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makes final addition to his squad
manager Andy Dyer insists that there is no pressure on him at the Gnoll.
several high-reputation signings, and a large-scale reshaping at the club,
few expected the Eagles to be winless after three league games, and with the
investment in the side, Dyer was asked by Afan FM after the 1-1 draw with
Newtown whether or not he feels any pressure: ”No, not at all,” he said,
before asking where pressure could be coming from.
also made it clear that external expectations will not play a part in his
plans for the rest of the season: “We've got our own targets, and our own
aims, and I'm quite happy with everything that's going on. We haven't stuck
the ball away and that's frustrating, but that's football.”
Neath squad has 13 players in their first season with the club, amongst them
Football League veterans Chris Llewellyn and Anthony Williams who have
joined a trio of Merthyr players, Ashley Evans, Matt Harris and Craig
Steins, the latter of whom is scoreless after four appearances in a Neath
shirt. The Neath manager, whilst stating that Steins looked sharper, also
challenged his long-term talisman Andy Hill a chance to force his way into
the team. “Whether or not he (Hill) starts the next game depends on how he
does in training. To be fair to Craig, he kept the ball alive for the first
have the opportunity to gain 12 points in September with trips to Porthmadog
and Elements Cefn Druids and home games against Bala and Caersws. After this
month, and with the prospect of facing last seasons' top three in October,
September will be a crucial month for Andy Dyer.
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makes final addition to his squad
Rhyl have made their second
deadline day signing after ex Chester City midfielder, Paul Smith, put pen
to paper late on Monday afternoon. An energetic and highly regarded player,
who was recommended to Rhyl by former player Simon Davies, Smith is the
final addition to Manger Greg Strong's squad and could feature in the
Loosemores Cup tie against Prestatyn tomorrow evening.
International clearance for
Goalkeeper James Coates has also been received and he will also be available
Official Rhyl website
Gretna striker joins Rhyl
A FORMER Scottish Premier
League striker has joined Rhyl today.
Nathan Taylor, 19, joins the Lilywhites from amateur club Rochdale Town,
having been recommended to Rhyl manager Greg Strong by a footballing contact
from that area.
Taylor was signed by
Hamilton Academicals from Rochdale in 2006. He made his debut for Hamilton
in January 2007 against Livingston in the Scottish Cup, but was released in
July of that year.
After Hamilton, Taylor emerged at Scottish Premier League club Gretna.
He made his debut for the
side against Aberdeen in March 2008, after many of the club's senior players
resigned following the Weddingmakers entering administration.
In May 2008, Taylor was part of the remaining 40 staff members who were
released by Gretna, having made six first team appearances for the club.
The promising front man has
also had a short spell with Celtic.
Taylor has signed initially on a non contract basis and could be involved in
tomorrow night's Loosemores Cup tie against Prestatyn.
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boss takes heart from Bangor defeat
BASEMENT side Elements Cefn
Druids are still seeking their first points following their 1-0 home loss to
Despite being undone by
Jamie Reed’s 76th-minute header, Ancients joint boss Waynne Phillips took
heart from the display.
“I questioned the lads
after the defeat at Connah’s Quay the previous week but I couldn’t have
asked for any more from them against Bangor,” he said.
“They gave 100% from one
to 11 and more than matched a top four side in the league.
“The only disappointment
was that we didn’t get anything from the game which I felt we deserved.”
His counterpart Neville
Powell was happy to get the points but admitted it was a scrappy encounter.
“It looked like a 0-0, it
was a game when the result was more important than the performance and
we’ll move on,” he said.
The Druids had their
chances with Gary Penlington bringing a fine close-range save from keeper
Paul Smith, Josh Russell saw a volley blocked while late on Adam Hunter was
denied a leveller.
The game’s decisive
moment came on 76 minutes when Reed nodded in from close range after Peter
Hoy’s long throw from the right had been flicked on.
In the first half Reed had
a shot blocked while Chris Sharp headed wide for the visitors.
Town apply for promotion to welsh premier
Town Chairman Stuart Lovering has announced that the Club has applied for
promotion to the Welsh Premier League. The Club submitted the forms with the
required cheque last Thursday.
Town are the most successful club in Welsh football having dominated the
Welsh Premiership from the early 1980’s to 2003, participating in many
memorable European encounters, most famously beating giants Porto 3-1 at
Jenner Park in the European Champions League.
Club went into Administration in 2003 almost £1million in debt and were on
the point of going out of existence until Lovering appeared and bought the
Club for £125,000. Difficult years followed with relegation to Division Two
but an immediate bounce back under new Manager Gavin Chesterfield signalled
a change of fortune. Barry
finished third in Division One last season, and
are currently seventh in Division One after five games.
work paying off for Prestatyn
HOTLY TIPPED as one of the
teams likely to miss out on the Super 12 league next season, Prestatyn have
made a flying start with six points from three matches.
Player-manger Neil Gibson
believes work ethic is the key to confounding the pundits saying: “The
lads are working really hard and the spirit is excellent.
“We’ve now had two good
wins in a row. We have come a long way in a short time and we are determined
not to undo all the hard work.”
Meanwhile, Aber boss Brian
Coyne reflected on a surprise home loss. “We were very poor defensively
and made schoolboy errors at the back,” he said.
“We have a number out
with injuries at present, including Christian Edwards and Graham Evans and
we will be okay when they come back.”
The visitors led through
Alec Williams, who added the second after the break after Luke Sherbon had
equalised from the spot. Andy Moran made it 3-1, Luke Bowen’s late header
a mere consolation.
new boy Kirk shows class in victory
IN winning the Welsh
Premier title last season, Rhyl were defeated just twice, one of those
losses in the corresponding fixture with Port Talbot.
There was never a chance of
a repeat as the Lilywhites, despite recent concerns as to their financial
viability and a mass exodus of players, look well capable of another title
It’s very much a case of
quality rather than quantity at Belle Vue, clearly illustrated with the
acquisition of Tyrone Kirk, signed this week on loan from Macclesfield Town.
Kirk made a magnificent
debut and will terrorise many an apposition defence this season and Luke
Holden, who is attracting big-club interest, is another player of immense
He was widely-tipped to
join Coventry City, but, although interest from that quarter appears to have
cooled somewhat, Charlton Athletic are the latest on his trail after a week
spent there on trial.
Greg Strong was rightly delighted with his team’s latest triumph against
one of the top tier’s rising clubs.
make loan signing of Wrexham striker
Newtown AFC has announced
today the Loan signing of the Wrexham striker
The Nigerian born striker has spent most of his life being raised in
Liverpool, Obi is in his second year of training with Wrexham.
He is a regular scorer
for the Youth team, scoring at a rate of better than one per game.
It was this form which
brought him to the attention of Wrexham manager Dean Saunders and
earned him a debut in the FA Cup replay away to Eastwood Town.
unbeaten start comes to and end
Gap Connahs Quay 2 match
unbeaten start came to an end with a bang at Stebonheath today. It was also
Llanelli's first win in 3 games.
It all started go wrong as
early as the 16' when Craig Moses put the home side 1-0 up. Four minutes
later Rhys Griffiths made it on 2-0 on 20'.
Nomads held out until
Llanelli went 3-0 up on 55' with Craig Moses getting his 2nd of the game,
and 3' later Moses scored his hat-trick to put the match beyond the Nomads
to make it 4-0 in under an hour.
Owain Warlow compounded a
poor day for the Nomads by adding the Reds 5th goal on 75'.
Premier League champions Rhyl have signed left-sided defender/midfielder
Phil Doran from Witton Albion.
20, is a former Blackpool youth who had a trial at Barrow before joining
Caernarfon Town at the start of the 2007/08 season.
made 31 appearances for the Canaries during that campaign, but he followed
twin brother Peter and former boss Steve O'Shaughnessy to Gap Connah's Quay
early in 2008/09.
went on to make 26 starts for the Nomads last term, but this year left for
Doran can operate in defence or midfield down the left and excels in
He did feature in a pre-season friendly for Rhyl at Colwyn Bay in July and
has now become Greg Strong's third signing for the champions.
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Lincoln takes the biscuit
NO doubt short of news for
his usually excellent www.welsh-premier.com site, webmaster
Andrew Lincoln has seen fit to publish a tirade of cheap diatribe about my
Welsh Premier League column in yesterday's Daily Post.
In a shortish piece in the column, which focuses mainly on North Wales
clubs, I praised the development of young talent at Bangor City and said it
is a pity the situation is not as encouraging at many other clubs.
Although I didn't name any clubs where I feel youth development has been
lacking, Mr Lincoln decided to claim it was a slight on the whole league
which was not the case at all.
I fully appreciate the work going on at other clubs to nurture youth
football, Porthmadog for one, whose successful academy I featured in the
Herald on a few occasions last season. No doubt I will be mentioning them in
my WPL column at some stage too.
But the facts remains some other clubs are not bringing through young
players in the way Bangor are.
Mr Lincoln goes on to highlight the efforts being made at Newtown,
Haverfordwest and (surprise surprise) TNS to give home-grown prospects their
opportunity, but these clubs are not generally covered in any depth in the
Daily Post which mainly focuses on North Wales, which was the target area
for my article.
Mr Lincoln also displays a worrying lack of geographical knowledge when he
states: "Unfortunately, the writer's research powers seemed to end 10 miles
outside the Post's core circulation area of Rhyl"
Well, for one thing, Rhyl wasn't mentioned at all in the article, indeed
Rhyl is one of the clubs where, for whatever reason, very little local
talent has emerged in recent times.
The article was entirely about Bangor which the last time I checked is a
little more than 10 miles from Rhyl.
Anyone reading this who likes Andrew might want to buy him a road atlas or a
compass for Christmas.
The bottom line is this article on www.welsh-premier.com is a personal
attack on me rather than a genuine attempt to write an item of interest.
Mr Lincoln has been waiting for his opportunity since I labelled his site
anti-Rhyl recently following his rant on the Lilywhites winning the League's
Fair Play Award.
I believe a website covering a league should not show bias towards one club
or another, whereas one would expect a club website to heavily lean towards
If he saw this as his opportunity for "revenge" what a pity he didn't make
more of his chance, instead getting the wrong end of the stick and stating
Despite his obvious disrespect for my writing abilities, no doubt he will
continue to crib items of news off Lilywhites Online for his site.
This should get you a few more hits for your site Andrew - but I doubt
you'll be thanking me for it.
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to purchase Barry Town rejected
A FORMAL offer has been
made to buy Barry Town FC, thought to be at the asking price of £195,000,
but owner Stuart Lovering has turned it down.
Former ENTO Aberaman
Athletic sponsor and manager Dai Morgan made the offer to buy Barry Town,
although the deal meant payments would be spread over a number of years.
Morgan is one of two Welsh
businessmen interested in buying Barry Town and the club remains up for
There could well be
developments over the next couple of weeks.
Manager Gavin Chesterfield
is disappointed with his team’s start to the new MacWhirter Welsh League
season. They have won one, drawn two and lost one so far and are at home to
Taffs Well at Jenner Park today.
Former Cardiff City
defender Damon Searle has moved on, making the switch from Barry to Welsh
Premier League club Haverfordwest County.
