BARMOUTH FRUSTRATE GLAN
(18/04/15) The game hardly had the best of starts, kicking off forty-five minutes late after some Barmouth players got lost on the way to the game. Playing with a strong wind behind them Glantraeth laid siege to the visitor's goal from the start and were unlucky to not go ahead after just four minutes as Guto Hughes headed against the crossbar and as the ball came back to him a second header also struck the bar. A minute later Rory Courlander's shot passed inches wide of a post. Barmouth were pinned back and unable to mount any kind of a threat. Sean Davies was the latest to go close for the home side on 18 minutes with a shot that looked goal bound only to just miss the upright. The Barmouth goal was enjoying a charmed life with Matty Lock and Gareth Owen both having headers cleared off the goalline within seconds of each other. Glantraeth should have had the game won before half-time such had been their dominance but with nothing to show for their efforts and the visitors having the advantage of the elements after the break the outcome of the game was still very much in doubt.
The second half proved something of an anti-climax with Glan still having the better of things but not carrying the threat of the opening period with neither keeper really being tested and the game ending in a rather tame goalless draw. It was a game Glantraeth should have won comfortably and has to go down as a missed opportunity to put further pressure on second and third places.
More of Aled's pictures on club Facebook page tomorrow.
FIVE MORE TO GO
(16/04/15) Barmouth are the visitors on Saturday as we enter the final five games of the season with plenty still to play for. The south Gwynedd side have had two excellent wins since we beat them at Wern Mynach late last month so we know it won't be easy. Let's hope we have no more of the sheer farce we experienced at Junction on Tuesday and the game is decided fairly rather than by mistakes that cost us dearly. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and the referee is Allan Rowlands.
Manager Warren Gibbs will be presented with the Division One Manager of the Month award for February before the game by league official Alun Griffiths.
(12/04/15) Our draw at Junction last night meant that whatever happened elsewhere Holywell Town were Welsh Alliance Division One Champions and will be promoted to the Huws Gray Alliance next season. As it happened they didn't need our help with a 3-0 win at Llanrwst. Their record is outstanding and they are well worthy champions. The Championship Trophy will be presented to them following our game at Holywell on Monday May 4th.
GLAN ROBBED OF THE WIN
(14/04/15) A 2-2 draw at second placed Junction is on paper a good result but Glantraeth can quite rightly feel badly let down by the match officials after two decisions that were just plain wrong denied them the victory that could well have put them on course for a second place finish. The first controversy came on 23 minutes as Junction played the ball over the Glan defence. Dean Seager was clearly a couple of yards offside but Ricky Jones ran through from an onside position and looked ready to play the ball but it was Seager who got there first and although his shot was saved by keeper Ben Heald Jones followed up to score. It is no good pillorying the young and clearly confused assistant for failing to flag, Seagar was so far offside he needed help from the more experienced man in the middle and he didn't get it. It was an easy decision to get right and the mistake proved costly for Glantraeth.
Glantraeth came out fighting after the break and pulled level on 51 minutes as Matty Lock's header from a Brendun Hogan corner kick was cleared off the line only for Gareth Owen to follow up and sweep the ball home. With twenty minutes to go Glan went ahead, Guto Hughes played a short corner to Craig Roberts who nutmegged a defender before crossing for James Burgess to score from close in (top picture). On 73 minutes Brendun Hogan almost got a third for Glan with a tremendous shot from fully thirty five yards that was only inches wide but Junction did get a legitimate goal to equalise nine minutes from time as a free kick was powered in from the left and Dan Roberts' header gave Heald no chance.
The final indignity for Glantraeth came in the 93rd minute as a ball was pumped into the box, Gareth Owen doing well to get his head to the ball under pressure in a crowded area and Rory Courlander reacting first to blast the ball home for what looked the winner only for referee Peter Kewley to indicate he had spotted a foul, the reason still remaining a mystery. It looked a perfectly good goal and Glan manager Warren Gibbs was left fuming following the game with every justification. Final score: Llandudno Junction 2 Glantraeth 2
TWO SHARE £500
(11/04/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 16 & 20. There were two winners who share the £500 Jackpot, T.Thomas of Newborough and 'Amlwch' c/o Gwilym Jones. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th April.
2nd PLACE STILL UP FOR GRABS?
(11/04/15) This end of season gets ever more bizarre as we are again left to twiddle our thumbs today, that's the third Saturday on the run, our next game now being Tuesday at Llandudno Junction. To be fair last Monday Pwllheli did offer to play us today but players had already made arrangements based on the fixture list published by the league. A win at Junction on Tuesday and suddenly even second place becomes a possibility. To date we have a hundred percent record against the top two but Junction are having a tremendous season and will be a tough nut to crack at their Flyover ground, however, we have proved that on our day we are a match for any side in this Division. Kick-off 6.30 pm and we will be in the red kit. Referee is Peter Kewley.
GWALCHMAI WELL BEATEN
(08/04/15) Glantraeth proved far too strong for Gwalchmai in this evening's local derby running out comfortable winners by four goals to nil to maintain their challenge for a top three finish.
There were few chances for either side in the early stages before Glan took the lead on 29 minutes, referee Steve Jones playing a great advantage as Andy Barker was fouled that allowed Craig Roberts to score his seventeenth of the season with an exquisite chip over the keeper. There was almost an immediate reply from the visitors straight from the restart as Gareth Allman tried an audacious shot from the halfway line that only just cleared the bar. It was 2-0 for Glan on 34 minutes as a good run by James Burgess opened up the Gwalchmai defence and Tomos Clarke scored at the second attempt after his first effort had been blocked (pictured above).
The second half saw Glantraeth well in command with the visitors rarely threatening, Brendun Hogan shooting wide and Andy Barker blasting just over. It seemed just a matter of time before the home side increased their lead and it came on 70 minutes as Hogan drove in from the right and found the bottom corner then a minute later Barker got a fourth as he turned on the ball and struck a great shot from the edge of the area to seal a seventh straight league win for the Bodorgan side.
FAIR PLAY DAY - NO BOOKINGS!
18 POINTS OUT OF 18 FOR GLAN
(06/04/15) Glantraeth ran out 4-1 winners over Pwllheli this afternoon for a sixth successive league three pointer. The first half was goalless as Glan not for the first time this season missed a gilt edged chance to take the lead on 18 minutes as Rory Courlander was tripped in the penalty area only for Craig Roberts to fire the spot kick wide. On 38 minutes a cross from Neil Hughes was pushed on to the crossbar by Pwllheli keeper Jamie Underwood and within a minute the same thing happened at the other end this time Jamie Banks seeing his cross from the right drop on to the bar.
The action picked up after the break with the home side showing more urgency and going ahead on 49 minutes as James Burgess's shot was half saved by Underwood but the spin on the ball took it over the line. The lead only lasted seven minutes as a shot from Tom Mahoney took a wicked deflection giving home keeper Ben Heald no chance. Two goals in a minute put Glan firmly back in the driving seat, Craig Roberts scoring from close in after good work by Neil Hughes on 68 minutes then Guto Hughes firing in a tremendous shot from the edge of the area to make it 3-1. Craig Roberts got his second and Glantraeth's fourth with three minutes remaining with a shot of pinpoint accuracy that bent around the keeper and went in off a post. Only a fine save from Underwood prevented Neil Hughes adding another with time almost up.
More of Aled's pictures on Glan Facebook page now and tomorrow.
NOW IT'S TWO IN THREE
(05/04/15) After being deprived of a game the past two Saturdays we now have two games in three days!! Tomorrow Pwllheli are the visitors and they will be looking to bounce back after their heavy defeat at Holywell. Referee is Robin Williams and the kick-off is 2.30 pm. We then have an evening game at home to neighbours Gwalchmai on Wednesday. Please note for that one we will be playing in blue and Gwalchmai in red, wouldn't want any confusion there would we? Referee on Wednesday is Steve Jones and kick-off is 6.30 pm.
FAW FAIR PLAY INITIATIVE
(02/04/15) The FAW is continuing to promote the Fair Play initiative by organising a FAW Fair Play Day for the Welsh Alliance Football League Division One clubs on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th April 2015.
