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Sunday, 06 October 2013 18:47

ABSENT FRIENDS

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SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER: The GenQuip Stadium – warm and dry.
PORT TALBOT TOWN 1 RHYL 0 (Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League)
My autumn plans always had today down as one to take in a WPL game: either Port Talbot or Carmarthen. In the end, the need to be back in Cardiff by six p.m., and the small matter of an account receivable, swung it in favour of Port Talbot and the familiar, easy journey to the GenQuip. Well, easy in theory, and although a non-running train on my branch line means a bad start, I still get to Victoria Road over half an hour before kick off. Sparse crowd at this time, and still sparse as 2.30 approaches. Now Port Talbot Town can't be accused of taking a 'build it and they will come' approach to WPL crowds: they've tried various initiatives, and this season have even reduced entry to a paltry £5, the lowest in our national league and way below non-league football prices elsewhere in Britain. It doesn't seem to be making a difference, and I fear it's lack of interest rather than affordability that stops the citizens of Aberavon and Port Talbot from turning up.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 20:43

HARD LINES

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SATURDAY 28TH September:  Willows High School – mild
BRIDGEND STREET  2  RAGGED SCHOOL  0  (FAW Trophy Round 2)


No shortage of interesting fixtures in the FAW Trophy this week and, needing to stay close to home, my first choice is Marshfield v Fairfield United – a new venue for me and an interesting Gwent Div 2 v Div 1 fixture. The morning rain in Cardiff belies the promising forecast but by the time I'm dropped off at Castleton it's turning warm and dry.  I make a leisurely stroll through the affluent village of Marshfield, with ample time before kick off. It's a pleasant village, on the marshy coastal plain between Cardiff and Newport, though technically part of the latter borough. It's been in the news, unusually, this week – arrests and disturbing discoveries of alleged imprisonment and slavery at a farm just over the railway line. But on this Saturday afternoon that seems so incongruous in such a peaceful spot.  

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