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Port v Caergybi / Holyhead - 08/09/99

Tonight we welcome Holyhead Hotspurs from north Anglesey to Y Traeth, Holyhead have had a poor start to the season by their standards, but don't be fooled, they will be battling all the way for the points on offer tonight as the one thing you can always guarantee from them is 100% effort and commitment. Watching the teams in the League in midweek is very interesting as everybody is making full use of the two clubs rule by using players for midweek matches who don't nor-mally appear for them on Saturday's. For once the Welsh FA cannot be blamed as they recom-mended that clubs vote for one player one club at the annual rules meting. Unlike Porthmadog obvious-ly a lot of clubs did not follow this recommendation as this ridiculous rule is still in operation.

Our own start to the season has been mixed with two wins, a draw and a home defeat. Last Saturday's match was cancelled due to Mostyn's last minute withdrawal from the League, so we now find ourselves a game behind some of our rivals.

Last week I was asked if I though the standard of the League has improved, I would say most def-initely yes from what I have seen so far I would put the top ten in the Alliance on a par with the bottom ten in the League of Wales. The top eight in that League are clearly pulling away, not least because of the cash being guaranteed by the Premier Cup and European appear-ances, 'with the possibility now that Premier Cup winners will gain entry into Europe. Another interesting recent development is the possibili-ty of English pyramid teams, Colwyn Bay, Newport and Merthyr likely to be allowed to return to the Welsh Cup. All this touted in the Wales on Sunday recently. I don't think it will be long before we have a Premier League in Wales of about 8-10 teams, the interesting debate will be whether we have a national 1st Division or two regional 1st Divisions. Then we will have a Premier League ground criteria and different criteria for the 1st Division, so the likelihood is that our chair-man Bob Havelock will have to get the concrete mixer out again, or will some of the lottery cash and SportsLot money that we read so much about in the papers find it's way down to little old Porthmadog.

It's a job to fill a column for every match when the editor of our programme gives such good match reports on previous matches, backed up by a page of stats and facts, so if any reader wants my thoughts on anything or wants me to answer criticism I would be happy to answer them on this page. If anybody mentions wingers then the excuse is that Ollie Hall is out injured following ligament damage in a pre-season match at Bradford City and Gareth Caughter has his foot in plaster with a broken toe, Alan Jones and Steven Paul Williams are on the verge of break-ing into the side though Steve has gone on holiday and will soon be returning to college in Cardiff. The others are all probably signed for Glantraeth as they have seemingly registered every other available player in north Wales and Anglesey. One wag in the Cemaes programme last week suggested its a ploy to double their gate.

Enjoy the match and I hope my gossip page will provoke some debate and a few chuckles. All the best.

PS - Get behind the team, it makes all the difference.
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