Barry have also been rocked
by injuries to central defenders Kurt Bettles, who suffered a broken arm,
and Kirk Huggins, ruled out by a hamstring injury.
Centre-forward Zak Misbah
is back with Barry, though, and that’s a big lift for the Jenner Park club.
sign new keeper
RHYL have signed an
experienced goalkeeper on loan 48 hours before the transfer deadline.
He is James Coates, who joins the Lilywhites from Conference North club
Coates had signed for the Vics in July from fellow Conference North club
Vauxhall Motors, for whom he was an ever present last season and was named
Supporters Player of the Year.
Rhyl's new recruit is a former Mansfield Town stopper who was on the bench
for the Stags play off final at the Millennium Stadium against Huddersfield
Town in 2002.
He has won Welsh caps at under 17, 19 and 21 levels and has also had spells
at Moor Green, Worcester City and Leigh RMI.
"He brings a lot of experience to the squad which will be vital in the
months ahead," said Rhyl player manager Greg Strong.
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premier round up
Rhyl had a 2-0 home
win over Port Talbot, Williams put Rhyl 1 up on 32' and Hunt gave them a 2
goal lead that was not cut back for Rhyl to take 2nd spot in the table, and
inflict Port's 3 defeat in 28 games.
Aberystwyth suffered a 3-2
home defeat by Prestatyn, a Williams double in the 27 and 57 minutes and
Andy Moran added their 3rd on 60 minutes, A Luke Sherbon penalty on 48' and
a Bowen late consolation to make it 3-2 to the visitors.
Caersws gained their first
win over the season which see's them move up to 9th in the table, quite a
while since they were that high in the league, but a comprehensive 3-0 win
over Welshpool with goals from Prosser (31) Melia (50) and Lewis (53) sealed
all 3 points for the Bluebirds.
RHYL boss Greg Strong is hoping to have new man Tyrone Kirk in his
line-up against Port Talbot at Belle Vue today.
The on-loan signing from Macclesfield has been hampered by administrative
red-tape, chiefly on the English side of the process, but after days of
trying to unscramble the tangle, player-manager Strong is confident it can
be sorted in time.
Although still unbeaten, reigning champions Rhyl have not yet delivered
the quality of performance Strong is looking for.
“Bringing in new faces at this stage is not easy with our limited
budget and clubs unwilling to lose good players,” he said.
“It’s not a question of simply signing more people, they have to be
of the calibre that meet our high standards.”
After improving on their 2-2 draw at Airbus last week with a 2-1 midweek
victory in the Loosemores Cup return game at Broughton on Tuesday, Strong
has named an otherwise unchanged squad to face the South Wales Steelmen.
He well remembers the 3-2 defeat Port Talbot inflicted on the Seasiders
last season, making Mark Jones’ side one of only two to come away with
three points from Belle Vue all season.
“They will be a difficult outfit to overcome again but as always our
focus has to be on how we perform rather than worrying what our opponents
can do,” he added.
“If we play as well as we know we can, then we can beat anyone in this
league. We proved that last season and the challenge is on to show we can do
Round up tonight's WPL games.
turned out to be a hat-trick of defeats for Carmarthen in the new season,
tonight going down to west Wales rivals Haverfordwest. Jared Price put the
home side ahead on 7' and Robbie waters doubled the lead on 43'. Mark
Pritchard got Carmarthen back in the game with a goal on 60'. Haverfordwest
went on to win 2-1.
Attendance = 584
Neath 1-1 Newtown
Neath are looking for their first win of the season and they got off to a
good start when Chris Llewellyn got the first goal of the night on 6'. Nicky
Ward got Newtown on level terms with a equaliser on 62'. Neath are still
looking for their first league win of the season.
Attendance = 212
Bala 0-0 Porth
Bala Town lost their 100% winning start to their first ever welsh premier
league campaign when it finished all square at Bala against Porthmadog.
Another excellent crow tonight for Bala with 633.
Attendance = 633
Elements Cefn Druids 0-1
Druids and Bangor played out a goalless first Half, and it wasn't until the
76' that the deadlock was broken, and it went the way of the visitors, when
Jamie Reed put Bangor in front in the 76'. No more goals and Bangor
Attendance = 252
THE steady flow of
ex-Football League professionals into the Welsh Premier over the years has
generally been of benefit, but nothing is quite as pleasurable as seeing the
emergence of local young talent in our national league.
And nowhere is this more in
evidence than at Bangor City – whose Academy is not only building the
club’s future, it is also playing a major role in its present.
City’s team in
Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Neath included the versatile 18-year-old Clive
Williams at right-back.
Local lad Clive operated
with all the assurance of a seasoned veteran in an unfamiliar position and
hinted he can be a Bangor regular for many years to come.
How many other teens can
say they have featured in a Welsh Cup final and a European tie?
Williams is not alone.
There are several other young starlets poised to make the breakthrough at
Farrar Road, not least John Owen (17), Matthew Sargent (19) and Caio Iwan
(18) who have already made appearances for the first team.
What a pity many other
clubs cannot develop a similar production line.
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looking to turn performances into wins
PORTHMADOG hope they can
rush through a signing in time to play in tonight’s clash at Bala Town.
The defender is understood
to have Welsh Premier experience and switched only recently to the Cymru
Manager Tomi Morgan will
have a full injury-free squad on standby otherwise, as Port target their
first league win.
Morgan said: “We are
looking forward to the challenge but Bala, having won their opening games
with Bangor City and Newtown – and playing at home – will make it really
difficult for us.
“After our first two
league outings I was quite despondent about our prospects but the lads were
far better in the League Cup at Gap Connah’s Quay on Tuesday, despite
losing 3-2, and we are all upbeat again now.”
Bala Town will look to
bounce back from their first defeat of the season tonight, writes John
After three wins, Town
slipped to a 2-1 home reverse to Welshpool in the Loosemores Cup in midweek.
Bala will be keen to make a
swift riposte in tonight’s derby with experienced midfielder Ricky Evans
stepping back after being rested in midweek.
Keeper Leon Bimpson returns
along with Owain Roberts and Ross Jefferies, while striker John Toner has
also declared himself fit.
boss happy with clubs start
MARK McGregor couldn’t be
happier with the start he’s made to managerial life with Gap Connah’s
After four matches – two
league games and two Challenge Cup ties – the Nomads remain undefeated
with two draws and the same number of victories.
"To still be unbeaten
after four games is a big plus and to be top of the Challenge Cup group puts
us in a good position to make progress," said the player-boss.
110%. Little Jamie Petrie won some headers last night against their
centre-half which he would never have been expected to do and that just
shows the quality the players are trying to achieve, and the energy and work rate
they are putting in."
The former Wrexham ace
shuffled the pack slightly for the midweek cup clash, and now faces a
selection headache for Sunday’s match at big-spending Llanelli (2.30pm).
"Everybody did well
which puts me in a difficult position for the next game. The lads that came
in did really well. I even played 16-year-old left-back Shaun Williams to
see how he would cope, just in case we need him in future, and he also did
Stuart Cook is still
struggling after missing the midweek game, but otherwise McGregor should
have a full-strength squad to choose from against Llanelli.
grassroots football given 5 star UEFA award
WELSH football has received
a massive boost from Uefa after receiving a five-star rating from its scheme
to develop grass roots football.
Following four-star success
last summer, the Welsh Football Trust – charged by the FAW with grassroots
football development in Wales – has helped the governing body to become
recognised as one of the top proponents of grass roots football in Europe.
Wales has been awarded the
prestigious five stars out of a maximum seven, after impressing a panel of
Uefa assessors with its projects to promote youth, girls and disability
Only nine countries have
achieved the rating since Uefa introduced the Charter in 2004.
And the Welsh Football
Trust has been further encouraged after taking part in several Study Visits
to fellow Uefa Grassroots Charter countries as well as acting as a host
nation for the visits which serve to share best practice amongst member
Welsh Football Trust chief
executive Neil Ward said: “Uefa’s five-star recognition is a reflection
of the huge strides being made in Welsh football.
“This recent upgrading of
the FAW’s Uefa Grassroots Charter status reflects the success of Welsh
Football Trust development programmes and the hard work and commitment of
coaches and volunteers throughout the Country to quality coaching, improving
facilities and ensuring that football can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless
of their gender, age, ability or ethnic origin.”
Jones turns down move to Aberystwyth
Young Port Talbot striker
Mark Jones has turned down the approach from Aberystwyth to fight for his
place at the GenQuip.
Aber had put a 7 day notice
on the striker, but the club are delighted Jonah has decided to stay with
the club, and they feel he has a big part to play with the club this season.
start cup defence with victory
WELSH PREMIER League Cup
holders The New Saints made an excellent start to the defence of their
trophy with an impressive 2-0 victory at Bangor City.
In their first group stage
match, Saints went in front from Steve Abbot’s 34th-minute goal and Jamie
Wood settled it with 20 minutes remaining.
Rhyl are up and running
with a 2-1 triumph at Airbus UK, but they were made to toil by the
Wingmakers, who levelled in the 62nd minute through Paul McManus.
But Lee Hunt’s
36th-minute opener and a 73rd-minute strike by Gareth Bowen dented the
hosts’ prospects with only one point from two matches.
Bala Town suffered their
first loss of the campaign, Max Peate’s double enough to secure Welshpool
a 2-1 success. Jay Bell hit back with an 83rd-minute penalty.
There was stalemate at the
Gnoll where Neath and Carmarthen Town drew 0-0 and Llanelli and
Haverfordwest also had to settle for a point apiece.
Ross Jones netted for the
Reds in the 29th minute, but youth debutant Steffan Williams (44) equalised
to send the Bluebirds supporters home happy.
And, in a five-goal
thriller at Connah’s Quay, the home side beat Porthmadog 3-2 with goals
from Mark McGregor, Sam McNutt and Michael Hayes. Paul Roberts and Ryan
feeling no pressure despite Red's winless start
insists he feels under no pressure despite unrest among certain supporters
after Llanelli's winless start to the new Welsh Premier League season.
The Reds entertain Connah's
Quay at Stebonheath Park on Sunday, looking for a first victory after
consecutive league draws against Airbus UK and Port Talbot Town.
The season may barely have
begun, but there is already flack flying from some Llanelli supporters, who
have questioned Legg's leadership.
But the former Swansea City
and Cardiff City defender insists he is unconcerned by fan criticism.
"Someone said there's
pressure on me. There's no pressure on me — I've fought cancer," said
Legg Nicholas did a fabulous job here and he didn't please
"I went to Cardiff,
and I had 20,000 hating me, so one or two now doesn't bother me.
"You've got to roll
your sleeves up, get on with it and get the wins that will give them a kick
in the teeth."
Michael Howard and Rory
Smithan may return from injury to take on Connah's Quay, but the game is
likely to come too soon for Lee Jarman to feature.
Chris Holloway (illness)
and Steve Jenkins (ribs) are also doubts, despite playing through the pain
barrier against the Steelmen.
Chris Venables will return
from suspension, while Legg has also completed a ban after being sent off
against Airbus, but admits he may not recall himself to the side after the
impressive performance of youngster Ryan Batley.
"Sunday is a very
important game. It's vital we get a decent result and performance,"
said the Reds boss.
