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The Wingmakers - October 2009 Welsh Premier News



October 31
Reds dump Carmarthen out of the cup

A Rhys Griffiths hat-trick dumped Carmarthen Town out of the Welsh Cup on Friday evening. Despite having considerable possession Town were unable to take their chances and were punished by Griffiths as the Reds booked their place in the next round of the competition.

With manager Deryn Brace making one change from last weekend Nathan Cotterrall reclaimed his starting place at the expense of Dyfan Pierce.

But it was the hosts that made the perfect start when 'Golden Boot' Rhys Griffiths found the back of the net from close in on 12 minutes after Craig Moses out on the right had picked up on a Reds long goal kick and crossed into the box.

Just before the half hour mark Town looked to have levelled when Mark Dodds netted Cotterrall's free kick but was adjudged to have fouled the keeper. With very little between the sides a good move down the right saw Tim Hicks, in front of goal, volley over just before the break.

Ten minutes after the restart Brace sent on Danny Thomas for Neil Smothers and just after the hour Town were level. Paul Fowler went through the middle and having chipped the ball in Hicks controlled the ball well on his chest before left footing home.

With Town making the running Mark Pritchard dispossessed keeper Ashley Morris but sent his shot from the floor wide of the mark before Danny Thomas' shot was deflected wide after Hicks had provided from the flank.

But it was the Reds who regained the lead, with the ball coming down the left and Griffiths applying the finish with five minutes to go. Then, in injury time, Griffiths claimed his hat-trick as he put Llanelli's name in hat.

October 29
League cup semi-Final draw

The draw was made for the two semi finals of the Loosemores cup, with Rhyl and TNS avoiding each other.
TNS have been drawn against Port Talbot, and neighbours Connahs Quay meet Rhyl in the other semi.
Port Talbot are at home in the first leg on Tuesday 10th of November with the return on November 17th at Park Hall.
Connahs Quay are at home to Rhyl at the Deeside also on the 10th of November and the return at Belle Vue 7 days later. It's the first time in 13 years that Nomads have reached the semi final stage, the last time they went onto win the trophy beating Ebbw Vale in the final 1-0 played at Caersws.
October 28
Aber start interviews for manager

Aberystwyth Town FC has began interviewing candidates for the vacant managerial post, vacated by Brian Coyne and assistant Jake King last month.
The board interviewed Bangor City’s assistant boss Alan Morgan on Monday, and has confirmed that former Llanelli manager Leighton James has also applied for the vacant position.
However, the club has stressed that it will not be rushed into making a decision, and it is possible that caretaker boss Christian Edwards may also consider an assistant manager’s position.

Managing director Tony Bates said: “We expect to be interviewing over the next couple of weeks, but we are doing so thoroughly as we are anxious to get the management structure right.
“This season is a watershed for teams in the Welsh Premier League, with the drop to 12 teams for next year, and we are giving it careful consideration.”
With stricter criteria regarding the coaching qualifications of managers in the new Super 12 set to come into force, the Aber board is having to scrutinise the credentials of each applicant.

Inside sources at the club have revealed that the club has received over a dozen applications, including former Llanelli chief Peter Nicholas and ex-Rhyl head coach Allan Bickerstaff.
Last week it was also confirmed that former Aberystwyth strikers Ryan Nicholls and Gavin Allen, and Aber’s ex-assistant manager Martyn Griffiths had also applied for the managerial post.
A statement from the board said: “The club has started interviewing a shortlist of candidates for the post of manager, having considered the logistics of travel, and their previous experience.
“It is impossible to hold all the interviews on the same evening, but we are hoping that they will be completed by 2 November.
“Once everyone is seen, an announcement can be expected after personal terms and terms of the role have been ironed out.
“With this being so, Christian Edwards will continue in a caretaker role until then in both the Welsh Cup and Welsh Premier.”

by Adam Hughes

October 28
Around up of all Tuesday night's league cup ties.

TNS 4-1 Llanelli
Loosemores Cup holders TNS strolled into the Semi Finals with a comfortable 4-1 win over Llanelli at Park Hall this evening.

The Reds took the lead in Oswestry as skipper Rhys Griffiths scored after just four minutes. But the hosts responded in the best possible way and were leading 3-1 at the break. Wales International Steve Evans equalised on 36 minutes, before the recalled midfielder John McKenna struck a brace in the space of two minutes. His first came on 41' and he made it 3-1 on 43 minutes.

Long-serving midfielder Scott Ruscoe made it 4-1 on 63 minutes, before Reds' boss Andy Legg brought himself off the bench, but he couldn't make a difference and the holders progress to the last four of the Loosemores Cup.

Bala Town 2-3 GAP Connah's Quay
Bala conceded two injury time goals to ten man Connah's Quay to bow out of the Loosemores Cup in disappointing fashion.

They had begun the match very brightly and took the lead after 15 minutes with a well constructed move that was finished off by Ross Jefferies with a back post header. Connah's Quay came more and more into the game as the half progressed and the visitors equalised when a speculative Alan Glover shot from 30 yards got caught in the wind and dropped over Leon Bimpson in the Bala goal.

When it looked like the match was heading for extra time Bala got the goal they were looking for on 87 minutes when substitute Marc Griffiths stooped low to head in from close range. The visitors responded though and Bimpson could only parry out a 30 yard screamer on 91 minutes and the resultant rebound from Mike Hayes made it 2-2. In the fourth minute of injury time Bala were again caught in possession at the back and the 'keeper had no chance when Sam McNutt put his shot away to send Nomads through into the semi-finals.

Port Talbot Town 3-1 Technogroup Welshpool
Port Talbot Town have made it through to the Semi-Finals with a 3-1 win over a depleted Welshpool who fielded midfielder George Hughes in goal. Drew Fahiya scored the opener on 9 minutes and strike partner Martin Rose made it 2-0 before the break. Liam McCreesh made it 3-0 two minutes after the interval. Defender Max Peate scored Welshpool's consolation on 64 minutes.

CPD Porthmadog 1-4 Rhyl FC
League leaders Rhyl booked their place in the Loosemores Cup Semi Finals with a comfortable win at Y Traeth. The recalled Mark Connolly struck the opener on 17 minutes and scored his second on 66 minutes after Matty Williams had made it 2-0 ten minutes after the break. Dylan Williams scored Port's consolation on 84 minutes, before Williams scored again three minutes later.

October 28
Brace targets a cup surprise

DERYN Brace has told his Carmarthen Town players to be strong ahead of Friday's Welsh Cup clash with Llanelli.

The near neighbours meet in the tie of the third round, with Town player-manager Brace admitting his players face a tough task at Stebonheath.

Llanelli, who have been in fine form in the Welsh Premier League in recent weeks, will go into the tie as favourites. They currently lie third in the league with a game in hand on their rivals.

Town's record in the league against the Reds in recent years is also bleak, with the Richmond Park outfit suffering 5-1 and 4-1 defeats last season.

But Carmarthen head into the tie in good form themselves and will be looking to extend their unbeaten sequence to seven matches.

"Obviously it is a huge game, a huge task," said Brace.

"Llanelli are clearly one of the favourites for the cup and the league as they have been for the last few years.

"The draw hasn't been kind to us in drawing us away to them but we go there with a bit more hope than maybe six weeks ago.

"We'll look at it, we'll prepare well and we'll give it our very best shot.

"Physically we have to be strong against them. If we're not going to turn up physically and defend set-pieces and their other plays then there is no point in turning up at all.

"But the main thing is that we're there by merit, we have a really genuine chance of beating them and we have to go there in with full belief that we can take them on."

Evening Post

October 28
Legg demands cup focus after washout

ANDY Legg has told his players they must refocus quickly on the cup to avoid becoming a shock elimination after Llanelli saw their chance to move top of the Welsh Premier League washed away by the weather.

Llanelli  face Carmarthen Town in the third round of the Welsh Cup this Friday after Tuesday's League Cup quarter-final against The New Saints.

And Legg insists the Reds must put the league campaign on the backburner as they focus fully on their cup challenge.

"It was disappointing not to play on Saturday because results went for us," said Legg.

"I'm not saying we would have won the game, but it was an opportunity to go top of the league for the first time this season and that would have been nice.

"Our next league game is Rhyl and we'll go there in third. The game could have been played, but it was a risk the referee and groundsman were not prepared to take because one more downpour would have been the end of things." Jason Bowen and Stuart Jones are both expected to recover from minor problems in time to feature, but Legg will monitor Lee Jarman's troublesome ankle injury before deciding if he can play a part.

"The lads know that Friday night is a local derby in the Welsh Cup," he said.

"That is a competition we have never won and one we want to do well in. Anything can happen in cup games, that's why I love them. We've got to be right up for it because I know what to expect from Carmarthen — they'll come and give us a good game.

"I've seen them a few times this season and they're better than their league position suggests.

"Anything can happen in this league, we beat Cefn Druids 4-0 a few weeks ago and it could have been six.

"Then they drew with Rhyl and could have beaten them. You have to give everyone respect."


October 28
Plenty more to come from Mr Golden boots

LLANELLI striker Rhys Griffiths believes it's only a matter of time before he hits the heights by reproducing his goal-scoring form of the last four seasons.

Since switching from Port Talbot to the Reds in 2006 Griffiths's has never netted fewer than 30 league goals in a campaign.

He already has a more than respectable seven strikes from nine Welsh Premier appearances this term, but the golden boot regular is targeting more as Llanelli look to close in on top spot.

"I've got seven in nine so far, whereas I'd prefer to have 10 in seven, which is more like my usual ratio," he said.

"But I think my overall game is better than it was last year.

"I think I'm more consistent and some of our best play has come through me. It just needs to click in front of goal.

"I've dominated in the air, including the match against Motherwell, and my first touch has been more reliable.

"It's always been quite strong, but I think my concentration is better now, which helps.

"Every year I play, I feel I've got less to prove so I'm able to relax a bit more.

"I don't have a goal target, I just aim to score in every game, and if I don't score in one, I want to score two in the next one to make up."

