| Caerfyrddin / Carmarthen (a) |
Cwmbran (a) |
Trallwng / Welshpool (h) |
HVV Den Haag (h) |
| Ashton Town (h) |
Bury (a) |
Tranmere Rovers (h) |
Bae Colwyn Bay (a) |
Pre -season Friendly - Saturday, August 5th
Bae Colwyn Bay ...1 CPD Porthmadog ...2
Darren Wright 67' Jason Sadler 15'
Les Davies 33'
After the rather uneventful encounter with a Tranmere XI on Saturday this
final friendly against Colwyn Bay proved to be a far more competertive
The first fifteen minutes were quite even with both teams getting their fair
share of possesion. Chris Adamson came closest for the hosts during this
spell while Les Davies saw his long range effort going well over on 14
One minute later Port were in the lead. Jason Sadler was the first to the
through ball and made no mistake as he coolly netted past Ryan Brookfeild in
the Bay goal.
The remainder of the first half was quite even. Harvey had to make a couple
of saves, but nothing too serious, while at the other end Ryan Davies and
Lee Webber saw their long range efforts missing the target.
Then, aftere 33 minutes Les Davies netted the decisive goal for the
visitors. He took advantage of Colwyn Bay's inability to clear their lines
to net into the open goal after some good work by Carl Owen.
The second half was also a quite competertive affair. Jason Sadler and
Gareth Caughter both came close early on, and Colwyn Bay had a good spell
around the hour mark. It started with a Chris Adamson free kick half way
into the Port half which was followed by two corners for the Seagulls as
Port strugled to clear.
Then, on 67 minutes, the hosts pulled a goal back as a through ball reached
Darren Wright who coolly netted past Richard Harvey.
The best chances to add to the score fell to Les Davies on 79 minutes for
Porthmadog and Kenny Burges for the Bay, pulled a good save out of Richard
Harvey six minutes from time.
The other talking point of the second half came when one of the linesmen had
to come off injured for the last ten minutes with the Colwyn Bay physio
having to take over.
Although results aren't all that important in pre-season friendlies, a win
will not harm Port's preperations for the season, especially after a
reletively competertive match like this. It was also quite encoragimng to
see two of the new signings - Kevin Roberts and Chris Evans - making
promising contributions after coming on in the second half.
Port: R. Harvey, John G. Jones, L. Webber, R. Roberts, R. Davies, M. Foster,
L. Davies, G. Caughter (K. Roberts), D. Hughes, J. Sadler, C. Owen (C.
Pre -season Friendly - Saturday, August 5th
CPD Porthmadog ...1 Tranmere Rovers ...0
Mike Foster 4'
Today's game against Tranmere Rovers was a friendly with a difference. Not
only was it a warm-up for the forthcoming season, but was also a thank you to
Mike Foster for his years of service for the club...
...and it couldn't have been scripted better! Only 4 minutes had passed when
a long pass found Carl Owen on the right hand side. He passed short to his
strike partner Les Davies in the opposition penalty box, who in turn crossed
the ball towards the far post. With Tranmere unable to head clear, the ball
fell to Mike Foster who calmly slotted the ball past Kevin Conolly in the
Due to the fact that the English Coca-Cola league season started today, the
Tranmere side was made up mostly of young players, and for the majority of
the first half the difference in experience showed; Port dominated
possession, but didn't really look like scoring again. Soon after Foster's
goal, Gareth Caughter saw his header fly past the upright and Les Davies'
lob went just over the cross-bar after 18 minutes, and that was about it!
Tranmere were restricted to long range shots which hardly troubled Richard
A better Tranmere performance in the second half made things more
competitive, but once again clear-cut chances were few and far between. The
talking point of the half came after 62 minutes. Tranmere's Paul Henny came
out on top in a fair but hefty challenge with Lee Webber and immediately
followed up by going in for a second 50:50 ball against Les Davies. This
time, however, he went in two-footed with studs showing, completely missing
the ball and catching Les on the upper leg. Luckily Les was not seriously
injured, but ref Lee Evans had no option but to send the Tranmere player
After this excitement, the game reverted to its previous low-key type. Viv
and Osian made numerous changes, one of whom - Jason Sadler - came close two
minutes from time, but his chip-shot was held by the Tranmere keeper.
Tranmere very nearly levelled things right at the death, but Richard Harvey,
who had not been troubled all match, was alert to save Josh Williams' long
R. Harvey, G. Mitchell, M. Foster, R. Davies, L. Webber, R. Roberts, D.
Hughes, R. Hughes, G. Caughter, C. Owen, L. Davies.
