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Port v Trallwng / Welshpool - 19/09/98

Writing my notes for this weeks programme on Sunday basking in the glory of a home win against last season's champions Rhydymwyn with the side on a six match unbeaten run and one word creeps in, complacency, it's a big factor the team and the back room staff have to guard against. Football has a way of smashing you in the teeth when you least expect it. Today's visitors Welshpool will be no cannon fodder, over the years they have proved themselves stem opposition and will no doubt be looking for a quick return to the League of Wales, a feat they have performed twice before, the first time to be denied by the FAW who deducted all their points, the Second time they were promoted only to be relegated with us last season. If the LoW had remained with two clubs being relegated as per the rule book and Ebbw Vale had been expelled at the AGM as per the rules then today's fixture could have been a League of Wales match.

On Tuesday night we played a friendly match at Rhyl, the result although immaterial was a 3-3 draw. The match was arranged to give at least seven of our squad match practice as they return from vicious injuries. In future we hope to use the Rezzies matches for this purpose. Thankfully the Sain League have allowed us to play all our home matches midweek. This will of course allow me to see players in action and assist our Reserve team manager John Williams. It will also allow our loyal hard core of first team supporters to see the rest of the squad play. The atmosphere at Reserve matches played under lights with a decent crowd should encourage not only our players but also the opposition, and will enable us to talent spot the opposition. Anybody who rubbishes the Sain League should remember that Paul Roberts started at Llanystumdwy, Juice at Llanberis Reserves and Christian Jarvis at Caernarfon A, not to mention our Player of the Season last year Jason Joyce who also started in the Sain. Ollie Hall, Cambell Harrison, Richard Hughes and Phil Owen all started in the Anglesey League. Writing these lists has me sold even further on the project. Already Paul Roberts has told me he has signed the new Jason Joyce, no names I'm afraid as you have to attend matches to talent spot him, no good asking Paul either, he's sworn to secrecy.

Last week I mentioned on this page how lucky you were to have the best canteen in Wales. After the match I took some home-made banana cake home to Anglesey, I'm lust hoping the girls have disposed of the skins properly as we don't want to slip on the skins (get my drift?). Complacency, we must guard against it and keep working together, take each match on it's merit and hope lady luck keeps smiling on us.

I also told you last week that I had been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the FAW for remarks made in this column, I was astonished to find that our Secretary' Gerallt Owen had also been charged for remarks allegedly attributed to him in the Western Mall, but I suppose it's nice to know we have so many readers nationally who obviously digest our every word, I will let you know how we get on. Maybe the punishment will be that I can no longer publish my column, many supporters who read it will probably be glad.

Here's hoping for a good performance and 3 vital home points. Enjoy the match and thanks for your support. By the way the canteen still does not stock chewing gum & carrot cake, but I suppose you can't always have everything!


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