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September 30

Brace looking to avoid cup shock

Deryn Brace is looking to avoid a cup shock when Carmarthen Town host Pontypridd this weekend.
Their opponents are now in the third division of the MacWhirter Welsh League having suffered two successive relegations.
They currently lie 11th in the table after seven matches.
But Town boss Brace insists his side show some caution despite being overwhelming favourites.
And he wants his players to show the same kind of form as in their 3-0 defeat of Caersws at the weekend.
"We're in a no-win situation really because everyone will expect us to beat Pontypridd," he said.
"But what we have to do is be cautious but confident, "Saturday's result will help build the confidence.
"Having said that we need to make sure we get the basics right. Again we don't try anything spectacular, we work as hard as they do if not more and hopefully our quality will shine through. "It's that hard work that will be the key. "Pontypridd have got an experienced side.
"They are midway in the third division and they are a side with experienced players who know how to get a result on their day which is why we have to go into it with a bit of caution.
"But like with Welsh Premier opposition, I don't want to be spending time worrying too much about them. Respect them, yes, but really it's all about us getting it right."
Former Burton Albion star Allan Davies, who played under Nigel Clough, is Pontypridd's player manager with Dean Morris as his assistant.

Evening Post

September 29

Rhyl boss taking nothing for granted

ALTHOUGH pleased to see his team three points clear at the Welsh Premier summit, Rhyl’s player manager Greg Strong is reading nothing into the table at this early stage of the season.

With nearest challengers The New Saints and Prestatyn Town both held to home draws on Friday night, the Lilywhites took advantage by thrashing bottom side Porthmadog the following day, but the four goals did not arrive until the second half with stand-in striker Mark Connolly scoring three of them.

“It’s still very early days,” said Strong, a member of Rhyl’s championship-winning squad last season.

“All we can do is deal with what’s in front of us and try to pick up as many points as possible, but it won’t be till Christmas time that we’ll really start to take notice of the table.”

Daily Post

September 29

Christian Edwards Appointed Caretaker Manager

Following the resignation of Brian Coyne and Jake King on Saturday, Aberystwyth Town Football Club is pleased to announce that Christian Edwards has agreed to fulfil the role of Caretaker Manager, until such time as a permanent successor to Brian Coyne is appointed.

Club Managing Director Tony Bates said “Christian’s vast experience within the game, and respect within the dressing room made him the obvious internal candidate, and the Board was unanimous in its decision to offer him the Position of Caretaker Manager. The Club is very grateful to Christian and his family that he has agreed to fulfil this role on a temporary basis, and we are certain that the First Team will be in very safe hands until a permanent First Team Manager is appointed.”

September 28

Wrexham and Chester play out goalless draw

Wrexham fought out a goalless draw with bottom club Chester in their cross-border derby at the Racecourse Ground.

Chester had the ball in the back of the hosts' net after just a minute, but Nick Chadwick was adjudged to have fouled keeper Chris Maxwell.

City striker Gregg Blundell's header then forced Maxwell into a fine save.

Mansour Assoumani could have stolen the three points for Wrexham at the end of a scrappy contest but the French defender could only fire over.

Chester, who have now drawn their last five league games, remain 22 points adrift of safety.

And they had four players booked, including on-loan Rochdale midfielder Clark Keltie on his debut.

But, as far as local pride is concerned, they have now drawn four of their last five league visits to the Racecourse.


September 28

Eagles boss Dyer delighted with 4th straight win

A GOAL by striker Craig Steins in the 18th minute earned Neath a hard-fought 1-0 win at Cefn Druids.

It was the Eagles' fourth win on the trot, a result that elevates them to fifth in the Welsh Premier, their highest ever standing.

The outcome delighted manager Andrew Dyer who sat and watched a shambolic defensive display at home to Caersws last week, albeit a 5-3 triumph.

"This was just what the doctor ordered as we desperately needed a solid defensive performance to boost confidence at the back," said Dyer.

"Last week it was the fact that we scored five that enabled us to win. This time it was the defensive display that won the game for us.

"I'm delighted as it will give the lads who have been making errors confidence and we can build on this."

"Including the midweek League Cup win at Carmarthen we have won all five matches in September.

"October now promises to be a very important month for us. At the end of next month I will have a good idea of where we are as a football club."

Evening Post

September 28

Brace given boost by victory over Caersws

AN emphatic 3-0 victory at Caersws was a major boost to Carmarthen boss Deryn Brace who has witnessed his team struggle for points this season.

But two wins in three matches indicates the first green shoots of recovery and sees the Old Gold edge ever closer to the top 10.

"This was a big game for both clubs and credit to the boys who gave me a really good, solid performance," said Brace.

"Today the players gave me a great 90 minutes and there was not a single one of them who put a foot wrong.

"Mistakes we have made this season have been punished but there were no mistakes today. We can build on this."

Brace continued: "We are not going to get carried away but it speaks volumes for the lads that instead of grinding out a win, they won in some style."

Evening Post

September 28

A lot more to come from Steelmen says manager

TWO goals from returning Liam McCreesh gave Port Talbot a much-needed 2-0 success at Welshpool, their fourth win at the venue.

Those three points advance the Steelmen from ninth to seventh, but manager Mark Jones believes there is more to come from his team. "We missed six or seven sitters today," he said.

"It could have been a really big win and some day soon we are going to dish out a hiding to some team.

"But it was a good win and totally comprehensive, and I thought Liam was smashing for us." Jones added: "Liam scored both our goals when we beat TNS 2-0, so to do it again is fantastic for a midfielder.

"We are back on track, and there's a lot to be pleased about as we were without Drew Fahiya and Danny Thomas who were both out through suspension." McCreesh broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark when he pounced on a rebound to beat home keeper Jack Cudworth.

And, 10 minutes after the break, McCreesh was on target again as he made the game safe.

Evening Post

September 27

Llanelli 2-0 Bala Town

A brace from Craig Moses gives Llanelli the points at Stebonheath this afternoon.

Craig Moses scored two earl goals to knock the stuffing out of the visitors, his first came on 9' and he doubled his tally on 24'.

Llanelli move up to 2nd in the table on 17 points and still unbeaten after 7 games, they lie two points adrift of leaders Rhyl.

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September 26

Brian Coyne quits Aber following home defeat

After today’s match, manager Brian Coyne approached the Board and explained that he felt that after four years, it was the right time to end his association with the club. With regret the Board accepted his decision.

The Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to Brian and Jake for their fantastic contribution to the Club. Brian in particular took Aberystwyth Town to their first Welsh Cup Final in 108 years and is a man who throughout his time has impressed the Board with his passion for the game and his integrity. It is a mark of the man that it was he who made the decision that it was in the best interests of the Club for him and Jake to resign at this stage.

Brian, his family and Jake will be welcome back at Aberystwyth Town Football Club at any time, and we wish them all the best for the future. We have no doubt that Brian and Jake will remain very much involved in football.

September 26

Transfer window shambles affecting Porthmadog

The effect of what Gerallt Owen, Porthmadog secretary described as “… the bizarre decision of the FAW to allow all leagues below the WPL to sign and transfer players” is beginning to kick in. Porthmadog report that 7 day notices have been put in for two of their players by Cymru Alliance clubs. “Hopefully nobody will be tempted to move”, added Gerallt Owen. The FAW’s decision has created a situation, he says, where “… players can move to England and to other leagues in Wales but we cannot sign anybody -unless he is unattached- until January.”

Tomi Morgan says, “All the dice have been loaded in favour of clubs attempting to get promotion.” He also sees the one size fits all European Leagues as “nothing short of a shambles, we are attempting to run the league on the same terms as the Premiership and we are a million miles away, sorry a billion miles away from that!!”

September 26

Connahs Quay to ring in the changes

GAP Connah's Quay player-manager Mark McGregor will again be without injured pair Stuart Cook and Stuart Scheuber for today's trip to Aberystwyth Town – but their return is getting closer.

“They are on the mend and I'm hopeful we will have one if not both of them back for our Welsh Cup tie at home to Pwllheli next Saturday,” he said.

Meanwhile the Quay boss has been focusing on eradicating the costly mistakes that saw his confident side crash to a 4-0 defeat in their return Loosemores Cup tie at Porthmadog last Tuesday.

“We went there hoping to complete a double and clinch our quarter-final ticket but turned in a most disappointing effort,” he added.

“We never got out of first gear and once you fall behind to an early goal you're left chasing the game and that makes you vulnerable at the back, which is what happened to us.

McGregor is free to ring a few changes as he aims to sharpen up the Deesiders.

Daily Post

September 26

Rhyl boss says "We can cope with injuries"

RHYL player manager Greg Strong knew he had a team capable of retaining the Welsh Premier League title – but now he is confident he has a top class squad too.

With 13 members of last season’s championship-winning crew departed, the wide-held view on the Lilies in these early weeks of the campaign was they still had the best first-choice 11 in the league, but lacked strength in depth and would be found out if injuries or suspensions crept in.

However, Strong feels bringing in the likes of James Coates, Tyrone Kirk, Chris Williams, Phil Doran, Shaun Dowling and Paul Smith before the transfer window closed has given the Lilywhites added back-up if things go wrong.

Smith, Doran and Dowling were very impressive in Tuesday night’s 4-0 Loosemores Cup blitzing of Airbus UK in the absence of skipper George Horan and striker Matthew Williams through injury, plus Lee Hunt’s suspension.

“The squad is looking good now,” said Strong ahead of today’s home Welsh Premier clash with bottom side Porthmadog (2.30pm).

“Two weeks ago it would have been a massive headache having players missing, but now we’ve got a strong squad, not just a strong team.

“The young lads who came in on Tuesday did really well and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Dave Jones

September 25

Prestatyn hoping to move top

PRESTATYN Town could go top of the Welsh Premier League if they claim a home victory over Airbus UK Broughton tonight (7.30pm).

If the Seasiders win and The New Saints fail to beat Newtown at Park Hall, Neil Gibson’s side will hit the summit for the first time.

Town are undefeated in four previous meetings with the Wingmakers who they beat 2-1 in their first ever Welsh Premier match last season.

“We’ve played Airbus twice this season in the League Cup, but they put out stronger sides in league games and we’re expecting a good test,” said player manager Gibson.

“Obviously I’m delighted with the start we’ve made and we want to keep the run going.”

Good news for Prestatyn is midfielder Ross Hannen is on the comeback trail after injury, while an update is awaited on defender Andy Davies (illness).

Airbus boss Craig Harrison believes his players have something to prove.

Harrison was less than happy with last Friday’s 2-1 home defeat by Technogroup Welshpool.

“Last Friday was very disappointing for all involved,” he said. “A few choice words have been said since and we’ve given pointers to players on where things can be put right.”

Airbus have injury doubts over Danny Desormeaux and Jack Abraham.

Dave Jones

September 25

Big spending Bala offer new challenge

LLANELLI face the formidable challenge of newcomers Bala Town at Stebonheath Park on Sunday as Andy Legg's side look to break into the Welsh Premier's top three for the first time this season.
After two draws to open the campaign, the Reds have reeled off four league wins on the trot and netted 15 times in the process, and Tuesday's 2-0 League Cup triumph over Haverfordwest consolidated the improvement.

Big-spending Bala have taken the top tier in their stride and lie one spot behind their hosts in fifth place with only one defeat in six matches.

"I have seen Bala play twice and they will be difficult opposition as they are a big, physical team," Legg said.
"But we are playing well at the moment and producing some lovely football and if we continue to pass the ball around as we have been we will be difficult to stop.
"With players returning from injury soon it will give me, Gary Lloyd and Stephen Jenkins a real selection problem with about eight senior players looking for three places on the bench, never mind a spot in the starting line-up."

Legg added: "Selection has not been too difficult so far as injuries have meant that it takes care of itself, but over the next few weeks Wyn Thomas, Lee Jarman and Jason Bowen will be coming back into contention, while Lee Phillips and Michael Howard have returned."

Evening Post

September 25

Goalkeeper worries for Port Talbot

AFTER the controversial 2-1 home defeat by Aberystwyth Town last week, Port Talbot manager Mark Jones is without the services of suspended duo Drew Fahiya and Danny Thomas for the trip to inconsistent Welshpool.

He also has major concerns over the fitness of keeper Lee Kendall, which leaves him with a real problem as to who will fill the gap. Last Friday Tony Pennock made a surprise appearance but his duties with Swansea City could well rule out another appearance tomorrow.

With no other cover, Jones could be forced into playing an outfield player between the sticks, which would be a major gamble.

On the positive side, Liam McCreesh returns from his two-match ban.

"We need to string two or three wins together, but Welshpool is never an easy place to get a result. I am big friends with their manager Huw Griffiths and know how competitive his teams can be," Jones said.