The FAW has already organised this for the Welsh Premier League, Huws Gray Alliance and Welsh League Division One clubs last season which involved players and match officials warming up in FAW Fair Play t-shirts, articles in programmes, PA announcements etc. to raise the profile of this worthwhile initiative where the winners of each award from the Directly-Affiliated Leagues receives £1000 prize money to put towards their club.
As well as this article on the club website Glantraeth will be promoting the initiative at their home games with Pwllheli and Gwalchmai next week including features in the programme and the players wearing FAW Fair Play T-shirts during the pre-match warm ups.
Glantraeth were of course recipients of the Welsh Alliance Fair Play award last season.
The FAW are also promoting their Off The Pitch campaign which offers advice to players and club officials on how to use social media responsibly.
THREE SHARE £1,000
(28/03/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 7 & 11. There were three winners who share the £1,000 Jackpot, Mark Day of Hermon, Hayley Morrey of Bodedern & M.Thomas of Beaumaris. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th April.
(24/03/15) No other side in the division has played less games than us yet we now go two Saturdays without a game. It is plainly ridiculous. I do not normally complain about fixtures because it is a difficult job to keep everyone happy but I did take the situation up with league fixture secretary Eric Wyn Jones who said he would try and give us a fixture next Saturday, however nothing has materialised. The obvious question to ask is why we could not have been away to Llandudno Junction instead of Gwalchmai who only have four games left to play but then again what do I know? (SS)
GLAN MOVE UP TO FOURTH
(21/03/15) Glantraeth returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win at Barmouth this afternoon. Goalscorers Matty Lock (68 mins) and Neil Hughes (90 mins). (Photo: Rod Davies. More on Glantraeth Facebook page).
GREAT EFFORT BOYS
(19/03/15) There was obviously great disappointment following last night's defeat, especially the timing of it, but it has been a tremendous effort in Warren's first season to go so close to winning the biggest prize in Welsh football realistically attainable to a club at our level. No Anglesey club has come nearer to the FAW Trophy apart from Holyhead Hotspur since it was introduced in 1993.
Much has been made of me wanting to win this trophy above all else and that hasn't changed but it is about the players not me and I felt so disappointed for them last night as it was a game that could have gone either way and in some ways we paid the price for pushing forward for a winner late on. We never reached the heights of the second half on Saturday when we pounded leaders Holywell but credit to Penrhyn they are a decent side and on the night it went their way.
It's back to league action and the battle for at least a top three placing on Saturday with a trip to Barmouth. There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth at 11.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride at 12 noon. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Arwel Thomas. (SS)
END OF THE ROAD FOR GLAN
(19/03/15) Glantraeth's FAW Trophy hopes were crushed as Penrhyn scored the killer goal with virtually the last kick of the game to secure a 3-2 victory. It was as expected a closely fought game that could have gone either way but it was the Gwynedd side who go through to face Holywell Town or Abergavenny Town in the final.
Glan had taken the lead after just 11 minutes as Craig Roberts had converted a cross from Guto Hughes and were unlucky not to go two up four minutes later as Roberts was inches wide after fastening on to a through ball from Rory Courlander. The Anglesey side were creating all the early chances with Matty Lock almost in after a probing pass from Richard Owen then Roberts fired straight at the keeper. Coming up to the half-hour mark Penrhyn began to enjoy their best spell of the game and it took a good save from keeper Ben Heald to push a powerful effort from Steve Jones away then Adam Griffiths fired over as Glan were being pushed back on the defensive. The outcome of the whole game might well have been effected by an incident right on the half-time whistle as Courlander burst into the penalty area and struck a shot that beat the keeper all ends up only to strike the underside of the crossbar and bounce down almost on the goalline (pictured left). It was a huge let-off for Penrhyn.
The first action of the second half saw keeper Robert Watson making a diving save from Glan's Brendun Hogan but Penrhyn levelled on 52 minutes as Glan lost the ball cheaply in midfield and Steve Jones coming in from the right blasted a low ground shot beyond Heald. Within three minutes the Anglesey side were back in front as Craig Roberts took advantage of a suicidal pass across his own goal from the experienced Mike Foster (top picture). Glantraeth again lost their advantage on 65 minutes, Carwyn Price the scorer as the ball was played in from the left.
It was now anyone's game as Glantraeth went looking for a third, Craig Roberts heading a Matty Lock cross wide, Courlander shooting over then meeting a cross from Neil Hughes but unable to direct his header on target. It was Glan's turn to get lucky four minutes from time as Carwyn Price struck a post but it ended up proving of little consequence as with the game in the 93rd minute and Glantraeth on the attack the ball broke quickly upfield leaving Steve Jones with a clear run on goal and he made no mistake placing the ball just inside the post to give Penrhyn victory.
* Congratulations to Penrhyndeudraeth and best wishes to them in the final. They have shown that a losing semi-finalist can come back the following season and go one better so our target is set for next season!
QUITE A JOURNEY
(16/03/15) On Wednesday we have the chance to reach our first national final. The two sides are evenly matched and both Penrhyndeudraeth and ourselves will fancy their chances. It has been quite a journey to get this far.
Starting back in September at home to Trearddur Bay we were twice behind until a strong second half showing saw us come out on top by three goals to two, Jamie Steel and Craig Whelan (2) the scorers. A tough draw at Llanerchymedd followed but we ran out deserved winners, 2-1 the final score, with a tremendous strike from Rory Courlander proving the decider.
It was then down to Ceredigion in the third Round to face Bow Street. We were less than impressive that day and with the game entering the 90th minute were 4-3 down only for Neil Hughes to produce a bit of magic and level. If that wasn't all Andy Barker raced away in added time to jubilantly score a winner.
It was back to Mid-Wales in the next round with Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant the opposition. Tough opponents who were still in the Welsh Cup but we were virtually unplayable that day racing into a 3-0 half-time lead that could have been even more. Although they got a fortunate goal back we ended comfortable winners to go through to the quarter-finals.
The draw went national then and we got lucky with a home draw this time, Penlan from the Swansea League our visitors. Stronger in attack and stronger in defence against a more than useful side we ran out 3-0 winners, Craig Roberts, Gareth Owen and Neil Hughes with a beauty on target. We have come a long way and fought some real battles home and away to get to this stage of the competition and we can't let all that effort count for nothing now. Another battle lies ahead but with the same quality and determination so far shown we can create another slice of club history.
Admission on Wednesday is £3 or £1 for seniors and juniors. We will be in our red kit and using the home changing room. The referee is Ashley Jones of Wrexham.
WARREN MANAGER OF THE MONTH
(15/03/15) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs has won Welsh Alliance Division One Manager of the Month for February. Last time he won in October we won our next three so let's hope it's an omen!
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(14/03/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 8 & 19. There were no winners so the Jackpot rollsover to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th March.
(14/03/15) After going 31 games without defeat in open play this season, 29 of them wins, Holywell Town were finally beaten today as a storming second half performance from Glantraeth saw goals from Sean Davies and James Burgess result in victory by two goals to one. It was very much a game of two halves with the visitors looking every bit the league leaders in the opening forty-five minutes, Phil Lloyd and Stuart Hayes both narrowly wide in the first twelve minutes. At the other end a great effort from Craig Roberts flew just past an upright and on 18 minutes Matty Lock was inches away from converting a Guto Hughes cross. The visitors began to get on top and it took a fine save from stand-in keeper James Stewart to prevent Paul Williams opening the scoring and only an incredible block by Courlander on 29 minutes kept out a point blank effort from Hayes. The pressure paid off ten minutes before the break as Tom McElmeel got behind the home defence and rounded Stewart before slotting the ball into the empty net.
Holywell deserved their half-time lead but they were in for a shock following the interval as Glan tore into them. There was now constant pressure on the visitor's goal with keeper Mike Platt distinguishing himself with fine saves from Brendun Hogan and Craig Roberts. Much of Holywell's composure had now gone and clearances were getting more and more desperate. On 71 minutes Glan finally made the breakthrough their play deserved as Guto Hughes crossed from the left and Sean Davies rose to score with a superb header that gave Platt no chance (top picture). Hayes had a chance that he put wide on 82 minutes but it was a rare threat from the visitors and a minute later the ground erupted as the Anglesey side took the lead with a well constructed winner, Hughes putting Neil Hughes clear and although his shot was blocked James Burgess followed up to blast the ball home. There was a nervous ending to the game as referee Kelvin Lewis played a hard to justify seven minutes of added time but any other result other than a win for Warren Gibb's side would have been a travesty after that second half performance. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Holywell Town 1
More great Aled pics on Glan Facebook tomorrow.
