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Port v Gresffordd - 05/10/02

A warm welcome to you all here to Y Traeth for what is our first home match in a month. September 7th was our last match here. We have been unfortunate to be drawn away in all three of the Cup matches we have played so far and yes you guessed it we are away again in the Welsh Cup next Saturday. We welcome Gresford to Y Traeth today in what will be a difficult match. Gresford battled admirably to a 1-1 draw at Llangefni last week only two weeks after they were trounced 6-0 at the same ground. They certainly showed their fighting spirit in Saturday's game. They are a young skilful side who will pose us plenty of problems, we will have to be on our mettle if we are to take the points.

The lads played well on Saturday against Lex, the best performance of the season I would say. We were all disappointed with the result at Flint the previous week but again we played well but could not take our chances on the day. To be fair all the squad have made a big contribution so far this season. Players who have come in or have come off the bench have done well and are pushing for starts. This is good for the club although it sometimes makes it difficult for me to have to drop somebody. A big squad is vital, injuries, suspensions, unavailability are all going to play their part as the season progresses and we need good players to draft in when that occurs. The lads who have come in have not weakened the team at all.

I attended the Bangor v Caernarfon League Cup tie on Tuesday and saw an entertaining encounter won by Bangor in the dying minutes of extra-time. A number of spectators present were pleased with the start Porthmadog have made to the season. Despite a 600 plus crowd, I can remember the much larger crowds who were present at such matches when I played for Bangor. The glut of football on the box has certainly had an effect. The Man Utd v Olympiakos game on ITV the same night was a nothing game in effect, highlights of the match would have been sufficient but I am sure that live football on the box puts a lot of people off going to local matches.

The Cymru Alliance fixtures this season have been a big improvement on previous seasons with fixtures produced for the whole season and for the most part kept to. However we have only played six League games at the end of September. A couple of midweek matches might have been scheduled. Personally I think that the League Cup should be scheduled later in the season. Clubs who are already out like Airbus, Lex or Guilsfleld and who are not doing well in the League could find themselves with virtually nothing to play for very early in the season. Maybe the League could look at this for next season. Enjoy the game today and thanks for your support.
Porthmadog

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