. Referee is Robin Williams, we are in the blue kit and kick-off is 2.30 pm. After-match hospitality is at the Pen y Bryn Hotel.

NOT OUR ONLY OSCARS LINK
(30/03/16) Following the appointment of Academy Award nominated movie actress Naomi Watts last month as our new president I was staggered to find out that the club have Oscars connections even closer to home.
One of our followers both at games and on Facebook is Llangefni born Huw Garmon who as an Englishman I have to admit I did not know much about. However, I am a quick and enthusiastic learner and I have made it my business to learn of his achievements as an actor, director and scriptwriter.
Most famous of all was his starring role in the Welsh language film Hedd Wyn in 1992 which was nominated for an Oscar as best foreign language film. I actually bought the DVD and watched it (with subtitles!) last week and it is a very powerful film. Other films he has appeared in are Killer Elite with Robert de Niro and Bride of War. He was a regular in Pobol Y Cwm between 1997 and 2004 in the role of Steffan Humphries and has also written scripts for the programme. In English language roles Huw has also appeared in Coronation Street playing the part of Phil Dunbar in two episodes in 2011 and also Cadfael which starred Derek Jacobi. These are just a few of his many TV and film roles from 1991 to the present day. In recent years he has also taken on a role as lecturer on TV, theatre and performance at Glyndwr University in Wrexham. (SS)

GLAN MAKE A RIGHT MEAL OF IT
(28/03/16) It was a sixth straight win for Glantraeth but not for the first time they made hard work of seeing off opposition that should have been well beaten. Chance after chance went begging and 82 minutes had gone before Barmouth even had a shot on goal so much outplayed where they. Manager Warren Gibbs will be concerned at the failure to kill off a game after enjoying so much possession.
In the opening ten minutes Mike Lundstrum, Gerwyn Jones and Gareth Owen were all narrowly off target from good opportunities before the home side went ahead on 19 minutes as Kelvin Frazer's corner kick from the left found the net, Neil Hughes claiming the final touch (top picture). A good move three minutes later ended with Mark Bridge's header from a Neil Hughes' cross being saved and Shaun Lock was inches wide from a free kick as half-time approached.
Glan keeper Ben Heald was virtually a spectator as Glan continued in complete control although the visitors did have a first attempt on goal on 56 minutes as a shot from Stuart Rogers sailed high and wide. The home side were making real hard work of putting the game to bed with Barmouth keeper Alex Evans going down well to save from Shaun Lock and Craig Whelan but a second goal finally came on 70 minutes as Mark Bridge volleyed home following a Shaun Lock corner (pictured above).
With eight minutes left Heald was called on to make a save for the first time in the game as he comfortably dealt with a shot from Bobby Griffiths but he was beaten five minutes later as Sion Lloyd tried his luck from distance and his wind assisted effort found the target. Glan only had themselves to blame that a game they should have won easily was still not settled until the final whistle blew. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 1
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(26/03/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 13. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th April.

GAME CALLED OFF
(26/03/16) Today's game at home to Llandyrnog United was called off by match referee Gwilym Evans after heavy rain had made the pitch unplayable.

EASTER PROGRAMME
(21/03/16) We have two home league games over the Easter weekend. Next Saturday Llandyrnog United are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, referee is Gwilym Evans and we are in the red kit. On Easter Monday Barmouth & Dyffryn United come to Glantraeth. We will be in the blue kit for that one, kick-off is again 2.30 pm and referee is Peter Kewley.
Our fourth round Mawddach Challenge Cup tie away to Prestatyn Sports will be played on Prestatyn Town's Bastion Road ground on Saturday 9th April.
Midfielder Joe Morgan has re-joined Glantraeth from Glan Conwy while young Luke Owen has been released to join Llanfairpwll.
James Burgess has been transferred to Llangefni Town.

THE RIGHT RESULT BUT...
A GAME BEST FORGOTTEN
(19/03/16) A second successive 5-3 win for Glantraeth but this was hardly a thriller more a bad tempered affair that was no great advert for the Welsh Alliance. Glan allowed themselves to be sucked into the nonsense and paid the price as Kieren Jeffreys was dismissed and manager Warren Gibbs was sent to the stand in the second half.
Losing their concentration was costly to Glan as they gifted the visitors two of their three goals through uncharacteristic errors by two of their most consistent players.
The Anglesey side almost took the lead on four minutes as Matty Lock's header struck the bar but it was the visitors who went ahead six minutes later as Gareth Owen's under hit back pass left keeper Ben Heald stranded and Kieran Ellis took advantage to score. Glan came back strongly, Mike Lundstrum equalising as he struck following a Shaun Lock free kick and on the quarter hour mark they were ahead as Tom Clarke volleyed home from close in.
There was a fracas on the edge of the Glantraeth area on 23 minutes with home keeper Ben Heald receiving a caution and his opposite number Ryan Woods also booked for running the length of the field to join in. Abergele drew level eight minutes before the break as Ian Bennett bent in a free kick that gave Heald no chance but the Glan keeper was at fault on 42 minutes as he missed his clearance and gave Robbie Dunn a simple tap in.
3-2 down it got tougher for the home side as Kieren Jeffreys was dismissed for a second caution early in the second half although it made little difference as they regained their composure and discipline and went on to dominate. On 56 minutes Gareth Owen forced the ball home after Lundstrum headed the ball across goal then Lundstrum struck a post only to get his second and put Glan back in the lead on 77 minutes as he pounced after a Shaun Lock free kick had come back off the keeper. With four minutes remaining Mark Bridge put the result beyond doubt with a fine finish (top picture) but even then the tiresome nonsense wasn't over as following the final whistle a punch was thrown at Heald resulting in a red card for one of the visitors. It was the right result but a game best forgotten.
Glantraeth will now be away to Prestatyn Sports in the next round.

MORE CUP ACTION
(14/03/16) Next Saturday we are at home to Abergele Town in the second round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Terry Atkinson. The winners will go through to the last eight and travel to face St Asaph City or Prestatyn Sports.

TWO SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(12/03/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 8 & 20. There were two winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, Emily Bedden of Gwalchmai & Wilma of Llangefni. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th March.

GLAN WIN CRACKER
(12/03/16) A thrilling Mawddach Cup game on Bangor's 3G pitch tonight ended in a 5-3 win for Glantraeth after extra-time. Abergele Town will now be the visitors to Glantraeth in the second round next Saturday.
Trearddur Bay struck first after 14 minutes through a stunning volley from Asa Thomas only for Glan to level on the half-hour mark as Matty Lock saw the keeper off his line and finished with a perfectly executed lob into the unguarded net. Bay struck first soon after the break to go back in front as Jordie Murphy finished after a scramble in the Glan goalmouth. With the game flowing from end to end further goals looked certain and it was Shaun Lock with a fiercely struck drive on 51 minutes that pulled the home side level. Glan had a let off on 66 minutes as keeper Ben Heald made a tremendous save from Curt Williams penalty kick. With six minutes remaining Craig Roberts looked to have put Glantraeth through with a fine finish but with the game in the fourth minute of added time Bay pushed forward in numbers and it was Richard Williams at the far post converting a right flank cross to end normal time three goals apiece.
Extra-time saw Craig Roberts get a second then a terrific curler into the top corner from Kelvin Frazer on 117 minutes ended Bay's challenge.