(08/03/15) Glantraeth's end of season Presentation Night and Dinner for players, management, officials plus partners has been arranged for Friday 15th May at Cartio Mon, Bryngwran situated just off the A55 near Jct 4.
LEAGUE LEADERS AT GLANTRAETH
(08/03/15) We were unfortunate to lose yesterday after playing so long a man short. It was a tremendous effort but in the end it was our inability to put away penalty kicks that came back to haunt us, we have missed the last four in open play. Next Saturday runaway league leaders and champions-elect Holywell Town are the visitors to Glantraeth. It is a game the chairman and myself just hope we come through unscathed with no more injuries or suspensions for obvious reasons but Warren and the players will want to attempt to be the first team to beat Holywell this season so let's hope and pray we get both. There was a strong feeling after the 4-0 defeat in the Cookson Cup that the scoreline did not reflect just how close the game had been but there is no denying Holywell's record this season is quite incredible and they will take some beating. Gareth Owen will miss the game due to a one game suspension although James Burgess is available again after being cup-tied yesterday. Referee is Kelvin Lewis and the kick-off is 2.30 pm. (SS)
UNLUCKY GLAN BOW OUT
(07/03/15) Glantraeth deserved better as they lost out in a penalty shoot-out to Llanrug this afternoon. Despite playing for all but the first nineteen minutes with ten men they were the better side on the day but it's goals that count and the home side put away their penalties with some aplomb following extra-time to go through to the third round of the Mawddach Cup. Playing with the strong wind the visitors set the pace with Neil Hughes, Rory Courlander and Brendun Hogan having early efforts on goal in the opening quarter-hour but then captain Gareth Owen was sent off for a second caution, the first deserved, the second very harsh and no doubt influenced by the Llanrug players crowding referee Terry Williams calling for his dismissal. On 25 minutes Llanrug's Dylan Owen struck the outside of a post with a free kick. On the half-hour mark a great run from Tomos Clarke took him clear of the home defence but his shot flew wide. Glan continued to press with Neil Hughes feeding Courlander two minutes from the break only for keeper Dylan Roberts to go full length and fingertip the shot away from goal. It was a brief respite for Llanrug as the same combination created another chance a minute into added time and this time Courlander made no mistake (top picture).
It was now the Gwynedd side's turn to have the advantage of the elements and they got back in the game on 54 minutes as a long throw in from the right was headed on and Jonathan Peris Jones stole in at the far post to shoot high into the net. Glan were playing some good football in difficult conditions but were again undone with a long throw fifteen minutes from time as the ball skidded off a defender's head at the near post and found the far corner. It was poor reward for Glan who apart from the long throw-ins had comfortably dealt with Llanrug's wind assisted efforts. It looked all over for the visitors but with time just about up they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area. Tomos Clarke's shot was blocked but as the ball was put back in by Richard Owen it fell for Sean Davies to pounce and fire home an equaliser with the last action of the ninety minutes (pictured left).
There was drama in the first minute of extra-time as an attempted head butt by Llanrug's Marvin Pritchard was missed by the referee who in truth had done few favours for Glantraeth all afternoon but was seen by an assistant and the player was shown the red card. Glantraeth were again the better side in the added thirty minutes but could not get the vital third goal and the game ended in disappointment as Llanrug put away all their penalties to win the shoot-out 4-2.
More pics by Aled Jones on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
ANOTHER TOUGH ONE
(02/03/15) After the recent win at Llanberis Glan go to Llanrug on Saturday in the second round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup looking to get a result at another ground where we have experienced little joy over recent seasons. It will be a tough one, the home side have been one of the most consistent performers in the division over the past couple of years. They have a well established side, with a good mixture of youth and experience and one of the area's most respected managers in Aled Owen. It is only over recent weeks manager Warren Gibbs has began to get something approaching a settled squad after a large turnover of players in the early part of the season as is often the case following a change of management. That has been reflected in results and certainly progress on Saturday would be a big bonus as we enter what has every chance of being an exciting climax to the season. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, we are in the blue kit and the ref is Arwyn Griffiths.
BETTY WINS £500
(28/02/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 6, 13 & 19. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, Betty Hughes of Ty Croes. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th March.
BROM'S GOAL PROVES ENOUGH
(28/02/15) A good win and another clean sheet for Glantraeth in horrendous conditions as a first half goal from central defender Brom Sibson was enough to see off the challenge of Kinmel Bay although the Anglesey side were guilty of missing gilt edged chances to make the scoreline more convincing. Playing with the wind Glan had a great chance to take the lead on 14 minutes as Tomos Clarke was presented with an unmarked header from a perfect Guto Hughes cross but saw his effort on goal pass harmlessly wide and another fine Hughes cross eight minutes later set up a more difficult chance for Clarke which was also wide of the target. Little had been seen of Bay as an attacking force but they went close on 33 minutes as skipper Danny Abbott sent in a powerful header from a left wing corner only for Glan keeper Ben Heald to react quickly and push the ball over. Guto Hughes was sending in some testing crosses and Rory Courlander was the next to get in a free header from one of his crosses on 41 minutes but his header was also wide from a good position although it was difficult to tell from the sidelines just how much the strong wind was playing in these misses. With the last action of the half Glan finally took a deserved lead and it was again Hughes the instigator, swinging in a corner from the right that Brom Sibson forced home (pictured above).
Kinmel Bay kicked off the second half with what was now a near gale force wind behind them but any hopes that it would prove any easier were soon dispelled as Glan dealt easily with their efforts to get back in the game and perhaps should have had a penalty on 69 minutes as Courlander was hacked down in the box. Steve Jones came off the bench after recovering from injury and sent in a couple of superb crosses that James Burgess was inches from converting with the goal gaping. Glan couldn't add to their tally but Bay, apart from that first half header, hardly threatened and the home side's biggest danger were the farcical conditions that saw the ball take on virtually a life of its own at times. Final score: Glantraeth 1 Kinmel Bay 0.
More pics by Aled Jones on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
BACK TO LEAGUE ACTION
(27/02/15) We return to league matters tomorrow when Kinmel Bay are the visitors. We need a better performance than in our last meeting when we deservedly lost by two goals to one on the 3G pitch at Llandudno last month. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Hugh Jones.
(26/02/15) Fixtures to the end of the season have now been added to the Fixtures page. Please note we are AT HOME to Holywell Town on Saturday 14th March not away as originally reported.
FAW TROPHY ARRANGEMENTS
(24/02/15) The FAW Trophy semi-final against Penrhyndeudraeth will be played at Bangor City's Nantporth Stadium on Wednesday 18th March with a 7.30 pm kick-off.
GLAN v PENRHYNDEUDRAETH
(23/02/15) Glantraeth will play Penrhyndeudraeth in the semi-finals of the FAW Trophy.
NOW IT GETS EVEN TOUGHER
(22/02/15) The semi-finalists in the FAW Trophy are now known. We know all about the pedigree of Holywell Town but they had a real scare yesterday at Pembrokeshire League side Hakin United, 3-2 down with time almost up they escaped with an equaliser in the final minute and a winner in added time. Abergavenny Town are attracting tremendous support and a 4-1 win at Llandudno Junction is an impressive result by any standards. We saw the strength of Penrhyndeudraeth only last month here at Glantraeth when we did well to force a three all draw with a goal in injury time.
With so many players missing it goes down as a good result yesterday because Penlan were no mugs and played some good football but we were stronger both in finishing and also in defending when we had to.
There is little point in wishing for any particular opponent in Monday's draw. The only disadvantage in meeting Abergavenny is a likely trip down to mid-Wales with either Aberystwyth or Newtown (with a 3G pitch!) the likely venue. Any other draw could well lead to a midweek game under lights. My guess being Rhyl if versus Holywell or Nantporth if Penrhyn.