THREE years ago the best
hope Chad Bond had of gracing the Liberty Stadium appeared to rest with
cutting the grass there.
Released by Swansea City
courtesy of a three-minute conversation with former boss Kenny Jackett, the
heartbroken Bond landed a council job on lawnmower duties.
Like so many youngsters
before him, his lifelong dream to play professional football seemed dead and
a ‘civilian’ career beckoned.
But Roberto Martinez handed
him a second chance and, via a circuitous route taking in Port Talbot Town,
CF Balaguer (Spain) and Ostersunds (Sweden), the Neath product has finally
made the first-team at Swansea.
Nearly four years on from a
fleeting substitute appearance in a Football League Trophy defeat of
Rushden, Bond was back for a first league outing in Saturday’s vital 1-0
Championship victory at Coventry.
Bond’s progress had been
slowed by knee injuries, but he had a stroke of luck when former Swans
captain Martinez succeeded Jackett in 2007.
Martinez remembered the
young midfielder and offered him a trial in a pre-season friendly against
Scottish club Hamilton Academicals.
Bond came off the bench to
score twice and was handed a one-year deal before returning to Port Talbot
Further temporary spells
followed at Martinez’s hometown team Balaguer and Ostersunds as Bond showed
his determination to make the grade.
BANGOR City manager Nev Powell welcomes back defender Chris Roberts from
suspension for tonight’s Loosemores League Cup Group Six tussle against The
New Saints at Farrar Road (7.30pm).
Roberts has served a one-match ban following his dismissal in last
Tuesday’s 2-1 League Cup victory at Newtown and is in contention for a
starting place in a defence likely to be deprived of centre-back Dave
Morley, who suffered a groin strain in the 3-1 win over Neath on Saturday.
“It’s a blow losing Dave, we’re hoping he might be back for the league
game at Cefn Druids on Friday, but it’s great to have a player like Chris to
come in,” said Powell.
“TNS are a top side and we know it will be difficult, but we’ve got
back-to-back wins behind us now and hopefully we can go on a bit of a run.”
Bala Town will welcome a repeat of last week’s 4-0 drubbing of Elements
Cefn Druids when they host Technogroup Welshpool in their second Group Five
Gap Connah’s Quay will be without fullback Stuart Cook for tonight’s
clash with Porthmadog at the Deeside Stadium, writes Mike McEvoy.
Cook was taken off after sustaining a thigh injury just 20 minutes into
Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Elements Cefn Druids and is a definite
“He’ll need time to recover but fortunately we’ve got players available
to bring in and it will help us rotate the squad a bit.” said player-manager
Mark McGregor. “I won’t make the final selection until shortly before the
kick-off but having already got a point in last week’s goalless draw at
Caersws we are keen to get another win and stay in the frame for the
NEW signings Jamie Reed,
Dave Morley and Mark Smyth got Bangor City’s home campaign off to a great
start, with glorious goals that destroyed Neath Athletic.
Nev Powell’s Citizens
provided the flair and the finish – plus the entertainment – to merit
the points that sent the Farrar Road fans home happy.
After goalbound efforts at
both ends had been blocked by resolute defensive play, City achieved the
break through on 39 minutes, thanks to Reed from 15 yards.
Referee Andy Harms was
adding stoppage time at the end of the first half, when Morley rose strongly
to power Bangor’s second goal from close range, following Marc Limbert’s
Bangor experienced a little
wobble midway in the second spell, which enabled Neath to get back into
contention, with Chris Llewellyn’s reply goal, planting a header from
eight yards, after a short chip from the right.
But Powell’s hosts had
the last say through Smyth’s goal on 85 minutes, when he directed an
edge-of-box free kick straight into the target, after Ashley Stott had been
TNS make it 2 wins from 2
today with a 2-0 home win over Carmarthen at Park Hall. A goal in each half
almost at the of each half proved too much for Carmarthen, Woods scored
TNS's first on 44' and Edwards made it 2-0 on 90' the win see's TNS take top
spot in the table.
Not many would have said
that after 2 games Bala Town would be in 2nd place in the WPL, but they are
after a 2nd win in 2 games, today they travelled to Newtown and beat them
1-0 Andy Moran scoring for the visitors.
Prestatyn had a goal feast
against Haverfordwest at Bastion Gardens today winning 3-0 against the
Bluebirds, and they left it late, their first goal came in the 80' scored by
Jack Lewis, 2' later Andy Moran made it 2-0, on the 90' sub Ian Griffiths
made it 3-0 to the home side who gain their first points if the season.
The so called dark horses
for the title Neath, have still to record a win in 2 games, and today were
well beaten by Bangor 3-1 at Farrar Road. New signing Jamie Reed
scored on his debut on 39' Dave Morley made it 2-0 right on half time. Chris
Llewellyn got a goal back for Neath, but Marc Smyth secured the victory for
Bangor in the 81'.
NEW signing Stuart
Scheuber is doubtful for Gap Connah’s Quay’s first home game of the
season against Elements Cefn Druids today.
The midfielder took a
knock on the knee during the goalless draw at Caersws in the League Cup
on Tuesday night.
player-manager Mark McGregor said: “He has been having treatment and
rest so we are hopeful he will come through okay in time.
is the only player on the injured list so we can go into this game
feeling confident that we can start our home programme with a win.
really well to draw 1-1 at Neath last Saturday, where in fact we should
have won, and at Caersws with a weakened side so this is our big chance
to chalk up our first win.”
Waynne Phillips admits
his Druids will need to quickly bounce back after two losses, writes
John Bridgwater. The Ancients lost 1-0 to Port Talbot in the league and
then 4-0 to Bala Town in the League Cup.
Phillips said: “We
always knew it was going to be a learning curve this season but we now
have to pick ourselves up for what is going to be an important game
Phillips will hope
experienced Lee Bamber and Aled Rowlands can return, but they are likely
to be without central defender Adam Hesp (facial injury).
There were 3 games played
tonight in the welsh premier and all 3 ended in draws, Welshpool took a 1-0
half time lead against Aberystwyth only for the home side to draw level with
a goal from Robert Evans'
Port Talbot and Llanelli
drew a blank at the GenQuip stadium, while Airbus and Rhyl played out a 2-2
draw at the Airfield Rhyl took the lead then Airbus took a 2-1 lead only for
the league champions to draw level 5' from the end.
The biggest crowd of the
night was at Port Talbot where 472 watched the game, the largest attendance
of the league campaign so far.
RHYL player manager Greg
Strong is convinced he has signed a gem in new recruit Tyrone Kirk.
The 23-year-old right winger joined the Lilywhites on loan from Macclesfield
today, although it is unlikely he will available for tonight's game at
"He's a really exciting player and I know he'll be a crowd favourite at
Rhyl," said Strong.
"Wherever he's played people have commented on his ability to make
crowds stand up every time he gets the ball.
"He lives near Doncaster and the travelling involved with Macclesfield
was proving hard, so a move to Rhyl playing part-time is ideal for him.
"I've only got a certain budget to work with but it's still vital that
I bring in quality players and Tyrone Kirk is a good player."
Kirk started his career as a youth with hometown club Scunthorpe United and
was also once a trainee with Manchester City.
He was 2003 winner of the Nike Freestyle Soccer awards and moved to Unibond
League Division One club Stamford AFC in August 2007, quickly confirming
himself as a fans favourite with his trickery and pace.
Kirk left Stamford at the end of the 2008-09 season to pursue opportunities
in higher grade football and had looked set to sign for Boston United but
the Pilgrims agreed to give the player until August 8 to find himself a
He trained and played trial matches with Sheffield United but failed to win
a place with the Blades, but after performing well in games against
Huddersfield and Northwich he was signed on by Macclesfield.
He made his Macclesfield debut against Leicester City in the Carling Cup
first round last season.
Dave Jones Lilywhites
boss has two new signings in his sights
RHYL player manager Greg
Strong is on the verge of adding two players to his squad ahead of
tomorrow's visit to Airbus UK Broughton.
The champions have only 15
players in their ranks following a host of summer departures and are anxious
to add more with the transfer deadline just over a week away.
"There are a couple of signings lined up which are 95% happening, but
whether I will seal them in time for this weekend is doubtful," said Strong.
After kicking off the
campaign with a 2-1 win over Carmarthen, the Lilywhites will be looking to
make it six points out of six, but it will be a tough ask against a
Wingmakers outfit which drew 2-2 at Llanelli on Sunday.
Rhyl will be boosted by the
inclusion of left winger Luke Holden, whose proposed move to Championship
club Coventry City fell through this week.
"Airbus will be tough opposition but without wanting to sound arrogant we
are only concerned with what we do," added Strong.
"I believe we can go out
and beat anyone if we play the way we can. We'll go into the game in the
right mindset and aim for the sort of performance we showed in the second
half against Carmarthen."
Rhyl have met Airbus on 10 occasions in the Welsh Premier and won eight of
the clashes, losing just the one in 2004/05 in the Wingmakers' first season
in the league.
Dave Jones Lilywhites
Port Talbot aiming to take advantage of Legg's absence
LLANELLI go into tonight's tough local derby with on-fire
Port Talbot at the GenQuip Stadium without influential player-manager Andy Legg.
Legg knows tonight's visit to Aberavon will be another major test for his
team, who have won just three times at the venue in eight visits, the last
occasion a thrilling 6-4 victory in a howling gale after the Steelmen had led
The result ultimately led to the sacking of Port Talbot manager Nicky Tucker
and the arrival of former boss Mark Jones, and what a transformation there has
been since then.
Port Talbot eventually finished fifth last term and have continued their
winning vein this season with a 1-0 league triumph at Elements Cefn Druids last
week followed by a 2-1 home League Cup victory over Neath in midweek.
"It's going well at the moment but we know this is one of the season's big
tests for us," Jones said.
"Let's face it, Llanelli, Rhyl and TNS are the equivalent of Manchester
United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool's domination of the Premier League.
"It's a domination we and several other clubs are trying to muscle in on but
it is difficult as we are relying on a relatively small squad of players."
Jones has a fully-fit squad to choose from tonight which gives him a headache
after making seven changes in midweek from the team that travelled to Druids.
"I will have 18 players on my back baying to get on the park," he said.
"It's difficult but really a nice problem to have.
"This is a real test of character for the lads and this is the type of match
we have to get a result from if we are to be candidates for the next stage,
challenging the big boys."
There were a few surprise results in division 1
of the welsh league
tonight. One of the favourites for the title and promotion Bridgend Town
travelled to the capital and were hammered 4-1 by Ely Rangers. Dinas Powys gave
Bettws a hiding at the Murch winning 5-0. Goytre had little trouble in seeing off
Pontardawe and came out 6-3 winners at Glenhafod Park. Caldicot recorded their
2nd win in a row with a 5-2 win over Cardiff Corinthians. Bryntirion were 2-1
winners at Taffs Well, last seasons champions narrowly won at home beating
Caerleon 1-0. Barry Town drew 0-0 at Cambrian, and the two newcomers playing
each other tonight ended 0-0 between Garden Village and West End in the Swansea
derby. Afan Lido made up for their home defeat to Bridgend on Friday with a 3-1
away win at Ton Pentre. So only 3 teams left with a 100% record after 2
games and they are Aberaman, Caldicot and Goytre Utd.