CHANGE OF VENUE
(07/03/16) Because of concerns about the pitch being playable next Saturday our home Mawddach Challenge Cup game with Trearddur Bay United has been switched to Bangor City FC's 3G pitch with a 6.15 pm kick-off. The bar at Nantporth will be open after the game.

LLANFAIRPWLL 0 GLANTRAETH 1
(05/03/16) It took Glantraeth an hour to break down the stubborn resistance of bottom side Llanfairpwll and with only the one goal to show the visitors were thankful to hear the final whistle and bag the three points.
As expected it was mainly one way traffic in the opening forty five minutes with a mixture of some committed defending from Llanfair and some glaring misses from Glan keeping the scoreline goalless at the break.
In the opening six minutes Craig Roberts and Kelvin Frazer both shot over from good positions then Frazer had a shot kicked off the line and keeper Connor Hughes made a tremendous save from James Bell. From the corner Llanfair twice cleared shots of the goalline as the pressure intensified.
Sensing Glantraeth's frustration the home side began the second half in lively fashion and began to threaten a little more but it was the Bodorgan side who came close to taking the lead on 54 minutes as a tremendous rising drive from Tom Clarke was only inches too high. This was proving anything but a pushover for the visitors and a reminder of the dangers came three minutes later as Llanfair's Iwan Williams connected perfectly with a volley only for the ball to strike a defender.
Coming up to the hour mark manager Warren Gibbs brought on substitute Shaun Lock and almost immediately his long throw was never properly cleared and Kieren Jeffreys' shot from just outside the area beat the home keeper to finally break the deadlock (pictured). Fine saves from Jeffreys and Gerwyn Jones followed as Glan pushed for a second but there were still one or two nervy moments before the end as the home side sensed they could still get something from the game. Final score: Llanfairpwll 0 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

'TOO DANGEROUS'
(28/02/16) It was disappointing to lose another game yesterday and although cynics from the opposition camp were suggesting on social media that we wanted the game off the truth was that even the Bernabeu groundsman could have not have made that pitch playable yesterday. I suppose the reaction was hardly surprising after several dry days and we have to admit we still have a drainage issue at the canteen end but the damage done by playing the Pwllheli game the previous weekend in farcical conditions was always going to have an impact.
There was no reason for us to want the game off, we are already falling well behind leaders Llangefni Town in games played. Although manager Warren Gibbs would have missed the game he had named a strong squad with only Guto Hughes of the recent starters missing. All of the Glan players named would have been just as disappointed as any Llanrug player at the postponement and perhaps just as surprised. For this reason we ensured that a Welsh Alliance referee Allan Rowlands was called in to make the final decision and his advice to match official Tony Moore was that parts of the pitch were too dangerous to play on. You can be sure that those that were most vocal in complaining at the game not going ahead would have been first to complain if they had been injured due to the pitch. The fact is you just can't win in these situations and it quite likely we would have reacted the same if a game had been called off elsewhere on what was a perfect winter's day for football. Anyway, we move on.
Next Saturday we are away in a local derby to Llanfairpwll, kick-off 2.30 pm. We will be in the red kit and the referee is Robin Williams. After match hospitality is at the Penrhos Arms.

THREE SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(28/02/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 8 & 16. There were three winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, Ann Lovelock of Llanfairpwll, Karl Owen of Newborough & Margaret Evans of Bodedern. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th March.

WARREN STRENGTHENS SQUAD FOR RUN-IN
(25/02/16) With three games a week in April the inevitable outcome of our fixture backlog manager Warren Gibbs has recently acted to strengthen his squad with the signings of two of the most talented young players in the area. Striker Phil Warrington (pictured) has joined from Bangor City were he was a member of the first team squad. Based in Penygroes 20 year old Phil was previously with Nantlle Vale and Caernarfon Town. Also signed is midfielder James Bell from Caernarfon Town. James is 19 and has also played with Bethel. Going the other way is Jamie Steel who has returned to Sweden to sign for Karlslunds IF.

NAOMI WATTS TO VISIT GLANTRAETH ?
(23/02/16) Since we received word that world famous movie actress Naomi Watts had accepted the position of president of Glantraeth on February 2nd through an email from her manager Jason Weinberg, her words being she "would be very excited to do this", the media interest has been nothing short of phenomenal. I have been in regular communication with her Hollywood based publicist Robin Baum over the past few days and this evening Robin sent through the following quote from Naomi as to why she has accepted the position as president of the club:
"I have great memories of my time growing up in Bodorgan, so when I was approached to be the president of the Glantraeth Football Club, I was obviously thrilled. My family and I hope to make it back down there to one of the games in the near future, so that I can support the team and show my children how beautiful Wales is."
Naomi is pictured right as a schoolgirl in Bodorgan where she attended Ysgol Bodorgan then Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni. I will be sending a letter of welcome to Naomi and hopefully we might see her at Glantraeth sometime in the future. (SS)

BACK TO LEAGUE ACTION
(23/02/16) Saturday's hard fought win against Pwllheli didn't do the pitch a lot of good. It was already very heavy but playable at the morning inspection but non-stop rain throughout the day meant parts ended up looking like a paddy field. This is the risk of playing games in this weather and referee Peter Kewley did well to get the game played at all although understandably being a man down there were some half hearted appeals by the Pwllheli players to have the game abandoned. We just hope we still have a groundsman after playing in those conditions!
We are in the Cookson Cup Final however, a competition we have never won, and the final we now know will be played on Conwy Borough's ground on Wednesday 30th March, kick-off 7.30 pm.
Ground permitting we are at home to Llanrug United next Saturday in a league fixture. Please note kick-off for that one is 2.30 pm and the referee is Tony Moore assisted by Alex Wharton and Patrick Satelle.
Apologies that no matchday programmes have been produced recently because of the uncertainty of games going ahead.

MAGNIFICENT EFFORT BY TEN MAN PWLLHELI BUT IT'S...
GLAN IN COOKSON CUP FINAL
(20/02/16) There was a sensational start to the game as Pwllheli's Carl Jones was sent off after just six minutes by referee Peter Kewley for foul and abusive language. Any ideas that Glan would then be in for an easy ride to the final were to prove anything but the case as the afternoon unfolded with the visitors coming close to pulling off an astounding victory against all the odds with keeper Jiri Kobr and player manager Jason Jones at the heart of a heroic defensive performance and Mark Jones making the most of the two opportunities that came his way in attack.
The home side had a great chance to take the lead on 18 minutes as Craig Roberts found Kelvin Frazer in space but with the whole goal gaping his volley struck the underside of the crossbar. Roles were reversed as Glantraeth took the lead on the thirty minute mark as Roberts met a Frazer cross with a neat header at the near post.
Five minutes into the second half the home side were shocked as a ball in from the left found Mark Jones unmarked and he made no mistake with a cleanly struck finish. It was the signal for Glan to step up the pressure with Craig Roberts seeing his shot come back off a post then Kobr saved a powerful Mark Bridge shot and Frazer volleyed inches over. The action was now almost totally centred around the visitor's penalty area which the incessant rain had now turned into a quagmire with appeals being made to referee Kewley to call the game off. There was some heroic last ditch defending by Pwllheli in the face of a constant barrage with Kobr again the saviour as he kept out shots from Guto Hughes and Jamie Bell.
After all this pressure there was virtual disbelief in the home camp as with fourteen minutes remaining Mark Jones ran at the home defence and found the bottom corner to put Pwllheli 2-1 ahead and heading for an unlikely win.
With events looking to be turning against them Glan to their credit continued to throw everything at a Pwllheli defence who were looking like they might hold out and the breakthrough came ten minutes from time at Tom Clarke's left foot shot found the net and with the home side pouring forward in numbers the winner came four minutes later as Sean Davies slid in to convert a left wing cross from Guto Hughes (top picture). Final score: Glantraeth 3 Pwllheli 2
In the Cookson Cup Final Glantraeth will meet Llanfairpwll or Llanberis.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