We've met every challenge we have so far faced in this competition head on and it will be no different in the semis. No team will fancy facing Glantraeth.
One of the players unavailable yesterday through injury, Jamie Steel, is now moving to live in Sweden and signing a contract with a Swedish second division club. We wish Jamie well. (SS)
VINTAGE STRIKE FROM NEIL HUGHES SEES...
GLANTRAETH THROUGH TO SEMIS
(21/02/15) Without being anywhere near their best Glantraeth ran out 3-0 winners against a useful Penlan side who fought all the way and now go through to the semi-finals of the FAW Trophy along with Penrhyndeudraeth, Abergavenny Town and Holywell Town who needed a last minute goal to see of the challenge of Hakin United.
Backed by some strong vocal support the Swansea side began brightly and carried the first threat as Robert Connochie shot wide on six minutes. As the home side began to settle new signing Tomos Clarke's shot five minutes later was off target before Craig Roberts put Glan ahead in 14 minutes as he coolly converted a fine driven cross from Guto Hughes (top picture). On 21 minutes the Anglesey side went two up, Gareth Owen heading home from a Brendun Hogan corner swung in from the left (pictured above). Glan were looking far the stronger side at this stage and Guto Hughes had a chance to make it three just past the half-hour mark but his shot lacked power and was an easy save for Penlan keeper Dale Hulland. Five minutes before the break a good effort from Neil Hughes was narrowly wide.
The visitors began the second half strongly with an early chance falling to substitute Matthew Sillitoe but the goal that virtually sealed victory for Glan came on 65 minutes as Neil Hughes cut in from the left, beat two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot that went in off the crossbar. It was a strike worthy of winning any game (pictured being mobbed by teammates).
To their credit Penlan kept going and were enjoying a fair share of possession and looking dangerous on set pieces but with the home defence brilliantly marshalled by captain Gareth Owen and with Ben Heald in commanding form in goal chances were proving difficult to create.
Sillitoe was proving the greatest threat, only a fine tackle from Richard Owen preventing him getting in a shot on 86 minutes and then it took a superb save from Heald four minutes later to prevent the same player getting a consolation goal for the visiting side, Glan's keeper diving to his left and managing to push the ball against a post and clear.
More great pictures by Aled on club Facebook page tomorrow.
THE STANDARD HAS BEEN SET
(16/02/15) Arguably our best performance of the season was in the last round of the FAW Trophy when we gave a decent Llanrhaeadr side something of a hiding. The standard has been set, we need more of the same next Saturday. It won't be easy, it never is at this stage of a cup competition, but if we have the same kind of disciplined determination against Swansea opponents Penlan (pictured) we have every chance of making the semi-finals. We don't know an awful lot about the Swansea League up here but to give some idea of the strength of the competition Ragged School from the League have won the FAW Trophy more times than any other club, three times in total, and another member club West End have won it twice. Having said that Welsh Alliance clubs have won it four out of the past five seasons. The Welsh Alliance is now a lot stronger than it was. At the time of writing Penlan, or Penlan Club AFC to give them their full title, are in second place in Division One with games in hand and are the reigning League Champions as well as West Wales Cup Winners from last season. Penlan is a northern suburb of Swansea not far from the Liberty Stadium. The game will be played to a finish with extra-time and penalties if required. The match referee is Peter Kewley, kick-off is 2.00 pm and admission is £3.
(15/02/15) On Saturday 7th March we travel to face Llanrug United in the Mawddach Challenge Cup and the following Saturday Pwllheli are the visitors in a league fixture. Saturday 21st March is the scheduled date for the semi-finals of the FAW Trophy which will be played on a neutral ground although Ron Bridges has proposed that if two Welsh Alliance clubs are involved the tie could be played midweek under lights at possibly Bangor City or Rhyl. Saturday March 28th March will see the semi-finals of the Mawddach Cup. Llanrug United or Glantraeth will be away to Holywell Town or Trearddur Bay United.
Note that it is likely we will have a Wednesday night league fixture under lights at Holywell Town during March as well. Awaiting a date.
(15/02/15) There was a big sense of relief yesterday that we had finally pulled off a win at Llanberis, not the easiest place to go as our past results prove. It also meant that after languishing in the bottom half of the league for much of the season due to having played so few games we have now arrived in the top half and look poised to threaten those clubs immediately above us. Manager Warren Gibbs was delighted with the result, posting on Facebook: "Still buzzing after result at Llanberis. Not many teams used to win there. Brilliant team spirit and a cracking set of lads." Craig Roberts maintained his position as leading scorer with his eleventh goal of the season but James Burgess is setting a cracking pace behind him with his eighth in seven games since joining from Gwalchmai. It's looking good but no room for complacency, we have a big one next week. More about that tomorrow. (SS)
TWO SHARE £1,000
(14/02/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 6 & 8. There were two winners who share the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, M.Jones of Conwy & Mark Wilson of Malltraeth. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th February.
LLANBERIS 1 GLANTRAETH 2
(14/02/15) Glantraeth finally moved into the top six this afternoon as they played catch-up on their games in hand, winning 2-1 at Llanberis. James Burgess put the visitors ahead on eight minutes (pictured above) with Craig Roberts adding a second after the break (pictured below). Llanberis's goal came from a deflected shot by Gareth Jones.
More pictures by Aled on club Facebook page tomorrow.
A WIN WELL OVERDUE
(10/02/15) Next Saturday we are away to Llanberis and our record there over recent seasons makes pretty miserable reading. I won't forget in a hurry our opening game of last season. I really let rip after we went down 7-3 and got some stick within the club, perhaps justifiably as I shouldn't have done it publicly, but the way we switched off in the final half-hour when we could easily have conceded double figures was just not acceptable. I don't see that happening this season! We are well overdue a win there and in our present form it is more than possible. Llanberis will be feeling confident however after knocking holders and their great local rivals Llanrug United out of the FAW Trophy last Saturday, a great result for them.
The match referee is Colin Dukes, we are in the red kit and please note all league games now kick-off at 2.30 pm. (SS)
MAWDDACH CUP DRAW
(08/02/15) The league secretary has today sent through a 'corrected' draw for the third round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup:
Bethesda Ath/Amlwch Town v Kinmel Bay/Llangefni Town
Glan Conwy/Llanrwst Utd v Barmouth/Mynydd Llandegai
Holywell Town/Trearddur Bay v Pwllheli/Gaerwen
Llanrug Utd/Glantraeth v Greenfield/Llanerchymedd
GLAN CONWY WELL BEATEN
(07/02/15) Glan did a first half demolition on their opponents for the second successive week, leading 4-1 at the break. The home side went ahead after just two minutes as Gareth Owen headed Richard Owen's free kick back across the box with Rory Courlander and James Burgess both appearing to get a touch before the ball crossed the line, manager Warren Gibbs ruling that Burgess got the final contact. The lead was short lived as within a minute confusion in the home defence left Merick Knight with an easy tap-in. Possession was pretty even but it was Glan who were making the better chances, Neil Hughes glancing a header wide on 17 minutes from a Courlander cross. Ten minutes later Gareth Owen headed home (top picture) to put the Anglesey side back in the lead as he rose to meet a corner taken by Brendun Hogan then Neil Hughes blasted just over and Courlander met a great ball from Guto Hughes but his volley was too high. Two minutes before the break Burgess got his second as he was the end of a free kick from Richard Owen and right on half-time Courlander scored with a superb individual effort (pictured above), running through the heart of the Glan Conwy defence and although the keeper did well to save his first shot he couldn't keep out the follow up. The visitors began to enjoy a fair amount of the ball after the interval without really troubling the home rearguard although home keeper Ben Heald was called on to punch away a good effort from Nathan Smith just past the hour mark. Glan went 5-1 up on 75 minutes as Jamie Steel cut in from the right and finished well. O'Neill in the Glan Conwy goal made good saves from James Stewart and Mark Prescott as Glan finished strongly and it should have been six to the Bodorgan side in the final minutes as Hogan was chopped down in the box only for the same player to have his spot kick all too easily saved.
