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Wales Manager, Chris Coleman Coaching at Latham Park tomorrow (Monday June 18th)

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Chris ColemanChris Coleman, the new Wales Manager, will be at Newtown most of tomorrow with about 150 young school pupils attending at Maldwyn Sports Centre, together with the local Disability group under the management of local Football Development Officer, Tim Broome. In the afternoon, Gareth Watkins from Coleg Powys will parade the college team at Latham Park, where they will be coached by Chris Coleman.

The new Newtown Management team of Bernie McNally with is new Assistant Manager, Carlton Leonard, will also be in attendance as they scan the team for local talent and to see how new First Team prospect, Elliot Jones looks. There is sure to be photo and autograph opportunities for anyone who wants to attend to watch the training session.

The Newtown Board have strengthened their partnership with Coleg Powys this season, with Tim Broome, the Newtown Academy Director, setting up a Youth link-up between the Robins and the College side. The new look side, under the management of Gareth Watkins and Colin Love, who was last year's Academy Under 16s Coach. Club Secretary, Owen Durbridge, said he was delighted with the agreement and would be entering the side into the Welsh Premier League's Youth structure to compete in the North and Mid Wales section. It is unlikely, at this stage, that Newtown would be entering a side into the local Mid-Wales Youth League next season.


Jim Sharman Resigns as Reserves Manager

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Jim SharmanIn a letter to Club Secretary, Owen Durbridge, Jim Sharman expressed his sincere regret at having to tender his resignation forthwith following the end of his season in charge of the Robins Reserves competing in the Second Division of the Montgomeryshire Amateur League. Jim cited travelling distance as being the main reason for his departure, especially when he was training twice a week with his side.

Chairman, Elwyn Preece said that Jim had worked very hard over the pre-season period and had put in tireless performances with his young charges and can be pleased with the mid-table position they finished their league campaign with.

Club Secretary, Owen Durbridge said that the Reserves were an important part of the Club's footballing strategy as it was important to present Newtown town with as much football as possible which was why the Reserves had been reformed. This season, the prospect of taking part in the first Spar Reserve League division was an exciting development, one which the Club would be keen to follow if the Reserve Division does take off.

Both Officials paid tribute to the work carried out by Jim Sharman whilst at Newtown and congratulated him on his "C" licence coaching qualification gained whilst at the Club, and extended their best wishes for the future.

Newtown AFC will be accepting invitations from prospective Reserve Team Managers over the next week, following which they will be interviewing applicants and appointing immediately to get important pre-season preparations under way.


Pre-Season Friendlies Arranged, including tasty derby against Llanidloes

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Pre-Season FriendliesThe most recent friendly to have been arranged is at home to local side, Llanidloes Town on Saturday 28th July. The fixture promises to be an exciting opportunity for the new Management team at Newtown to cast their eyes over some excellent ex-Robins who dominate the Llanidloes set-up, including Spar League goalscoring hero, Jamie Breeze. The fixture will kick-off at 2.30pm.

Another possible crowd-puller will be held just a few days later, when Bernie McNally welcomes AFC Telford to Latham Park for a 7.30pm KO on Tuesday 31st July.

The full list of pre-season friendlies are:

  • July 14th AWAY to Porthmadog 2.30pm
  • July 21at AWAY to Wellington Amateurs 2.30pm
  • July 28th HOME to Llanidloes Town 2.30pm
  • July 31st HOME to AFC Telford 7.30pm
  • August 4th HOME to Guilsfield 2.30pm
  • August 11th HOME to Hednesford Town 2.30pm

The Welsh Premier League will begin its 2012/13 season on Friday/Saturday/Sunday 17th, 18th and 19th August.


2012/13 Squad - Who's left; Who's in so far

Sunday 17th June, 2012

2012/2013 Squad

Dave Roberts is the only new player who has already committed to coming into the squad. Dave was a regular glove-man during the previous season before he left to go to Prestatyn Town where he played the majority of the season as first choice goalkeeper. Nick Thomas has been released following his first season with the Robins along with Christian Courtney. All three are thanked for their services to the Club and we wish them all well for their futures.

Manager, Bernie McNally attended the Club AGM on Thursday 14th June and addressed the attended members, advising them that he had already assembled a group of 23 players to commence pre-season training on Tuesday 3rd July and had received commitments from all the remaining squad from last season. He advised the meeting that Shane Sutton had been approached by several clubs, some of which offered significantly more money than we can, and he has told them all that his future lies at Newtown, for which McNally, and the club as a whole, are most grateful.

The Board have asked the Manager to actively pursue a policy of integrating local players into the squad and to link in with the Academy Director to ensure the most promising youngsters are catered for as they begin adult football. With a view to that, the Club appointed an Assistant Manager in Carlton Leonard, who has closer links to mid-Wales football and both he and Bernie McNally will be hosting trials for local players at the end of June (further information to follow on this website). Already, Elliot Jones has committed himself to Newtown for the coming season, arriving on the back of a very successful season with Montgomery Town in the Spar League.

Bernie said he was happy to integrate local players, but they must be of sufficient standard, must really want to come to the Club and must have realistic financial expectations.


Club AGM hears excellent Finance report from Auditors

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Newtown AFC - The RobinsLast week's AGM received a glowing report from Morgan Griffiths Accountancy partner, Claire Edkins last week as she said the Club was on a very sound financial footing following the financial restructuring that took place in March 2011. The financial year, which ended in November 2011, saw the club in a much healthier position, and that was even though the report included the end of the 2010/11 season which saw the Club grossly overspending on players wages. The club can look forward to a better report again next year if they maintain the same strict controls currently in place. Club Chairman, Elwyn Preece (pictured) congratulated the Finance Team led by Director, Barry Gardner, which includes President, Richard Bonfield, Mike Harding and Adrian Williams.

Elwyn PreeceElwyn said that he had thoroughly enjoyed the past season, although it was a very stressful affair as no Chairman likes to end the season 9pts adrift at the bottom of the table, but at the same time he felt the team excelled on several occasions and always played entertaining football. He said the Manager was confident we would be a different prospect next season and was concentrating on improving the physicality of the side, whilst still playing attractive football.

There was thanks, too, for Groundsman Gareth Owen who had toiled tirelessly over the season, producing an excellent playing surface, but Elwyn hoped this would be his last season on grass with the Club intending to make an application for a grant to install a 4G surface as soon as possible.

The Commercial team reported that Sponsorship looked to be on the increase this coming year with signs already bright that income could be increased to put into the Club's many footballing commitments.

StewardsThe Stewards had been congratulated by Town Clerk, Steven Geary during a recent meeting with the Club and Assembly Members who were looking into the running of the Welsh Premier League. Mr Geary said the Town Council were heavily indebted to the Newtown Football Club Stewards who never made a big noise about all the work they do in the community, but the Town would be much poorer without them, given all the work they do in stewarding road closures and diversions for the Carnival, Christmas lights processions and other town events.

Furthermore, the FAW regularly stage important games at Newtown simply because they know the expertise at the club in organising high quality matches, including the loyal band of volunteer stewards led by Chief Steward Keith Tanner.


Club Secretary receives UEFA and Domestic Licences

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Club Secretary receives UEFA and Domestic LicencesClub Secretary and Licensing Officer, Owen Durbridge received the FAW Domestic Licence and UEFA licence for the coming season at the Corbetts Sports Welsh Premier League dinner in Aberystwyth on June 9th. The licences have once again secured the Club's presence in the Welsh Premier League this season and remain an important part of the Club's administration.

Each year a great deal of work has to be done to attend to the requirements of various engineers who come into the club to examine the buildings, stands, electrical and mechanical installations as well as the local Council safety Officer's demands. Every year the voluntary maintenance team at the Club respond magnificently attending to the work required to meet the demanding licensing standards. Owen Durbridge thanked the volunteers very much for their continued hard work which made the licensing job so much easier.

Club President, Richard Bonfield, who began the Club's introduction to the FAW licensing system six years ago, said the Club had some of the most experienced officials in the Welsh Premier League and ensured we are held in high esteem by our Welsh Premier club colleagues and the FAW officials.


Roy & Fran Francis Honoured for Long Service

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Roy & Fran Francis Honoured for Long ServicePictured received a lovely gift from Welsh Premier League Chairman, Peter Rees are Fran Francis and Roy Francis. They were the guests of the League at the Annual dinner where they were honoured for their exemplary long service with Newtown AFC for forty years. Fran has been involved in catering at the supporters snack bar at Latham Park, whilst Roy has been a Steward and part of the maintenance team.

Both Fran and Roy are now retired, but they continue to give their time to assisting the Club where their services are greatly appreciated.

Sixteen Newtown AFC directors and their wives attended the dinner to support the honouring of Fran and Roy and all had an excellent weekend.

Congratulations and a well deserved honour to Fran and Roy.


Newtown Finish Joint 2nd in Fair Play Table

Sunday 17th June, 2012

FAW Fair PlayNewtown Firsts finished an agonisingly joint second in the FAW Fair Play tables last season. With a £1000 prize going to the team with the least cautions and dismissals over the season, the Club finished level with Airbus in second place just a few cautions behind the eventual winners of the prize, League Champions The New Saints. When one considers that three players in the Newtown team accounted for 36 cautions, a just a couple less for each of them would have seen us claim the prize.

Fair Play Table


New Club Website on the way soon

Sunday 17th June, 2012

New Club Website on the way soon

Media Officer, Paul Jewell advised the AGM attendance last week that the Club's new website would shortly be unveiled. The site has been redesigned to incorporate all the new networking features such as direct feeds to the front page from our Twitter and Facebook membership accounts.

Paul said that he had been working hard with the web developers to ensure the site had all the necessary content before it was officially launched and was confident the regular readers would be pleased with the product.

Owain Morgan, who is involved with his parents Mark and Margaret Morgan in leading the Club's marketing strategy for the coming season will be ensuring the website is regularly updated with match reports and news, but other club Directors would also be contributing.

Owain and Mark Morgan will be adopting the role of Press Officers to ensure the local press are provided with regular news updates from Newtown AFC and that all the good work carried out within the community and footballing circles is reported on.


Luke Boundford Gets Supporters "Player of the Season" Award at Club Dinner

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Luke BoundfordAt the Club's end of season Presentations Night, it was revealed that the Supporters Player of the Season had been Luke Boundford. A very popular player with the regular supporters, it was always going to be a close call between Luke and Shane Sutton who shares his popularity. Luke's phenominal rise from Spar player at the start of the season to an accomplished striker in the Premier League by the end, was the reason he pipped Shane to the title this season. This was a richly deserved award to a player who gave the architypal 110% every game - well done Luke.

The Players' choice of Player of the Season was mid-fielder, Jamie Price. Congratulations also, to Jamie.


Club Officials Attend Welsh Premier League AGM - All the News

Sunday 17th June, 2012

corbettsports.com Welsh Premier LeagueChairman, Elwyn Preece and Secretary, Owen Durbridge represented Newtown AFC at the League AGM in Aberystwyth on 9th June and reported back to the Club's own AGM just a few days later. They heard that the FAW had met with S4C and renewed their TV deal to screen the WPL games each week for a further three year period, but the dramatic change was that all the money would be finding its way to the League clubs this season. Each club that hosted a live televised match would receive a generous facility fee, and the remaining TV money from S4C would be given to the Clubs, although FAW officials were a little vague about how much money was involved and how it would get to clubs. It was hinted that the money could make its way to clubs via infrastucture improvements and marketing ideas.

Newtown proposed the end to last year's experimental mid-season winter break, arguing that it was pointless as the weather cannot be predicted and grounds were still used to play friendlies and might as well have been used to play league fixtures. Another club suggested that the two mid-week games each team played last year, could instead be allocated weekend dates. A vote showed the vast majority of league clubs to be in favour of dropping the break.

There were also representations from clubs to increase the league to 16 teams as teams and supporters were fed up with playing the same team up to seven times in a season if one included league and welsh cup games. This was acknowledged, but the League felt this number was the right amount for a successful league with the available money allocated to 12 clubs instead of 16 or 18 as it previously was. New Secretary, Gwyn Derfyl said he had researched similar countries to Wales throughout Europe and all of them had a maximum of 12 teams with some rising to 12 and others dropping down from 14 to 12. Some leagues were even as low as 8 or 10 teams.

League Secretary for over 20 years, John Deakin stood down from his position that day and said the League had a worthy successor in Gwyn Derfyl who would bring a new energy to the role.

The new season will begin on 18th August and preliminary fixtures are expected to be released shortly.


Board Officials Meet FAW Chief Executive in bid for Infrastructure investment

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Board Officials Meet FAW Chief Executive in bid for Infrastructure investmentClub Officials recently met with FAW Chief Executive Jonathon Ford and Licensing Officer David Miller to bid for infrastructure improvements at Latham Park to take the stadium to a Category 2 standard. If successful, the bid would see Latham Park elevated to 1500 seats, with it being the nearest club to that figure with nearly 1400 already. New larger dressing rooms for players, officials, UEFA delegates, dope testing rooms, medical and Doctor's rooms would be required as well as additional toilets at the ground.

Club Chairman presented a plan to the FAW officials that he had prepared with the assistance of Doug Hughes Architects which showed the Club's long term development plans for the stadium,

Also supporting the Club's application was local Football Development Officer, Tim Broome and Coleg Powys Principal, Simon Pirotte who provided their support to the Club in promising assistance with the application for a grant for the 4G pitch that is also amonst the Club's long term plans.

Mr Ford reported his findings to a Committee of the FAW Council and the Club awaits their decision. Carmarthen Town FC already know they will be the southern club chosen for Category 2 status, in readiness for Ladies international games scheduled for 2013. The FAW have committed themselves to UEFA to develop three WPL grounds to the required standard to stage minor international and European games. It is widely expected that there will be a ground in North Wales and a ground in Mid Wales as well as Carmarthen.


Club Volunteer, Paul Armes Carries Olympic Torch.

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Paul ArmesNewtown AFC's Supporter Liaison Officer, Paul Armes was a proud carrier of the Olympic torch in the Aberystwyth section of the run in late May. Paul is the husband of the Club's Bar and Catering Manager, Lisa Armes and also a local plumber and builder as well as being a retained Firefighter with the Newtown Fire Station. Paul gives endless hours of voluntary service to the Club which is invaluable.

Congratulations Paul - your family were very proud people.

Paul recently held an open meeting for Newtown AFC supporters and submitted a list of recommendations and proposals for the Board to consider. Here are their recommendations

  1. More local players
  2. Better Advertising of games
  3. Promotions to entice people to the club
  4. Try to increase members of the vocal Barmy Army
  5. Try to get Newtown players from all sides to attend first team games if they are not playing themselves
  6. Ask first team members to get involved with the Academy as they train on the same night
  7. Academy to supply players to act as team Mascots for First team and possibly reserve team games.
  8. Gate price to increase but include a voucher for beverages or snacks
  9. Food to be served in clubhouse after games to keep supporters there
  10. Tea hut to be opened later
  11. Covered smoking area
  12. Players to eat in bar after games to mingle with supporters
  13. Players to ensure they stay for the Man of the Match presentations at home games
  14. Player profiles to be put in the programme
  15. Local Assistant Manager to help bring through local players
  16. Full time, paid fundraiser for the Club
  17. A meeting between Vice Presidents Club, the Board and Social Club to discuss fundraising.

Club Officials Meet Welsh Assembly Government AMs

Sunday 17th June, 2012

Welsh Government

Anne JonesThe Club's Officials recently met with the Welsh Assembly committee of AMs who are conducting a review into the running of the Welsh Premier League. They were en route from South Wales to their planned public meeting in North Wales and asked to meet with Newtown officials and partners to discuss the WPL and to hear our plans for moving to a synthetic 4G surface. Chaired by Rhyl director and AM for the Vale of Clwyn, Anne Jones, the Committee were very approachable and were genuinely interested in our views on how the League is run, how we viewed the Reserves system in Wales and the pyramid structure in general. They were keen to hear what outcome we expected to see from the installation of a 4G artifical pitch and were aware we intended to make an application to their Government for a grant to help fund the development.

The Club was very appreciative of the effort put in by the AMs to visit the Club and hear our views.


A.G.M. IN ON THURSDAY 14TH JUNE @7.30PM IN THE CLUB.


Dave Roberts rejoins Robins.

Dave RobertsNEWTOWN boss Bernard McNally has began his summer shopping with the capture of former Robins goal keeper Dave Roberts from Prestatyn Town.
Dave won two FA Youth Cup winner's medals with Liverpool in 2006 and 2007 but was surprisingly released from Anfield and joined Bangor City, leaving in January 2008 without making a Welsh Premier appearance and signing non-contract terms for Blue Square Premier outfit Weymouth. Signed for Aberystwyth Town in August 2008 but, after losing his place to Steven Cann the following season, was loaned to Newtown in January 2010. Recalled to Park Avenue on 31 March after an injury to Stephen Cann, but joined the Robins on a permanent basis in the summer before his move to Prestatyn Town in June 2011. Dave has made 42 appearences as No 1 for Newtown. McNally commented that Dave will have a big impact to strengthen the squad with the boosted news that Shane Sutton, Matty Cook, Andy Jones, Luke Boundford and Kieran Millis Evans have all pledged to Newtown for the coming season.


New Assistant manager, as Robins get ready for next season.

NEWTOWN boss Bernard McNally is linking-up with one of his former Shrewsbury Town team-mates after the appointment of Carlton Leonard as his assistant.
"We go back a long way, we were at Shrewsbury Town together in the early 80s as players," said McNally of the former defender.
"He has also been involved with Newtown in the past, and I’m looking forward to working with him next season."
A left-back who hails from Oswestry and played for Llansantffraid in the Welsh Premier between 1994 and 1996, Leonard played for Shropshire Schools Under-19s while still a 16-year-old and subsequently signed for the Shrews.
He made his debut in 1975 and went on to make 298 appearances in eight years, figuring in the team that finished champions of the old Third Division (now League One) in 1978-79.
Leonard then joined Hereford United in 1983 and then returned to Shrewsbury, coaching in the Centre of Excellence.


Newtown Youths Contest CWFA Youth Final

Newtown Youths v The New Saints Youths

Sunday 27th May, 2.30pm KO at Montgomery

David Jarman takes his side to Mongtomery to contest the CWFA Youth Cup Final on Sunday 27th May and will select from a full squad. The match kicks-off at 2.30pm - good luck to the Youths.

Their League campaign stuttered a little last Sunday when unavailability forced the postponement of their crucial title decider against Penrhyncoch, and their match for tomorrow (Weds) at Llanymynech has also been postponed. These games have been re-arranged for 2.30pm on Sunday 20th v Llanymynech with the crucial Penrhyncoch game now taking place away on Tuesday 29th May.


Three Academy Under 14s in Regional Side

Bruce Sears and Josh Morris were proud coaches last week when three of their Under 14s squad were selected for the Central Wales regional squad taking part in the Cymru Cup in Aberystwyth. Click on the following link http://news.welshfootballtrust.co.uk/news/?p=627

Josh Baldwin, who scored a 25yard power goal, Ryan Sears and Alex Jones all competed on equal terms in their regional squad as they played North Wales Region, South Wales Region and the Welsh International side. Only players born in 1998 were eligible to take part in the Cymru Cup which is designed to act as a pathway for Academy players into the full Welsh international U14s side. Congratulations to all three players.

Newtown Football Club Presentation Evening


Youths Remain on Target for League Title

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Caersws Youths 1 v 3 Newtown Youth

David Jarman's Under 18 charges remain on course for the Mid Wales Youth League title after beating local rivals Caersws, 3-1 tonight (Weds). They could not field their strongest team tonight because of exam and work commitments, and they paid an early price by going 1-0 down in the first half. The turn around proved decisive as Newtown came out and equalised courtesy of a Staff Jones strike, and soon afterwards, Luke Jarman scored the goal that put them 2-1 ahead. With the match still delicately poised, the Robins needed another goal and it came from Jakob Sharman to put the travelling reds 3-1 ahead.

They have a game left against Llanymynech, which they can be expected to win on Tuesday 15th May, but the crucial game will be on Sunday 13th when the crunch game against Penrhyncoch away takes place. They also have title ambitions themselves, so the match will be incredibly difficult and it is one Jammy needs his strongest side for.

Good luck lads. They are also in the Central Wales FA Youth Cup final which, whilst not confirmed yet, may take place at Guilsfield on Sunday 20th May.


Youths in CWFA Cup Final

Monday 7th May 2012

Waterloo Rovers 0 v 4 Newtown Youths

David Jarman's Under 18s Youth team progressed to the final of the Central Wales FA Cup Final yesterday (Sunday) after completing their double-legged Semi-final victory against Waterloo Youths. Leading 1-0 from a narrow home victory in the first leg, when the young Robins could not field their best side, they made up for it on the road to Welshpool after the original date of 29th April was abandoned with both teams on the field when no Referee turned up.