Subs used: J. Sadler, C. Evans, K. Roberts, I. Thomas, Y. Gwynedd, P. Friel.
K. Conolly, D. Holmes, A. Cresswell, P. Jones, M. Johnston, P. Henny, L.
Holden, S. Ferguson, J. Carrigan, C. Curran, T. Beahan.
Subs: J. Williams, R. Mitchell, M. Blundell, C. Parks.
Pre -season Friendly - Saturday, July 29th
Bury ... 2 CPD Porthmadog ...1
Jordan Stepien 64,86 Jonathan P Jones 17
Porthmadog opened the scoring after 17 minutes Jonathan peris Jones scoring
with a header from a Danny Hughes cross. Porthmadog held their advantage
until the interval. But two second half goals by Jordan Stepien after 64
minutes and 86 minutes ensured that Bury ran out winners. But it proved to
be a good run out for the team.
Pre-Season Friendly -Saturday, July 22nd
CPD Porthmadog ... 2 Ashton Town ... 0
Danny Hughes 56
Lee Webber 87
This was a pre-season friendly played in very high temperature and under the
circumstances it was not surprising that it proved little more than a
training canter for both sides. Two second half goals gave the home side the
victory but for both management teams the chance for some match practice to
blow away the close season cobwebs was the priority.
The main topic of conversation for supporters in an opening half of few
chances and almost no work for either goalkeeper was the efficient job being
carried out by the main match official Karen Williams of Amlwch. This is
probably the first time that a match at Y Traeth has been officiated by a
female referee. The other matter of note for home supporters was the team
formation with three at the back and five in midfield with Les Davies and
Carl Owen up front. Newcomer Chris Evans looked lively on the left with good
pace and control.
Eleven minutes into the second half Danny Hughes fastened on to a Les Davies
pass to fire past the keeper from some 20 yards. This heralded some more
enterprising play by the home side and soon after Carl Owen struck the
crossbar. Ashton threatened briefly on the break and Richard Harvey needed
to be on his guard to keep out a 25 yard free-kick. Kevin Roberts and Jason
Sadler combined well on several occasions when introduced in the second
period but it was three minutes from time before Porthmadog managed a second
goal and it came thanks to a 20 yard blast from skipper Lee Webber.
It had been intended that the reserve sides of the two clubs would meet but
this had to be cancelled owing to a severe virus which seriously reduced the
CPD Porthmadog: Richard Harvey: Ryan Davies, Lee Webber, Rhys Roberts:
Geraint Mitchell, Danny Hughes, John G Jones, Gareth Caughter, Chris Evans:
Carl Owen, Les Davies.
Subs used included: Jason Sadler, Kevin Roberts, Paul Friel, Jon Peris
Academi Dan 16 Academy Under 16
Porthmadog... 2 HVV Den Haag...0
Gall talentau ifanc Porthmadog fod yn falch iawn o’u perfformiad mewn gêm
ddifyr yn erbyn yr ymwelwyr o’r Iseldiroedd HVV Den Haag. Yn eu cit newydd,
wedi’u noddi gan Greenacres ac o flaen torf niferus, aeth y tîm lleol ati
o’r eiliad gyntaf i sefydlu eu awdurdod dros y gwrthwynebwyr rhyngwladol,
Gan gymryd mantais o’r gwynt a’r glaw ar eu cefnau yn yr hanner cyntaf,
rhoddwyd amddiffyn yr ymwelwyr dan bwysau mawr gyda’r ddau ymosodwr, Dylan
Evans a Gerard Laidlow, yn bygwth. Daeth y gôl gyntaf ar ôl 26 munud gyda
chic o’r smotyn. Daeth hwn o ganlyniad i sgiliau arbennig Guto Davies yn
dilyn rhediad ardderchog a chroesiad gan Tom Llewelyn. Sgoriodd y capten
Rogan Chester o’r smotyn.