Evening Post

October 27
Port Talbot v Neath game live on SC4

The Principality Welsh Premier League and S4/C are delighted to announce that the League derby clash between Port Talbot Town and Neath will be shown Live on S4/C over the Festive period.
Originally scheduled for Boxing Day, the game has been put back 24 hours to fit in with the S4/C TV Schedule over Christmas and will now be played on Sunday December 27th at the GenQuip Stadium.
It will be an afternoon kick off, although Geraint Rowlands, the Content Editor for Sport at S4/C is unable to confirm the exact time for two weeks.
The match will be the third live television game of the season, with the S4/C cameras already visiting Belle Vue on the opening Saturday of the season, to screen Rhyl's 2-1 triumph over Carmarthen Town. The second live game will be on Sunday 15th November at Stebonheath, as Llanelli host The New Saints in what is sure to be a close and tense encounter.
The fact that the third live match features two other sides who have top six aspirations, shows the Broadcasters commitment to providing coverage of as many clubs as possible and also the competitiveness of the League this season.
A delighted Mark Jones told the League this morning;
"It's fantastic. By the time the match arrives I hope that we are towards the top end of the table, which will make it an even bigger derby game," said the Port Talbot Manager.
"It will be a huge challenge for the team and I hope that the players respond and make it a great game."
Jones has enjoyed live televised matches whilst in charge of Carmarthen Town before, but it's a new experience for him in the Port Talbot blue as he explained.
"This will be my first live game with Port Talbot Town and I think that it will be the first live League game at the GenQuip. The match will showcase our excellent stadium, facilities and pitch to the people of Wales." Jones also credited the off-field personnel at the club.

October 27
Evans absence a big blow for Bala cup tie

BALA Town are without midfielder Ricky Evans for their quarter-final date at Gap Connah’s Quay, writes John Bridgwater.

Warren Duckett and Mark Harris are also ruled out, but boss Colin Caton will be aiming to field as strong a line-up as possible as he looks to keep alive hopes of lifting the silverware.

Nomads’ player-boss Mark McGregor has challenged his under-achieving players to kick-start their campaign, writes Mike McEvoy.

“This is the perfect opportunity for our lads to bounce back after the disappointments of losing 3-2 at Prestatyn and 1-0 at Carmarthen last Saturday,” he declared.

“We lost both because we were slow out of the blocks and conceded goals we couldn’t pull back.”

October 26
Deryn Brace delighted with Carmarthen's recent run

Carmarthen stretched their unbeaten run to 4 games with 3 wins and a draw, and break into the top 10 for the first time this season.

Manager Brace said " Conditions were difficult and it was never going to be a pretty affair."But it was a crucial three points. We spoke in the week of the importance of collecting three points today and back-to-back wins has given us all a big boost."We have a nice little run going and we are in the top 10 for the first time this season and that's a great feeling.

"Everything's getting quite tight in the middle of the table and we need to keep picking off the results to take us above a bunch of clubs in the coming weeks.

"The lads have done well, confidence is growing but we must keep doing the basics right as we did today to earn a clean sheet."

October 26
Neath boss disappointed with only a point against TNS

Neath have come a long way since August where they only took 2 points from their opening 3 games, but then they had a relatively handy run in for their next 4 league games, winning all 4 before they were going to be really tested by taking on the top 3 clubs in the league, and they came out of that test with flying colors. They are now unbeaten in their last 8 games and sit in 2nd place in the table, in their latest test they nearly made 7 wins on the trot against TNS having taken a 2-0 lead after 16 minutes, but TNS came back with a quick double of their own to salvage a point.

Dyer said on the TNS game "

"I'm delighted with the point, which I would have taken before kick-off, but disappointed we let slip a two-goal lead," said Dyer.

"In the end it was a fair result and it gives us seven points against the big three clubs, which is a great effort.

"That does not mean we are one of the favourites for the title but it does mean we can compete against any team in this division.

"We have had a great October and we need to build on it in November, otherwise all this good work will be undone.

"Rhyl, Saints and Llanelli all meet each other in November so it gives us an opportunity to possibly challenge for top spot if we continue to string good results together."

Dyer and his team will be looking to get back to winning ways next time out when they travel to face Haverfordwest on November 6th at the New Bridge Meadow.

October 25
TNS have lost Park Hall winning form

THE Saints have certainly lost the winning habit at Park Hall after being held to a third successive home draw to undermine their title challenge.

Yet, having conceded a couple of soft early goals, Andy Cale’s men would have been relieved to have finished on terms in an increasingly windswept encounter.

For TNS, it was another frustrating home draw, but it could have been worse after trailing to two early goals before earning parity at the break.

Neath, looking to build on the previous week’s fine win against Rhyl, profited from a defensive mix-up on just eight minutes as Phil Baker’s pass failed to find keeper Paul Harrison and Richard Ingram nipped in to convert.

The hosts were breached a second time seven minutes later when a long ball from Carlos Castan found Craig Steins who broke through before volleying past Harrison from 12 yards.

The Saints looked labored at this stage, but revived their fortunes when the visitors were also guilty of some slack defending as Castan’s back pass eluded keeper Anthony Williams and Matthew Berkeley gratefully tucked in from a tight angle.

Five minutes later they were back on terms as Baker atoned for his earlier lapse when his deep pass found Jamie Wood in acres of space before lobbing Williams.

Both sides could have snatched the points late on, with Neath substitute Keiran Howard having a golden chance only to pull his shot wide amid strong claims for a penalty.

Wales on Sunday

October 25
Aber's winning streak continues

ABERYSTWYTH’S change of fortune since Christian Edwards took charge continued when Luke Bowen snapped up the only goal in a tight contest at struggling Porthmadog.

The decisive raid on 85 minutes began when sub Glyndwr Hughes crossed a low ball from the right wing into the goal mouth, where Bowen managed the vital touch ahead of Porthmadog ’keeper Richard Morgan.

The home side, propping up the table and still seeking to break their duck, were left to ponder how this particular result went against them.

Manager Tomi Morgan, an ex-Aberystwyth boss, said: “To say we should have won this one is the understatement of the season because we dominated the first half and continued to do well after the break when playing against the wind.

“We created far more chances, hit the post and their keeper made some important saves, which he is paid to do. But we just cannot find the net at the moment, and it is costing”.

Porthmadog rued misses by Chris Jones Marc Evans and John Keegan.

Wales on Sunday

October 24
Port boss is backing his players

PORTHMADOG would dearly love to kick-start their campaign against manager Tomi Morgan’s old club, Aberystwyth Town, today.

The Traeth men are currently propping up the table and still looking to break their duck.

Morgan said: “It doesn’t matter that it’s my old club and my home town club, what is important that we focus on the three points that are on offer.

“Whereas in the League Cup we have been scoring freely, it has been different in the league, even though the team performances have been fine and the lads’ attitude is right.

“Aberystwyth have shot up the table after three or four good results on the bounce and the same could happen to us – I am quite confident we could do that.”

Porthmadog captain and centre-back Ryan Davies will get a fitness check on damaged ankle ligaments while striker Chris Jones and another forward Aden Shannon will return.


October 24
Neath plan to storm fortress at TNS

NEATH go in search of a famous treble when they visit four times Welsh Premier champions The New Saints today.

Having gained back-to-back home victories over Llanelli and Rhyl, Andrew Dyer’s side are now after a third major scalp and have moved to within two points of the summit.

But the Eagles’ boss knows this could be the toughest assignment yet.

“I have been told that TNS have lost just twice in the last 40 matches at home,” he said.

“That shows the huge task that awaits us but the players will enjoy the challenge and just get on with it as it will seem like just another match now.”

Striker Andy Hill, who has missed a large chunk of the season through injury, should make a welcome return from the bench.


October 23
Summary of Friday night's welsh premier games

Prestatyn were on the end of a 3-0 defeat tonight at Farrar Road,  Marc Limbert opened the scoring in the 16' and Bangor doubled the lead only a minute later through Jamie Reed, Sion Edwards made it 3-0 on 39'. Chris Sharp made a night to forget for the visitors with Bangor's 4th on 85'.
While this was only Prestatyn's 2nd league defeat, both have been heavy losses, 5-0 away to TNS and now 4-0 tonight at Bangor.

This game ended the first 45' goalless, but Druids took the lead one minute in the restart with a goal from Craig Whitfield.
Sub Matty Williams drew Rhyl level on 53' and neither side could find the winner in the rest of play.
Aw win for Llanelli at home to Caersws will see the reds top the table.

View league table
October 23
We'll bounce back stronger from defeat say's Rhyl boss

GREG STRONG has full faith in his Rhyl side’s ability to bounce back from their first defeat of the season and return to winning ways at Elements Cefn Druids tonight.

Last Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Neath was the Lilywhites’ first reverse in the Welsh Premier in 26 matches, but player-manager Strong looks back on the experience philosophically.

“That’s the way football is, it never runs smooth,” he said. “Everything has to come to an end and it happened for us at Neath.

“It’s all about how you react to it and I know these players will react in the right way.

“I was frustrated as I do feel we were below our best on the day, and had we been at our best I think it would have been a completely different story, but that’s all ifs and buts. You learn as you go along, work harder to ensure it doesn’t happen again and move on.”

Daily Post

October 23
Bangor aim holt Prestatyn's rise

BANGOR will need to improve on their recent finishing if they are to jolt Prestatyn Town’s rise to prominence this evening, believes City boss Neville Powell.

While no-one is shocked to see the likes of Rhyl, Llanelli, Neath and The New Saints up near the Welsh Premier summit, fourth-placed Prestatyn have been a real surprise package.

Undefeated in eight league starts, Town have already claimed away wins at Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and Caersws, as well as taking a point at Port Talbot, and would love to add Farrar Road to their list of successful hunting grounds tonight.

City, by contrast, are languishing down in 12th spot although a first win in six games at Welshpool last weekend has raised the spirits in the Welsh Cup holders’ camp.

“It’s going to be a fascinating game with Prestatyn going so well,” said Powell. “Everyone’s looking forward to it; the lads are raring to go. A big crowd will be there and if we can take our chances when they come along we can hopefully come away with three points.

“We do need to start making the most of the goalscoring opportunities that come our way as that’s all that’s been missing.”

Daily Post

October 23
Llanelli looking to keep the goals flowing

LLANELLI, buoyed by their 8-1 trouncing of Aberystwyth in the League Cup on Tuesday, return to league action with a visit from Caersws.

