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Sunday, 05 January 2014 09:23


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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.

Saturday, 28 December 2013 20:13


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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.

Saturday, 21 December 2013 19:36


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SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER: Jenner Park, mild and dry
BARRY TOWN UNITED 3 LLISWERRY 0 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Div. 3)
When the fixture lists were published back in the summer, my choice of game for today was written into my diary: this is the day that my childhood home team, AFC Wimbledon, come closest to my adult home, playing away to Newport County. And until 12.25 today, it was as simple as that. No need to check any other fixtures. The news that the game had been called off was unexpected - after all, it hadn't actually rained during the morning. County have obviously brought their dodgy drainage to Rodney Parade from Spytty.

Saturday, 14 December 2013 21:35

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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.

Saturday, 07 December 2013 20:01


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SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER: Jenner Park. Drizzly.
RHOOSE 1 BALA TOWN 6 (Welsh Cup Round 3)
The last 32 of the cup - fifteen ties to choose from (the sixteenth having been played on Friday night); but I'm not able to head off on a long journey this week, so the choice is narrowed down to two south Wales ties, Aberdare v Prestatyn, Rhoose v Bala.

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