GAME ON
(19/02/16) Despite falling behind with our league games we have an early chance to reach a cup final on Saturday when Pwllheli are the visitors in the Cookson Cup. Mark Bridge's former club are currently lying in eighth place and will be no pushovers, we need another strong performance like last Saturday. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley assisted by Tomos Barker and Steve Cockram.

ONE £1,000 JACKPOT WINNER
(14/02/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 13 & 14. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, J.Davis of Caernarfon. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th February.

GLANTRAETH THROUGH TO SEMIS
(13/02/16) A dominant second half display saw Glantraeth overcome Glan Conwy by two goals to nil and will now be at home to Pwllheli next Saturday in a Cookson Cup semi-final. The opening forty-five minutes were fairly even and hardly great entertainment on a very difficult pitch and there were 26 minutes gone before a real goal chance materialised as Mark Bridge broke clear for the home side but failed to take advantage. It sparked further goalmouth action with Kelvin Frazer having a shot deflected over then Conwy keeper Rory Crowther pulled off a tremendous diving save as Tom Clarke met a Guto Hughes corner. For the visitors John Blundell went close four minutes before the break as he chanced his arm with a shot from just outside the area that clipped the top of the bar.
Kyle Robb for the visitors threatened on the restart but then Glantraeth began to take control with Tom Clarke sending in a superb free kick that struck the underside of the bar before bouncing down on the goal line. The pressure paid off on 65 minutes as the Anglesey side took a deserved lead, Gerwyn Jones rising above everyone to meet a corner from Guto Hughes and send in a powerful header that gave Crowther no chance. Glantraeth were being wasteful of chances and should have been further ahead but had to wait until five minutes from time for Mark Bridge to make it 2-0 with a neat finish after the visitors had failed to clear following a long throw from Shaun Lock.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

TRY AGAIN
(08/02/16) Our Cookson Cup game at home to Glan Conwy will now be played next Saturday weather permitting. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Allan Rowlands. The winners will be at home to Pwllheli the following Saturday in the semi-finals.

GAME OFF
(06/02/16) Today's game at home to Glan Conwy has been called off by match referee Terry Atkinson due to a waterlogged pitch.

NAOMI WATTS THE FULL STORY...SO FAR
(05/02/16) Since I opened an email early Tuesday morning confirming Hollywood movie star Naomi Watts had accepted our request to be president of the club and put a small piece on our website it has been sheer madness. Myself and the chairman have spent most of the week dealing with requests for quotes and interviews from the press, radio and TV. Key 'Naomi Watts Glantraeth' into Google and you will see what I mean. The story has gone global in a way even I could not have envisaged. I have been in hour by hour contact with Naomi's publicist Robin Baum who is based on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and she is currently discussing requests for interviews about the story with Naomi. Robin is one of the top three publicists in Hollywood representing Johnny Depp (pictured with Robin), Orlando Bloom and Ryan Gosling amongst others. I have put three requests for interview forward to Robin from BBC Radio Wales, BBC TV's Victoria Derbyshire Show and ITV 's Good Morning Britain so expect to hear Naomi talking about accepting the role of president over the next few days. Gareth our chairman has been interviewed on Radio Cymru while I have been on BBC Radio Wales and Talksport and will be on the beIN Sport TV Channel based in Qatar this evening via a video link talking to Richard Keys and Andy Gray. Glantraeth players Guto Hughes and Mark Bridge were also interviewed at training on Wednesday for a feature on S4C. It is wonderful publicity for the club and as many media people have said to me - a nice story.
How did it all come about? The comment I made when interviewed 'if you don't ask, you don't get' will stick with me forever as it has been quoted all over the world alongside this story but it's true.
When Sir George Meyrick stood down in the summer after twenty years as president we had to consider who might succeed him. We felt it should be someone reasonably high profile with local connections. We considered a few names and I mentioned that Naomi Watts lived in Bodorgan between the ages of ten to fourteen and went to the local village school. It was clear from comments she has made in the past that living here with her nain and taid was a really happy period of her life so I felt renewing a connection with this area of Anglesey might appeal to her. I am sure the rest of our committee thought I was daft when I suggested we write to her and ask her to be president.
An Internet search revealed her manager was Jason Weinberg. I emailed him several weeks ago requesting that he pass on an attached letter to Naomi but heard nothing back. Last week I sent a cheeky email saying 'it would be nice if I got the courtesy of a reply to our polite request.' He could easily have taken offence but he didn't. He replied that he was sorry and could I send the letter again. I did and got a reply saying 'leave it with me' which sounded promising. As soon as Naomi accepted the position of president and the story broke a whole chain of people in Los Angeles were brought into the loop and I have found myself dealing with some really big names in Hollywood and drawn into a world that I had only read about in the past. It has been surreal to say the least but also exciting. A pint in the Joiners tonight is going to seem pretty tame.
Meanwhile we welcome Naomi to the club, I will be sending her a letter shortly saying just that. It is an honorary position, her name will go on our letterhead as president, on the website and in the matchday programme and she will be sent a newsletter detailing the club's progress at the end of the season just as we did with Sir George. If she wants to take a more active role that will be more than welcome but as I believe she now lives in New York it will very much be a long distance relationship. (Stan Strickland)

SEMI-FINAL PLACE AT STAKE
(04/02/16) Briefly returning to Planet Earth following the media hysteria generated by the Naomi Watts story we are due to be at home to Glan Conwy this Saturday in the Cookson Cup, the winners will host Pwllheli in the semi-final. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Terry Atkinson. At present the pitch is playable.

HOLLYWOOD COMES TO GLANTRAETH
(02/02/16) The club are delighted to announce that Hollywood movie actress Naomi Watts has agreed to become the new President of Glantraeth, in fact she has told us in an email from LA that she is 'very excited' to be taking on this honorary position in the club. Naomi, who was born in Kent, has been nominated on more than one occasion for an Academy Award for Best Actress and is perhaps most well known for starring in the David Lynch thriller Mulholland Drive and the 2005 re-make of King Kong. She is also a great friend of Nicole Kidman. Her connection with Bodorgan comes about through the happy times she spent as a child living with her grandparents Nikki and Hugh Roberts at their farm in Llangristiolus on Anglesey. Naomi succeeds Sir George Meyrick who recently stood down after twenty years as president. We expect to have further contact with Naomi over the next few days.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(23/01/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 13, 17 & 19. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th February.