Yr un patrwm a welwyd yn yr ail hanner ac, er waethaf y tywydd, crëwyd nifer
o gyfleoedd. Ar y llaw arall, nid oedd gan Ben Williamson yn y gôl lawer i’w
wneud a rheolwyd yr amddiffyn yn awdurdodol gan Rogan Chester. Trawodd Daniel
Luke y postyn, o ugain llath, gyda tharan o ergyd yn dilyn symudiad gorau’r
gêm, symudiad a gychwynnwyd a gorffennwyd ganddo. Daeth yr ail gôl ar ôl 62
munud pan sgoriodd Cai Jones gan orffen yn glinigol yn dilyn pêl dreiddgar
gan Davies. Roedd Mark Bridge yn achosi problemau i’r ymwelwyr yn yr ail
hanner wrth iddynt fethu delio gyda’i gyflymder ar yr ochr dde. Cafodd
Porthmadog gic arall o’r smotyn cyn y diwedd ond, er iddynt fethu â rhoi hon
yn y rhwyd, ni lwyddodd hyn effeithio dim ar noson i’w chofio i’r talentau
Dywedodd cyfarwyddwr yr Academi Osian Roberts, “ Mae heno wedi rhoi blas o
chwarae ar y Traeth i’r hogiau ac yn bwysicach yn gyfle rhagorol i chwarae
yn erbyn chwaraewyr o wlad arall -profiad a wnaiff aros gyda hwy am gyfnod
hir. Hefyd teimlaf ein bod wedi gweld chwaraewyr a all ddod yn eu blaen a
chwarae i’r tîm cyntaf. Mae wedi bod yn noson arbennig o dda.”
Cafodd y ddau dîm a rhieni’r ymwelwyr bryd o fwyd i ddilyn y gêm yn ystafell
y cyfarwyddwyr cyn i’r cyfeilion o’r Iseldiroedd gychwyn ar y daith hir yn
ôl i Rotterdam. Diolch i Rose ac Enid am baratoi’r cyfan.
Port’s young talents did themselves proud in an entertaining match against
their Dutch visitors HVV Den Haag. Wearing their impressive new kit
sponsored by Green Acres and playing on the wonderful surface at the Traeth
in front of a substantial crowd, the local team responded by springing
straight into action and immediately set to impose their authority over a
talented and very capable international opponent.
With the wind and rain at their backs in the first half and took full
advantage by putting the Dutch under severe pressure with both strikers
Dylan Evans and Gerad Laidlow threatening. The opening goal arrived after 26
mins from the spot kick which was a result of a great piece of skill in the
box by the talented Guto Davies following an excellent run and cross from
Tom Llewelyn. Captain Rogan Chester calmly slotted in the penalty.
The second half followed the same trend despite the conditions and several
good chances were created with home Goal Keeper Ben Williamson rarely
troubled, and the defence superbly marshalled by Rogan Chester. The
outstanding Daniel Luke struck a 20 yard thunderbolt against an upright
following the best move of the match which he had initiated, and headed at
the keeper from 6yards. The second goal eventually arrived on 62 mins when
Cai Jones finished clinically after being put through by an excellent
through ball by Davies. Mark Bridge proved to be a handful in the second
half and the Dutch simply couldn’t handle his electric pace down the right
flank. Port were awarded another penalty late on, but even though this
wasn’t converted it didn’t dampen the spirits on what had been a night to
remember for the young local talents.
Academy Director Osian Roberts stated “Tonight has given our young players a
taste of playing on the Traeth, and most importantly the wonderful
experience of playing a game against players from a different country which
I’m sure will live long in their memories. I also think we’ve seen some
players who could come through and be regulars in the first team, so it’s
been a very good evening.”
Both teams and visiting parents enjoyed a post match meal in the board room,
thanks to Rose and Enid, before our Dutch friends departed to prepare for
their long journey back to Rotterdam.
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier - Saturday, April 22nd
CPD Porthmadog ... 2 Welshpool ... 0
J. Sadler 7
L. Davies 32
Porthmadog turned in a suitable match winning performance on a day when the
memory of a triumph of 50 years ago was uppermost in the thoughts of most in
attendance. After ploughing through the mud of Cwmbran Stadium getting back
on the firm Traeth pitch was a pleasure in itself. Two first half strikes
were enough to give the home side the victory and though they did not add to
their score in the second period the visitors, on a bad recent run, never
really threatened the home goal.
Porthmadog could have been ahead after only four minutes when Mike Foster
found Les Davies with a useful cross but the forward's header was narrowly
off target. The home supporters did not have to wait long for the first goal
however. Danny Hughes, who was in excellent form prompting in midfield, sent
Jason Sadler on a run and the striker beat keeper Robin Bloor with a low
shot at his right hand post. The home side came close to doubling their lead
when Les Davies forced Bloor into a partial save and the keeper did well
again to recover and block Jason Sadler's shot at the near post.