Yesterday's 4-0 win was the result of an excellent team performance and goals came from Joe Bell, Joe Evans, James Price and an absolute screamer from Elliot Jones. Newtown will now wait to hear where and when the Final will be, and more importantly, if they will have any opponents in the Final. TNS Youths were already through to the Cup final, but they dramatically withdrew from the Mid-Wales Youth League last week, creating doubt as to whether they will turn out for the Youth Cup final.


Newtown's Premiership Status Saved

Friday 4th May 2012

corbettsports.com Welsh Premier LeagueA last minute repreive for Newtown was achieved tonight with the news that Taffs Well achieved the result they needed when they won their match against bottom Club, Caerau Ely 5-1. Newtown's Board of Directors were meeting to discuss plans for next season when the news came through, but there were no excessive celebrations as Newtown gratefully accept their position in the Welsh Premier League with much humility. Despite some very encouraging performances over the season and some unlucky defeats, the fact is that we finished 9pts adrift of our nearest rivals and that is what the Management team will be trying to address during the pre-season period.

The Newtown Board unanimously approved the continued appointment of Manager, Bernie McNally and hope he will remain as first team coach. Messages of support from the players shows that the majority of the current squad will opt to remain, if selected, which is pleasing as all agree there is the basis of a very good team at Newtown.

The Board also approved the recommended budget for next season, but there are no new benefactors and the budget remains the same. This year's AGM will hear all the details, but the financial team, led by Barry Gardner, have made huge strides in reorganising income and expenditure at the Club and they will report a break-even situation due to the sensible cuts made 12 months ago.

Many thanks to Taffs Well for their success tonight, but with it go sincere commiserations to Haverfordwest FC who would have been deserved replacements had we been demoted.

Club Secretary, Owen Durbridge paid tribute to the dedicated band of volunteers at Newtown, who, between them all, ensured the club continues to win its Licences each year which has ensured our premiership status once again.

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Penalties Let Down Spirited Newtown Performance

Saturday 28th April 2012

Afan Lido 3-2 Newtown AFC (after penalties)

The memories of those faithful Newtown supporters who travelled to Aberystwyth today will definitely be the vocal, colourful and exhuberant support of the wig wearing contingent behind the one goal. There was a constant drum beat, flags, trumpets and non-stop chants, if some of them were slightly embarrassing and inappropriate. But the support was superb today and so much stick went the way of the Afan Lido players that at the end of the penalty shoot-out, the entire Lido team turned to return the abuse on the Newtown fans.

Shane SuttonThe team showed their appreciation by thanking the Newtown section for their excellent support, but in the end, the goalkeepers were the heroes of the penalty competition. After the first Lido taker had missed alarmingly wide, things looked good for Newtown, but despite Centre half, Keiren Mills-Evans placing his kick exactly in the corner, the Lido keeper, Craig Morris dived wide to save it. Lido converted their second, but striker Nick Rushton came on for Newtown, and Morris again made a good save. It was Nick Thomas' turn to be the goalie hero as he saved Lido's third to put Newtown 1-1 down. Max Penk and Robbie Millington converted their strikes, but with Lido leading at 3-2, Shane Sutton, who had an immense game in midfield, struck his penalty into the welcoming arms of Craig Morris which sparked a mass celebration by the Lido winners.

Nick RushtonBefore the penalties, Lido were desperate for the final whistle as their goal was peppered for the whole of the last half of extra time with a header going agonisingly close from Shane Sutton, a powerful shot from Nick Rushton followed the same route, and right on the stroke of the final whistle, substitute Callum Wright spurned the opportunity to slide the ball to an unmarked Robbie Millington on his right, to shoot from 18 yards, and that too, skimmed the top of the goal.

Throughout the first half, Lido did most of the attacking, but Newtown found some belief in their passing abilities in the second period. Trailing 1-0 to a well taken goal from Lido's Mark Jones on 42 minutes, Newtown finished normal time really strongly and got a deserved equaliser through Nick Rushton who pounced on a Shane Sutton rebound to power home for 1-1.

Many thanks to Aberystwyth for their hospitality and grateful thanks to the colourful display and vocal support from the Newtown travelling contingent.

On the subject of Welsh Premier League survival, Newtown got the news they were hoping for with Taffs Well getting a 1-1 draw against AFC Porth in the Welsh League. The last Taffs Well game of the season is on Tuesday night, 1st May when a 2-0 win will be the desired outcome against bottom side Caerau (Ely).


League Cup Final History for Newtown

Afan Lido v Newtown AFC

Loyal Robins supporters travel to Aberystwyth today for an historical League cup final appearance for the Newtown club. Despite finishing bottom of the table this season, the Robins have been good value for their Welsh Premier League membership, dishing out defeats to Bangor twice and TNS once and if they learn anything from the league fixtures over the season it will be to hold onto a lead late in the game, with several matches lost by conceding late goals.

Today's cup final appearance comes on the back of a marvellous league cup run, with all their opponents coming from the top half of the table, where firstly Prestatyn, then some heroic matches against Bangor City, and finally a semi-final victory against TNS earned them today's reward. They face an Afan Lido side who are in a better league position, but with perhaps a less content squad with rumours that their Manager is set to leave the Club.

The sides have already met four times this season and Newtown have edged those encounters, winning two, losing one and drawing one. There is little to choose between the two sides on form, but Afan Lido's early mid-season form was outstanding as they took points off a lot of the big teams, where Newtown failed. Their form has plummeted of late, with Newtown imposing the biggest of their defeats with a 6-1 victory at Afan Lido.

The match kicks-off at 3.10pm but it is also live on S4C which could affect attendance somewhat. Two coaches have gone with supporters from Newtown and we can only hope for the rare sunshine to shine on the Robins today. They will be wearing their away strip of Yellow and Black, having lost the toss of the coin, but Manager Bernie McNally knows his side have the ability to beat all their Premiership rivals on the day and will be turning up with a full squad to choose from.


Newtown Relegation Avoidence Possible

Despite finishing bottom of the Welsh Premier League, Newtown AFC could still be members of the League next season. Today, the Domestic Licence Appeals Panel refused Neath FC either a Domestic or European licence which means they are not even eligible to compete in the KOs for the final Europa league spot due to start in a couple of weeks - and are relegated forthwith. That means the side that finishes 9th in the Premiership could be competing for a Europa League place with the 6 sides above it (subject to TNS beating Cefn Druids in the Welsh Cup Final).

Today's decision, which one can only assume relates to financial irregularities given the well documented problems Neath have experienced this season, means that Carmarthen are formally excluded from relegation, having finished 11th. If Haverfordwest now fail to get the runners-up spot in the Welsh League, then Newtown will also be excluded from relegation. Currently, Cambrian and Clydach FC have been crowned Welsh league champions, whilst Haverfordwest have concluded their season and currently stand in second spot. If Taffs Well FC get four points and +2 goals from their last two games, then Newtown, will benefit at the expense of Haverfordwest.


Funeral Arrangements for Jack Blayney

Tuesday 1st May, 2012 at 2pm

On behalf of the Blayney family, Newtown AFC can inform its members that the funeral for the late Jack Blayney will be held at All Saints Church at 2pm on Tuesday 1st May. There will be refreshments provided after the service at Newtown Football Club where all are welcome.

The League have announced that they will have a minutes silence at the start of the League Cup Final on Saturday as a mark of respect to a man who performed countless years of voluntary service to Newtown Football Club


Newtown Bow Out with Defeat at Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth 3 v 2 Newtown AFC

Newtown Bow Out with Defeat at AberystwythThe final league game of the season, and the final league game for Newtown in the Welsh Premier League after 20 years membership and founder members. Newtown started the match brightly with an early goal for Shane Sutton in the 10th minute. That was unfortunately cancelled out just two minutes later by a Connor Courtney own goal and ten minutes later, the lead was conceded to Aberystwyth as they went ahead 2-1. It took three quarters of an hour for the travelling Robins to claw their way back with Nick Rushton scoring in the 68th minute to restore parity, but another very controversial own-goal sealed the game for Aberystwyth in the 77th minute when Andy Jones was adjudged to have put the ball into his own net, but the Robins defence protested loudly that the ball had not crossed the line.

There is still a miniscule chance of Premier League survival for the Robins, despite finishing 9pts adrift of the pack in bottom place, but the permutations surround the finishing position of Haverfordwest in the sourthern Welsh League and also the appeal by Neath FC and TNS over their domestic licence refusals. Both clubs were confident their appeals would be successful.

Attention turns to this weekend now as Newtown prepare to take some silverware from a disappointing season. The League Cup final between Newtown and Afan Lido takes place at Aberystwyth on Sunday 28th April with a 3.10pm KO. The game is being televised live on S4C, but it is hoped to take two buses full of supporters to spur the team on. Put your names down in the clubhouse please.


Club Stalwart Passes Away

Club Reports Sad Death of Jack Blayney

Club Reports Sad Death of Jack BlayneyIt is with much sadness that Newtown AFC report the news of the passing of Jack Blayney who died in Shrewsbury Hospital yesterday (Sunday 22nd April). Jack and his wife of 60 years, Rhoda were popular and well known members of the Club and were tireless volunteers until very recently, having loyally run the refreshment hut at the Club for untold years, annually presenting valuable funds to the Club from the profits made in serving teas and hot-dugs to all local and visiting supporters.

Jack, who was 90 years of age, passed peacefully in his sleep only hours after his family had been visiting him in the afternoon at Shrewsbury hospital where he had been a patient since breaking his leg in a fall at the family home in January. Rhoda and sons, Roy and Nigel and their grandchildren were daily visitors to Jack who had his usual high spirits right to the end.

Jack will be remembered by many sections of the Town and surrounding villages for the various roles he performed which included a dinner "man" at Penstrowed school, a firefighter for 25 years, a mobile shopkeeper and probably most notably, as a vocal and regular supporter at Newtown Football Club where it was impossible to gain entry to Latham Park without buying a raffle ticket from him.

The annual Newtown Carnival was made his own by Jack, and his close friend Brian Rees, who entertained the whole Town with their costumes every year and the regular procession starting from Canal Road was his favourite place to "play to the crowd" as all the lorries and entries prepared themselves for the colourful parade.

On behalf of all its members, the Club extends its deepest sympathies to Rhoda and her family.

Further news will be published in due course once the family have sorted out funeral arrangements.


Youths Take Narrow First Leg Lead

Newtown Youths won their first leg, Central Wales FA Youth Cup semi-final at home to Waterloo Rovers tonight (Tuesday), but only by the slimmest of margins thanks to a Joe Bell goal in the 15th minute. Manager, David Jarman had to put out a bit of a makeshift side as six players pulled out only an hour before the game, including the goalkeeper. Josh Morris went between the sticks for the young Robins and did well to keep a clean sheet as the defence sustained a bit of a bombardment from their Waterloo visitors.

The Second leg is this Sunday, 22nd April when the Robins travel to Welshpool with their slender lead.


Messages of Support for Robins' Relegation Plight

Following results last Saturday which saw Newtown guaranteed to finish in 12th place in the Welsh Premier League, messages of support for the Club have been received. Haverdfordwest, Port Talbot and Carmarthen all sent messages to the Club wishing us well and the Club acknowledges their kind words.

Two teams are demoted from the Premiership each season, one replaced by a suitable candidate from the North and one from the Southern league. The Northern side is confirmed as Connahs Quay who gained their licence to permit entry and have won their league. In the South, things are still murky, but it appears that no licence holder (only Haverfordwest gained a licence) will finish in the top two positions. Bridgend are appealing against the licence refusal, but are unlikely to finish second at the moment. This means that 12th place are assured relegation, but the 11th placed Club, which will be either Carmarthen or Aberystwyth, may escape relegation if no team comes from the South. All of the above assumes that the remaining ten teams in the Premiership gain their licences. At the moment, the two full time clubs, TNS and Neath were refused licences. Only those Clubs know the reasons for their failure but both have issued press statements to express confidence in turning the decision around on appeal. The Appeal's Body meet on Friday 27th April to make a decision on all the appeals entered.


Newtown Send College Team to Futsal Championships

This Sunday, 22nd April, sees the Northern finals of the Welsh National Futsal championships in Bangor. Newtown will be represented by our Coleg Powis partners who will be playing under the Management of College Lecturer Gareth Watkins and Reserve team Manager, Jim Sharman. Drawn in the same group as Newtown are a Wrexham team, Penmaenmawr and Conwy, with the winners of the group going through to the All Wales Finalsin Deeside in the summer. The winners go into Europe to represent Wales.


Death of Former Manager

Former Newtown player and Manager, Carl Edwards of Rhayader passed away suddenly aged 72yrs last Saturday. Carl was Manager of the Newtown side in the late sixties, early seventies and was also well known as a teacher at Newtown High School. A keen walker, Carl also organised the popular Across Wales Walk before the Rotary Club took over responsibility. The Club sends its sympathies to Carl's family.


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Draw With Port Talbot Brings Relegation

With last night's win for Aberystwyth against Airbus put one of our potential targets out of our reach and into Welsh Premier safety for next season, and with Carmarthen winning at home to Afan Lido, 3-2, today, that put paid to the other one. As it was, the draw we achieved today against Port Talbot was not enough even if they had both lost, only a win was good enough.

Nick_Rushton2.jpgThere was a good atmosphere at Latham Park today, with the "Newtownians" sponsoring the match and a most enthusiastic crowd of 70 current and former club stalwarts filled the Sponsors lounge. Their excellent support was pleasant to see, but it failed to bring us the much needed luck we needed. There were a couple of very strong appeals for penalties turned down by the Referee, and despite prodigious pressure from the Robins in the last ten minutes of play, they failed to break through. Nick Rushton gave the home side some hope by adding to his first goal with a second at the end of normal time, but there was a full eight minutes of injury time following a cut sustained by the Port Talbot keeper, David Burnett who had a good game, depriving both Gareth Partridge and Steve Blenkinsop with one on one challenges.

Newtown missed the harrying of Luke Boundford today, as he stood limping on the sidelines having pulled a hamstring in the last game and his presence in front of goal could have made the difference. Returning to duty after a dramatic exit last week was centre half, Kieran Mills-Evans and he appears to have suffered no ill effects from his hospitalisation for a suspected hernia.

Newtown AFC extend their warmest congratulations to both Carmarthen and Aberystwyth who have been our relegation rivals for so long this season, and we wish them well for their futures.

Aberystwyth have extended an open invitation to all Newtown fans next week, giving free entry to all who attend the last game of the season between Aber and Newtown.

Supporters are reminded that two coaches have been booked to take them to the League Cup Final at Aberystwyth on Saturday 28th April for a 3.10pm KO. Names in the clubhouse please.



Big Game starts day of Sport

Newtown Football Club is the place to be on Saturday with a day of live sport. The early kick off at 12.30 sees the semi final between the Red and Blue side of Liverpool followed by Newtown's clash with Port Talbot, 2:30 start. We then return back to Liverpool for the Grand National with the big race starting at 4.15. A day not to be missed!

Buses Booked For Cup Final

bus.jpgThe Club has booked two coaches for Newtown spectators to travel to Aberystwyth to support The Robins in their inaugural cup final appearance, which is against Afan Lido on Saturday 28th April. In conjunction with the S4C broadcasters, the League has decided the game will be screened livewith a 3.10pm KO. Supporters can put their names down for the buses in the clubhouse nows4csgorio.jpg.

Last Friday's result has showed that we are infinitely capable of producing goals, just as earlier cup action against Bangor City showed. The two teams are evenly matched and should produce a good spectatcle.

Last Games of Season all at 3.30pm

All the league games on the last day of the season, Saturday 21st April, will kick-off at 3.30pm following a league ruling yesterday (Wednesday 11th April). Newtown will be away to Aberystwyth Town in what could possibly be a relegation decider (see below)


Relegation Battle Continues

Newtown's hopes of surviving the drop took a bit of a dive this week following a mid-week win for Aberystwyth away to Afan Lido, 2-0. Those three points extended Aberystwyth's lead over us to 5pts, which means that just a draw against Airbus this Friday night, will put them beyond our reach, and that is making an assumption that we will beat Port Talbot Town on Saturday (but we achieved that last time round).

Carmarthen play Afan Lido on Friday night also, and to wipe out their 4pts lead over us, we need an Afan Lido win, which appears a very rare event lately.

However, optimism must prevail and if results go our way on Friday night, then the last home game of the season against Port Talbot this Saturday (14th April) will be a very tense affair, with victory extending the tension to what could be a relegation decider against Aberystwyth on the last day of the league season. Whilst not settled for definite, there still appears likely to be no southern promotion candidate from the Welsh League, meaning just one relegation spot has to be avoided.


Reserves Away to Morda Res

Jim Sharman takes his Reserves side away to Morda Reserves this Saturday for a 2.30pm KO. The young Robins drew 2-2 last week away to Llandrinio, with the Newtown goals coming from Jamie Davies and Mark Hughes.


Youths in CWFA Youth Cup Semi

David Jarman leads his Under 18s Youth side into battle in the first leg of the CWFA Youth Cup against Waterloo Youths on Tuesday (17th April) night at Latham Park - kick-off, 7.30pm. The second leg has been scheduled for the following Sunday, 22nd April at Waterloo. The Newtown side collected an unexpected league defeat away to Llanidloes Youths last week, going down 3-2 to a late penalty which will severely dent their hopes of winning the league title.


Keiran Doing Well - Rivals' Results Not so Good

First the good news, Newtown centre-back, Kieran Mills-Evans has been released from hospital and a hernia is the suspected cause of his agonising departure from the pitch two minutes from time yesterday. Today he is still feeling some discomfort and nothing further will be known until Kieran meets with the club Physio on Tuesday when acupuncture treatment is a possibility. At this stage, Keiran is hopeful of being fit to play next Saturday, but the Manager awaits a report from our medical team.

After yesterday's results being very positive for Newtown's precarious position, today was not so good as Carmarthen's excellent record against Airbus continued with a 60th minute strike which was all they needed to secure three points today which puts them 4pts ahead of us again. The goal difference has been markedly improved with yesterday's heap of goals, but we are still a goal adrift of Carmarthen should we end the season tied on points.

The coming week promises to be pivotal as regards Aberystwyth's position in relation to us. They still have a game in hand away to Afan Lido, and that is scheduled for Tuesday evening, following which they have a home game against Airbus who are not having the best of times at the moment. Newtown stage their final home game of the season on Saturday 14th April against Port Talbot, and a decent crowd will be welcomed to give support to the winning mentality now in place.


Premiership Survival is Topic instead of Relegation

Afan Lido 1 Newtown 6

NEWTOWN piled pressure on their relegation rivals with a stunning 6-1 away win at Afan Lido's Marston's Stadium on Good Friday afternoon.
In a victory just one goal short of their best-ever away win in the Welsh Premier League at Ton Pentre way back in April 1997, the Robins opened-up a third-minute lead through Zac Evans.

Home keeper Craig Morris was injured and replaced by Chris Curtis, who was not troubled until a flourish of goals just before half-time.
zack_evans.jpgKieran Mills-Evans doubled the visitors' lead before Carl Payne pulled a goal back, but sub Callum Wright restored the Robins' two-goal cushion before the half-time break.

Andy Jones and Evans again put the game well beyond Lido in the second half, with Evans (pictured) completing a hat-trick from the penalty spot as home defender Anthony Finselbach was sent-off.

Although still bottom of the table, the win lifts Newtown to within one point of Carmarthen Town and two behind Aberystwyth, who are at Port Talbot's GenQuip Stadium tonight. If this win is a sign of things to come, then the end of season could be very interesting and the cup final is now something to really look forward to. Before today's game, the rival Managers tossed a coin to see who would have the advantage of first choice strip in the League Cup Final, and it was won by Afan Lido, but after today's result, The Robins will be delighted to be wearing their Away strip in the Cup Final on 28th April.

One downside to today's excellent win is the injury sustained by centre-half, Keiran Mills-Evans who went down in agony in the final two minutes of the match at Afan Lido. He was taken to hospital, where at 2200hrs tonight he was still waiting to be seen by a Doctor at Bridgend Hospital. His father, David is with him and said he was comfortable but obviously concerned what was causing his severe pain. Best wishes to Kieran from all at the Football Club.

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Newtown In League Cup Final

Newtown AFC 1 v 0 The New Saints (3-3 on aggregate, Newtown win on away goals rule)

This is an historic occasion for the Robins as they finally get to a final after some strong performances in the League Cup this season. Having seen off three teams from the upper tier of the Welsh Premier in Prestatyn, Bangor and now the current holders, The New Saints, Newtown will meet Afon Lido in the final at the end of the month and will get a full dress rehearsal at Afan Lido in three days time!

