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Saturday, 07 December 2013 20:01

SILENCE (NOT JUST A MINUTE)

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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.

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 ?

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