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Sunday, 06 August 2017 19:55


SATURDAY 5th AUGUST - Estadio de Mark Lopez - cool and showery
NEW BRIGHTON VILLA 4 BRADLEY PARK 0 (N.E. Wales FA Challenge Cup Round 1)
Heading north again in search of proper, competitive football, and it's the North East Wales FA's second match-day in their main cup competition. If Maesgwyn on Tuesday was a relatively easy venue to reach, today's is the opposite. To get to New Brighton (the one in Flintshire, not the Wirral), I have to go all the way up to Chester and then an hour back into Wales on a Mold-bound bus. All the way, watching the showers and hoping they won't ruin the afternoon. 

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Friday, 04 August 2017 08:37


TUESDAY 1st AUGUST - The Gwyn, Lilac Way - sunny and mild
MAESGWYN 19 MARCHWIEL VILLA 1 (N.E. Wales Challenge Cup, Preliminary Round)
After the all-too-brief flurry of European games in June and July, I don't usually watch much football until mid-August. I just don't do friendlies, and in any case it's nice to have a break until the real stuff starts.

However, the North East Wales FA have come up with some unusually early competitive games in their main Challenge Cup competition, scheduling two rounds in the first week of August, and this is too good an opportunity to miss. With a choice of games at clubs I haven't previously visited (and some I have), there's one obvious one for me: Maesgwyn, who struggled badly last year in the Wrexham Area League, entertaining newly re-formed Marchwiel Villa. The added bonus is that Maesgwyn seem to have moved onto a different ground this season, back in their own community - and it's only five minutes walk from Wrexham General station - conveniently saving me the need to worry about missing the train home (unless there's extra time and penalties, of course....)

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