(25/11/15) Tonight's game at Llangefni Town has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
(22/11/15) Not sure who were more surprised yesterday, Corwen at winning or us at losing. Good luck to them in the next round they fought to the end but it was a game we should not be losing. It was a shocker and a reminder we cannot take any opposition lightly. Of the only four games we have not won this season we were leading in them all as the game entered added time. Frustrating to say the least.
We will need a far better performance on Wednesday evening when we face current leaders Llangefni Town at Talwrn Road. Just as Warren is doing a great job at Glantraeth our former manager Chris Roberts is doing an equally fine job at Cefni and the recent Welsh Cup game suggests it will be another closely fought encounter. Certainly a win there would not only see us back on top but put us in a great position as the league approaches its halfway stage so there should be no shortage of motivation.
Kick-off is 7.30 pm, we will be in the red kit and the referee is Matt Bridges. (SS)
GLANTRAETH GO OUT OF TROPHY
(21/11/15) Corwen pulled off what might well go down as the shock of the round as two goals in added time gave them a 3-2 victory. It was a game that could have gone either way with both keepers having a strong claim for man of the match. The home side had the greater possession and the lion's share of goal chances but the visitors were always dangerous going forward and Glan have only themselves to blame for losing after a scrappy performance that was well below their best.
The visitors went ahead in the ninth minute as Glan gave the ball away cheaply in the opposition half and were caught short at the back with Ryan Jones applying the finishing touch. The home side mounted increasing pressure on the Corwen goal as they looked to pull level with Kieren Jeffreys and Gareth Owen going close but it was five minutes into the second half before they got their reward as Tom Clarke's left foot shot from a Guto Hughes cross found the net (top picture). Corwen responded and it took two fine saves from Dave Vickers to keep out shots from Will Roberts and Ryan Jones.
On 61 minutes Glan took the lead as a brilliant run by Kieren Jeffreys carved open the Corwen defence leaving Mike Lundstrum a simple tap-in and with fifteen minutes remaining Jeffreys hit a screamer that whistled inches over and a Matty Lock header on 87 minutes brought a tremendous save from keeper Jamie Bodden.
With the game going into added time Corwen shocked the home support as Ryan Jones pulled it back to 2-2 with his second of the game. It was the signal for Glan to throw everything at the Corwen defence with Sion Hughes clearing off the line then Gareth Owens saw an effort pass narrowly the wrong side of a post. With the home side pressing and five minutes of additional time played the visiting supporters were shouting for referee Allan Rowlands to whistle but their anxiety soon changed to joy as a quick break upfield saw a looping header from Dale Davies find the net and give the Welsh National League side a sensational last ditch win.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(18/11/15) Glantraeth have agreed to release experienced midfielder Joe Morgan to join Glan Conwy. Good luck Joe.
KICK-OFF NOW 1.30 PM
(17/11/15) Next Saturday we are at home to Corwen in the FAW Trophy attempting to reach the last sixteen. The FAW have now realised that a 2.00 pm kick-off could cause problems with light if a tie goes to extra-time so have recommended a 1.30 pm kick-off.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(14/11/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,15 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th October.
FOUR FOR BRIDGE AS GLAN HIT FIVE
(14/11/15) Glan finished 5-1 winners despite playing for over seventy minutes with only ten men as Shaun Lock turned from last week's five goal hero to villain after being sent off in the 18th minute for an off the ball incident seen by an assistant referee.
The home side began strongly with Gerwyn Jones, Tom Clarke and Kieren Jeffreys all threatening then a ball in from Ryan Davies was spilled against a post by Llanrwst keeper Adam Redrop. The visitors replied through a shot from Al Roberts that wasn't far wide. The game, being played in increasingly windy conditions, had gone scrappy but a free kick from Tom Clarke on 39 minutes that passed inches wide livened up proceedings and three minutes later the home side went ahead as a corner from Clarke found Mark Bridge free at the far post and he leathered the ball home for the opener.
Glan went two up on 57 minutes as a Jeffrey's free kick was headed home by Matty Lock and a third came fourteen minutes later as a long ball upfield by keeper Dave Vickers was controlled by Bridge before lobbing the ball over the keeper. With twelve minutes remaining Vickers made a tremendous save from Llanrwst sub Callum Parry before play quickly switched to the other end where Bridge completed his hat-trick with a fine finish. On 86 minutes Bridge made it 5-0 with another clinical strike. A late flourish from the visitors saw Bryn Jenkins get a goal back and Dan Lycett bring another good save from Vickers.
(14/11/15) After a 10 am pitch inspection today's game at home to Llanrwst United is on. Kick-off 2.00 pm.
CHANGE OF FIXTURE
(08/11/15) Because of postponements in the Cookson Cup on Saturday our fixture on Saturday 28th November has now changed. Instead of being away to Glan Conwy we are now away to Llandyrnog United.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
(08/11/15) Shaun Lock's five goals for Glantraeth yesterday means he joins an elite group. Previously only four players had scored more than four goals in a game: Club legend Ian Fidler, Nigel Moore and Darren Pritchard also with five while the all-time record is held by Richie Evans who scored seven in a 19-1 demolition of Glan Conwy back in 2002.
Warren made a few changes for the game which saw a debut for Geraint Mitchell but after an evenly fought opening half-hour that saw Dyrnog arguably have the better chances Glan ran away with the game and could well have gone into double figures. Llandyrnog are going through a difficult period at present although it's only a couple of weeks back they ran current leaders Llangefni close but they are a good club and will come back strong for sure.
Next Saturday we have a league fixture at Llanrwst United. Don't forget to allow for the roadworks at the Penmaenbach Tunnel. We are in the blue away kit, referee is Gordon Boyd and kick-off is 2.00 pm. After-match hospitality is at the Pen-y-Bryn.
FIVE FOR SHAUN AS DYRNOG HIT FOR NINE
(07/11/15) It took just 51 seconds for Glantraeth to take the lead as Shaun Lock was on hand to finish after Mark Bridge had cut in and crossed from the right. On twenty minutes Dyrnog were close to pulling level as home keeper Ben Heald did well to keep out a close range effort from Dan Jones then saw his wind assisted kick upfield strike a post. The visitors were giving a good account of themselves at this stage but went further behind on the half-hour mark as Glan scored again through the same combo as before, Shaun Lock side footing home a Bridge cross. It got worse for the visitors five minutes later as Lock completed his hat-trick with a powerful drive that gave Goldston no chance. Bridge struck the bar three minutes before the break but it was only a brief respite for Dyrnog as Matty Lock got a fourth a minute later.
Kieran Jeffreys got his name on the scoresheet two minutes into the second half with an inch perfect strike just inside an upright to make it 5-0 and four minutes later got his second as he rifled home a shot that near burst the net, Shaun Lock couldn't stop scoring and added two more in the 65th and 69th minutes
The visitors got a goal back on 74 minutes through a low shot from Josh Parry but within a minute Glan replied through a second from Matty Lock. Dyrnog held out for the final fifteen minutes to avoid the indignity of a double figure defeat.
