Glamorgan Gazette - - Football -

THE first taste of win­ter last week­end led to matches in­volv­ing Garw and Vale United be­ing called off, owing to the wet state of pitches, writes Tony Poole.

The Blandy boys were due to host bot­tom club Tre­for­est in Di­vi­sion One, but the in­fa­mous wet cor­ner of the ground once more led to the game be­ing post­poned.

Next up for Garw, who are now hit­ting prime form fol­low­ing an un­cer­tain start, is a trip to the cap­i­tal on Satur­day to face lowly AFC Bute­town.

Third-di­vi­sion Vale United were due to visit Blaen­rhondda in the first round of the league’s W J Owen Open Cup.

But this clash also fell by the way­side due to wet weather in the Rhondda Val­ley – and a sec­ond at­tempt to set­tle the this first-round tie will be made on Satur­day.

The Cabo Roche aris­to­crats from Five Bells Lane in Brid­gend were last week given a shot in the arm with the arrival of a proven goal scorer from Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Di­vi­sion Two club Llantwit Ma­jor.

Fox in the box Luke Cox sent shock­waves through the lo­cal foot­ball scene in opt­ing to play four lev­els lower on the FAW pyra­mid with Vale United in leafy Corn­town.

He parted on good terms with the Wind­millers, and is ex­pected to score a packet of goals on the Al­liance Di­vi­sion Two scene.

Last win­ter the ex-Peny­bont star net­ted nine times to com­ple­ment count­less as­sists, as Llantwit Ma­jor came late to win Welsh League Di­vi­sion Three.

How­ever, be­cause his trans­fer only went through late last week, it re­mains to be seen whether he fig­ures in the Blaen­rhondda cup-tie on Satur­day.

Two other clubs, Cor­nelly United and Pen­coed Ath­letic, were with­out matches last week­end.

But Cor­nelly, who have won their last two league matches in­volv­ing Ca­dox­ton Barry and AFC Bute­town to climb the Di­vi­sion One ta­ble, have a rear­ranged league fix­ture on Satur­day with Aber Val­ley at Meadow Street.

And on Satur­day week the Meadow Street boys head to Caer­philly to chal­lenge parks side Cwrt Rawlin in the South Wales Se­nior Cup.

Pen­coed Ath­letic re­turn to the fray on Satur­day with a big J D Welsh Cup first-round show­down with Pon­ty­clun at Ivor Park.

A cup pre­view is car­ried else­where on the sports pages.

An­other club, Llang­y­n­wyd Rangers, must have wished they too had been hit for six by the rain.

How­ever, their clash at Caer­philly Ath­letic (for­merly Dy­namo Aber) went ahead and the Llan Siro boys crashed to an em­bar­rass­ing 9-0 de­feat.

Lit­tle went right for the Llynfi Val­ley side on the day with early goals from Jonny Hobbs giv­ing Caer­philly, who have also made a stut­ter­ing start to the sea­son in the Al­liance Premier Di­vi­sion, act­ing as mas­sive con­fi­dence boost­ers.

Fur­ther goals from Iwan John, Zac Bowen and Willy Thomas sent them clear, leav­ing only pride at stake for Llan.

Goal dou­bles from proven scorer Gareth Ted­stone and Michael Wal­lace rounded off a mis­er­able af­ter­noon for the Llynfi Val­ley vis­i­tors.

Llang­y­n­wyd Rangers were due to re­sume league ac­tion on Satur­day at Pont­lot­tyn.

But the game has been called off as Pont­lot­tyn are in cup ac­tion.

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