Flashback – 20 years ago: Porthmadog and Glantraeth battle out Traeth draw

Carl Owen (red and black) had a fine game for Port. Picture: Emyr Gareth

CPD Porthmadog 1 (Emyr Jones 44)
Glantraeth 1 (David Noel Williams 31)
Huws Gray Fitlock Cymru Alliance League
January 24, 2001

It ended all-square at Y Traeth where Anglesey side Glantraeth were the visitors 20 years ago today.

The game opened brightly with both sides playing some attractive football, endeavouring to build up passing movements and maintain possession.

The surface was in near perfect condition – a credit to the groundsman. How we wish this was the case at the moment.

The first 20 minutes belonged to the home side but they failed to turn good possession into goals.

One of their best moves came after seven minutes when Gareth Caughter nodded down for Stuart Williams to put Carl Owen clear with an intelligent lob but the striker failed to find the target.

Glantraeth forced their first corner after 26 minutes but then on 31, with the Port defence retreating, David Noel Williams was allowed to carry the ball into the area unchallenged, where he made the most of his opportunity and placed the ball wide of Kenny Dixon’s right hand to open the scoring.

Then with half-time almost reached a quickly taken free-kick on the right released Danny Hughes along the Port right and his first-time cross was forced home by Emyr Jones. No player was more deserving of a goal than this wholehearted performer.

Half-time: 1-1

It was surprising to find that when the teams returned for the second period Emyr Jones had been substituted, for throughout the first-half he had chased and harried everything keeping the Glantraeth defence, ably marshalled by Keith Ross, on its toes.

The early second-half exchanges belonged to the visitors who put the home defence under pressure but no clear chances were created.

As the weather deteriorated so did the standard of the game and only one effort from each side was worthy of note.

After 76 minutes Dixon produced a fine save to keep Noel Williams out for Glantraeth while at the other end a fine Carl Owen break and cross was volleyed inches wide by Caughter.

The game then petered out with the Port midfield failing to support the front men to break down the well-organised Glantraeth defence.

After scoring 10 in their last three outings the home team once more found goals hard to come by.

Surprisingly, in a game which was never dirty, two players received marching orders and both sides ended with 10 players.

It was good to see two former Port stalwarts return to the Traeth – Nigel Barry and Chris Banks.

Porthmadog: Dixon, M Jones, Gibbs, Foster, Williams (K Roberts), Caughter, Evans, D Hughes, Coady (R Hughes), E Jones (Pugh), C Owen.

Glantraeth: Innes, Dixon, Harvey, Ross, G Lloyd Jones, J Parry, Banks, Barry, R Evans, Peters, D Noel Williams, Subs: M Pritchard, C Jarvis.

Thank you to Gareth Williams for match report and Emyr Gareth for photo

Please help CPD Porthmadog in their time of need

As if North Wales football has not suffered enough over the past 10 months with the effects of coronavirus.

This week brought a fresh crisis for clubs hard-hit by the awful flooding across the north imposed by Storm Christoph.

Some of the most devastating damage was caused at CPD Porthmadog, where the floods have been described as the worst in living memory.

Officials say it is heartbreaking to see the destruction following the tremendous efforts that volunteers have put into upgrading facilities at Y Traeth over the last nine months.

The club has launched a JUST GIVING page to raise money to help fund all the work needed to clean up and repair the damage caused.

Any donation, big or small, will be a huge help as the club’s insurance doesn’t cover flood damage.

Club directors and volunteers thank everyone, in advance, for their kind words, support and any donations given.

You can make a contribution on the Crowdfunding page justgiving.com –

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/emma-lockett-1?utm_term=b5eK9ke4a

Up to this afternoon (Sunday, January 24), £2,170 towards a £5,000 target had been raised.

Thanks also to Pike’s Newsagents who are collecting donations for the club.

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