Final score: Glantraeth 9 Llandyrnog United 1
(05/11/15) Fixtures for December have now been uploaded to fixtures page.
LEAGUE CUP ACTION
(04/11/15) It's Cookson Cup first round action next Saturday with Llandyrnog United faced with the unenviable task of negotiating the seemingly never-ending A55 roadworks on their journey to Glantraeth. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Terry Atkinson. It is a competition just for Division One clubs and the nearest we have come to winning it was in 2002-2003 season when we were beaten finalists. Darren Jones will miss the game due to a one game ban for his 'handball' against Junction.
(30/10/15) Because of some clubs still being involved in the Welsh Cup this weekend we have ended up the odd one out in the scheduled league programme so have no game.
ONE £1,000 WINNER
(24/10/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5,6 & 16. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, John Williams of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th November.
JUNCTION SNATCH DRAW AT DEATH
(24/10/15) Once again Junction escaped through a controversial refereeing decision with the final kick of the game just as happened last season when Glan were denied a last gap winner at the Flyover. This time it was ref Simon Newport that declared that home defender Darren Jones had intentionally handled after the ball had been blasted at him from barely a yard away. A furious Jones, apparently a man who can catch bullets in flight, was then red carded to add insult to injury. Junction's best player Joel Hewitt put away the spot kick to make the final score 2-2. To be fair and despite the controversy a draw was probably the right result, Glantraeth having the better chances until Junction came back strongly in the final half-hour.
Glantraeth were first to threaten as Craig Whelan flashed a low shot just wide in the third minute then Hewitt fired over for the visitors. Glan had a great chance on 13 minutes as Mark Bridge received the ball unmarked on the edge of the area but failed to control the ball quickly enough and keeper Gwidion Owen was able to smother the ball. Junction took the lead five minutes later as Tom Clarke slipped in going for the ball letting in Ross Jones to cross for Dean Seager to score. On 25 minutes Glantraeth levelled as a superb driven cross from Guto Hughes was met by Mark Bridge. Eight minutes into the second half Guto Hughes struck a post for the home side (top picture) but Junction then began to have their best spell of the game as they put Glan under pressure but the defence held firm and the home side went in front on 79 minutes as a long throw from Shaun Lock was flicked on by Ryan Davies for Craig Whelan to head home. It took a fine save from Ben Heald on 83 minutes to prevent a Junction goal after a shot had deflected off Ryan Davies. But with the game in the third minute of added time and Glan looking like increasing their lead at the top it all changed on a decision of a referee.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.
GERAINT SIGNS ON FOR GLANTRAETH
(22/10/15) Having now recovered from long term injury 29 year old defender Geraint Mitchell has signed for Glantraeth. Geraint has Welsh Premier League experience with Porthmadog and Llangefni Town and last played with Caernarfon Town.
ALLIANCE MATCH OF THE DAY
(20/10/15) Not much doubting where the main Welsh Alliance action is next Saturday when the top two Division One sides meet at Glantraeth. Llandudno Junction are the opponents for what promises to be a fascinating encounter between two evenly matched sides. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Simon Newport assisted by Rhys Williams & William Bradfield.
HOME TO CORWEN
(19/10/15) In the fourth round of the FAW Trophy we have been drawn at home to Welsh National League Premier Division side Corwen. Tie to be played on Saturday 21st November. Two other ties of local interest see Aberffraw away to Llandudno Junction and Gwalchmai at home to Trearddur Bay.
Fixtures page has been updated until end of November.
GOALS FROM GERWYN AND MATTY ENSURE NO TROPHY UPSET
(17/10/15) In a FAW Trophy tie with potential upset written all over it Glantraeth came through against a Llanllyfni side that refused to give up after twice falling two goals in arrears.
Right from the start it was clear that Glan were fired up for this one as they threw everything at the home side with the home keeper constantly in action. On 9 minutes James Burgess headed on for Mark Bridge who saw his shot come back off the bar and Bridge had another effort blocked two minutes later following a long throw-in from Shaun Lock. Lock's long throws were rewarded in the 13th minute as Gerwyn Jones headed home to give Glan an early lead (top picture) and four minutes later Bridge was inches wide with a header. With twenty minutes gone little had been seen of Llanllyfni as an attacking threat but they almost pulled level on 22 minutes as keeper Ben Heald twice had to make crucial reaction saves from Terry Watkinson and Rob Daniels. The near misses lifted the home side and they pulled level on the half-hour mark as Alan Mark Owen beat the offside trap to finish well but their joy was short-lived as Gerwyn Jones got his second for the visitors two minutes later, heading home a free kick taken by Ben Heald (next to top picture).
Seven minutes into the second half Shaun Lock was only inches away from finishing off a cross from Burgess but Lock had better luck on 58 minutes as his powerfully driven free kick set up Matty Lock to put Glan 3-1 ahead. In what was turning into a cracking cup tie Llanllyfni came back again as a great free kick from Chris Parry was converted at the far post by Mathew Davies. With nine minutes remaining Glan looked like they might have secured their place in the fourth round as a stunning Matty Lock half-volley from 25 yards out gave the keeper no chance (pictured above). Again the home side came back as in the third minute of added time Alan Mark Owen got another to make the final score 4-3 to the Anglesey side. It had been a great effort by the Division Two side but there could be no argument that over the ninety minutes Glan deserved the win.
One big plus for Glantraeth was the first appearance of Ryan Davies after almost a year out and looking like he had never been away.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
WELSH TROPHY TIME
(13/10/15) Next Saturday we have a classic cup game when we enter the FAW Trophy for the first time. As one of the leading teams in Division Two Llanllyfni will be going flat out to put one over the Division One leaders. We will need to be at our most competitive cos we can be damn sure they will be. Any thoughts we can go through in cruise control should be banished right now, this could well be our toughest game so far this season.
The game at Cae Brenin Sior V kicks-off at 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Peter Owen assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Graham Hannah. After-match hospitality is at The Goat in Penygroes.
SIR GEORGE STANDS DOWN AS PRESIDENT AFTER TWENTY YEARS
(12/10/15) Twenty years after accepting the position Sir George Meyrick of Bodorgan Hall has decided to stand down as president of the club. He sent his good wishes and said how much he has enjoyed his long association with the club. We in turn have thanked him for his support and patronage over that period. From a PR point of view we will now be looking for someone in the public eye with local Bodorgan connections past or present to take over this honorary role.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(10/10/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6,15 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th October.