A 4-0 win last week over Cefn Druids lifted spirits at Stebonheath Park after a shock loss to Neath, and Andy Legg's side should build on that success against Mickey Evans's strugglers.

The Bluebirds have a dismal record at Llanelli, having won only twice in 13 previous visits, and their away form — two points from four matches — hardly suggests they will stretch the Reds this time.

Legg returns to league action after serving a three-match ban.

With Lee Jarman also back in action, Legg's options are now much greater.

"It will be tough to get on to the bench, never mind the team," he said.

"Players who do not perform will find themselves having to work really hard to get back into contention."

It is a tough week for the Reds as they travel to TNS on Tuesday night for a League Cup quarter-final, then host Carmarthen Town in the Welsh Cup next week.

But with only two points separating the top four clubs Llanelli cannot afford to take Caersws for granted.

Evening Post

October 22
Brace "We have to build on this"

DERYN Brace insists Carmarthen Town must continue to build momentum as his side look to extend a five-match unbeaten run.

The in-form Richmond Park side head into Saturday's clash with Gap Connah's Quay having bounced back from a sketchy start to the season.

And they showed their resilience on Saturday when they hit back from a goal down to defeat Port Talbot Town 3-1.

Now Town boss Brace wants his side to dig deep and earn another three points in this weekend's clash.

"With a win like this it would be easy to say yes, our season is underway, and then go and kick ourselves in the foot," he said.

"We're now five games unbeaten in league and cup and we're trying to build a bit of momentum. We're trying to build a team which is hard to beat.

"We've probably been a bit kamikaze, a bit gung-ho, trying to win the game before we've done the basics.

"We've gone back to school a bit in the last few weeks and now we're saying right, let's become that team that's hard to beat.

"It's a big, big game this week. We have to take three points.

"If we get the three points we're back in it. And then it will be the Welsh Cup. But all our focus is now on Gap Connah's Quay."

Evening Post

October 21
Llanelli score 8 against weakened Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth Town allowed their chances of a Loosemores Cup Quarter Final spot to fade away when they named a weakened side in the winner takes all clash at Stebonheath.

The Reds have set-up an away quarter-final place at TNS next week with the triumph as they demolished Aberystwyth Town 8-1.

Aber named rookie 'keeper Jonathan Hartnell in goal along with other inexperienced youngsters Eilian Evans, Gwion Ap Dafydd, Tom Bowen, Anthony Hartnell and Karl Seliaerts and were up against it from the moment their team-sheet was submitted.

The Reds goals came from striker Craig Moses with four in the 12th, 43rd, 81st and 88th minutes. Midfielder Antonio Corbisiero (2) in the 29th and 75th (pen) minutes, Rhys Griffiths in the 11th minute and an own goal from emergency defender Andy Evans after 36 minutes.

Aber's only goal came from a penalty by Luke Bowen who came off the Aber bench.

After four matches unbeaten in the post-Brian Coyne era and a very good display against Llanelli in this competition a fortnight ago, it's got to be disappointing for Aberystwyth fans to see their chances of a Quarter Final thrown away.

October 20
Llanelli and Aberystwyth Battle for Final Loosemores Cup Spot

Llanelli and Aberystwyth Town will meet at Stebonheath Park this evening in the final Group match of this season's Competition.

With seven Quarter-Final places already confirmed, the two teams on show will both be aiming to seal the final place and book an away trip to TNS in next week's knockout match.

Llanelli will be favourites to progress as they only need a draw on their home soil, which will see the Reds advance on goal difference. However a win for Aberystwyth Town will see the currently Managerless Seasiders' proceed.

The fact that the visitors are Managerless has not affected their form negatively, in fact they have won three of the four matches that they have played since Brian Coyne's departure and also drew with Llanelli in the reverse of this evening's Loosemores Cup fixture. Temporary boss Christian Edwards - who has ruled himself out of the job permanently - has seen his side win at Bryntirion in the Welsh Cup, at Bangor City in the League and at Park Avenue on Friday against Newtown, so confidence will be high in the Black and Green camp.

The Reds will be boosted this evening with the return of their player/manager Andy Legg who has served his suspension following his second sending-off of the season at Neath in the Welsh Cup. His long-throw is sure to be a threat to Stephen Cann's goal on what is likely to be a wet night in Llanelli.

Lee Jarman could be set for his first start of the domestic season after a substitute appearance against Druids on Saturday. The experienced centre-back was injured early into his Reds' debut against Motherwell in July and has not started a game since the Europa League match in Scotland.

Geoff Kellaway is a doubt for the visitors having been forced off on Friday against Newtown and his pace and work rate would be sorely missed. Either of the Evans' - Andy or Graham - would be experienced replacements if the Dorset-born forward is ruled out.

October 19
Three Welsh Premier managers have their say on their games over the weekend

Greg Strong said of his Rhyl side
“Our players have established a winning mentality,” said the player-boss. “There are people in that dressing room who don’t like what’s happened today and they will come back doubly determined to prove a few people wrong.”

Colin Caton said on Bala's performance against TNS
“I think it would have been rough justice had we come away with nothing,” said manager Colin Caton. “It was a good game for neutrals, both sides going for it at the end.”

Wayne Phillips on his sides defeat against Llanelli
“We knew it was going to be tough, but I’ve no complaints about the result and the efforts from the players,” said joint boss Waynne Phillips.
“We had a couple of very good chances which we really had to take. But I couldn’t fault the team.”

October 19
Neath boss Dyer not getting carried away

NEATH manager Andrew Dyer insists his players will not get carried away by this superb victory over champs Rhyl as he maintains his newly-assembled squad have still much to prove.

But having ended Rhyl’s 26-match unbeaten run a week after Llanelli surrendered their 10-match unbeaten sequence at the same venue, expectations are bound to rise at the Gnoll.

What was so impressive about this success was the dominance the Eagles exerted over the Lilywhites, who came into the match having scored 19 goals in their last five matches.

Greg Strong’s side barely troubled a Neath defence in which Liam Hancock was superb against the league leaders.

“ We have trained five times this week and it has paid dividends and we will do the same next week for our visit to TNS. If we could get a result there what a treble that would be,” Dyer said.

“ That was something special today. It was the manner and performance that were so good . It was a fantastic win and a massive performance.”

Dyer reflected on his club’s rapid rise. “We were in the doldrums seven years ago and have risen through the divisions, but one thing I have learned is that things can change so we need to be level headed, work hard and make sure we maintain the standards.

“ With almost an entire new squad it took time for us to settle so this is a moment to savour and enjoy for the club, committee, players and supporters. I say enjoy the moment but then move on to the next challenge which is a formidable one.”

Rhyl’s lead at the top is now down to two points, with Neath among a group of three clubs ready to hit the summit. Things are hotting up.

Western Mail

October 18
Ashley is Stott on for Bangor

ASHLEY Stott’s late strike saw Bangor lift themselves clear of the basement pack after clinching their first win in six outings.

Mark Stewart’s leveller appeared to have earned lowly Welshpool a share of the spoils, but with a couple of minutes remaining substitute Stott beat the offside trap on the left from a long ball and rounded keeper Jack Cudworth before slotting in from a tight angle.

Victory would have been a welcome relief for the Citizens, but they lived dangerously at the end with Pool going close to a second leveler when Peter Doran hit the bar, while keeper Paul Smith made timely saves from Stewart and George Hughes.

After a goalless first half stalemate the encounter burst into action in the second half.

After a spell of Bangor pressure, Chris Sharp made the breakthrough on 62 minutes when heading home Sion Edwards’ left wing cross.

But Pool appeared to have snatched a point when the visitors failed to deal with a deep free kick and the loose ball fell for Stewart to tuck his angled shot past Smith.

Wales on Sunday

October 18
Bala stalemate frustrates title hopefuls TNS

BALA showed they’re not just in the Welsh Premier to make up the numbers with a spirited performance to frustrate The New Saints.

The league newcomers more than matched their title chasing hosts on the artificial Park Hall surface, but needed some fine late saves from keeper Leon Bimpson to ensure they returned with a share of the spoils.

For TNS, it was a disappointing afternoon as they failed to take advantage of a first defeat of the season for leaders Rhyl at Neath.

With the Bala defence tiring late on, Bimpson ensured his side held firm after pulling off three excellent late stops to deny Steve Abbott, Jamie Wood and a Tommy Holmes header as the Saints pressed.

For the hosts, midfielder Scott Ruscoe saw a string of efforts from distance fly narrowly wide in the first half, while Chris Seargeant was also off target early in the second half and defender Phil Baker put a header wide from a Ruscoe cross.

Substitute Ryan Marriott proved a lively customer on his appearance, but spurned a golden chance of giving his side the lead when failing to capitalise in front of goal following good work by Wood and Aeron Edwards.

Battling Bala had their moments, looking lively on the break as early as the first minute, with TNS keeper Paul Harrison tipping a Ross Jefferies shot away for a corner.

In the second half Harrison saved well from Osian Jones while the keeper also denied TNS old boy John Toner from marking his return to Park Hall this season with a late winner.

But his penalty was well saved by Jones.

Wales on Sunday

October 18
Airbus cruise to victory

MIDFIELDER Danny Desormeaux fired a brace as Airbus cruised to victory at struggling Caersws.

The Wingmakers bossed proceedings at the Recreation Ground, with the home side rarely threatening. Leading scorer Marc Lloyd-Williams put the visitors on course with a 16th-minute opener, profiting from home keeper Dave Jones’ attempt to punch clear.

Airbus didn’t look back after that and could have been further ahead at the break had Jones not turned another effort on to the post.

But two goals early in the second period effectively settled the encounter. Desormeaux opened his account five minutes in, slotting in after a good run down the right by Carl Owen. A couple of minutes later Owen also got on the scoresheet with another incisive run.

Desormeaux headed his second on 66 minutes and then had a golden chance to seal his hat-trick nine minutes later.

But his penalty was well saved by Jones.

Wales on Sunday

October 17
Bala face another big test at Park Hall

Bala Town bid to pick themselves up from their Rhyl setback as they head for another big test in today’s trip to The New Saints, writes John Bridgwater.

The league newcomers were downed 4-0 at home to the high-flying seasiders last Friday, and life does not promise to get much easier against the full-time Saints who are unbeaten on their artificial surface this term.