The Steelmen have lost just once in eight visits to Maes y Dre and have won on their last three visits.

But Jones knows the division has hotted up this season in anticipation of the new super 12 league.

"At the start of the season most people thought they knew the top eight, but the North Wales clubs have upped their game with big budgets that many other clubs cannot match," he said. "I'll be satisfied to play badly and sneak a 1-0 win as our one focus is to finish in the top 10 so we are in the new set-up next year."

Evening Post

September 25

Carmarthen in need of a win

AFTER a shocking start to the season, Carmarthen Town need the impetus of a win at lowly Caersws tomorrow if they are not to drift towards a major crisis.

The Old Gold are in the unfamiliar situation of languishing in 14th place after just one win and four points from their opening half-dozen matches, while three League Cup matches have produced only one point and elimination.

It is a situation that puts pressure on manager Deryn Brace, who recently lost his coach Mark Aizlewood, who decided to concentrate on business commitments.

Brace is not one to dwell on negatives, however.

"Every one of our matches has been competitive, even against the top teams, and we have not been on the end of a single hammering so it shows we are not far away," he said.
"We have made far too many individual mistakes and as a manager you cannot do anything about that. That is the players' responsibility and we have to become mentally tougher.
"For the first time this season we have a fully-fit squad to choose from for the visit to Caersws, although there are a few players putting their hands up for a place on the bench rather than a place in the team.
"We need to change that, and when we do things will start to move forward. Caersws will not be underestimated as we cannot afford to underestimate any team in our position."

Remarkably, Mickey Evans's side are on level points with the Richmond Park team but the visitors have five successive wins at the Recreation Ground to boost their confidence.

Evening Post

September 24

First league defeat for Llangefni

Cymru Alliance early pacesetters Llangefni Town suffered their first league defeat of the season, at home to Bethesda Ath last night, they were beaten by the only goal of the game coming in the 2nd half. Llangefni remain top on goal difference from Penrhyncoch who beat Llangollen Town 1-0. 

Flint Town move move to within a point of both clubs in 3rd place but have a game in hand over both Llangefni and Penrhyncoch, Flint beat bottom club Gresford2-1. Former welsh premier club Caernarfon could only draw 2-2 against bottom but one side Llanfairpwll at the Oval, but still move up a place at Buckley Town's expense.

September 24

Legg "there's still more to come

ANDY Legg has warned the Welsh Premier League that someone will be on the end of a hiding when Llanelli eventually hits top gear.

The Reds cruised past struggling Porthmadog last weekend to record their fourth consecutive triumph, courtesy of a 4-0 win.

But Legg believes there is even more to come from his side once they start replicating their training ground performances on a match day.

"On Saturday, we played a bit more football — especially after we went 2-0 up — but there's still more to come," said the Llanelli manager.

"It'll take time, but once we take things from the training ground onto the pitch someone is going to get a hiding.

"We've got goals all over the pitch, the players just need the confidence to go out and play."


September 23

Prestatyn turned over by Manxmen

Two second half goals killed off Town's challenge in tonight's low key friendly against the Isle of Man.

Prestatyn fielded a reasonably strong side comprised of a few first team regulars, fringe players and reserves and more than held their own in a first half that was low on scoring chances but high in workrate from both sides.

The Islanders had more to play for as they prepare for their important National League System Cup clash against the Midland Football Combination at West Midlands Police FC on Saturday evening and carved out a couple of early openings although Steven Glover and Johnny Myers should have done better with speculative efforts inside the penalty area.

Matt Towns had his first real save to make on the half hour when he gathered the ball ahead of Sean Quaye after a deep free kick had been floated into the box and at the other end Steve Rogers was unlucky to see a 20 yard free kick held under the crossbar by Manx keeper Mark Blair.

The Seasiders had a lucky escape on the stroke of half time when a cross from the right found Aaron Glover who mistimed his header and Steve Harris, who was close marking him, attempted to clear only to see the ball rebound off his own crossbar.

The Islanders went ahead seven minutes into the second period when the ball was played across the penalty area to Chris Bass who kep his composure to drill a low shot past Towns and the visitors should have increased their tally when Julian Ringham's ball found Frank Jones who blazed over the top.

In the 75th minute it was 2-0 when Town failed to clear the ball cleanly, Ringham played the ball back in and Kieron McNulty produced a crisp finish to seal the game.

Ross Hannen and Gareth Davies both spurned chances to peg one back for Town in the closing stages but the spoils went to the visitors who left with a win and a favourable impression of the football, facilities and hospitality of Prestatyn Town Football Club.

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September 23

League cup round up

Carmarthen Town 2-3 Neath FC
Carmarthen have been knocked out of the Competition following this five goal thriller at Richmond Park. Tim Hicks set the hosts on their way with the opener on ten minutes, but veteran Carl Shaw equalised three minutes later. Sacha Walters then made it 2-1 on 27 minutes but two goals in two minutes from Rob Spendiff (65') and Ian Hillier (67') won the game for the Eagles, who trail Port Talbot Town in Group 1.

Llanelli AFC 2-0 Haverfordwest County
Llanelli go to the top of Group 2 with this win over bottom of the Group Haverfordwest, who are knocked out of the competition. Craig Frater scored his first senior goal on six minutes and his strike partner Craig Moses doubled the lead on 84 minutes. The Reds still have two games to play against Aberystwyth to decide who wins the Group.

CPD Porthmadog 4-0 Gap Connahs Quay
Gap Connahs Quay named defender Ben Alston in goal due to the unavailability of Terry McCormick, which was the second time in the competition that an outfield player took the Nomads gloves, after Wes Kilgannon did the same against Caersws.

His inexperience showed as the hosts went goal crazy to give themselves a great chance of progression. Aden Shannon scored a double on 8 and 89 minutes against his former club, whilst there was a maiden goal for full-back Mark Gornall after 12 minutes and for midfielder Mike Thompson on 75 minutes.

Rhyl FC 4-0 Airbus UK Broughton
Rhyl have easily progressed into the next round of the Loosemores League Cup with a 4-0 win against Airbus UK Broughton at Belle Vue. The win is Rhyl's third straight victory in the competition and their nine point haul guarantees the Lilywhites top-spot with one match to play at Prestatyn next week. Marc Connolly struck a brace and their were also goals for Mansfield loanee Tyrone Kirk and full debutant Phil Doran.

The defeat concludes Airbus' participation in this year's competition and they prop up Group 4 with just one point.

Technogroup Welshpool 0-0 Bala Town
It was a stalemate at Maesydre as neither team could find the back of the net. Both teams have seven points and identical goal difference, although Welshpool have one match to play and will be favourites to top the group when they face Druids next week, who have already crashed out of the competition.

The New Saints FC 5-2 Bangor City
Cup holders TNS have booked their place in the last eight with a convincing win over last season's Runners-Up Bangor City at Park Hall, a result which all but eliminates Bangor from this years competition. Matt Berkeley scored the opener on 34', but Chris Sharp equalised just four minutes later for the visitors. Ryan Marriott then made it 2-1 to the hosts before the break.

There were four more goals after the break with Berkeley adding his second three minutes after the interval, but Ashley Stott gave Bangor hope again on 51 minutes. Craig Williams made it 4-2 on 67' and Marriott scored his brace, five minutes from time.

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September 22

Rhyl ready for Airbus cup clash

Rhyl, who sit top of Group Four with a 100% record, also have casualty concerns ahead of their home meeting with Airbus UK Broughton this evening (7.30pm).
Skipper George Horan suffered a broken nose in Saturday’s bruising clash at Newtown and is unlikely to play, while Matthew Williams and Gareth Owen are also doubts after picking up knocks at Latham Park.
Joint leading scorer Lee Hunt starts a three-match ban after his red card on Saturday, so the likes of Phil Doran, Paul Smith and Shaun Dowling could make a start at Belle Vue.
“We know a draw will probably see us through, but we set ourselves very high standards and that means going out to win every game,” said Lilywhites player manager Greg Strong.
Airbus boss Craig Harrison, whose team cannot progress as they have just one point from three games, will continue with his policy of giving first team fringe players a run out in the Loosemores Cup.
“It’s a fantastic playing surface at Belle Vue and we know Rhyl will put out a strong side as they have a relatively small squad, so it’s an excellent match for our younger players and players on the first team fringes to play in,” said Harrison.
Midfielder Danny Desormeaux is the only injury doubt for the Wingmakers.

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September 22

Bangor City on a revenge mission

BANGOR City go into tonight’s Loosemores League Cup clash away to The New Saints (7.45pm) knowing a point would probably see them into the quarter-finals.

City currently top Group Six with six points, but a draw at Park Hall Stadium should be sufficient for a last eight berth as one of the leading runners-up at the very least.

A victory for Nev Powell’s men would guarantee progression as group winners while even a defeat would not necessarily mean an exit from the competition.

Bangor will be out for revenge, having lost 2-0 to the Saints in an earlier group game at Farrar Road followed by a 1-0 home league reverse at the hands of Andy Cale’s full-timers on Saturday.

Tonight’s combatants also met in last season’s League Cup final which TNS won 2-0.

“We’ve got six points, so a draw should see us through regardless of what TNS do in their final game at Newtown (on October 6),” said City boss Powell.

The Citizens have injury worries ahead of the visit to Oswestry with midfielder Kieran Killackey, who needs a groin operation, still likely to be missing.

Sion Edwards, who was injured playing for Wales under-23s against Poland recently but who came on as a substitute against TNS on Saturday, will undergo a fitness test, while defender Dave Swanick is a doubt.

“We had to take him off after an hour (against TNS) as he’s recovering from a long-standing Achilles problem and couldn’t manage two full games in a row,” Powell added.

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September 22

Porth's walking wounded ready for cup clash

PORTHMADOG will give a late fitness test to centre-half Ryan Davies ahead of tonight’s Loosemore’s League Cup clash at GAP Connah’s Quay.
A number of Port players were carrying knocks following their 4-0 home defeat on Sunday to Llanelli according to manager Tomi Morgan, with Davies his only real major concern, as he hopes to name the same squad.
“We’ve got a few players with a few knocks,” said Morgan. “But I’m hopeful we’ll have the same squad available as yesterday.
“We take this competition seriously, it’s another game and you want to win it.
“We will use it to give a few other lads a run out, maybe a few who were subs yesterday, but in the large it will be the same squad as against Llanelli.”
A win for Connah’s Quay tonight will ensure top spot in Group Three, while victory for Port will ensure they can still finish top or keep alive hopes of securing a best runners up spot.
Goal-getter Chris Herbert is set to start for the Quay tonight, writes Mike McEvoy.
Herbert made a return appearance as a second half substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Haverfordwest and showed more than enough to retain his place.
“Chris did well but he needs more match action, especially as we will again be without both Stuart Cook and Stuart Scheuber who are still on the injured list,” said player-boss Mark McGregor.
Although a draw would be sufficient to put the Quay through boss McGregor is going all out for a win.
“We beat Porthmadog 3-2 at our place in the home tie so we are expecting another tight game but if we play to our full ability we are confident of going through,” he said. “We still have a strong squad available with no new injury problems and it will be a great boost for the lads if we can progress to the next stage with another win.”

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September 21

Rhyl boss unimpressed despite late win

TWO goals in the last five minutes sealed champions Rhyl the victory which ensured they remain top of the league.
But player manager Greg Strong was not overly impressed with the Lilywhites’ performance at Latham Park.
“There were not many positives to take from today’s game except the result, which was a massive positive,” he said.
Striker Matthew Williams repeated last season’s feat of scoring twice for the Lilies at Newtown.
In the fifth minute he was on hand to roll the ball over the line after Mark Connolly’s header from a Tyrone Kirk cross was only partially saved by Robins keeper David Maguire.
Then in the 16th minute, a Martyn Naylor throw was flicked on and Williams fired an instinctive volley into the left-hand corner of the net.
Rhyl looked comfortable but handed Newtown a lifeline after 38 minutes when George Horan brought down Ross Stephens in the box and Nicky Ward’s resultant penalty could only be palmed into the roof of the net by keeper James Coates.
The hosts came out firing after the break and on 55 minutes substitute Adam Worton delivered a high ball from the right and Stephens’ sublime touch gave Obi Anoruo space to drill low past Coates for 2-2. It could have got worse for the champions when Neil Mitchell’s header came back off the bar.
Rhyl striker Lee Hunt’s troubled past with referees in the Welsh Premier then returned to haunt him when a dangerous challenge on Andrew Williams resulted in a red card.
Undeterred, the 10-man Lilywhites kept on battling and five minutes from time Strong was left free at the back post to head home a Gareth Owen corner.
Substitute Paul Smith smacked the bar before Owen released Connolly who was initially denied by the advancing Maguire, but curled a left foot beauty into the net.

