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Port v Trallwng / Welshpool - 13/04/98

These notes were written prior to Saturday's game against Barry Town to assist the Editor over a busy holiday weekend, so obviously Saturday's results were not known, though to be realistic it is hardly likely that our League position has changed for the better making today's match a big six pointer. After today we are away at Conwy next Saturday and then home to Newtown the following Saturday. Most certainly the four down and the race for European qualification has made the League very competitive. Only a small cluster of teams in mid table have nothing to play for, with the top and bottom eight teams play ing out their own Championships. Remember the top eight also qualily for the lucrative and prestigious Invitation Cup (I wish) and that competition is likely to have a European place next season.

The relegation issue is very complex as the League of Wales appear to have failed in their administration, (once again) and not properly amended the rule change to enable four clubs to be relegated, add to this the fact that if Holywell Town do not finish 1st or 2nd in the Cymru Alliance then no team will be promoted from that League. The issue of rule changes is at present in the hands of solicitors p acting for the Welsh FA and the LOW. Somebody will have to give ground or compromise somewhere, and most certainly any team who can escape relegation by any means will take that outlet especially as at last seasons AGM the clubs voted 18-3 not to have four teams relegated, but were overruled by the LOW management committee who it seems used their block vote illegally. From Porthmadog's point of view I hope that four dubs are not relegated and also I hope that we finish outside the bottom four.

Many teams would like a ten team League instead, Bangor City advocate it. Interesting then that they would be battling against relegation this season, in view of the fact that their Chairman was quoted on TV last Saturday & Sunday as looking to step down at the end of the season because of his health and the pressure of pursuing an European place, imagine how he would feel in our position battling relegation all season.

If Porthmadog are relegated then I will have failed as your manager and will of course take the consequences, but I have enjoyed my time at Y Traeth, the constant financial struggle, setting up a new company, finding players and then selling them has been exciting. A look at the team sheet and seeing exciting players like Kenny Dixon, Mike Foster, Jason Joyce, Richard Hughes, Martyn Hines, Ollie Hail etc. (sorry to miss out any) and knowing that I have secured them on contracts so that they will not be leaving Y Traeth without a fee is very pleasing. When you consider that players like Kevin Morrison, Marc Lloyd Williams, Emrys Williams etc. were all allowed to walk away with out compensation to Port.

My player of the season is Kenny Dixon, in my opinion the best keeper in the LoW.

By the time I write my last view ftom the Bench this season our fate will probably be sealed, I sincerely hope that our League of Wales status will be retained. Thanks for your support.


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