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Saturday, 25 January 2014 20:03

BLOWN AWAY

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SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY: Mynydd Newydd Playing Fields - strong winds and squally showers
PENLAN 2 GARDEN VILLAGE 1 (FAW Trophy Round 5)

It was called off shortly before kick-off time last week - so after another fairly wet week travelling to Swansea for Penlan v Garden Village could be regarded as risky. But it hasn't rained since Friday evening, it's a reasonable morning, mild and with sunny intervals; pitch reports from Swansea are encouraging, and as I really wanted to watch this tie, I decide to go for it. How soon to go is a good question: from the FAW and Garden Village websites, anyone unfamiliar with the FAW Trophy would believe it's a 2pm kick off. But on checking, I get confirmation that it's 1.30, as I suspected. I'll never understand why this error keeps happening round after round, season after season ?

Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:55

A REVERSAL OF FORTUNE

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SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY: Cyncoed Campus - wet
CARDIFF MET UNI 8 TREOWEN STARS 0 (FAW Trophy Round 5)
Three weeks into the new year and it hasn't stopped raining. January is often a bad month for postponements but the ground is rarely this saturated, and every downpour just makes most pitches unplayable. So another week of rain, and more rain in the Saturday forecast, leads inevitably to another Saturday morning monitoring websites and twitter feeds as matches fall victim. After a weekend 'off' last week, I need to find a game that's on.

Sunday, 05 January 2014 09:23

HOME COMFORTS

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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

BROADLY ON COURSE

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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

YELLOW & BLUE, YELLOW & BLUE...

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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.

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