More of Aled's pictures on club Facebook page tomorrow.
TOMOS SIGNS ON FOR GLANTRAETH
(06/02/15) 18 year old defender Tomos Clarke has joined Glantraeth from Conference North side Colwyn Bay. Last season Tom was captain of Oldham Athletic's youth team and made the first team squad on a couple of occasions. He also made four appearance for Wales at Under 17 level. We welcome him to the club.
GLAN CONWY THE VISITORS
(04/02/15) It's back to league action on Saturday after the excitement of the Trophy. We were looking in a great position to challenge for second place but three successive disappointing results have set us back somewhat so the visit of Glan Conwy takes on even more importance. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Arwyn Griffiths.
FAW TROPHY DRAW
(02/02/15) In the quarter-finals of the FAW Trophy Glantraeth will be at home to Penlan from the Swansea Senior League. Tie to be played Saturday 21st February. Full draw:
Glantraeth v Penlan
Llandudno Junction v Abergavenny Town
Hakin United v Holywell Town
FC Nomads or Penrhyndeudraeth v Llanberis or Llanrug United
(01/02/15) Our determination to win was almost frightening at times yesterday. Our first half performance against a team that has been beating all before them in recent weeks and are still in the Welsh Cup was nigh on perfect. I don't normally pick out an individual player but Neil Hughes was almost unplayable at times particularly in that first half and he seems to have taken on a new lease of life since joining Warren at Glantraeth and at 41 the ground he covered yesterday in heavy conditions was incredible. Gareth Owen and Jamie Steel were welcomed back from injury although Ryan Davies is still missing and it was good to see former Burton Albion Academy player Brom Sibson give a solid performance at the centre of defence alongside Gareth. The game developed into a bad tempered affair as Llanrhaeadr got more and more frustrated at their failure to make any real impression on our defence even after being gifted a goal following the break. Young referee D.Wright from Wrexham refused to be intimidated by the home crowd and dugout and whatever mistakes he made it was both sides that suffered. The dread in these games is you get a local official who favours the home side, we didn't get that yesterday and I think the young lad has a promising future in the game even if 12 bookings plus was somewhat over the top. He booked five of our players and I counted at least seven of there's and the miracle was nobody was sent off for a second yellow. There was a ref's assessor at the game which perhaps explains why he stuck so rigidly to the rule book. (SS)
The quarter-final draw will likely be made live tomorrow on the FAW's Twitter feed usually early afternoon and with three South Wales teams in the draw there is the possibility of a long trip south. Penlan are from the Swansea area, Hakin United from Milford Haven and Abergavenny Town is in Monmouthshire.
OPENING HALF MASTERCLASS
(31/01/15) Llanrhaeadr hardly knew what hit them as Glantraeth tore at them from the start and although leading by three goals at the break it could just have easily been five or six, keeper Ben Heald only touching the ball once during the forty-five minutes. Gareth Owen had a shot deflected wide on nine minutes and from the corner Matty Lock's effort was blocked before Glan took the lead on the quarter-hour mark as Neil Hughes fed a ball to Rory Courlander who beat a defender before drilling the ball beyond home keeper Conner Lee. A minute later a great pass from Gareth Owen put Craig Roberts clear but as the keeper advanced his shot was just too high. There was no let up for the home defence with striker Neil Hughes still defying the advancing years leading them a merry dance and following a fine cross from Brendun Hogan Hughes made no mistake with a typically clinical finish. A rare threat at the other end came on 21 minutes as a shot from Endaf Owens drifted wide. Glan were inches away from a third three minutes later as Gareth Owen met a Craig Roberts free kick and his header could not have been closer. On a heavy pitch the visitors were playing some superb stuff and there was more magic from Neil Hughes on 27 minutes as he picked out Sean Davies who fired home from ten yards out. With the wind in their favour a corner swung in by Guto Hughes bounced out off the crossbar with six minutes to the break. The message was clear that Glan had to maintain their momentum on the restart but the home side got a gigantic lift 39 seconds in as Gareth Owen headed into his own net as he stretched to meet a corner from the right. Llanrhaeadr now looked more like the side that had just enjoyed thirteen straight victories and started to put some pressure on the Glan defence with Emyr Roberts heading narrowly wide on 55 minutes and eighteen minutes later keeper Ben Heald was tested for the first time as he made a flying finger tip save from Barry Morris. Glan had been superb in the first half and were now showing they could defend when they needed to against the elements with the game at times boiling over but as the game entered the last ten minutes the visitors began to get back on top, Courlander going close then Jamie Steel fired into the side netting and with time almost up Steel went even closer as he smashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar. Final score: Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 1 Glantraeth 3
So Glantraeth are through to the quarter-finals of the Welsh FA Trophy for the first time. Other teams already through are Holywell Town, Llandudno Junction, Penlan, Abergavenny Town and Hakin United.
QUARTER-FINAL PLACE THE PRIZE
(26/01/15) Next Saturday we make the long trip down to Powys to face Mid-Wales League side Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in the fifth round the Welsh FA Trophy. The prize for the winners is a place in the quarter-finals when the draw goes national. A win would create a little slice of club history as although we have previously reached the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup this would be a first in the Trophy. Our opponents currently occupy fifth place in Division One and beat Kinmel Bay in the last round. They are also still in the Welsh Cup. For selfish reasons this is the competition I would most love us to win as I believe I would then be the only person to have been with a club that has won both the English and the Welsh FA Trophies. No pressure there then but at our best this is game we can win and hopefully we can get some players back from injury as we have been really stretched of late. Kick-off is 1.30 pm and the referee is D.Hughes of Wrexham. Thankfully though belatedly the FAW have appointed assistants for this round. (SS)
There is a coach going to the game leaving Malltraeth at 9.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park and Ride at 10.00 am. Llanrhaeadr's Recreation Field ground is situated on the B4580 just next to the village primary school.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(24/01/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 11, 16 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot increases to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th February.
GLAN LOSE OUT TO DYRNOG
(24/01/15) Despite going ahead in the 27th minute through Sean Davies Glantraeth went down to a hugely disappointing defeat at lowly Llandyrnog today, the home side equalising in a first half that Glan had largely dominated through a penalty from Daniel Jones. Another goal from Daniel Jones made it 2-1 for the Denbighshire side after the break before Craig Jones sealed victory for the home side fourteen minutes from time.
WARREN SIGNS ON TWO MORE
(22/01/15) Manager Warren Gibbs has added to his squad by signing 29 year old defender Geraint Mitchell (pictured left). Geraint has Welsh Premier League experience with Porthmadog and Llangefni Town and was last with Caernarfon Town. Also signed is 23 year old Derby-born Bromley Sibson (pictured right) who was with Bangor University FC in the Gwynedd League last season.
On Saturday Glantraeth travel to face Llandyrnog United looking to get back to winning ways. Kick off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Steve Hughes.
MATTY BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(20/01/15) 21 year old defender Mathew Lock has today re-signed for Glantraeth from Menai Bridge Tigers. Matty was last with us when Chris Roberts was manager and we welcome his return to the club and wish to thank Menai Bridge manager Sean Brett and secretary Graham Hughes for waiving the seven days notice.
(18/01/15) We were visited by league officials Chas Rowland and Bob Paton this afternoon to carry out a ground inspection for a possible promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance. Unlikely as it seems that Holywell Town will now be caught it was important we know where we stand regarding a possible future promotion. The inspection went well, the only work required is a small length of perimeter fencing behind one goal to be put in place and also a protected walkway for players entering and leaving the pitch. The work is required to be completed by the end of April. League secretary Chas Rowland is pictured above taking a photograph of the stand.