Llangollen Town continued their great start to
life in the Alliance league by scoring another victory and another 4 goals, this
time against one of the fancied teams in the league Buckley Town, Llangollen ran
out 4-0 winners. Llangefni are another team to have hit 4 goals in each of their
first 2 games the team on the end of this 4 were
Llanfair PG who went down 4-0 at home
to the Anglesey outfit. Ruthin Town were 1-0 home winners over Mold Alex and Penrhyncoch
inflicted a 1-0 home defeat on Berriew in their first game in the Cymru
Alliance. Guilsfield put 6 past Gresford at home winning 6-1. Last season's
runners up Holyhead Spurs lost for the 2nd game running this time they lost 3-0
away against newly promoted Bethesda. Lex X1 lost for the 2nd game in a row with
a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Flint Town. Llangollen, Llangefni, Ruthin,
Penrhyncoch all have 6 points from their 2 games and fill the top 4 places.
Holden stays at Belle
Luke Holden's proposed move
to Coventry City will not now take place.
Although Rhyl and Coventry
were well advanced in agreeing terms, the player and his agent spoke
with Coventry, and the Championship Club decided not to proceed with the
Luke will be in the squad
for Friday's game at Airbus.
Whilst all parties are disappointed
they are encouraged by the fact that 2 other senior clubs are now
interested in obtaining Luke's signature in the near future.
Llanelli boss gets 2 match ban
Reds Player Manager, ANDY LEGG, has received a two match ban from the Football
Association of Wales for his Red Card offence against Airbus UK Broughton
The ban also applies to the technical area which means that Andy will have to
watch the Port Talbot and Haverfordwest games from the stand.
Welshpool boss gets his
Technogroup Welshpool can
today announce the signing of former TNS, Bangor and Cefn Druids striker,
Carl Lamb from English non-league side Droylsden.
Manager Huw Griffiths is "made up" at capturing the signature of
the man who has an excellent scoring record in the Welsh Premier League and
it is hoped international clearance will arrive in time for him to play in
Friday night's match at Aberystwyth.
Also due to make his debut that evening is Bangor City player Martyn Beattie
after Nev Powell agreed to let him leave Farrar Road for Maesydre.
Reds boss threatens action over red card
player-manager Andy Legg is threatening to take action over his dismissal
against Airbus on Saturday
The Reds boss was sent off
33 minutes from time in his side's opening Welsh Premier League clash for
foul and abusive language.
That came after Marc
Lloyd-Williams appeared to use his hand to guide the ball past Llanelli
keeper Ashley Morris to put the visitors 2-0 up.
That came just a week after
Legg publicly called on his players to show greater discipline on the field.
But the former Wales
defender insists the referee misheard what he said and though the deadline
to appeal the card has passed, he may still take the matter up with the FAW.
"He said I called him
a cheat, but I said, 'he's cheated you'," said Legg. "I will be
taking the matter further because he's fabricated something I didn't say. I
will be going to the FAW in some capacity.
"I can swallow a ban
and I can swallow a fine, but I've been undermined in front of my players
because it looks like I haven't been true to my word.
"You can't legislate
for the referee's decisions.
"Steve Jenkins was
taken out in the first five minutes. That was a red card offence for me, but
the referee's missed that.
"Secondly, he missed
the handball and, thirdly, he sent me off.
"I'm trying to clamp
down on indiscipline and he's sent me off for something he thinks I've said
"It's a good job some
players were around to hear what I really did say."
League cup round up.
Elements Cefn Druids 0-4
Bala Town carried on their
good form from last Friday night when they won 4-0 away to Elements Cefn
Roberts 63' 70' Ricky Evans
29' Peter and Moore 50' were the scorers for Bala.
0-0 Connahs Quay
1-2 Bangor City
Smith put Bangor ahead on 35' and Chris Sharp made it 2-0 on 54', Newtown
gave themselves a lifeline with a goal on 68' from Tom Jones but they could
not find an equaliser.
Talbot 2-1 Neath
Holland and Martin Rose put the home side 2-0 after 82' with Neath getting a
consolation on 88' from Rob Spendiff.
Welshpool's Joe Price's
Injury Worse Than First Feared
A second scan on the foot
of new signing Joe Price has revealed a worse than initially suspected break
of his metatarsal. He will now be in plaster for at least 8 weeks before
being able to return to light training.
It is a major blow to a player who manager Huw Griffiths felt was his most
exciting summer signing. Price broke a bone in his foot during Welshpool's
1-0 defeat at Haverfordwest on Saturday
Source - Official Welshpool
August 17 Former TNS striker signs
for conference club
Former TNS striker Alfie
Carter has signed for Conference South side Worcester City, who are
currently bottom of their League having lost all three games this season.
Carter was released by the
Saints at the end of last season and he has now linked up with the St
George's Lane outfit on non-contract terms. International clearance was
granted by the FAW today and Carter should debut against Basingstoke Town
this evening. The 29 year old only returned from the USA on Wednesday after
taking on a coaching job following his exit from the Saints.
Birmingham-born started his
career with Walsall as a trainee and signed professional forms in April
1999. After making three Football League appearances he moved to Bromsgrove
Rovers in October 2000. He then turned out for Halesowen Town, Newport
County, Evesham United, Stafford Rangers, Bath City and AFC Telford United.
He left the Bucks in August
2005 to join the Saints who were Welsh Premier League champions at the time.
In his four seasons at Park Hall, he scored 39 goals in 96 games (including
66 starts) and picked up League Championship medals in his first two
seasons. He was also a substitute in three UEFA Champions' League matches
and a UEFA Cup tie.
Official welsh premier
August 17 Welsh cup round 1 draw made
Barry Town v Ely Rangers FC
Bryntirion Athletic v Cardiff Corinthians
Caerau Ely v Bettws FC
Cambrian and Clydach v Ammanford
Corus Steel v Garden Village
Croesyceiliog v Risca Utd
Cwmaman Institute v Cwmbran Celtic FC
Goytre Utd v Pentwyn Dynamos
Hay St. Marys v Dinas Powys
Llantwit Fardre FC v Aberbargoed Buds FC
Newcastle Emlyn v AFC Llwydcoed
Penrhiwceiber v Caerleon
Pontardawe Town v Presteigne St. Andrews
Pontypridd Town v Newport Civil Service FC
Porthcawl Town v Ton Pentre
Seven Sisters FC v Afan Lido FC
South Gower FC v Caldicot Town
Tredegar Town v Goytre FC
Treharris Western Athletic v Cardiff Bay Harlequins / UWIC FC
Troedyrhiw FC v Abertillery Bluebirds
West End FC v Taffs Well
Amlwch Town v Penrhyncoch
Barmouth and Dyffryn Utd v Buckley Town
Berriew v Mold Alex
Brymbo FC v Llangefni Town
Carno FC v Conwy Utd
Chirk AAA v Gresford Athletic
Coedpoeth Utd v Penparcau FC
Glan Conwy FC v Denbigh Town
Guilsfield v Llangollen
Hawarden Rangers FC v Ruthin Utd
Lex XI v Dolgellau Athletic Amateur
Llanberis v Flint Town Utd
Llandudno Junction FC v Llanrhaeadr YM Mochnant
Llandudno Town v Bethesda Athletic
Llanfairpwllâ€ v Penycae
Llanrug Utd v Nefyn Utd
Llanrwst Utd v Llangeinor
Llansantffraid Village v Llay Welfare
Overton Recreational v Holyhead Hotspurs
Pwllhelli FC v Tywyn Bryncrug FC
Rhydymwyn v Llandyrnog Utd
Venture Community v Borras Park Albion
August 17 Rhyl boss is delighted with victory
over the critics
PLAYER-manager Greg Strong
was delighted to score a victory over the critics as well as Carmarthen
after his Rhyl side won an opening day encounter in which he himself was a
With all the summer comings
and mainly goings at Belle Vue, the knives have been out for the Welsh
Premier title-holders, many claiming their bubble had burst.
But while one good result
does not make a season, Saturday’s success over one of the league’s
strongest teams was certainly a step in the right direction.
In his first competitive
game in charge of the champions, “I’m pleased as punch,” said Strong.
“The lads have been different class since I took over.
“I’m delighted for the
lads and the club – we’ve had a tough time of late so it’s great that
we’ve gone out there today and proved a few people wrong.”
The champions were greeted
by a disappointing crowd of 354.
August 17 Caernarfon begin life in the
Alliance with a win
CAERNARFON Town’s second
stint as a Cymru Alliance League club began impressively with a 3-1 home
victory over Denbigh Town.
Relegated from the Welsh
Premier last term, the Canaries’ previous stay in the Cymru Alliance in
2000/01 lasted just the one season as they were crowned champions by 11
Things did not start well
for David Rowe’s side at The Oval on Saturday when Darren Cassidy handed
Denbigh a 13th minute lead, but Ashley Ruane levelled seven minutes later
and Tom Walker made it 2-1 before half time.
Ruane, who signed from
Merseyside Police last season, ensured the points went to the Cofis when he
notched his side’s third with eight minutes left.
Neath have to
settle for a draw against Nomads
BIG-SPENDERS Neath had to
be content with a point as Connah’s Quay came back strongly after the
The visitors brought three
new signings to the club this week in time for Andy Olsen and Tom Baker to
take their place in the starting line-up with Allan Glover on the bench.
They were not at the races
in the first half and the Eagles took the lead in the 38th minute, newcomer
Craig Stein crossing to another debutant, former Wrexham striker Chris
Llewellyn, whose bullet header gave keeper Terry McCormick no chance.
The second half was a total
turnaround as Mark McGregor’s team took control and they were rewarded
with a 65th-minute goal as Chris Herbert scrambled the equaliser.
And only two great saves by
Anthony Williams saved the day for Neath.
August 16 Parry back
Rhyl to retain title
ALTHOUGH the purse strings have been tightened this season Rhyl president
Peter Parry still expects the club to retain the Welsh Premier League title.
Events at Belle Vue this summer have attracted much attention with 11
members of last season's championship-winning squad departed and just four
new players brought in.
But speaking on Sgorio Cymru before Saturday's opening day victory over
Carmarthen, the club's main benefactor Mr Parry insists the Lilywhites are
not in decline.
"We have reduced the squad, but in numbers not in quality," he said. "Last
year we had a big squad, a set of players with which we expected to win the
title. We've trimmed the budget this season, but I still expect us to retain
Parry also commented on the recent departure of head coach Allan Bickerstaff
just three months after leading the Lilies to the league crown.
"Bickerstaff is an excellent coach, but he was not brought in as a manager.
He was brought in as an assistant and Osian (Roberts) was brought in as the
Parry went on to explain that Roberts' prestigious role as FAW Trust
technical director prohibited him from managing a Welsh Premier club.
"We didn't have a manager per ce last season and we felt it was time to
bring one in. We saw in Greg Strong many of the qualities we were looking
for and we believe we've got the right man."
The president also repeated recent assurances that the club is not going
into administration and that he has no intention of leaving Belle Vue.
