HIGHADMIT SOUTH WALES ALLIANCE
VALE United sat back last weekend and watched the wonderful world of the Highadmit South Wales Alliance Division Two go by, writes Tony Poole.
The Cabo Roche aristocrats from Five Bells Lane in Bridgend were due to take on Llanrumney United in the league.
But because cup-ties take priority, Llanrumney made the short trip to Bridgend Street in the second qualifying round of the J D Welsh Cup.
They must have wished they had played Vale, as a more streetwise Bridgend Street carded a 7-0 win.
Vale have yet to take the field this month, and this means they will take an unbeaten September tag to Cardiff Hibernian on Saturday during a return to league duties.
They return to leafy Corntown on Saturday week when lowly AFC Bargoed are the visitors.
This early season break will at least will give Vale time in which to recharge their batteries following a more hectic start to the campaign than they previously experienced on the Vale of Glamorgan circuit.
Having carded 4-2 early season victories over both Tynte Rovers and St Albans, it seemed everything in the Vale garden was rosy.
But three successive defeats at the hands of high-flying Cardiff Airport, Aberfan Social and Penrhiwfer have brought manager Lloyd Williams and his merry men back down to earth with an almighty bump.