Champs eye more glory

Llanelli Star - - SOCCER -

PLAY­ERS are go­ing through the pain bar­rier in prepa­ra­tion for the start of the Cost­cut­ter Foot­ball League sea­son next week.

The ac­tion gets un­der way in di­vi­sion one on Tues­day, with teams in the sec­ond tier start­ing the fol­low­ing day and re­serve sides in the third di­vi­sion kick­ing off on Satur­day, Au­gust 31.

Cham­pi­ons St Dog­maels have been in train­ing for six weeks, the ses­sions in­clud­ing stami­nas­ap­ping runs on the dunes at Pop­pit Sands.

A boost is the ar­rival of mid­fielder Josh Mellor from neigh­bours Cardi­gan Town, and the re­main­der of the play­ers are avail­able.

Man­ager Steve Williams said: “We had a bril­liant sea­son and hope we can suc­cess­fully de­fend our ti­tle.”

Con­sis­tency was a prob­lem for New­cas­tle Em­lyn, who fin­ished fifth, but the sign­ing of eight play­ers from the Cost­cut­ter, Car­marthen­shire and Pem­brokeshire leagues has gen­er­ated op­ti­mism.

In re­cent friendlies the Reds bagged a 3-0 win over Pem­brokeshire League di­vi­sion two cham­pi­ons Fish­guard Sports and had an iden­ti­cal re­sult against Aber­aeron.

Boss Owain Thomas said: “We are ready for the chal­lenge and hope to make an im­pact.”

Last term Crannog cap­tured Cw­pan Coffa Dai Dy­namo Davies, were Easter Mon­day League Cup fi­nal­ists and di­vi­sion one run­ners-up.

Af­ter tak­ing Lam­peter Town to third place, player-boss Terry Witts has stood down and been suc­ceeded by for­mer New Quay and Aber­aeron player-man­ager Jo­nion Evans.

The new boss said: “A few new play­ers have joined and we also have a num­ber of tal­ented young­sters com­ing through.”

In his first sea­son as Llandy­sul man­ager, Gwyn­for Ed­wards led the Swallows to the Easter Mon­day Cup and is hop­ing for fur­ther suc­cess.

“We beat ev­ery team in the league last sea­son and af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth our aim this time has got to be the ti­tle,” he said.

Cardi­gan Town have mid­field dy­namo James Evans in the hot seat and the Mag­pies have a crop of emerg­ing play­ers.

Ffos­tra­sol will be out to im­prove, while Felin­fach, Llan­boidy, Dewi Stars and Aber­porth are oth­ers to con­sider in the chase for sil­ver­ware.

Tues­day fix­tures: Div. 1 – Aber­porth v Crannog; Felin­fach v Lam­peter Town; Llan­boidy v NC Em­lyn.

Div. 2 – Bar­god Rangers v Crymych; Crannog Res v New Quay.

Wed­nes­day: Div. 1 – Cardi­gan Town v St Dog­maels; Llandy­sul v Ffos­tra­sol.

Div. 2 – Ffos­tra­sol Res v Aber­aeron Res; St Dog­maels Res v Maes­glas.

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