GLAN MADE TO WORK FOR POINT
(17/01/15) Both sides will believe they should have won this game but it was Glantraeth who were the most relieved come the final whistle after going two behind with only three minutes played then only gaining a point through an injury time goal from skipper Gareth Owen. It was a calamitous start by the home side as twice they were caught napping with the game hardly started, Penrhyn's Steve Jones the scorer of both. Glan began to get their act together and pulled a goal back on 18 minutes, James Burgess left with a tap in following good work by Gareth Owen and Sean Davies then should have pulled level four minutes later as Craig Roberts was brought down in the penalty area. Roberts picked himself up to take the spot kick but it was poorly struck making an easy save for the keeper. With half-time approaching Glan did draw level as Neil Hughes turned his marker brilliantly on the left before putting in the perfect cross for Burgess to head home (top picture). The visitor's goal again escaped on 39 minutes as the keeper made a finger tip save from Hughes and from the corner taken by Mark Prescott there was a tremendous scramble before Burgess shot wide. Penrhyn always looked dangerous going forward and after a spell of pressure from the home side broke away and Mathew Hughes was unlucky as he saw his shot hit the outside of a post. With ten minutes remaining it looked like all Glan's efforts to get back into the game after that nightmare start might count for nothing as the visitors went back in front, Mathew Hughes the scorer following a left wing cross. The Anglesey side really began to pile on the pressure at this stage, Craig Roberts shooting wide then Burgess brought a point blank block from the keeper. With the game in the second minute of added time Sion Kyle sent in a cross from the left that Andy Barker did well to push back across goal and it was defender Gareth Owen who bravely went in under pressure from two defenders and send his shot crashing into the net. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Penrhyndeudraeth 3.
More of Aled's pictures on club Facebook page tomorrow.
(13/01/15) The pitch is looking much recovered today so hopefully if the rain holds off we can get a game this weekend when Penrhyndeudraeth are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the match referee is Arwyn Griffiths.
ONE £500 WINNER
(10/01/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 17 & 19. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, C.V.Hughes of Gaerwen. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th January.
(09/01/15) Tomorrow's game at home to Barmouth has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
KINMEL BAY 2 GLANTRAETH 1
(06/01/15) A goal five minutes from time gave Kinmel Bay victory at Llandudno this evening and Glantraeth can have few complaints, the home side carrying by far the greater threat in the second period.
It was Glantraeth who started brighter with both Rory Courlander and Craig Roberts firing wide from good positions then only a tremendous tackle from Gareth Owen prevented Andreas Alvarado getting in a shot as Bay hit back. Craig Roberts was again wide then a fine run by Courlander gave him a clear shooting opportunity but ending in disappointment as he pulled his shot the wrong side of the post. On 31 minutes the visitors went ahead as Steve Jones and Craig Roberts created problems for the home defence and James Burgess took advantage to finish from an acute angle. It was no more than Glan deserved as they led 1-0 at the break. Things began to unravel for the visitors after the break as within three minutes of the restart Bay levelled through Alex Jones and now it was Glan's turn to feel the pressure with the home side several times breaking through into one-to-one situations keeper Ben Heald making one tremendous save to deflect a shot from Luffman on to a post on 69 minutes. Bay's finishing from good positions was dreadful but they did get it right when it counted on 85 minutes as Alvarado made no mistake to send the ball past Heald for the winner.
(03/01/15) Today's game at home to Gwalchmai is off due to a waterlogged pitch.
TASTY OPENER TO 2015
(31/12/14) In the end and given the circumstances we did well to get the three points last Saturday. Llanfairpwll looked no mugs in that game and I would even stick my neck out and predict they will get their first point or points of the season at home to Llanrwst next weekend. Been wrong before though.
Next Saturday we have another Anglesey Derby when Gwalchmai are the visitors. Both currently on 19 points this promises to be a closely fought opener to 2015. Referee is Terry Atkinson and kick-off is 2.00 pm. (SS)
KINMEL BAY LATEST
(28/12/14) After being informed in December by the league that we were to play Kinmel Bay away on Wednesday 7th January on the 3G pitch at Llandudno FC I have been informed yesterday that it has now been switched to Tuesday 6th January with a 7.30 pm kick-off, apparently the Llandudno pitch is only available on the Tuesday so once again we get messed around! (SS)
NINE MAN GLAN GLAD OF 3 POINTS
(27/12/14) Glantraeth will be glad this game is over and the three points safely in the bag despite never really establishing complete supremacy over bottom club Llanfairpwll, not helped by their own attempts to self-destruct after finishing the ninety minutes with only nine men. The home side might lack points but they lack nothing in spirit and determination and after going behind in the fifth minute as a move involving Richard Owen, Steve Jones and James Burgess was finished off by ex-Llanfair striker Neil Hughes they pulled level on 14 minutes as Cameron Owen was all too easily allowed to head home at the far post from a left wing cross. Within two minutes Glan were back in front as Steve Jones volleyed home after being put clear by Gareth Owen. The visitors were looking like increasing their lead as first Steve Jones volleyed over then the keeper did well to push a Richard Owen free kick against a post. Suddenly Glan's one goal cushion looked less secure on 41 minutes as they were reduced to ten men after full back Brendun Hogan was given a straight red, referee Simon Newport indicating to the bench it was for foul and abusive language. With half-time approaching it was almost 3-1 as good work by Neil Hughes set up Craig Roberts but his shot was cleared off the line then with the whistle about to sound Llanfair's Gwyndaf Hughes had an unmarked header that was badly off target. Thirteen minutes into the second half Glan increased their lead as the industrious Sean Davies was brought down in the box and although Craig Roberts' spot kick was saved he followed up to score. That should have been it but there was more drama with ten minutes remaining as Ryan Davies chopped down Llanfair substitute Matty James in the box and was sent off for a second caution. Only a superb diving save by keeper Ben Heald prevented a nail biting finish as he somehow pushed Cameron Owen's penalty kick on to the crossbar. Not one of Glan's best performances but up to sixth and 11 wins out of 13!
TEN WINS OUT OF TWELVE
(22/12/14) Manager Warren Gibbs picked up his October Manager of the Month award from league president Gwyn Pierce Owen before Saturday's game. It was fitting reward not only for Warren but for his management team of Neil Hughes, Darren Jones and Sion Roberts and of course the players who have taken us on such a good run since September. The win on Saturday has at last seen us move up the league table and you don't have to have GCSE Maths to work out that second place is now very much in our sights and without getting too carried away we still have to play Holywell twice, the recent 4-0 defeat not giving a true reflection of that meeting.
On Saturday we travel to bottom club Llanfairwpll where we will be expected to win but we know from our last encounter there is no shortage of fighting spirit in their team and nothing can be taken for granted. Saturday's ref is Simon Newport.
GREAT START FOR BURGESS
(20/12/14) Two quality second half goals from new signing James Burgess gave Glantraeth a 2-0 win over second placed Llandudno Junction this afternoon. There was little sign of what was to come in the opening forty five minutes. The early action favoured the home side as Craig Roberts fired over after good work by Burgess then a fierce strike from Roberts struck Burgess and was deflected wide. There was a scare for Glan on twenty minutes as with keeper Ben Heald out of position a ball floated in by Mike Lundstrum struck the crossbar before being cleared then Chris Beard got in an unmarked header that was straight at Heald. Junction had taken the initiative in the later stages of the half, quicker to the ball and finding too much space and showing just why they occupy such a high position in the league. What a difference following the break. Glan took charge from the first minute taking the lead as Burgess was put clear by Neil Hughes and using his strength to hold off his marker before beating Junction keeper Gwydion Owen as he advanced. Although Heald did well to save from Lundstrum on 56 minutes it was Glantraeth who were now well on top Burgess twice going close after good work from Guto Hughes and on 72 minutes it was 2-0 with a superb goal, Gareth Owen playing the ball out of defence to Steve Jones whose cross was perfectly placed for Burgess to sweep home in style, making a difficult finish look easy (top pictures by Aled Jones). Only a point blank save from Craig Roberts on 79 minutes stopped Glan going three ahead in what had been dominant second half performance to make it ten wins out of the last twelve games for the Bodorgan club.
More pictures on club Facebook page tomorrow.
JAMES SIGNS ON
(18/12/14) Manager Warren Gibbs today completed the signing of striker James Burgess from Gwalchmai. James was previously with Glantraeth during our last season in the Cymru Alliance. Benllech based he has also played for Amlwch Town and Bodedern Athletic. We welcome James back to the club and also wish to thank Gwalchmai secretary Ian Jones for his assistance in completing the transfer.