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September 21

Defeat mars Porthmadog's big day

PORTHMADOG’S big day – to mark the club’s 125th anniversary – was gatecrashed by free-scoring Llanelli.

Tomi Morgan’s current squad were outsmarted and outgunned by the full-timers, who bossed the second half to convert a slender one-goal lead into a convincing score line.

Porthmadog’s manager said: “We were well beaten by a far better side and have no complaints because, when they got their second goal, that just killed us off.”

Around 40 former Porthmadog players and ex-managers attended the game to mark the anniversary and watched Morgan’s men cope well enough with the South Walians, at least for a while.

It was a single goal by Llanelli’s player-manager Andy Legg, fired typically from the edge of the box following a corner on 34 minutes, that separated the two sides at half time.

Porthmadog had begun brightly, though, and Mike Thompson belted an early 18-yarder that forced the visitors’ Ashley Morris into a quality save.

But, as Llanelli began to set the agenda, the hosts survived a goal-line clearance that denied Andrew Mumford and keeper Richard Morgan had to turn a Rhys Griffiths 25-yards’ rocket around a post.

Proof that Llanelli had not read the script came right at the start of the second half, when Simon Holloway blazed just over and then made amends with the second goal on 47 minutes.

Morgan was enticed off his line to deal with a cross, which a defender could have cleared, and the mix-up resulted in Holloway having the luxury of an empty net for his edge-of-box shot.

As the game – and precious points – drifted out of Porthmadog’s reach, Griffiths scored the third goal on 68 minutes and he then brought down the curtain on the show with number four near the end.

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September 21

Caernarfon's new era off to a winning start

CAERNARFON Town’s first game under new joint managers Derek Roberts and Mel Jones produced a 3-1 home victory over strugglers Berriew.

Saturday’s Huws Gray Cymru Alliance League clash at The Oval saw the Canaries take a fourth minute lead through John Rowley, but it was not long before William Thomas levelled for the visitors.

It took the hosts until the 76th minute to edge ahead again, Mark Roberts on target, and Dylan Owen’s 82nd minute penalty sealed the points.

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September 20

Llanelli win at Porthmadog

Llanelli will be enjoying their long trip home from north Wales, following their comfortable victory over Porthmadog.

The Reds opened the scoring in the 34' when player/manager Andy Legg put them in front, Chris Holloway doubled their lead 2' after the break.

Rhys Griffiths put the game beyond Porthmadog adding Llanelli's 3rd goal on 68'. There was still time to add a 4th goal on 85' with a 2nd from Rhys Griffiths.

Llanelli's win moves them above Bala Town into 4th place 2 points off top place side Rhyl and still remain unbeaten in the league so far after 6 games. While Porthmadog move to bottom of the table on goal difference with Druids.

Attendance: 313.

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September 20

Flint Town in seven-goal heaven

FLINT Town staged a magnificent 7-2 show and completely outperformed hosts Guilsfield, piling up five goals in the second half, to climb to third place in the table.
Regular hot-shot Shaun Beck was among the scorers again, with a brace of goals on 12 and 73 minutes, while the other marksmen were Mike Thelwell, Paul W Williams, John Hill, Alan Dawson and Paul D Williams.
Guilsfield, who stayed in contention for an hour, gained replies from Ross Frame after 41 minutes and Richard Astley after 62.
Llandudno Town, another side looking good, enjoyed a 5-0 home romp against Penrhyncoch, last weekend’s joint leaders, in a result that is highly-significant in the early title battle.
Danny Hughes provided Llandudno with lift-off after two minutes, Craig Hogg joined in on seven, Toby Jones on nine and Ben Dews on 41. Jones completed the rout with another at 89 minutes.
Penrhyncoch, previously undefeated with only one goal conceded in six games, finished with just nine players after two late dismissals.
Caernarfon Town continued their climb through the mid-table with a 3-1 home win over Berriew, courtesy of goals from John Rowley after four minutes, Mark Roberts after 76 and Dylan Owen from a penalty after 82.
The Llangollen Town versus LEX XI game was a feisty affair with three players dismissed.
The game had hardly got going when Llan’s Simon Smith was given his marching orders.
But despite being a man down, Richard Vaughan-Jones put the hosts ahead.
LEX were soon on level terms however when Kevin Roberts pegged a goal back.
A Danny Powel strike put LEX in control and a solo effort from Rene Pinard killed the game off. In the dying stages Llan’s Kevin Edwards and LEX’s Joe Garner were sent off after tangling.
Gresford Athletic thought they were on the way to their first win of the season after Nathan Pugh had headed them into a 53rd minute lead against Denbigh but Gresford then collapsed allowing Ian Evans to score from the penalty spot, Darren Cassidy weighed in with a double salvo and Jamie Duff also scored.
Ruthin Town got back to winning ways by defeating Bethesda 3-1 with strikes from Tom Sharples, Gary Ellison and Sion Roberts with Nigel Barry hitting back late on.
Ben Heald, the Llanfairpwll goalkeeper, saved his side from a rout as they picked up a deserved 1-1 draw at Buckley. Liam Caddick netted for Buckley but the visitors salvaged a point with a scrappy effort near the end from Iwan Hughes.

Wales on Sunday

September 20

Rhyl's unbeaten record remains in place

RHYL maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign as Newtown again proved a happy hunting ground for the high-flying visitors in this pulsating encounter.
The defending champions have now reeled off eight successive league wins at Latham Park, but were made to battle all the way by this plucky home side.
Matty Williams was on the mark after just five minutes to put Rhyl on course by converting a Tyrone Kirk cross.
The on-song marksman, having shaken off a knock the previous week, showed no effects when he bagged his sixth goal of the season 10 minutes later to put the visitors in charge.
Greg Stones then went close but his header was superbly saved by keeper Dave Maguire.
Newtown got back in the game, Nicky Ward pulling one back from the penalty spot before the break after ex-Lilywhite Ross Stephens had been brought down in the box.
Spurred by the goal, the Robins were back on terms 10 minutes after the interval when Obi Anoruo, on loan from Wrexham, fired in his third goal in as many games when set up by Adam Worton’s fine pass.
But Lilywhites’ player-boss Greg Strong headed home a Gareth Owen corner on 85 minutes before Mark Connolly notched up the fourth goal deep in injury time to settle things.

Wales on Sunday

September 20

McGregor saves day for Nomads with late equaliser

CONNAH’S Quay’s versatile player-manager Mark McGregor showed his forwards how to score with a goal nine minutes from the end to deny Haverfordwest victory at the Deeside Stadium.

Looking to string together a sequence of wins to push them up the table, the struggling Deesiders instead found themselves trailing when summer-signing from Barry Town Jamie Bradford put the visitors in front on 41 minutes, heading home a free-kick at the back post for his first goal for the club as he nipped the wrong side of the defence.

Quay, who might have scored twice in goalmouth scrambles, stepped up the pace after the break without really taking a firm grip. It was left to boss McGregor to save the day when he raced into the box to head Sam McNutt’s cross wide of keeper Lee Idzi.

Haverfordwest might consider themselves unlucky not to have held out but they were made to pay for not cashing in on their first half dominance.

Wales on Sunday

September 19


Saturday's Welsh Premier round up as it happens

BANGOR 0-1 TNS (Full Time)
A goalless first half at Farrar Road, neither side able to get an opener.
The deadlock is finally broken in the 87' and it's the visitors who score the all deciding winning goal, coming in the 87' and scored by Conall Murtagh.

Andy Moran put the visitors up on 28' to keep Prestatyn's great start to the season rolling on. On 40' Carmarthen are back level with Paul Fowler getting their equaliser.
Prestatyn re-take the lead on 58' and Ian Griffiths gets the goal that puts the visitors ahead.

The Bluebirds take the lead on 41' with a Jamie Bradford goal.
McGregor put the home side level on 80'

NEATH 5-3 CAERSWS (Full Time)
Matt Prosser opened the scoring for Caersws in the 9' and Caersws went further ahead a minute later when Chris Melia made it 2-0. Neath got a goal back on 14' through Richard Ingram, 3 goals in the first 14'.
It took Neath just 3' of the 2nd half to get back on level terms, the goal scored by Carlos Castan. Neath take the lead for the first time in the match on 64', and Ingram gets his 2nd of the game. Harris makes it 4-2 to Neath on 72' Ingram scores hit hat-trick on 86' to secure a home win for Neath. Caersws score their 3rd with Chris Mellia's 2nd of the game, but it's not enough and Neath win 5-3

NEWTOWN 2-4 RHYL (Full Time)
Rhyl got off to a flyer and were 2-0 up after 16, they took the lead after 5' when Matty Williams scored, Williams made it 2-0 on 16'. Nicky Ward gets Newtown back in the match on 38' scoring from the penalty spot.
Newtown make it all square at 2-2 with Obi Anoruo getting Newtown's 2nd. Rhyl  are trying to maintain the league's only unbeaten record in the lead. Lee Hunt see's red for Rhyl in the 70'.
Greg Strong puts Rhyl back in from with just 5' left of normal time.
Mark Connelly makes it 4-2 deep into injury time, and that should see Rhyl go back top of the table.

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September 19

Lilies ace Matty set for a return

IN-FORM Rhyl striker Matthew Williams hopes for a quick return to action on a happy hunting ground when the Welsh Premier champions visit Newtown today.

Williams, who went off injured at half time of last Friday’s demolition of Bangor City at Belle Vue, has been progressing well in training this week and would enjoy a repeat of his two-goal show in last season’s 2-1 victory for the Lilywhites at Latham Park.

The former Manchester United and Notts County front man has bagged four goals in Rhyl’s five league matches this term.

“Matty’s a lot better,” said Rhyl player manager Greg Strong.

“He’s come through a long session and fingers crossed he’ll be ready for Saturday. He’s been having trouble with muscle spasms, but we’re hopeful he’ll be fit for Newtown.”

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September 19

GAP Connah's Quay ready for winning run

PLAYER-manager Mark McGregor has primed Gap Connah’s Quay to produce a winning burst to push them up the table, starting against Haverfordwest at the Deeside Stadium today, writes Mike McEvoy.
“We’ve had to face three tough games against Llanelli, Rhyl and The New Saints so now we can look forward to a much better prospect of points over the next few weeks,” he explained.
The Quay, fourth from bottom, will again be without injured Stuart Cook, but everyone else is fit.
Said McGregor: “We can go level on points if we beat Haverfordwest and if we keep our form going we are confident we can do that.”

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September 19

Gibson wary of Carmarthen's position

NEIL GIBSON refuses to take Carmarthen Town’s current lowly league position as any indicator that his buzzing Prestatyn side might have an easy ride at Richmond Park this afternoon.
Deryn Brace’s perennial high flyers unexpectedly lie in the bottom six but have had to endure some very tough fixtures in the opening month of the campaign.
By contrast, rampant Prestatyn have roared into third spot and today will be aiming to make it three away league wins on the trot.
“I don’t think Carmarthen’s present position is a reflection on where they will be at the end of the season,” said Seasiders player boss Gibson.
“They’ve had some tough games and had to deal with a few injuries, but they’ve got players coming back.
“I think the sort of side they’ve wanted to put out from the start of the season will face us on Saturday.
“We go there full of confidence, but are also mindful of how difficult it is for teams travelling to West and South Wales to get a result.”
The Prestatyn squad will be the same as that which won 5-1 at Caersws last Saturday, with the addition of striker Gareth Davies.

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September 18

Welsh premier round up

Port Talbot lost their 2nd game of the season and the first at home, they took the lead on 53 from Rose, but Aber drew level on 72' when Luke Bowen scored for the visitors. But not before Port were reduced to 9 men, Drew Fahiya on 66' and Danny Thomas 68' saw red for the home side.

Geoff Kellaway earned Aber's 2nd away win of the season scoring the winner in the 92' when the 9 men of Port Talbot looked to be holding out for a draw.

Bala Town good start to the season carried on tonight at home against Druids, the only goal of the game came From Ricky Evans on 85', Bala are now joint top of the table with Rhyl on 13 points, while Druids take over the bottom spot.

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September 18

Carmarthen ready to push up the table now

CARMARTHEN Town broke their win duck last week at Welshpool but face a stern test at Richmond Park tomorrow where third-placed Prestatyn are the visitors." We are expecting an extremely difficult game. They had the worst possible start and went on a run to hit the heights so their confidence must be high just now," said Old Gold boss Deryn Brace. Brace is taking responsibility for the overall management and coaching side of things at the moment since coach Mark Aizlewood was forced to stand down due to work commitments." We are not going to rush into an appointment to replace Mark," added Brace. "We will look at the applicants in our time and come to a view, but as far as I'm concerned there's no hurry." We would like to start a run of results and, as we showed at Welshpool, we haven't changed anything apart from the result. We are playing well and at Welshpool the boys were magnificent as we hadn't won there for over 10 years. "It's a very competitive league with the incentive of a top-10 finish, so there are no easy games. It's just important to concentrate on our own game and do the things we know we do well." Brace has a doubt over the fitness of Mark Pritchard, whose ankle problem is being monitored.