The indications are that the League Cup Final will be held on Saturday 28th April, 2012, probably at Aberystwyth. Newtown will be running buses for fans, please contact the club to put your names down.

lukeboundfordscoring.jpgThis momentous occasion came about as a result of a strong team performance tonight and a solitary goal from the find of the season, Luke Boundford (pictured left). Like his colleagues, he ran tirelessly all game and it was his harrying of the young TNS goalkeeper, Alex Ramsey, that led to a mistake and Luke pounced, slotting the ball into an empty net. That was on 85 minutes and was greeted by joyous cheers from the crowd, knowing that was all that was required to bring the sides level and give the Robins the advantage on away goals, the first leg having finished 3-2 to TNS. 

Just a couple of minutes later, and Boundford's continued pressure on the goalkeeper led to another error, but Ramsey recovered this time.

The match was extremely even through the first period, but TNS came out much the stronger at the start of the second half, but a very solid performance by the Newtown back four, with a special mention for Kieren Mills-Evans and Andy Jones who were magnificent in the centre half positions, kept out all attacks.

Well done to the young Newtown team who played a full part in competing against the current league leaders and eventually deprived them of what was certain to be a treble chasing season for TNS.

Our next league game is this Friday away to Afan Lido, where the outcome is even more important than when the two sides meet in the cup final, as we need to win ALL our remaining games with the aim of overturning the gap between us and either Carmarthen or Aberystwyth.

On the Domestic Licence front, both TNS and Neath have been quick to publicise their confidence at overturning the decision to refuse them a licence when the submit their appeals.


Newtown AFC Awarded UEFA and Domestic Licences

Newtown's Board of Directors are delighted to announce that they have, once again, been awarded the full Licences under the Domestic and UEFA examination processes.

At present, TNS and Neath have NOT been awarded their domestic licence, whilst TNS have gained their UEFA licence. It has not been publicised why these two clubs have failed the process, but in previous years, the Appeals system has seen clubs gain their licence.

Rhyl FC have not been successful at present, whilst Connahs Quay have. Additionally, Haverfordwest in the South have been successful. This means if Newtown are relegated Connahs Quay are almost certain to qualify in either first or second place, whilst it appears doubtful that Haverfordwest will finish in the top two places, meaning that only one team is likely to be relegated from the Premiership.

Licensing Director, Owen Durbridge paid tribute to Barry Gardner for a very smooth Financial audit in his first year as Finance Director, with thanks also going to Richard Bonfield for his experienced assistance. In gaining the Domestic Licence, one of the key factors is the grant of a Safety Certificate and to do this the Club has to satisfy Mechanical, Electrical and Structural engineer requirements. Most years, work is required on the Club's infrastructure to maintain our successful licensing applications, and thanks go to our hard-working volunteer workforce at the ground who carried out all the remedial work required to satisfy the engineers this year. The VPs are also an integral part of the process, using their fundraising system to fund the costs of obtaining the safety certificate, and once again, the Board are grateful for their assistance.

We hope that the hard work put in to gain the licences will not be wasted and that the team continue in their winning form from last Saturday in their League Cup campaign tomorrow night (Tuesday 3rd April) versus TNS and on Good Friday (6th April) away to Afan Lido FC.


Ray of Hope for Robins as Carmarthen Victory Sparks Optimism

Newtown AFC 2 v 1 Carmarthen Town

With just four games left to play before today, Manager, Bernie McNally will have been telling his players that its not over yet, despite some disappointing results. The avoidance of relegation is totally out of our hands now, as whatever results the Robins get from their next three games, it will still need other clubs to assist us by beating our rivals.

Today's performance was impressive and the Robins were by far the better side with Carmarthen having turned into a bigger, more physical side and reliant on the long ball. The visitors defended well though, and despite Nick Rushton and Luke Boundford causing mayhem in their opponent's box, they could not convert that pressure into goals in the first half.

nick_rushton.JPGThe second half brought more pressure from the Robins and eventually it paid off, although it was from a corner instead of open play where we had threatened all game. Luke Boundford got his head to a Jamie Price corner and it gave us the lead we had deserved. 3 minutes later and Nick Rushton (left) was clear in the box for the umpteenth time, and with the Carmarthen keeper quickly advancing, Nick slid the ball passed him with a neat flick from wide on the left and the ball trickled towards goal and looked certain to be stopped by the retreating defence. It was kicked clear but the Assistant Referee stepped in and flagged to say it had crossed the line. It was just reward for Rushton's excellent runs all game and put the Robins into a 2-0 lead. As often happens in the last ten minutes, the tempo changed and the Robins seemed content to allow Carmarthen possession and it provided for a nervous last ten minutes with Nick Harrhy scoring on the 82nd minute when a hopeful shot went in off the right hand post. The Robins hung onto their one goal lead and it means they are just four points behind Carmarthen now with a -5 aggregate difference.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, Newtown are away to Afan Lido on Good Friday with a 2.30pm KO, then home to Port Talbot on 14th April and finally wrap up away to Aberystwyth on the 21st April. Two of those opponents are also the teams that Carmarthen have to play - Afan Lido and Port Talbot, so they play a big part in our season's finish. Afan Lido have the target of 7th place in their sights so will be going flat out for victory whilst Port Talbot will have the prize money on their minds, encouraging as high a finish as possible.

However, Newtown put Welsh Premier membership out of their minds for a few days, as they look forward to the second leg of their League Cup semi-final against TNS on Tuesday 3rd April where they will start a goal behind at 3-2 down. A 1-0 victory will be enough to take us through to a Cup final appearance against Afan Lido who today beat Neath 2-1 (3-2). Come along and see if Newtown can upset the current leaders as they did against the former leaders, Bangor City in the Quarter Final.


Weakened Reserves Lose Away

Four Crosses Reserves 8 v 3 Newtown Reserves

Four Crosses proved too strong for the Reserves today as they went down 8-3 away. The Newtown side were weakened by injuries and unavailability, having drawn with their hosts first time round. Scorers for Newtown were Scott Jones and Lee Jones (2).

The Reserves have been invited into the Spar Reserve League which is set to be formed this season if ten teams commit to the formation. Newtown have expressed interest in membership and will wait to see the likely strength of the Reserves next season before making a decision on the League to enter.


More Disappointment as the Robins full team cant beat 9 men

NINE-man Airbus UK Broughton maintained their position at the top of the Play-Off Conference with a 3-1 win over Newtown.
The hosts found themselves a man down after only two minutes when Craig Whitfield's challenge earned him a straight red.
But they made light of their numerical disadvantage and took the lead on 14 minutes when Robins' keeper Nick Thomas allowed Adam Worton's free-kick to slip through his fingers.
Neville Thompson doubled the advantage after 23 minutes, firing into the bottom corner from a through ball by Mike Hayes, who added a third before half-time.
Newtown were able to limit the damage after the break but, with 10 minutes remaining, Worton was sent-off for a tackle in the box and Zac Evans reduced the arrears from the penalty spot.
But the nine-man hosts held out without difficulty as Newtown remained rooted to the foot of the table.

TNS 3 Newtown 2

The New Saints needed a late winner from Alex Darlington after surrendering a two-goal lead against league strugglers Newtown.
Chris Seargeant's 18th-minute shot and a header from Darlington on the stroke of half-time established a comfortable two-goal cushion for the hosts.
Seargeant hit the woodwork early in the second half but the Robins hit back with two goals inside three minutes, Nick "Ole Gunner" Rushton intercepting a stray Marcus Giglio back-pass for the easiest of chances.
Gareth Partridge dinked the ball over his marker before equalising and, in a purple patch, Matty Cook hit the crossbar and Callum Wright forced a good save from Alex Ramsay.
With 89 minutes on the clock, Darlington ensured TNS will take a slender lead to Latham Park with a lob from the edge of the box over stranded keeper Nick Thomas, who had earlier made a string of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay. The Return leg is on Tuesday the 3rd of April. The Robins are in with a chance to progress to the final, please come and show your support.

Disappointing Defeats for Firsts and Reserves

Both Newtown sides slipped to disappointing defeats today, the Reserves going down away to Waterloo Rovers where they lost on penalties and the Firsts losing an absolutely vital game away to Carmarthen with four minutes remaining.

Waterloo Res 5 v 4 Newtown Reserves (After penalties)

Playing in the semi-final of the Town Cup, Jim Sharman's young Reserves side were on the brink of competing for their first silverware, but after normal time finished at 1-1, Lee Jones scoring for Newtown, there was the disappointment of losing a penalty shoot-out. Unlucky lads. The Reserves next two games are also away, with a trip to Morda Reserves.

Carmarthen Town 3 v 2 Newtown AFC

It didn't need anyone to point out to the Newtown players that today's early kick-off fixture was an absolute "must-win" and despite an all-out effort, there were no points forthcoming as the visitors lost to an 86th minute decider at Carmarthen. With just three points from the opening five games in the play-off conference, Newtown have lagged behind their competitors and are now five points adrift of Aberystwyth, who drew last night, and a massive seven points behind Carmarthen who seem to have reacted brilliantly to their change in Management, winning 10 points from the same period.

Whilst wins are still the obvious target for Newtown, they are no longer enough, even if they come, as the emphasis will shift to the results of our rivals in other matches.

Well done to Luke Boundford today, who scored twice to equalise after an 11th minute opened lead from Carmarthen, and then he scored the next goal to see Newtown ahead at 2-1. The Newtown lead lasted only for three minutes before Carmarthen equalised again and then Paul Fowler's second goal of the match came in the 86th minute to give his side a rare glimpse of light between the Old Gold and the bottom two.


Semi-final of town cup

Reserves Travel to Waterloo with hopes of reaching the final of the Town Cup. Our Young reserves take on Waterloo at Waterloo today at 12:30

Academy Teams Complete Fixtures with 2 defeats and a draw

The Newtown Academy teams were away to Bangor today, but were a bit surprised to find themselves playing at Conway and Llanfair PG on Anglesey instead as the Bangor Academy failed to find any pitches in Bangor to use.

Bangor Under 16s 3 v 3 Newtown Under 16s

The oldest age group, excellently led and coached by Colin Love all season, went 3-1 down and looked out of it; then they found a second wind and scored twice in a five minute period to pull level and had chances to pinch a win in the end. Goals came from Luke Evans (2) and Ash Jones.

Bangor Under 14s 3 v 2 Newtown Under 14s

Bangor ended Newtown's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages with an unexpected 3-2 win as Newtown gifted their hosts with two goals early on. After going 2-0 down, Ryan Sears pulled one back by bravely heading an excellent cross. There was a good deal of unrewarded pressure from Newtown only for Bangor to break away and restore a two goal advantage at 3-1 following a defensive error. Kamal Lloyd Jones pulled another one back for the visiting side but despite the immense pressure brought to bear by the Newtown attack, they were unable to convert it into goals. Well played lads, but unlucky. Well done, also to Bruce Sears and Josh Morris who have looked after the lads all season.

Bangor Under 12s 6 v 0 Newtown Under 12s

An overcast Anglesey morning greeting the Newtown side after a full 120 mile journey, and their opponents were unbeaten all season - so a tough task from the start. They were astonished to see the new Welsh Manager, Chris Coleman on the sidelines, and Newtown produced their best performance of the season against the league leaders, easily matching their opponents all over the park, however, no goals came from their pressure. When Chris Coleman departed midway through the second half, fatigue started to play a p art and Newtown conceded their first goal. With just one goal separating the sides, Newtown were competitively playing right the way through to the last 10 minutes and a defensive misunderstanding let in the second goal, and then the floodgates opened, it finishing 6-0. The Under 12s are still hoping to be amongst the top four sides going into the knockouts, but are waiting to hear from the FAW. Thanks go to Kevin Hughes and Andrew Heward for their hard work all season.

The Club will be discussing with the coaches the staging of a quiz night or some similar for the players to celebrate a really excellent season, over which the parents and their lads have been absolutely outstanding as the Academy quality continues to rise. Newtown Football Club is very proud of the way the lads, who are from all over Montgomeryshire, have conducted themselves over the season whilst representing their region.

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12.30 KO this Saturday against Aberystwyth

This Saturday (10th March) sees the start of a couple of crucial, season-determining fixtures against our fellow strugglers at the bottom of the Welsh Premier League. Draws are no use whatsoever against Aberystwyth this week, which kicks-off at 12.30, and again against Carmarthen the following week (17th March) when there will be a 1.30pm KO. The early starts are to accommodate supporters wishing to watch the live Welsh rugby matches, which will be shown at the Club.

Aberystwyth are currently four points ahead of Newtown, whilst Carmarthen are just two points ahead. Wins are crucial, but it is going to be tough against our rivals. We have done nothing against Aberystwyth this season, although we played well in both games, whereas we have won both our games against Carmarthen.There is plenty to encourage the Newtown supporters as the Bangor City League Cup victory is still fresh in our minds, proving goals can be scored when the team apply themselves.

With the performance of Haverfordwest in the southern Welsh League, there is no longer the safety net of just one relegation spot as it is looking likely that the Pembrokeshire side, who are certain to gain their Domestic Licence, will hold onto one of the promotion spots and mean two Welsh Premier clubs will be relegated.

Defender, Max Penk is suspended for the two crucial games, having picked up more than 10 bookings during the season, but otherwise, Manager, Bernie McNally expects to choose from a full squad.

Entry for Students for the weekend's game will be at £5 on production of a valid student card,


Newtown Youth 1 Penrhyncoch Youth 1

Elliot Jones ensured the Youths shared the spoils in an end to end incredible game Monday night at Latham park, The result could have been alot worse just two minutes from time but for an excellent Luke Jarmen save. Manager David Jarmen was really pleased with the way his young side played against a very strong Penrhyncoch team.

Academy Sides Back on Form

After a couple of weeks of defeats, the three Academy teams completed their home fixtures in the Welsh Academies Competition with a trio of victories against Cefn Druids today. Two of the games were very close, whilst the Under 14s showed total dominance.

Newtown Under 12s 3 v 2 Cefn Druids Under 12s

Two penalties were awarded for the visiting Druids as they kept a toe-hold in the game that was dominated by Newtown in the second half, the Druids keeper hardly seeing the ball at all. The match started with some smart passing on a bumpy surface at Newtown Riverside but after doing all the attacking a penalty was conceded which was converted to put the Druids 1-0 up. The home side fought back and within a few minutes, parity was restored thanks to a goal from Connor Jones. The second penalty award was similarly converted and Newtown found themselves behind again, but just before the break, Man of the Match, Tommy Jones levelled the scores with a great low shot. The Second half was all about Newtown and the breakthrough came courtesy of a Tomos Williams winner.

Newtown Under 14s 10 v 3 Cefn Druids Under 14s

With Newtown back to full strength after missing a few players in last week's defeat to Flint, the local side were up against a side that had beaten Connahs Quay 6-1, and the Quay beat Newtown 8-1 just a couple of weeks ago. A tough match was expected, and in the first half, that is exactly what was received. It started strongly enough with Newtown taking a rapid 3-0 lead, but loose concentration saw some defensive errors which allowed the visitors to score twice and they were back in the match. The second half saw almost total possession by the Newtown side and goals were coming thick and fast. Scorers were Josh Baldwin (3), Ryan Evans (2), Ollie Lewis, Alex Jones, Connah Sears and Ryan Sears.

Newtown Under 16s 3 v 2 Cefn Druids Under 16s

Another close game, played on Latham Park, where the visiting goalkeeper excelled himself by keeping out a string of shots, including a late penalty, Kyle Hulse handed the home team the lead after a quarter of an hour and they were looking good until the last 15 mins during which Cefn Druids had the upperhand, scoring twice to go into the turnaround, 2-1 leaders. A strong half time talk spurred the lads on and they came out to play some attractive football. Joe Wozencraft levelled the scores from a corner and it was soon 3-2 to Newtown as Callum Love produced a lovely chip over the rapidly advancing Druids goalkeeper.

The Academy sides complete their fixture programme away to Bangor City this weekend (11th March) and will then await news on which sides will gain places in the Northern Quarter finals (Top 4 sides) which take place on 1st April.


Newtown AFC Develop New Disability Team

NewtownDisabilityFootballTrainingA.jpgCompeting in the North Wales Disability Football Festivals, Newtown are delighted to be hosting a new Disability team playing out of Latham Park. In partnership with the Welsh Football Trust, and its local Development Officer, Tim Broome, Special Education Schools and Coleg Powis, Newtown AFC host the training every Friday afternoon at Latham Park for over 20 players ranging in ages from 12 to 16.

The coaching is provided by students Football Academy at Coleg Powis and all the students have shown their commitment by undertaking a Footballers Disability Workshop and gaining their Football Leaders awards.

The Club is delighted with its continued partnership with the College and congratulate the students on their achievements and the benefits being brought to the area through the formation of this new team.


Saturday 3rd March 2012


Port Talbot 1 Newtown AFC 1

Nick Ole Gunner Rushton increased his goal tally for the season to 11, As the Robins returned with just the single point. Rushton's Goal came on the 58th minute after Newtown had dominated the first half and applied pressure on Kristen Rogers goal. The goal seemed to spur Port Talbot on and it was now their turn to create the chances.Lee John got the equaliser on the 68th minute, the travelling faithfull journed home dissapointed and feeling the 3 points were there for the taking.
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Newtown Reserves 1 Trefonen 2

Trefonen took an early lead only for Nick Mumby to equalise on his return to the reserves. In an open game that could have ended in multiple figures only a second half goal by Trefonen could seperate the sides as so many opportunities and chances went a miss.

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Phenominal Performance by Robins Earns Them League Cup Victory

Newtown AFC 5 v 1 Bangor City (6-2)

bangorleaguecupmontage.jpgThere are few superlatives that would be over the top in describing the performance of Newtown tonight, as from start to finish they were the better side and worked miracles against an older, wiser, bigger and stronger Bangor City. Carrying forward an excellent 1-1 draw from their visit to Nantporth stadium last Saturday, tonight was meant to be a bruising encounter that would see the young Robins side probably slip to a defeat against the League Champions and current leaders. They got the anticipated bruising because Bangor were hurting badly. Some might say they don't care about the League cup as they are concentrating on the League, but the looks on the blues' faces said it all - they did not care to go home after conceding five goals.

lukeboundfordscoring.jpgIt is a bit unfair to pick out individuals, because everyone played superbly, but a special mention has to go to Luke Boundford who was simply outstanding, scoring two, making one with an incredible run and pass, and seeing excellent saves and the bar stopping his hat-trick.

The scoring started very early with new signing Andy Jones, who has stabalilsed the back four, hitting a powerful header from a pin-point Jamie Pryce corner in the 3rd minute. Playing open, accurate football, the Robins were on the attack everytime they got the ball and on 30 mins the next goal came.Max Penk, carrying the ball up the left wing, put a 50 yard cross that picked out the rapidly advancing Luke Boundford with unerring accuracy and Luke watched the ball loop over the left back's shoulder, picked it up clinically with his right foot and sped into the area, beating an excellent young keeper in the Bangor goal. Just two minutes later as Newtown were having their share of possession and using it well to make forays into the Bangor half, a foul was awarded right in front of goal, but about 35 yards out; it looked too far for a shot and Callum Wright stepped forward instead of Jamie Pryce, and he blasted the ball with such venom that all the Bangor keeper could do was watch as it thundered into the top left hand side of the net. An absolutely screaming goal, and thoroughly deserving of a video recording had the cameras been there. 3-0 up - who would have thought it, but the irony is that it should have been more, and when Bangor pressure brought them a deserved goal just before half time, you had to wonder would it all change in the second half.

The second half started well for Bangor who enjoyed periods of consistent possession, but the tireless Boundford and Nick Rushton up front made the back four play quicker than they were really comfortable with and that was to tell as shots were rifled in by Zack Evans with a brilliant volley in front of goal only for the keeper to make an outstanding save; Luke Boundford saw his shot, so deserving of a hat-trick goal, cleared off the line after he had beaten the keeper, and then another powerful shot from Luke hit the cross bar. Callum Wright had another powerful shot from just right of goal and that, too hit the cross bar.

On 52 minutes, Luke Boundford moved to the left side and, picking the ball up on the halfway line, had a sprintNick_Rushton2.jpg down the left, beating the defending easily and then took it to the goal line, where he beat another defender and then rifled a low cross into the box where Nick Rushton had arrived like a missile and converted an excellent move into the fourth goal as he slid in front of the centre half and tucked it into the left hand corner.

It stayed at 4-1 for a while until, on 78 mins, another Max Penk cross from about 20 yards out on the left, again found Luke Boundford in the box and a powerful header from Luke rocketed into the net for an increadible 5-1 scoreline. It wasn't all one-way traffic, as Bangor had their share of possession and, particularly with the addition of top scorer Les Davies into mid-field, looked every inch the top team they are - but they were continually repelled by the brave back four in red.

But for the Bangor goalkeeper, a refused penalty, and the woodwork, it could have been double figures tonight and it should now prove to an excellent Robins side that they have the wherewithal to beat any side in this League if they continue to take their chances.

Not a big crowd there tonight, but unlucky to those who were absent as they missed the best performance for many a year against a top class side - well done lads and good luck and the same spirit against Port Talbot this weekend.