FIRST DEFEAT FOR GLANTRAETH
(23/01/16) Glantraeth went down to their first league defeat of the season this afternoon as they failed to overcome Glan Conwy and their notorious Cae Ffwt pitch, the only goal of the game coming in the 14th minute as a low shot from Alan Davies found the net. An uninspired display by the Anglesey side in which they failed to trouble the home defence enough deserved little better. There was further bad news for the visitors as captain Gareth Owen was sent off in the second half along with Glan Conwy's Joe Morgan.
Glantraeth have requested that next Saturday's game at home to Trearddur Bay United be cancelled as it clashes with the funeral of long serving committeeman Len Jones.

LEN JONES R.I.P.
(22/01/16) Everyone at Glantraeth is saddened to hear that long serving committeeman Len Jones passed away last night in Ysbyty Gwynedd. Len was one of the founding members of the club in 1984 and even though in poor health was still attending games and taking gate money until only a few weeks ago. He was a great fundraiser and also a former chairman of the club. Len was a leading member of the community as deacon of Sardis Chapel in Malltraeth until its closure. He was one of our most vocal supporters and will be well known to most match officials! We offer our deepest sympathy to his son Aled and family. There will be a minute's silence at our next home game.

ONE HELL OF A GAME
(17/01/16) Well that was some game. In truth a game we should have won comfortably based on possession, control and chances but you cannot get away with lapses in concentration and basic mistakes against a side as good as Bay. On the positive side we showed tremendous character to come back from two down after being reduced to ten men. In truth I expected referee Gwilym Evans to only play three or four minutes of added time despite numerous stoppages in the second half but to his credit he played almost ten and either side could have won it in that extended period.
Llangefni again took advantage and although we have games in hand there is nothing like having points in the bag as they say so we have much still to do to stay in contention. I have finally gotten round to updating league table.
Next Saturday, weather allowing, we are at Glan Conwy, another difficult trip. They are going well. We will be in the red kit, kick-off is 2.00 pm and the ref is Arwyn Griffiths. (SS)

STILL UNBEATEN....JUST!
(16/01/16) Glantraeth maintained their unbeaten record through a 94th minute header from Gareth Owen in a crazy eight goal thriller at Trearddur Bay this afternoon.
Some kamikaze defending in the opening half-hour by the visitors saw Bay stroll into a three goal lead. Although the Bodorgan side were having more of the possession Bay's quick counter attacking was causing problems. They took the lead in the 9th minute as a free kick caught the Glan defence sleeping as Jordie Murphy broke clear to shoot home. Glan responded with Matty Lock having a shot cleared off the line and Kieren Jeffreys seeing his effort deflected wide. The resulting corner saw Bay break quickly as the visitors were caught short of numbers at the back, Murphy getting his second. A minute later there was no hiding place for debutant keeper Ceirion Hall as he placed the ball straight at the feet of Craig Moore who could hardly miss. Three down Glan had a mountain to climb but a goal from Mark Bridge on 32 minutes lifted the visitors who now began to pound the home goal. The second half was one way traffic, keeper Bryan Roberts going full length to save from James Burgess, but he could do nothing on 51 minutes as Lock's header struck the underside of the bar and Gareth Owen followed up to score. A fantastic move a minute later deserved an equaliser, Jamie Steel meeting a Bridge cross and heading inches over. Roberts was constantly in action in the home goal diving to save from Bridge and at this stage it looked only a matter of time before Glan levelled but once again they shot themselves in the foot, Tom Clarke failing to clear his lines leaving Moore to take advantage. It seemed all over for the visitors just past the hour mark as Sean Davies was dismissed for a second caution but there was no faulting the effort from Glantraeth and Roberts continued to be far the busier keeper with Hall little more than a spectator at the other end. With fifteen minutes remaining substitute Kelvin Frazer smashed the ball home after Burgess had headed the ball on. It was game on again. Bay were hanging on with Neil Hughes heading wide and Lock having a shot saved at point blank range. Bay's Asa Thomas was dismissed near the end for a second yellow and with the game in added time it looked as if Glan's unbeaten record would go only for Gareth Owen to rise to meet a Jamie Steel corner and dramatically head home a thoroughly deserved equaliser. Final score: Trearddur Bay Utd 4 Glantraeth 4

WARREN SIGNS ON NEW KEEPER
(13/01/16) Manager Warren Gibbs has completed the signing of keeper Ceirion Hall from Caernarfon Town. The 19 year old from Talysarn has also been with Nantlle Vale. We thank Iwan Williams and Geraint Jones at Caernarfon for their assistance.

POINTS SHARED
(12/01/16) Tonight's top of the table clash at Talwrn Road between Llangefni Town and Glantraeth ended in a 1-1 draw, a fair result in a game in which both sides had their moments. On a very heavy pitch and in blustery conditions Glan took the lead on 20 minutes as Craig Roberts ran clear and held his nerve to finish clinically. Within a minute of the restart the home side were level as a free kick from Iwan Jones appeared to deflect in off Andrew Sinclair. Mark Bridge for Glan and Anthony Hughes for Cefni both had great chances to give their side the advantage in the second period, Bridge firing wide when clean through and Hughes' dipping shot from close range just over. Glantraeth are now the only unbeaten side in the division.

JULIE WINS £1,000
(09/01/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2,5 & 20. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Julie of Hermon. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 23rd January.

LLANDYRNOG GAME OFF
(09/01/16) Today's home game with Llandyrnog United has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

TODAY'S GAME OFF
(18/12/15) Today's home game with Llanrug United has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

JANUARY FIXTURES
(15/12/15) The fixtures page has now been updated until the end of January.

CAUSES FOR CONCERN
(15/12/15) With the increased ground grading requirements for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance expected to come into force for 2017-18 season you wonder just what is the future for Welsh Alliance clubs. It appears that the demand that all clubs have floodlights might have been put back but the Criteria A requirement of having a ground with seating for 250 is unlikely to be met by any club currently in the Welsh Alliance with the exception of Llangefni Town. They are by some distance the biggest club in the league, no other club has a ground that comes close. Apart from them it is difficult to see any other clubs from 2017 onwards meeting the latest criteria in the foreseeable future with stagnation the eventual outcome as promotion from the Welsh Alliance becomes less and less likely to happen. You also wonder just how many clubs already in the higher league will meet these ground requirements, certainly several don't at present.
Another cause for concern is that Welsh Alliance clubs have still not received grant application forms to carry out ground improvements this season amidst reports that the FAW are intent on a large percentage of that third tier grant money being diverted to the Huws Gray Alliance in order to help clubs make the improvements necessary to meet the criteria for future membership. If the FAW want to make more money available for the higher league fine, let them finance it themselves, rather than targeting the already small pot of grant money previously available to our league. (SS)

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(12/12/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4,9 & 10. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th January.

GAME OFF YET AGAIN
(11/12/15) Please be advised that we have been instructed by Anglesey County Council that NO GAME is to be played at Trearddur Bay due to the saturation and condition of the field until further notice. We apologise for this situation but having inspected the pitch our-selfs again this evening and taking into account tomorrows forecast of more torrential rain we have no option but to abide by the decision.
Regards Gwilym Owen, secretary Trearddur Bay FC.