"It is a time of change, but as to the administration rumours I've no idea
what that was all about; to be honest I think it was someone trying to cause
"I'm not leaving Rhyl FC. I've said I'll review the situation every five
years, every 10 years; I can't be here for ever, but I'm more than happy to
be here for the foreseeable future."
Dave Jones Lilywhites
Fahiya strikes down Druids
CEFN DRUIDS not only
started with a new name but almost a complete new side with seven new
faces on parade at Plas Kynaston for this opener.
It was the visitors who
had the game’s first chance when midfielder Liam McCreesh was set free
and left with only keeper Rob Thomas to beat but he tipped the ball over
for a corner.
The stalemate was
broken in the 34th minute when McCreesh broke down the right flank and
squared for Drew Fahiya to beat Thomas from close range.
It was almost the hour
mark before the hosts created their first clear-cut chance and it
followed some inspirational play for Josh Russell who fed Bobby Jones
but Lee Kendall saved well
Wales on Sunday
August 16 Nomads target
upset today at the Gnoll
MARK MCGREGOR, the fourth boss
of GAP Connah’s Quay to be involved in a turbulent summer of managerial
musical chairs, has a chance
MCGREGOR, the fourth boss of GAP Connah’s Quay to be involved in a turbulent
summer of managerial musical chairs, has a chance today to get his new
career off to a spectacular start at fancied Neath.
season’s boss Steve O’Shaugnessey stepped down to be succeeded briefly by
ex-manager Jim Hackett and then former assistant Andy Lee before latest
incumbent McGregor, from Chester, stepped in.
year-old former Wrexham defender said: “Its certainly a testing start to
kick-off away at Neath but we’ve worked hard in the few weeks we’ve had
confident we can look forward to a decent season and could be a surprise
return of popular Danny Forde along with new midfielder Stuart Scheuber are
two good reasons for optimism as 25-1 outsiders Nomads confront 6-1 shots
Neath in the first big test at The Gnoll.
Rhyl have lost another player
from their thin squad
Rumour has it that Rhyl have
lost the services of yet another player.
Former TNS left sided
attacker Luke Holden has signed for Coventry City, he joined the Lilywhites
in the January transfer window, signed from Yorkshire club Bradford P.A.
Holden made 29 appearances
for TNS in the 2007/08 season, he then joined Cammell Laird before joining
Bradford. Holden made his Rhyl debut in their 2-0 home win against
Porthmadog in the League on 17th January 2009.
His departure from Rhyl
leaves their thread bare squad even smaller with just 2 weeks for their new
manager to bring in extra players.
A round up of the
feeder leagues results
There were wins for last
season's top 2 in the welsh league with champions Aberaman winning at home
against newly promoted Ely Rangers, and the champions came out 5-2 winners
at Aberaman Park. Last season's runners up Goytre Utd were also at home and
they just got the better of Bettws winning 3-2.
Afan Lido 1-3 Bridgend Town
Ton Pentre 4-4 Bryntirion Ath
Saturday 15 August Aberaman Athletic
5-3 Ely Rangers
Caldicot Town 3-1 Caerleon
Cambrian & Clydach 3-1 Cardiff Corinthians
Dinas Powys 1-3 Barry Town
Garden Village 2-1 Pontardawe Town
Goytre United 3-2 Bettws
West End 3-1 Taffs Well
It was a good start to life
in the Cymru alliance for last season's relegated side Caernarfon, they won
at home 3-1 against Denbigh Town, while Alliance runners up Holyhead Spurs
suffers a shock defeat at home to Mold Alex with Mold winning 2-1. There was
a good win for newly promoted side Llangollen Town who put away
Llanfairpwll 4-1, a result
that see's the newcomers top the table after the first round of games.
Friday 14 August
Gresford 0-3 Ruthin Town
Saturday 15 August
Buckley 1-1 Llandudno
Caernarfon Town 3-1 Denbigh Town
Guilsfield 1-1 Bethesda
Holyhead Hotspur 1-2 Mold Alexandra
Llangefni 4-2 Flint Town United
Llangollen 4-1 Llanfairpwll
Penrhyncoch 2-1 Lex XI
A round up of Saturdays
champions Rhyl must have wondered what all the fuss was about when they went
ahead in the televised clash at Belle Vue, Rhyl took the lead on 41' through
Greg Strong, but 4' later Carmarthen were level through Steve Williams to
make it 1-1 at half time. Matt Williams regained the lead for Rhyl on 79'
and that turned out to be the winner for the home side 2-1.
wins today for Aberystwyth who won 4-0 at Caersws, with new signing Mike
Waters scoring a brace. Attendance of 337.
Welshpool at home with Gareth Elliot scoring the games only goal for a 1-0
home win to the Bluebirds. Attendance of 282.
Port Talbot secured all 3
points with a 1-0 win at Cefn Druids Drew Fahiya scoring for the Steelmen.
Attendance of 106.
Newtown almost beat
Porthmadog at the Traeth Adam Worton scoring for the Robins. But a 86th
minute penalty for the home side scored by Mark Evans secured a point for
Porth. Attendance of 338
Rhyl start title defence amid fears over club’s future
Rhyl begin the defence of their title at home to Carmarthen Town today in
front of the TV cameras, but with the club’s future shrouded in uncertainty.
A mass player exodus has led to speculation of possible administration, a
claim denied by the club.
But rumours have intensified this week as midfield ace Luke Sherbon
became the 10th member of last season’s title-winning squad to depart.
Rhyl also parted company with manager Allan Bickerstaff during the
summer, so player-manager Greg Strong is now at the helm.
The only ray of sunshine for the Lilywhites faithful is the return of
former hotshot Lee Hunt, who has been joined by John Leah and Martin Naylor.
But Carmarthen boss Deryn Brace warned: “Rhyl still have a cracking side,
even if their squad does not have the same depth as last season.”
Brace’s squad remains largely unchanged, though Mark Pritchard has been
recruited from Llanelli.
Pritchard’s former club are favourites to recapture the title they won
two seasons ago and start out at Airbus UK tomorrow, when big-spending Neath
also entertain Connah’s Quay.
In today’s remaining fixtures, reprieved Caersws – under returning boss
Mickey Evans – host Aberystwyth and fancied Port Talbot, with new goalkeeper
Lee Kendall, are at Cefn Druids.
15 Feeder leagues
season kicked off last night
feeder leagues got their campaigns off last night, with Ruthin Town getting
off to a great start with a 3-0 away win over Gresford Ath.
south Their was a good start for one of the promotion favourites Bridgend
Town, who were at former Welsh premier side Afan Lido, and Bridgend ran out
3-1 winners to get their campaign off to a flying start. Former welsh league
champions Ton Pentre were at home in the night's other fixture where
Bryntirion were the visitors, and they each claimed a point in a high
scoring 4-4 draw at Ynys Park.
15 Druids boss looks
for hunger in league opener
Jones has called on the Elements Cefn Druids squad to show its hunger and
desire as the Welsh Premier League season gets underway with Port Talbot
Town visiting Plaskynaston.
Druids will be making a final selection on the starting eleven at the last
possible moment, with Jones and Waynne Phillips selecting from a squad of 19
who are available.
The joint-manager believes that, despite having to make changes to the last
season's squad which has seen several depart for pastures new but also seen
over a dozen new arrivals, the playing side is in a better position than it
was 12 months ago.
He said: "We've got a squad that is just as strong, if not stronger
than last season.
"For example we've lost Ricky Evans and Mark Powell but brought in Josh
Johnson and Kieran Quinn. They've got years ahead of them. If they have a
good season for us they could go on to bigger and better things."
Jones added: "We've got players who were released from other clubs who
are looking to prove a point. We've got those that are stepping up and those
that were with us last season."
The opening game of the season is often a step into the unknown for clubs,
but Jones insists that the desire from his and Waynne Phillips' squad will
He said: "We won't be lacking in terms of hunger, I can assure you.
"You don't know what you're going to get with the first game of the
season and tomorrow is now different. Whoever turns up on the day wanting it
more is likely to do well.
Official Elements Druids
Friday night's WPL
TNS 5-0 Prestatyn Town
TNS made the perfect start
to the new season with 2 goals against Prestatyn in the first 9 minutes.
Saints took the lead after
7' through Matt Berkeley, and than doubled their lead 2 minutes later with A
Craig Jones effort, things got worse for the visitors when Jamie Woods made
it 3-0 on 40' and certainly game over.
Just when Prestatyn thought
the half might end 3-0 they conceded a 4th on the stroke of half time with
Craig Jones grabbing his 2nd.
Half time TNS 4-0
TNS started the 2nd half
the way they started the first, Chris Seargeant made it 5-0 on 49'
No further goals and it
finishes 5-0 to the Saints, in front of a disappointing crowd of 333.
Bala Town 1-1 Bangor City
great start to welsh premier life for new boys Bala Town, they went into the
half time break 1-0 up over Bangor City courtesy of a Ricky Evans
penalty on 20'.
time Bala Town 1-0 Bangor City
3 minutes into the 2nd half
and Bala Town conceded their very first WPL goal, it came in the 48' and the
games 2nd penalty was scored by Ashley Stott.
Bala retook the lead on 53'
with Ross Jeffries goal Bala 2-1 up. but they were down to 10 men after 79'
when goal winner turner villain and was shown red for a 2nd yellow card. And
that was how it finished 3 points from their first game, a great start to
premiership life for Bala Town, and nearly 3 times the crowd of the other
game with a great turn out of 938.
Leon Bimpson; Jay Bell, Gethin
Lloyd, Mark Powell, Danny Jellicoe, Ross Jefferies, Owain Roberts, Peter
Moore, John Toner, Ricky Evans, Osian Jones.
Griffiths, Warren Duckett, Mark Harris, Jason Astbury.
Bangor City: Paul Smith;
Mike Johnston, Peter Hoy, Dave Morley, Jamie Brewerton, Kieran Killackey,
Jamie Reed, Mark Limbert, Les Davies, Ashley Stott, Mark Smyth.
Martin Beattie, Sion Edwards, Chris Sharp, Clive Williams, John Owen.
John Deakin looking
forward to historic season for the WPL
WELSH PREMIER secretary John Deakin believes tomorrow’s big kick-off
signals the beginning of the most important season in the history of the
In the most radical move since the League of Wales was established 18
years ago, up to eight clubs could be playing their final year in the top
Next season sees the formation of a new Super 12 League comprising just
10 of the current top-flight clubs with the remainder sliding back into the
feeder leagues, some never to rise again.
That’s because the criteria also includes achieving the Football
Association of Wales’ domestic licence which signifies on and off-the-field
Two clubs, one each from the Welsh League and Cymru Alliance, will join
the elite band of clubs, providing they also meet the licensing criteria. If
they fail, it will be the salvation of up to two of the criteria-qualifying
Welsh Premier clubs who would have been relegated.
“It’s a watershed year for our league,” said Deakin, who has been given
an additional year past his normal retirement to oversee the formation of
the new league which he has long been advocated. “A leaner, healthier league
is what we want and I believe it has been introduced in a fair way.
“Seven clubs achieved the Uefa criteria last season and one missed out by
a whisker, so I’m confident we will have the full complement of clubs when
the new league starts.”
Deakin added: “ The existing plan is that there will be 44 matches next
season – each team playing against each other four times – but the following
season will see the number of clubs reduced to 11, then 10 the next year.
