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21/2/98 - v Cemaes Bay

Over the last two matches against Flint we have shot ourselves in the foot in our battle against relegation, two successive defeats and the loss of six vital points have plunged us from mid table also rans to relegation candidates. Although we played attractive football in both matches and created plenty of chances we failed to convert them and paid the price. No doubt the prophets of doom will be saying "sack the manager" or "sign this player and sign that player", but the reality is that we have to batten down the hatches and all pull together if we are to gain the points needed to ensure our safety.

Although results are going badly it is currently probably one of the brightest times at Y Traeth in recent times, at last a Supporters Club has been formed with early indications that membership will be high and an energetic committee are addressing the big issue of fundraising. I wish everybody connected with the Supporters club all the best with their endeavours. Another big development was the recent meeting members of the Board had with Antur Dwyryd LIyn Cyf. The meeting arranged by Managing Director Dafydd Wyn Jones with representatives from the League of Wales, Gwynedd Council, Sportslot, Welsh Development Agency, Wales Tourist Board and Cymad. The meeting held at Y Traeth on the 12th of February was hosted by Port directors and the club's architects Pulvell, Flood and Wilson. At this meeting ambitious plans to develop Y Traeth into a modern stadium were put forward and discussions took place regarding possible grant aid for the project. In due course the Board will make an announcement regarding developments from this meeting and to get supporters and the wider community involved in the scheme.

Other plans to put long term funding in place together with a realistic budget for the team manager and the introduction of a Community Manager to address the problem of developing a youth policy are already at an advanced stage.

With all these positive steps being taken it is vital that we make every effort on the playing front to ensure we steer clear of the relegation spots. With the new ground criteria being adopted by the League of Wales the work needed at the ground would have to be done before a team can be promoted, whilst existing members of the League of Wales have two seasons to complete the work.

Today's visitors have experienced a torrid season both on and off the pitch, with the withdrawal in mid season of their benefactor and Chairman Joe Davies. I can sympathise with their plight as we at Y Traeth are well used to financial constraints and of living week to week on tight finances.

Last week the players were gutted after the game at the loss of more vital points, today I will be asking them to get us back on the right track. Thank you for your continued support, I believe it is a vital factor.
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