“Rhyl were the best side we’ve played this season by a mile,” said Bala manager Colin Caton. “In the first half, we let ourselves down but we gave it a good go in the second and had a couple of chances.”

Midfielder Ricky Evans is suspended, while another former TNS player, striker John Toner, will be back to face his old side.

Daily Post

October 17
Morley return a huge boost to ailing City

BANGOR City will have central defender Dave Morley back for today’s crucial encounter at Technogroup Welshpool.

Ex-Manchester City and Macclesfield centre-back Morley, who has also operated in midfield this season, missed last Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to Aberystwyth due to recurring hamstring problems.

But the 29-year-old came through training without any hitches on Thursday and is the only addition to Neville Powell’s 14-man squad, to replace young utility player Clive Williams.

City badly need three points at Maesydre following a disappointing start to the season which sees them lie fifth from bottom. Welshpool are a place below.

“The lads are raring to go, but Welshpool have some useful players and it always a difficult place to go,” said Powell.

“We’ll go out there giving it 110% per cent and hopefully we might get that little bit of luck we need.”

Powell added morale remains high in the Farrar Road camp despite only managing two wins in eight league starts so far.

“It’s my job to make sure the players’ heads don’t drop. There’s not a lot wrong; we’re only eight games into the season, we’re not even a quarter way in yet,” he added.

“I know I’ve got a squad capable of putting together a run to get up climbing up that table.”

Dave Jones Daily Post

October 17
Port missing key players for trip to County

BOTTOM side Porthmadog had a tough enough job on their hands at Haverfordwest County today without being deprived of the services of four key players.

Left-winger Mike Thompson could be missing for up to two months with knee ligament damage, defender Ryan Davies is out with ankle problems, John Keegan is suspended and the influential Chris Jones is unavailable.

But manager Tomi Morgan insists his depleted team will make the long trip to west Wales in a positive frame of mind and determined to get a result.

“We’re expecting a tough afternoon,” said Morgan. “Haverfordwest tend to do well at home and it’s a difficult place to get a result at the best of times, never mind when you have as many injuries as we have. I’ll also have two players carrying injuries who are prepared to give it a go but who shouldn’t be playing.

“But we’ll go there in a positive frame of mind, there’s no point going there to be negative.

“We always go looking for three points every time we play, but you’ve got be realistic and say a draw away from home would be a good result.

October 16
Welsh Premier league round up for Friday night

Aberystwyth's recent good form continued at Park Avenue as early as the 4th minute when they took the lead over Newtown with a goal from Kristian James.
Aberystwyth went 2-0 up on 52' with a goal from Cledan Davies.
On 74' Newtown get back in the game with a goal from Ross Stephens, but time is running out for Ryan's men. A late kick in the teeth for Newtown with the sending off of Nicky Ward in the 95' but the red card was never going to change the outcome of the game.
Aber hold out for victory and move up to 6th.
Attendance: 620

No goal action in the first half at Bastion Gardens.
Prestatyn got off to a flyer in the 2nd half with 2 goals in 9'. on 48' Andy Moran put them 1-0 up, and on 54' he doubled their lead from the penalty spot.
Prestatyn, look to have sealed the points when they went 3-0 up on 84' Mike Parker scoring their goal. Sub Mike Hayes get a goal back for Nomads on 85, and an unlikely comeback for Nomads is on when they make it 3-2 on 89'
Mark McGregor getting their 2nd.
Game over and 3 points for Prestatyn and up to 2nd in the table.
Attendance: 309

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October 16
Toshack to watch Neath v Rhyl

Wales Team Manager John Toshack will be at the Gnoll on Saturday to watch the vital Principality Welsh Premier League fixture between the Eagles and the Table-Topping Lilywhites.

Toshack was at the GenQuip Stadium last year to watch former Champions Llanelli beat Port Talbot 6-4 in an enthralling encounter. He was also due to visit the Gnoll last November for the Neath versus Llanelli game, but became unavailable as he had to honor a long-standing commitment at another Football Club in South Wales.

The Wales boss confirmed his attendance to the League this morning and he will have a keen interest on the Neath side, as his son Cameron has been assisting on the coaching staff at the club this year. Toshack Jr has known Neath boss Andy Dyer for a number of years and the two have been working together again with their Coach Qualification programme.

Official Welsh Premier

October 16
Bangor will turn fortunes around

ONE of the Welsh Premier’s leading talking points at present is the below par league form of Bangor City.

Welsh Cup winners for the past two seasons, there was much optimism at the start of the campaign that a strengthened City squad could push the big three this term.

Things haven’t quite worked out as expected so far with Bangor lying fifth from bottom after five defeats in their opening eight games.

But in City’s defence, three of those losses have come against Rhyl, Llanelli and The New Saints and they were unfortunate not to pick up something against the latter two.

Neville Powell’s squad have also endured a lot of bad luck with injuries, indeed it is hard to think of a player who hasn’t had a problem of some sort.

To lose a striker of Les Davies’ calibre, possibly for the season, is a big blow.

Outstanding defender Dave Morley has also been unlucky with various knocks and the best is yet to be seen of him, while a fully-fit Kieran Killackey would bring much stability to a midfield. On the plus side, newcomers Mark Smyth, Chris Roberts and Jamie Reed have been very impressive.

There is too much talent in the Bangor squad for them to struggle for long. I fully believe the tide will turn.

Daily Post

October 16
Llanelli expected to bounce back after Neath defeat

AFTER last week's 2-1 loss at Neath, Llanelli should bounce back with victory over strugglers Elements Cefn Druids at Stebonheath.

The visitors have lost all three matches on the road this season, are second from bottom of the league, and the 8-0 home drubbing in a midweek friendly with Wrexham will hardly have boosted confidence.

Last week's defeat was Llanelli's first on the road since they lost at Connah's Quay last December and only their fourth reverse in 45 league matches stretching back to January 2007.

With player-manager Andy Legg serving the last match of a three-game ban, assistant boss Steve Jenkins insists there is no need to press the panic button. "We should have won comfortably at Neath with the chances we created, especially in the first half," he said. "But if you don't take your chances, you get punished.

"We are not going to overreact to one defeat in the same way we didn't get carried away when we were winning.

"Druids will not be underestimated by the players, who I expect to bounce back. That means putting the ball in the net when we create. If we weren't creating then I would be worried — but we are."

Evening Post

October 16
Neath have no fear ahead of Rhyl test

NEATH are hoping to prove they can continue to mix it with the best when champions and current leaders Rhyl visit The Gnoll tomorrow.

Having taken Llanelli's unbeaten record last week, when a brace from former Welsh international Chris Llewellyn gave them a 2-1 win, the Eagles are now after the prized scalp of the title favourites.

The Lilywhites have dropped just two points to date and have a formidable five-point advantage with a quarter of the season over.

Andrew Dyer's team are one of three clubs looking to reduce that deficit to two points tomorrow, but Neath's boss is under no illusions about the task ahead.

"This is a very difficult month for us as we have played Llanelli, now we have Rhyl, then TNS visit next week," he said.

"It's a tough schedule, but at the end of this month we will have some idea of where we are performance-wise.

"Rhyl are a formidable side and when their European money comes through at the end of the year I expect them to strengthen further in the transfer window.

"We respect them, but we certainly do not fear them. In fact, we are really looking forward to the challenge."

He added: "Rhyl seem to be knocking in goals for fun at present. They hit four against Newtown, Airbus, Porthmadog and Bala and three against Prestatyn in their past five matches. It looks like we are going to have to score five to beat them."

Andy Hill continues to be dogged by injury, but Dyer expects last week's squad to report fit.

Evening Post

October 16
Port Talbot out to end 6 year barren spell at Carmarthen

PORT Talbot are out to end a six-year barren run at Richmond Park when they visit Carmarthen Town tomorrow.
Steelmen manager Mark Jones, who previously led the Old Gold to the Welsh Cup in 2007, is hoping his side will pick up their first Welsh Premier League win at Carmarthen since 2003.
Ironically, in their last victory at the ground, Port Talbot's goals that day came from Mark Dodds and Craig Hughes now at Carmarthen though the latter is injured for this game.
The Steelmen have actually won in the League Cup at Carmarthen this season, but Jones is hoping his side will sharpen up following draws in their last two outings.
"We need to try to win this one and to do that we need to tuck the ball away," said Jones. "I have been a little disappointed over the last few weeks with our inability to finish off matches. What we need now is clean sheets and to pop a few in at the other end.

"But this is a tough game as Carmarthen are still one of the biggest clubs in this league. I've watched them five times this season, two of those games have been against us in the cup, so we know a lot about each other.
"It's important we get something from the game as we need to keep clawing away at gaining as many points as we can to reduce the gap on the teams at the top."

Evening Post

October 15
Aber caretaker boss not interested in permanent post

ABERYSTWYTH Town’s caretaker manager Christian Edwards has revealed he is not interested in applying for the permanent managerial position.
Caerphilly-based Edwards has this week confirmed that he will not be throwing his name into the hat, despite seeing an upturn in the Seasiders’ fortunes since he took charge of the first team.
The former Wales international defender cited family commitments as his main reasons for not considering the permanent post, but he would still like to offer his services under the new manager.
The 33-year-old, who has played in the English Premiership for Nottingham Forest, is currently studying a masters degree at UWIC, where he also lectures and coaches the University teams.
“Unfortunately, it is the wrong time for me, I have a growing young family and I am studying for my Masters degree, so travelling 110 miles is a big commitment,” Edwards said.
“I’ve got a very supportive wife, but as a husband and a dad it’s only fair that I say from the start that I am not interested in a permanent position of manager.
“At the moment I’m enjoying my time on the sidelines, but it would not be fair on the club long term, because I would not be able to give 100 per cent.
“I am also doing part-time lecturing, and coach three teams at University, but in the long term I would like to go on and get at Phd, and I see myself lecturing as opposed to coaching or managing.
“As a player I have seen the ups and down of being a football coach, and have never really wanted it, although I would like to stay on at the club.”
Following the resignation of Brian Coyne and his assistant Jake King three weeks ago, Edwards was first choice to take temporary charge of the team.
He has made 79 Welsh Premier appearances for the Seasiders since arriving from Forest Green Rovers, having also had earlier spells with Bristol City, Crystal Palace, Tranmere and Bristol Rovers.
Capped once by Wales, Edwards made 112 appearances for Swansea City before moving to Nottingham Forest in March 1998 in a £275,000 deal.
During his time in charge of Aber, Edwards has chosen not to play, having recovered from injury, and has been an influential figure on the sidelines.
Edwards said he was delighted with the response from the players following Coyne’s resignation, and praised their efforts at Bangor on Sunday.
“We’re all in it together, and need to stay united,” said Edwards. “Individually there has not been a problem at all within the squad, but collectively the team as a whole has perhaps been a little fragile.