“It’s an exciting time.
“Yes, I do have sympathy with the clubs who will not make the new
structure, but this new structure will benefit the league and Welsh
14 Druids boss says
team spirit will se us in top 12
joint boss Lee Jones says they will be relying on their renowned team spirit
to see them into the top 12.
said: “We’ve had a tough pre-season, losing a number of key players like
Ricky Evans, Mark Powell, Kevin Holsgrove and Mark Stewart due to financial
constraints on the club, but we’ve replaced them with players we feel can
be as good if not better like Bobby Jones, Gary Penlington and Neath
goalkeeper Rob Thomas.
we’ll be good enough for the top 12 I can’t say, but we’ll be giving
it everything as usual.”
PLAYER: “My fellow manager Waynne Phillips has been our best player in
pre-season and it’s important we keep him fit.”
PREDICTION: “I know Llanelli boss Andy Legg well and the squad is looking
Dave Jones Daily Post
14 Reds boss determined
to race out of the blocks
is hoping for a flying start to his Welsh Premier League managerial career
when Llanelli open their campaign at home to Airbus on Sunday.
The Reds boss has made no
secret of his ambition for the coming season, which will culminate in the
top 10 clubs who achieve FAW licensing criteria forming the new Super 12
League in 2010.
Legg said: "It's up to
us now to go out there and win the league. That's our aim for the coming
But he has warned his squad
he will not tolerate below-par performances. "If players aren't up to
the job then I will get someone in that is. No-one in this squad is certain
of their place.
"I wanted a
competitive squad and that is what I have got, and there are sufficient
players in the squad to step into a position and do a job."
Two of the newcomers miss
out. Chris Venables is serving a suspension and Lee Jarman is struggling
with injury, as are Michael Howard, Rory Smitham, Chris Holloway, Andrew
Mumford, Craig Jones and Ross Jones.
14 Chester City given
Chester City have been granted permission by the Football Association to at
last get their 2009/10 season underway - a week late.
City were granted FA
affiliation on Thursday following a meeting involving the club, the
Conference and the FA.
That enables Chester to
belatedly start their Blue Square Premier campaign at the Deva Stadium
against Cambridge United this Saturday.
But, pending an expected
appeal, they will start with a 25-point penalty.
"It's a weight off our
shoulders," City's most prominent shareholder Stephen Vaughan told BBC
"We thought we had all
this sorted out right up until a quarter to three last Friday when we were
preparing to go to Grays.
"Then we got the
bombshell that there had been a breach of the Conference rules to accept us.
"They then summoned
the Conference to today's meeting and thankfully everyone seems to have seen
common sense and come out with the right conclusion."
Following relegation from
the Football League in May, City took voluntary administration, knowing that
would carry an automatic 10-point deduction.
When it became clear that
their former owner Vaughan was still part of the consortium which had bought
back the club, the FA then intervened.
investigations, Chester were told they would be docked an extra 15 points.
But the FA and the Conference are yet to say why.
And, although City will
kick off against Cambridge still with that 25-point handicap - effectively
making them 26 points adrift of safety before they start - they are expected
to immediately launch an appeal.
Vaughan added: "The
rule is that any side that comes into the Conference in administration would
be automatically demoted to the next division.
"But Chester have come
out of administration.
"Once the Conference
accepted the new company, the rule was broken.
"What they did to
overcome that was to get all the Conference members to take a vote and
thankfully they all voted in our favour, all 23 of them."
14 Sherbon set to quit
RHYL midfielder Luke
Sherbon is set to quit the club before the weekend's opening fixture against
Sherbon, who arrived at Belle Vue in January, was regarded as one of the
Lilywhites' finest prospects, but player manager Greg Strong said it was in
the player's best interests to move on.
"Like Lee Kendall, the travelling (in Sherbon's case to and from
Aberystwyth) was getting too much for him, so with that and a few personal
issues, it's been decided it's for the best for him to move back nearer
home," added Strong.
The Rhyl player boss had two quality signings lined up for today, but sadly
they fell through.
"One player was actually on his way to sign for us on loan, but a
League Two club stepped in at the last moment. I'm gutted but you can't
blame the lad for taking the opportunity.
"I'm still doing everything I can to bring in new faces."
Rhyl have, however, signed young defender Shaun Dowling, a player released
by Chester City who was linked with the Lilywhites earlier in the season.
Dave Jones Lilywhites
continues at Bastion Gardens after experienced defender Adie Moody this
evening signed up with the Seasiders. The 26-year-old Merseysider has
impressed manager Neil Gibson during the pre-season build-up and will give
much-needed cover in the heart of the Town defence.
defender started his career as a Wrexham trainee, making three appearances
before being released. He moved to Newtown in 2003/4 after brief spells
with Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Cymru Alliance outfit Llangefni Town. Moody then
re-signed for Rhyl in June 2006 but decided to take a break from football
a year later and left Belle Vue.
In total he made 20+5
appearances for Rhyl and 63 for Newtown in his WPL career netting
five goals along the way.
Now fit and raring to go,
he is expected to go straight into the squad to face The New Saints on
Friday as key defender Dave Hayes is rated 50/50 after picking up a knock
on his hip during the 2-2 draw with Upton on Saturday.
There was more good news
for Town this evening as young prospects Paul Watts, Chris Davies, Karl
Murray, Ethan Woodfine and Glyn Lewis also pledged their future to the
Official Prestatyn Town website
Welshpool sign 3 more
19 year old former Preston
North End keeper, Jack Cudworth, has signed for Technogroup Welshpool and
the club are trying to beat the clock to secure international clearance to
allow him to make his Welshpool bow on Saturday at Haverfordwest.
Also signed today are Gresford duo Gareth Williams and Max Peate.
The club also hope to unveil and exciting loan signing before Saturday's
Official welshpool website
Aber sign Rotherham
Aberystwyth Town have
signed 21-year old goalkeeper Stephen Cann from Rotherham. The South
African-born Welshman, impressed Manager Brian Coyne during the pre-season,
which included a half in the friendly last month against Liverpool.
He started his career at
Derby County, but was released in June 2007 and he then joined Rotherham
United in July 2007, after impressing in a trial. He played his first game
for the Millers in a 3-0 FA Cup loss to Aldershot Town. In his next game, in
the Johnstone's Paint Northern Semi-Final against Darlington, it is reported
that he made three excellent saves during the game, and saved two penalties
in the shoot out, including saving one with his groin, enabling the Millers
to progress to the Northern Final.
Cann was involved in the
Wales Under 19 set-up in 2006 with players who have gone on to win full caps
like Chris Gunter, Neal Eardley, Ched Evans and Andy King, and also with
other current Welsh Premier League players such as Kyle Graves
(Haverfordwest), Alex Darlington (TNS) and Craig Moses (Llanelli).
There's more good news for
Aber fans as stalwart defender Aneurin Thomas, experienced striker Andy
Evans and central midfielder Adam James have all committed to the Seasiders
in their 125th Anniversary Season.
The re-signing of Thomas
maintains his strong defensive partnership with ex-Wales International
Aber ready for their
125th competitive season
ABERYSTWYTH start their
125th season of competitive football away at Caersws this Saturday. Following
a successful pre-sea-son with convincing wins against Afan Lido, Holyhead
Hotspurs and Market Drayton, Aber Town boss Brian Coyne wants that form to
translate into a good start in the league. Goals from Glyndwr Hughes in
injury time in the first half and Graham Evans from the penalty spot late in
the second half secured the win again the Unibond League Side from
Shropshire, meaning Aber have only lost one pre-season game against
Liverpool. They have also in their four pre-season games scored 19 goals, giving
them much-needed confidence going into the new season. This season in the
Welsh Premier League could be make-or-break for many teams with proposals to
bring the league down to 12 teams, with those remaining in the league also
needing UEFA ground licenses. Speaking this week ahead of the new season,
Coyne told the Cambrian News: “I don’t set specific tar-gets each year
for the team.
I just aim to do better
than last year." Last season, we reached the final of the Welsh Cup, the
semi-final of the League Cup and finished eighth in the league." Our aim is
to improve on that." Chris Venables. Tom Bowen, Stuart Fraser and Ross
Stephens have all left the club with new faces Luke Bowen, Cledan Davies,
Adam James, Richard Evans and Michael Walters taking their place in the squad. On
changes to the squad, Coyne said: “People keep telling me that I have lost
a lot of players since last season but as far as I can see, I have only
really lost Chris Venables. Ross’ (Stephens) contribution towards the end
of the season was negligible. “The nucleus of the team is still there and
I am happy with the squad we have." We have brought quality in and we look strong Pre-season
has been very good. The boys have all worked really hard and it shows.“
delighted to join Llanelli
FANTASTIC manager, a great squad of players and a chance to win major
Craig Moses explains the
reasons why it took him just a second to accept a switch when Llanelli came
calling this summer.
Moses admits it wasn't a
tough call to make when Reds boss Andy Legg called him up over the summer
hoping to make the 21-year-old striker part of his title-challenging squad.
From leading the attack at
mid-table club Newtown, Moses has joined a team obsessed with winning back
the Welsh Premier League title.
And the part-time lifeguard
could be just the breath of fresh air Llanelli need.
Blessed with raw pace and
strength, Moses adds further quality to a forward department that also
includes captain Rhys Griffiths, exciting youngster Jordan Follows and
fellow summer signing Craig Frater — who has joined from Manchester City's
And Moses, who came off the
bench in Llanelli's Europa League defeat by Motherwell, can't wait to get
"When I was contacted
in the summer I didn't consider it for more than a second," revealed
Moses, who has won Wales Under-21s call-ups.
"When a club and
manager like that shows an interest in you it is very flattering.
"I want to move
onwards in my career and with a manager like Andy Legg and the squad of
players here, I can do just that.
Brace ready for tough
opener against Rhyl
Town manager Deryn Brace believes his side's opener at Rhyl on Saturday
could provide a barometer for their season.
The Old Gold kick off the
new Welsh Premier League campaign at Belle Vue looking to better their
fourth-place league finish of last term.
But they could hardly face
a more difficult examination than a match against the reigning champions,
who are again tipped to be among the front runners this time around.
"We couldn't have
asked for a tougher start than Rhyl away," said Brace. "They're in
their own back yard and it's going to be a huge test.
"For us the result
should give us some indication of how far we've come.
"We went to Rhyl for
the first game two years ago. We lost 2-1 and a lot of people said we could
have lost 20-1.
"We expect them to be
a strong force this season and it's up to everyone else to knock them off
TRINIDAD & Tobago
international joins Druids
Tobago international Josh Johnson has become the latest summer signing for
Elements Cefn Druids.
The 28-year-old winger had been with Wrexham before joining Rhyl last
summer, where he weighed in with four goals in the Lilywhites' championship
winning season from nineteen appearances, ten of which came off the bench.
He was released by Rhyl at the end of the season, a campaign which saw him
gain a call up to the full international squad, but was unused.
Johnson has gained international honours at under-20 level and played for
Trinidad & Tobago at the 2004 Olympic qualifying event.
Another addition to the Druids squad with the new season commencing on
Saturday is full-back Ricky Wright who has rejoined from Penycae, where he
spent the second half of last season.