ANOTHER GAME OFF
(04/12/15) Tomorrow's game at Llanrwst United is off as the pitch is under water.

ALAN WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(28/11/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,10 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Alan Hughes of Llanfairpwll. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th December.

TODAY'S GAME CALLED OFF
(28/11/15) Match referee Mike Gillham has called off today's game at Llandyrnog.

GAME OFF
(25/11/15) Tonight's game at Llangefni Town has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

SHOCKER
(22/11/15) Not sure who were more surprised yesterday, Corwen at winning or us at losing. Good luck to them in the next round they fought to the end but it was a game we should not be losing. It was a shocker and a reminder we cannot take any opposition lightly. Of the only four games we have not won this season we were leading in them all as the game entered added time. Frustrating to say the least.
We will need a far better performance on Wednesday evening when we face current leaders Llangefni Town at Talwrn Road. Just as Warren is doing a great job at Glantraeth our former manager Chris Roberts is doing an equally fine job at Cefni and the recent Welsh Cup game suggests it will be another closely fought encounter. Certainly a win there would not only see us back on top but put us in a great position as the league approaches its halfway stage so there should be no shortage of motivation.
Kick-off is 7.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the referee is Matt Bridges. (SS)

GLANTRAETH GO OUT OF TROPHY
(21/11/15) Corwen pulled off what might well go down as the shock of the round as two goals in added time gave them a 3-2 victory. It was a game that could have gone either way with both keepers having a strong claim for man of the match. The home side had the greater possession and the lion's share of goal chances but the visitors were always dangerous going forward and Glan have only themselves to blame for losing after a scrappy performance that was well below their best.
The visitors went ahead in the ninth minute as Glan gave the ball away cheaply in the opposition half and were caught short at the back with Ryan Jones applying the finishing touch. The home side mounted increasing pressure on the Corwen goal as they looked to pull level with Kieren Jeffreys and Gareth Owen going close but it was five minutes into the second half before they got their reward as Tom Clarke's left foot shot from a Guto Hughes cross found the net (top picture). Corwen responded and it took two fine saves from Dave Vickers to keep out shots from Will Roberts and Ryan Jones.
On 61 minutes Glan took the lead as a brilliant run by Kieren Jeffreys carved open the Corwen defence leaving Mike Lundstrum a simple tap-in and with fifteen minutes remaining Jeffreys hit a screamer that whistled inches over and a Matty Lock header on 87 minutes brought a tremendous save from keeper Jamie Bodden.
With the game going into added time Corwen shocked the home support as Ryan Jones pulled it back to 2-2 with his second of the game. It was the signal for Glan to throw everything at the Corwen defence with Sion Hughes clearing off the line then Gareth Owens saw an effort pass narrowly the wrong side of a post. With the home side pressing and five minutes of additional time played the visiting supporters were shouting for referee Allan Rowlands to whistle but their anxiety soon changed to joy as a quick break upfield saw a looping header from Dale Davies find the net and give the Welsh National League side a sensational last ditch win.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.

JOE RELEASED
(18/11/15) Glantraeth have agreed to release experienced midfielder Joe Morgan to join Glan Conwy. Good luck Joe.

KICK-OFF NOW 1.30 PM
(17/11/15) Next Saturday we are at home to Corwen in the FAW Trophy attempting to reach the last sixteen. The FAW have now realised that a 2.00 pm kick-off could cause problems with light if a tie goes to extra-time so have recommended a 1.30 pm kick-off.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(14/11/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,15 & 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 28th October.

FOUR FOR BRIDGE AS GLAN HIT FIVE

(14/11/15) Glan finished 5-1 winners despite playing for over seventy minutes with only ten men as Shaun Lock turned from last week's five goal hero to villain after being sent off in the 18th minute for an off the ball incident seen by an assistant referee.
The home side began strongly with Gerwyn Jones, Tom Clarke and Kieren Jeffreys all threatening then a ball in from Ryan Davies was spilled against a post by Llanrwst keeper Adam Redrop. The visitors replied through a shot from Al Roberts that wasn't far wide. The game, being played in increasingly windy conditions, had gone scrappy but a free kick from Tom Clarke on 39 minutes that passed inches wide livened up proceedings and three minutes later the home side went ahead as a corner from Clarke found Mark Bridge free at the far post and he leathered the ball home for the opener.
Glan went two up on 57 minutes as a Jeffrey's free kick was headed home by Matty Lock and a third came fourteen minutes later as a long ball upfield by keeper Dave Vickers was controlled by Bridge before lobbing the ball over the keeper. With twelve minutes remaining Vickers made a tremendous save from Llanrwst sub Callum Parry before play quickly switched to the other end where Bridge completed his hat-trick with a fine finish. On 86 minutes Bridge made it 5-0 with another clinical strike. A late flourish from the visitors saw Bryn Jenkins get a goal back and Dan Lycett bring another good save from Vickers.

GAME ON
(14/11/15) After a 10 am pitch inspection today's game at home to Llanrwst United is on. Kick-off 2.00 pm.

CHANGE OF FIXTURE
(08/11/15) Because of postponements in the Cookson Cup on Saturday our fixture on Saturday 28th November has now changed. Instead of being away to Glan Conwy we are now away to Llandyrnog United.

ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
(08/11/15) Shaun Lock's five goals for Glantraeth yesterday means he joins an elite group. Previously only four players had scored more than four goals in a game: Club legend Ian Fidler, Nigel Moore and Darren Pritchard also with five while the all-time record is held by Richie Evans who scored seven in a 19-1 demolition of Glan Conwy back in 2002.
Warren made a few changes for the game which saw a debut for Geraint Mitchell but after an evenly fought opening half-hour that saw Dyrnog arguably have the better chances Glan ran away with the game and could well have gone into double figures. Llandyrnog are going through a difficult period at present although it's only a couple of weeks back they ran current leaders Llangefni close but they are a good club and will come back strong for sure.
Next Saturday we have a league fixture at Llanrwst United. Don't forget to allow for the roadworks at the Penmaenbach Tunnel. We are in the blue away kit, referee is Gordon Boyd and kick-off is 2.00 pm. After-match hospitality is at the Pen-y-Bryn.

FIVE FOR SHAUN AS DYRNOG HIT FOR NINE
(07/11/15) It took just 51 seconds for Glantraeth to take the lead as Shaun Lock was on hand to finish after Mark Bridge had cut in and crossed from the right. On twenty minutes Dyrnog were close to pulling level as home keeper Ben Heald did well to keep out a close range effort from Dan Jones then saw his wind assisted kick upfield strike a post. The visitors were giving a good account of themselves at this stage but went further behind on the half-hour mark as Glan scored again through the same combo as before, Shaun Lock side footing home a Bridge cross. It got worse for the visitors five minutes later as Lock completed his hat-trick with a powerful drive that gave Goldston no chance. Bridge struck the bar three minutes before the break but it was only a brief respite for Dyrnog as Matty Lock got a fourth a minute later.
Kieran Jeffreys got his name on the scoresheet two minutes into the second half with an inch perfect strike just inside an upright to make it 5-0 and four minutes later got his second as he rifled home a shot that near burst the net, Shaun Lock couldn't stop scoring and added two more in the 65th and 69th minutes
The visitors got a goal back on 74 minutes through a low shot from Josh Parry but within a minute Glan replied through a second from Matty Lock. Dyrnog held out for the final fifteen minutes to avoid the indignity of a double figure defeat.
Final score: Glantraeth 9 Llandyrnog United 1

DECEMBER FIXTURES
(05/11/15) Fixtures for December have now been uploaded to fixtures page.

