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Port v TNS - 24/01/04

A warm welcome to you all to the Traeth this afternoon for the visit of League leaders TNS. The match at Treflan back in September proved to be a harsh lesson for us. I am sure that the players here at Porthmadog learned from the experience. It was one of only two occasions this season where we were outplayed. Today is another day. We will have a few different players on show, those who were either injured back in September or who have arrived at the club recently, I am sure it will be a competitive encounter.

It was a great week for us last week, two wins, six points and two clean sheets. They were important points, which have pushed us into mid table. Many believed that we were candidates to go straight back down, I am pleased that the lads have proved many people wrong. With the league's decision only to relegate one club there is a healthy gap between us and bottom club Barry right now. The gap is not insurmountable, but we are looking to consolidate our position and maybe push up a few more places.

On the injury front Emrys Williams remains out with a nasty ankle problem and Mark Williams is also sidelined with a sciatic nerve problem in his back. I have recruited Graham Austin from Rhyl to strengthen the squad and give myself more options should the need arise.

I have taken a keen interest in the Internet sites of the various Welsh Premier League sides throughout the season and I must say that the standard is very good. Porthmadog were one of the leaders in this field having had a site for a number of years. The Port site has an excellent balance of match reports, information about the club and a message board. Two other good sites are Bangor City's site run by Mike Smith, which has a lot of participation from fans, a very lively message board and a host of useful links to other sites. Another good site is the TNS site, which is regularly first with a story and exceptionally well updated. It appears to me that the Internet site is rapidly becoming one of the most useful ways for clubs to circulate information and to raise their profile. Both the FAW and the League of Wales also have sites, which are useful, and increasingly information is shared through this high-speed medium. It is all credit to the various individuals running the sites, people like Iwan Gareth, Mike Smith and Andrew Lincoln for their efforts. Other clubs like Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Rhyl and Afan Lido are also a presence on the web. Well done to all of them.

Thank you for your continued support of the club. I hope you enjoy today's game and do remember the Porthmadog Youths match against Caersws in the Youth Cup here at Y Traeth next Saturday - kick off 2.30pm.


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