JACKPOT UP TO £1,500
(23/07/16) The winning numbers in this week's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6, 10 & 15. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th August.
GOALS POUR IN AT PARC MEURIG
(23/07/16) Bethesda never let their heads drop as they battled away with some reward despite being on the end of a 11-4 hammering by Glantraeth this afternoon. Scorers for Glan were Andy Barker (3), Marvin Pritchard (2), Mike Lundstram (2), Jamie Roberts (2), Kieren Jeffreys & Sam Faulkner.
BETHESDA ON SATURDAY
(21/07/16) We play at Parc Meurig on Saturday as we face Bethesda Athletic who will be playing in the Gwynedd League this season. It is always good to see Bethesda back in action, they have excellent facilities and are a club of some pedigree going back over the years. I well recall the days when they played in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy. In fact one of their last games in the FA Cup was against Tamworth a club that has special memories for me. We wish them well for the season ahead. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we will be in our red kit and referee is Dewi Morris.
Thanks to Cemaes Bay for last night's game and we also wish them well as they join the Welsh Alliance. It was a thoroughly entertaining game with some good football played by both sides but the Bay keeper gave an outstanding display particularly in the second period as Glan really piled on the pressure. (SS)
MIKE & JAMIE AGAIN ON TARGET
(20/07/16) A hat-trick from Mike Lundstram and another from Jamie Roberts gave Glantraeth a 4-1 win in a good workout at Cemaes Bay this evening.
MARVIN JOINS FROM LLANRUG
(16/07/16) Defeat at Caernarfon on Thursday is not too disappointing as they fielded all of last season's title winning side bar Jamie Breese who was unavailable while the Glantraeth squad included several newcomers as Warren continues to build the squad for the start of the season. Amongst the new signings featuring at The Oval was midfielder Marvin Pritchard who has joined from Llanrug United. Glan had spells in the ascendancy but the home team's finishing was lethal and they look certain to be challenging for the title again this season. Everything about the club smacks of professionalism, potential and ambition and I don't care what the reason is the Welsh Premier League/FAW are fools for refusing them membership. It is their loss.
Jamie Roberts' finish was sheer class for Glan's first and Shaun Lock was unlucky not to make it 6-3 late on with an incredible effort from just inside the halfway line that struck the bar.
Next up is Cemaes Bay at School Lane next Wednesday, kick-off 7.00 pm. (SS)
GLAN LOSE OUT IN OPENER
(14/07/16) Glantraeth played their first pre-season fixture this evening at Caernarfon Town and with several new faces in the squad lost out by six goals to two. Glan's scorers were Jamie Roberts and Mike Lundstram.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(10/07/16) The winning numbers in this week's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 15 & 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 23rd July.
DARREN SIGNS ON DOTTED LINE
(09/07/16) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs is delighted to have signed Darren Gowans. Darren is a left sided player who as a 19 year old was part of Glan's Cymru Alliance double winning squad in 2006. He has also played with Bangor City and Bethesda Athletic.
JAMIE ROBERTS SIGNS FOR GLAN
(02/07/16) Malltraeth's own Jamie Roberts has signed for Glantraeth. Born and bred in the village the club have always taken a great deal of pride and interest in Jamie's progress and believe Glantraeth will provide a perfect shop window for his talents just as it has for many players in the past. At only 18 he still has plenty of time to progress to the very top of Welsh football.
Jamie is a midfielder with natural talent in abundance and a proven goalscorer. He began with Glantraeth Juniors and has represented Wales at youth and college level. He was with the Connah's Quay Academy for three years and last season played with Holyhead Hotspur in the Huws Gray Alliance, the second tier of Welsh football. Chairman Gareth Evans couldn't hide his delight at Jamie signing for Glantraeth. "He has been so involved with the club and the players for several years and a great supporter and it is brilliant he has now decided to sign for us."
Secretary Stan Strickland added: "We have always wanted what was best for Jamie and when he reached 16 we told him he could not turn down the scholarship at Connahs Quay which was not only a great opportunity for him to develop as a player but also as a person."
(30/06/16) At the league AGM last week Y Felinheli, Llandudno Albion and Cemaes Bay were accepted into Division Two of the Welsh Alliance. As expected Llanfairpwll and Llandyrnog United were relegated from Division One with Nantlle Vale and Greenfield promoted in their places. It meant two divisions of 16 clubs.
Sadly, since the meeting it appears that our neighbours Gwalchmai have pulled out. Kenny Jones is reporting on their Facebook page how gutted he and Paul Owen were to have to make the decision. Like every club on the island they have worked tremendously hard over the years and you can only hope they will soon be back. It often goes in cycles, many clubs have struggled at various times including ourselves but come back strongly and we wish Gwalchmai a speedy return. Our rivalry with them goes back to the 1980s.
The league kicks off on Saturday 13th August when we host Penrhyndeudraeth. I only realised after the league AGM that last season started on the 8th August so struggle to understand the reasoning of starting almost a week later after the problems we had with fitting in fixtures at the end of last season. I am told the rule is the league starts on the second Saturday of August.