HIGH FLYING JUNCTION NEXT UP
(16/12/14) Llandudno Junction are the visitors next Saturday. Last time we faced Junction in March they were lying bottom of the league seven points adrift but following our 3-3 draw at the Flyover Ground I wrote: "Even with a seven point gap I will be surprised if Llandudno Junction finish bottom this season. They are a much strengthened side and ran us all the way Saturday."
From that moment on they have never looked back going on to finish well off the bottom last season and being the surprise package this campaign, currently lying in second position behind Holywell. We are in a crazy situation as although third from bottom a win on Saturday could bring us within spitting distance of second place ourselves as we catch up on our games in hand. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Hugh Jones. (SS).
TWO SHARE £500 JACKPOT
(13/12/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 11, 15 & 19. There were two winners sharing the £500 Jackpot, Grace Lee of Llangaffo and Angharad Jones of Llangefni. Please note the next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th January.
BACK TO WINNING WAYS
(13/12/14) Glantraeth ran out 3-1 winners today at Llanrwst the only disappointment being the winning margin wasn't greater after again being denied by the woodwork and missing a late penalty. Only 25 seconds in Glan were almost ahead as a Brendun Hogan cross struck a defender and passed inches wide of the goal and from the corner Gareth Owen headed over (pictured above). Guto Hughes was close to converting a Craig Roberts centre then home defender Shaheen Ahmed cleared off the goalline from Neil Hughes. It had been all Glan in the opening stages but Llanrwst posed a threat on the quarter-hour mark as keeper Ben Heald had to go full length to save from Hedd Williams and almost immediately Joshua Evans in the other goal had to do the same to keep out a shot from Craig Roberts. The Anglesey side deservedly went ahead on 24 minutes as Gareth Owen sent Steve Jones away on a surging run down the right and Craig Roberts was there to finish off a great move. Eight minutes before the break Neil Hughes beat the keeper all ends up only to see his powerful drive come back off a post but it was two to Glan a minute into the second half, Steve Jones again the provider for Craig Roberts. Coming up to the hour mark Glan were coasting as the home side failed to clear following a throw-in from Guto Hughes and Craig Roberts pounced to claim his hat-trick. Out of the blue Llanrwst got a goal back on 63 minutes as a free kick found substitute Bryn Jenkins under too little pressure at the far post and his looping header gave Heald no chance. The goal lifted the home side but they could make little impression on a dominant Glan defence and it should have been 4-1 on 88 minutes as Craig Roberts was chopped down in the box only for the keeper to save Steve Jones' spot kick.
More Aled pics on Glan Facebook page tomorrow.
LEAGUE POINTS NOW THE FOCUS
(07/12/14) At last, weather permitting, we now have the chance to get a run of league games going starting at Llanrwst next Saturday. We have suffered more than most from clubs resigning from the league and the Kinmel Bay saga having played just seven games while some have played fourteen! At least we now know who we will be playing in the next round of the FAW Trophy as according to the FAW website Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant beat Kinmel Bay 3-2 yesterday. A decision on Kinmel Bay's appeal is apparently due this week. Tony Moore is again our referee next weekend at Llanrwst, kick-off 2.00 pm. There is a coach leaving Malltraeth 11.30 am and picking up at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride 12 noon. We will be in the blue change kit.
Although Holywell Town are presently looking unstoppable on their march towards the league title we have sent in our application for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance and a ground inspection will follow.
LATE GOALS HARSH ON GLAN
(06/12/14) Holywell continue their winning ways, a 19th straight victory as they overcame Glantraeth by four goals to nil this afternoon. Two goals in the last four minutes made the victory seem easier than it was coming at a time when the home side were pushing hard to get back in the game. The opening half hour had been fairly even, the first real goal threat coming on 24 minutes as Luke Tyson stole in for an unmarked header that was straight at home keeper Ben Heald while Glan responded with a free kick from Richard Owen that brought a flying save from Mike Platt in the Holywell goal (pictured). Tony Roebuck fired just wide for the visitors then Ryan Davies headed over from a Richard Owen free kick. Holywell began to gain control as the half came to a close with a shot from Paul Williams being closest to an opener and early in the second half Roebuck's long distance effort clipped the top of the crossbar. Glantraeth had a great chance to go ahead on 48 minutes as Sion Kyle broke clear but failed to find Guto Hughes who was in a perfect position to score. It proved an expensive miss as Holywell broke upfield leaving Luke Tyson free on goal to put them in the lead. There was controversy on 62 minutes as the visitors were awarded a penalty, referee Tony Moore adjudging a foul by Ryan Davies when it appeared the Glan number five had been fouled first. It was a big decision by Mr Moore and Sam Jones converting the spot kick really gave the Anglesey side a mountain to climb. Heald made a fine save from Tyson but then Glan began to get on top with substitute Mark Prescott firing over from only five yards on 71 minutes out although under pressure from two defenders and eight minutes later a brilliant piece of skill from Neil Hughes saw him beat the keeper only to see his shot come back off a post. Glan had enjoyed their best spell of the game and with any luck could have been level but Holywell showed their pedigree as they struck twice in the 86th and 89th minutes through Tyson and Paul Williams to wrap up a place in the next round.
More of Aled's pics now on Glantraeth Facebook page.
BIGGEST TEST YET
(29/11/14) Next Saturday we face our biggest test yet when league leaders Holywell Town are the visitors in the Cookson Cup. 18 games played in league and cup and 18 games won is their incredible record with a goal difference to match. It certainly would be quite an achievement to win this one. Denbigh and Holywell have dominated the Welsh Alliance over the past two seasons, both from decent sized towns and well situated to attract players even from over the border so it will always be difficult for a village club like ourselves to compete though we haven't done bad over the years. The best of the rest over that period have been Llanrug United, they have a well established side, are the FAW Trophy holders and there was no disgrace in our performance yesterday and with a bit of luck we could have got the draw I thought our second half showing deserved. After eight successive wins it is no good going overboard over one setback, we move on. It is hardly one of our favourite grounds, the wide open spaces of Glantraeth seemed a long way away. They do produce an incredible programme however, 76 pages I counted, almost as big as our club history! Please note the Holywell game kicks off at 1.45 pm and the referee is Tony Moore. (SS)
LLANRUG JUST EDGE IT
(29/11/14) Glantraeth's eight game winning run came to an end today with a 1-0 defeat at Llanrug but the Anglesey side will be disappointed to not get a share of the points after a strong second half showing. The first half belonged to the home side who almost went ahead after four minutes as Glan keeper Ben Heald saved well from Terry Jones and from the resultant corner the same player headed against a post. Using their narrow Eithin Duon ground to their advantage Llanrug kept quickly pumping the ball forward with little in the way of frills and again went close to taking the lead on the half hour mark only for Heald to pull off two tremendous saves within seconds of each other, first diving to save after the ball was deflected off a defender then making an equally spectacular save from Terry Jones. Closing in on the break Glan began to offer more of a threat with Steve Jones not far off target but went behind on 41 minutes as Kevin Lloyd found the net with a shot through a crowded area. Within seconds of the restart the visitors were almost level as Guto Hughes shot inches over. Llanrug were now having to defend and a fine pass from Sean Davies put Brendun Hogan away down the right and his driven cross was just too strong for Craig Roberts to convert with the goal at his mercy. Glantraeth continued to be the better side but for all their possession Dylan Roberts in the home goal was not really being tested, typical being a shot from Richard Owen on 61 minutes that went straight at the Llanrug keeper. The visitors piled on the pressure in the final stages with skipper Gareth Owen joining the attack but Llanrug held out for a hard earned three points.
A LEAGUE GAME !!
(26/11/14) We play our seventh league game on Saturday when we travel to face Llanrug United. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, the referee is Peter Kewley and we are in our blue change kit. Looking for a ninth successive win it won't be easy, it never is at Llanrug but at our best it is a game we are more than capable of winning. After-match hospitality is at the Penbont Inn.
FAW TROPHY FIFTH ROUND DRAW
(24/11/14) Glantraeth have been drawn away to Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant or Kinmel Bay in the fifth round of the FAW Trophy. To be played Saturday 31st January. Kinmel Bay have appealed the decision to expel them from the Welsh Alliance.