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Reserves and Youths as Academy Sides Lost Two and Drew One

Reserves win Derby Match against Newtown Wanderers 7-2

Newtown Reserves enjoyed another victory in their derby battle against Newtown Wanderers at Latham Park. The match finished 7-2 to the Reserves, which shows how far they have come since the two sides met earlier in the season when the victory was much narrower (2-1) and a 5-4 win after penalties in the Cup. The addition of Assistant Manager, Marc Salvati is the biggest inspiration and he showed his value by scoring four goals on Saturday. Other strikes came from Mark Hughes, Lee Jones and Luke Jarman.


Youths win against Caersws in Central Wales FA Youth Cup 5-0

The Youths were involved in another local derby on Sunday, and they came away 5-0 winners in their bid to achieve a Youth league and cup double. Scoring for Newtown Youths and putting them through to a semi-final were Elliot Jones, Matt Mumford, Rhys Roberts, Jakob Sharman and Luke Jarman.Congratulations lads and good luck with the semi-final draw.

Academy Sides Visit Flint Town and draw one and lose two.

A bit of a stutter in the results for the Academy sides over the passed couple of games, and the blip continued this week away to Flint Town.

The Under 12s went down 4-1, with Loxton Lewis putting his side level at 1-1 in the second half. The next ten minutes saw the demise of the travelling Robins as the home side netted three times to finish the game convincing winners.

Much closer for the Under 14s who lost 1-0, but they were delighted with their performance with five key players missing. Saying that, a strong side still travelled to Flint and although they went 1-0 down to an early home goal, Newtown applied relentless pressure, hitting the post twice and the bar once more. Clear cut chances were created, but not converted and it was those failures to score that cost them in the end as the Newtown keeper did not see the ball in the second half. Unlucky lads.

Unlucky for the Under 16s as they were good value for their draw and felt they could easily have nicked it. Rhys Richards scored the equalising goal, but ankle ligament injury saw the withdrawel of David Laird who had to have treatment at Wrexham Maelor hospital.

Many thanks to parent, Huw Richards for his assistance in conveying David to hospital and to Colin Love for excellent care of his charges.

The Academy complete their programme of home fixtures this weekend (4th March) when they play at home to Cefn Druids with 11am KOs for all three age groups and the final game is away to Bangor City the following week in a re-arranged match. Then we await the completion of other games to know if we have finished in the top four of our respective age groups and are eligible for quarter final KO places. The Academy finals are held at Newtown on Saturday 20th May.

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All to play for After a great Result at Nantporth

Bangor City 1-1 Newtown AFC
League cup 1st Leg
Newtown fans returned from the newly built Nantporth with pleasing smiles and a knowledge that for large parts of the game the Robins outplayed a full strength Bangor side. The league leaders fielded a full team for the 1st leg of league cup but would not have guessed that they would be in for such a tight game. The first 15 minutes saw both teams cancelling out each others hard work with the defences stopping any chances of one another creating any goal threats and 2 bangor corners easily cleared by the very competent Robins back line up. A magical turn by Zac Evans found himself forging towards the Bangor goal, only to be brought down 6 inchs from the penalty area. Jamie Price stepped up to take the free kick, with the ball clearing the defensive wall it dipped just over the cross bar, First opportunity to the robins and a warning sign of thing to come. A few clever runs down the right wing from Gareth Partridge and Tom Worthington created a few more opportunities only to be stifled at the last minute by the Bangor defence. Bangor went ahead on the half hour mark when Kyle Wilson's shot was deflected behind for a Bangor corner. Sion Edwards delivered the cross and Les Davies sent the ball back across goal for captain Jamie Brewerton to head home. With Kyle Clancy having very little to do in the Bangor gaol City went close as a Sion Edwards free kick was scooped over his own bar by Jamie Price who knew little or nothing about his clearance. Seconds later and a massive penalty shout for Bangor, Shane Sutton being accused of using his arm to stop a thunderous shot from Kyle Wilson, all appeals were in vain as referee Jones indicated it was Suttons shoulder and waved play on. Just before half time Dave Howarth found himself in the clear with a great chance only for the very impressive Michael Johnston to throw his body in front of the shot and he appeared to lose a tooth in a clash with a Robins striker. Half time and only the Brewerton goal separating the sides. Two changes made by Bangor at half time and a more determined start saw them have the first chance with barely a minute of the second half gone, Substitute Smyth shoots only for Sutton to throw his body in the line of fire and clear of the line. With 50 minutes gone Bernie McNally was forced into making his first change as a very impressive Tom Worthington limped off to be replaced by Newtown's top goal scorer Nick Rushton. Within seconds of coming on a neat build up by Zac Evans and Steve Blenkinsop saw the ball find its way through to Rushton and with only the keeper to beat the linesman raises his flag for offside, Close decision but probably correct despite the cry’s of frustration from the Newtown Faithfull. With Rushton causing problems for the Bangor defence McNally makes his second change and brings on Luke Boundford. For Dave Howarth who had worked tirelessly all day up front. City responded with a low shot from Mark Smyth which Nick Thomas saved well, pushing the ball around his far post for a Bangor corner. The cross was turned home but Les Davies was adjudged to have fouled the young Robins Keeper. Kyle Clancy was then set the same task as a Gareth Partridge shot from 35 yards ripped towards the top left hand side of his goal, the debutant pulled off a great save. A Bull run down the right sees a Max Penk tackle, the ball ricocheting of bull and out for a throwin. Penk quickly up and takes the throw in. Only for referee Jones to award the throw in to Bangor and hand out the first Yellow of the day to Penk. Offering more fire power and only 25 minutes to pull back a one goal deficit McNally makes his last change bringing on Callum Wright. The final piece of the jigsaw into unlocking the City defence had been made, As Brewerton picked up the second yellow of the day, Zac Evans had the robins best chance of equalising, A lovely through ball from Jamie Price splits the defence and Zac Evans found himself one on one with Clancy only to shoot wide. Minutes later Evans sends a through ball towards Rushton and the Bangor defence was split again. This Time one on one with the keeper, Nick “oli gunner” Rushton slots the ball calmly into the back of the net. 1-1 and quarter of an hour to play. Moments later Partridge crossed and Nick Rushton went close once again. With play now opening up Mark Smyth released Alaln Bull but his cross shot whistled across the goal and ran out for a goalkick.
As time ran out City won an undeserved freekick some 25 yards out which Les Davies spotted but instead Chris Roberts ran in and blasted well over. In added time Mark Smyth again forced a great save from Thomas and the Robins defence hoofed clear. A great performance from the Robins and all to play for in the second leg at Latham Park.

Shooting Practice This Week For Robins As Lido Get a Draw

AFANLIDOCALLUM.JPGA host of missed first half chances went begging as half the team had shots on goal and none of them could find the target. In a first half that was totally dominated by the Robins with huge chunks of possession when the Afan Lido goal was bombarded, the Newtown players were simply unable to hit the target, the best chance spurned around 20mins by Zack Evans when the ball was slid to him just inside the box by Matty Cook. Jamie Pryce, Callum Wright, Nick Rushton all failed to hit the target in a period when the game could have been put to bed. The breakthrough came in the 39th minute when a firmly struck shot across the face of the goal by Callum Wright (Pictured left, courtesy of Kevin Hughes) put the Lido defence under pressure and an own-goal was conceded. It was no less than Newtown deserved, and the pressure continued until half time.

The half time Manager's team-talk was clearly won by the Afan Lido boss, Andy Dyer as his team came out transformed, and totally dominated possession for virtually the whole half, and certainly 80% of it. It was the turn of Nick Thomas to feel the pressure in the Newtown goal and he responded well, punching clear, catching cleanly and making one superb save at the feet of a rapidly advancing striker. Afan Lido were well worth their goal when it came in the 70th minute from Leon Jeanne, and it was from an excellently taken free-kick right in front of goal on the edge of the area, which sailed into the Newtown net, leaving the Newtown keeper no chance. It came just a few minutes after Newtown had been awarded an identical free-kick which saw Jamie Pryce try to play a training ground move and push the ball through to an offside Zack Evans, instead of having a shot at goal.

It was another good performance from the Robins in the first half, but they simply could not wrench the ball away from their opponents in the second period and our sparcity of goals continues. It is unfortunate that a failure to get a win came on the same day that Carmarthen managed to beat Airbus, who stuck four goals passed us just a week earlier and tends to show that Carmarthen have strengthened and could be reacting positively to a new Manager in situ.

Our game next Saturday is in the League Cup away to Bangor City at 1.30pm, in the first of another double-legger, the second of which will be played the following Tuesday, 28th February.


Robins Good Value For League Cup Victory Over Prestatyn

Luke_Boundford.jpgAn excellent performance from the Robins deserved a much bigger crowd to appreciate it last night as the Newtown side went through to the next round of the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Prestatyn. It should have been a much bigger scoreline with scoring opportunities spurned, the post and crossbar rattled by the tireless Luke Boundford and about 80% possession overall.

The match began with Luke Boundford up front as someone to hold the ball up and win some ball in the air, and it could have paid off as early as the second minute as a cross from Zack Evans found Boundford in the box and his well hit header had Roberts beaten in the visitors goal, but it rattled the crossbar and rebounded to safety. Possession was almost entirely Newtown's and it was totally against the run of play when Prestatyn scored an audacious goal on the 29th minute. Ross Stephens, who did it twice against the Robins last season when Dave Roberts was in goal for Newtown, hit a speculative lob with Newtown stopper, Nick Thomas miles off his line, and it looped into the net with Thomas nowhere near being able to keep it out. The goal was completely undeserved, but it sparked a bit of possession for the visitors until Newtown resumed the dogged pressure on the Riverside goal end, but without reward.

The second half started in equally dominant fashion for the home side, Nick Rushton proving a handful for the left back, ably supported by Gareth Partridge in an unaccustomed right back role, and Callum Wright through the middle. It was almost entirely right sided play for Newtown in the second half, Boundford particularly impressive with the pressure he was putting on the back line and his physical presence winning balls and supplying Rushton to run at the defence. It was Rushton who got the breakthrough for Newtown, receiving the ball a few yards into the opposition half on the right and running around his marker, he sprinted into the box from the right and struck his shot cleanly passed Roberts, low and to the left post. It was no more than his and his team's efforts had deserved.

That was in the 65th minute and thereafter, the possession was more equally shared with several shots fired into both goals, but were easily saved by the respective keepers. Dave Roberts' hands received a good sting from one spectacularly powerful volley from Jamie Pryce that came in so hard that Roberts struggled to block it, even though it was straight at him. Nick Thomas was equally well placed to safely collect a few shots from some better Prestatyn forays into the Newtown half. The match looked to be heading for extra time when Boundford broke through, with the Prestatyn supporters having legitimate shouts for offside turned down, but his shot was slightly askew and he rattled the post. He thoroughly deserved a goal, and it finally came on the 89th minute when good work from Nick Rushton on the right saw him strike a cross low across goal, finding Boundford ready to pounce at the far post where Roberts was finally beaten.

There were three minutes to endure, during which new signing at centre half, Andy Jones cleared a ball off the line and Prestatyn's forward missed the easiest chance of the season, wildly lashing at the ball and sending it high and wide. Newtown rode out some determined pressure for the two minutes of added on time, and ended worthy winners.


Academy Sides Meet Stout Opposition in Connahs Quay

Last Sunday saw the three Newtown Academy sides at home to Connahs Quay and all three sides found their opposition just that bit too good for them on the day.

The Under 12s had the narrowest defeat, going down 1-0 in a game that was extremely close all the way through. Connahs Quay were saved time after time by their Wrexham keeper who is trialling with the Academy side and he was in excellent form. There were chances for the Newtown side to win the match late on, but the chances went begging this time.

The Under 14s had their first defeat of the campaign and it was a bitter pill to swallow for the lads who have become accustomed to victory. The Newtown coaches were very complimentary of the standard of their opponents who, after under the cosh from Newtown at the start, bounced back and inflicted a heavy 8-1 defeat on the local side. Ryan Evans pulled a goal back for Newtown when they were 3-0 down, but the fightback stopped there.

The Under 16s slipped to a 3-2 defeat after running the show for the first 20 minutes and led 1-0 through Chris Taylor. Connahs Quay came back and led 2-1 at half time. In the second half, Newtown pressed and pressed and made it 2-2 through Ash Jones. Just before the end, the Referee disallowed a Newtown goal for a foul, but running into injury time, the visitors scored from a late corner after Newtown's keeper, Luke Evans had made two point-blank saves.

Unlucky lads.


Airbus Result Sends Wake-Up Call

AirbusJangoal.jpgA 4-0 drubbing by a side alongside us in the bottom half is not the start that Bernie McNally wanted for his team as they begin this crucial period for points building. With 30 points on offer to try to avoid relegation, this remains the key opportunity to put points on the board, but a disappointing opening result after the postponement of the first game against Carmarthen, means we have to realise that those 30 points are not going to come easily. Airbus were worthy winners on the night and have won all three of the contests this season; but another loser on the night was the Club's attempt at trialling Friday night football. Our lowest ever crowd, admittedly on a cold night, was testament to the fact that football belongs on Saturday afternoons at Newtown and the Board will need to consider this turn-out in future discussions on marketing its matches. (Picture shows Airbus celebrating their opening goal - Kevin Hughes)

The Manager still has one player to come into the squad, international clearance for whom has still not been received from England, but which is expected to be concluded early this week and hopefully in time for the second leg of the League Cup game against Prestatyn on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. Newtown are locked at 1-1 with their opponents, with a trip to Bangor on the cards for the winners. That date has been agreed as Saturday 25th February with a 1.30pm KO to avoid clashing with the England v Wales rugby international.

Should Carmarthen lose their Welsh Cup game on that same date, then the clubs have agreed to play their postponed match against Carmarthen at Latham Park at 2.30pm on Saturday 31st March.


Reserves Triumph Against Waterloo Colts

Playing in the first round of the Derek Mills Cup, which is conducted on a league basis, the Reserves emerged with a 3-1 victory at Latham Park yesterday. Their goals came from Dan Baker and Adam Jenkins (2). Well done to the young Reserves who continue to impress in their first season of the Amateur League.

Jim Sharman is planning on taking a mixture of Youths and Reserves to Bangor for the second Welsh Futsal Cup competition in April, having gained some valuable experience with the youth side he took there in its inaugural season last year.


Honors Even in Game of Two Halves
League Cup Result (1st leg)
Saturday 21 Jan 2012

Prestatyn Town 1 - 1 Newtown Afc

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In a game dominated by strong wind and rain, both sides took advantage of the elements in a proverbial game of two halves. Prestatyn held the upper hand up to half time and held the lead thanks to Jon Fisher-Cooke's 24th minute header.
Former Robin Ross Stephens also saw a speculative 30 yarder almost catch Newtown Keeper Nick Thomas off guard before hitting the woodwork, But Steve Blenkinsop nearly levelled on the stroke of half time when he just failed to connect with a Gareth Partridge cross and then fired over the bar from a shot on the turn.
In the second period the wind gained more strength and blew 3 Newtown corners into the crowd.
But returning midfielder Callum Wright hit the crossbar with a rising drive and then produced a clinical finish after a strong run.
Seasiders keeper Jon Hill-Dunt made two good saves, first palming a Nick Rushton shot around the post and tipping a goal bound effort from Jamie Price over the Bar as the Visitors finished the game with their tails up.
The Second Leg is to be played Wednesday the 1st Febuary 2012 at 7:30 at Latham Park. With a chance for the Robins to progress to the next round and a game gainst Bangor City waiting, the game promises to be a lively affair.

Clean Sweep for the Academy and Youth Teams

All 3 academy sides come away with terrific wins on Sunday 22nd of January 2012.
Newtown under 12s travelled to Bala and game away 3-0 winners
The Under 14's were also convincing winners with a 2-0 win and the Under 16's made it the Treble with a 4-1 win.
The Youths had a sterner test against Penrhyncoch youths at Latham Park in the CWFA Cup. Both Teams started lively but a Joe Evans 30......no 35........no 40 yard screamer opened the account for the young Robins. Minutes later and a penalty was awarded to Newtown, Up stepped Elliot Jones, unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Newtown remained at 1-0 up. With Penrhyncoch down to 10 men, a bit of Elliot Jones magic saw Newtown go 2-0 nil up. To make things interesting and it wouldn't be a cup game with out the excitement of a close game; the away team played some nice football and had the share of possession to grab a goal back 2-1. This then kick-started a frantic final 15 minutes with Luke Jarman the town Keeper pulling off some great saves and Newtown building pressure on the battered defence of Penrhyncoch. This pressure resulted in another penalty being awarded to Newtown by Referee Sam Richards. The away team were distraught and vented their anger in a verbal tirade against the ref which resulted in them being down to 9 men. Joe Bell stepped forward and slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner with a well taken penalty. 3-1 to Newtown with 5 minutes plus injury time to go. It was not all over yet with Penrhyncoch pulling back another goal to make it 3-2. With Referee Sam Richards having a busy day with 8 yellows and 2 reds shown, sure he was delighted to blow the final whistle which saw Dave Jarmans Youths progress through to the next round where they will meet Cearsws (at Cearsws). Final score 3-2 and a very enjoyable game.

Fans Forum
The board was presented with a 5 year plan by chairman Elwyn Preece last Thursday and were very impressed by the forward thinking and presentations done by Elwyn with aid from Management team Bernie, Pete and Wayne,
The Fans Forum this Friday Night (27th January 2012), 7.30pm in the Media Room. Will give all members and fans a chance to see the proposed 5 year plan and give you a chance to have your say about the future of the club.
The management team will also be there to answer any questions you have.
Please come along, Newtown AFC is your club and your say matters.


Newtown to Host U18s Welsh Trials Next Thursday

welshbadge.jpgLatham Park has been chosen to host the North v South trials for places in the impending Under 18s Welsh International match against Northern Ireland. Players from the North and South of the Principality have been selected and will compete in the match which takes place at Newtown on Thursday 26th January at 7.30pm.

Each Academy centre has been invited to select a player who they consider suitable Welsh International material, and Newtown Youth Manager, David Jarman has chosen Joseph Bell, a central midfielder for the Newtown Youth side. Only players actually born in 1994 were eligible, which rules out quite a few of the Under 18s side at Newtown. Joseph will be guaranteed a minimum of 45 minutes in his chosen position, and Newtown residents are invited to come along to lend their support to the 17yrs old player.

A match against Northern Ireland is in the process of being arranged, which is a re-match from the one played in Northern Ireland a few months ago, for which Newtown's Joe Evans was selected as a Reserve player.


League Cup First Leg Match at Prestatyn This Saturday

The League Cup competition starts on Friday night, with all fixtures to be played over the coming weekend. Newtown travel to Prestatyn for the first leg of this tie with the return leg fixed for Wednesday 1st February at 7.30pm in Newtown. Manager, Bernie McNally has re-signed Max Penk and Nick Rushton on loan deals from Wrexham and both will be available for selection this weekend. Academy product, Elliot Jones, who has been playing for Montgomery in the Spar League this season, has decided to transfer to Newtown to boost the strike force for the second half of the season, but his registration is unlikely to go through in time for this weekend. Another new signing, Callum Wright from Market Drayton, has also not completed yet whilst international clearance is awaited. The Manager continues discussions with several other possible signings.

The Away league game with Afan Lido has been today agreed on Good Friday, 6th April with a 2.30pm Kick off.


Newtown Defeat Shrewsbury Town XI in Friendly

Bernie McNally had a second friendly match in a week as he gave his trialists another good run-out, this time against a Shrewsbury Town side that boasted a number of first team fringe players and mostly youths. It was a very evenly contested match on a crisp pitch which was thawing out nicely after a cold day, butshrewsburytownfclogo.jpg was still a bit firm in places. It was Newtown who got the scoring underway with new signing, Callum Wright returning to the club once again, and scoring the opener. He showed a strong presence against Llanrhaeadr last week, and proved he was not afraid to shoot from outside the box. Shrewsbury equalised just after half time, but the winner came from the Robins with Robbie Millington getting a rare strike this season to clinch the match, 2-1.

Newtown have re-signed Max Penk and Nick Rushton on a loan deal from Wrexham AFC and negotiations are on-going with several other players who have trialled with the Club over the last couple of weeks. The transfer window ends on 31st January, leaving the Manager just a further 13 days to complete any new signings.

The fixtures for the second batch of fixtures have been almost settled, with only doubt remaining of the date of the away game with Afan Lido following a late request to change from the South Wales Club. Newtown re-start their league fixtures with three home games on the bounce, starting with the most crucial game of the lot, at home to Carmarthen. They have asked to swap their home game as it clashes with a function at their Clubhouse, but whilst it gives us three home games in succession, it also means we have three away games towards the end of the season.