Evening Post

September 18

Neath in search of hat-trick of wins

NEATH welcome struggling Caersws to The Gnoll searching for a third consecutive victory, much to the satisfaction of manager Andrew Dyer.

"What a difference a couple of weeks make," he said in the wake of back-to-back wins over Porthmadog and Bala.

"Good performances brought those results. It's very pleasing that results now seem to be coming so we must push on from here.

"The players are full of confidence at the moment and rightly so after two wins on the bounce.

"People assumed we made a slow start but suddenly we are seventh and looking good."

Dyer invested in several new players during the close season and admitted it has taken time for things to settle.

"Those who have come in needed to find their feet. It takes time having so many new faces but the signs are that things are starting to come together nicely.

"It is such a competitive league and although Caersws will present a different challenge, they will be out to stop us getting three points."

Dyer has no injury concerns so will select from a full squad.

Evening Post

September 18

Druids must be on top to face Bala Town

Elements Cefn Druids must be on top to face Bala Town

WAYNNE PHILLIPS knows Elements Cefn Druids will need to be at their best as they head to new boys Bala Town tonight.

Despite a first win of the season against Porthmadog last week, the second-bottom Ancients have plenty to do if they hope to climb clear of the relegation zone.

Bala have already defeated Druids twice in the Loosemores Cup, and Phillips said: “It‘s a tough place to go so we know we‘ll have to be at our best, and hopefully they will have an off-night.”

Phillips is out with a torn groin, while Bobby Jones and Keiran Quinn are both doubtful with back problems. Lee Bamber and Lee Jones are expected to shake off knocks.

Bala, who include former Druids Ricky Evans and Mark Powell, will be out to bounce back from last Sunday‘s 2-1 loss at Neath, their first league defeat of the season.

Bala boss Colin Caton said: “We played well and were unlucky to come away with nothing. We had a goal disallowed, hit the post and missed a couple of one-on-ones but there were plenty of positives from the performance.”

Caton won’t read too much into his side’s Loosemores Cup wins over Druids as both teams fielded “mix-and-match teams”.

Warren Duckett completes his three match ban, and John Toner is also sidelined with a hamstring strain.

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September 18

Prestatyn Town are up and running in race for top 10 finish

THE battle to finish in the Welsh Premier League’s all-important top 10 this season is well and truly underway – and already some clubs are showing signs of sinking without trace.

Prestatyn Town are not one of them.

After a promising start to their top flight debut campaign last term, the Seasiders ended up only just managing to escape the drop, finishing 15th.

Before the start of the current season many predicted Town would be among those struggling to make the Super 12 in 2010/11, but the Bastion Road outfit have not let the grass grow under their feet over the summer.

While maintaining a squad of predominantly local players, manager Neil Gibson has also brought in new recruits packed with Welsh Premier experience.

Strikers Steve Rogers and Andy Moran have both netted over 100 WPL goals, midfielder Gareth Wilson has featured in well over 300 matches and Paul O’Neill was a championship winner last term at Rhyl.

With Adie Moody, a veteran defender who has played five seasons in the WPL, and ex-Macclesfield keeper Matt Towns also joining the ranks, Prestatyn have something now they did not possess in the last campaign – strength in depth.

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September 17

Jackson returns to San Juan Jabloteh

Elements Cefn Druids winger Josh Johnson, who temporarily returned to Trinidad and Tobago last week for family reasons, has signed for his former club San Juan Jabloteh.

Johnson joined the Druids in August after spending one season at Rhyl, which saw him win a Championship winners medal for the Lilywhites. He made his debut for the Ancients on 15th August in the 1-0 home defeat to Port Talbot Town in the League and has played a total of just five games for the club.

During his spell at Rhyl, the 28-year old winger was the August/September 2008 Principality Welsh Premier League Player of the Month and his excellent form saw him gain a call-up to the Trinidad and Tobago National squad for a World Cup Qualifying match. He was an unused sub in the game but has previous International honours at Under 20 level and for Trinidad & Tobago at the 2004 Olympic qualifying event.

It is understood that Johnson is due to arrive back in Wales in late October, but with the transfer window closed until January, he will not be able to re-sign for the club until it re-opens. The three-club rule also means that he will not be able to play for any other club this season.

September 16

Legg impressed by show of strength

ANDY Legg praised his side's strength in grinding out a win against Newtown last weekend — and is now concentrating on streamlining their style for the trip to Porthmadog on Sunday. The Reds recovered from conceding an early goal to Newtown to move in front after goals from Rhys Griffiths and Craig Moses. The visitors again then hit back before a Jason Bowen goal just past the hour maintained Llanelli's unbeaten league start. "We won, but we didn't play very well," said Legg. "We got three points out of the game and we have to take positives out of that because the boys showed great commitment and a great attitude when things weren't going right. "If we're playing poorly and winning, I'm not going to complain. "Nothing went for us, we didn't pass the ball right, the movement wasn't right and some players looked very tired." The two wingers looked very heavy legged after playing in midweek, but we hung in there." It wasn't the performance we wanted, but the effort and commitment were spot on.

" The Reds player- manager will now continue to promote the passing game in training as he looks to cultivate a more eye-catching brand of football, which he will hope to deploy in Porthmadog.The North Wales side are currently third from bottom in the early Welsh Premier League table, though Legg refused to take them lightly." Results-wise they're struggling, but at the end of the day it'll be a battle for us because we're expected to go up there and trounce them," he said." We certainly won't underestimate them because as we've seen from the league so far, anyone can beat anyone. "Wyn Thomas is facing a spell of two or three weeks on the sidelines after being forced off against Newtown with ligament damage. Jason Bowen also felt a twinge in his knee, but is expected to be passed fit to feature. Michael Howard and Lee Phillips are both available after recovering from injury, as is young midfielder Ross Jones. But Legg is still waiting for an update on Lee Jarman after the former Cardiff City defender had a scan on a foot problem sustained in the Europa 

Evening Post

September 16

Brace praise for Aizlewood

DERYN Brace hailed the huge impact made by assistant Mark Aizlewood after he stepped down from his role at Carmarthen Town. Brace's No. 2 called time on a five-year stint at Richmond Park due to increasing business commitments, and the Old Gold manager lavished praise on the former Wales defender for his efforts. "Aize has been a huge part of what we do here at the club and obviously it's going to be strange without him especially his reliability," said Brace." Not only is his knowledge second to none his commitment and his standards are exemplary." Obviously it is a loss but what we have to do is carry on the quality work Aize has put in place. We will not be going in a different direction because it's unnecessary. 

What we need to do is carry it on and build on it. "On a personal level, Aize's honesty comes without saying. The two years that I've worked alongside him have opened my eyes as to how to prepare, implement and do a lot of things within the game." I'd go as far as to say that it has been my biggest advantage in football to work alongside Mark Aizlewood. "Chairman Jeff Thomas revealed Aizlewood's exit was a big blow for the club." Mark's resignation will undoubtedly be met with great disappointment within the club," said Thomas." While it was not totally unexpected given his intense business commitments, you sometimes tend to think that the unthinkable will not happen." However it has and Mark has left a legacy that he can be proud of."

Evening Post

September 16

Bangor and Aber gain cup wins

Bangor City and Aberystwyth Town both gained morale-boosting victories in the Loosemores Cup this evening over Newtown and Haverfordwest County respectively.
The Citizens overcame the challenge of Newtown by 3-0, despite having skipper Marc Limbert sent-off by referee Lee Evans in the first half.
The hosts raced to a two-goal advantage within the opening eleven minutes through strikes from Ashley Stott and Marc Smyth, but Darren Ryan's Robins were given hope when Limbert was dismissed, but winger Smyth grabbed his brace after the interval to send Bangor City top of Group 6, with a two point advantage over TNS, which builds up nicely to the Saints' v Bangor match in the next round at Park Hall.
With Brian Coyne still on holiday, Jake King once again took charge of Aberystwyth and they put successive defeats behind them to record a much needed 2-1 win at the Bridge Meadow Stadium against Haverfordwest County.
All three goals came late on in the last ten minutes of the game, with veteran substitute Glyndwr Hughes netting the opener, before fellow sub Geoff Kellaway added the second for the Seasiders. Robbie Walters replied for the hosts to with a minute of normal time remaining, but King's side held on to record a valuable win. 
The Seasiders top Group 2 with four points, but the situation is still wide-open with Llanelli only having played one game in the competition so far. 

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September 15

Neath boss says "I have best striker in the league"

Neath manager Andrew Dyer believes that his striker Chris Llewellyn is the best striker in the Welsh Premier League.

The Gnoll-based side have made several new signings and are starting to turn the corner after a somewhat inauspicious start to the campaign, and with his high-profile summer acquisition netting his fifth goal in as many games in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bala, Dyer, speaking to Afan FM, paid tribute to Llewellyn. “Maybe now, people will stand up and see just how good the lad is,” he said. “I don't think I'm boasting when I say I've got the best striker in the league. His performance, his training and his attitude to everything is outstanding.”

Dyer went on to talk about 30 year old Llewellyn, who signed for the Eagles this summer in what is a major transfer coup for Neath, the signing being a major statement of intent for the club, and with Llewellyn's experience in the Football League, Dyer believes that Llewellyn is only going to get better, as well as improve the younger players at the club. “I can't speak highly enough of him, to be honest, he brings great leadership qualities, he's a calming influence on the team and he certainly knows how to stick the ball in the back of the net,” he said. “He's a great influence on the rest of the team, young players like Rob (Spendiff), how could they not learn off him?”

Chris Llewellyn has played in over 350 games for clubs such as Norwich City, Hartlepool and Wrexham and is well on the way to getting his highest single season total, with five goals early in the season and has scored in every league game so far this season.

But what of the player himself? Speaking to Afan after scoring, Llewellyn said he was still learning: “I'm really happy so far, but I'm still adapting,” he said. “I'm just happy to be helping move the team up the table.”

The Merthyr-born player also revealed that he was pleased with what he had seen of the division and Neath in particular. “I was impressed when I came down here to sign,” he said. “I had no expectations, I wasn't sure really, except I knew they wanted to move forward and wanted to do things.”

And it's with his goals that Neath are progressing. Moving up to 7th after their second consecutive win, both Llewellyn's goals at the Gnoll have been headed, and his aerial prowess has really set himself apart from the rest of the league. The player himself, however, was surprised at how well he'd been able to use his head. “It's only taken me 15 years to head a ball correctly,” he said. “Maybe it's the style of play here, but I've been heading more and more balls.”

Going back to his manager, Andrew Dyer sees the signing of Llewellyn as one that raises the profile of the league as a whole. “The whole league is lucky to have Chris playing.”

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September 15

Johnston could be back for Bangor City FC

UTILITY player Michael Johnston could return to action for Bangor City in tonight’s League Cup Group Six clash against Newtown at Farrar Road (7.30pm).

Johnston, who has enjoyed two highly successful seasons as a defender with City but has featured predominantly in midfield this term, has not played since being forced off following a bad tackle at Elements Cefn Druids on August 28.

Bangor boss Neville Powell would welcome a Johnston comeback, especially as centre-half Dave Morley suffered a recurrence of a groin strain in Friday’s 5-1 defeat at Rhyl and might miss out against Newtown.

“We’re hopeful Michael might be ready, but we can’t be certain,” said Powell.

After suffering back-to-back Welsh Premier defeats, City hope to return to form against a Robins outfit they have already beaten 2-1 at Latham Park.

Bangor lie second in the group behind The New Saints, but would reclaim top position with victory tonight.

“It’s important we put Friday’s result behind us and look forward, not back,” Powell added.

“In a way it’s good this game comes around so soon as it gives us a chance to get the Rhyl game out of our system.”

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September 14

Rhyl hit by injury blow to Williams

Rhyl's Chris Williams is likely to be out of action for several weeks after suffering 3 cracked ribs in Friday night's victory against Bangor. Although Williams managed to remain on the field for the whole 90 minutes he was subsequently taken to hospital before being discharged on Saturday morning.