Cambrian News

October 15
Haverfordwest boss Brazil not downbeat despite 3rd away defeat

Manager Derek Brazil refused to be downbeat about the teams stuttering start to the new season, especially the disappointing away form. “We are all aware of our away form. No-one is more disappointed than me. The players are disappointed and obviously so are the fans. Our start to the season has not been the best. I had been hoping for better, but it has taken the new players longer to blend than I expected.”
However, the manager is also aware that he has to get the best out of the players that he has. “Every season since I came here we have had to rebuild part of the side. Last season we lost three very experienced players, and they were always going to be difficult to replace, and Gareth Elliott being injured is a big loss. It is just a matter of tinkering with the side until we find the winning formula, and maybe getting a little bit of luck.”
“Away from home you sometimes need a bit of luck, and the rub of the green, and we haven't been getting that. It's not like we are being battered three or four nil. In all of the games we have been ahead or in with a chance until the last ten minutes. All we have to do is build on that.”
“As a manager I have to look for the positives and address the negatives. Against Bangor and Connah's Quay we were ahead and let it slip at the end, and on Saturday we lead after 18 minutes. I feel for the fans, but while they can inspire and encourage the players, it is up to the players themselves to deliver. I will not publicly criticise individuals. They know who they are, and it is up to them to step up. We should have won on Saturday, and they know it. They are just as disappointed in the results as anyone.”
Looking ahead, the gaffer sees no cause for concern. “We have some talented youngsters coming through, and I have a lot of faith in the players that I have brought in. All we need to do is tweak some of the draws and we have wins, and that's up to the players. I'm not going to listen to negative and destructive opinions. There are things that need to be addressed; improvements to be made, and we need to be more consistent. And that is what I intend to achieve.”

Official Haverfordwest website

October 14
One loss won't scupper season say's Llanelli's Assistant manager

ASSISTANT manager Steve Jenkins insists Llanelli remain unruffled despite suffering a first defeat of the domestic season against Neath last Friday.
The Reds lost for the first time since their Europa League defeat to Motherwell in July.
It came a week after Llanelli had beaten the Eagles on penalties in a bad tempered Welsh Cup tie during which manager Andy Legg and defender Lee Phillips were sent off.
"I wanted to go through the season unbeaten," said Jenkins. "But when we won we didn't get carried away so now we've lost one game we won't overreact either.
"Anyone who knows anything about football knows we should have won that game comfortably. We didn't take our chances and sometimes that comes back to haunt you.
"But it's when you're not creating chances that you worry."
Jenkins linked up with Legg for his first taste of the Welsh Premier League after leaving a player-coach role at Conference South outfit Newport County.
The partnership continues their long association that began when they were together at Swansea City.
"I've known the gaffer for 20 years and in that time we've always kept in close contact," said Jenkins, who has taken over media duties from Legg after it emerged the Reds boss is banned from talking to the press under the terms of his match suspension.
"We've been at three or four clubs at the same time and we share the same ideas and philosophies.
"The gaffer wears his heart on his sleeve and occasionally that gets him into trouble, but it's only because he's a winner.
"Perhaps I'm more of a calming influence. And along with Gary Lloyd, who's a stalwart of the team, I think we provide a good balance."

Evening Post

October 14
Chester City drops points deduction appeal

Blue Square Premier strugglers Chester City have dropped their appeal against the fifteen-point penalty from the Football Conference.
City had already been docked an automatic ten points for having gone into voluntary administration following relegation from Coca-Cola League Two in May.
New chairman Ian Anderson said: "If we were strong financially, I'd say let's spend £100,000 and take on the appeal.
"But the money now needs to stay in Chester City Football Club."
Chester are twenty-four points adrift of safety after starting the season on minus twenty-five points.
City were docked ten points for having gone into administration and then had that increased for undisclosed reasons.
The Football Association intervened when it became clear that their former owner Stephen Vaughan was still part of the consortium which had bought back the club.
"That's a simple fiscal decision," Anderson added.
"It's probably commercial duress, a double sword in the fact that we can't afford to do it. That's is the reality of it."
But despite not appealing against the points penalty, Anderson does hope the club can give financial support to new manager Jim Harvey to strengthen his squad.
"Jim has assured me he will be looking at players this week," Anderson continued. "I've had a meeting with the owner Stephen Vaughan and he assured me there is money available.
"It goes without saying this squad isn't good enough. It needs to be strengthened and it is as simple as that.
"It's there for everyone to see. We will strengthen the squad but we need to bring in the right people."

Non League Daily

October 14
Colwyn Bay ease passed Prestatyn Town

COLWYN Bay set up a home tie against Welsh Premier League leaders Rhyl in the next round of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup with a comfortable win over Prestatyn.

In the second half particularly they played some of their best football of the season and only Prestatyn keeper, John Dunt, and some poor finishing prevented a much bigger winning margin.

In a fast and open first half, Colwyn Bay took the lead after 26 minutes.

From a throw-in on the left, Louis Corrigan fired the ball in low for Tom McGill to divert past Dunt.

The Prestatyn keeper had earlier made two good saves from McGill and denied the young Bay striker again just before half time.

Prestatyn looked to have the pace in attack to trouble the home defence but were caught offside far too often, although Steve Hoult brought a good save from Chris Sanna and Gareth Davies fired a free kick narrowly over the bar.

Prestatyn lost Hoult through injury just before half time and they found themselves under heavy pressure early in the second half.

Dunt deflected a shot from substitute Ian Sheridan for a corner in a one-on-one situation and saved again from Corrigan while Luke Denson shot over the bar after being set up by McGill.

Colwyn Bay were passing the ball around in great style and scored their second goal on 56 minutes when Anthony Sheridan broke clear to score.

The keeper then made fine saves from McGill and Sheridan as Colwyn Bay continued to dominate.

Daily Post

October 13
Newtown's Chairman issues assurances over managers future

The Newtown Chairman Mike Jones has issued a statement on the official Newtown website that Aberystwyth have not made an approach for their manager Darren Ryan. He goes onto say.

"I would like to reassure our supporters that recent press speculation linking Darren to the vacant managers job at Aberystwyth is entirely without foundation. Darren has made it clear  that he is very happy at Newtown FC and is enjoying the challenge of developing young players into the first team squad.
This is the club's long term policy and we are beginning to see this bearing fruit with a number of local youngsters getting their chance and impressing this season. It is inevitable that Darren has caught the eye of other clubs and we take that as a compliment.
I feel I must take issue with the reference in the press to the clubs' alleged failure to attract players to Mid-Wales Leisure Latham Park due to 'severe financial constraints'. We may not be in the top six of the leagues big spenders but we have supported the manager in bringing in the players that he wanted to achieve hopefully, a top ten finish.
It is just about impossible to lavish large amounts of money on the team and at the same time build a stadium and facilities that are amongst the best in the WPL.
Other clubs were free to make their own choices and that is a matter for them. We can concern ourselves only with Newtown FC.
I was a little disappointed with Mark Williams comments about the Newtown team when we played Holyhead last week in the Welsh cup. The match was played in a gale force wind which turned the game into a lottery. I'm sure the successful Newtown team which Mark played in, turned in the odd poor performance and our playing budget was a lot bigger then".
Mike Jones,

October 13
Ryan Giggs supports his cousin in Welsh league clash

RYAN Giggs turned up to watch his cousin, Callum Miller, in Welsh League action for Cardiff Corries at the Riverside Ground, Radyr.

Miller, whose uncle Paul played for Cardiff City, made his debut for Corries in their MacWhirter Welsh Football League clash with Bryntirion Athletic.

Giggs stood on the sidelines at Corries, happily signing autographs and posing for photographs as he supported Callum in the Division One game.

Miller played in midfield for Corries, who fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw.

Bryntirion, who included former Cardiff City striker Jon Brown, powered into a 2-0 lead and looked in control.

The home side fought back with goals from Rhys Yates, who fired home from six yards, and Andy Smith with an injury-time equaliser.

Terry Phillips

October 12
Spot kick miss very costly for Connahs Quay

A FIRST half penalty miss cost in-form Connah’s Quay a home win as Welshpool keeper Jack Cudworth’s super-save denied them in a 0-0 draw, writes Mike McEvoy.

A foul in the box on the half hour mark presented Sam McNutt with the chance to fire the Deesiders in front but Cudworth guessed right and was able to pull off the defining save of the game.

“Sam struck the ball well enough so you have to give the keeper credit, but it was very frustrating not to score when we made all the running,” said Quay player-manager Mark McGregor.

Fourth-from-bottom Welshpool managed a few raids but their half chances meant that home keeper Terry McCormick had few problems in preserving a second consecutive clean sheet.

Daily Post

October 12
Druids held by Caersws

Honours were shared in a 1-1 stalemate between league strugglers Druids and Caersws with home joint boss Waynne Phillips admitting it was a fair reflection on proceedings at Plaskynaston, writes John Bridgwater.

“It was a game we would have liked to have won but, after losing 10 out of 11 games, we’ll take a point,” he said.

“There were two evenly matched sides, and neither did enough to win in the 90 minutes. I felt it was a fair result.”

The Druids made a fine start as they took a fourth minute lead following a move that split the Bluebirds defence, with Craig Whitfield slipping the ball past advancing keeper Dave Jones.

But a sloppy goal following some defensive hesitation saw Caersws back on terms eight minutes later.

A long ball from Matthew Roberts was headed past his own keeper Rob Thomas by defender Lee Bamber, and Jacob Smith made sure the ball was over the line for the visitors.

After that, there was little between the sides who carved a couple of half chances at either end.