The Newtown directors have also decided to try one Friday night game to give the region's footballers the chance to support Newtown at an evening game. Newtown will stage this fixture against Airbus in the second game of the new  fixtuers on Friday 10th February in a match that will be sponsored by the local Monty Brewery who will be launching a new guest beer at the Club that night.

For the full list of fixtures, please click on the 1st team fixtures link above.


Reserves Top of League After Win Against Morda Res

Jim Sharman's Reserves are knitting together nicely after half a season together and recorded an excellent 5-1 home win against Morda Reserves at Latham Park yesterday. The goalscorers were Marc Salvati (2), Marcus Ashley (2) and Dan Baker with one. The Reserves have played one or two games more than the other teams around them, but its points on the board that count.

Next Sunday, the Reserves are away to Llanfair Reserves in the League.


Shrewsbury Town Friendly Back On for Tuesday 17th Jan

shrewsburytownfclogo.jpgThe Shrewsbury Town FC visit which was unfortunately postponed from last Tuesday has been re-arranged for this coming Tuesday, the 17th January. Kick-off is at the slightly earlier time of 7pm so come along and see the trialists mixing in with the existing First Team squad once again.


Under 16s Supporters Invited to Liaise With Club

NigelKennedy1.jpgClub Director, Nigel Kennedy has arranged a meeting for mid-day today to hear what our young supporters have to say about the Club.

Nigel, who has responsibility for the Latham Centre business side of the Club, is anxious to involve the Under 16s by seeking their views on how we can seek to increase the number of younger supporters at Newtown.

All interested people are invited to come along - Midday TODAY, Saturday 14th January at the Clubhouse - and give your views. Also, if you can't make it, then email the club at office@newtownfc.co.uk and your thoughts will be gratefully received. 


Successful Friendly With Llanrhaeadr For Trialists

Newtown Manager, Bernie McNally put his side through a good work-out tonight in a friendly at home to Llanrhaeadr YM from the Cymru Alliance.

Featuring six trailists, the Newtown side enjoyed the lion's share of possession but went a goal behind half way through the first half when the Llanrhaeadr striker found himself completely unmarked to perfectly meet a crisply struck corner, leaving Nick Thomas no chance in the Newtown goal. The second half saw further changes to the line-up and the pressure on the visitors' defence was starting to grow with a goal for a trialist putting the sides level. Gareth Partridge was playing in an unaccustomed attacking right back role, and it was from that position that a good deal of the attacks were built. A cross from the right found another trialist who met it on the volley and slipped it past the Llanrhaeadr keeper to put Newtown in the lead for the first time. A short while later and another goal sealed a 3-1 victory. Llanrhaeadr proved to be very stout defenders and had some impressive qualities, but rarely threatened to increase their goal tally.

Newtown AFC are very grateful to Llanrhaeadr FC for coming to play at short notice when Shrewsbury were forced to cancel their appearance tonight.

Bernie McNally will get another chance to see trialists in action next Tuesday (17/1/12) when there will be another friendly match arranged, with Shrewsbury FC provisionally booked to attend for a 7pm KO. This is expected to be finalised tomorrow.


Reserves Home To Morda Res This Saturday (14th)

Instead of being away to Morda Reserves this coming Saturday, 14th January, Newtown Reserves will play at home to them, making use of Latham Park whilst it remains available. The Reserves will be resuming their league campaign after playing in the CWFA Challenge Cup last Saturday when they lost 5-1 to Rhayader's Spar Mid-Wales League team.


Latham Park Hosts Under 8s Festival

u8sfestival.JPGAs part of its efforts to improve links with its community, Newtown Football Club played host to the Under 8s festival on Latham Park yesterday (Sunday) with organiser, Danny Owen expressing his thanks for the assistance of Gareth Owen and his groundstaff team as well as Lisa Armes for her help in organising the teas and coffees that raised income for the Whitestars football section of the club. It was a pleasure to encourage the youngsters to see the Club as something that is part of lives and we hope they will grow up to fill our Academy sides in the future.

Pictured are several of the youngsters that dotted Latham Park with photographs courtesy of Karl Lewis, Caersws.

Click here for a slide show on "You Tube"


Shrewsbury Game Postponed - Llanrhaeadr Filling In

llanrhdr.jpgShrewsbury Town FC have sent their profuse apologies to the Club and advised that they are unable to supply a team to come to Latham Park tomorrow evening (Tuesday 10th Jan) as other commitments have cropped up since the match was arranged. Newtown Manager, Bernie McNally had arranged the fixture to give fans the chance to see a different standard of play and different opposition at Latham Park, and also to give a decent trial to the half dozen players who will be taking part with a view to them joining Newtown for the crucial last period of the season.

Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, from the Cymru Alliance League, were meant to come to Latham Park for a pre-season friendly in the summer, but holiday commitments later ruled that game off. Many thanks to Llanrhaeadr officials for stepping into the breach and agreeing to send their team to Newtown for the same 7.30pm Kick-off.

Supporters are encouraged to come along and see the potential new players on trial at the club, and also to cast their eye over a Montgomeryshire side currently low down in the second tier of Welsh football.



Academy Sides Do Well in Weekend Games

northpowys_badge.jpgTwo totally different games highlighted the variance that Academy football now involves, with Newtown Academy's Under 16s side travelling to play a friendly against TNS' U16s, and the Academy Under 12s on fire in a Futsal tournament in Welshpool.

The Under 16s, coached by Colin Love and Vince Savoia, travelled to TNS, a side they had found hard to stay with when the two sides met in the Academy cup competition earlier in the season, and they returned with a very creditable draw, with the Newtown goal scored by Ashley Jones. Well done to the Under 16s. (Click here for the futsal training video of the Under 16s with Tim Broome)

On Saturday, Junior League official, Vaughan Harding, organised an invitation tournament at Welshpool's Flash Centre with 8 Under 12 teams competing - four from Welshpool and four from Newtown. All three Academy sides have been busy over the past few weeks, training for Futsal, which is a five-a-side game played with a special ball and tall goals. It also has some attractive rules, including a four second rule to get the ball back into play when it leaves the court. A side picked from the Under 12s Academy squad by coaches Kevin Hughes and Andy Heward won the Welshpool tournament, but what was pleasing was that they won it most convincingly, winning all their games and scoring 34 goals and conceding just one ! The winners consisted of Lewis Jones, Dewi Hughes, Jack Clare, Tomos Williams, Tommy Jones, Sam Morris, Rhys Morris and Declan Whitticase.

All three Academy sides are scheduled to play Bala in the Welsh Academy Cup on Sunday 22nd January at 1.30pm.


Shrewsbury Town FC Visit Latham Park This Tuesday, 10th January

shrewsburytownfclogo.jpgA reminder to all supporters that you can watch a mixed Shrewsbury Town squad take on Newtown AFC at Latham Park this Tuesday. The match kicks-off at 7.30pm as Manager, Bernie McNally tries out several trialists as he looks to strengthen the team ahead of the new batch of fixtures. 

Apart from the League cup match away to Prestatyn on 21st January, this is the only fixture left for January and a chance for supporters to see the side in action. Come along and support the team on Tuesday night


McNally Puts Approaches In For Several Players

BernieMcNally.jpgNewtown Manager, Bernie McNally has been busy notifying clubs of his intention to speak to players about coming to Newtown. Already, tentative enquiries with a couple of mid-Wales based players have not been accepted, with players chosing to ensure they play football by staying with their clubs in the lower leagues, rather than fight for a place in the Newtown side. McNally intends using his Midlands connections to search for new blood to strengthen the Robins for the crucial ten league games against our bottom half colleagues. Like all our supporters, the Manager knows that we are totally capable of beating all the other five teams in the bottom half, with a potential of 30 points up for grabs which could easily see us safe from relegation.


Newtown Look Ahead to Second Half of Season As Split Commences

Newtown concluded their first half of their league fixtures with a disappointing finale away to The New Saints, where they lost 5-0. To be fair, The New Saints are pretty invincible on their own turf, but our poor goal difference is costing us dearly and another 5 goals against did us no favours at all. Manager, Bernie McNally was hoping for some showing of the form that saw the Robins control the game for an hour at Latham Park on Boxing Day, but whilst there were flickers of control, TNS were ruthless on their home surface.

cobettlogo.jpgWe now look ahead to the split, with fixtures re-commencing on the weekend of February 4th where we already know we will be facing an away trip to Carmarthen, although the fixtures have not yet been totally finalised as there are still unplayed games to be settled. The bottom three positions are already decided as the unplayed games are not going to affect Aberystwyth who finished 10th, Carmarthen 11th and Newtown 12th.

carmarthenlogo.jpgCarmarthen officials have asked Newtown to swap the fixture for a home game at Newtown on 4th February as they have a function on at the club that day. The matter has been referred to the Newtown Board and Management team as it will give us three home games in succession and also three away games in succession towards the end of the season, so views are currently split.

The board also have to consider what days to play their home fixtures on - with the League actively encouraging Friday nights and Sunday games to improve spectator numbers. Newtown know they will face the majority of their away games on Fridays or Sundays, but have yet to hear from all their opponents with their preferences.


Provisional Fixtures for Second Half of Season

The Fixtures will be finalised after Neath v Port Talbot on 12/1/12 and Bala v Afan Lido on 14/1/12. Also, actually playing days will be likely to change to Fridays or Sundays.

Saturday 4th February 2012

Airbus UK Broughton v Afan Lido

Carmarthen Town v Newtown AFC

Port Talbot Town v Aberystwyth Town

Saturday 11th February 2012

Aberystwyth Town v Carmarthen Town

Afan Lido v Port Talbot Town

Newtown AFC v Airbus UK Broughton

Saturday 18th February 2012

Aberystwyth Town v Afan Lido

Carmarthen Town v Airbus UK Broughton

Newtown AFC v Port Talbot Town

Saturday 3rd March 2012

Afan Lido v Newtown AFC

Airbus UK Broughton v Aberystwyth Town

Port Talbot Town v Carmarthen Town

Saturday 10th March 2012

Airbus UK Broughton v Carmarthen Town

Carmarthen Town v Afan Lido

Newtown AFC v Aberystwyth Town

Saturday 17th March 2012

Aberystwyth Town v Port Talbot Town

Afan Lido v Airbus UK Broughton

Newtown AFC v Carmarthen Town

Saturday 24th March 2012

Airbus UK Broughton v Newtown AFC

Carmarthen Town v Aberystwyth Town

Port Talbot Town v Afan Lido

Saturday 7th April 2012

Afan Lido v Aberystwyth Town

Airbus UK Broughton v Carmarthen Town

Port Talbot Town v Newtown AFC

Saturday 14th April 2012

Aberystwyth Town v Airbus UK Broughton

Carmarthen Town v Port Talbot Town

Newtown AFC v Afan Lido

Saturday 21st April 2012

Aberystwyth Town v Newtown AFC

Afan Lido v Carmarthen Town

Port Talbot Town v Airbus UK Broughton

Reserves Lose in Cup v Rhayader

jimsharman.jpgJim Sharman's Reserves took on Rhayader in the Central Wales FA Senior Challenge Cup this afternoon, and found the mixture of Spar League and Reserves a little too hot to handle as they lost 5-1. Adam Jenkins scored the goal for Newtown.

The Reserves recommence their league fixtures away to Morda Reserves next Saturday, 14th January, followed by another away game against Llanfair Reserves the following Saturday, 21st January.


Manager Fixes Friendly Up With Shrewsbury Town

shrewsburytownfclogo.jpgNewtown Manager, Bernie McNally has arranged for a visit by Shrewsbury Town FC. The Shropshire Football League side is to take on the Robins at the start of the mid-season break with pledges to field several first team squad players in the eagerly awaited encounter. The match will take place on Tuesday 10th January at 7.30pm at Newtown's Latham Park. Further information on players expected to take part will follow in due course.

Save the date and come along to see a cracking night of football at Latham Park.

This coming weekend's final game of the first batch of fixtures, against TNS on Monday 2nd January, sees the Welsh Premier League begin a five week break from league action. The second batch of fixtures, featuring the bottom half of the League against each other in a home and away 10 match session, starts on Saturday 4th February, 2012, but we won't know who we have got until the final league positions are known. There will be a home and away League Cup match against Prestatyn on the 21st January and week beginning 29th January for the return match.

There is a lot of managerial activity leading up to the start of the January transfer window. Notices of approach have been served on six club secretaries surrounding players the Manager is interested in, with him being keen to strengthen in several areas of the pitch. As we approach the end of the year, Bernie McNally has said how pleased he is with the squad in general, but there are deficiencies in some key areas which is where he is looking to strengthen. He has a very young team that is rapidly gaining in experience and is one he is confident will grow to become a viable force in the League - but for now, the emphasis is on Premier League survival and it is important we remain above Carmarthen and target another bottom six club to try to overtake to ensure we finish in the top ten.


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Newtown In Control For An Hour - But Succumb 1-3 To TNS

Luke_Boundford.jpgBernie McNally's Robins had the festive crowd in the palm of their hand for over an hour as they more than held their own, creating all the chances at home to former Champions, The New Saints. A goal-less first half came about only because of an excellent TNS save and two highly generous refereeing decisions. Robbie Millington was played through the TNS defence in the 20th minute  and was one-on-one with Paul Harrison in the TNS goal; he struck the ball cleanly enough, but it went straight at the keeper who smothered the shot well. Not long after, Zack Evans had an excellent dribbling spell, taking the ball into the TNS penalty area where he was pulled and pushed, but managed to stay on his feet, but was totally bundled off a shot at goal and despite the whole crowd rising in protest, there was nothing amiss as far as the Referee and his Assistant, who both had clear views of the incident, were concerned. With the Newtown faithful still rumbling in discontent, Robbie Millington was again put through and just as he was about to fire his shot away, a clear push from behind, seeing Millington bundled to the floor, was also ignored by the Referee and Assistant.

The second half began with Newtown even more dominant, and they had the extra possession to go with it as they constantly put pressure on the TNS back line. A Nick Rushton shot from wide on the right saw the TNS keeper completely beaten, but the shot hammered against the foot of the far post and rebounded to safety. Just a couple of minutes later, in the 55th minute, with Newtown were back in their opponent's box again and a Zack Evans corner picked out Luke Boundford about eight yards out from the far post and his header connected sweetly with Evans' cross and it was powered into the net to open the scoring and put Newtown into a totally deserved lead. 

Then came the substitution that changed the game - and as always, it was the emergence of Scott Roscoe that was to be the undoing of Newtown. The veteran midfielder came on as a substitute and totally changed the quality of play in the TNS centre and ran the show. A good move down the right hand side saw an excellent shot from Simon Spender to equalise after Newtown had led for just 13 mintues. From then - there was only one side in it, and the dominance Newtown had shown for over an hour, dissipated almost without trace. Roscoe was involved in nearly everything TNS did, and their pace picked up and all of a sudden the match dynamic changed completely. A six minute spell in which Newtown were bombarded by TNS pressure resulted in three goals, Tom Roberts getting the second and Craig Jones the third in the 74th minute.

Newtown rallied to produce a good defensive quarter of an hour to end the match without conceding further, but no chances befell the Robins' strikers in that time. 

It was very much a case of missed opportunities for Newtown, as the three first half incidents came back to bite. A very good performance for an hour and they thoroughly deserved the lead they had - but had they been rewarded with one penalty from the two clear-cut incidents in the first half, then a 2-0 lead would have been a bit harder for TNS to recover from. Zack Evans went off with an injured leg and may be a doubt for the return fixture on New Year's day.

Go to The Venue with pride lads - you played some excellent football today and enjoyed more than your share of possession - you just need to retain a bit more belief when the opposition get a goal. TNS showed some good quality today, but only for the final 30 minutes - so we can go to them with confidence.


Robins Fail to Take Off Against Airbus

Airbus2a.jpgA very poor display by Newtown at home to Airbus UK last Saturday saw the Robins slump to a 3-1 defeat. Airbus rise to the top of the bottom half and look to have come out of their poor early season form. Newtown remain in 11th position, with an 18th minute defensive misunderstanding allowing Sheridan in for a simple side footed goal from which the Robins failed to recover. Another Airbus goal from Mike Hayes seven minutes later put the visitors 2-0 up and Newtown never really looked like competing, going 3-0 down to a Mark Allen goal in the 52nd minute. All the goals were gifted to the visitors, leaving Robins Manager, Bernie McNally feeling very frustrated. A late penalty from Zack Evans restored a little Newtown pride.

The picture (left) shows Newtown keeper, Nick Thomas rising above the Airbus striker and Newtown defenders to claim the ball - photo courtesy of Kevin Hughes.

The new Robins mascot, Rocky the Robin was unveiled on Saturday rockyrobin.jpgwith the generous support of the Social Club committee. The "Rocky" title was bestowed by several of the supporters at the game, although whether it refers to the mascot's tough, uncompromising support of his team, or to the team's perilous league position, is not confirmed!

Well done to the Social Club committee for commissioning the mascot and also to the willing volunteer who fills the suit - Owain Morgan.

The Management team will be having no relaxing Christmas period as they prepare for the two crucial games against The New Saints over the festive period. We start on Boxing Day (Monday) with a 2.30pm home KO and will be hoping that TNS' discomfort on grass continues. They only managed a one goal advantage over both Carmarthen and Aberystwyth recently and we will be looking for the Robins to lift their spirits in line with the Christmas feel-good factor and give the full-timers a tough time. 

Newtown will be without Max Penk who will be serving his second week of a three game suspension, but will welcome back Jamie Pryce who was suspended for five yellow cards against Airbus. Other than that, there should be a full squad available for selection against TNS and some good weather, for a change, will hopefully bring out a good crowd to support the Robins in their quest for desperately needed points.

Carmarthen and Aberystwyth will play each other twice over Christmas and with those two teams being our main rivals in the relegation zone, we can only hope for favourable results - two draws being the best outcome, probably.

The target for the second set of fixtures, which start in the first week of February, will be to vastly improve our performances against sides in the bottom half with us. We have had a very hit and miss season with those teams, but some transfer window recruitment might assist in that regard. Interest is being shown by McNally in several players, all of which are outside the Welsh Premier League as he continues to operate as frugally as he can within budget.

If we start to look at the relegation scenarios, then there is a guaranteed promotion place going to one of the North Wales clubs as seven teams in the Cymru Alliance have applied for the domestic licence, and five of those are currently in the top five positions - in the South, it is not so obvious with just Bridgend and Haverfordwest applying. At the moment, the Welsh Alliance is led by runaway leaders, Cambrian & Clydach, but Bridgend are back in 5th with just 2pts separating them from second position and they have 4 games in hand. Haverfordwest are down in 9th place, but are only 6pts adrift and have two games in hand. So, both promotion places could easily be occupied at the end of the season, meaning we cannot simply continue to target remaining above Carmarthen, but must aim for 10th place at least.

Fairplaytable.jpgThe FAW have published the Fair play tables for the period up to 1st December and Newtown are in 4th position, but have had a couple of dismissals since then, which will knock us down the table when the next list is published. Carmarthen, Airbus and TNS are above us in the table. Clubs can face sanctions if their disciplinary records are worse than the League average over the season.


Merry Christmas to our Club Members, Supporters, Staff, Players and Management team from the Newtown Board of Directors.

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Groundsman Predicts Pitch OK for Airbus Game

gags.jpgTomorrow's match at home against Airbus UK appears to be OK following work on the pitch by Groundsman, Gareth Owen (pictured left) and his small team. It has had to soak up an awful lot of rain over the last fortnight, so conditions will obviously be soft. At the completion of work today, conditions were fine but it had just started to rain again. Fortunately we appear to have avoided the snow that was confidently predicted for last night and this morning, but we need to see a dry night and day tomorrow to give us good passing conditions for the team.

An early start for Gareth tomorrow will see him inspect the pitch and local Referee, Mark Farrington is on standby to inspect the pitch at 10am to avoid unnecessary travelling by anyone - but at this stage the match is definitely ON for its 2.30pm kick-off.

Newtown will be welcoming back many ex-Robins to Latham Park with Danny Desmorneaux, Mark Allen, Craig Whitfield, Gavin Cadwallader and Adam Worton in the current squad. There was a narrow 3-2 defeat for the Robins when they visited the Airfield at Broughton earlier in the season, so we are looking to avenge that tomorrow.

The defence is going to be a little frail with the suspensions brought about by the red cards dished out at the end of the last game at Afan Lido; both Max Penk and Jermaine Johnston received red cards for "violent conduct" and "offensive language to the Referee" respectively, but Penk's red card looked very harsh as his petulant back kick to the shin of an attacking Lido player, reminiscent of Beckham in the World Cup many years ago, could have easily been dealt with by a yellow card. They are joined on the suspension list by Jamie Pryce who has amassed five yellow cards now and that leaves the squad very short.

Negotiations have started with Wrexham AFC to retain the on-loan agreements in place for Penk and Nick Rushton, and it is hoped to conclude those early next week. Enquiries are also going on with several other players that Manager, McNally hopes to attract during the transfer window.