Williams was hurt in the incident that saw Bangor's Peter Hoy booked. Rhyl Manager, Greg Strong, was unhappy that the referee, Darren Adie, did not send the Bangor man from the field and is to ask the Welsh Premier League to look at the incident again, Strong said" I thought at the time it was a very reckless tackle and Hoy definitely stamped on Chris. Its a real blow for us and especially the lad as he was getting fitter with every game"

September 14

Holyhead search for new manager

Holyhead Hotspurs are in the market for a new manager following the resignation of Campbell Harrison. Harrison has been in charge of Holyheads for 3 season's and took the club to within 3 points of claiming a place in the welsh premier league.

This season things have gone a bit pear shaped and the club linger 4th from bottom of the Cymru Alliance with only 5 points from 6 games.

The club issued a statement saying "I wish to thank Campbell for 3 brilliant seasons making Holyhead stand out as one of the promising clubs in North Wales, 3 years of highest positions, 2 runners-up in the League Cup, and great cup runs. The fitness has improved no ends and the youth of Holyhead have had a great chance to shine"

September 14

Neath's boss Dyer delighted to see off new boys

NEATH boss Andrew Dyer labelled yesterday's clash with North Wales rookies Bala Town as "the toughest test at home so far" but the Eagles passed with flying colours as they won at The Gnoll. 

It gave Neath back-to-back victories for the first time this season at the expense of the high-flying visitors, who took a shock early lead. 

" That was as good a win as they come, make no mistake about that," said Eagles manager Dyer. "Bala are a very good side, as their league position suggests, so now we hope we can go on and build from here."

Evening Post

September 14

Red's resilience key to victory says Legg

LLANELLI preserved their unbeaten Welsh Premier record, but for the second week in succession had to come from behind to defeat unlucky Newtown at Stebonheath Park.
It’s a good sign to keep winning when not playing to the best of your ability with the Reds resilience again the key to another important victory.
Llanelli player-manager Andy Legg was once more instrumental in his side’s recovery and praised the qualities within the squad.
“What we did show once more was that we have character and commitment in abundance,” he said. “I will always want to go out and play football, but sometimes the result is more important than the performance.”
With leaders Rhyl on a roll, it was vitally important that the Reds did not let this one slip away.
“If we are to keep pressure on the leaders then it’s all about churning out results as we are in a results-driven business.”
“I’m delighted with the result, but to be honest we didn’t play that well,” he said.
His counterpart Darren Ryan was left a little deflated after witnessing his side give as good as they got for the best part of a lively game.
“I thought we were excellent at times and deserved at least a draw for our efforts,” said Ryan. “We try and pass the ball and at times it brought its reward. But we have to stop teams scoring, that’s the key.
“It’s a bit disappointing as we should have taken something from this game.”
Some fussy refereeing in perfect conditions did not help the game flow as a total of nine yellow and one red card testifies.

Western Mail

September 14

Brian Coyne under threat after Aberystwyth shocker

ABERYSTWYTH boss Brian Coyne was in America so missed this shocker from his side which is likely to put pressure on his future and that of his assistant Jake King.
Sources close to the club say the duo’s positions will come under close scrutiny this week after a sluggish start to the campaign has seen the Seasiders pick up just five points from five games.
This was the Seasiders’ second home defeat in succession and it was comprehensive at that as the Wingmakers really dominated throughout.
“We are starting to challenge and compete with the best and feel that on our day we can live with the most fancied teams in the league,” said triumphant Airbus boss Craig Harrison.
The excellent Ryan Edwards and Carl Owen blasted Airbus in front with a goal in each half before the predatory Marc Lloyd Williams tapped home the third in stoppage time.
This was the Wingmakers’ best win on the road, but for Aber it seems that troubled times may lay ahead.

Western Mail

September 14

We must get back to basic's says Bangor boss

NEVILLE POWELL wants his Bangor City players to go back to basics following Friday’s night thrashing at the hands of Welsh Premier rivals Rhyl.
The 5-1 rout at Belle Vue was City’s heaviest league defeat since Powell became manager in the summer of 2007 and the Farrar Road chief pulled no punches after the game.
“That half hour in the first half was probably our worst defensive performance since I’ve been at the club,” he said. “We allowed Rhyl far too much space in the first half; it all started to go wrong with their first goal.
“Despite that we produced some good play; we were probably more in their box than they were in ours, but we still went in 4-0 down. We’ve got to go back to basics all over the park. We had a long unbeaten run last season when we hardly looked like conceding – we need to get that back.”
Asked about Friday’s half time team talk, with the game lost at 4-0 down, Powell revealed he appealed to his players to think of the large army of City fans who had travelled to Rhyl.
“Our supporters were fantastic as always,” he added.
“I told the players to go out and put on a performance for them and to be fair we tightened things up in the second half, but by then the damage was done.”

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September 13

Bala Town beaten for first time

Bala Town taste defeat for first time in the welsh premier.

They were beaten by Neath at the Gnoll 2-1, Bala went in front in the 16' with a goal from Ricky Evans, Neath equalised when Craig Stein pulled a goal back on 39'.

The final and winning goal of the game came 4' from time when Chris Llewellyn put the home side 2-1 up to secure all 3 points. Neath move up to 7th and Bala stay in 5th place.

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September 13

Welsh cup round up

DENBIGH Town and Buckley Town were the Cymru Alliance’s fall guys in the Welsh Cup’s opening round, eliminated in tricky away assignments by sides from the lower-rated Welsh Alliance.

Glan Conwy enjoyed their special moment at Denbigh’s expense, winning 2-1 with goals from Sam Sinkinson after 21 minutes and Aled Stapleton after 67.

Barmouth and Dyffryn United knocked out Buckley 3-2, the home shooting stars being Matthew Hughes after three minutes, Dean Irvine after 61 and Craig Papirnyk after 79.

The all-Cymru Alliance clash at Maesdu Park turned out to be a close encounter as Llandudno Town edged through 1-0 over Bethesda Athletic, the goal being snapped up by Lee Thomas 13 minutes from the end.

Alliance joint leaders Penrhyncoch came from behind twice win 3-2 at Amlwch Town, thanks to replies from Matt Egan after 49 minutes, Josh Shaw after 65 and Danny Lewis after 75.

Llangollen made it 3-1 at Guilsfield, with two from Mike Latham and one by Mark Lunt, while Flint Town had an 88th-minute decider from Shaun Beck in a 2-1 scrape at Llanberis.

Llanfairpwll landed strikes from Dylan Jones early on and Terry Williams late on to set up a 2-1 win over Penycae, while Berriew overcame Mold Alexandra 3-1, with Will Thomas on target twice and Martin Zieman once.

Llanrug United won a 4-3 thriller with Nefyn United, hitting all their goals in the first half, with Matthew Phillips on target twice, and Pwllheli made it 2-0 over Tywyn-Bryncrug in extra-time when Dylan Thomas and Jamie Banks pounced.

Holyhead Hotspur were given a real scare at Overton, who really worked their socks off and went on to break the deadlock in the fourth minute of extra time through Jimmy Roberts. Saving Spur blushes were Steve Matthews and Mel McGuiness who scored late efforts.

Ruthin Town ended a barren spell with an emphatic 2-0 victory at Hawarden Rangers, Gary Ellison got both goals in the second half.

Llangefni booked a round two passage with a resounding 6-1 success at Brymbo, Danny Glyn Roberts and Ywain Gwynydd netted two goal apiece with Darren Thomas and Kevin Lloyd completing their tally.

LEX XI floored Dolgellau 5-3 in the end, but only after they regrouped following Dave Edwards putting the visitors in charge with a well contrived treble. Hitting back for LEX were Scott Roberts, Sean Dodd, Mike Santanjeli, Joe Garner, Kevin Roberts and Tim Manual.

Wales on Sunday

September 12

Bala Town feeling stretched

BALA Town bid to maintain their creditable start to life in the top flight when they make tomorrow’s trip to Neath Athletic.

The league newcomers journey south after an unbeaten start in the league that has yielded 10 points from four games, while they are also going well in the Loosemores Cup.

Boss Colin Caton has moved to bolster his defence by signing Liverpool under-18 captain Joe Kennedy, who led the Premiership club’s academy team to the FA Youth Cup Final last season.

But the squad is stretched to the limit with several experienced players struggling with injury. Ricky Evans and Owain Roberts missed the last two games with knee problems, Ross Jefferies has a calf problem and striker John Toner is out for three weeks with a hamstring strain.

“We’ve got a squad of 16-17, which is too small so we needed to bring in some new signings to strengthen it,” said manager Caton.

Daily Post

September 12

Prestatyn Town trio back to visit Caersws

PRESTATYN Town, fourth in the table, will have three top players back to bolster their bid to go even higher, for today’s visit to lowly Caersws.

Player-manager Neil Gibson rested former Rhyl trio, Andy Moran, Paul O’Neill and Gareth Wilson for Tuesday night’s Loosemores League Cup game against Airbus UK at Broughton, but has recalled them today.

The buoyant Seasiders maintained their impressive form with a 2-0 victory that could have been been more emphatic to maintain their quest for a place in the quarter-finals. Club chairman Tony Thackerey is delighted with progress to date.

“We are playing well and the return of these three senior players makes us very hopeful that we can get the result we want at Caersws,” he said.

This will be the first meeting of the season of these clubs at a ground where Prestatyn pulled off a must-win 2-1 victory to secure their Premier Division place in a tense climax last season.

Added Thackerey: “A repeat success would do us very nicely and we are certainly going there with confidence high.”

Daily Post

September 11

Friday night's welsh premier round up


Rhyl took the lead in this north Wales derby as early as the 12' with a goal from Lee Hunt, Chris Williams doubled the lead on 24 when Bangor concede a penalty', with just over half an hour played it was game over as Matty Williams made it 3-0 on 32'. 2' later Lee Hunt scored his 2nd on 34' and it was 4-0 before half time.

Chris Sharp got a consolation goal on 78', things got worse for Bangor City when they conceded a fifth when Mark Connelly made it 5-1 in injury time.

Tonight's crowd was the largest of the season at 1,074


Druids won their first points and game of the season, Dan Barnett's goal on 20' was enough to earn all 3 points for Druids who move off the bottom of the table.


It looked like Port Talbot were on their way to an away victory over the Bluebirds, former Bluebirds Lee John scored for the Steelmen after 14'. Liam McCreesh got his marching orders for 2 yellow cards and Port Talbot played the 2nd half with 10 men. But 2 minutes from time Stefan Williams popped up to get the home sides equaliser.


TNS left it very late for victory over the Nomads, as late as the 86' in fact. Steve Abbot broke the deadlock with 4' left on the clock, and within a minute Nomads fate was sealed when Scott Ruscoe made it 2-0 on 87'. Steve Abbot popped up again in injury time to make it 3-0 to TNS.

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September 11

Druids go in search for first points of the season

Druids manager Waynne Phillips is feeling confident his side can gain their first points of the season at home tonight against visitors Porthmadog. He told their official website.

"Everyone who is available has been asked to report. While we've got a rough idea to the side we want to put out, the final selection will be made at the last minute."

He added: "We've all had a good chat after the last couple of games, and I think it's a fine line between winning and losing.

"Yes we've lost seven games in all competitions. Yes we're still looking for our first points but I thought we were the better team at Bala and lost 2-1. I thought we were the better team at Newtown and lost.

"I also thought we were better than Bangor on the night and, for as skilful as they were, just as good as Port Talbot - and we lost them both 1-0."

But it was the defensive errors that still concern the joint player-manager.

"We need to cut out the basic errors that have cost us. Against Bala we switched off at a set piece for their first goal and the second was a miscued clearance - which happens every week at all levels - and Jon Rush missed a header which he would usually score in his sleep."

"But it can very easily sway in our way."

Phillips added: "It will be a massive three points if we can get them, which we are more capable of getting.

"In general, we have been ok. As I've always said confidence doesn't play a part at this level and that's shown by the fact we've been performing well enough despite losing games."

September 11

Rhyl and Bangor ready for battle

Player-manager Greg Strong, who has led the Lilywhites to the top of the table with an unbeaten start to his auspicious reign, expects to have a full-strength squad at his disposal at Belle Vue.

“A couple of players took knocks in our 2-0 win at Connah’s Quay last Saturday, Matty Williams and Mark Connolly, but they have been training all week and should be fine,” he explained.

Confessing that everyone at the club is looking forward hugely to the visit of Bangor, boss Strong is anxious not to over-emphasise the significance of coming out on top in this old firm derby.

It’s a massive game for both clubs with a tremendous atmosphere but for me it’s all about putting points on the board,” he stressed.

“Pride is at stake, of course it is, but players should have pride in their performance whoever they are playing and I know our lads do. That’s how you win league titles and not just trying to raise yourself for one-off games.”

Bangor boss Nev Powell will have to check out his walking wounded before filling in the team sheet for tonight’s encounter, writes Keith Evans.

Striker Les Davies is due to enter hospital for surgery on a cruciate knee ligament, which manager Powell fears could bring about a shock early end to his season.

