Welsh Cup preview: Denbigh Town v Caernarfon Town (Friday 7.45 pm)


7.45 pm (live on S4C online/yn fyw ar-lein)

The emphasis will be very much on the new but for supporters of a certain age the mindset may revert to the old when tier 3 Denbigh Town host Cymru Premier outfit Caernarfon Town in a David v Goliath FAW Welsh Cup round two tie at Central Park tonight (7.45 pm kick-off).

The new will be evident as Denbigh play the first-ever match on their revamped pitch, complete with sophisticated drainage and sprinkler system, which looks immaculate ahead of this evening’s tie against the mighty Canaries.

As for the old, when these two sides meet Denbigh supporters from the age of 40 onwards often reflect on perhaps the finest result in the club’s history when the then Clwyd League Division One minnows defeated the HFS Loans League Premier Division Cofis in the North Wales Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

February 29, 1992, was the date Alan Anderson scored the only goal of a clash where the equivalent of a tier 5 Welsh side nowadays beat opponents probably ranked a good four or five levels above them.

The clubs have met numerous times since that remarkable day 29 years ago, most recently when both were in the Cymru North in 2017-18 and Caernarfon finished top with Denbigh runners-up.

But these games usually always spark a recollection or two of that famous cup encounter in 1992 – mainly from the Denbigh contingent.

Caernarfon Town will be a formidable challenge for Dewi Llion’s Ardal North West side, who will be clear underdogs going into this tie.

Cofis manager Huw Griffiths has freshened up his squad over the summer with a number of promising youngsters, whilst also giving opportunity for a number of home grown talent, graduates of the club academy to prove their ability at Cymru Premier level.

One of the recent recruits is goalkeeper Jakob Ojrzynski, who has joined on a season-long loan from Liverpool Football Club.

The 18-year-old joined the Reds from Legia Warsaw in Poland two years ago and last season played 10 times for the Under 18’s, on seven occasions for the U-23’s and also took his place on the bench for the first team’s fixture with Sheffield United.

Caernarfon are on the back of some mixed results, although the last three games have included scoring three goals away to TNS, no mean feat, a 1-1 draw at the home of reigning champions Connah’s Quay Nomads and a narrow 2-0 defeat against Chris Hughes’ Newtown, with a large part of this game being played with 10 men.

Denbigh enter this tie following a string of impressive results, with the only two losses being via penalty-shootouts in cup games.

Manager Dewi Llion will seek to test the strength in depth of his squad with some key players struggling with injury.

Midfielder Keiron Roberts continues to step up his return to fitness, and has been joined on the injury list by prolific striker Mark Roberts, who continues to nurse an injury picked up against Penrhyndeudraeth.

Mike Sharples is unlikely to be rushed back in defence, whilst Sam Jones limped off against Llanrwst at the weekend and Jacob Walker is recovering following COVID.

Denbigh are expecting a big crowd and therefore urge everyone to allow themselves plenty of time to get through the gates where the club will be carrying out strict COVID reporting requirements to ensure peoples’ visit to Central Park is made in a safe and COVID compliant environment.

Entry on the night:
Adults £4
Pensioners £2
Under 16s Free
Contactless payment facilities are available and Denbigh urge all spectators to use this method.

Tonight, Sgorio will broadcast live from Denbigh Town’s Central Park for the first time ever.
Catch Denbigh Town v Caernarfon Town live online from 7.35 pm.
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