This week's edition of the Welsh Premier Times contains a very fair and optimistic appraisal of Newtown AFC by Port Talbot columnist, Mark Pitman - click here to read the article.  http://www.welshpremier.com/uploads/documents/WelshPrem10985Pages1.PDF


Newtown Reserves have no fixture tomorrow (Saturday)


Afan Lido Get Revenge Win Over Robins

afanlido.jpgAfter losing to the Robins at Latham Park earlier in the season, it was revenge for the vastly improved Afan Lido today as they secured a 3-2 victory in the last three minutes of the match. Twice they went ahead and each time Newtown came back, firstly through Steve Blenkinsop and then through Nick Rushton, but once again, it was a very late winner that was the Robins' undoing as we seem to find it impossible to defend for 90 minutes some weeks.

More concerning today was the loss of both Max Penk and Jermaine Johnstone who received red cards in the dying minutes of injury time. JJ is alleged to have sworn at the Referee when in fact he was retaliating to the receipt of abuse from an opponent, but his second dismissal of the season for silly misconduct will be most concerning for the Latham Park management. Manager Bernie McNally is considering asking the Club to appeal against the dismissal of Max Penk as he is of the opinion that no contact was intended or made on the challenge that led to the dismissal where Max is alleged to have slid into a tackle and kicked his opponent.

This was a big three points to have handed to Afan Lido, who now move well clear of us with a big 8 point lead in 8th. Carmarthen were leading for a long time against Airbus, but finally fell to a 3-1 defeat, but more bad news for us was the very valuable point gained by Aberystwyth at home to TNS as that puts them two points ahead of us.

The big expectation is that we will pick up points in the "second half" of the season following the split, but Afan Lido is probably one of the sides we will be playing and we have to beat these teams if we wish to remain, or deserve to remain in the Welsh Premier League. Manager, McNally will be a busy man in the transfer window as he looks to shore up a frail defence at times. Before then, though, we have to get past Airbus with three players out next week as Max Penk and Jermaine Johnstone will now join Jamie Pryce on the banned list, with Jamie out for receiving five yellow cards over the season. This latestpenalty on Jermaine Johnstone sees the end of his loan period from TNS as he will be out next week and unable to play against TNS over the two festive period fixtures.


No Game for Reserves Today

There was no fixture for the Reserves today as their Morda opponents called the game off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch.

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All Three Academy Sides Win At Prestatyn

The Three North and Mid Powys development sides did exceptionally well today, with all of them winning away to Prestatyn. All the sides had to contend with driving rain, hail and snow and compete on tough pitches, but all showed superb resilience, the Under 12s winning 11-3, the Under 14s by 5-4 and the Under 16s by 4-2.

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Reserves Challenging For Division Lead

Jim Sharman's Reserves are doing well still, winning 8-0 today at home to Kerry Reserves. Goals were scored by Mark Salvati (3), Adam Jenkins (2), Lydon Birch, Anthony Moore and Mark Hughes. Placed in 5th with just three points separating them from the top four sides, the young Robins are proving to be a quality outfit in the Montgomeryshire League Second Division. The sides above the Reserves, before today, were Morda, Newtown Wanderers, Four Crosses Reserves and Llanfair Reserves.


Rhyl Edge Welsh Cup Win

matthew_cook.jpgNewtown's First team either hit the highs or plumb the depths - there just doesn't seem to be a happy medium. Manager, Bernie McNally described it as a typical "after the Lord Mayor's Show" today with a distinctly lacklustre performance from the team as a whole. There were a few positives take from it, such as another wonder striker, this time from Matty Cook and some excellent saves by Nick Thomas, but on the day, Rhyl were just the better side.

Rhyl took the lead during a first half when the visitors were distinctly the better side and that was retained right through to the 87th minute when Matty Cook struck a wonderful 20 yard volley from the edge of the box to raise the roof and open up a lifeline as the game finished 1-1. Extra time saw no real opportunities for either side and after a second half improvement by the Robins, it looked as though we could sneak a winner in extra time. The second period of extra time saw a couple of chances for both sides, nothing clear cut, until a defensive slip up in the 123rd minute of play saw the Robins defence fail to clear authoritatively and it allowed RRhyl1.jpghyl the chance, which they took to deny a penalty shoot out.

It is pretty much par for the course for the Robins over the last few years with consistent first round exits every season. The Manager was a little despondent that, despite two hard hours of tireless work, the magic from last week was not present today, with the running off the ball not being rewarded with the right pass, or the right pass failing to find its man.

We have a couple of tough "must win" games at away to Afan Lido and home to Airbus before the double header against TNS over the Christmas period, with the Robins at home on Boxing Day for a 2.30pm kick-off. It is Afan Lido away next Saturday, followed by Airbus at  home on 17th December. Both of these are infinitely winnable, but it will be a question over which team turns up for Newtown ? (Apologies for earlier error in reporting a home game next week.)

Pictures show Matty Cook, the Newtown scorer and Rhyl's first goal courtesy of Kevin Hughes.


League Problems Put Aside for Welsh Cup Weekend

rhyl.jpgNewtown's relegation battle, made the worse for the loss of three points this week, will have to be forgotten for the weekend as the squad take part in the Welsh Cup third round, the first opportunity for Welsh Premier League clubs to compete.

There has been a change to the system this year, with Merthyr Tydfil, Newport County and Wrexham taking part in the Welsh Cup. Wrexham will be playing at the same time as us and will have to field a Reserve or Youth side as their firsts are engaged elsewhere, whilst Newport County triumphed against Barry Town mid week.

Newtown will welcome Cymru Alliance League leaders Rhyl and fully appreciate what a difficult task it will be. Rhyl have a "big club" history and still attract excellent levels of support, enabling them to continue to attract fine players. They are described as a young side who desire to play football rather than rely on the physical side of the game, which should make for a very interesting game.

Robins Manager, Bernie McNally selects from a squad that will include the returning Max Penk, who was suspended for the big win against Bangor last week and the Club is grateful to Wrexham FC who have generously allowed Max and Nick Rushton to compete for us in the Welsh Cup. TNS will not be permitting Jermaine Johnston to play in either the Welsh Cup or the League Cup until they are knocked out of the competition.

Newtown will need all the support it can get with a healthy following sure to bring plenty of vocal encouragement for the visitors. Kick off is at 2.30pm, as usual, and the match is being covered for Sgorio by the S4C cameras.

The Robins faithful will be looking to see the same sort of performance as last week, which was the best the Newtown side have played in some time, scoring a couple of quality goals to win a match against the top of the table side. The side is well capable of repeating that display and if they achieve it, then a win is very much on the cards. We have not had a good record in the Welsh Cup over the last few years, going out in the first round all too frequently. Good luck to the Robins tomorrow.

Newtown v Bangor action
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Newtown Penalised with Points Deduction for Registration Irregularities

cobettlogo.jpgNewtown AFC have received a points deduction penalty following a hearing conducted by the Welsh Premier League in relation to a breach of registration rules.
The Club has been told it will have 3pts taken off its total which the Newtown Board of Directors feel is an archaic method of penalising Clubs in the modern era. The new look League is smaller so half the league is realistically fighting to avoid relegation; the whole League has a genuine opportunity to compete for European places and there is prize money all the way down to 10th place. All of this makes a points penalty grossly disproportionate to the technical nature of an administrative problem.
Newtown AFC's Officers attended two FAW hearings, one which imposed a minimal fine and the other which imposed the points penalty. Both hearings advised they had taken account of the exceptional external influences and other mitigating factors.
The hearings came about following pre-season registration of new players, where an international transfer clearance request was submitted by the FAW to its English counterpart. The Club believed it had fulfilled its obligations and had successfully carried out the registration process. Unbeknown to the Club, the English FA did not fulfil its obligations under FIFA rules.
A vigorous defence was put forward by Newtown's Officers, but although the two hearings both said they had taken account of the evidence submitted, the two separate penalties were still imposed, the latter of which the Club believes to be exceptionally harsh.


The deduction of points will obviously affect our relegation fight and disrupt an outstandingly well motivated team at present, but Manager, Bernie McNally has been fully appraised at each step of proceedings and is confident his players will rise to meet this extra challenge.
Club Secretary, Owen Durbridge, has told the Club website that he accepts the ultimate responsibility for the irregularity and expressed his apologies to his Board, the Club's supporters and members and also to the players who have had to compete hard to collect the precious points we have.

The Club has decided not to appeal for various reasons, but is in discussion with its Solicitors to mount a legal challenge on the double jeopardy aspect of being subjected to two hearings and two separate penalties for the same incident.


Newtown Youths Beat Caersws

Doing well in the Mid Wales Youth League, Newtown Youths entertained Caersws tonight and after a scrappy first half, went on to win 2-1. It was a close encounter with Caersws more physical than their Newtown hosts and they began to impose themselves on the game, going close a couple of times. Just before half time, Jakob Sharman was clean through on goal and was brought down by the Caersws goalkeeper, with Referee Sam Richards awarding a yellow card and a spot kit. Sharman took the kit himself and although struck with some venom, it was well saved by the Caersws goalie. The ball fell to a Caersws defender and was quickly up the pitch where Luke Jarman, in the Newtown goal had to make a smart save, pushing it away for a corner. From the set piece, a bit of a scramble saw Jack Pitree put the visitors in the lead. The second half saw a different Newtown side and they dominated possession, eventually levelling with a strike from Jakob Sharman before Ben Davies scored a valuable winner with just three minutes remaining. Well done lads.


Newtown AFC Adds Its Condolences Following Death of Gary Speed

On behalf of all the Club's members, fans and players, garyspeed.jpgNewtown AFC's Directors have added its condolences to the family of Gary Speed following his tragic death yesterday. In a message sent to the Football Association of Wales, Club President Richard Bonfield said, "It is hard to appreciate what his family will be going through at the moment, but we send them our sincere condolences."

Club Secretary, Owen Durbridge said, "Wales has lost a Manager who was becoming a familiar face at Welsh Premier League games and events and, in addition to the loss suffered by his grieving family, the Country and its Football Association, have also lost a valuable servant."

The Club's Chairman, Elwyn Preece has asked that tonight's Youth match between Newtown and Caersws observe a minute's silence as a mark of respect, and said, "The Press coverage and scenes at yesterday's football games were incredibly moving and it is indicative of Gary's popularity and respect amongst his peers in the game. We all feel very sad for his family's loss".

Next Saturday's game between Newtown and Rhyl in the Welsh Cup third round, will also be marked by a minutes silence and the players will wear black armbands to mark their respect for a man who was a national treasure.

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Rampant Robins Topple League Champions

Magnificent Performance Sees Deserved Win Over Bangor

Bangor_lategoalceleb3.jpgIt is difficult to throw too many superlatives into a match report that can do justice to a powerful, emotional and well deserved performance that came from Bernie McNally's players today. Up against the current Champions and top of the table, Bangor City, nobody expected anything other than a Bangor win today, especially as we have a woeful record against the top four teams. A lot of credit has to go to Bernie McNally for getting his squad fully motivated and sticking with the policy of playing quality football on the floor, but he was rewarded with so many excellent displays by his players that the Match Sponsors, Rees Astley Insurance Co., could not pick a home player of the match, and instead bought all the players a drink for an outstanding collective victory.

McNally's men began by flying out of the blocks and some excellent inter-passing, movementbangor_keeperbeaten2.jpg and a desire to get the ball saw lots of early pressure and that was rewarded as early as the 7th minute when a flurry of close passes saw the ball land at Zack Evans' feet, and he struck it solidly from 10 yards out and, putting it to the right of Bangor keeper, Lee Idzi, he beat his man well to score the first goal. Not content with that, Newtown continued on the attack, playing accurate passing football and preventing Bangor countering much at all and whatever did come forward from them was well dealt with by the centre half duo of Sutton and Johnson. Later in the first half, Zack Evans struck a beautiful shot that hit the left hand post, rebounded perfectly to Nick Rushton, who struck it back equally hard, only to see the ball hit the other post and rebound to safety. The Robins could have and should have gone in at half time 2-0 up, but they came out in the same dominant mood. Quite quickly, a ball struck perfectly to Nick Rushton saw him beat the defensive line and he was one-on-one with the keeper, only to fire his shot wide. Rushton caused chaos in the Bangor defence all match, moving intelligently and drawing players away to create space in the box. Bangor's long ball game finally paid off as they lofted a ball forward that landed in a crowded penalty box and was met by Bangor's big striker, Les Davies, who slotted the ball home through a tangle of legs to equalise on 53 minutes.

Bangor_ElwynBernie1.jpgAs the second half moved on, so Bangor changed their game and started playing football on the floor which began to see more pressure on the Newtown defence, but the solid back four of Sutton, Johnston, Courtney and Boundford was resolute and repelled all invasions, but they had to work hard for the last twenty mintues when Bangor were on top in the match. All that paid off on 81 minutes when everybody present rose in unison to celebrate what will definitely be the Goal of the Month for November. Gareth Partridge received the ball on the left hand corner of the penalty area after some excellent passing movements along the left hand side and stuck it hard from about 30 yards and, although Idzi got a touch to it, it gave him no chance as it flew like a rocket into the top right hand corner. It was no more than Newtown deserved for a phenominal performance against a very big and strong Bangor side, and for once, our football paid off and our defence was able to hold on for the last ten minutes for a cracking three points.

Pictured above, the team mob Gareth Partridge after his wonder winner; the middle photo shows a jubilant Paul Jewell in the background whilst Lee Idzi lies prone after Partridge's exocet and the bottom photo shows how much this win means to Newtown Chairman, Elwyn Preece who shows his emotion by hugging Manager, Bernie McNally. (All Pictures courtesty of Kevin Hughes)

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All Three Academy Sides Win Away to Prestatyn

The Newtown based Mid and North Powys Development sides all won away to Prestatyn today, conquering the awful conditions to gain victories for all. Playing a match that was postponed by Prestatyn at the start of the season, again for anticipated heavy rain then, too, the lads have developed nicely since then, and are hard sides to beat now.

Newtown Under 12s win 11-3

With only two pitches available, it was the Under 12s who had to suffer the most, waiting nearly two hours to play their match - but they were raring to go when the match kicked off as they knew the pressure was on them with the older two sides both having already won. All the teams had to contend with howling winds, icy rain, hail and snow, but the Under 12s settled quickly as Captain, Dewi Hughes slotted in the opener from an excellent curling corner from wing wizard, Connor Jones. New signing, Tomos Williams got his first and Newtown's second in his marvellous haul of four goals to put the visitors 2-0 up, but within a minute Prestatyn showed how dangerous they could be and slipped through our defence to pull a goal back. Applied pressure from the Newtown and great goals from Nye Owen, Dewi Hughes and Tomos Williams saw the visitors finishing the half as 5-2 leaders. With the rain now horizontal and the wind against Newtown, they started to pass the ball well, despite the muddy conditions, and a great second half hat-trick from Monty hitman, Jack Clare, another for Nye Owen and two more for Tomos Williams too the final score to 11-3 in Newtown's favours. It was a very hard game for the junior side and an excellent result in terrible conditions. Enthusiastic support and encouragement from the Under 14s and Under 16s was particularly appreciated by the youngsters whilst they played. The Under 12s were Lewis Jones, Rhys Morris, Drew Cook, Kieron Rose, Cameron Heward, Warren Roberts, Sam Morris, Nye Owen, Dewi Hughes, Connor James, Tommy Jones, Jack Clare and Tomos Williams - reported prepared by a proud Kevin Hughes and Andy Heward (Coaches)

Newtown Under 14s win 5-4

The Under 14s made life very difficult for themselves against an excellent Prestatyn side that had only lost the one fixture up until today. They shot into a three goal lead with goals from Kamal Lloyd Jones, Ryan Evans and Josh Baldwin. The home side pulled one back just before the break, but just after the break, Newtown restored the three goal difference after a break from Kamal again. Then a revival from the Prestatyn lads saw them score three goals to pull level at 4-4 leaving a very tense last session, with Kamal emerging the hero, scoring his hat-trick to win the match just two minutes from time. Coaches, Bruce Sears and Josh Evans were also extremely proud of their team with all five goals being of top notch quality.

Newtown Under 16s win 4-2

A hat-trick of Academy wins was achieved thanks to the Under 16s also winning, with goals coming from Dave Laird, Kyle Hulse and Luke Evans (2). The scoring never saw the Newtown side go behind as they opened leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1 and finally, 4-2.

Congratulations to all three sides and their Managers - Well done lads.


Reserves Start Party Off With 4-2 Win

Jim Sharman's Reserves started the winning mood off today with a 2pm KO down the riverside that saw them collect a 4-2 victory against the visiting Llandrinio. Marc Salvati, the Assistant Manager, has been a superb acquisition by Jim and he chipped in with another two goals today. There were also strikes from new signing, Lee Jones and Jamie Selvey.

The Reserves are starting to emerge as a dominant force in their division and are providing the club with a valuable community team which is largely made up of young players. The Board are grateful to Jim Sharman for closely following the agreed strategy with the Reserves and for working within tough constraints.

Newtown Host Racism Red Card Roadshow

ZACKKEIRANSRtRC.jpgNewtown Football Club's function room was full of eager primary school pupils today with the visit of 50 young children from our Park Lane neighbours at Hafren Primary School. The Show Racism the Red Card Roadshow was booked into the Latham Centre facility months ago and after getting a full briefing from Jason Webber and his roadshow colleagues, the youngsters met local players, Kieran Mills-Evans and Zack Evans, who were quizzed on their playing careers by the pupils, and also asked their opinions on Racism issues and what experiences they may have had.

Obviously, the issues appearing in the national press surrounding racism allegations involving top british players, made this roadshow more relevant than usual. Newtown is pleased to play its part in helping spread the word against a most cruel form of abuse and adds its weight to the excellent campaign operating throughout Wales.hafrenSRtRC.jpg

Many thanks to Zack and Kieran for attending on behalf of the Robins, and thanks also to Phil and Nerys Williams who assisted with the event and the catering. Lastly, well done to the fifty Hafren school pupils who behaved impeccably and were a credit to their school. All the pupils were given vouchers to the Club's "Bring Your Parents" initiative which saw them provided with a free ticket to this weekend's Bangor City home match whereby each child can bring along a parent free of charge. The Club will be looking to extend this initiative to all the local schools over the remainder of the season.


Neath Overpower Robins 4-0

trundle.jpgLee Trundle has been under criticism recently for lacklustre performances and playing only substitute roles, but today he ruled the roost for Neath as Newtown were swept aside 4-0. Despite the scoreline, Newtown did put out a very good performance, but the goals scored by Neath were well orchestrated by Trundle and each gave Nick Thomas, between the Newtown sticks, no chance. Take away the four goals and a couple of very good saves from Thomas, and he wasn't troubled a lot more!

Shane Sutton had a powerful header bounce back off the bar, and another late shot hit the upright. That was as close as the Robins could come today as we continue to fail to register points against the top four. Another top four side visits Newtown next weekend as Bangor City descend - and they arrive as League leaders after this weekend's results.


Reserves match called off as Lampeter Fail to Travel

The Reserves match in the  Central Wales FA Challenge cup was cancelled late on Friday night when the Club was informed that Lampeter were unable to raise a team for their scheduled visit to Latham Park. Montgomery Amateur League Secretary, Bernie Jones, tried to arrange a last minute match against Kerry Reserves, but this was not possible. Manager, Jim Sharman was disappointed not to be able to give his side the run-out they were expecting.


Youths win against Waterloo 

Newtown Youths went to the top of the League table today after playing away to Waterloo Youths in the Mid Wales Youth League. Luke Mumford and Jakob Sharman were the goal scorers, and there was even the luxury of a missed penalty. Manager, David Jarman was disappointed with the turn-out of some of the more experienced Youth players, but those that formed the squad at Welshpool today worked their socks off. Well done lads, and congratulations on leading the league.

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Neath Latest Side To Lose Management Team As Robins Visit On Sunday

neath_badge.jpgNeath became the latest, but the most high profile, club to lose their Management team when the duo of Terry Boyle and Peter Nicholas were sacked earlier this week. This comes less than a week before Newtown's scheduled visit this Sunday afternoon.

Currently under the control of ex-Swansea man, Kristian O'Leary, the Neath all-blacks will be keen to impress their new player/Manager and, rather than be disillusioned from all their recent troubles, they could be up for the challenge and provide the stern opposition we have come to expect.

Whilst we held Llanelli well last week, we did not create a lot, and Bernie McNally will be keen to put that right, whilst at the same time keeping things tight at the back as he tries to repel Neath's formidable strikeforce. He welcomes back Zack Evans after suspension against Llanelli for accruing five yellow cards, but has learnt this week that Max Penk is the latest player to face suspension for five yellows, but he is not out until the Bangor game a week Saturday. Jermaine Jackson is still suspended, but is back for the visit of Bangor.