BRACE FROM BURGESS SETS GLANTRAETH ON WAY TO ANOTHER THREE POINTS
(10/10/15) Two goals from James Burgess and one from Shaun Lock secured a 3-1 win at Barmouth this afternoon to keep up Glan's unbeaten start to the season. On a lush carpet of a pitch it was Glantraeth that dominated the opening forty-five minutes despite playing against a very strong wind. Tom Clarke was only inches over with a dipping shot on seven minutes and five minutes later Burgess volleyed just wide. Only a fine tackle from Barmouth's Tom Andrews prevented Burgess converting a Shaun Lock cross on the half-hour mark but Glan took a well deserved lead on 36 minutes as Burgess scored with a glancing header after a long ball in from Darren Jones. With only a minute of the half left Barmouth had not had one shot on goal but their luck was in as referee Tony Moore adjudged Gareth Owen had fouled in the area as he went up for a high ball and awarded the home side a penalty. It looked a very harsh decision but the kick was powerfully converted by Paul Lewis to send the teams in level at the break.
Gareth Owen twice went close for Glan at the start of the second period then had to make a great tackle at the other end to prevent Lewis getting in a shot. Barmouth were playing far better against the elements and the game was now more even but there was a mass appeal for a penalty by the Glan players on 74 minutes following a blatant push on Mark Bridge in the area but this time the match official was not so vigilant. There was justice however as within a minute Tom Clarke cut in from the left, beat a defender and crossed for Burgess to score his second from close range. With time almost up Burgess made a great run down the left and tried to put a goal on a plate for Bridge but the pass was intercepted. The ball had hardly been cleared before Shaun Lock had a direct run on goal and this time there was no mistake as he made a neat finish past the advancing keeper.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(04/10/15) It might be going too far to say we were robbed of victory yesterday but certainly there was a great sense of injustice at the amount of added time played by the ref in a game of few hold-ups. Guilsfield will of course be delighted and we wish them well in the next round. They are a good side but apart from a shot that hit a post they had rarely got a sight of keeper Ben Heald all afternoon such was our defensive stranglehold until that late strike gave them the advantage. Whatever other sources might say I had the game on my stopwatch and 96 minutes had already passed when they scored and a remark made by the ref to Ben suggested he was quite pleased that his timekeeping had resulted in a goal.
It was a tremendous effort by the lads and so close to another win and yet another clean sheet especially as the squad that travelled was missing so many players as well as manager Warren Gibbs. On top of that injuries meant we played much of the final hour with only ten fit players so extra-time was always likely to make Guilsfield favourites and so it proved.
We move forward. Next Saturday we are at Barmouth. There is a coach leaving Malltraeth at 10.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride at 11.00 am. Referee is Tony Moore, kick-off is 2.30 pm and we are in the red kit. After-match hospitality is at The Barmouth in Church Street. (SS)
CRUEL ON GLANTRAETH AS GUILS ESCAPE DEFEAT IN 97th MINUTE
(03/10/15) Guilsfield won 4-2 after extra-time but it doesn't begin to tell half the story. With the game going into a 97th minute Glantraeth were leading 1-0 and looking like going through to the second round despite being virtually down to ten men with Craig Whelan injured and pushed up front for nuisance value.
An already threadbare squad had suffered a blow even before kick-off as central defender Gerwyn Jones pulled up in the warm-up and a not fully fit Neil Hughes took his place in the starting line-up with only newly signed Kelvin Frazer on the bench.
Not deterred Glan took the lead with only three and a half minutes gone as Gareth Owen rose to powerfully head home a corner swung in by Craig Whelan (top picture). Keeper Ben Heald made a fine save from Jake Cook on 13 minutes but the Anglesey side should have gone two up five minutes later as Neil Hughes put James Burgess clear but with the keeper advancing he shot wide then Darren Jones shot over following a long throw in from Shaun Lock.
Guilsfield were having plenty of the ball but running into a brick wall against a Glan defence that had only conceded three goals in the previous seven games and the only real threats were coming from corner kicks that the home side were swinging in accurately from left and right. Just past the hour mark the visitors had a golden opportunity to go two up as Burgess took the ball around the keeper but with an open goal beckoning seemed to delay his finish allowing a defender to get in a desperate saving tackle.
As the game entered the final twenty minutes the Guils began to push hard with a floated cross from Cook coming back off an upright and on 77 minutes substitute Peter Rees also struck a shot against a post. Glantraeth were defending magnificently and looked to have secured a win against all the odds but with referee Gwilym Lewis taking the game into a difficult to comprehend seventh minute of added time a scramble in the visitors' goalmouth saw the ball fall nicely for Gareth Jones to fire his side level with virtually the last kick.
Two minutes into extra-time it looked like it might be all over for a decimated Glan side that appeared to be running out of legs as Rees put the Powys side ahead for the first time but with the half almost over Glan got level as a kick from Heald was played on by Tom Clarke and confusion in the home defence gave Shaun Lock an easy finish. It turned out to be a brief respite for the visitors as Chris Cathrall put Guilsfield back in the lead on 111 minutes and as Glantraeth threw defenders forward in search of an equaliser Gareth Jones took advantage with four minutes remaining to make it 4-2. It was a day when a magnificent effort by Glantraeth came close but just failed to get the rewards it deserved.
More pics on Facebook tomorrow.
GUILS THE BIGGEST TEST YET
(27/09/15) Next Saturday we make the long trip down to Powys to face Guilsfield, old foes from our Cymru Alliance days, in the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. It will be our first meeting this season with opposition from a higher league and for once we will be the underdogs. Despite the win at Pwllheli yesterday Neil Hughes, in charge in the absence of Warren, felt we were nowhere near our best and had to grind the result out although it was good to see Craig Roberts back in action after being injured on the opening day of the season. Neil added that we will have to be much better next Saturday if we are to pull off a shock result.
There will be a coach leaving Malltraeth at 10.00 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride 10.30 am. Referee is Neil Rutter, we are in the blue kit and please note kick-off is 2.00 pm.
HELEN WINS £1,000 JACKPOT
(27/09/15) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3,11 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Helen Evans of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th October.
A WIN & ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET
(27/09/15) Gareth Evans reports: Glantraeth took the lead on 25 minutes as Matty Lock headed home from a Guto Hughes corner kick and wrapped up the points three minutes from time as a driving run and cross by Craig Roberts led to Pwllheli's Terry Ogilvy turning the ball into his own net. Final score: Pwllheli 0 Glantraeth 2
More of Aled's pics on Facebook later today.
WARREN SIGNS KELVIN FRAZER
(25/09/15) Manager Warren Gibbs today signed 24 year old midfielder/forward Kelvin Frazer from Gwalchmai. Thanks to Gwalch secretary Ian Jones for assisting with the transfer. Kelvin has also been with Llanfairpwll and Bangor City.
AWAY TO LLANLLYFNI
(24/09/15) In the third round of the FAW Trophy Glantraeth have been drawn away to Llanllyfni. Tie will take place on Saturday 17th October.
