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Saturday, 29 March 2014 21:31

REASON NUMBER 11

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SATURDAY 29th MARCH : The Sportsground. Sunny and mild.
MONMOUTH TOWN 3 CAERAU ELY 0
Earlier this week a tourist website published a list of "Ten reasons to visit Monmouth", following a Sunday Times report that placed the town in the top three of places to live in Britain. None of the ten reasons mentioned football (the Welsh tourist agencies still don't seem to get the attraction of our football), but my reason for visiting Monmouth today is all about Monmouth Town FC. The Kingfishers are very much in the running for their first ever Welsh League title and with nine games left, their fate is in their own hands.

Saturday, 15 March 2014 21:43

THE SIEGE OF SEBASTOPOL ?

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SATURDAY 15TH MARCH
King George's Field: mild, sunny.
NEUADD WEN 0 SEBASTOPOL 1 (The Autocentres Gwent County League Div 3)
The final day of the Six Nations rugby, Wales at home in Cardiff and all that entails: all week I've been considering my options for a game this Saturday that doesn't involve travelling to or through the city centre. Predictably, all the obvious choices, especially those near the top of the pyramid, have to be ruled out for that reason. A late decision then, to dip into the Gwent League and visit a new ground - heading away from Cardiff. What clinches it is the fact that the visiting team at my chosen game is Sebastopol FC - worth making the effort to see them not only because they are top of the Gwent Third Division, but also because we're currently hearing an awful lot about Sebastopol (or rather Sevastopol, as we're now supposed to call the capital of Crimea).

Monday, 10 March 2014 20:41

CORACLES, MAGPIES AND AIRMEN

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SATURDAY 8TH MARCH: The Welsh Spring Hop - dry and sunny with a cold wind.

ABERPORTH 3 CRANNOG 2 (Costcutter Ceredigion League Division One)

Saturday dawns dry - important this, because the main concern in recent weeks has been the state of pitches in Ceredigion. Few games have been played since the turn of the year, and even after a relatively dry fortnight, grounds are susceptible to fresh rainfall. With Thursday having been wet, fingers are well and truly crossed.

Our first venue on the Hop, the Civil Service ground at Aberporth, illustrates the situation well. We arrive at the MOD base up on the cliffs, with its football pitch opposite the social club, all dominated by the base itself on higher ground - they test aerial weaponry here, apparently. At first sight the pitch looks perfectly playable, until you discover the state of the top corner, where there's a natural spring underground; soft is an under-statement - this part of the pitch is best avoided. This being a groundhop game, postponement really hasn't been mentioned.

Monday, 10 March 2014 20:36

A PRE-HOP BONUS

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FRIDAY 7TH MARCH: Stebonheath Park - dry.

LLANELLI TOWN 3 CWMAMAN INSTITUTE 1 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division 3)

It's the weekend of the Welsh Spring Groundhop, and many of us will be spending Saturday and Sunday in the Ceredigion League. But first, on our way west, there's a 'bonus' game in the Welsh League, with Llanelli Town entertaining Cwmaman. A fair number of the Ceredigion-bound groundhoppers are present - a number of us on the Castell Coaches transport that will be ferrying us around all weekend, and this swells the crowd at Stebonheath.

Saturday, 01 March 2014 20:32

NO SPRING SURPRISE

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SATURDAY 1ST MARCH: Aberaman Park - dry and clear
ABERDARE TOWN 1 BALA TOWN 2 (Welsh Cup, Quarter-final)
St. David's Day: the first day of spring (officially) but not always the first spring day. However, this year, there's no mistake, St. David's Day really is a spring day. The fixture list (or at least the FAW's bag of balls) has decreed that I will head up the Cynon Valley today to see if Aberdare Town, south Wales's last hope in this year's Welsh Cup competition, can overcome Welsh Premier visitors Bala Town, and this means taking my familiar walk across north Cardiff to catch the train at Llandaf; through Caedelyn Park - early daffoldils opening (and maybe even more significant, a junior football match in progress, for Cardiff Council has allowed parks pitches to be used for the first time this year); along Church Road - cherry trees in blossom. And the sun shining all the way. What's not to like about today ?

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