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Port v Glantraeth - 07/10/99

Last Saturday our mini run of success, two wins for no goals conceded came to an end at Oswestry. One early error at the back cost us our clean sheet, late in the game a poor assistant referee decision cost us a share of the points, but the game was really lost with the amount of chances that we failed to convert. As a manager I am happy with the standard of play but disappointed with the result. My pre-season aim was to get 20 points from the first 10 match-es, our haul of 17 points falls just short of that benchmark. What we need now is to get on a roll though tonight's opposition will be no pushovers as Glantraeth will be still smarting from our 4-2 win there a few weeks ago. They have shown their pedigree with some outstand-ing goalscoring performances. The one thing you can guarantee tonight is goals. Tonight is also our first chance of a league double and what an important double it would be as Glantraeth are sure to be in the run-ning when the silverware is dished out in May. Part of my job at Port is to keep coming up with off the field ideas and suggestions, especially where we can involve supporters of the club. Our band of hard workers off the field is well documented in this page as are the critics and, so called, experts. What is urgently needed at Y Traeth at the moment is someone keen to take over the tanoy announcements and music etc. so as to free up our hard working treasurer Dafydd Wyn Jones. Add to this a fanzine and it would be a tremen-dous development, possibly bringing in revenue for the Supporters Club. So any would be Jonsi's should get in touch. interestingly enough Jonsi started at Farrar Road with me and an excellent job he did to and his brother Mel is the Glantraeth coach! One fanzine all Port players enjoyed was Aberystwyth's "Linesman Your Rubbish" I wonder what we could call ours, one title that springs to mind would be "The Critics View". There are certainly plenty of them around in football these days but perhaps tele-vised football morning noon and night has given everybody massive expectations of standards at every level. I will leave that subject to oth-ers and hope somebody comes for-ward to take up my challenge.

Long term injury victims Richard Hughes. Oliver Hall and Gareth Caughter are making slow progress looking for replacements in the trans-fer market has proved difficult but exciting youngsters from the Reserves have done well, Steve Williams has had a good start on the right wing with Alan Jones, Emyr Jones and Mathew Hughes together with Richard Harvey all getting a taste of Cymru Alliance action, but please do not heap too much expec-tations on them as it is a difficult tran-sition from the Caernarfon & District League. As a manager I will be happy when we start the floodlight league as to mix up the young-sters with a few experienced players. but please do not look at the results in this league as its aim is to develop our young talent, something that we all want to see local players playing with heart and pride for their local club. Well enough of the talking, it's down to playing and seeing if our experiment of switching tonight's game to a Thursday pays off at the gate, if it doesn't I am to blame I switched the game from Boxing Day to give us all a Xmas holiday. Enjoy the game and get behind the team it makes all the difference.


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