ADVERTISING ON THE WEBSITE
(23/09/15) With an average 20,000 visitors per month the Glantraeth website is a great place to advertise your business especially if it is sports related or local to the area. The site was voted one of the top four in North Wales football by the Daily Post's Dave Jones along with Porthmadog, Airbus UK and Bangor City's Citizen's Choice. The leading free bets company in the country Freebets UK have recently taken out an advert on the site. For £60 for the first season then £50 per season thereafter including a link to your business website it is excellent value. Contact website if you are interested or call or text 07743 483733.
GOOD START - LONG WAY TO GO
(22/09/15) After a run of home games we travel to face Pwllheli on Saturday when Warren may well have some selection headaches with players returning that were not available against Penrhyn. With so many home games it was important we got off to a flying start and we can only be satisfied with our results so far but this looks like being a tough league and as the chairman is so fond of saying it's a marathon not a sprint or something like that. Referee is Gwilym Evans, we are in the red kit and kick-off at the Leisure Centre is 2.30 pm. After-match hospitality is at the Penlan Fawr.
FAW TROPHY DRAW
(21/09/15) Following on my earlier post I have now had an email reply from Andrew Howard, Head of Competitions at the FAW, who tells me the draw may not be held until Thursday as it can only be carried out with an FAW Council Member present. Not entirely satisfactory but fair play to Andrew for providing the info. (SS)
GREAT STRIKE FROM TOM CLARKE SEES GLAN...
TOP OF THE LEAGUE
(19/09/15) Glantraeth began strongly, a great ball in by Kieren Jeffreys being headed wide by Mike Lundstrum on four minutes then Penrhyn keeper Robert Watson saving in quick succession from Craig Whelan and Lundstrum. On 11 minutes the visitors came close to taking the lead as a free kick from Iwan Thomas looked destined for the top corner only for keeper Ben Heald to pull off a truly marvellous save. Six minutes before the break there was high drama as Lundstrum broke clear on goal and was only stopped by the Penrhyn keeper racing out of his area and handling the ball. Referee Robin Williams had little option but to dismiss Watson.
Glan began to up the pressure after the break, Guto Hughes sending in a shot that looked goal bound only for the ball to hit defender Adam Griffiths full in the face. On 54 minutes the home side took the lead as Tom Clarke took possession 25 yards out, looked up then sent an unstoppable shot that went in off the underside of the bar and three minutes later Clarke was only inches away from a second from a free kick.
Heald made an easy save from Tomos Smith on 64 minutes, a reminder to Glan that there was work still to do. The final twenty minutes saw the Anglesey side wasteful of chances to wrap up the points with Shaun Lock lobbing over with the keeper stranded then Craig Whelan finished weakly with another great opportunity. A fine cross from Lundstrum with six minutes remaining only needed a touch from James Burgess then Shaun Lock headed against the bar just prior to the final whistle. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Penrhyndeudraeth 0
More pictures by Aled Jones on Facebook page tomorrow.
GARETH JONES-EVANS SIGNS ON FOR GLANTRAETH
(18/09/15) Glantraeth have today signed 23 year old attacking midfielder Gareth Jones-Evans from Caernarfon Town. Gareth has also played for Pwllheli, Porthmadog and Holyhead Hotspur. We thank Caernarfon manager Iwan Williams and secretary Geraint Jones for their co-operation over the transfer.
(18/09/15) On Saturday 3rd October we are away to Guilsfield in the first round of the Welsh Cup and the following Saturday away to Barmouth & Dyffryn United in a league fixture. Saturday 17th October is the third round of the FAW Trophy when we enter for the first time and Llandudno Junction are the visitors on the 24th.
(16/09/15) Penrhyndeudraeth are the visitors on Saturday as we return to league action. Our last meeting in the FAW Trophy ended in disappointment although we were well below our best that night but we know it will be another tough game as we look to extend our unbeaten start to the season. Referee is Robin Williams and kick-off 2.30 pm.
International clearance has come through for Jamie Steel who is now available for selection.
AWAY TO GUILSFIELD
(14/09/15) In the first round proper of the JD Welsh Cup Glantraeth have been drawn away to Guilsfield of the Huws Gray Alliance. To be played Saturday 3rd October.
WELSH CUP DRAW
(13/09/15) The draw for the first round proper of the JD Welsh Cup which now includes Huws Gray Alliance clubs will be shown live on FAW TV tomorrow evening about 7 pm. Now that the competition has a sponsor the early rounds are getting the kind of exposure they should always have had. All it needs now is to increase the prize money for the smaller clubs!
DANNY MOVES ON TO CAERNARFON
(13/09/15) Danny Brookwell's performances this season for Glantraeth were bound to attract attention from a higher league club and so it proved with manager Warren Gibbs agreeing to waive the seven day's notice from Caernarfon Town so Danny could join the Huws Gray Alliance club on Friday and play at Buckley yesterday where he was amongst the scorers. We are obviously very sorry to lose such a quality player but not for the first time Glantraeth have provided the platform for a player to progress in the game and we wish him well at The Oval.
(13/09/15) We are away to Pwllheli on Saturday 26th September in a league fixture instead of being home to Llangefni Town. October's fixtures have still not been released.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(12/09/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 9. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th September.
GARETH'S FIRST HALF STRIKE SEES...
GLAN THROUGH TO FIRST ROUND
(12/09/15) A 12th minute goal from skipper Gareth Owen proved enough to send Glantraeth through to the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. As expected it was a closely fought encounter dominated by a serious injury to Cefni keeper Liam Ewing early in the second half that resulted in the game being halted for almost an hour awaiting an ambulance from Ysbyty Gwynedd. Both managers and the referee deserve great credit for getting the game played at all after such a delay.
The winning goal was a result of Guto Hughes playing a short corner to Craig Whelan who bent in the perfect cross for Owen to head home (top pictures). Two minutes later Glan almost added another as Mark Bridge was put clear but fired too high then the home side went near as Craig Evans header landed on the roof of the net.
On 51 minutes a Whelan cross in from the right was met by Gerwyn Jones who was only a foot wide but Ewing had been injured in trying to intercept the cross and the injury was of such a nature he could not be moved. When the game resumed Ewing's replacement Kieran Williams was the busier of the two keepers but the closest Glan came to adding to their lead came in the final minute as an effort from James Burgess was cleared off the goalline.
Close, but Glan go through.
More pictures by Aled Jones on Facebook page tomorrow.
JAMIE, RYAN & JAMES RETURN TO GLANTRAETH
(09/09/15) 24 year old midfielder Jamie Steel (pictured) has rejoined Glantraeth from Swedish Second Division club Orebro Syrianska IF. This was Jamie's second time playing professionally in Sweden. Formerly a Grimsby Town reserve player he has also played with Holyhead Hotspur and Porthmadog. We welcome Jamie back to the club but cannot see him in action until international clearance has been confirmed. More good news tonight as we are especially delighted to see Glantraeth favourite Ryan Davies returning to the club after recovering from long term injury and goalkeeper and occasional outfield player James Stewart who was with us last season completes the trio of players re-signing.
TIE OF THE ROUND ?