Without a senior goalkeeper following the rapid departure of Lee Kendall when the wages problem hit them, and also without the young lad who was injured in the match against Bangor, Neath may be vulnerable at the back. There has also been speculation about star player, Lee Trundle who has only played small parts as a late substitute in their last couple of games.

It is time the young Robins took points off a big name side and one point this weekend would be most welcome. 

The team coach, with room for spectators, is leaving Latham Park at 9am on Sunday and is stopping off for a hearty breakfast half way down where a booking has been made for the break.


Academy Sides Struggle at Airbus

The three Academy junior teams travelled to Broughton in Chester for their fixture against Airbus UK today and returned home with a draw and two losses. The Under 16s found the going toughest, going down 7-1 with Luke Evans scoring for the Mid-Wales Academy side, but U16s coaches Vince Savoia and Colin Love were pleased their side battled on to the end of the match, despite being up against a much better side.

tristan_davies.jpgThe Under 14s did well, coming back from going 2-0 down to a well drilled Airbus outfit.  Goals from Kamal Lloyd-Jones and Ryan Evans deprived the home side of all three points. Bruce Sears and Josh Morris, the age group coaches, watched their side just fail to go on to win the match as poor finishing let them down. Goalkeeper, Tristan Davies (pictured) was nominated as man of the match, pulling off a string of excellent saves and obviously well recovered from an injury sustained in the last Academy match.

The Under 12s were in a very close contest with their opponents, narrowly losing 4-3 after going 4-0 down in difficult conditions at Chester. Trialist, Dray Rogers came on in the second half and his pace proved to be the undoing of the host team as very quickly the visitors pulled back three goals; The first goal was crucial as it got the lads back into the game and it came out of a defence splitting pass from Newtown skipper, Dewi Jones and was picked up by Warren Roberts to finish well. Rogers completed a superb outing by getting the other two goals. It was one-way traffic after that with Hughes and Jack Clare going close to equalising. A good team performance and excellent character from the Mid-Wales players who kept the effort going right to the final whistle, making coaches, Kevin Hughes and Andy Heward very proud.

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Llanelli poor value, but beat Robins 2-0

A poor game to watch today, but one would have to credit Llanelli with doing the job they were tasked to do. The ball barely saw the floor when in possession of the visitors, balls being lofted forward at every opportunity and whenever Newtown tried to attack, it was generally frustrated by the commission of fouls. Newtown had very little possession in the first half, Llanelli keeping the ball most effectively, but not troubling the Newtown goal too much either, and it looked as though half time would arrive goal-less. Kevin Davies had sustained a muscle injury early in the first half and was replaced by Robbie Millington, as Luke Boundford stepped back to fill the right back slot. On the stroke of half time the Llanelli right wing managed to elude Christian Courtney who was not close enough, and struck a cross which found defender, Stuart Jones waiting at the far post for a nod-in through his height advantage.

Height was the issue throughout the match with Llanelli playing the ball to their front men through the air more often than not, but top goalscorer, Rhys Griffiths was kept quiet by the centre half combination of Max Penk and Shane Sutton.

The second half saw a much stronger performance from the Robins, where they had a good share of possession with Llanelli persisting with the long ball and protecting their lead. Some good football from the Newtown lads, but they didn't cause too much bother to the Llanelli goalkeeper. Right at the end of the match, a free kick was taking with far too much haste in our own half, and the first pass went straight to a nearby Llanelli player who pushed the ball through to Antonio Corbisiero whose shot was saved by Nick Thomas, but it was not cleanly held and the Llanelli player picked off an easy tap in, handing the visitors a 2-0 victory that flattered them somewhat, but Newtown did not really trouble them enough to complain about the result.

Whilst our rivals in the bottom half are routinely picking up points against the top four teams, the Robins seem unable to do so. We have Neath next Sunday, and there may never a better time to be playing them as they appear in disarray, throwing away a 2-0 lead to Carmarthen last night, only for the bottom placed Club to come back for an important point. We know we will face a tough run in to the New Year, especially with two games against league leaders, TNS over Christmas and New Year, but we have to stay strong for the second tranche of fixtures which start on February 4th.


Reserves Lose away to Llanfair

Travelling away to Llanfair Reserves today, the Robins Reserves lost 2-0 in the Emrys Morgan Cup. Next week they remain in cup action, entertaining Lampeter Town in the CWFA Senior Challenge Cup - kick-off 2pm


Newtown Announce Family Promotion for Llanelli Game Next Saturday

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Newtown's Commercial team have put together a Special Family promotion in conjunction with the Local Football Development Officer, Tim Broome for next Saturday's home game against Llanelli.

Newtown will need all the support they can get as we enter a phase of the season where we take on three of the top four sides in consecutive weeks, starting with Llanelli before going down to Neath on the following Sunday and then bringing Bangor to Latham Park on the next Saturday. This is a crucial period for the Robins as we have had a good measure of success against teams in the bottom six of late, but now we have to start doing what all the other bottom six sides are doing, and that is taking points off the big boys. Airbus showed us again today that Neath are not insurmountable, as they held out for a 2-2 lead after leading. Yesterday, Afan Lido had their second consecutive draw against one of the big four, finishing all square with Bangor after holding Neath the week before.

In readiness for next Saturday, TNS showed that the Llanelli defence can be exposed if you run at them and put together some good passing. Four times their defence was breached yesterday, and our strikers are capable of doing the same thing and revenge for that 9-2 pasting at Llanelli is badly required. A draw would be nice, just to keep the points ticking over in the league table!

Come along and give the Robins your support - the team is giving everything and there is a lot of spirit in the camp. With plenty of support being provided by the hard working volunteers at the club, it would be nice to see that complimented by a strong fan base on match days. Click here for details on how to get your family promotion offer.

Repeat Performance Against Prestatyn - Injury Time Winner Deprives Robins

nick_rushton.JPGWhen these two sides met first time round, it was an overwhelmingly unfair win for Prestatyn at Latham Park, but they scored two goals and we only had one, so you cannot argue too much. Tonight, it was not quite the same level of possession, but the opportunities to win clearly belonged to Newtown, but luck and perhaps a dodgy decision, deprived them in injury time, yet again.

Nick Rushton (pictured) was involved in all the goalmouth action, with him and Luke Boundford forcing fine saves from ex-Robins keeper, Dave Roberts. On the stroke of half time, a jinking run in the box saw a Prestatyn defender trip Rushton and he went down, facing away from goal. A penalty was justly awarded but despite striking low to the right corner, Roberts guessed right and pulled off an excellent penalty save to see the sides level at 0-0 going into the interval. Nick Thomas, in the Newtown goal, also made a superb save.

The second half saw much the same with Newtown pushing into their opponent's half, Rushton again deprived with a one-on-one with Dave Roberts. He got his reward on the 63rd minute (reported wrongly as struck by Steve Belnkinsop) with a 25 yard curling shot which gave Roberts no chance. That lead was retained for just 13 minutes before, sub Darren Hughes, struck the equaliser, heading into the goal from a corner.

A fairly even period followed, until deep in injury time, a mistake by the Referee saw him award a penalty for Prestatyn skipper, Neil Gibson's stumble in the penalty area. Gibson was running with the ball and stumbled on the slippery surface and the ball was cleanly taken from him by Newtown defender, Max Penk, but then Gibson fell and the Referee stunned the visitors by blowing for a penalty which was converted by the home player-manager. A sad way to lose, but Manager Bernie McNally was delighted with the way his side had played, producing bundles of scoring chances, just like last Saturday - and just like the Port Talbot game, deprived of more goals by excellent goalkeeping. Unlucky lads.

The side has to pick themselves up now and prepare for a difficult match at home to Llanelli on Saturday. They had a slightly better preparation tonight, winning at home to Carmarthen, 2-0. Airbus play at Bangor tomorrow night.


Newtown Avoid Big Teams in Welsh Cup Draw

Rhyl will visit Latham Park

rhyl.jpgThe draw for the third round of the Welsh Cup was carried out this afternoon, and there was no easy tie for the Robins, drawing Rhyl at home for their match over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th December.

Avoiding the rest of the Welsh Premier League and the two invited sides from the English system, Wrexham and Newport, was the primary objective and that was achieved, but Rhyl will provide sterling opposition as current leaders of the Cymru Alliance. They will be targeting Newtown as ripe for the plucking, having deposited Neath from the competition at this same stage last season.

Newtown are hitting a decent patch of form at the moment, and it is to be hoped that continues into tomorrow night's match away to Prestatyn, because leading up to the Rhyl Cup match will be two difficult ties against Llanelli and Neath.

Elsewhere in the draw, Caersws drew fellow Cymru Alliance team, Llandudno and will have every opportunity to progress at home in that tie, whilst there will be no love lost between Port Talbot and Afan Lido who will meet at the Gen Quip stadium. No-one appears sure of the commitment of Wrexham and Newport to their re-introduction to the Welsh Cup - will they field Reserve teams or Youth sides? Wrexham have a home tie against Airbus UK, whilst Newport have below South Wales club, Barry Town.

The full draw is

Flint Town United v Newport Civil Service
Port Talbot Town v Afan Lido
The New Saints v Bryntirion Athletic
AFC Porth v Cambrian & Clydach
Wrexham FC v Airbus UK Broughton
Carmarthen Town v Bridgend Town
Caersws FC v Llandudno FC
Buckley Town v Taffs Well
Neath FC v West End
FC Cefn v Aberystwyth Town
Newtown FC v Rhyl FC
Bangor City v Llanelli AFC
Prestatyn Town v Goytre United
Newport County v Barry Town
Gap Connah's Quay v Cefn Druids
Merthyr Saints v Bala Town

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Dominant Performance and an Excellent Win against Steelmen

Bernie McNally's Robins belied their lowly position with a dominant display against a Port Talbot side that were barely given any chances to threaten the Newtown goal. The first goal for maxpenk1.jpgNewtown came after a shaky ten minutes in which Port Talbot probably looked the better side, but some constant goalmouth pressure from corners and free-kicks resulted in a clearance falling to defender, Max Penk (who was standing just right of goal on the 18 yard line, the ball bounced just in front of him and with a skillfully measured lob, he lofted the ball back into the goalmouth and it looped over the Port Talbot keeper, and after brushing the underside of the bar, landing in the goal. It was an excellently executed lob and was reminiscent of the Mark Jones goal in injury time against Bala last week that robbed us of two points.

After that, there was only one side in the game, with barely any shots at goal coming from the Port Talbot strike force of Chris Hartland and Martin Rose. Newtown could easily have gone into the interval 3-0 or 4-0 up, such were the clear chances they had to score. Matt Cook looked to have an excellent penalty appeal waved away by both the Assistant and Referee when his right leg was poised to strike the ball from just five yards out, and it was taken from him by a mis-timed tackle. That was just one chance of many, two of which fell to Nick Rushton when he was pLuke_Boundford.jpgut through with just the keeper to beat. The Port Talbot goalkeeper, Bartek Folger, had a massive game for his side and whilst it didn't do them any good in the end, it certainly made the scoreline look more flattering as he kept out at least three excellent strikes from Rushton, Boundford and Evans.

It is pleasant to report that the Newtown defence had an excellent day, repelling all the Port Talbot forages forward. For the home fans, it was pleasing to see former players, Dylan Blaine, Paul Keddle and Chris Hartland again, and doubly pleasant to sent them off on the losing team! Luke Boundford (pictured left) came on as a 75th minute substitute for Robbie Millington and he made an excellent impression straight away, using his pace and power to maximum effect down the right wing. He created a few good chances before scoring the vital second goal on the 82nd minute.

Well done the Robins - an excellent performance with Port Talbot having no complaints at all about the end result. Elsewhere today, Carmarthen earned themselves a much needed win with a fine 2-1 victory over Prestatyn, and another extremely well earned point for Afan Lido who had another goal-less draw with a big side, finishing level against Bangor City. With Newtown currently occupying 8th place, we need a defeat for Airbus tomorrow when they host Neath, otherwise they will climb above us. Just 4pts separate us from the coveted 6th position proving there is absolutely nothing between any of the bottom six sides - indeed, probably the bottom 8 sides.

The Tuesday trip to Prestatyn is equally crucial now as they have proved their vulnerability last night to Carmarthen and last week against Airbus, so we need to ensure they cap off a ten day period with a similar fate.


Reserves lose 9 goal thriller

Unlucky for the Reserves today; they were at home, also, entertaining Waterloo Colts in a league match and there were plenty of goals, but Newtown were on the wrong side of a 5-4 result. It was 2-2 at half time, but some poor defending saw the Colts just edge it. For the Reserves, the goals were scored by Marc Salvati (2), Jakob Sharman and Joe Evans.


Reserves Also At Home This Saturday

Jim Sharman's Reserves have had their fixtures for the coming month and their first match will be at home at the same time as the First Team this weekend. New signing, Dan Baker returns to the fold from Abermule, and is part of the squad for tomorrow's game against Waterloo Colt. Last time round, the sides drew at Welshpool, and with the squad having been strengthened in the interim period, the host team will be looking for a victory to boost their steady climb up the table.There are two big cup fixtures lined up for the following weeks, with an away trip to Llanfair Utd Reserves set for 12th November where they will compete in the 2nd round of the Emrys Morgan Cup, and the following week will have them at home to Lampeter Town in the second round of the CWFA Senior Challenge Cup. Waterloo Colts were offered a 5pm KO tomorrow, so that the Reserves could play under lights on Latham Park after the completion of the First Team match against Port Talbot, but they were unable to accept that offer.


Port Talbot The Visitors on Saturday

porttalbotbadge.jpgBernard McNally's Robins entertain Port Talbot Town this Saturday, 5th November and we certainly hope there will be Fireworks on the pitch and that similar form to that produced away to Bala is produced at Latham Park. McNally will welcome back defender, Jermaine Johnstone from suspension, but it will be shortlived as he is set to receive another two match ban for remarks made to the 4th Official in the Aberystwyth match. That is not due to start until 9th November, making him eligible for the Port Talbot and Prestatyn games. Selecting from a full squad, the Manager was pleased to get the OK from Physio, Wayne Peter on striker, Nick Rushton who has been hitting some form in the last few games.

Port Talbot will be without the influential striker, Cortez Belle who is injured and stretchered off in the match with TNS two weeks ago. But they have a very able replacement in the shape of Martin Rose who scored twice in his return to the side against Carmarthen last week. In the earlier fixture this season, a very questionable decision by the Referee resulted in no penalty being awarded for what was seen to be a clear foul in the penalty area. Newtown felt they had acquitted themselves well at the Gen-Quip stadium and are confident of putting in a similar performance on this occasion.

Newtown will be renewing acquaintances with three former players from last season, with Chris Hartland, Paul Keddle and Dylan Blaine all moving to Port Talbot this season. Keddle will be in a familiar left back position one would expect and Hartland may well be on the same side attacking down the wing but there could be a big change for Dylan Blaine as he was in an unfamiliar centre half position against Carmarthen last week.

Port Talbot have prompted praise for allowing Under 16s in for free for their last game or two, but its worth pointing out that this has been the policy of Newtown Football Club all season as it was part of the overall strategy to try to attract additional spectators this year, being combined with our loyalty discount scheme and slashed season ticket prices.


Academy Sides Produce Good Performances Against TNS

dewihughes.jpgGood performances from the three Academy sides today (Sunday 30th Oct) as the Under 12s and Under 14s both came back to show the best type of spirit and get draws, whilst the Under 16s did well to restrict a strong TNS outfit to 5-1.
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Results Don't Go Our Way Today !

Luck continues to desert the Robins this season, with top sides, Llanelli and Neath both only managing draws against our bottom half competitors Airbus and Afan Lido respectively. Afan Lido have now hauled four points from their two games with Neath and both teams go above us in the League, reducing us to 11th position as one of three teams on 10pts, but obviously our -21 goal difference is always going to be against us. Congratulations to both teams on their excellent achievement - its just that, well, we could do without it!

Port Talbot are our next visitors on Saturday and we need to have the same superiority as when we played them at the Genequip stadium, but less of the bad luck again. Two decisions were most costly for the Robins on their travels, but if the same quality of play is displayed as was shown at Bala on Friday, then the supporters will be pleased. That game is entirely winnable, as is the following game a week Tuesday, when we travel to Prestatyn for a mid-weeker. These two games have to be targetted for points because following that it is Llanelli and Neath again!

Jermaine Johnstone will be available for selection against Port Talbot, but he now faces further FAW disciplinary action as the Referee in the Aberystwyth match reported him to the FAW for comments made as he left the pitch. A further period of suspension is anticipated, but the Club are querying the matter with the Compliance section of the FAW. Also facing a suspension is midfielder, Zack Evans as he picked up his fifth booking against Bala and that suspension is expected to start on 11th November, meaning he will miss the Llanelli game, but will be available for Port Talbot and Prestatyn. Defender, Max Penk is currently on four yellow cards and needs to try to stay clear of trouble for as long as  possible.


Reserves Get Abermule Revenge

Two goals from Marc Salvati and Drew Hughes handed the Reserves revenge against Abermule Reserves for a defeat earlier in the season. A more settled side with some excellent signings from Manager, Jim Sharman sees the Reserves steadily climbing the table. They were fifth prior to this match and, dependent on other results, should have notched up another rung or so this weekend. Former Reserves player and Academy coach, Dan Baker wanted to come back to the Reserves a couple of weeks ago, but frustrated by Abermule stalling, the player was not able to play today, but will join the Reserves henceforth. Earlier in the season, Abermule had played a mixture of first and second teamers in their mid-week match against the newly constructed Robins Reserves, so the players were looking forward to getting a 2-1 victory today.

A hugely influential addition to the Reserves squad, Marc Salvati has been the best signing Jim Sharman has made, and in recognition of his contribution and experience, Marc has been made Assistant Manager. Congratulations to Marc and well done to the young side on their blossoming season.


Rushton's 90th minute strike fails to win it at Bala

nick_rushton.JPGNick Rushden's excellent goal in injury time failed to secure a much needed victory for the Robins as Bala star man, Mark Jones demonstrated some great skill to score an equaliser deep into added time.

Zack Evans (below right) had got the travelling Robins off to winning start by scoring in the 56th minute after the match started the second half goalless. Some excellent inter-passing between Kevin Davies and Robbie Millington down the right saw the ball passed to Nick Rushton (pictured left) who made it to the bye-line and crossed the ball along the floor at pace into the box and Zack showed superb timing to make his run and just nip in front of the keeper to deflect the ball into the goal. That lead was maintained for nearly 20 minutes before Lee Hunt scored the Bala equaliser. Both sides were playing attractive football, with Newtown possibly surprising their hosts by playing attacking football after they may have been expected to sit back and defend. Manager, Bernie McNally chose a different shape to the team last night, and it suited the style of play he was looking for - attacking down the wings.

In the end, the Robins were disappointed with a draw, showing they felt their attractive football and positive zack_evans.jpgstance deserved a full three points. Having kept things tight for the last quarter of an hour, Rushton's skillful injury time goal looked to be the decisive strike, as he picked up the ball on the left of the box and cut inside to the right and stroked the ball passed the keeper. To be fair to Bala, they threw everything forward for the remaining injury time and a Nick Thomas clearance found its way to Bala's kingpin, Mark Jones who showed his class by controlling the ball and then chipping in over the melee of players in the box to score the equaliser.

Manager, McNally praised the contribution of Nick Thomas in the Newtown goal for a string of good saves, and also the impact on the game of the two on-loan players from Wrexham, Nick Rushton and Max Penk, both of whom he will be hoping to retain in the transfer window. Both the Management team and the Directors were delighted with the performance at Bala and will be looking for that to continue at home against Port Talbot next Saturday.

Friday night games provide some clubs with significant advantages over us as a few of our players have long journeys to make - Nick Thomas, Kevin Davies and Nick Rushton making four hour journeys and losing a lot of time off work. Newtown's board have decided not to look at Friday night games for the last ten games of the season, but will play one of their five home games on a Sunday.

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Robins Fans lose out to Seasiders in Fans Match

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Show Racism the Red Card Campaign Fortnight of Action - click here for all the photos.

SRtRC.JPGNewtown's promotion of The Show Racism The Red Card Campaign is organised for today's match against Aberystwyth. To read more click here


Newtown Reserves Win Derby Game

Newtown Reserves won their second derby game against Newtown Wanderers , beating them 3-1 after beating them earlier in the season in a cup competition. Goals from Lyndon Gwilt, Marc Salvati and Jakob Sharman secured the victory for the Robins second string.


Lacklustre Performance From Robins Sees Win for Aberystwyth

maxpenk1.jpgA below par performance from Newtown today practically gifted Aberystwyth the win as they were equally uncreative. A very poor example of marking saw Wyn Thomas totally on his own running into goal from the right, and he met a free kick on the volley slotting it in comfortably with no-one near him. The second half saw a few sound Newtown attacks, the best of which saw Steve Blenkinsop put through in the 18 yard box by Nick Rushton but whilst his side foot shot was goalbound, it was cleared off the line by Aber defender, Aneurin Thomas, with the Steve Cann well beaten.