Here at Glantraeth pre-season training commenced last night and we play our first friendly at Caernarfon Town on Thursday 14th July, kick-off 7.00 pm.
The club will be holding its AGM at the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth next Monday evening, 7.15 pm start. Anyone who feels they can make a useful contribution to the club in any way is welcome to attend.
I would like to make one final point. Last season due to my own personal circumstances in December our application for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance did not go in by the end of year deadline. A late application went in front of the FAW National Game Board in January giving full details of those circumstances. They turned our application down in such a callous fashion that I seriously considered blowing the whole thing up in the Daily Post but felt it wouldn't be right for reasons that those close to the club will understand. I am fully aware of the guilty parties who were most responsible for that decision and they best keep well out of my way.
Having said that we WILL be applying for promotion this season.
TWO SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(26/06/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 14 & 18. There were two winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, E.Jones of Hermon & Sandra Hughes of Newborough. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th July.
MARK WINS TOP LEAGUE HONOUR
(18/06/16) Glantraeth forward Mark Bridge is the Welsh Alliance Division One Player of the Year for 2015-2016 season and is pictured being presented with the award at today's League AGM in Llanfairfechan by league vice-president Hugh Davies. On hearing the news Mark's reaction was: 'Bloody Hell!! Over the moon and privileged.'
The award is decided by who gets the most best opposing player awards from clubs during the course of the season. Mark catches the eye with his pace, aggression and commitment and not forgetting the 22 goals he has netted to make him Glantraeth's leading scorer. On top of that he has earned much respect within the club as he has carried on through the club's frightening end of season fixture pile-up despite three times dislocating his shoulder. It is a well deserved and popular award and everyone at the club offers their congratulations.
TINA WINS £1,000
(12/06/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 15 & 19. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Tina Roberts of Ty Croes. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th June.
FIRST PRE-SEASON ANNOUNCED
(01/06/16) The first game of our pre-season programme has been confirmed. We will be away to Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday 30th July, kick-off 2.30 pm.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(28/05/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 2 & 14. There was no winner so the jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th June.
BEN GETS THE PLAYERS VOTE
(28/05/16) Glantraeth held their annual presentation night at the Joiners Arms in Malltraeth last night. The Players' Player of the Year award went to goalkeeper Ben Heald who has had an outstanding season as the last line of defence. The Supporters' Player of the Year award went to Gareth Owen, the third time he has won such an award with the club. Gareth was also presented with the Len Jones memorial shield donated by Len's son Aled which will be presented every year to the supporters' choice. The Manager's choice of Player of the Year was 19 year old Tomos Clarke while Mark Bridge picked up the Leading Scorer trophy with 22 goals.
Chairman Gareth Evans thanked the players and management for bringing success to the club by winning the Cookson Cup and for their tremendous efforts over the past few weeks in turning out for so many fixtures.
Among the facts that secretary Stan Strickland came up with was that Matty Lock's goal at Penrhyndeudraeth on Thursday evening made it exactly 100 goals in total for the season. Tom Clarke and Sean Davies made the most appearances with 41.
It is always the club's aim to win a trophy every season so it goes down as another successful campaign and on top of that it has been one of the most eventful in the club's history with Glantraeth achieving global headlines in February after Hollywood movie star Naomi Watts accepted the club's invitation to be its new president.
There were also presentations to Helen, Nia and Alwena for their work in the canteen on matchdays and to young Tomos our senior ball boy. Thanks also to Aled who has taken such great photographs having attended virtually every game home and away. On behalf of the players captain Gareth Owen and vice-captain Ben Heald also made a presentation to the management team of Warren, Neil and Sion.
There will be a load more of Aled's pictures on our Facebook page during the course of today after the paracetomol has kicked in. (SS)
HEROICS BUT SEASON ENDS IN DEFEAT
(26/05/16) Glantraeth went down to defeat 4-2 at Penrhyndeudraeth this evening in their final game of the season. It has been a heroic effort by the Bodorgan side as they have played three games a week for the past five weeks because of a massive fixture pile-up and it has really taken it's toll. Glan started tonight's game with only ten men until Sean Davies arrived after travelling from Chester especially for the game showing just how much effort and commitment has been required to get all these fixtures played.
As far as tonight's game went Glantraeth were under pressure right from the start and fell behind after just five minutes as Iwan Lane followed up to score after Meilr Williams' header had come back off the bar and a minute later Sion Bradley was denied by a post. The visitors went close as home keeper did well to save from Mike Lundstrum on 24 minutes but eight minutes before the break Glan went two down as Steven Jones headed home following a corner.
The Anglesey side had an hill to climb six minutes into the second half as a powerful finish from Meilir Williams made it 3-0. The Penrhyn management clearly thought it game over and immediately brought on three subs but we're in for shock as Glantraeth fought back, Neil Hughes scoring with a screamer three minutes later, and as Glan pushed forward Matty Lock reduced the deficit to one on 69 minutes as he shot home after Lundstrum had headed back a Mark Bridge cross. The visitors were now looking likely to get level but ten minutes from time Williams got his second to clinch victory for Penrhyn.
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 Mitchell 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.
(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.
(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
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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
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