(09/09/15) Llangefni Town are our opponents next Saturday when we travel to Talwrn Road in the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup, surely the tie of the round. We will be meeting up with many familiar names who have been part of trophy winning Glantraeth sides over recent seasons not least manager Chris Roberts and his dad Mike the club coach. Players like James Saxon, Paul Rowlands, Steve Jones, Craig Evans and Anthony Hughes all enjoyed great success with Glan and we will always be grateful for what they did for the club but all that will be forgotten come Saturday. This is a game we desperately want to win but it sure as hell won't be easy. Referee is Arwyn Griffiths assisted by John White & Elis Jones, we will be in the red kit and kick-off is 2.30 pm.
(02/09/15) We have no game this weekend due to the counter attractions of Wales v Israel and Festival No 6 so our next fixture will be away to local rivals Llangefni Town the following week in the Welsh Cup. Cefni asked if we were interested in playing the game Friday night but the scheduled Saturday date suits us better.
There was a great atmosphere on Monday night against Gwalchmai. With little else on there was a crowd of over 200 including a large away contingent. I have said it before and I'll no doubt say it again but there can be few more idyllic locations in the UK to watch a game of football on a fine summer's evening than Glantraeth. The ground looked marvellous. It is no wonder the Welsh Alliance Groundhop has gone off so well over the past three years with so much wonderful scenery providing the backdrop at so many of our grounds. It's a pity it's now over.
It was great also to see two legends of the local football scene in action Monday, Gerallt Jones of Gwalchmai then Neil Hughes coming on for his first appearance of the season for Glantraeth. There is little difference in age between them and they seem to have been around forever. Gerry was saying in the Joiners after the game the best Glantraeth side he played in was under manager Mikey Bingo. Neil was also in that 1999-2000 side (pictured above) who were unlucky to be pipped for the Cymru Alliance league title on the final day of the season by Oswestry Town having scored about twenty more goals than the champions.
There was a surprise appearance of a former player on Monday at the ground, let's hope it's the prelude to more good news!
STUNNING BROOKWELL GOAL SETS GLAN ON WAY TO VICTORY
(31/08/15) An entertaining hard fought game in front of a large Bank Holiday crowd saw Glantraeth run out 3-1 winners but this was no easy ride against a Gwalchmai side that weren't beaten until the final whistle. The visitors put up a defensive shield in the opening forty-five minutes that Glan found hard to break down, the best chances falling to Gerwyn Jones on 20 minutes and Mark Bridge on 37 minutes but neither seriously troubled keeper Paul Evans from good positions. It took something really special to make the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time as Danny Brookwell took possession on the halfway line and ran right through the heart of the visitor's defence, beating four defenders before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home. It was a stunning strike.
Gwalchmai came out of their shell after the break and began to be more of a threat and Chris Bennett should have levelled on 59 minutes as he headed a Corey Sinnott cross wide when completely unmarked. It proved a costly miss as two minutes later Mark Bridge got on the end of a fine pass from Craig Whelan to put the home side two up and it was three on 67 minutes as Brookwell cut in from the left and created the chance for Whelan to finish.
There was renewed hope for the visitors with fifteen minutes remaining as a Sinnott free kick took a wicked deflection to give keeper Ben Heald no chance of keeping it out. The final action came on 90 minutes as Glantraeth almost got a fourth, Shaun Lock's rocket of a free kick rattling the crossbar.
GWALCHMAI THE VISITORS
(30/08/15) Gwalchmai are the visitors to Glantraeth tomorrow evening for the final game of the league's Bank Holiday programme. Kick-off is 6.15 pm and the referee is Terry Atkinson.
AWAY TO LLANGEFNI TOWN
(24/08/15) In the second qualifying round of the JD Welsh Cup we have been drawn away to Llangefni Town. To be played on Saturday 12th September.
NOT TOO BAD FOR STARTERS
(23/08/15) The disappointment of conceding a daft late goal against Trearddur Bay on Tuesday was just about put to rest yesterday as a last minute penalty from Tom Clarke gave us a close fought victory. We more than matched them physically but never quite managed to tame them and the longer it went the more likely it was that one goal would decide it and that proved the case. It was particularly rewarding to finish with all three points as we had several players missing and manager Warren Gibbs was also absent for family reasons. It is a good start to the season, the squad is getting stronger by the week and Warren's biggest problem is likely to be just who to leave out when Gwalchmai visit on Bank Holiday Monday.
£1,000 GOES TO HOLYHEAD
(22/08/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 6 & 11. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, C.Williams of Holyhead. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th September.
TOM SPOT ON WITH WINNER AS.....
GLANTRAETH JUST EDGE IT
(22/08/15) It was a close run thing but Glantraeth just about deserved the three points after overcoming the fierce challenge of unbeaten Abergele, the winner coming on 89 minutes as Tom Clarke converted from the penalty spot.
Glan opened strongly but despite their early possession were finding chances hard to create, the first coming on 27 minutes as Mark Bridge was badly fouled on the edge of the area only for Craig Whelan to send the free kick just too high. Warren Adams shot too high for the visitors on 31 minutes but Glan piled on the pressure approaching the break and a great run down the right by Mark Bridge deserved better as his cross passed across the face of goal with no-one getting the vital touch.
Abergele opened the second period with a great chance as Jack Higgins got clear but lost his composure and fired wildly off target and Glan keeper Dave Vickers had to dive to his left to save from a Ben Parment free kick.
It was game that looked as if one goal could be enough and the last twenty minutes saw Glan really going for it, Mark Bridge trying a spectacular scissors kick then Craig Whelan shot wide and Gareth Owen went even closer on 79 minutes as he powered in a header from a Whelan free kick only to see it deflected wide.
Abergele's lack of discipline cost them with eight minutes remaining as their captain Danny Abbott was sent off following a bad tackle on Bridge. With two minutes of normal time remaining Glantraeth were awarded a penalty when Bridge was clearly chopped down in the box. After a long delay due to injury Tom Clarke kept his cool brilliantly for a 19 year old to slot the spot kick just inside the post for the winner.
ANOTHER TOUGH ONE
(20/08/15) Abergele Town are the visitors on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Lawrence Jones assisted by Andrew Asquith and Sion Roberts.
NEW KIT SPONSORS
(19/08/15) We are delighted to announce our new kit sponsor for 2015-2016 season is Darren Jones' company DJ Joinery.
GERWYN JOINS FROM CAERNARFON
(19/08/15) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs has signed 24 year old defender Gerwyn Jones from Caernarfon Town. As a youngster Gerwyn played for Tranmere Rovers youth and reserve teams as well as for Wales at under 16, under 17 and under 18 levels. He then took up a scholarship with Loyola University in Maryland, USA, going on to play for Washington-based DC United. Back in Wales he has also been with Bangor City, Rhyl and Porthmadog.