The visitors then enjoyed a period of strong pressure and Richard Harvey had
to pull off two good saves under pressure. But after 32' the home side
deservedly went further ahead when Les Davies burst into the box holding off
James before firing in a shot which Bloor could only partially save. The
supporters' player of the season was not to be denied, however, and made no
mistake with his second bite to bring his season's league tally up to 11
The second half produced very little in the way of football with both sides
resorting to long ball tactics by-passing the midfield. A Welshpool attack,
containing several proven goal scorers, made little impact on a defensive
formation with the three centre backs -Ryan Davies, Lee Webber and Rhys
Roberts- used as a unit for the first time. This formation allowed the two
full backs to push up more in attack. Porthmadog's main tactic was to use
the pace of Jason Sadler but the service in the second period lacked the
accuracy of the opening half. The closest Porthmadog came to scoring came
when Gareth Caughter crossed from the bye-line but John Gwynfor's header was
narrowly off target. Jason Sadler attempted a cheeky lob from 35 yards but
failed to catch Bloor out. Then towards the end Ian Williams went on a good
run but his shot was straight at Bloor. Welshpool were a shadow of the side
that has done so well this season and apart from one scramble in the box and
a shot into the side netting by Shannon, Harvey, in the home goal, was
Three points bring the season to a close and this should be enough to give
Port a place in next season's Premier Cup -as long as present rules are
Porthmadog: Richard Harvey: Ryan Davies, Lee Webber (Ywain Gwynedd 89'),
Rhys Roberts: John G Jones, Danny Hughes, Paul Friel, Iwan Thomas (Gareth
Caughter 62'), Mike Foster: Jason Sadler, Les Davies (Ian Williams 86').
Yellow: Ryan Davies
Welshpool: Bloor, Jonathan Jones, Cunnah, Brett Jeffries, James, Keegan,
Wickham, Ross Jeffries (Mark Roberts 77'), Steve Rogers, Shannon, Calvin
Subs not used: Geraint Windsor, Tomi Morgan
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Wednesday, April 19th
Cwmbrân Town ... 3 CPD Porthmadog ...1
Joshua Collins 18' Daniel Clare 68' (og)
Rhys Carpenter 19'
Nicky Ward 24
Cwmbran recovered from two Easter weekend defeats to claim three valuable
points. The game was decided in a period of just six minutes in the first
half when the home side scored three times. Cwmbran deservedly went ahead
after 18 minutes and almost from the restart they scored a second and then
needed only a further five minutes to net a third time and give themselves a
match winning lead after only 24 minutes.
Not for the first time this season Porthmadog failed to come to terms with a
heavy pitch -following a day of heavy rain. Cwmbran adapted far better to
the conditions keeping possession well and closing down quickly in midfield
leaving the visitors to rely on long balls played hopefully in the direction
of Jason Sadler. This inevitably meant yielding possession to the
Despite Cwmbran's early pressure Porthmadog could have gone ahead when
defender Ward headed Gareth Caughter's cross against the foot of the
upright. Two minutes later and Cwmbran were deservedly in front when Collins
rose above everyone to head Heal's corner past Harvey. Before the visitors
could regain their composure Carpenter advanced quickly to the edge of the
box and lobbed over Harvey -catching the keeper off his line. This was not
the end of Porthmadog's problems for with only 24 minutes on the clock they
were three down. The nightmare continued as they were punished from another
set piece when Ward this time headed Edwards's corner past a helpless
Porthmadog did get themselves more into the game after this set back. Jason
Sadler ran on to a pass by Iwan Thomas but his shot ran across the face of
the goal. The visitors were unlucky not to pull one back at this stage but a
questionable offside decision robbed them of a goal with Webber appearing to
be a good yard on side.
Despite holding the territorial advantage for most of the second period
Porthmadog created few clear cut chances. Lancaster in the home goal was
rarely tested and Nicky Ward kept a controlling influence at the back for
Cwmbran. On a night when little went right for Porthmadog even their goal
was a lucky own goal. Clare under pressure from Cai Williams watched as his
touch sent the ball rolling slowly into the net for a 67' consolation. Even
this goal could not inspire a revival. Danny Hughes and Cai Williams both
fired over the bar and Lancaster dived at the latter's feet to save well
following good work by Ywain Gwynedd. Even near the end it was Cwmbran who
came closest to adding to their score when Webber was dispossessed by
Hanbury whose low cross should have been netted by Pearce.
A series of five consecutive Porthmadog away games started well yielding two
wins and a draw but came to an end with two defeats and reflect the
inconsistency of the season as a whole. The plus factor was the return of
Ryan Davies for his first full 90' since December. By the end he was playing
himself into and then out of trouble as of old! But all in all it was not a
good night and there was not even a squirrel to raise Porthmadog spirits.