LEAGUE CUP ACTION
(04/11/15) It's Cookson Cup first round action next Saturday with Llandyrnog United faced with the unenviable task of negotiating the seemingly never-ending A55 roadworks on their journey to Glantraeth. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Terry Atkinson. It is a competition just for Division One clubs and the nearest we have come to winning it was in 2002-2003 season when we were beaten finalists. Darren Jones will miss the game due to a one game ban for his 'handball' against Junction.

FREE WEEKEND
(30/10/15) Because of some clubs still being involved in the Welsh Cup this weekend we have ended up the odd one out in the scheduled league programme so have no game.

ONE £1,000 WINNER
(24/10/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5,6 & 16. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, John Williams of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th November.

JUNCTION SNATCH DRAW AT DEATH

(24/10/15) Once again Junction escaped through a controversial refereeing decision with the final kick of the game just as happened last season when Glan were denied a last gap winner at the Flyover. This time it was ref Simon Newport that declared that home defender Darren Jones had intentionally handled after the ball had been blasted at him from barely a yard away. A furious Jones, apparently a man who can catch bullets in flight, was then red carded to add insult to injury. Junction's best player Joel Hewitt put away the spot kick to make the final score 2-2. To be fair and despite the controversy a draw was probably the right result, Glantraeth having the better chances until Junction came back strongly in the final half-hour.
Glantraeth were first to threaten as Craig Whelan flashed a low shot just wide in the third minute then Hewitt fired over for the visitors. Glan had a great chance on 13 minutes as Mark Bridge received the ball unmarked on the edge of the area but failed to control the ball quickly enough and keeper Gwidion Owen was able to smother the ball. Junction took the lead five minutes later as Tom Clarke slipped in going for the ball letting in Ross Jones to cross for Dean Seager to score. On 25 minutes Glantraeth levelled as a superb driven cross from Guto Hughes was met by Mark Bridge. Eight minutes into the second half Guto Hughes struck a post for the home side (top picture) but Junction then began to have their best spell of the game as they put Glan under pressure but the defence held firm and the home side went in front on 79 minutes as a long throw from Shaun Lock was flicked on by Ryan Davies for Craig Whelan to head home. It took a fine save from Ben Heald on 83 minutes to prevent a Junction goal after a shot had deflected off Ryan Davies. But with the game in the third minute of added time and Glan looking like increasing their lead at the top it all changed on a decision of a referee.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

GERAINT SIGNS ON FOR GLANTRAETH
(22/10/15) Having now recovered from long term injury 29 year old defender Geraint Mitchell has signed for Glantraeth. Geraint has Welsh Premier League experience with Porthmadog and Llangefni Town and last played with Caernarfon Town.

ALLIANCE MATCH OF THE DAY
(20/10/15) Not much doubting where the main Welsh Alliance action is next Saturday when the top two Division One sides meet at Glantraeth. Llandudno Junction are the opponents for what promises to be a fascinating encounter between two evenly matched sides. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Simon Newport assisted by Rhys Williams & William Bradfield.

HOME TO CORWEN
(19/10/15) In the fourth round of the FAW Trophy we have been drawn at home to Welsh National League Premier Division side Corwen. Tie to be played on Saturday 21st November. Two other ties of local interest see Aberffraw away to Llandudno Junction and Gwalchmai at home to Trearddur Bay.
Fixtures page has been updated until end of November.

GOALS FROM GERWYN AND MATTY ENSURE NO TROPHY UPSET

(17/10/15) In a FAW Trophy tie with potential upset written all over it Glantraeth came through against a Llanllyfni side that refused to give up after twice falling two goals in arrears.
Right from the start it was clear that Glan were fired up for this one as they threw everything at the home side with the home keeper constantly in action. On 9 minutes James Burgess headed on for Mark Bridge who saw his shot come back off the bar and Bridge had another effort blocked two minutes later following a long throw-in from Shaun Lock. Lock's long throws were rewarded in the 13th minute as Gerwyn Jones headed home to give Glan an early lead (top picture) and four minutes later Bridge was inches wide with a header. With twenty minutes gone little had been seen of Llanllyfni as an attacking threat but they almost pulled level on 22 minutes as keeper Ben Heald twice had to make crucial reaction saves from Terry Watkinson and Rob Daniels. The near misses lifted the home side and they pulled level on the half-hour mark as Alan Mark Owen beat the offside trap to finish well but their joy was short-lived as Gerwyn Jones got his second for the visitors two minutes later, heading home a free kick taken by Ben Heald (next to top picture).
Seven minutes into the second half Shaun Lock was only inches away from finishing off a cross from Burgess but Lock had better luck on 58 minutes as his powerfully driven free kick set up Matty Lock to put Glan 3-1 ahead. In what was turning into a cracking cup tie Llanllyfni came back again as a great free kick from Chris Parry was converted at the far post by Mathew Davies. With nine minutes remaining Glan looked like they might have secured their place in the fourth round as a stunning Matty Lock half-volley from 25 yards out gave the keeper no chance (pictured above). Again the home side came back as in the third minute of added time Alan Mark Owen got another to make the final score 4-3 to the Anglesey side. It had been a great effort by the Division Two side but there could be no argument that over the ninety minutes Glan deserved the win.
One big plus for Glantraeth was the first appearance of Ryan Davies after almost a year out and looking like he had never been away.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.

WELSH TROPHY TIME
(13/10/15) Next Saturday we have a classic cup game when we enter the FAW Trophy for the first time. As one of the leading teams in Division Two Llanllyfni will be going flat out to put one over the Division One leaders. We will need to be at our most competitive cos we can be damn sure they will be. Any thoughts we can go through in cruise control should be banished right now, this could well be our toughest game so far this season.
The game at Cae Brenin Sior V kicks-off at 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Peter Owen assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Graham Hannah. After-match hospitality is at The Goat in Penygroes.

SIR GEORGE STANDS DOWN AS PRESIDENT AFTER TWENTY YEARS
(12/10/15) Twenty years after accepting the position Sir George Meyrick of Bodorgan Hall has decided to stand down as president of the club. He sent his good wishes and said how much he has enjoyed his long association with the club. We in turn have thanked him for his support and patronage over that period. From a PR point of view we will now be looking for someone in the public eye with local Bodorgan connections past or present to take over this honorary role.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(10/10/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,15 & 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 24th October.

