HIGH ADMIT SOUTH WALES ALLIANCE
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.