Gresford Athletic

Saturday 29th November 1.30pm
Welsh Cup Round Three (last 32) from Clappers Lane
Gresford Athletic 5 St Asaph City 0 ht: 1-0 att: circa 150

Richards 39, 81, 87, Hope (pen) 79, Phealan 90+1

???????????????????????????????It was the third round of the Welsh Cup, when the 12 Premier clubs enter the competition, joining the 20 still remaining. Of those 20, eight were from the Southern second tier, four from the northern second tier. Gresford and FC Nomads of Connah’s Quay were from the third tier Welsh National League, Holywell Town from the third tier Welsh Alliance, Penrhyncoch and Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant from third tier Mid Wales League, Undy Athletic from the Southern third tier.

There were just two clubs left below step three. Today’s visitors St Asaph, lying third in the Welsh Alliance division two and amazingly step seven club Tiger Bay who are second in the Cardiff Combination. It’s a bit like a county league team making it to the 1st Round of the FA Cup. This game was massive for the two clubs today, the only fixture guaranteeing at least one club below step two making it to the fourth round. Continue reading “Gresford Athletic”

Trearddur Bay United

Saturday 27th July
Trearddur Bay United 4 Gwalchmai 5 ht: 3-3 att: 75
Pre Season Friendly
from Pavillion Playing fields, Trearddur Bay
Pavillion Playing Fields in Pictures

Trearddur Bay United (4)This was the third and last ground of my Anglesey holiday and the newly promoted Trearddur Bay United, winners of the Gwynedd League last year. Despite being the smallest, it was my favourite of the three, helped in part I’m sure by the nine goal scoreline. Trearddur Bay shares Holy Isle with Holyhead, lying just down the road from the biggest town of Anglesey. Whereas Holyhead is suffering a decline and is quite deprived, just a few miles away Trearddur Bay is a wealthy picture postcard of a village sporting large mansions. Continue reading “Trearddur Bay United”

Holywell Town

Date: Wednesday Mar 16 2011
Ground: Halkyn Road
Comp: Welsh Alliance (Welsh step three)
Match: Holywell Town 4 Llandudno Junction 0  HT: 0-0

ATT: 100
Additional: Entrance £3.00, Programme £1.00

Halkyn Road in pictures

Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 6, Structures/Terracing 7, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 5
Total 25

Holywell play in a step three Welsh League – the Welsh Alliance. They are one of the rare clubs at this level with floodlights and stand. There’s only three or four clubs per step three division that have either stand or floodlights – most have neither. This division, along with the Mid Wales League and the Welsh National league feed into the Cymru Alliance, the North Wales second tier league.

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Ground: Canolfan Hamdden Dwyfor
Match: Pwllheli 3 Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 1 HT: 2-0 ATT: circa 93 (hc)
Comp: Welsh Alliance (Welsh Step 3)
Additional: Entrance £2.50 No Programme Tea/Coffee 50p

Pwllheli’s ground in pictures

Entrance to the Ground
Entrance to the Ground

I am becoming more and more enchanted with Welsh football this season, and this game was the first time I’d dipped my head below the top division. As you may imagine the Welsh Leagues have to divide into regional divisions very quickly, such is the size and geography of Wales. After the Welsh premier division you have their second tier, which is split into two – north and south. The Cymru Alliance, representing North Wales and the McWhirter Welsh League, representing the South. Continue reading “Pwllheli”