Cwmbran: Lancaster, Green, Wysome, Ward, Clare, Martyn Phillips( Hanbury
79') , Heal, Carpenter, Loverso ( Pearce 87'), Collins, Jamie Edwards
Yellow: Collins 83'
Porthmadog: Richard Harvey: Geraint Mitchell, Ryan Davies, Lee Webber, Mike
Foster: Iwan Thomas (Ywain Gwynedd 67'), Danny Hughes, Paul Friel, Gareth
Caughter: Jason Sadler, Les Davies (Cai Williams 67')
Subs not used: Iwan Williams, Mark Cooke.
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Saturday, April 15th
Carmarthen Town ... 3 CPD Porthmadog ... 1
Danny Thomas 6', 86' Jason Sadler 28'
Mark Dodds 22'
Having gained two good wins and a draw from three consecutive away games a
fourth time on the road proved one step too far for the depleted Porthmadog
team. A solid Carmarthen team who have been on a good run lately proved too
strong on the day for the young Porthmadog side and ran out worthy winners
though a late Danny Thomas goal might have given the final score line a
slightly flattering appearance.
The home side got off to the best possible start going a goal up after only
7' when Danny Thomas broke unchallenged in centre field. He could not
believe his luck having been given so much room and took full advantage
tucking the ball inside Richard Harvey's left hand post with a low shot from
the edge of the area. Thomas again threatened after 14' minutes but this
time his shot, following a short corner, was wide of the mark. Porthmadog
briefly threatened when Jason Sadler and Les Davies combined to attack
Delve's goals but Davies could not get sufficient power to beat the keeper.
With only 22' gone the home side found themselves two up when a Kris Thomas
throw-in found Mark Dodds and the forward's back header looped over Richard
Harvey to find the net at the far post.
Things could now have gone badly wrong for the visitors but they worked to
get themselves back into the game. Having tried to release the pacy Jason
Sadler, who had looked the most likely to trouble the home defence, on a
number of occasions they eventually succeeded. Twenty eight minutes into the
game Gareth Caughter found him on the left of the box. The forward still had
much to do to trouble the keeper but he held off his marker and chipped a
superb 18 yard shot which curled into the top corner of the net -his eighth
goal since joining Porthmadog in mid-January. Though Porthmadog now enjoyed
their best period of pressure during the game it was Carmarthen who could
have restored their two goal advantage when Kaid Mohammed took advantage of
a slip by Lee Webber to close in on goal but Richard Harvey advanced quickly
to narrow the angle and the forward lofted his shot over the bar.
Almost immediately after the re-start Carmarthen again threatened the
Porthmadog goal. This time Danny Thomas headed a left wing cross against the
upright but the rebound was scrambled clear. The game then became a midfield
battle with neither side really threatening the goal and with little to
enthuse the crowd. Play was now punctuated by substitutions and several
yellow cards for the visitors -surprising and largely unnecessary as a
viewing of Porthmadog's excellent disciplinary record will show. Carmarthen
occasionally caused problems with their aerial threat from corners with the
visitors finding it difficult to clear their lines and Jason Sadler with his
angled runs and good control seemed to offer some hope for the visitors.
Then with the game drifting to a 2-1 home victory Mattie Davies came from
the bench to create a goal with virtually his first kick. His speculative
shot from 20 yards appeared to take a deflection and eluded Richard Harvey's
grasp. The alert Danny Thomas was on to it and settled any lingering home
nerves tapping in from close range.
This was not a game to live long in the memory. Carmarthen deserved their
win but all in all this was end of the season fare.
Carmarthen: Delve, Hardy, Wayne Jones (Steffan Hughes 49'), Smothers,
Aherne-Evans, Walters, Kris Thomas, Loss, Dodds, Kaid Mohamed (Mattie Davies
85'), Danny Thomas.
Sub not used: Nathan Cotterall.
Yellow card: Luke Hardy 87'
Porthmadog: Richard Harvey, John G Jones, Geraint Mitchell (Ryan Davies
85'), lee Webber, Mike Foster: Iwan Thomas, Danny Hughes, Paul Friel (Ywain
Gwynedd 74'), Gareth Caughter, Jason Sadler, Les Davies.
Subs not used: Campbell Harrison, Mark Cooke.
Yellow Cards: Danny Hughes 57'Iwan Thomas 59', Jason Sadler 66', Gareth
Caughter 80', Ryan Davies 89'.