WASTEFUL GLAN THROW TWO POINTS AWAY
(18/08/15) A bad defensive error in the 89th minute led to Trearddur Bay snatching a draw from a game that Glantraeth should have comfortably won. The home side scored two spectacular goals but missed far easier chances to sew up the three points and paid the price as their one hundred percent record came to an end.
As expected the opening to the game was tightly fought but Glan were having slightly the better of it and came close to taking the lead on 16 minutes as Bay keeper Bryan Roberts made a point blank save from a Gareth Owen header following a Craig Whelan free kick. On 43 minutes the Bodorgan side took the lead through Mark Bridge as he took possession following a throw-in turned and fired a tremendous shot into the roof of the net (pictured below).
Five minutes into the second half it was two to the home side with an even more spectacular strike. As Bridge threatened to break through the ball was cleared but with the Bay defence in disarray James Burgess volleyed the ball home superbly from fully thirty yards out. Casey Boylan had a shot deflected wide as Bay responded but on 58 minutes the home side had a great chance to go three up as Shaun Lock's fine cross was at first missed by Burgess when in a great position to score then he recovered to bring a full length save from Bay's keeper. It proved an expensive miss as within two minutes the visitors were back in the game as Curt Williams got on the end of a Asa Thomas cross to score.
Glan came back strongly with a quite brilliant save from Roberts keeping out a Sean Davies header that looked destined for the net and a minute later Burgess volleyed over as another chance went begging. On 77 minutes Burgess could not have gone closer as he took delivery of a Shaun Lock cross and smashed a shot against the underside of the bar. Glan's wastefulness cost them with time almost up as Tom Clarke's back headed the ball with the intention of finding keeper Ben Heald only to leave Heald stranded and Thomas nipped in to score. Even then Glan almost struck back as Burgess failed to connect cleanly with the goal at his mercy. Bay got their rewards for never giving up but Glantraeth will be kicking themselves for not winning this one. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Trearddur Bay Utd 2
(18/08/15) The draw was made yesterday for the second round of the FAW Trophy but we are exempt until round three due to reaching the semi-finals last season.
ISLAND PACESETTERS MEET
(17/08/15) Early days but it's good to see three island sides at the top of the table. Trearddur Bay are one of them having made an excellent start to the season after last season's promotion and they are the visitors tomorrow evening for what promises to be a cracking encounter. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, referee is Gwilym Evans and please note we will be in the blue kit.
Note: We have agreed to a request from Gwalchmai that our home game on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August will now have a 6.15 pm evening kick-off.
VISITORS ESCAPE LIGHTLY
(15/08/15) Glantraeth might have run out 3-0 winners and gone top of the league but the biggest mystery was how it wasn't a whole lot more so much were they in command over the ninety minutes.
They were unlucky not to go ahead on 13 minutes as Guto Hughes' cross was met by Danny Brookwell who fairly thundered in a shot that struck the underside of the bar. Brookwell was again involved nine minutes later as Glan took the lead, sending in a ball from the right that was finished by Mark Bridge (top picture), and two minutes later the goal frame again came to the visitors rescue as Brookwell struck a post. St Asaph keeper Luke Jones made a good save, one of many during the afternoon, from Craig Whelan as Glan continued in total command but just on half-time Brookwell's luck changed for the better as he made it 2-0 with a fine left foot finish.
Little changed after the break as the Anglesey side continued on top, Craig Whelan curling a shot just over and the pressure increased even further as Whelan and Bridge both had close range shots blocked and Tom Clarke headed over from a good position (pictured left). St Asaph did have a shot from Jordan Owen deflected wide but with an hour gone it was the best they had so far offered.
The visitors did have a little more possession in the closing stages and with still only two goals in it finally created their first real chance of the game with ninety seconds of normal time remaining only for substitute Dave Winters to send his volley wide. It was a warning to Glantraeth and with a minute of added time gone a move started by young full back Luke Owen ended with Brookwell side-stepping the keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net.
More action pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
NEWLY PROMOTED ST ASAPH NEXT
(14/08/15) After two hard fought wins it's important we keep the momentum going on Saturday when last season's second division champions St Asaph City are the visitors to Trefdraeth. Division One promises to be one of the most competitive for several seasons and there are likely to be few easy games. Certainly Llanrug will be one of the favourites and nothing on Wednesday convinced us otherwise but we were competitive all over the pitch and fully focused on getting a result. We must keep that going on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is again Hugh Jones assisted by Ceri Pritchard and Andrew Dogan.
WARREN ADDS TO HIS SQUAD
(13/08/15) "Great effort to win at such a tough place. They will be up there without a doubt" was Glan manager Warren Gibbs summing up after last night's game. It was very much a team effort and there was a fierce determination to at last lay the Llanrug ground bogey to rest. It ended up close but we deserved the win. Their ground has never looked better and they deserve great credit for the work that has been carried out during the close season and that includes the pitch which certainly suited our game.
Following the game Warren signed experienced midfielder Joe Morgan (pictured) who was last with Llandudno Junction. Joe spent nine years with Llandudno and has also played for Glan Conwy.
THE CURSE FINALLY BROKEN
(12/08/15) You don't win easily at Llanrug as Glan have found to their cost over recent seasons but they finally broke a sequence of disappointing results with three hard earned points that were deserved over the ninety minutes although indebted to some vital saves from keeper Ben Heald and some stubborn defending in the final quarter as the Gwynedd side sensed they might rescue something from the game.
The game seemed to be following the usual pattern as the home side were awarded a penalty on 12 minutes for a foul by Kieren Jeffreys only for Heald to pull off a brilliant save, diving to his left to keep out David Noel Williams' spot kick and three minutes later the Glan keeper again came to the rescue with a point blank save from Carl Griffiths. The saves proved game changers as within a minute Glantraeth had taken the lead as Craig Whelan rifled his shot into the roof of the net following a corner kick. Glan were pressing hard now with Sean Davies and Mark Bridge going close but were unlucky to lose a goal on 26 minutes as a corner from the left seemed to deflect in off Darren Jones.
The visitors responded by going back in front within two minutes as Heald's kick upfield was flicked on by Whelan to Burgess who neatly side footed the ball past the advancing keeper and Burgess was only inches wide from adding another following the restart. Jonathan Peris-Jones headed over from a free kick for Llanrug but it was Burgess again who was the threat five minutes before the interval as he headed against the inside of a post then Gareth Owen's effort was cleared off the line as Glan proved good value for their half-time lead.
The first threat of the second period came when Heald did well to push over a long distance effort from Llanrug's David Noel Williams then Burgess again went close to his second, cleverly turning his marker before shooting just wide of a post. Glantraeth went 3-1 up on 61 minutes as Guto Hughes put Mark Bridges in the clear and he left his markers for dead as he raced through to score (pictured).
Just when it looked the game was going Glan's way the Gwynedd side pulled a goal back four minutes later when what looked like a cross from Carl Griffiths dropped over everyone and nestled in the net. Kev Lloyd had an opportunity to equalise with twenty minutes remaining but shot wide from a great position.