BRACE FROM BURGESS SETS GLANTRAETH ON WAY TO ANOTHER THREE POINTS
(10/10/15) Two goals from James Burgess and one from Shaun Lock secured a 3-1 win at Barmouth this afternoon to keep up Glan's unbeaten start to the season. On a lush carpet of a pitch it was Glantraeth that dominated the opening forty-five minutes despite playing against a very strong wind. Tom Clarke was only inches over with a dipping shot on seven minutes and five minutes later Burgess volleyed just wide. Only a fine tackle from Barmouth's Tom Andrews prevented Burgess converting a Shaun Lock cross on the half-hour mark but Glan took a well deserved lead on 36 minutes as Burgess scored with a glancing header after a long ball in from Darren Jones. With only a minute of the half left Barmouth had not had one shot on goal but their luck was in as referee Tony Moore adjudged Gareth Owen had fouled in the area as he went up for a high ball and awarded the home side a penalty. It looked a very harsh decision but the kick was powerfully converted by Paul Lewis to send the teams in level at the break.
Gareth Owen twice went close for Glan at the start of the second period then had to make a great tackle at the other end to prevent Lewis getting in a shot. Barmouth were playing far better against the elements and the game was now more even but there was a mass appeal for a penalty by the Glan players on 74 minutes following a blatant push on Mark Bridge in the area but this time the match official was not so vigilant. There was justice however as within a minute Tom Clarke cut in from the left, beat a defender and crossed for Burgess to score his second from close range. With time almost up Burgess made a great run down the left and tried to put a goal on a plate for Bridge but the pass was intercepted. The ball had hardly been cleared before Shaun Lock had a direct run on goal and this time there was no mistake as he made a neat finish past the advancing keeper.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

ROUGH JUSTICE
(04/10/15) It might be going too far to say we were robbed of victory yesterday but certainly there was a great sense of injustice at the amount of added time played by the ref in a game of few hold-ups. Guilsfield will of course be delighted and we wish them well in the next round. They are a good side but apart from a shot that hit a post they had rarely got a sight of keeper Ben Heald all afternoon such was our defensive stranglehold until that late strike gave them the advantage. Whatever other sources might say I had the game on my stopwatch and 96 minutes had already passed when they scored and a remark made by the ref to Ben suggested he was quite pleased that his timekeeping had resulted in a goal.
It was a tremendous effort by the lads and so close to another win and yet another clean sheet especially as the squad that travelled was missing so many players as well as manager Warren Gibbs. On top of that injuries meant we played much of the final hour with only ten fit players so extra-time was always likely to make Guilsfield favourites and so it proved.
We move forward. Next Saturday we are at Barmouth. There is a coach leaving Malltraeth at 10.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride at 11.00 am. Referee is Tony Moore, kick-off is 2.30 pm and we are in the red kit. After-match hospitality is at The Barmouth in Church Street. (SS)

CRUEL ON GLANTRAETH AS GUILS ESCAPE DEFEAT IN 97th MINUTE
(03/10/15) Guilsfield won 4-2 after extra-time but it doesn't begin to tell half the story. With the game going into a 97th minute Glantraeth were leading 1-0 and looking like going through to the second round despite being virtually down to ten men with Craig Whelan injured and pushed up front for nuisance value.
An already threadbare squad had suffered a blow even before kick-off as central defender Gerwyn Jones pulled up in the warm-up and a not fully fit Neil Hughes took his place in the starting line-up with only newly signed Kelvin Frazer on the bench.
Not deterred Glan took the lead with only three and a half minutes gone as Gareth Owen rose to powerfully head home a corner swung in by Craig Whelan (top picture). Keeper Ben Heald made a fine save from Jake Cook on 13 minutes but the Anglesey side should have gone two up five minutes later as Neil Hughes put James Burgess clear but with the keeper advancing he shot wide then Darren Jones shot over following a long throw in from Shaun Lock.
Guilsfield were having plenty of the ball but running into a brick wall against a Glan defence that had only conceded three goals in the previous seven games and the only real threats were coming from corner kicks that the home side were swinging in accurately from left and right. Just past the hour mark the visitors had a golden opportunity to go two up as Burgess took the ball around the keeper but with an open goal beckoning seemed to delay his finish allowing a defender to get in a desperate saving tackle.
As the game entered the final twenty minutes the Guils began to push hard with a floated cross from Cook coming back off an upright and on 77 minutes substitute Peter Rees also struck a shot against a post. Glantraeth were defending magnificently and looked to have secured a win against all the odds but with referee Gwilym Lewis taking the game into a difficult to comprehend seventh minute of added time a scramble in the visitors' goalmouth saw the ball fall nicely for Gareth Jones to fire his side level with virtually the last kick.
Two minutes into extra-time it looked like it might be all over for a decimated Glan side that appeared to be running out of legs as Rees put the Powys side ahead for the first time but with the half almost over Glan got level as a kick from Heald was played on by Tom Clarke and confusion in the home defence gave Shaun Lock an easy finish. It turned out to be a brief respite for the visitors as Chris Cathrall put Guilsfield back in the lead on 111 minutes and as Glantraeth threw defenders forward in search of an equaliser Gareth Jones took advantage with four minutes remaining to make it 4-2. It was a day when a magnificent effort by Glantraeth came close but just failed to get the rewards it deserved.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.

GUILS THE BIGGEST TEST YET
(27/09/15) Next Saturday we make the long trip down to Powys to face Guilsfield, old foes from our Cymru Alliance days, in the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. It will be our first meeting this season with opposition from a higher league and for once we will be the underdogs. Despite the win at Pwllheli yesterday Neil Hughes, in charge in the absence of Warren, felt we were nowhere near our best and had to grind the result out although it was good to see Craig Roberts back in action after being injured on the opening day of the season. Neil added that we will have to be much better next Saturday if we are to pull off a shock result.
There will be a coach leaving Malltraeth at 10.00 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride 10.30 am. Referee is Neil Rutter, we are in the blue kit and please note kick-off is 2.00 pm.

HELEN WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(27/09/15) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3,11 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Helen Evans of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th October.

A WIN & ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET
(27/09/15) Gareth Evans reports: Glantraeth took the lead on 25 minutes as Matty Lock headed home from a Guto Hughes corner kick and wrapped up the points three minutes from time as a driving run and cross by Craig Roberts led to Pwllheli's Terry Ogilvy turning the ball into his own net. Final score: Pwllheli 0 Glantraeth 2
More of Aled's pics on Facebook later today.

WARREN SIGNS KELVIN FRAZER
(25/09/15) Manager Warren Gibbs today signed 24 year old midfielder/forward Kelvin Frazer from Gwalchmai. Thanks to Gwalch secretary Ian Jones for assisting with the transfer. Kelvin has also been with Llanfairpwll and Bangor City.

AWAY TO LLANLLYFNI
(24/09/15) In the third round of the FAW Trophy Glantraeth have been drawn away to Llanllyfni. Tie will take place on Saturday 17th October.

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(23/09/15) With an average 20,000 visitors per month the Glantraeth website is a great place to advertise your business especially if it is sports related or local to the area. The site was voted one of the top four in North Wales football by the Daily Post's Dave Jones along with Porthmadog, Airbus UK and Bangor City's Citizen's Choice. The leading free bets company in the country Freebets UK have recently taken out an advert on the site. For £60 for the first season then £50 per season thereafter including a link to your business website it is excellent value. Contact website if you are interested or call or text 07743 483733.