Elements Cefn Druids website
August 11 Bangor complete Reed
City have this evening announced that former Rhyl striker Jamie Reed, 21,
has signed for the Citizens.
The forward, who was a
valuable member of the Lilywhites' title winning squad last season, had
featured for Nev Powell's side in pre-season friendlies and the two parties
have tonight agreed a deal, meaning that he will be available for his full
debut on Friday evening at Maes Tegid against Bala Town in the Season's
Reed was one of the first
out of the Rhyl exit door in the summer when he decided to move to the USA
in May to try and gain a contract in Major League Soccer. That didn't work
out though for the ex-Wrexham professional, and his capture at Farrar Road
really signals the club's intentions for the season.
They now boast Reed, Chris
Sharp, Ashley Stott, Les Davies and Marc Smyth as attacking options, which
means that goals will not be hard to come by for the current Welsh Cup
Reed was released by
Wrexham last summer and he then signed a one year contract with Rhyl. He
scored 13 league goals in 22 (+9) appearances, helping the club to the
Principality Welsh Premier League title for the first time in five years.
August 11 The bookies have
their say on the title race
Coming into the first weekend
of fixtures of the new season, the bookies have had their say on what they
think the final outcome will be come next April/May.
They have the current
league champions Rhyl as favourites priced at evens, even though the club
looks to be in financial trouble and with a very small squad only a few days
away from the season's start, they are closely followed by Llanelli at 5/4.
TNS are 3rd favourites and Neath come in at number 4, due to their big name
signings over the pre-season. Another team maybe not expected to be as high
are Port Talbot who are the bookies 5th favourites for the title. They have
the Wingmakers priced as joint 12th with Welshpool at 33/1. Not surprisingly
Caersws are the bookies favourites to finish bottom of the pile. Another
surprise for me is that they have Connah's Quay as 10th favourites and Prestatyn as 17th, I
would have thought it more likely to be the other way around, but what do I
know. My tip for the title is TNS.
the full table as predicted by the bookies.
The New Saints FC
Port Talbot Town
Gap Connah's Quay
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Elements Cefn Druids
August 9 Druids make
Elements Cefn Druids
have added two more players to their squad ahead of this season's opener
against Port Talbot. Their official website wrote.
Winger Marius Prockenka and midfielder Gerard Maloney both signed for the
club after training with the club during the summer.
Maloney has joined for his second spell with the club, having made seven
appearances during the 2006-07 season, while Polish-born Prockenka has
joined from Llay Welfare.
Both players signed following the 1-1 draw at Holywell on Friday night.
August 9 Neath draw in derby friendly
Neath were in
action today at near neighbours Afan Lido and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Afan Lido's scorer was new signing Nathan White. It was Neath's 2nd 1-1 draw
over the weekend following their 1-1 home draw against a Sheffield Utd X1 on
August 9 Porthmadog add three more to the
have added another 3 players to their squad making 14 new signings so far
this pre-season. The official Porthmadog website writes.
has added three more players to his squad for the new season, all of which
have appeared regularly in the pre-season friendlies.
Jack Jones joins from Wrexham, where he was a regular for the club’s youth
team in the Youth Alliance. He can play in mid-field and at right back.
new arrival at Port is Stefano Antoniazzi, who has appeared for Maesteg Park
in the Welsh League for the past three seasons while studying at college in
Cardiff. The 21 year old hails from the Aberystwyth area and can play as
right and left back.
The last of
the newcomers is Mark Gornall, who is also Aberystwyth-based and joins from
Penrhyncoch. He can play at left back and in mid-field.
August 9 Saturday's round up
won comfortably over visiting Oxford City at the GenQuip, The Steelmen ran
out 3-0 winners with new signing Lee Kendal making his Port Talbot debut. An
own goal and a brace from striker Martin Rose settled the game, all the
goals came in the first half hour.
won at Ynys Park 2-0 over Ton Pentre. New signing Robbie Walters scored both
goals in the 70th and 73rd minutes.
won 2-0 away to Market Drayton, a goal in each half from Glyndwr Hughes, and
a Graham Evans penalty secured the win for Aber.
The pick of
today's results was at Park Hall where TNS ran amok by beating Yorkshire
side Ilkey Town 9-0, Matt Berkeley was the pick of the home sides scorers
with a hat-trick.
from behind to Upton AA, Upton went 2-0 up, but 2nd half goals from Jon
Fisher-Cooke and Andy Moran saw the WPL side snatch a draw.
Bala Town were
at Denbigh Town and Bala had a comfortable 3-0 win over the Cymru Alliance
in Lancashire to face Bamber Bridge, and the Lancaster side ran out 2-0
winners with both goals coming in the 2nd half.
hosted Llangefni Town with 4 of Porth's players joining Llangefni in
pre-season, but it was the home side who came out on top with a 3-1 win.
August 9 Haverfordwest sign
County have strengthened their defence with the loan signing of Swansea City
defender Jamie Grimes.
played one pre-season friendly for the Bluebirds and is the 5th player
signed by the club in pre-season following Lee Bevan, Jamie Bradford, Kyle
Graves and Robbie Wakters.
August 8 New boys Bala Town
make two new signings
Town have added two more players to their squad with the
signings of Jay Bell and Peter Moore, making eight new
faces to their squad in pre-season. The clubs official
Town manager Colin Caton has captured the signatures of
two players from the higher echelons of the English
defender Jay Bell joins Bala Town from Accrington Stanley.
Jay is a young defender, the son of the club’s assistant
manager. He has completed his first season as a
professional and made his first team debut at right back,
while still a scholar in April 2007 at Wrexham, after
being an unused sub several times. Over the last two
seasons he has played regularly with both the youth and
reserve sides and he also gained valuable experience when
he went to Prescot Cables on loan.
Moore joins Bala Town from Southport. We are pleased that
the young defender/midfielder chose to come to Maes Tegid
after a trial with Rhyl who were also very keen
to sign him. He is 20 years old and joined Southport from
August 7 Port Talbot sign Lee
Former Rhyl Goalkeeper Lee
Kendall - who cancelled his contract with Rhyl yesterday by mutual consent -
has signed for Port Talbot Town this afternoon.
Rated as one of the
League's top 'keepers, Kendall spent two seasons at Belle Vue and became a
crowd favourite during his spell with the Principality Welsh Premier
A statement from Port
Talbot Town this afternoon said,
"In the biggest
transfer of the summer, manager Mark Jones swooped to sign the former Barry
Town and Haverfordwest shot-stopper after he negotiated his release from
Rhyl on Thursday night.
"Regarded as one of
the best keepers to have ever played in the Welsh Premier League, Kendall
lifted the championship with Rhyl last season and brings a wealth of
experience to Mark Jones squad after nine seasons in the league."
August 7 Strong urges Rhyl
fans to keep faith
RHYL manager Greg Strong
has assured fans he is doing everything he can to bring top quality signings
to the club.
There is unease among Lilywhites supporters following the departure of
goalkeeper Lee Kendall, as well as the fear other high profile players could
be on their way.
But Strong is working around the clock to bring in new faces who will ensure
Rhyl are still a force in the 2009/10 campaign.
"I'm red-hot on the phone," said the player boss, who took over at
Belle Vue just over a week ago.
"I have a lot of contacts in the game and I'm speaking to old friends,
trying to call in a few favours and seeing who's available."
While sorry to see Kendall bid farewell to the Lilies, Strong insists it is
time to move on.
"I could have held him to his contract (which had another two years to
run), but it's not fair to do that if a player wants to leave," he
"He'd already made it clear to Allan (Bickerstaff) that he was leaving
because the travelling to and from South Wales was getting too much.
Dave Jones - Lilywhites
August 7 Liam Loughlan leaves
GAP Connah's Quay forward
Liam Loughlin has left the Nomads to join English-based side, Cammell Lairds.
The loss of last year's
captain will be a blow to the Deesiders' preparations, with just nine days
before they kick-off their League season away at ambitious Neath FC.
Loughlin made a total of 36 (+2) appearances in his one and only season last
year, scoring eight times.
Paul Armstrong who signed
from Flixton in January for the Nomads has also left to join Hyde United,
although he failed to make a League appearance for the club.
Official welsh premier
August 7 Connahs Quay lose
3rd away game in a row
It's been a mixed friendly
campaign for Connahs Quay, last night they played their 6th friendly of the
pre-season and recorded their 3rd defeat.
night's defeat away to Alliance side Denbigh Town was the 3rd away loss in 3
sd they went down 2-0 at Central park, goals coming in the 4th and 87th
Nomads have lost all 3 away fixtures they are unbeaten in their home games
winning all 3 scoring 10 goals and only conceding 1.
Next up for Nomads is a
home game against Tranmere Rovers Reserves at home on August 12th.
August 7 Lee Kendall has
parted company with Rhyl
Rumours on a few message
boards have stated that Lee Kendal has left Rhyl FC. This has speculated
rumours that he is only the first of many of Rhyl's top players to leave due
to the money problems at the club.
who had made 52 league appearances for Rhyl since his transfer from
Haverfordwest in the 2007/08 season where he made 136 appearances for the
Bluebirds. He also made 14 appearances for Barry Town in the top flight, his
overall WPL appearances top the 200 mark currently standing at 202, it will
be interesting to see where his 203rd appearance will be.
rumour just in has told me that Luke Sherbon is the 2nd player to Rhyl.
August 6 The Parc y Scarlets
to host 2009/10 cup final
The Parc y Scarlets Stadium in Llanelli has been chosen as the venue for the
2009/10 Welsh Cup Final by the Football Association of Wales' Domestic
FAW Head of Competitions, Andrew Howard stated,
"The state of the art Stadium provides excellent, comfortable and safe
viewing for Spectators, with the very best ancillary facilities. The quality of
the playing surface for the Final last May also befitted such an occasion, which
delighted both Managers and the players involved."
"The Media facilities are also outstanding, which provides S4C, the host
Broadcaster, with everything that they require for a quality transmission,
whilst the Hospitality boxes at the Stadium will allow the Association to offer
attractive corporate packages to local businesses and sponsors."
The seated capacity of the stadium is 13,090 and the 2009/10 Final will be
held on either Saturday 1st May 2010 or Sunday 2nd May 2010, subject to
agreement between the FAW and S4C.
Official welsh premier
Rhyl FC insist it's 'business
Last night Mr Parry re-iterated his commitment to the club. He could
not comment in detail on how the club’s finances stood, as budgets were
He said his personal financial contribution had not reduced compared to
He said: “It’s difficult times for everyone. We know we’re entitled to
ask for the money early. We’ve done that, and they’ve said no. So we’ll look
at our budgets and go from there.”
Asked if the club would be able to pay all players’ wages, he said: “Of
course. It’s business as usual.”
August 6 Jamie Reed scores
for Bangor in friendly
Former Rhyl striker Jamie Reed
scored for Bangor City in midweek in a 2-2 draw with Cammell Lairds.
The League Championship
winner left the Lilywhites at the end of last season to try and gain a
professional contract in the USA, but he is back on Welsh soil and has been
on trial at the Citizens, as well as Technogroup Welshpool.