Adam Hesp did have the ball in the net for the Druids but his header was ruled out for pushing. Caersws manager Mickey Evans felt his side had enough chances to have come away with the spoils.

Daily Post

October 11
Bangor City's poor season continues.

Bangor City lost at home this afternoon to Aberystwyth Town 1-0 and suffered their 5th defeat in their first 8 games.

Luke Bowen of Aber scored the games only goal after 37' and it gave Aber their 3rd victory of the season and helped in lifting Aber up to 8th in the table, defeat for Bangor see's them stay in 14th spot, a position not many would have thought they been in after 8 games.

Attendance: 603

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October 10
Coverage of today's 4 welsh premier games

All square at half time at the Airfield.

2ND HALF: Airbus take the lead on 63' when Ryan Edwards converted from the penalty spot.
1-0 to the Wingmakers but still over half an hour to go.
Airbus go 2-0 up on 70' with a goal from Mark Lloyd Williams, his 8th of the season, that elusive first win over Carmarthen is looking possible?. On 78' Tim Hicks pulls a goal back for Carmarthen, is another 2 goal lead going to slip again? Yes they did and Kris Thomas gets Carmarthen's 2nd on 84'

Airbus line up.
K Rogers, R Edwards, G Feliciano, M Woodward, M Allen, R Roberts, A Williams, D Desormeaux, C Owen, M Lloyd-Williams, M Cook (
P McManus 88')
Subs not used: A Mitchell, G Sudlow, J Abraham.
Attendance: 92

No score in the first half. No score in 2nd half a point a piece.
Attendance: 110

Haverfordwest took the lead on 19' the scorer for the bluebirds was Robbie Walters, but Newtown drew level on 36' Jamie Breeze getting the goal.

2ND HALF: Newtown take the lead on 50' and it was a former Bluebird who did the damage, Dylan Blain getting his first goal for Newtown. All over and Newtown gain 3 points to draw level with Haverfordwest on 9.
Attendance: 205

Prestatyn went 1-0 on the half hour when Ian Griffiths put the visitors in front, they held the lead until the 64' when Lee Surman levelled for the home side, and Prestatyn striker Ian Griffiths sent off . No more goals in the game and a point a piece for the two Town's.
Attendance: 216

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October 10
Draw made for the league cup quarter finals

TNS face have been drawn at home in the Quarter Final of this seasons competition with either Aberystwyth or Llanelli at Park Hall. Bala Town look favourites to get to the Semis, with Connahs Quay visitors. Rhyl are drawn away to Porthmadog. The last of the four ties see's Port Talbot playing host to Welshpool Town.

The full draw is as follows:


October 9
Round of Friday night's WPL games

Rhyl still head the Welsh premier league with a resounding victory over Bala Town tonight, Paul Smith gave the visitors the lead on 28' and defender Phil Doran doubled their lead on 40' to give the league champions a 2-0 half time lead.
Attendance: 809

George Horan wraps up the points for Rhyl with their 3rd goal of the night 69', things got worse for Bala as Lee Hunt added their 4th just 2' later to make it 4-0 to Rhyl. Final score and with Llanelli losing tonight Rhyl remain the league's only unbeaten side.

Craig Whitfield gave Druids an early lead, he put the home side ahead after 4', but their lead didn't last long as on 12' Caersws were level to keep the sides level going into the half time break.
No more goals in the 2nd half and a point a piece is hardly what either side must have been looking for prior to kick off.
Attendance: 136

Llanelli took the lead in this 2nd versus 5th encounter, the Reds went 1-0 up on 29' when Rory Smitham headed home a Chris Venables corner, and they held the lead until the 5th minute of injury time when a Chris Llewellyn header drew the home side level.

Chris Llewellyn gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead on 72' side footing home his 2nd goal of the game. No further goals and Neath record their 5th win in a row and move up to 3rd, while Llanelli suffer their first defeat of the season.
Tonight's league attendance of 511 is a new Neath club record for the WPL surpassing the previous best of 447 against Port Talbot on boxing day 2008.
Attendance: 511

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October 9
It’s time to stand up says Phillips

WAYNNE PHILLIPS says it’s time for his Elements Cefn Druids players to stand up and be counted as they embark on tonight’s vital home clash with fellow strugglers Caersws.

The Ancients are languishing in the basement with just one win to their names, and the midweek 4-2 Loosemores Cup loss to Welshpool would do little to boost their spirits.

But joint boss Phillips believes his side are capable of delivering more as they prepare for tonight.

“There were some harsh words after the Welshpool game as I feel some of the players have more to offer than they are giving,” he said.

“I believe in the players but they need to give more. At the moment I seem to be saying the same things week in week out.

“When you’ve only won once in 11 games it’s tough, and it gets tougher the longer you don’t win.

“Caersws are a team who will be around us in the table this season, so need to show we want it badly enough. We have to go out there and give our best shot.”

The Druids’ small squad is further depleted with Adam Hunter and Jon Rush both suffering ankle ligament injuries in the midweek defeat.

Daily Post

October 9
Neath and Llanelli commence battle

NEATH and Llanelli square up in the league tonight at The Gnoll just six days after their thrilling Welsh Cup tussle.

The Reds won the cup clash on penalties after a match in which their player-manager Andy Legg and defender Lee Phillips were sent off.

With the visitors unbeaten in 10 league matches and Neath undefeated at home in eight games, another tight encounter is expected, especially as only three points separate the clubs, the Reds in second spot and Andrew Dyer's men fifth.

"We had the opportunity to beat Llanelli last week, especially missing a late penalty, but we will give it another good go this time," said Dyer.

"I'm looking for a positive result, but we know we are in for another very tough game and a big challenge.

"A lot of our players came from a higher level to play at our club so we feel we are capable of mixing it with the big boys like Llanelli.

"If last week's match had been for points, a share of the spoils at normal time would have been fair.

"So we need to pick up the baton again and take the game to them."

Neath's boss has a number of selection headaches, especially up front where Andy Hill remains injured. Chris Llewellyn is struggling with a groin injury and Colin Steins has missed training this week with flu.

A number of Neath players have suffered from flu, including Carlos Santos and Rob Spendiff, so Dyer will have plenty of late calls to make.

Legg has Phillips back from suspension as his one-match absence was the 2-2 League Cup draw at Aberystwyth in midweek.

Evening Post

October 9
Port Talbot boss buoyant ahead of clash with Prestatyn

PORT Talbot would dearly love a repeat of last season's 3-1 triumph over Prestatyn Town when the clubs clash again at the GenQuip Stadium tomorrow.

The visitors are unrecognisable from the team that finished 15th last season, having made a flying start that sees them in fourth place, with just one defeat from seven starts.

With the Steelmen five points adrift, the importance of the match has not passed manager Mark Jones by.

"Prestatyn have recruited well and have made an excellent start, and are one of a number of North Wales clubs who have spent a lot of money to try to make it into next season's super league," he said.

"I have done my homework on them and saw them beat Carmarthen 2-1 recently, and they were good value for their victory.

"Player-manager Neil Gibson and Gareth Wilson make them tick in midfield and they have a formidable pair of strikers in Steve Rogers and Andy Moran. They have bags of experience.

"They have done tremendously well, but so have we.

"Our point in the 1-1 draw with Carmarthen on Tuesday in the League Cup gave us 10 points from our four group matches, and we have lost just twice in the league.

"But this is a crucial match for us and we want to keep in touch with the teams at the top, and if we lose to Prestatyn that creates an eight-point gap, which will take some clawing back."

Jones has a fully fit squad, but has released striker Mark Jones back to Afan Lido.

"Mark is still only 20 and he was not having the number of games he needed, so I think it was best he moved back to Lido where he will get the game time he needs," he added.

Evening Post

October 8
Buckley waiting on the man from down under

BUCKLEY Town are hoping their new signing from Down Under will be granted international clearance in time to make his debut in tomorrow Cymru Alliance trip to table-topping Llangefni Town (7.30pm).

Colin Quirk has been playing for Dandenong Thunder in the Victorian Premier League – which is one tier below the A-League in which former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is currently plying his trade.

Quirk was a big hit in Australia but having returned to home shores he has decided to reunite with Stewart Roberts, the Buckley chairman who worked with the midfielder at Gap Queens Park.

Flintshire Chronicle

October 8
Nomads aim to maintain good form

GAP Connah’s Quay hope to make it three wins in a row when they entertain Technogroup Welshpool on Saturday (2.30pm).

Nomads return to Welsh Premier League action after success in the Welsh Cup against lower-league Pwllheli on Saturday.

Late goals from Danny Forde and Jamie Petrie sealed a 2-0 home victory to set up a fascinating third-round clash with top-flight neighbours Airbus UK Broughton.

Nomads discover this week who they will take on in the quarter-finals of the Loosemores Challenge Cup too, but player manager Mark McGregor is more concerned about the visit of Welshpool.

He said: “We’re doing really well at home this year, only losing once to Rhyl.

“We want to keep that form going and another win will get us into the top half of the table.

“We’re going well and we’ve had two wins on the bounce.

“I’m really pleased with our start. We had three tough games in between, against Llanelli, Rhyl and The New Saints, but now we’re doing well in the cup and well in the league, too.”

McGregor says despite Welshpool collecting only a win and a draw from their seven games, they have proved they can pose a threat.

He said: “I’ve been to watch Welshpool play a couple of games. In their game against Airbus they played really well. “They did a really good job on Airbus.”

Flintshire Chronicle

October 8
Rhyl's next test is at Bala

WELSH Premier champions Rhyl will be the latest to experience the Bala Town Friday night phenomenon this weekend.

The Lakesiders have taken the league by storm, producing the best ever start by to a season by a team promoted to the Welsh Premier in climbing up to sixth place.

Friday night games at Maes Tegid have proved to be massive crowd-pullers and there should be another bumper turnout when Rhyl visit the new boys.

Unbeaten in the league this term, the Lilywhites are top of the table, but player-manager Greg Strong is under no illusions about the task awaiting them on Friday.

"This is a big game for them and a big game for us," said Strong. "Bala have made a great start and they’ll be looking at us as a big scalp, like every team does, but we know if we play like we can we can get the right result."