Centre-back Michael Johnston, hobbling with a damaged knee, will have a late test, although without much hope, whereas winger Sion Edwards had a groin strain recurrence, while playing for Wales under-23s against Poland on Tuesday.

Powell said: “We have a bigger squad now than last season and hopefully can cover more than adequately for any absences, regrettable though they are.”

Powell said: “Rhyl are the team to beat and, while people say they have lost a few important players, they still have a very strong squad of 13 or 14, who will make formidable opposition.”

September 11

Porthmadog get the perfect opportunity

PORTHMADOG, looking for a pick-me-up after last weekend’s 4-1 home flop against Neath Athletic, reckon tonight’s test at Elements Cefn Druids is the perfect opportunity.

It will help manager Tomi Morgan’s cause that a full squad is likely to be on stand-by, the only possible exception being captain and centre-back Ryan Davies, who is doubtful after taking an ankle knock.

Recent signing Aden Shannon, a midfielder-striker, could well bid for a place, while another arrival Aaron Stokoe is available.

Striker John Rowley has returned to Caernarfon Town and defender Ben Ogilvey has switched to Pwllheli.

The Ancients have lost all seven games, writes John Bridgwater. The Druids have selection worries with Josh Johnson returning to Trinidad due to family matters, while Lee Jones, Aled Rowlands, Kieran Quinn and Bobby Jones all missed the 2-1 midweek loss at Bala due to injuries.

Daily Post

September 11

Aberaman's name change get green light

Aberaman's quest to change its name to Aberdare Town AFC has been granted by the FAW.

At a meeting held in Cardiff on September 10th the FAW passed the clubs request to change it's name, and as from Tuesday September 15th the club will be officially called Aberdare Town AFC, the final piece of the jig-saw will be the approval of the welsh league, The club looked to change it's name to appeal to a wider support base in the area.

Aberaman came close to gaining promotion to the welsh premier league last season with David Morgan at the helm of the team supported by his company ENTO, Morgan has since parted company with the club, they currently top the welsh league, but strangely enough they have not applied for promotion to the welsh premier league this season.

September 11

Aberaman's name change get green light

Aberaman's quest to change its name to Aberdare Town AFC has been granted by the FAW.

At a meeting held in Cardiff on September 10th the FAW passed the clubs request to change it's name, and as from Tuesday September 15th the club will be officially called Aberdare Town AFC, the final piece of the jig-saw will be the approval of the welsh league, The club looked to change it's name to appeal to a wider support base in the area.

Aberaman came close to gaining promotion to the welsh premier league last season with David Morgan at the helm of the team supported by his company ENTO, Morgan has since parted company with the club, they currently top the welsh league, but strangely enough they have not applied for promotion to the welsh premier league this season.

September 10

Port Talbot boss confident ahead of Haverfordwest clash

PORT Talbot boss Mark Jones holds no fear of his side not performing on arguably one of the best pitches in the Welsh Premier.
The high-flying Blues travel to Haverfordwest County this Friday night in buoyant mood after taking the scalp of last season’s runners-up TNS last Saturday.

Jones has kept a watchful eye on the Bridge Meadow side and was impressed by their 2-1 win over his old club Carmarthen Town recently.

Given the enviable surface at Bridge Meadow, Jones expects Haverfordwest to play a passing game but it is one that the Blues are familiar with.
Jones has encouraged the Blues not to lump the ball upfield and treasure possession.
“I have watched Haverfordwest a few times already and they are a good side,” said Cardiff-based Jones.

“They have one of the best playing surfaces in this league by a country mile and they alway try to play football.
“Our boys will also have no problems in moving the ball around the park.
“It is important that we get a result there after our win against TNS at home.”
Port Talbot are in sixth spot - one place above Friday night’s opponents, who are one point behind.
A win at Bridge Meadow will provide further evidence that Port Talbot will be among the top six sides this season.

Jones has been delighted with the growing stature of his squad and the bedding in of his new summer signings -- especially goalkeeper Lee Kendall, who the club signed from champions Rhyl.
“Lee has been magnificent for us,” said Jones.
“He has kept three clean sheets in four games and that is priceless for us.
“He is a good character to have at Port Talbot and works hard at his game.”

Robert Skeels

September 10

Legg fears over Jarman injury

ANDY Legg has admitted fears are growing over the seriousness of the injury to Lee Jarman. The former Cardiff City defender damaged his foot during the first leg of the club's Europa League clash with Motherwell in July. 

But the problem has become more complicated — it is also affecting his knee — and has so far not responded to treatment." It's a big concern because he's not getting better," said the Llanelli player-boss. "Every time he trains it flares up. "I don't think it's career threatening, but we are worried because it doesn't seem to be getting any better." 

Two others, Michael Howard and Lee Phillips, are nearing fitness, but may not be ready to feature when the Reds entertain Newtown on Saturday. "I've watched Newtown twice, once when they lost 1-0 to Bala and played extremely well and again when they drew with Neath and dominated," said Legg. "They had a good win against Cefn Druids last Saturday,

South Wales Echo

September 10

Blatter blasts FAW stance on British Olympic team

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has branded the Welsh FA’s decision not to allow any of its players join a British Olympic football team “absurd nonsense.”

The top man in world football was in Wales today to open the FAW’s new training facilities in the Vale of Glamorgan, but did not mince his words when it cam to the thorny issue of 2012.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have all banned their players from taking part despite the fact some of the matches in the London games will be held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The three federations fear their involvement in a combined British side might lead to them losing their independence as individual footballing nations in the future.

Blatter dismissed such fears and said the British federations would never lose their independence or powers. The 73-year-old said he thought the controversy surrounding the Olympics had been dealt with, but on learning of Wales' decision he indicated might need to look again at the situation.

"“That is absurd, but it was not the information I was given,” said Blatter.

“It is the first time I have heard that and I find the idea absurd.

"“As a footballer I would say it is a nonsense to forbid a player to be in a so-called British team. This brings back all the discussion of the Olympics in London."

Western Mail

September 10

Mark Aizlewood quits as Carmarthen coach

Due to increasing business commitments Mark Aizlewood has resigned as Carmarthen Town’s coach. Aizlewood has been an influential figure at Richmond Park over recent years that has seen Town win the League Cup, Welsh Cup and make ten appearances in European competition. 

Carmarthen Town Chairman Jeff Thomas told 'Y Dre ar Y We', “Mark’s resignation will undoubtedly be met with great disappointment within the club. Whilst it was not totally unexpected given his intense business commitments you sometimes tend to think that the unthinkable will not happen”. 

“However it has and Mark has left a legacy that he can be proud of. We have an excellent squad which I’m confident will do well this season and Mark has been part of a process over the past five years which has led to the club’s unprecedented success in terms of winning the League Cup, the Welsh Cup, ten European appearances and last season a great top four finish in the League”. 

“He has also driven forward many community initiatives, which has heightened our credibility within the town and surrounding districts culminating in the recent opening of our state of the art community centre. There is little more that can be said about the man’s talent and contribution to Carmarthen Town football club”. 

Aizlewood outlined that his increasing commitments to his expanding business that provides vocational courses to the education sector had necessitated his resignation. “I have been at the club for over five years and given that I live two hours away the commitment of travelling two or three times a week has been a big burden. Whilst I was happy to do that for five years the business that I’ve recently started has turned into a multi million pound concern and I unfortunately just do not have the time to devote to Carmarthen Town to do the job to the best of my ability. I didn’t want to be in a position where my commitment, my attitude, my application to the club was anything less than a hundred per cent”. 

Official Carmarthen Town website

September 9

Prestatyn boss Gibson determined to defy the odds

PRESTATYN Town manager Neil Gibson has not given up hope of qualifying for the Loosemores Cup quarter-finals despite the odds being against his side going into tonight’s Group Four encounter at Airbus UK Broughton (7.30pm).

With Rhyl top of the group on six points after two matches and Town and Airbus only having one point each, it would take quite a turnaround for the Seasiders to make the last eight.
“All the odds are against us qualifying for the next stage, but we’re going into the Airbus game to win it,” said Gibson.

“I might make a few changes, but I’ll still be fielding a really strong side. A lot of the players are performing well and this game will give a chance to some of those not involved on Friday night to show what they can do.”

Daily Post

September 9

Ashley Williams impresses as Welsh U23 lose to Poland

Two goals in five minutes cost Wales a deserved result against a physically strong and technically gifted Poland side in an Under 23 friendly at Richmond Park, Carmarthen.

Two goals in five minutes cost Wales a deserved result against a physically strong and technically gifted Poland side in an Under 23 friendly at Richmond Park, Carmarthen.

The young Welsh side featured eight Principality Welsh Premier League players, as well as three from Wrexham against a professional Polish under 23 outfit of players from their Under 21 squad and fringe of the National set-up.

Despite this, the Welsh had the better of the opening exchanges and Wrexham forward Marc Williams looked dangerous throughout. However, a slice of bad luck cost Terry Boyle's fledglings as the visitors took the lead on 31 minutes through striker Przemyslaw Trytko. A Polish cross was deflected off Mike Williams, and the ball landed on a plate for the forward to head passed Haverfordwest keeper Lee Idzi. Just five minutes later and the visitors doubled the lead as Legia Warsaw's Adrian Mierzejewski's excellent right wing cross was finished with one touch by his club teammate Adrian Paluchowski.

Wales enjoyed the majority of possession in the second-half and centre midfielders Ashley Williams (Airbus) and Aeron Edwards (TNS) impressed despite being considerably shorter and smaller than their opponents. Substitute wingers Owain Warlow (Llanelli) and Drew Fahiya (Port Talbot) got themselves into the game and looked dangerous as the game went on, and Warlow was deprived of a debut goal by the woodwork as he hit the near post following good work from Marc Williams.

Fahiya then supplied Williams who turned well inside the box only for the Polish keeper Adam Stachowiak to deny him. The Wrexham striker had another great chance moments later but his free header went over the bar from a corner.

The Welsh were given hope on 84 minutes when referee Dean John awarded a penalty as Craig Moses was fouled for a penalty. Marc Williams' spot-kick was well saved by Stachowiak, but Moses was first to the rebound and he fired home for 2-1, which was how the game finished.

September 8

Connah's Quay & Bala edge further towards the last 8.

Connah's Quay & Bala edge further towards the last 8.

Following Connahs Quay's 3-1 home win over Caersws they are on the verge of qualifying for the last 8 of the Challenge cup.

They top the group with 7 points from 3 games, while next best placed side Porthmadog have only 3 points from 2 games.

Sam McNutt opened the scoring for the Nomads on the 30' Michael Hayes doubled their lead on 35'. Caersws pulled a goal back on 47' with a  Geraint Lewis penalty, but Jamie Petrie made the game safe with Nomads 3rd on 79'.


Bala Town move level on points with leaders Welshpool following their 2-0 home win over Cefn Druids. Goals from Gethin Lloyd 18' and Marc Griffiths 62' gave Bala a 2-0 lead, Druids pulled a goal back when Adam Hesp scored on 69'. The defeat for Druids rules them out of qualification, and leaves it for Welshpool and Bala to fight out the top spot.

September 8

Caernarfon manager David Rowe resigns

To add to a poor start to their season in the league Caernarfon now find them selves without a manager as David Rowe quits the club.

Caernarfon's poor start to the season see's them lie in 12th spot with 2 wins and 3 defeats in their 5 games so far, they are currently 10 points behind leaders Llangefni after only 6 games.

A statement from Caernarfon said "David Rowe has resigned from the post of Caernarfon Town Manager with immediate effect. David stated "It is with great regret that because of other working commitments I have to tender my resignation as manager of Caernarfon Town Football club.

I have tried to combine my duties as manager with my Liverpool FC Academy responsibilities, but the extra duties that Liverpool FC have given to me have made the pressure and time needed to carry out my duties for Caernarfon Town FC unmanageable. 
I have enjoyed my time at Caernarfon and wish the club all very best for the future.

A Club spokesman stated he wished it to be placed on record that the Club have regrettably accepted David's resignation and would like to wish him the very best in the future. There will always be a warm welcome if David decides to visit the Oval in the future. 

September 8

Injury duo to return to boost Connah's Quay

GAP Connah’s Quay player-manager Mark McGregor is hoping that Chris Herbert and Stuart Cook could return to bolster the Deesiders’ push for a qualifying place in the Loosemores Cup.
Both injured men had to be ruled out of Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by champions Rhyl but the extra few days rest could see one or both reinstated for tonight’s clash with Caersws.

“It’s a case of waiting to see how they feel because we don’t want to rush them unduly,” said McGregor. “We’ve got cover available so we can safely delay a final verdict.”
McGregor is hoping his side can carry the form that stretched Rhyl into this game.
He added: “We looked very solid against Rhyl and if we reproduce that level of performance consistently then we are going to win a lot more games than we lose.”