Another trialist in the
blue of Bangor was Stephen Connor, who had an unsuccessful spell at TNS last
season, having joined from Everton in the January transfer window,
Reed headed home the opener
at the Kirkland Stadium, but Lairds equalised with a penalty, before
powerhouse substitute Les Davies restored the advantage with a trademark
left footed piledriver from ten yards.
Peter Smith; Peter
Hoy, Martin Beattie, Michael Johnston, Clive Williams; Dave Morley, Ashley
Stott, Marc Limbert, Jamie Reed, Mark Smyth, Sion Edwards.
Les Davies, Steve Connor,
Official welsh premier
Rhyl FC officially deny
official Rhyl website has issued a statement denying rumours that the club
is about to go into administration. The website says in an official press
rumours to the contrary Rhyl Football Club are not going into administration
and Peter Parry is not leaving the Club.
rumours have presumably started as a result of the Football Association of
Wales decision not to make any further advances of the prize money due to
Rhyl FC by UEFA for qualifying for the Champions League this year.
attending a meeting with the Directors of the FAW, Rhyl FC were informed
that now and in the future the FAW will only advance clubs enough money to
cover the costs of travelling abroad to fulfil their away fixture in UEFA
competitions. Rhyl FC is obviously disappointed with this decision.
implication of this is that the vast majority of the UEFA prize money will
not be received until probably December this year. Whilst
this is an inconvenience, Rhyl FC is re formulating its budget to
accommodate the timing difference now caused by the FAW’s decision.
Brace backs new boy Pritchard to make a Mark
CARMARTHEN Town manager Deryn Brace praised striker Mark
Pritchard after the former Swansea City youngster agreed a 12-month contract
with the Welsh Premier League side.
Pritchard was due to put pen to paper on the deal yesterday, with Brace also
hoping to confirm at least one loan signing from Swansea before Friday's
friendly against Bridgend Town.
That friendly follows on from last night's match against Goytre and last
Friday's against Ton Pentre.
Pritchard, a former Wales Under-21 international, was released by Swansea
City in 2006 before joining Llanelli.
"Mark Pritchard has agreed to come to us for the season," said Brace on
"He did have a number of clubs after him, who had made better offers, but
we're delighted he's decided to come to us.
"He's a quality goalscorer and there may be other players that join.
"We're looking to bring in someone from Swansea City on loan. It might be
two, but probably only one."
Pritchard was on target along with Tom Hicks as Town beat Welsh League first
division side Ton Pentre last Friday.
But it was the overall display that most impressed Brace, who believes his
side are nearing top gear as the new season approaches.
Dyer signs up 2 more for the
added to their strong-looking squad with the acquisition of two new signings
to the club, Stephen Davey and Carlos Castan.
Midfielder Davey, 18, is a
Wales youth international who spent two seasons with Shrewsbury Town. He won
8 Under 17 Caps in 2007/08, scoring one goal. He then won 6 Under 19 Caps
last season, again scoring once. But, he was released at the end of the
season by the New Meadow club. Striker Castan also arrives in the Welsh
Premier for the first time and he has experience playing in the Spanish
Both played for the Eagles
against Coventry City Under 18's last night in a 2-2 draw at The Gnoll. Andy
Hill put the Eagles in front in the first-half, but the Sky Blues were
leading 2-1 in the final stages through goals from Callum Wilson and Josh
Ruffels before veteran Carl Shaw levelled at the death.
Official welsh premier
August 5 Porthmadog add two more
signings to the squad
Porthmadog have made
another 2 signings to their squad, after both players impressed in recent
The official Porthmadog
website went on to say about the two signings.
Porthmadog have completed
the signing of Dan Pyrs and Euron Roberts two players who have taken their
opportunity to impress in recent friendlies. Dan Pyrs is a 24 year old
midfielder who played last season for Llanrug United. He also appeared
briefly, when a teenager, for Caernarfon (2002 – 2004) making 3 (+10) WPL
appearances before entering college.
Euron Roberts is a defender
who trained with the Wolves academy as a youngster. Last season he was a key
player for his hometown club Blaenau Amateurs who gained promotion to the
Welsh Alliance. Euron also appeared for Cymru Alliance club Llanfairpwll
whilst a student at Coleg Menai
August 5 Glantraeth resign
from the Cymru Alliance
Cymru Alliance side
Glantraeth have resigned from the league says a statement on the clubs
official website. It said.
Glantraeth have sent the
following letter to the Cymru Alliance League Secretary: "It is with
great regret that we resign our membership of the Cymru Alliance League. We
apologise to the league management committee and the member clubs for the
timing of our decision but it has become clear over the past few weeks as we
have struggled to fulfil our pre-season programme that we are not in a
position to guarantee meeting our playing commitments for the forthcoming
season and delaying a decision any longer could prove even more disruptive.
We would like to thank the
league management committee for their hard work and support during the
period we have been in the league and wish all member clubs amongst whom we
have made many friends a successful and rewarding 2009-10 season."
August 4 League clubs to
benefit from UEFA youth money
The 2008/09 UEFA Champions
League Solidarity scheme for youth development in top-division clubs will
once again benefit the Principality Welsh Premier League clubs to the tune
of Euro 166,700 this Season.
The payments are
ring-fenced for youth development, solely in the top leagues of UEFA's
In total, the seventeen
Leagues with participants in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League Group Matches
will receive EURO 36.1 million.
And the other thirty-six
National Associations' Top Leagues, who did not have a participant in the
2008/09 UEFA Champions will receive EURO 7.2 million between them.
A calculation is then
worked out to see how much each National Association receives and Wales will
be allocated the minimum sum of Euro 166,700, which is calculated from the
low co-efficient ranking. The League is then responsible for distributing
the amount in question to its clubs, based on their Academy Audit throughout
the season, which is carried out by the Welsh Football Trust.
Therefore, if all eighteen
clubs meet all of the criteria within their Academy Audit, they will each
receive over Euro 9,261, which at today's exchange, is just over £7,879.
UEFA's General Secretary
David Taylor explains, "This solidarity scheme associated with the UEFA
Champions League is aimed at supporting youth development activities in
"It complements other
UEFA initiatives such as club licensing and the rules on locally trained
Official welsh premier
"Blame me for
the goals" says new Rhyl boss
Rhyl player-manager Greg Strong criticised only one performance in
Saturday’s impressive win over Witton – his own.
took full responsibility for the two goals the Lilywhites conceded, which
were the only blots on an otherwise picture book display at Belle Vue.
really pleased with the way we played,” said Strong, who replaced head
coach Allan Bickerstaff last Thursday.
looked sharp – except me. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded
but they were down to my mistakes and I take responsibility for both.
Otherwise I thought the performance was top class – the players gave me
everything out there.”
took the lead on 10 minutes when Neil Roberts, a shining light in midfield,
floated the ball over the top of the Albion defence and Lee Hunt lobbed
advancing keeper Greg Smith.
August 3 Merthyr optimistic about
MERTHYR Tydfil are now
looking ahead to the start of their Zamaretto Southern League season with
The club are in
administration, but have cleared every hurdle put before them so far.
And manager Garry Shephard
used 19 players as the Martyrs took on Gloucester City at Cirencester
Merthyr were beaten 4-1,
but are delighted to have played a match which looked in doubt at times last
Then the Football
Association, the Football Association of Wales and the Southern League all
gave a thumbs up to plans for the club’s supporters trust to run things
under licence from the administrator.
Merthyr Tydfil will start
the season with a 10 points deduction, but there is a real spring in their
step now they have been given the go-ahead to play on.
Manager Andy Legg and his
Llanelli team are scheduled to visit Penydarren Park for a pre-season
friendly this Saturday, August 8.
Electricity is now back on
at the Merthyr ground and the club should be ready for the start of their
new league campaign.
Merthyr open their Premier
Division fixtures against Hampshire club Bashley at Penydarren Park on
Saturday, August 15 (3pm).
U21's sign for Barry Town
BARRY Town have signed two
Macedonian under-21 internationals for their new MacWhirter Welsh Football
Teenagers Tomi Ilievski and
Dusko Trajcevski made their Barry Town debut in a goalless draw against
Western League Willand Sports in Devon.
“They are both central
midfield players and they’ve impressed manager Gavin Chesterfield with
their technical ability,” says Barry secretary Dave Cole.
“They are due to be with
us for six months.”
Ilievski played for 65
minutes against Willand, while Trajcevski went on for the last 25 minutes.
The two players, who look
composed in possession and pass the ball well, will have to adjust to the
Both are 19 years old and
almost signed for Pontypridd Town last season.
Welsh businessman Clayton
Jones, who is launching St David’s Travel, has close links with the
Macedonian FA and has worked closely with Barry on the two signings.
Swansea City win at Port
crowd started to fill the GenQuip Stadium as the referee got this friendly
underway and with 90 seconds played Martin Rose had the game's first chance
as he broke free of
Garry Monk and into
He held on to the ball a
little too long as
David Cornell raced off
his line to gather the ball at his feet.
Casey Thomas, playing in
his hometown, fired straight at Neil Collins from the right of the box and the
former Welsh League goalkeeper into stopping from
Chad Bond soon
But three minutes shy of the
half-hour mark the deadlock was broken, Fede Bessone picking out Guillem Bauza
inside the area before the ball founds its way back to him on the edge of the
The Argentinian full-back mis-hit
his effort across the face of goal but Jordi
Lopez was waiting at the back post to tap home the opening goal.
And six minutes before the
break the former Afan Lido youngster sent Matty Collins on his way inside the
area and his namesake Neil in the Port Talbot goal was forced into making a stop
from his angled shot.
Port Talbot 0 Swans 1
Port Talbot made an
encouraging start with Drew Fahiya forcing
David Cornell into making
his first real save of the game while Neil Thomas fired wide 30 seconds later.
Guillem Bauza fancied his
chances from just outside the area two minutes in, only to see it fly over, but
Chad Bond saw his effort
from similar distance shave the top of the crossbar.
Kerry Morgan fired high over
the bar from close-range after latching on to Jamie Grimes' long ball forward
and that came just before the home side made seven changes in the space of three
Stephen Dobbie shot
inches wide ot the target before the visitors made a further three changes -
Jazz Richards, Daniel Sheehan and
Marcos Painter all coming
on - and defender Sheehan almost made the perfect start as he came close to
meeting Dobbie's corner.
The Swans continued to dominate
the latter stages and it was Orlandi this time that came close to bagging a
second with 10 minutes left but he shot inches past Collins' right-hand post.
But the second just
wouldn't come and as the fourth official raised his board to signal the two
minutes of added time
Stephen Dobbie came
closest to doubling the advantage when his wicked drive struck the foot of the
Official Swansea City website
Druids manager looking to
LEE Jones is hoping to see his squad close to full fitness as Elements Cefn Druids continue
its pre-season programme at Mold Alexandra on Saturday.
The joint manager said that the same squad that was on duty in Monday night's
win against Rhos Aelwyd will be in action at Alun Park.
Jones said: "We'll be facing a similar opposition to Monday and I hope we get
as much out of it as possible.
"We should be close to full fitness by now and I'll be hoping we come through
He added: "I won't be looking at the result, but it is good to get into good
"We're two weeks away from the start of the season and that's what we're
gearing towards so the performance and getting a good workout is the important