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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:45

Yin and Yang in the WPL

SATURDAY 4th MARCH: Cyncoed Campus. Cold.
CARDIFF MET 2 CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)
After watching so many Met home games in 2016, the gap of a couple of months since my last visit somehow feels longer. On that occasion Carmarthen Town won, at the end of phase 1 - and whereas the Old Gold have made a good start in phase 2, Met haven't won in two months. So an away win seems more likely than it did back at New Year.

With the rather disappointing return to Saturday afternoons, ditching the very successful Sunday experiment, there's a noticeably quieter pre-match atmosphere in the stadium, and fewer familiar neutral faces. A chance then, to read the programme: whilst the university club's issues aren't going to win any awards, there's always interest in Professor Robyn Jones's programme notes. Today, his column includes phrases like "binary, two-dimensional analysis", name-checks the ancient Chinese concepts of yin and yang, and references the structuration theory of sociologist Anthony Giddens. Anywhere else, you'd assume they'd all been included to win a bet.

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Monday, 02 January 2017 09:47

Out with the Old....

SATURDAY 31st DECEMBER. Cyncoed Campus, overcast.
CARDIFF MET 1 CARMARTHEN TOWN 3 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)
It's somehow fitting that the year should end with a game at Cyncoed - the ground most visited on my travels in 2016. It's a significant game too, as the first phase of the Welsh Premier season nears its climax, with both teams in contention for a top six place. Cardiff Met need just a point to guarantee that, and withj a long unbeaten run at home, that should be within their grasp. Carmarthen need to win today and probably in their final game too.

With a remarkable dearth of football in south Wales over the whole festive period, the Mets' crowd is boosted by plenty of fans of other local clubs - and even by some Cardiff City supporters, attracted by the university's reduced admission for anyone who travelled in vain to the Bluebirds' postponed game at Brighton. So, even without the normal quota of students, the official attendance reached 324.

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Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:30

Llandudno on course for Europe?

SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER: Richmond Park, dark, wet and windy.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 MBi LLANDUDNO 4 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)
As the deluge has continued to soak the grass pitches of Wales for another week, and as rain is forecast in many places again today, once again the challenge is to dodge postponements and find a game that's on and that I want to see. As Carmarthen staged a game last week, I decide to take a chance on a grass pitch rather than the limited 3G options today - chiefly because I'm keen to see Llandudno play, the north coast side lying second only to TNS in the Welsh Premier in their debut season.

As I head west on the train, hopes that the morning rain would clear up begin to fade: the usual scenic views out across Gower and the Teifi estuary are grey and bleak, and when I arrive in Carmarthen the wind and rain make even the short walk into town an ordeal. But still no tweets of doubt on today's game....

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Sunday, 08 February 2015 09:12

Carmarthen survive the siege of Ely

SATURDAY 7th FEBRUARY : Cwrt-yr-Ala, cold.
CAERAU (ELY) 0 CARMARTHEN TOWN 4 (after extra time) (Welsh Cup Round 5)
The last sixteen of the Welsh Cup involves not one, but two attractive ties in Cardiff, so the question has always been which one to choose. By my reckoning, Caerau (Ely) are more likely than Cardiff Met to cause an upset against Welsh Premier opposition, so for me it's a mid-day bus journey through the city centre and out to Cwrt-yr-Ala. Now regular readers will know I rarely have anything positive to say about international rugby, but on this occasion I'm grateful the Wales v England Six Nations game was brought forward to Friday evening from its usual Saturday slot - otherwise my four mile journey would have been a huge challenge today.

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Sunday, 02 November 2014 08:44


SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER - Richmond Park, wet and windy
CARMARTHEN TOWN 0 BANGOR CITY 2 (Corbett Sports welsh Premier League)
A late change of plan sees me heading west to see if the Premier League's bottom side, Bangor City, can turn the corner with a first win of the season. An interesting fixture, but I hadn't planned to travel far, and had lined up a new venue in the Gwent Amateur Cup, until 10.45 when I discovered that Trethomas Bluebirds haven't actually moved to a new ground-share, as I'd been advised. Plan abandoned - and Carmarthen presents itself as Plan B.

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