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Sunday, 10 December 2017 20:05

Two for the Price of One

SATURDAY 9th DECEMBER. Pill Recreation Ground, dry and cold.
PILL 2 RHYMNEY 6 and DOCKS CONS 1 PENTWYNMAWR 1 after extra time (Gwent Amateur Cup)

Saturday morning arrives and I have no firm plan and no idea where I'm going. For various reasons, I haven't been able to give it much thought this week and doubted I'd be up to going far. Or anywhere, really. And then the forecast of snow added another layer of uncertainty, making me wonder if it would be one of those "3G only" days.

But Cardiff is merely a little frosty this morning (though the hills to the north of the city are white). There's a host of early morning tweets announcing matches off in north Wales, mid Wales and the valleys, but the Channel coast seems to have escaped. A few games on grass are on, and I notice a report that the pitch at Pill AFC is "perfect". I'd also noticed that there seems to be another match scheduled for Pill Rec. - another Gwent Amateur Cup game with Docks Cons (of the Newport & District League) the home club against Pentwynmawr of the Gwent County. Interest definitely piqued - I'm going to Newport.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013 21:35

Men of Steel

SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER: Coronation Park: overcast with a cold, swirling wind.
NEWPORT CORINTHIANS 3 PANTEG 4 (Gwent County League Division One)

It's one of those weekends dominated by league action, rather than cups, and I scour the fixtures for top of the table games. And the Gwent County League obliges, with a meeting of 2nd v 3rd - the home side Newport Corries, who won the second division last season, a club I've had a mind to revisit this season. Partly because their ground, Coronation Park, sits right next to a gem of south Wales's industrial and social heritage.

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