Daily Post

September 8

We’ll have a weakened side, but the league is priority,”

Bala Town have injury problems as they bid to boost their hopes of reaching the knockout stages in tonight’s home group clash with Elements Cefn Druids, writes John Bridgwater.
Striker John Toner is doubtful with a thigh strain, Owain Roberts and Ricky Evans are struggling with knocks while Warren Duckett is suspended after being sent off in the 2-0 league win over Caersws.
“It looks like we’ll have a weakened side, but the league is our priority,” said Bala boss.
The Druids, without a win this season, will look to stop the rot as they bid to avenge a 4-1 loss in the opening group game of the competition.
Joint boss Waynne Phillips said: “At the moment we’re gifting teams goals with poor defending from set pieces which you just can’t legislate for.”

Daily Post

September 8

Bala Town sign former Liverpool under 18's captain

Bala Town manager Colin Caton this afternoon strengthened his defence by announcing the signing of Liverpool FC Under 18s captain Joe Kennedy.

The 18-year-old was released by the Reds during the summer but is now celebrating after being accepted on to a sports science degree course at John Moores University.

Joe who led Liverpool's academy team to the FA Youth Cup Final last season against Arsenal is a strong and powerful centre half.

Liverpool Under-18s manager Hughie McAuley said about Joe: "He is a local lad and the captain. His game improved tremendously last season and he is very quick for his size.

"Joe worked hard in training every day and there is a real honesty about his game. He always tried hard and gave 100 per cent. He was an example to the young players here at Liverpool both in terms of attitude and behaviour on and off the field."

September 7

Under 23's hit with Four Late Withdrawals

Terry Boyle's Wales Under 23 squad have been hit with four late withdrawals following the weekend. Wrexham's Wales Under 21 duo Chris Maxwell and Neil Taylor both picked up strains in their Friday evening victory over Italy at the Liberty Stadium and withdrew to be replaced by Aberystwyth Town's Stephen Cann and Llanelli's young defender Ryan Batley.

Cann, a former Derby County and Rotherham stopper, joined the squad after keeping a clean sheet at Richmond Park on Sunday afternoon in Aberystwyth's draw against Carmarthen Town. Batley is the youngest player in the squad and received his call-up on Sunday afternoon, with just a handful of first team appearances to his name.

TNS winger Craig Jones withdrew on Saturday evening after he aggravated a thigh strain during the warm-up before the Port Talbot Town defeat on Saturday and he was replaced by Chester City's centre-midfielder James Owen. The final withdrawal was Weymouth's Kyle Critchell and he was replaced by Neath's young midfielder Matthew Harris, who joined the Eagles from Merthyr Tydfil in the summer.

All four called-up players are uncapped and willbe hoping to make their debut against Poland at Richmond Park, 7:30 kick-off. Tickets £3 adults; £1 children.

Wales Squad to face Poland in Under 23 Semi-Pro Friendly
Lee IDZI (Haverfordwest County); Stephen CANN (Aberystwyth Town)

Ryan BATLEY (Llanelli AFC), Michael WILLIAMS (Wrexham), Lee SURMAN (Port Talbot Town), Ryan EDWARDS (Airbus UK Broughton FC), Scott BARROW (Port Talbot Town), Kai EDWARDS (Wrexham)

James OWEN (Chester City), Matthew HARRIS (Neath FC), Sion EDWARDS (Bangor City), Ashley WILLIAMS (Airbus UK Broughton FC), Aaron EDWARDS (The New Saints), Owain WARLOW (Llanelli),

Marc WILLIAMS (Wrexham), Drew FAHIYA (Port Talbot Town), Jordan FOLLOWS (Llanelli), Craig MOSES (Llanelli)

September 7

Tomi Morgan calls for an end to 7 day rule

Tomi Morgan has expressed his frustration at what he calls the ‘antiquated’ 7-day notice of approach rule, and calls for it to come to an end.
Writing his ‘View from the Bench’ in Saturday’s match programme he says, “The transfer window closed last Monday (31 August) but to all intents and purposes it had closed six days earlier as we are still having to apply the 7-day notice of approach.”
He calls for change saying, “The 7-day notice of approach rule to me is antiquated and needs to be binned.”
“Any approach” he says “should be done on a manager to manager basis or via the chairman. This would save a lot of hassle and bring us into line with other major leagues.”
“I find it very frustrating”, he adds, “that players can leave the WPL for a lower league … yet we can’t now sign anyone until January.”

September 7

Day at the Beach was a Real Team Effort, says Dyer

A real team effort gave Neath a convincing 4-1 win on the road against Porthmadog. Manager Andy Dyer spoke to Afan FM crediting many of his players.

Goals from Chris Llewellyn, Stephen Pockett and a brace from Craig Steins gave the Eagles their first win of the season and Dyer said that making the most of their opportunities was the key: “All today was us taking our chances, and that's exactly what we did,” he said. “We've done it a few times this season, where we've only performed for 45 minutes.

Today we did it for 90 minutes and we got our just rewards.” It wasn't all plain sailing for Neath, Dyer was apprehensive until he saw Chris Llewellyn hit his fourth goal of the season. “Chris missed a hatful of chances in the first half, and I was thinking 'here we go again' but to be fair to him, he scored right at the start of the second half.” Llewellyn's strike partner Craig Steins also received praise from Dyer after a pair of goals, his first for the club. “Craig looked sharper and the boy almost got a hat-trick, he hit the bar, and he really got his rewards.

At the back, loan signing Rory Smitham went straight into the side and Dyer was impressed by his first start for the side. “Rory is a leftie, which gives us a lot more balance at the back, Richard (Ingram) has been doing well there, but he isn't a left pegger, which Rory is,” he said. “As well as that, he's a huge presence, he's very vocal and a a real leader on the park. He's an excellent acquisition for us.

After the win at Y Traeth, Neath move up to 9th, their first time in the top 10 this year. They now face newly-promoted Bala Town at the Gnoll on the 13th, and Dyer believes this win will give his side confidence. “Bala have started very well, had a great start, but we need that first win at home, and we have a lot of confidence,” he said. “In fairness, a result like this has been coming, we just had to take our chances, and we did that.”

Afan FM

September 7

Port Talbot boss plays down title talk

THERE was a major question mark last season over The New Saints’ ability to win on the road and they failed at the first hurdle this time.
After three successive home victories, defeat on their first trip was hardly surprising as they have failed to gather three points at the GenQuip Stadium since 2003.
“We never have it easy down here and other sides will find it just as difficult,” said disappointed TNS assistant manager Mike Davies.
Port Talbot boss Mark Jones, who has masterminded a sensational recovery over the past 10 months said: “Little Liam (McCreesh) did really well, but all in my side were smashing today.”
In 30 competitive matches since Jones took over from Nicky Tucker the Steelmen have lost just three times.
So does this make them title contenders?
“I repeat what I said at the start of the season. My aim is to see us in the top 10 and qualify for the new super league.
“I believe there will be a major casualty in qualifying for the new league, a team that’s been in the division for over eight years.
“To lose out would be devastating for any club and that’s what we must focus on.
“People down south have no idea what’s going on up north. Clubs like Bala and Prestatyn are paying high wages for players so this is a tough league this season.”
McCreesh put his side in front in the 27th minute with an unopposed far post header but home goalkeeper Lee Kendall had to be at his best to keep out a well struck Scott Ruscoe effort.
A brilliant one-two with Lee John set up the second home goal on the stroke of half time with Saints appealing for offside.

Western Mail

September 6

Carmarthen and Aber draw 0-0 at Richmond Park

Carmarthen and Aberystwyth played out a 0-0 draw at Richmond Park, the home side played against a 10 man Aberystwyth side who has Sion James sent off after 54' for 2 yellow cards, but could still not find a goal to win the game. 

It's Carmarthen's first point in 4 games and see's them lie just 2 places off the bottom.

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September 6

Bala Town still unbeaten after five matches

BALA TOWN really are enjoying the heady heights of Welsh Premier football.

After just five games played the Lakesiders are in joint pole position on 13 points – and they still remain unbeaten.

It was an even first half with just the one chance falling to Stuart Hayes, but he was denied by Caersws ’keeper Dave Jones.

The second half, though, was only moments old when John Toner broke the deadlock following a long clearance from ’keeper Leon Bimpson.

His first-time effort rolled off the bat and crept over the line.

Bala had brought Warren Duckett off the bench but his contribution to the match ended with a sending off on 55 minutes for a reckless challenge on Matt Roberts.

Moore thought he had put his side 2-0 up but it was ruled off for offside.

The new signing from Southport did manage to play an important part in the hosts’ second goal minutes from time, his inch-perfect free kick being turned in by Ross Jeffreys.

Wales on Sunday

September 6

Powell’s anger over refereeing display

BANGOR CITY finished as second best to Llanelli in the big Farrar Road showdown – and dejected boss Nev Powell blamed mistakes.
City’s defenders gave away two goals, he admitted, but he also pointed the finger at the match officials for making what he described as “poor decisions that cost us”.
City went ahead through Chris Sharp on eight and 45 minutes, only for Llanelli to reply on 12, 58 and vitally 63.
The strike that clinched the points was by right-back Steve Jenkins, who exploited some non-existent marking to convert Andy Legg’s corner.
Powell said: “We gave two goals away and a team cannot do that against opposition of Llanelli’s quality. But we were victims of some poor decisions by the officials, because Llanelli’s second goal came from a dubious free-kick, after our Dave Morley had won the ball cleanly, and then we had a good goal disallowed.”
Bangor’s boss complained about Les Davies’ disappointment near the end, when the striker powered home a close range shot from Mark Smyth’s drag-back from the byline.
Powell said: “The referee’s instant reaction was to give the goal but the linesman flagged for Les being offside, and there was no way that he was, after the drag-back.
“I am disappointed obviously, because I have no complaints about our team’s performance and believe we were worth at least a draw, if not all three points”.
Sharp set out City’s stall from 12 yards, after Smyth’s pass had dissected Llanelli’s defence but, within four minutes, the full-timers were level through Rhys Griffiths, who profited from Chris Venables’s dash through the middle.
Stoppage time was being played at the end of the half, when the referee awarded City a penalty, after Antonio Corbisiero was adjudged to have held City winger Sion Edwards – and Sharp converted.
One of the game’s controversial moments occurred when Llanelli were awarded that disputed free-kick on the edge of the box, where Legg steered his daisy-cutter through the line of defenders and home keeper Paul Smith fumbled and Jenkins popped up to score the winner.

Wales on Sunday

September 5

Rhyl go top with win over Nomads and TNS lose 100% start

TNS suffered their first league defeat of the season away to Port Talbot, their bogey side on their travels, two Liam McCreesh goals on 24’ and 45’ was enough to knock TNS off top spot.

Rhyl move top of the table on 10 points following their 2-0 win away to Connahs Quay, Matty Williams on 54’ and Marc Connelly on 56’ scored the goal to put Rhyl on top of the table.

Llanelli came away from Farrar road with all 3 points after beating Bangor 3-2 Chris Sharp put Bangor ahead in the 8’ but Rhys Griffiths equalised on 12’ Sharp put Bangor ahead 2-1 at half time from the penalty spot, before goals but goals from Andy Legg 58' and Stephen Jenkins 63’ put Llanelli 3-1 up to seal the match.

Bala Town move 2nd in the table with a 2-0 home win over Caersws, John Toner 48’ and Ross Jeffries 85’ saw the home side take the points. Bala played with 10 men after Warren Duckett was sent off in the 55’.

Neath got their league campaign off to a flyer at Porthmadog winning 4-1. Craig Steins 12' 69' Chris Llewellyn 47' and Stephen Pockett 59' put Neath 4-0 up before Dan Pyrs got a consolation for the home side in injury time.

In the days other game Newtown beat visitors Cefn Druids 4-2 at Latham Park. Robbie James 22' 48' Obi Anoruo 51' and Nicky Ward 78'(p) were the scorers for Newtown while Gary Penlington 13' and Lee Bamber 69' got the goals for Druids.

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September 5

Today's welsh premier review

Reds player-manager Andy Legg, who is expected to announce an unchanged line-up for the trip to Bangor City, is aggravated by adverse comments about Llanelli’s start.

“If Llanelli draw it’s a crisis and it annoys me,” he said.

“We are unbeaten in both league and cup this season and that’s without a number of first-team players who are fighting to get back from injuries. It’s not a blip. Look, Airbus drew at our ground then gained the same result against Rhyl. But no-one is saying Rhyl are in crisis.”

Having taken just two points from a possible nine, Neath desperately need to flag up their first win at Porthmadog. Tomi Morgan’s side have drawn all three to date.