Strong will be hoping injured duo Greg Stones and Matty Williams will be fit enough to take on Colin Caton’s men, both having missed Saturday’s Welsh Cup tie at Llanfairpwll.

Striker Lee Hunt, due to return from suspension in Tuesday night’s League Cup visit to Prestatyn, and Martyn Naylor, set for a comeback in the same game following illness, hope to be on duty at Bala.

Denbigh Visitor

October 8
Haverfordwest open new stand

Haverfordwest have acquired one of the necessary criteria for life in the super 12 for next season.

Last Saturday they officially opened the new south Hook stand during the Wales v Russia under 17 international. The stand was opened by Mr Mohammed Al-Naimi, who is the managing director of South Hook. 

South Hook were heavily involved in financing the stand for the Bluebirds, along with the Welsh Football Trust, Haverfordwest Town Council, and the Bridge Meadow Trust. 

The new stand brings their seating capacity up to the 1,000 they require to participate in the new super 12 WPL next season.

October 7
Brace targets league boost this Saturday

DERYN Brace is looking to build on Carmarthen Town's Welsh Cup win and climb the league table.

Town made it safely into the third round of the competition with victory over Pontypridd at the weekend.

Now Brace is looking forward to Saturday's encounter at eighth-placed Airbus UK Broughton.

He said: "The last couple of results against Caersws and the Welsh Cup on Sunday has seen a different attitude from the players.

"They're on the ball, they're confident on the ball and creating some great opportunities.

"It would have been ideal to have kept another clean sheet but it was not to be. But overall our defending was pretty good.

"A couple of games is not going to make our season but it's important that we build a run.

"Saturday's game is vital.

"The league games are big games and we don't want to lose any of them.

"Airbus are going well and we need as many points as possible to get into the top half.

"When you are in the top half people look at the table and react differently.

"So the sooner we get up there the better it will be mentally for ourselves."

After a difficult start to the season, Town now lie 12th in the Welsh Premier League.

"I fully expect a tough game," added Brace.

"They were my tip last year and I've never been up at Airbus and had a comfortable victory.

"Last season was probably our scrappiest display and we won it with a Stuart Roberts corner that went straight in.

"I'll take that again before Saturday but we know they are going to be tougher this year again as they've made some signings and are up in the top half of he table.

"They're going well, they're playing some great football so we're

Evening Post

October 7
League cup round up

Elements Cefn Druids finished their league cup campaign on a low last night for 2 reasons, firstly they were the only team to lose all 4 games in the group stages and secondly their attendance at Plas Kynaston of just 41 was the lowest of the whole competition. But things started well enough for Druids as they went ahead after 17' with a Craig Whitfield goal, they doubled their lead just 2' later with a goal from Adam Hesp, Geoff Hughes got one back for Welshpool on 35' then came Welshpool's turn to score 2 in 2' with Arran Pritchard scoring on 52' and Calvin Davies scoring on 54', their 4th goal came from Geoff Hughes scoring his 2nd of the night on 65'. Welshpool topped the group with 10 points, Bala also qualify in 2nd place as one of the best runners up.

Porthmadog needed just a point from their trip to Caersws and got it with a 1-1 draw, Chris Melia put the home side in front on 14' and Porth's equaliser came on 38' from Chris Jones, Port top the group ahead of Connahs Quay on goal difference but both qualify as Nomads claimed the 2nd place for best runner up.

Port Talbot drew at home to Carmarthen 1-1, Port had already qualified and Carmarthen had no chance of getting through to the last 8,  Tim Hicks put the visitors in front on 31' and Danny Thomas scored Port's equaliser 2' after the break.

Newtown took a 2-0 lead over TNS, the already qualified TNS came back with 4 goals to seal a unbeaten group campaign.

Prestatyn went down 3-0 at home to Rhyl with goals from Mark Connolly 11' Lee Hunt 39' Chris Williams 85'. Rhyl finished as the only side to win all 4 of their group games and qualify with ease.

The night's other game failed to produce a winner as Aberystwyth and Llanelli played out a 2-2 draw at Aber, Aber took a 2 goal lead through Geoff Kellaway 25' Gareth Hughes 40' but the Reds hit back with goals from Craig Moses 55' Jordan Follows 63', these two teams have to meet again in the cups remaining game with Llanelli needing just a point to go through at the expense of Aber by virtue of better goal difference.

October 6
Druids urged to express themselves in cup tie

ELEMENTS Cefn Druids go into the final group game of the Loosemores Cup with a request to express themselves against Technogroup Welshpool at Plaskynaston.

With Druids having no chance of qualification, joint player-manager Waynne Phillips said that there will be no pressure on the squad for the game, giving the players the chance to express themselves on the pitch.

Phillips said: "Irrelevant of tonight's result we can't progress. We've got nothing to lose and there will be no pressure placed on the players by myself or Lee.

"We'll just ask them to put in a good effort and express themselves as it will be nice to win the game to take into Friday's match.

"It will be like a training session for us but we'll be looking for the effort from the squad."

He added: "We both feel that we have got players in the squad who can play at a higher level. But they need to believe that themselves.

"If they have no ambition and are just happy playing for Elements Cefn Druids then it can soon turn against them. They have to show their ability in every game.

"I believe that myself and Lee are picking the strongest team available to win the game. If we play to our best and still lose then we put our hands up and say 'well done'."

October 6
Chester City name new manager

JIM HARVEY has today been appointed Chester City manager.

The 51-year-old succeeds Mick Wadsworth who was sacked last week.

Harvey, who has managed at Morecambe and Forest Green Rovers, will take charge of the Blues for this Saturday's home league match against Rushden and Diamonds at the Deva Stadium.

The Leader

October 5
Greg Strong's joy as Rhyl progress

ALTHOUGH his team made hard work of seeing off Cymru Alliance underdogs Llanfairpwll, Rhyl player-manager Greg Strong had no major complaints about the performance.
“I’m just delighted to get through at the end of the day,” said Strong, whose side are now home to Bridgend Town in the third round.
“It’s always difficult coming to places like this where teams are always up for it and treat it as their cup final. The strong wind also made things tough.”
One of the Welsh Cup’s biggest ever upsets was on the cards at half time as Llanfairpwll led Rhyl 1-0, but class eventually told in the second period as the Lilywhites netted three times to advance.

A second round tie dictated by the strong wind saw Maes Eilian erupt after just three minutes when Terry Williams’ low cross across the six-yard box was finished off by Iwan Williams.
The visitors struggled in the conditions but would have gone in level at half time but for a fantastic reaction save by Ben Heald from a Mark Connolly header.
With the wind at their backs in the second period, Rhyl were a more potent attacking force and on 55 minutes Peter Doran’s excellent cross from the left was headed home by Connolly.

A minute later George Horan’s header across the six-yard box was finished off by Connolly who made it a remarkable 11 goals in seven matches.
Only a brilliant clearance off the line by Iwan Owens denied Connolly a hat-trick, but the Rhyl man had another chance to score a third when the Welsh Premier champions were awarded a penalty. Connolly’s kick beat Heald but rebounded off the post to safety.

The Lilies put the tie to bed on 81 minutes when Heald uncharacteristically fumbled a Williams shot and Paul Smith snapped up the rebound.

Dave Jones - Daily Post

October 5
Prestatyn boss delighted at Welsh cup draw

AFTER landing such a tricky away tie so early in the competition Prestatyn manager Neil Gibson is delighted to have had better luck in the draw for the third round of the Welsh Cup, writes Dave Jones.

Town will take on Welsh League Division Two side Cardiff Bay Harlequins at Bastion Road in the last 32 as reward for their 3-2 victory at fellow Welsh Premier outfit Welshpool on Saturday.

“We felt it was a bit tough on us being drawn away to a Welsh Premier team so soon, so getting a home draw against a lower league side is all we were looking for,” said Gibson.

“We’ll have to do our homework on them (Harlequins) in the hope they won’t surprise us, but we must have a good chance of making the last 16.”

Dave Jones - Daily Post

October 3
Welsh cup results

Neath 2 - 2 Llanelli (AET)
Llanelli win 3-2 on Penalties
This game had it all in our featured match as Llanelli progressed to the Third Round. The Reds took the lead as Rhys Griffiths tapped in from a crowded Andy Legg corner, which Anthony Williams failed to gather. Craig Steins then equalised in the 34th minute. In the 83rd minute, Lee Phillips pulled Craig Steins back in the box and was sent-off, but Chris Llewellyn's penalty was well saved by Ashley Morris.

In Extra Time, Chris Holloway headed in from close range after Rhys Griffiths' initial header hit the bar in the 111th minute. In dramatic style, a well worked Neath Free-kick was then headed in by Chris Llewellyn in the 118th minute. Llanelli player/manager Andy Legg was then sent-off for pushing in the 119th minute and the match went to penalties. Ironically, it was Morris saving a Llewellyn penalty, which won it for the visitors.

Bangor City FC 4-1 Elements Cefn Druids FC (F/T)
John Rush, 19' for Druids
Jamie Reed, 61'; 81' Jamie Brewerton, 77', Chris Sharp, 81' for Bangor

Bala Town 8-1 Borras Park Albion FC (F/T)
John Irving, 23'; Owain Roberts 26'; Ross Jeffries, 34' ' Osian Jones, 53', Ricky Evans, 73'; John Toner 74' (Bala), Stuart Hayes, 77', 90(+2)
Mark Roberts, 33' (BPA)

Conwy United FC 0-2 The New Saints FC (F/T)
Craig Williams,95'; Aeron Edwards, 108'

Flint Town United FC 7-1 Barmouth & Dyffryn United FC (F/T)
Mike Thelwell, 16'; Sean Beck, 33'; 67'; Andy Irvine, 45'; John Davies, 62', 80'; Alan Dawson, 70'
Leon Irvine, 45' (B&D)

Gap Connah's Quay FC 2-0 Pwllheli FC (F/T)
Danny Forde, 82'; Jamie Petrie, 84'

Gresford 2-3 Llanrug (F/T)
Graeme Sutcliffe, 48'; Einion Edwards,60' for Gresford
Andrew Williams, 20' ; Rhys Roberts 53'; 61' for Llanrug

Holyhead Hotspurs FC 1-1 Newtown FC Holyhead won 4-3 on Penalties
Curt Williams 55' for Holyhead
Obi Anoruo, 54' for Newtown

Lex XI FC 1-3 Airbus UK Broughton FC (F/T)
Paul McManus, 17'; Marc Lloyd Williams, 34'; Ryan Edwards, 47' (p)
Lex - Michael Santangeli

Llandudno Town FC 3-0 Berriew FC (AET)
Ben Dews, 98', 102'; Alan Roberts116'

Llanfairpwll FC 1-3 Rhyl FC (F/T)
Iwan Williams, 3'; Marc Connolly (2) and Paul Smith. Connolly also missed penalty.