MAIR WINS £1,500 !!!
(22/11/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 12 & 13. There was one winner of the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot, Mair Jones of Caernarfon. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th December.
ANDY'S LAST MINUTE WINNER IN...
HIGH DRAMA AT THE STREET
(22/11/14) This was Glan's poorest performance in several weeks but they lacked nothing in fighting spirit as a goal down with only a minute of normal time remaining they struck twice to pull off an astounding 5-4 win and book a place in the last sixteen of the Welsh FA Trophy. Bow Street went ahead on eight minutes as a well worked move split the visitor's defence and Stefan Richards blasted home off an upright and although Glan were having more of the ball it was the home side who were again the scorers on 22 minutes as Stefano Antoniaci all too easily was allowed to meet a corner from the right and fire home on the volley. The Anglesey side came back strongly and got a goal back just past the half-hour mark as Guto Hughes' cross was met by Steve Jones and the scramble in the Street goalmouth saw Rory Courlander force the ball over the line. The tide now seemed to be turning Glan's way but some chaotic defending ten minutes before the break virtually gifted the Ceredigion side a third, Tom Williams the scorer. Glantraeth now began to push harder than ever with Steve Jones, Neil Hughes and Guto Hughes all going close before the pressure paid off on 40 minutes as Steve Jones converted a cross from Darren Jones. A determined looking visiting side took complete control after the break, Rory Courlander heading over and home keeper Mark Evans making a point blank save from Andy Barker but all this domination came to nothing as they were once again caught short as a quick break down the right led to Dean Evans meeting the cross to put Bow Street 4-2 ahead with less than 30 minutes left to play. Heads refused to drop and Glantraeth continued well on top and the introduction of substitute Sion Kyle had an immediate impact as he bent a left foot shot just inside a post on 73 minutes to reduce the arrears back to only one goal. Bow Street were under constant pressure but time seemed to be on their side as they still held the lead as the game went into the 88th minute but this was a game with a real sting in the tail and it was the fox in the box himself Neil Hughes who showed all his skill to closely control a Steve Jones' cross in the area, cleverly turn his marker and fire home the equaliser and take the game into extra-time...or so we thought. However, with the ninety minutes up Sion Kyle was again involved and so was Neil Hughes as he headed the ball on for Andy Barker to race on and gleefully slide home the winner. It was a thrilling end to a tremendously entertaining cup tie but Glan manager Warren Gibbs will be relieved to get the win after a below par display and with Ryan Davies, Craig Roberts and Rhys Nash missing from the travelling squad.
More pictures by Aled on the club Facebook page tomorrow.
(19/11/14) On Saturday 6th December we are at home to league leaders Holywell Town in the second round of the Cookson Cup, kick-off 1.45 pm. The following Saturday we have a league fixture at Llanrwst United and Saturday 20th December we entertain Llandudno Junction. The Christmas fixture on Saturday 27th December is at Llanfairpwll and we begin the New Year with another Anglesey Derby at home to Gwalchmai on Saturday 3rd January.
LAST SIXTEEN THE PRIZE
(18/11/14) We face the long trip to Bow Street on Saturday in the fourth round of the FAW Trophy. I won't bore you with the reasons again but the Welsh FA Trophy is the competition I would like Glantraeth to win above all else. It is a tough ask but the Welsh Alliance have an excellent record over recent seasons with Llanrug the current holders. Bow Street's ground is Cae Piod which is situated at nearby Rhydypennau and they currently lie seventh in the Spar Mid-Wales League First Division which is currently led by Llanfair United who include our former player Llion Davies in their line-up. The coach leaves Malltraeth at 9 am Saturday morning with the main pick up Llanfairpwll park & ride at 9.30 am. (SS)
(17/11/14) There are few players who have had a closer connection with Glantraeth over the past couple of seasons than young Jamie Roberts from Malltraeth. Jamie attends virtually all our games and takes part in the pre-match warm-ups and training when possible. His ambition has always been to play for Glantraeth. This he did in pre-season, including scoring three times. With the offer on the table of a scholarship at the Connah's Quay Academy chairman Gareth Evans, myself and everyone at the club encouraged Jamie to take up the offer. It was a great opportunity for him to not only develop as a player but also as a person and our overriding interest has always been in advising Jamie what is best for him. Although still only 16 he has been on the bench in recent games for Connahs Quay's Welsh Premier League side and his debut must surely only be a matter of time. Last night he played for Quay's Under 19s at Nantporth against Bangor City, his side running out 2-0 winners. Club photographer Aled Jones was there and reports that Jamie was outstanding despite being one of the youngest players on the pitch. Jamie is with us at Bow Street on Saturday and all at Glantraeth continue to follow his career with a real sense of pride. (SS)
A couple more pictures by Aled on the club Facebook page shortly.
FOUR FOR CRAIG AS GLAN CRUISE THROUGH
(15/11/14) Glantraeth went through to the second round of the Mawddach Cup with a comfortable 6-1 win over Mochdre Sports. Only fifteen minutes in the home side were two up as first Rory Courlander blasted home (pictured) then Steve Jones set up a tap-in for Craig Roberts. As Glan eased up the visitors came more into the game but were undone again twelve minutes before the break as Richard Owen fired home a tremendous shot from twenty plus yards. An effort from Dylan Williams just on the break was scooped on to a post by Mochdre keeper Ray Lee but seven minutes into the second period it was all but over as Gareth Owen's effort on goal was saved only for Craig Roberts to pounce on the loose ball and score. The visitors got some reward for their efforts on 65 minutes as Tom Clarke followed up to score after a free kick from Matthew Gilmour but any chance of a revival was quashed within a minute as Craig Roberts completed his hat-trick with a great volley to take advantage of good link up play between Dylan Williams and Mark Prescott. With four minutes remains Craig Roberts got a fourth after combining well with Darren Jones and the final action of the game saw home keeper Ben Heald pull off a brilliant save from Mochdre substitute Gaz Jones.
More of Aled's pictures on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
MAWDDACH CUP ACTION
(11/11/14) After losing yet another league game last weekend we are back in cup action on Saturday when we host second division side Mochdre Sports in the first round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup (formerly the Barritt Cup). Referee is Steve Jones and the game kicks-off at 1.30 pm.
JACKPOT NOW £1,500
(08/11/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 4 & 18. There was no winner so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd November.
WARREN IS MANAGER OF THE MONTH
(08/11/14) Glantraeth manager Warren Gibbs is October's Welsh Alliance Manager of the Month for Division One, all games being won during the month. The award is sponsored by Queensferry Sports.
GAME OFF - KINMEL OUT
(06/11/14) Our game at Kinmel Bay on Saturday is off. Kinmel Bay have been kicked out of the league.
(05/11/14) We play a fourth round tie of the FAW Trophy at Bow Street on Saturday 22nd November. Because of the 1.30 pm kick-off the coach will be leaving Malltraeth at 9 am so get your work shifts sorted fellas. The FAW are still not appointing assistant referees which I find quite unbelievable at such an advanced stage of a national cup competition second only to the Welsh Cup. I have been in contact with the Bow Street secretary saying we will pay half of any additional costs if they can get assistants appointed but it now their decision as the home club. I notice Ron Bridges has taken it upon himself to appoint assistants for all games where Welsh Alliance clubs are at home. Ron takes stick from some, including from me over the Kinmel Bay farce, but he just gets on and makes things happen and others could learn from him. (SS)
KINMEL BAY LATEST
(03/11/14) I spoke with the league secretary Ron Bridges this morning and at present our game at Kinmel Bay next Saturday is still ON. A decision cannot be taken on their future until the league management committee meeting on Thursday evening and Ron has promised to phone me the minute the meeting is over. It is a far from satisfactory situation and really messes us about but I do have some sympathy with the league who have to do everything by the book or an appeal to the FAW against any action they take could go against them. The truth is Kinmel Bay have not come up with a satisfactory home ground to play on by the deadline laid down by the clubs. The proposal at the last meeting was that they be allowed four weeks up to 30th October, we proposed they only be allowed two weeks. The vote was a tie and the league chairman agreed four weeks with his casting vote. (SS)