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Sunday, 01 December 2013 08:51

FULL OF SPIRIT

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SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER: The Marstons Stadium: dry, sunny and cold
AFAN LIDO 2 ABERYSTWYTH TOWN 1 (Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League)

Time to renew acquaintance with our national league, after weeks of watching cup football: and lo, I'm spoiled for choice today, a grand total of TWO Welsh Premier games in south Wales (well, if you stretch a point and count west Wales as south...).

Saturday, 23 November 2013 21:59

TROUBLE AT' MILL

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SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER: Ynys Park (Cwmavon Road): cold and sunny.
TREFELIN B.G.C. 5 CWMFELIN PRESS 2 (FAW Trophy Round 4)
Round 4 of the Trophy and a fair selection of ties to choose from on this fine, crisp November Saturday. Games between teams who don't usually meet hold extra interest and hence it's the South Wales v West Wales encounter in the Afan Valley that I'm heading for. After negotiating my way through the seemingly inevitable confusion over kick-off time (the FAW website is wrongly stating 2pm, when it's actually 1.30), I head off before noon for the simple journey west.

Saturday, 16 November 2013 20:15

LESSONS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND FOOTBALL

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SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER: Cyncoed Campus - dry and grey.
CARDIFF MET 6 HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY 1 (FAW Welsh Cup Round 2)
The autumn rains have relented: I could go anywhere without risk of postponement - except that travelling today wouldn't be much fun. An afternoon rugby game in Cardiff, followed by a football international kicking off at 6pm means it's best to avoid travelling through the capital. I did toy with the idea of an early start and late return, giving me a long day in Carmarthen, but Arriva Trains Wales' performance has been so abysmal this week (nine delayed journeys out of ten commutes) that I can't face them again. So the obvious choice is the rescheduled Welsh Cup tie at the Cardiff Metropolitan University campus in Cyncoed.

Sunday, 10 November 2013 10:06

GENERATION GAME

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SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER : King George's New Field - dry and chilly
CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH BGC 2 PONTARDAWE TOWN 0 (FAW Welsh Cup Round 2)
A typical November Saturday: choice of matches heavily influenced by postponements and travel through Cardiff restricted by rugby crowds. But this week at least, I have a solution - I can travel north away from Cardiff to watch Cambrian's cup tie which is guaranteed to be on, thanks to their new third - or is it fourth - generation synthetic pitch. I've heard the latest generation of these pitches is a further advance on those at, say, TNS.

After days of heavy rain, which has disrupted the Welsh Cup Second Round games today, a dryer interlude is forecast, and sure enough at lunchtime the skies lighten shortly before I set off, via Llandaf station, for Tonypandy. Even though haven't had to worry about possible postponement, there's still been a little uncertainty this morning over kick off time, a perennial problem it seems with FAW cup competitions. According to all websites, including the FAW's and Cambrian's, it's a 2pm kick off; but actually it transpires it's 2.30 (because floodlights are available - but why not stick to 2pm anyway ?). It really would be easier if we could have a mandated kick off time, but then when have the views of spectators been a consideration ?

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 21:35

ROCK ON

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2nd, 2013: The Rock Stadium - stormy
CEFN DRUIDS 1 CONWY BOROUGH 1 (Huws Gray Cymru Alliance)
Throughout a week of storms and weather systems, the burning question (for me, at least) has been whether it would be foolhardy to head to north Wales this Saturday for the top-of-the-table Huws Gray Alliance match. In all respects other than the risk of postponement, it's an easy choice of match, especially as this is one of the few Saturdays when Arriva haven't suspended their cheap tickets because of rugby in Cardiff.

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