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SATURDAY 13th JUNE: Cardiff City Stadium - cool and rainy
PONTLOTTYN 1 STM SPORTS 4 (SWFA Promotion Play-off)
Sixteen hours after leaving the scene of a famous Welsh victory, I'm back at the same venue. But today there won't be 33,000 passionate fans in the stadium, and the players won't be millionaire superstars. For this is a match to decide whether the champions of the South Wales Amateur League (STM Sports of Cardiff) or the Senior League winners (Pontlottyn) will take their place in the Welsh League Third Division next season.

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Saturday, 26 April 2014 20:29

GOING TO THE WIRE

SATURDAY 26TH APRIL: The Willows - windy
BRIDGEND STREET 1 LLANWERN 4 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League - Division 3)
I've been agonising over where to go today, and the weather forecast hasn't helped one bit. Initially, weeks ago, I had Thatcham v Merthyr pencilled in, believing the Martyrs would clinch the Calor League title today: but that looks unlikely now, unless leaders Cirencester slip up. Then I had Mathern v Cwm in the Gwent County League in my sights - something of a 'winner takes all' promotion head to head: but with heavy rain and high winds forecast, a ground without shelter on the exposed Gwent levels is perhaps not a wise choice. So closer to home, there are crucial games in all three Welsh League divisions, and Third Division leaders Llanwern are in Cardiff today for their last game of 2013-14, needing to win to push rivals Barry all the way in the title race (though they are at least assured of promotion already).

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Sunday, 05 January 2014 09:23

HOME COMFORTS

SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2014: Bryntirion Park - turning cold

PENYBONT 4 MONMOUTH TOWN 2 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One)

With my planned New Year's Day game lost to the stormy weather, and much of today's programme going the same way, a fixture on an all-weather surface is the obvious choice today. Even more so as Penybont today return to Bryntirion Park for their first competitive fixture on the new 3G pitch there. Penybont are the product of last season's merger between Bryntirion and Bridgend Town, the latter's money having paid for the new pitch, though it seems there's not much else of them left in the new entity. Moreover, the match is an attractive one, against title contenders Monmouth.

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Saturday, 28 December 2013 20:13

BROADLY ON COURSE

SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER : Ynysangharad Park, weather calm and dry.
PONTYPRIDD TOWN 2 BRIDGEND STREET 0 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Div 3)
Having missed out on Boxing Day football, the Saturday between Christmas and New Year brings a return to normal transport schedules and a reasonably full fixture list. Except that the weather intervenes and reduces that to a very limited fixture list, storms leaving many of the grass pitches of south Wales waterlogged. With several target matches lost, it comes down to questions of "what's on?", "what's reachable?" and "shall I bother?" As for the answers: a few definitely on in the Welsh League, but limited reliable info from the minor leagues, Pontypridd is reachable, and with the sun coming out at lunchtime, the lure of football and fresh air wins over warmth and the Welsh National on TV.

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