Following a handsome 3-0 victory over Welshpool last week, Caersws will face much stiffer opposition at Bala Town who have found their feet quickly at the higher level.

Cefn Druids go in search of their first point of the campaign at Newtown and Airbus UK host Haverfordwest, while tomorrow, struggling Carmarthen Town look for their first point of the season at home to Aberystwyth Town.

Rhyl travel to Connah’s Quay, who must keep a sharp eye on the Tyrone Kirk, who has taken the top tier by storm since he joined from Macclesfield.

While TNS and Rhyl have been quickly out of the blocks, Llanelli have made a more modest start with two draws and an impressive 5-0 success at home to Connah’s Quay.

Western Mail

September 5

Steelmen boss targets impressive start

PORT TALBOT manager Mark Jones will be able to make an early judgement today on which of last season’s top three are likely to triumph come April.

After losing to Rhyl and drawing with Llanelli, Jones’ men take on unbeaten table-toppers The New Saints at the GenQuip Stadium to complete a difficult quintet of opening matches.

“TNS are the form team so far, so it will be another massive test for us,” he said.

“But if we do win it would give us seven points out of 12 which would be a very good start.

“Rhyl impressed me and I think they are even stronger than last year. They have quality rather than quantity and that’s what a lot of clubs have gone for this season.

“It is going to make the league even more competitive.”

Western Mail

September 4

Bangor have injury concerns ahead of clash with Llanelli

BANGOR manager Neville Powell has injury concerns ahead of this Saturday’s crunch clash with Llanelli at Farrar Road (2.30pm).

Defenders Chris Roberts and Michael Johnston both suffered painful knocks as the result of bad tackles in Friday’s victory at Cefn Druids and are doubtful for this weekend.

But Powell is hopeful centre-back Dave Morley will be fit to return after a fortnight out with a groin strain.

And there was further cause for optimism after long-time casualty Dave Swanick came through 45 minutes for the reserves on Saturday.

Midfielder Craig Garside, signed in the close season, should soon be available after completing a fire fighters training course.

"He’s been unavailable for six to seven weeks, but now when he gets himself fit he can be another asset to the squad," said Powell.

Things were also looking good on the Chris Sharp front on Monday with no definite bids for the much-admired striker up to lunchtime before the transfer deadline.

City moved up to fourth in the Welsh Premier after Friday’s win and will now seek revenge over a Llanelli outfit which beat the all-blues twice last season.

"They’re a full-time side, they’ve just had a good 5-0 win (against Connah’s Quay) so it should be a cracking game and we’re really looking forward to it," added Powell.

Bangor & Anglesey sport

September 4

Struggling Caernarfon Town seek new players

CAERNARFON Town hope to secure two new signings before this Saturday’s visit to Ruthin Town (2.30pm).

The Canaries are seeking international clearance for Chris Rimmer, a 17-year-old defender from Tranmere Rovers and Gary Riley, a useful prospect from Liverpool area club Waterloo Dock.
Town are certainly in need of a tonic following back-to-back home defeats in the past week which have left them way down the Cymru Alliance League table at this early stage.
The Cofis have been further hit by the loss through suspension of goal-getting midfielder Kyle Hamid until September 20. The ban is carried over from Hamid’s spell with previous club Runcorn Town.

Striker Paul Addo is also still banned, leaving the Canaries short of quality up front.
Good news in that department, however, is the return of forward John Rowley to The Oval after a stint at Welsh Premier League club Porthmadog.

After winning their opening fixture against Denbigh Town, Caernarfon have struggled since, losing three in a row to Lex XI, Bethesda Athletic and Mold Alex.
"People have differing opinions on how the team have been playing, but personally I don’t think we’ve been doing too bad," said secretary Geraint Jones.

"The problem is we’re just not getting the luck, so we hope things might change at Ruthin. We’ve got the makings of a good team."

Caernarfon Herald

September 4

Prestatyn seek to continue their run

PRESTATYN Town will welcome back defensive kingpin Dave Hayes from suspension for tonight’s Welsh Premier League clash at Bastion Road against Technogroup Welshpool (7.30pm).

Hayes picked up a three-match ban following a straight red card in a League Cup clash against Airbus UK on August 18, but this evening returns for a Seasiders outfit firing on all cylinders after back-to-back wins.

Victories over Haverfordwest (3-0) and Aberystwyth Town (3-2) have lifted Prestatyn up to fifth in the table and they will go second if they see off the mid-Wales Lilywhites.

“We’re close now to having everyone back, only Ross Hannen and Dan Evans are long-term casualties,” said Town player-manager Neil Gibson.

The two meetings between the clubs last season ended in 2-2 draws.

Tonight’s match could bring a reunion between Welshpool and their former striker Steve Rogers who joined Prestatyn in the summer after six seasons at Maesydre where he netted 80 goals in 165 starts.

Even though Prestatyn were beaten 2-1 at neighbours Rhyl in Tuesday’s League Cup encounter at Belle Vue, Gibson only took positives from the match.

“I’m very pleased with the way we played, especially considering six players who didn’t start that night are very close to bring in our regular 14.

“I felt a lot more comfortable playing against Rhyl than I did last year.”

Daily Post

September 4

Two more welsh premier players called up to semi pro's

Wales Semi-Professional Manager Terry Boyle has called-up two more Principality Welsh Premier League players following the withdrawal of two of the original squad which was named last week.

Bangor City's Sion Edwards replaces Levi Mackin of York City who has severe bruising of the MTP joint, whilst Haverfordwest County's striker Jack Christopher has also withdrawn with a foot injury and is replaced by Port Talbot Town's Drew Fahiya, who is included despite not being named on stand-by.

The young Steelman gains his first call-up at this level after an impressive start to the season at the GenQuip Stadium. His inclusion takes the total of Mark Jones' Port Talbot squad to three, with defenders Lee Surman and Scott Barrow also included.

Bangor's Edwards, scored the very first goal at this level for Wales, when he came off the bench against Italy in November 2007 and was also included the following February, but injury forced his withdrawal the day before the match against England in Exeter.

Boyle originally named eleven Principality Welsh Premier League players in his squad of eighteen for the match next Tuesday (8th September, 7:30 k.o.) at Carmarthen Town's Richmond Park, so the tally is now twelve.

As well as Barrow and Fahiya, Airbus UK's Ashley Williams, TNS midfielder Aeron Edwards and Llanelli winger Owain Warlow could all gain their first caps at Carmarthen.

September 3

Nomads Boss confident of bouncing back from Llanelli loss

DETERMINED Gap Connah’s Quay player-manager Mark McGregor believes his side will bounce back after they fell to a 5-0 loss at Llanelli on Sunday.

It was Nomads’ first defeat of their season so far after they had taken four points from their first two league outings.

And former Wrexham star McGregor believes the squad’s spirit has not suffered too much of a blow on the eve of Saturday’s coastal derby at home to defending champions Rhyl (2.30pm).

“We knew it was going to be a tough start and obviously we didn’t want to get beat so emphatically by Llanelli,” he said.

“But they are a good side. We want to be playing at the best level we can and we will look to start again and get back to playing how we were at the very start of the season.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads with a fantastic spirit. We know there were too many individual mistakes against Llanelli but we can work them out.”

Rhyl, who are unbeaten so far, arrive at the Deeside Stadium on the back of a 2-0 victory over Port Talbot Town on Saturday.

But despite the Lilywhites being favourites going into the encounter, McGregor is hopeful of getting back to winning ways.

“You couldn’t ask for a tougher game, especially after losing 5-0, but the lads are up for it,” he said.

“What a scalp it would be, though, on our home ground, where we have already won twice – in the league and in the cup – so we will be looking to make it three.

“The lads are sticking together but we need nine or 10 players to play at their best if we are to get results this season. That is what we need to do against Rhyl. If we do that then we have got a chance.”

Ben Coulbeck

September 2
Legg We're in for a battle

ANDY Legg has warned his players not to get carried away after their maiden Welsh Premier League win — because they are in line for a bruising battle against Bangor on Saturday.

Llanelli hammered Connah's Quay 5-0 at Stebonheath Park on Sunday to end the run of three consecutive draws that begun their campaign.

But the Reds boss has told his squad they must remain grounded as any complacency will be severely punished at Farrar Road.

"It doesn't matter where Bangor are in the league. Bangor v Llanelli is always a big game," he said.

"Bangor seem to dislike us, so when we go up there we're in for one hell of a game.

"Players have got to go up with the right mentality and try to get a result. We won there last year, but I think we were turned over the year before and the year before that.

"There always seems to be a bit of rivalry between the two teams, there's always a feeling of animosity. I don't know the reason why, I've not been here long enough to find out. It's one of those games where there's a bit of tension, like Swansea v Cardiff, but on a lower level."

Michael Howard and Chris Holloway could be set to feature in North Wales if they came through the League Cup match with Aberystwyth unscathed.

But Lee Jarman and Lee Phillips are out, while Rory Smitham and Wyn Thomas are also doubts.

"Team selection was very easy last Saturday, but when everyone's back I'm going to have some headaches," said Legg.

"I'm not getting carried away. It was only one win and I'm not bothered about silencing critics. But the boys passed the ball very well and played a lot of football

Evening Post

September 2
Brace: We must be streetwise

DERYN Brace was left to rue his luck after Carmarthen Town went down to Haverfordwest.

The Richmond Park side have now lost their first three matches of the season.

It was a disappointing return to his former club for Brace, who will be hoping his players can turn their fortunes around.

"It appears we are not getting the rub of the green at present," he said. "Our performance was satisfying for large periods of the game but we are not quite getting things right in front of goal.

"We need to grow up and learn quickly. You can't gift a team two goals with bad defending and we have to become far more streetwise. We will have to grind out results if necessary and the first one could be a horrible one."

Evening Post

September 2
Round up of league cup games

CARMARTHEN Town’s season of woe continued at wet and windy Richmond Park last night when they were beaten 1-0 in the Loosemores League Cup by buoyant Port Talbot.

The only goal of the game arrived four minutes from half-time, Scott Barrow’s surge and cross from the left met by former Llanelli player Nicky Holland.

It gave the Steelmen maximum points from their two group matches and Rhyl also head their group with two wins from two matches, their latest victims Prestatyn Town, beaten 2-1.

Without Luke Holden, who yesterday signed for Charlton Athletic, the Lilywhites drew level in the 37th minute through Martyn Naylor after Jack Lewis had put Prestatyn ahead.

But Tyrone Kirk, who was a constant menace, provided an 85th-minute piece of magic to set up Marc Connolly at the far post for the winner.

Holders The New Saints recovered from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 with Newtown, who were only denied by Ryan Marriot’s last-minute equaliser.

Neil Mitchell and Jamie Breeze put the Robins two goals up by the 67th minute, but Steve Abbott set up a rousing finale with his 74th-minute goal.

Mark Evans netted a brace for Porthmadog in the 66th and 71st minutes to see off visitors Caersws 2-0 and Llanelli’s home encounter with Aberystwyth was the victim of a waterlogged pitch.

Western Mail

September 1
Bala Town sign former Everton youth

Bala Town have added to their squad with the transfer deadline day signing of young defender John Irving.

The Liverpudlian signs from Everton after he was released by the Toffees in June 2009. The speedy defender who is comfortable at either centre back or full back was regarded as a high prospect by the Premier League side, but David Moyes chose to release the youngster. This was a huge disappointment for the lifelong Everton, whose middle-name is Goodison.

The teenager was regarded as a model of consistency for Andy Holden's reserve side and was named Reserve Player of the Year for 2006/2007 after being given the captain's armband in February 2007.

His ability and reliability was acknowledged at international level, with appearances for England Under 16's. He was also an unused substitute for Everton's Uefa Cup match against AZ Alkmaar last season and featured on the Everton bench in the Premier League, without making his debut.

A second-string regular, John won the Reserve Player of the Season award for the second season in a row in 2007/08 and was then rewarded with a one-year contract extension in the summer of 2008,

Official welsh premier league website before his release in the summer.

September 1
Rhyl's Luke Holden joins Charlton on loan

The official Rhyl website has confirmed that Luke Holden is to join league 1 side Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of the year, they wrote.

After much speculation Rhyl FC can confirm that Luke Holden is to join League 1 leaders Charlton Athletic later today.

The winger will initially join Charlton on loan until the end of the year with view to a permanent move in January.

The Club wishes Luke all the very best and hopes he fulfils all his potential with the London club.

Rhyl also completed late last night the signing of Chris Williams from Fleetwood Town. The 24 year winger has also played for Stalybridge and Stockport County.

The proposed signing of Nathan Taylor will not now take place as he has decided to pursue his career in the English system.


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