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