Glan had been frustrated throughout the game as with monotonous regularity decision after decision from referee Martin Trigg was going in the home side's favour but despite that Glan stood firm under pressure in the closing moments to hold on to their lead. Final score: Llanrug United 2 Glantraeth 3
More action pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
(10/08/15) Llanrug United are our opponents on Wednesday evening when we travel to Eithin Duon looking for a well overdue win at their place. We made finishing off Glan Conwy harder than it should have been on Saturday but deserved the three points. We played some great stuff at times but just needed to be a little more ruthless with our finishing. Mark Bridge who was unavailable at the weekend is expected to return to the squad. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, referee is Martin Trigg and we are in the blue kit.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(08/08/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2, 11 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd August.
DANNY WEAVES HIS MAGIC
(08/08/15) Three points for Glantraeth though they left it late to finally see off the challenge of a battling Glan Conwy side but what a goal the winner was as Danny Brookwell weaved his way through the visitor's defence before unleashing a left foot shot that never gave the keeper a prayer (top picture).
Glan began well, James Burgess firing just wide before a long punt upfield by keeper Ben Heald had Conwy keeper Rory Crowther in all kinds of trouble before he managed to scoop the ball to safety. On ten minutes the home side took the lead as Guto Hughes put a searching ball in from the right that was met by Gareth Owen and as the ball looped in the air Burgess jumped highest to head home but within a minute a bad defensive lapse at the other end gave Merreck Knight an easy opportunity to pull his side level.
Glan pushed hard to regain the lead with Guto Hughes firing narrowly wide on 28 minutes and two minutes later the keeper went down well to save from Brookwell. With ten minutes of the half remaining the Anglesey side went back in front as Gareth Owen sent in a long cross from the right and Burgess headed his second by outjumping the keeper.
The visitor's goal was under constant pressure after the break, Crowther making a fine save from Brookwell then only a last ditch tackle on the same player after a surging run prevented a goalscoring opportunity. With only one goal still in it Glan could not relax and home keeper Ben Heald went down well to save a Leighton Griffiths' free kick on 55 minutes and did even better to save the follow up shot from Kyle Robb with a tremendous flying save. Brookwell was giving the Conwy defence a torrid time with his direct running and was only denied a goal on the hour mark as his shot was deflected inches wide. Glan deserved a goal on 75 minutes as another charge on goal by Brookwell saw the ball played out to Guto Hughes whose cross was headed just the wrong side of a post by Mike Lundstrum.
Despite their superiority Glan just could not get the killer goal that would likely seal the win and their failure to make their chances count looked to have cost them on 77 minutes as Shaun Shannon crossed from the right and Merreck volleyed home but it was that man Brookwell who got that brilliant winner for the home side on 81 minutes. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Glan Conwy 2
More action pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
LOOKING FOR PERFECT START
(06/08/15) The Welsh Alliance kicks off on Saturday when Glan Conwy are the visitors to the lush pastures of Glantraeth. All teams are really fired up at this stage of the season as we all start off equal and we can be sure our visitors will provide stern opposition for us to overcome.
We began last season slowly but ended with a tremendous run of results that very nearly bought us second place. Although we have made some new signings the backbone of last year's team is still in place so the aim must be to hit the ground running right from the first whistle Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Hugh Jones assisted by William Peel and Andrew Asquith.
Pen pics will be updated after this weekend.
(04/08/15) After carefully weighing up all the pros and cons we have decided to stay put at Glantraeth. Landowner Iolo Owen had generously offered us a long lease on a piece of land nearer Malltraeth village where there was the potential to develop a community club free from some of the restrictions that apply on our present ground but after much discussion and consultation with other interested parties we decided there were problems that were too difficult to overcome so have abandoned the idea.
Our present ground has never looked better and we are greatly indebted to the work carried out by Tarw, Hoss and DJ who can all be proud of their efforts in preparing the pitch and the surroundings for the new season. The pitch alone has resulted in at least one player joining the club in preference to another Welsh Alliance club.
Admission will again be £3 this season with a free programme while stocks last. Under 16s are free. Helen of Hel's Kitchen fame will again be providing some of the best and most reasonably priced food and drink in the league alongside Nia's delicious cup cakes we hope!
The club is always on the lookout for more lottery agents paid on a commission basis. Glantraeth run one of the most successful club lotteries in North Wales football with £1,000 of prize money paid out every month. If you are interested in becoming an agent please contact Helen on 07867 535954.
At tonight's club management committee meeting we were delighted to welcome on board new member Cledwyn Williams.
Late news: Manager Warren Gibbs this evening signed experienced striker Mike Lundstrum. Mike was last season with Llandudno Junction and previous to that played for Llandudno.
HOME & HOME AGAIN
(03/08/15) The draws for the league cups were made at the league meeting tonight. In round one of the Lock Stock Cookson Cup for Division One clubs we have been drawn at home to Llandyrnog United. In the Mawddach Challenge Cup for all member clubs we are at home to Trearddur Bay United. Dates to be confirmed.
Division Two clubs Gaerwen and Bethesda Athletic were allowed 14 days grace to sort out their problems so all going to plan they will start their fixtures on Saturday 22nd August. The league secretary reported that Gaerwen had a team but no manager while Bethesda had a manager but no team! As is now the custom discussion also took place regarding Kinmel/Abergele, this time regarding the uncertainty of the availability of the Llandudno FC ground.
League chairman Billy Evans was not well enough to attend. We send him our best wishes.
We have applied for an open date on Saturday September 5th because of players attending the Wales v Israel international in Cardiff the following day.
GLAN END PRE-SEASON WITH WIN
(01/08/15) A good contest with no shortage of commitment from either side saw Glantraeth run out 5-3 winners over visitors Saltney Town this afternoon but Warren Gibbs will be looking for a much improved performance when the season opens next weekend. Too often an impressive spell was followed by sloppy periods of play that allowed Saltney to get back in the game.
After a fairly even opening Glan really laid into the visitors with Kieren Jeffreys smashing a shot against the crossbar on 33 minutes and as the ball was played back in Gareth Owen was there to put the home side ahead. A minute later Danny Brookwell struck a shot that came back off the bar and the woodwork continued to get a real testing as Craig Whelan was the latest to rattle the bar on 39 minutes when it was surely easier to score but three minutes later Whelan made amends as he scored from close in (pictured) and the game looked to be going Glan's way a minute into the second half as Danny Brookwell made it 3-0.
Saltney came back strongly and two goals in the 48th and 55th minute, the second from a penalty, brought them right back in contention. As the game entered the final fifteen minutes Glan again opened a two goal lead, Mark Bridge scoring from the spot and Sion Kyle adding a fifth but even then the Chester side weren't finished as a tremendous dipping shot following a quickly taken free kick completed the scoring.
More of Aled's action pics now on Glantraeth Facebook page.