GOOD START - LONG WAY TO GO
(22/09/15) After a run of home games we travel to face Pwllheli on Saturday when Warren may well have some selection headaches with players returning that were not available against Penrhyn. With so many home games it was important we got off to a flying start and we can only be satisfied with our results so far but this looks like being a tough league and as the chairman is so fond of saying it's a marathon not a sprint or something like that. Referee is Gwilym Evans, we are in the red kit and kick-off at the Leisure Centre is 2.30 pm. After-match hospitality is at the Penlan Fawr.

FAW TROPHY DRAW
(21/09/15) Following on my earlier post I have now had an email reply from Andrew Howard, Head of Competitions at the FAW, who tells me the draw may not be held until Thursday as it can only be carried out with an FAW Council Member present. Not entirely satisfactory but fair play to Andrew for providing the info. (SS)

GREAT STRIKE FROM TOM CLARKE SEES GLAN...
TOP OF THE LEAGUE

(19/09/15) Glantraeth began strongly, a great ball in by Kieren Jeffreys being headed wide by Mike Lundstrum on four minutes then Penrhyn keeper Robert Watson saving in quick succession from Craig Whelan and Lundstrum. On 11 minutes the visitors came close to taking the lead as a free kick from Iwan Thomas looked destined for the top corner only for keeper Ben Heald to pull off a truly marvellous save. Six minutes before the break there was high drama as Lundstrum broke clear on goal and was only stopped by the Penrhyn keeper racing out of his area and handling the ball. Referee Robin Williams had little option but to dismiss Watson.
Glan began to up the pressure after the break, Guto Hughes sending in a shot that looked goal bound only for the ball to hit defender Adam Griffiths full in the face. On 54 minutes the home side took the lead as Tom Clarke took possession 25 yards out, looked up then sent an unstoppable shot that went in off the underside of the bar and three minutes later Clarke was only inches away from a second from a free kick.
Heald made an easy save from Tomos Smith on 64 minutes, a reminder to Glan that there was work still to do. The final twenty minutes saw the Anglesey side wasteful of chances to wrap up the points with Shaun Lock lobbing over with the keeper stranded then Craig Whelan finished weakly with another great opportunity. A fine cross from Lundstrum with six minutes remaining only needed a touch from James Burgess then Shaun Lock headed against the bar just prior to the final whistle. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Penrhyndeudraeth 0
More pictures by Aled Jones on Facebook page tomorrow.

GARETH JONES-EVANS SIGNS ON FOR GLANTRAETH
(18/09/15) Glantraeth have today signed 23 year old attacking midfielder Gareth Jones-Evans from Caernarfon Town. Gareth has also played for Pwllheli, Porthmadog and Holyhead Hotspur. We thank Caernarfon manager Iwan Williams and secretary Geraint Jones for their co-operation over the transfer.

OCTOBER FIXTURES
(18/09/15) On Saturday 3rd October we are away to Guilsfield in the first round of the Welsh Cup and the following Saturday away to Barmouth & Dyffryn United in a league fixture. Saturday 17th October is the third round of the FAW Trophy when we enter for the first time and Llandudno Junction are the visitors on the 24th.

WEEKEND OPPONENTS
(16/09/15) Penrhyndeudraeth are the visitors on Saturday as we return to league action. Our last meeting in the FAW Trophy ended in disappointment although we were well below our best that night but we know it will be another tough game as we look to extend our unbeaten start to the season. Referee is Robin Williams and kick-off 2.30 pm.
International clearance has come through for Jamie Steel who is now available for selection.

AWAY TO GUILSFIELD
(14/09/15) In the first round proper of the JD Welsh Cup Glantraeth have been drawn away to Guilsfield of the Huws Gray Alliance. To be played Saturday 3rd October.

WELSH CUP DRAW
(13/09/15) The draw for the first round proper of the JD Welsh Cup which now includes Huws Gray Alliance clubs will be shown live on FAW TV tomorrow evening about 7 pm. Now that the competition has a sponsor the early rounds are getting the kind of exposure they should always have had. All it needs now is to increase the prize money for the smaller clubs!

DANNY MOVES ON TO CAERNARFON
(13/09/15) Danny Brookwell's performances this season for Glantraeth were bound to attract attention from a higher league club and so it proved with manager Warren Gibbs agreeing to waive the seven day's notice from Caernarfon Town so Danny could join the Huws Gray Alliance club on Friday and play at Buckley yesterday where he was amongst the scorers. We are obviously very sorry to lose such a quality player but not for the first time Glantraeth have provided the platform for a player to progress in the game and we wish him well at The Oval.

FIXTURE CHANGE
(13/09/15) We are away to Pwllheli on Saturday 26th September in a league fixture instead of being home to Llangefni Town. October's fixtures have still not been released.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(12/09/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 9. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th September.

GARETH'S FIRST HALF STRIKE SEES...
GLAN THROUGH TO FIRST ROUND

(12/09/15) A 12th minute goal from skipper Gareth Owen proved enough to send Glantraeth through to the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. As expected it was a closely fought encounter dominated by a serious injury to Cefni keeper Liam Ewing early in the second half that resulted in the game being halted for almost an hour awaiting an ambulance from Ysbyty Gwynedd. Both managers and the referee deserve great credit for getting the game played at all after such a delay.
The winning goal was a result of Guto Hughes playing a short corner to Craig Whelan who bent in the perfect cross for Owen to head home (top pictures). Two minutes later Glan almost added another as Mark Bridge was put clear but fired too high then the home side went near as Craig Evans header landed on the roof of the net.
On 51 minutes a Whelan cross in from the right was met by Gerwyn Jones who was only a foot wide but Ewing had been injured in trying to intercept the cross and the injury was of such a nature he could not be moved. When the game resumed Ewing's replacement Kieran Williams was the busier of the two keepers but the closest Glan came to adding to their lead came in the final minute as an effort from James Burgess was cleared off the goalline.
Close, but Glan go through.
More pictures by Aled Jones on Facebook page tomorrow.

JAMIE, RYAN & JAMES RETURN TO GLANTRAETH
(09/09/15) 24 year old midfielder Jamie Steel (pictured) has rejoined Glantraeth from Swedish Second Division club Orebro Syrianska IF. This was Jamie's second time playing professionally in Sweden. Formerly a Grimsby Town reserve player he has also played with Holyhead Hotspur and Porthmadog. We welcome Jamie back to the club but cannot see him in action until international clearance has been confirmed. More good news tonight as we are especially delighted to see Glantraeth favourite Ryan Davies returning to the club after recovering from long term injury and goalkeeper and occasional outfield player James Stewart who was with us last season completes the trio of players re-signing.

TIE OF THE ROUND ?
(09/09/15) Llangefni Town are our opponents next Saturday when we travel to Talwrn Road in the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup, surely the tie of the round. We will be meeting up with many familiar names who have been part of trophy winning Glantraeth sides over recent seasons not least manager Chris Roberts and his dad Mike the club coach. Players like James Saxon, Paul Rowlands, Steve Jones, Craig Evans and Anthony Hughes all enjoyed great success with Glan and we will always be grateful for what they did for the club but all that will be forgotten come Saturday. This is a game we desperately want to win but it sure as hell won't be easy. Referee is Arwyn Griffiths assisted by John White & Elis Jones, we will be in the red kit and kick-off is 2.30 pm.

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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