Llangefni Town FC 1-2 Llandudno Junction FC (F/T)
Marcus Orlik, 13' for Llangefni
Paul Cassidy, 41' Jake Cattery 90' for Llandudno J.

Llangollen Town FC 1-0 Glan Conwy FC (F/T)
Matthew Holmes, 2'

Llansantffraid Village FC 1-3 Coedpoeth United FC (F/T)
M. Thomas, 27' ; N. McCormick, 37', 85' for Coedpoeth
Nathan Prodger, 28' for Llansantffraid

Penrhycoch FC 0-1' CPD Porthmadog (F/T)
Chris Jones, 83'

Rhydymwyn FC 1-0 Caernarfon Town FC (F/T)
Marc Gunter, 52'

Ruthin Town FC 1-2 Caersws FC (F/T)
David Hughes, 8'; Chris Melia, 89'
Mike Robinson, 66'

Technogroup Welshpool FC 2-3 Prestatyn Town FC (F/T)

Afan Lido 5-1 Croesyceiliog (F/T)
Scott McCoubrey 2'; Rhys Williams, 51', Nathan White, 69', Carl Payne, 79', Mark Jones, 85'
Richard Perry, 83'

Bridgend Town FC 2-0 Ton Pentre FC (F/T)
Vinnie Whattleworth, 80'; Mike Hartley 90(+2)

Bryntirion Athletic FC 0-3 Aberystwyth Town FC (F/T)
Geoff Kellaway, 32' and 51'; Aneurin Thomas, 57'

Caerau Ely FC 5-1 Hay St Mary FC (F/T)
Unknown Scorer, 18' for Hay
Chris Jones, 25' ; Tom Gilbert, 43' and 50'; Jordan Cotterrall, 75', 80' for Caerau

Cardiff Bay Harlequins FC 3-2 Aberbargoed Buds FC (F/T)

Ely Rangers FC 3-2 AFC Llwydcoed (F/T)
Matthew Hibbs, 21'; Graham Cummings (p) 30'; Steve Arthur, 41'
Lee Phillips, 75'; Thomas Morris, 85'

Garden Village FC 2-6 Caldicot Town FC (AET)
David Rimmer, 28', Craig Burgess, 37' for GV
Jason Thorne, 42' David Lloyd (p) 90(+3)' Steve Edwards, 98' for Caldicot

Goytre United FC 0-3 Pontardawe Town FC (F/T)
Scorers Unknown 5' 37' 70'

Llangeinor FC 2-1 Pontyclun FC (AET)
Phil Watson, 73' for Pontyclun
Matthew Heycock, 80'; Kevin Kelland, 105'

Taffs Well FC 0-2 Haverfordwest County FC (F/T)
Steffan Williams, 30'; Paul Michaels 86'

Dave Jones

October 3
Trio's absence hits Porth hard

TODAY'S Welsh Cup journey to Penrhyncoch looked tricky enough for Porthmadog without the handicap of missing at least three key players, writes Dave Jones.

The mid-Wales hosts are joint leaders of the Cymru Alliance League and will certainly view the visit of the Welsh Premier's basement side as an opportunity to spring an upset.

Likely to be absent for Port are central defender Ryan Davies, who twisted his ankle in training on Tuesday and another vital member of the back line, John Keegan, is suspended following his sending-off at Rhyl last weekend.

Midfielder Ceri James is also unavailable for the trip.

Porthmadog manager Tomi Morgan said: “It’s a tough and tricky tie for us against a side flying high in the Cymru Alliance at present and we’ll have to work extremely hard if we are to get through to the next round."

Dave Jones

October 3
Rhyl boss wont take any chances

WHILE his team start massive favourites to win at Cymru Alliance side Llanfairpwll, Rhyl player-manager Greg Strong is taking absolutely nothing for granted.

Welsh Premier League champions and current leaders, the Lilywhites are unbeaten all season and will be taking on an Anglesey-based outfit they have defeated 6-0 and 4-1 in the Welsh Cup in recent years.

“I reminded the players in training last night (Thursday) that in every country in the world lower teams beat higher teams,” said Strong.

“We know we’ll have to battle from the start and that teams look on us as a big scalp they are extra determined to beat.”

Defender Greg Stones (left) is definitely out for the visitors, having come off injured in last weekend’s win over Porthmadog, while striker Lee Hunt serves the last of a three-game suspension.

Midfielder Gareth Owen and striker Matthew Williams are rated only 50-50 for the game.

“We’ve still got enough quality about us – not only that we’ve got flexible players who can play in a lot of positions,” assured Strong.

“We’ve strengthened the squad so what would have been a problem a few weeks ago is not a problem now.”

Dave Jones

October 3
Rose Hat-Trick and DeVulgt Stunner send Steelmen into Third Round

Port Talbot Town 5-0 Cwmbran Celtic
Port Talbot Town coasted to a 5-0 Second Round Welsh Cup win against Cwmbran Celtic in the Welsh Cup at the GenQuip Stadium this evening. The hosts started brightly and Scott Barrow's early effort was well saved by 'keeper Nicky Church. The Principality Welsh Premier League outfit took the lead on 13 minutes, when Martin Rose responded quickly to tap the ball home after Church could only parry a strong Lee John free-kick.

There wont be many better goals scored on Welsh Cup weekend than the second for the Steelmen as right-back Leigh DeVulgt scored a 35-yard screamer into the far top left corner, which Church could only watch in amazement.

After the break, the hosts were again always in the ascendancy and Rose became the provider to find space in the box before laying off to Drew Fahiya who gratefully fired home into an open net. Fahiya had one disallowed shortly after from another Rose assist, with Liam McCreesh blocking 'keeper Church in an offside position.

Rose then scored his deserved brace after a Nicky Holland header found the striker and the in-form forward scored from a very acute angle to make it 4-0. Rose then scored his first hat-trick of the season after a mistake at the back from Lloyd Davies and Church almost led to an own-goal before Rose raced on to steal his third.

October 2
Nomads boss McGregor weary of cup threat

GAP Connah’s Quay boss Mark McGregor won’t be underestimating Welsh Alliance side Pwllheli in the Welsh Cup after learning a valuable lesson in pre-season.

“We want to really do well in this cup,” said the former professional. “I went on a few good cup runs with Wrexham and it does breed confidence and keeps players on their toes. Obviously, it would be great to get a European place at the end of it if we win the cup.”

But the Nomads manager won’t be taking Pwllheli lightly at Deeside Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm) after his side crashed 2-0 at Cymru Alliance side Denbigh in August.

“We played Denbigh in a pre-season fixture and they turned us over,” added McGregor. “If we don’t turn up then it will be a hard game and it could turn into a difficult afternoon for us, so all the lads will be bang at it from the start.”

McGregor has a full squad to choose from with Stuart Cook and Stuart Scheuber having recovered from their recent injuries, and both should play some part as they look to regain full match fitness.

David Bergin

October 2
Neath host tie of the round against Llanelli

LLANELLI travel to Neath tomorrow for their Welsh Cup tie in buoyant mood for a game that promises to be the highlight of the second round.

With five successive league victories behind them, the Reds have lifted themselves to second spot in the Welsh Premier.

But manager Andy Legg is mindful that the hosts have won four league encounters on the trot themselves which has elevated them to fifth, their highest ever position.

"We are anticipating a tough match," said Legg, who witnessed the Eagles crash out of the League Cup on Tuesday night following a 4-1 roasting by Port Talbot at The Gnoll.

"I don't take too much notice of that result as Neath did not field a full-strength side. This is a cup tie and derby so I'm sure Neath will be up for it, like ourselves.

"The Welsh Cup is a great competition and I have won it three times as a professional and it is a competition we would really like to win."

The closest Llanelli have come to adding their name to the famous trophy was two years ago when they surprisingly lost 4-2 to Bangor City in a controversial final.

Legg will emphasise to his players that standards need to be maintained if his side are to reach the next stage.

"We have to turn up on the day as if we don't we could get punished," he said.

Evening Post

October 2
Port Talbot aim to be first out of the hat

PORT Talbot are looking to be the first team in the hat for the third round of the Welsh Cup as they meet Welsh League outfit Cwmbran Celtic at the GenQuip Stadium tonight.

The visitors have made a good start to their campaign and lie second in the second division, with just one loss from five games.

Town boss Mark Jones is treating the tie with caution. "We will treat Cwmbran with respect and I know they are looking forward to the game as they are bringing a sizeable number of supporters with them which should make for a great atmosphere," he said.

"We need to maintain the level of performance we showed against Neath on Tuesday night. We were excellent, played really well and the players showed the desire I am looking for.

"There will be no chance we will be complacent. I love this competition. I have had success in it and want more."

Jones will pick from a full squad minus Danny Thomas, who is serving the final game of a suspension.

"It would be nice to be first to be in the hat for the next round but I'm sure Cwmbran will have something to say about that," added Jones.

Evening Post

October 1
Caernarfon sign Chester City striker

Caernarfon Town have strengthened their attack strike force with the signing of 17 year old Chester Youth James Evans.

The player signed this week for the Canaries, The highly rated young striker could be in the squad for Saturday's game when they are away to Rhydymwyn, if the paperwork is completed in time.

October 1
Cymru Alliance side Llandudno Town's Welsh Premier bid

LLANDUDNO Town are taking further steps in their bid to reach the Welsh Premier League.

The club is one of four from the Cymru Alliance which has applied for a Domestic Licence, an essential qualification to reach the top flight.

Now the Seasiders are looking to set up a board of non-executive directors.

Each director will be responsible for generating revenue to drive the club forward, bringing fresh ideas and guidance to the existing committee.

Daily Post


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