VICKERS APPOINTED COACH
(29/07/15) Dave Vickers has been appointed club coach for 2015-2016 season. He gained a great deal of coaching experience in the Royal Navy. Dave will also be registered as a player. A goalkeeper who made a total of nineteen Welsh Premier appearances for Porthmadog and began his career as a youth with Manchester United. Dave has also been with Bangor City, Rhyl, Llandudno, Buckley Town and Bethesda Athletic. Darren 'Chicken' Jones who did the job last season told us he is now 'just a player' but he again has never looked fitter and more enthusiastic and is so full of life he is every club's dream in the changing room before games.
DAZ BACK ON THE ISLAND
(29/07/15) Darren (Daz) Meredith returns to Ynys Mon this Saturday with his Saltney Town side our opponents. Formerly Gaerwen supremo Darren is now assistant manager of the Welsh National League Premier Division club. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, admission is free and Allan Rowlands will be back in the middle with Dewi Morris and Hugh Davies as his assistants.
5-2 BUT NEVER EASY
(28/07/15) Glantraeth were again made to work for victory against pumped up local opposition before running out 5-2 winners at home to Menai Bridge this evening. Craig Roberts put Glan ahead after just three minutes and Mark Bridge added a second on 35 minutes. Craig Roberts got his second five minutes later only for the impressive Sion Hogan to pull a goal back just on the interval. Bridge were giving a good account of themselves and pulled it back to 3-2 on 65 minutes only for Glan to finish strongly as Mike Lundstrum volleyed home a cross from Bridge then James Burgess completed the scoring on 84 minutes.
GAME TOMORROW NIGHT
(27/07/15) We again face local opposition in Menai Bridge tomorrow evening and we can be expect they will be fired up to put one over us as were Llandegai and Aberffraw. Kick-off is 6.45 pm.
Everyone at the club extends their sympathy to Allan Rowlands. Rowls was due to referee our game on Saturday but had to call off due to a family bereavement.
After showing up well during pre-season Warren has added 17 year old defender Luke Owen to his squad. Luke was previously with Llanfairpwll.
BETTY IS £1,000 WINNER
(25/07/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 9 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Betty Hughes of Ty Croes. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th August.
CORWEN HIT FOR SIX
(25/07/15) Visitors Corwen took the lead after just thirty seconds and went further ahead with less than five minutes on the clock. Glan then began to take control, spraying the ball around with some fine passing and Mark Bridge was unlucky as his shot came back off the bar. On the half-hour mark it was Bridge who pulled a goal back as a fine run into the area created the space for a low shot that found the bottom corner.
Five minutes into the second period the home side levelled as a great build up ended with Neil Hughes laying the ball off to Sean Davies whose shot from outside the area gave the keeper no chance. Having got level Glan were lucky three minutes later as a trip in the area saw referee Dewi Morris award a penalty only for Corwen to waste the opportunity as the spot kick struck the bar.
They were quickly punished as two goals in four minutes, a great strike from Shaun Lock and a close range finish from James Burgess, made it 4-2 for the Anglesey side. Midway through the half a long throw from Lock was headed home by Burgess and Lock powerfully drove home a sixth with five minutes remaining.
Final score: Glantraeth 6 Corwen 2
More of Aled's action pics on Glantraeth Facebook page.
RORY & BROM MOVE ON
(24/07/15) Two players who won't be with us this season are Rory Courlander and central defender Brom Sibson. Rory has moved with his family to live and work in Thailand and Brom has completed his studies at Bangor University and moved back to his native Derbyshire. We wish them both well.
KINMEL - THE SAGA CONTINUES
(23/07/15) Remember the farce at the start of last season as a wall that Kinmel Bay had built at their ground caused our opening game AT GLANTRAETH to be cancelled. You couldn't really make that up.
The clubs and the league having agreed to them, now called Abergele Town, playing on Llandudno FC's ground again this season we have now been informed by the league that Llandudno's ground is not available to them in August. It means that our away game on Saturday August 22 has been switched to Glantraeth so due to being messed around once again seven of our first nine games will now be at home!
The saga continues.
JEFFERS IS BACK
(22/07/15) One of our most popular former players has re-signed for Glantraeth. Kieren Jeffreys is back. Then only 18 Kieren was of course a regular in our double winning side of 2011-2012 season when we took Welsh Alliance Division Two by storm under the management of Kev O'Neil and Chris Roberts. He played for Wales at schools level and his other former clubs include Bethesda Athletic, Holyhead Hotspur, Beaumaris Town and Gaerwen. Aso rejoining the club is Craig Whelan who last season signed for Cardiff Met and was previously with Bangor City. After scoring a hat-trick last Saturday Warren has also signed Shaun Lock (pictured right). Shaun has also played for Beaumaris Town, Bethesda Athletic and Gaerwen.
We have agreed to release Brendun Hogan to join Holyhead Hotspur without insisting on seven day's notice. We wish Brendun luck.
GLAN MADE TO WORK FOR WIN
(21/07/15) Glantraeth ran out 2-1 winners in tonight's home friendly but it was visitors Aberffraw who can take great credit for a battling performance. The opening forty-five minutes saw Glan playing the ball around well without any real sense of urgency although they led at the break through a Tom Clarke penalty. The Bodorgan side applied tremendous pressure after the break but Berrfro stood firm until the 70th minute as a superb strike from Craig Whelan made it 2-0. It appeared the floodgates might now open but it wasn't to be as the visitors refused to buckle and instead got themselves a goal back through Craig Owen with twelve minutes remaining. We wish Aberffraw all the best for the season.
A real test for Glan will come on Saturday when they meet opposition of an equal standing when Welsh National League Premier Division side Corwen are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and admission is again free.
Some action shots on Glan Facebook page tomorrow..
DANNY IMPRESSES THEN SIGNS
(19/07/15) After a performance that impressed everyone watching on Saturday Glantraeth have signed 22 year old forward Danny Brookwell. Locally Danny last played for Menai Bridge but has represented the Royal Navy at under 19 and under 23 level. He has twice represented the Service at the Dallas Cup in Texas and in 2012 was nominated for the Royal Navy's Young Sports Person of the Year award. (Pictured with the Inter-Services Championship Trophy at Portsmouth's Fratton Park & in action yesterday.)
So it's two games played, one won, one lost. It's nice to win but results are not that important at this stage as Warren looks to strengthen the squad for the new season. In truth Blaenau at times looked a better side than Llandegai despite the difference in results. We should have been five up by the interval last Wednesday and with two minutes gone on Saturday Neil Hughes of all people missed an absolute sitter after great play by Mark Bridge. From then on though our finishing was pretty lethal. Two good games and two good workouts.
On Tuesday evening Glan play the third of their pre-season fixtures when near neighbours Aberffraw are the visitors. Kick-off is 6.45 pm, referee is Allan Rowlands and admission is free.
Some of Aled's action pics on club Facebook page later today.
MARK BRIDGE JOINS GLANTRAETH