Another Jamie Pryce free kick yielded the equaliser with Max Penk finding room at the far post to slot the ball in for a good poaching goal. That took the sides into half time and whilst the two sets of Directors met to discuss the huge number of red cards Aberystwyth have faced this season, they could not have dreamed that two more red cards would be produced in a game that totally lacked any nastiness. Nick Rushton was going forward on the 60th minute, before which neither side had produced anything threatening, and he was fouled just inside the Aber half by Kris Nalborski leading to his second yellow card and dismissal.

abergoal201011.jpgNewtown are notorious at being unable to cope with an extra man on the pitch, and so it proved again, as just three minutes later, Aberystwyth re-took the lead through Jordan Follows who picked up a loose ball at the right hand post following scrambled defence by Nick Thomas and Shane Sutton. A few minutes later, Aneurin Thomas missed an absolute sitter from two yards during a rare Aber attack. Newtown had no reason to worry about the extra man after that as their new signing, Jermaine Johnston was dismissed for his second yellow after an unnecessary challenge on the Aberystwyth left back, after Jermaine had made a good attacking move. From then on, it was virtually all Newtown, with wave after wave of bombardment of the Aber defence, but with our strikers barely coming up to the shoulders of the Aber giants, it was relatively meaningless pressure with nothing of any substance coming from the possession we dominated. Late on, Nick Thomas made a save when Jordan Follows was through on a one-to-one with the keeper.(The picture above, right shows the first Aberystwyth goal by Wyn Thomas - photo Kevin Hughes)

 As a result of Afan Lido's fine draw against Llanelli and Airbus' win over Prestatyn, Newtown plunged back into the relegation zone on 9 points, staying three points clear of Carmarthen who lost to a 66th minute goal at home to Bala Town. Elsewhere, Port Talbot were defeated 3-2 at TNS.

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Saturday Brings Fans Match v Aber; A Cracking Local Derby; A Race Evening and Return of Football to the Club TVs

racenight.jpgThere is to be a repeat of last season's pre-match Fans Challenge where an 8-a-side team fromm Aber will be pitted against the might of the victorious Fans team from last year. That will occur at 1pm, followed by the Wolves v Swansea game on the Club's TVs, then it will be the big derby match, followed by live TV coverage of Liverpool v Norwich at 5.30pm. Then our fun race night starts at 7pm until 9pm. Come along and join in the fun. premierlogo.jpgThe Club has arranged for the return of English premier league football on the TVs after we had our previous system crash on us. It is now up and running again and will be fully available from tonight.


Aberystwyth Game This Weekend - Another 6 Pointer !

aberbadge.jpgNewtown were occupying the heady heights of 8th position going into their second meeting with Aberystwyth this season, but tonight's results both conspired against us again as the League continues to throw up surprises, emphasising the closeness of competition this season. The Robins have dropped to 10th place before they play their 12th league game of the season following an excellent draw for Afan Lido against Llanelli, with Afan Lido moving into 9th place above us and Llanelli going top above TNS - for now. The other result that did us no favours was a fine win by Airbus over Prestatyn, ex- Newtown skipper, Gavin Cadwallader getting the winner in the 67th minute at the Airfield.

Newtown will go back to 8th position tomorrow if we beat Aberystwyth, which we know we are infititely capable of doing, but, as with all six-pointers, Aber need it as badly as we do. They will be without the very influential Ricky Evans who is serving a three match ban at the moment; that factor could be vital as he was the Man of the Match against us first time round in August.

Newtown will be playing their first match without the services of former Captain, Lee Hartshorn who is tied down with work commitments, restricting his availability to train and make match day requirements. He has been released from his contract and will be signing for Merthyr Tydfil. He is being replaced as skipper by Matty Cook, who wore the armband last weekend for the first time.

Bernie McNally has been looking at adding to his squad already, eyeing up a former Football League registered player with defensive experience, but that has not yet gone through, although it will be something Secretary, Owen Durbridge hopes to complete in the next couple of weeks with the player currently unwell.


Robins Elect to Retain Llanelli Saturday Fixture

llanellibadge.jpgThe FAW have announced that they have arranged a friendly international fixture against Norway on Saturday 12th November this year. It will clash with our home game against Llanelli which is set for a 2.30pm KO. Also affected is the 3.45pm live TV match between Carmarthen and Neath which has been cancelled and will be played on the Friday night instead. S4C will be providing live coverage of the Welsh International at 3pm.

At their Board Meeting last night (Thursday), the Newtown Directors decided that they would continue with the set time as a Sponsor had been appointed and they had already asked for a Saturday game.

The Board also decided that the next round of fixtures in February will contain a cobettlogo.jpgSunday home game to assess spectator response. We will not be able to select the actual fixture until the final positions are known. The Board were pleased that we have not been affected by the drop in spectator numbers that has befallen most other clubs this season and are hoping that the end of the season will show we have profited from the advertising campaign and the reduction in entry fee for regular attendees this year.


Youths Secure Second Half Recovery to Beat Llanymynech

Trailing 2-0 to two first half goals from Llanymynech striker, Rob Carruthers, David Jarman's Youth side were giving the famed "hair drier" treatment at half time and immediately responded by coming out for the second half a more determined team, netting six goals for a fine 6-2 score. Goals for Newtown came from Elliot Smith, Ryan Davies, Joe Bell, Ben Davies and Luke Mumford (2). It was just as well for the young Robins that their goalkeeper, Luke Jarman had an excellent match between the sticks as he prevented the first half being much worse. An excellent recovery though, well done lads.


Hartshorn to leave Robins

Newtown defender Lee Hartshorn has left the Robins due to new work commitments. The South Wales based defender who joined the Robins last season has held the position of right back / centre half since joining from Merthyr Tydfil making 40 top flight appearances. Lee's new job means he was unable to commit to training and match days therefore the club agreed to release Lee from his contract. Manager Bernie McNally along with everyone at the club wishes Lee all the best for the future and Lee also passed on his thanks to the club for making him so welcome.    


Excellent Performance From Robins Secures Vital Three Points

CARMARTHANHOMEGOAL.jpegA superb performance from Newtown saw them clamber off the bottom of the table and secure a lofty 8th place following a 4-2 win at home to Carmarthen today. With other results going our way as well, it was a good day all round for the Robins, and right now, we could do with the season ending, perhaps??

Jamie Pryce started the scoring off in the 15th minute with another excellent free kick from just right of the posts, giving the very good Carmarthen keeper, no chance. That was turned into a 2-0 advantage on 34 minutes when Steve Blenkinsop (pictured left, celebrating his second goal) completed a nice passing movement to score from 15 yards out. It should have been 3-0 by half time, but just before the interval there was an excellent point-blank save from the Carmarthen keeper as Blenkinsop fired in from close range. As it was, a Tim Hicks penalty awarded when Lee Hartshorn was adjudged to have fouled a striker near the edge of the six-yard post, reduced the deficit to 2-1 on 56 minutes after Newtown had been by far the more dominant team. Newtown were immediately spurred into action and a superb passing and running movement was converted into a fine goal from Nick_Rushton2.jpgNick Rushton (pictured right, slotting home Newtown's 4th goal) who darted in from the left to slot the ball confidently passed the keeper. Things did not stay like that for long and ten minutes later, a Geraint Passmore strike inside the 6 yard box beat Nick Thomas in the Newtown goal, to put Carmarthen just a goal behind yet again. But, just like the last time the visitors scored, Newtown responded immediately and Blenkinsop scored his second almost straight from the re-start completing a good passing movement to restore the two goal lead which was retained to the finish.

carmartheninjury.jpgA thoroughly deserved win and a pleasing performance today, although Nick Thomas was busy in the last quarter of the match with Newtown staying back and inviting pressure from the All-gold. There was a bit of a double injury scare for the home side with new defender, Jermaine Johnstone and skipper, Lee Hartson clashing heads whilst defending, resulting in treatment for both for busy physiotherapist, Wayne Peter. There was also an injury for one of the Carmarthen players, Steve Berry (pictured left), who sustained a damaged shoulder which required an ambulance to take him for hospital treatment - best wishes to him.

Elsewhere, results were promising with Aberystwyth doing well to get a point against Neath last night, but it still puts them two points below us in 11th. Afan Lido lost 3-1 to Prestatyn and Port Talbot beat Airbus 2-1. A home win against Aberystwyth is now essential for the Robins next Saturday to keep us away from the dreaded drop zone. Then we need to start getting some points out of our games against the teams slightly higher than us this time round.

Pictures all courtesy of Kevin Hughes.


Reserves Make it a Double Victory 

Jim Sharman's Reserves triumphed 3-2 at Llanymynech today where they played Oswestry outfit, Trefonen. Striker, Marcus Ashley got some valuable goal scoring experience by grabbing a hat-trick, scoring all the Robins' goals for the Reserves giving the young side a new found confidence.


Newtown Announce Family Promotion for Saturday 12th November

In conjunction with the Local Football Development Officer, Tim Broome, Newtown's commercial team have announced a special family promotion for this weekend's home game against Llanelli. With our rivals all taking points off the top teams, as Airbus added another point to their tally by drawing with Neath today, we have to start doing the same. Already promoting cheaper adult prices, the Club are now trying to encourage more youngsters to come to the match with their parents and for a £10 price there will be entry for two children, two adults, two free T-shirts and two free hot-dogs. 

Llanelligame.jpg Families are asked to email the club at office@newtownfc.co.uk to claim their family entry and the Club will reserve their T-shirts for them.


Academy Sides Produce Good Performances Against TNS

Good performances from the three Academy sides today (Sunday 30th Oct) as the Under 12s and Under 14s both came back to show the best type of spirit and get draws, whilst the Under 16s did well to restrict a strong TNS outfit to 5-1.
The Under 16s, playing on Latham Park, scored through Callum Love, but they were against a dominant TNS side and had to battle hard to keep the score to 5-1.
The Under 14s took the lead through a Ryan Sears header but quickly found themselves under the cosh from TNS, going 3-1 down. Some excellent work in midfield inspired a comeback, with a brilliant goal from Josh Baldwin and then Ryan Sears provided for Kamal Lloyd to equalise. A couple of more chances fell to Kamal for Newtown to re-take the lead, but not quite good enough to beat the TNS keeper. A great comeback and some good resolve by the lads - well done.JackClare.jpg
dewihughes.jpgWell done too, to the Under 12s - after a sluggish start kicking against the wind and into the sun Newtown soon found themselves 2 - 0 down with TNS passing the ball well and controlling the play and this remained the score untill half time. In the second half Newtown began to pressurise the TNS defence a bit more and after a subtle through ball from NFC captain Dewi Hughes (pictured left), Tommy Jones struck the inside of the far post with the TNS keeper beaten, against play TNS landed a sucker punch and caught Newtown defence napping to take a emphatic 3-0 lead with only 10 minutes remaining on the clock.
Within minutes Newtown got the luck they deserved and were awarded a penalty after Dewi Hughes was brought down with the goal at his mercy, up stepped Tommy Jones to fire home and make the scoreline a little more flattering for the Newtown lads. Minutes later TNS were awarded a penalty after Rhys Morris was found guilty of a foul in the box, up stepped ex nfc academy player Ryan Gardener to fire high over the Newtown goal which seemed to be the kickstart for Newtown, who responded with non-stop attacking football, the pressure finally paying off from free kick wizard Jack Clare (pictured right) who hit a superb 25yard scorcher that got the Newtown geriatric barmy army to their feet, now only three mintues remanining. ~Maybe just maybe ..... Newtown kept pushing and Tommy Jones got his second of the game with a great lob and levelled the match 3 - 3, at the other end Newtown keeper Lewis Jones pulled of some great saves and defenders Sam Morris, Keiron Rose and Rhys Morris were exceptional if the game had lasted another 5 minutes WHO KNOWS!


Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action

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Newtown and Aberystwyth took part in the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign's fortnight of action at their match yesterday. Here are the pictures taken before the match began.

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Both teams pictured just before kick-off.

NewtownSRtRC.jpgThe Newtown squad after their pre-match warm-up wearing the Show Racism the Red Card T Shirts

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JPandKDSRtRC.jpgJamie Pryce and Kevin Davies enjoying their pre-match warm up

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Robins Fans Team Lose to Seasiders

Yesterday's home match against Aberystwyth saw the return of the Fans Match with the Seasiders anxious to avenge last year's 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Robins, and they got it as they won this entertaining encounter, refereed by Rev Marc Morgan, 1-0.

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Pictured for the Robins Fans above are:

Back, l to r - Steve Jarman, Gary Harlock, Anthony Price, James Pelling, David Jarman, Laura Williams

Front, l to r - Stuart McNally, Colin Love, John "evergreen" Barnett, Jack Morris, Paul Armes

Pictured below is the Aber Fans side.

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SRtRC.JPGThis weekend will see Newtown AFC support the Fortnight of Action during their fixture against Aberystwyth Town FC, where both teams will be wearing anti racism T-shirts prior to kick off and jointly supporting the anti racist message. This period of concerted action encourages participation from all sections of communities to celebrate diversity and tackle racism. A major aim of the Fortnight of Action is to encourage anti-racist actions, events and initiatives to take place throughout the year. Many organisations begin their actions during October and run follow-up events during the year. One proven way of making a difference is to act on a local level to break down barriers that lead to racist attitudes and behaviour. These barriers can include:

  • Racial stereotyping
  • Ignorance of other cultures
  • Excluding practices
  • The idea that any one culture or racial group is superior to another
This year’s SRTRC Fortnight of Action will once again see players in Wales show their support for the anti-racist cause. Action at games will include:
1 Players wearing SRtRC RED T-shirts2 Players ‘RED card’ action at WPL games
3 Anti-racist tannoy announcements
4 Articles in match programmes
5 Articles on club websites
6 Unveiling of anti-racist stadium hoardings
7 Involvement with local clubs and communities
Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. We hope you enjoy the game this weekend and ask you to support the player’s action before kick-off.  SRtRC have launched a new Ambassador scheme, which a clubs player along with the manager will represent the club working with SRtRC promoting their message. Our club ambassador this season is Matty Cook, who shared his thoughts on the campaign and racism in football saying: "In any civilised society, nobody would want to see anyone abused by virtue of their race; this is something we all should support. Newtown Manager, Bernie McNally also highlighted the clubs stance against racism and said:"I have had the fortunate opportunity of playing football at the highest level and have come across situations of racism in the game during my time - it is not a nice thing to see or hear and I totally the support the campaign and instill in my players, at all levels of football, to play and act fairly.
 SRtRC’s Campaign worker who’s role is working with clubs across Wales utilizing football as an engagement tool for young people spoke about the FOA saying;  

“This season will see more clubs than ever unite across Wales in actions prior to kickoff and all clubs are to host an event with young children using the players as role models talking to pupils about their experiences, this is a big step towards stopping racism in the play ground and in the community. The launch of the new Ambassador scheme will further highlight the support of the players and our clubs in Wales.” Jason Webber – SRtRC Wales Campaign Worker SRtRC’s work is funded by the Football Association of Wales and Andrew Howard who is the FAW Head of Competitions highlighted its importance and said: "The Fortnight of Action, which Show Racism the Red Card coordinates in Wales, is a hugely important event in the Football Calendar. The Football Association of Wales believes that the support from its clubs during this campaign will help to educate and re-educate football fans of all ages in order to stamp out the threat of Racism in the terraces and on the football pitches in Wales." Andrew Howard, FAW Head of Competitions If you see or hear racism at any level of football, please report it to the club, stewards or the police. Further details about the campaign and the Fortnight of Action can be found at www.theredcardwales.org or contact the Welsh office at: Tel: 02920 340 422 Email: Wales@theredcard.org
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Jamie Pryce scoring Newtown's first goal

Yet Another 6 Pointer as Robins Host All-Gold

carmarthenlogo.jpgThe Robins face their third "6-pointer" in successive weeks tomorrow (Saturday) as they host Carmarthen Town. The "All Gold" are one of only two teams that the Robins have taken points off this season, having beaten them 1-0 at Carmarthen in the opening fixture of the season. Going down 3-2 away to Airbus last week saw us lose a critical basement battle there, having beaten Afon Lido a week earlier. Tomorrow's game and then the following week's affair with Aberystwyth are two more crunch fixtures.

Bernie McNally is expected to select from a full squad and as much support as possible is required to urge on the Robins in their quest for full points. If the match itself is not encouragement enough to visit Latham Park, then come to see the fans match before hand. A spectators match has been arranged with Carmarthen fans and it will be repeated next week at home to Aberystwyth.


Academy Sides Get Mixed Results at Rhyl

Travelling to Rhyl yesterday (Sunday), Newtown's Academy sides lost two and won one. The under 12s lost their first match of the campaign 3-2 against a strong Rhyl outfit. They were 2-0 down against the wind within 10minutes, and with it looking ominous, a battling performance from the midfield trio of Dewi Hughes, Drew Cook and Nye Owen pulled back some possession which resulted in good goals from Jack Clare and Nye Owen. In the Newtown goal, Harry Turner had no chance with any of the goals, but a good performance despite the result. The Under 14s had an excellent 5-0 win after goals from Nick Joyce (2), Gethin Stephens, Ryan Evans and Josh Baldwin. No luck for the Under 16s either after they looked the better team for 35 minutes, leading through Luke Evans, but a couple of mistakes saw them 2-1 down at half time and a few heads went down, leading to a 4-1 defeat eventually, but another good performance in the first half.

Robins Drop To Bottom Despite Spirited Performance

The Robins slipped back to the foot of the table after losing 3-2 to fellow relegation battlers, Airbus. With just two wins coming from the first ten games it was a goal in the last ten minutes, yet again, that sunk the ship against at the Airfield. Having come back from 2-0 down to equalise through Nick Rushden and Jamie Pryce, the Robins lost to an 83rd minute goal.

Johnstone Comes On Loan From TNS

jermaine_johnson_action.jpgBig and strong, standing at 6' 2", Jermaine Johnstone is just what the Doctor ordered  or, rather these days, just what Bernie McNally ordered. With the defence leaking goals in some of our bigger games, Manager McNally was after some respite and he has turned to Newtown Chairman, Elwyn Preece to use his influence with TNS to secure the services of a player who is highly respected by his Club, but who is being kept out by the excellent form of veteran international defender, Steve Evans. Johnstone's loan papers arrived through in time for selection for tomorrow's (Sunday) game away to Airbus. This will probably allow the Management to push Sutton further forward to strengthen midfield and provide some of the influence that was evident against Afan Lido. With Airbus just below us in the league, this is the second "six pointer" in a week and will be a chance for the current side to clash swords with some ex-Robins who are now at the  'Bus. Former skipper, Mark Allen will not be known by anyone, but the likes of Gavin Cadwallader, Adam Worton and Craig Whitfield were all with the Robins last season.

Photo above, courtesty of www.welsh-premier.com

Excellent Cup Win for Reserves

Competing in the first round of the Emrys  Morgan Cup, the Reserves had an excellent 8-1 at home over Ceredigion outfit, Llanon today. Goals came from Marc Salvati (2), Lewis Sim, Joe Evans and Marcus Ashley (4). Well done to the lads and best of luck with the draw for the next round.

 The Reserves also learned their opponents for the second round of the Central Wales FA challenge cup; they have drawn Lampeter at home and play on Saturday November 19th.


Newtown Youth Team Win Against Llanidloes Youth

David Jarman's young Robins had a 2-1 success tonight in a difficult match at home to Llanidloes. The visitors took a 1-0 lead, but after coming on as a second half substitute, Mir Sukuozde scored both Newtown goals to snatch a late victory. Another young team was put out tonight, but they played excellently.


Academy Success For Development Teams

Under16ssmall.jpgNewtown Academy sides did very well in today's fixtures at home to Porthmadog. The Under 12s won 3-2 in a thrilling encounter which saw Tommy Jones start the scoring off directly from a free kick, then the Newtown youngsters went 2-1 down but a superb 30yard equaliser from Jack Clare in the final quarter of an hour put the sides level again. With less than ten minutes remaining, the winning goal came from Loxton Lee Lewis.

The U14s were unlucky to draw their match after leading through a Nick Joyce goal and then lost the full points after conceding an equaliser in injury time. The match was marred by an injury to Newtown goalkeeper, Trystan Davies who received an eye and forehead injury whilst making a save and coming into contact with an opponent early in the game. He was taken to Shrewsbury hospital for treatment and an x-ray.

Another head injury sustained in the Under 16s game where one of the visiting strikers clashed for a 50-50 ball with Newtown's Callum Love and appeared to lose consciousness. He was also taken to Shrewsbury hospital. That match finished 2-1 to the Newtown side after drawing their opening encounter a few weeks ago. Jack Williams scored both goals, opening the scoring and then getting the winner after the visitors had equalised.

Pictured above are the Under 16s team that played today, with their Coaches, Colin Love and Vince Savoia (Click on photo to see bigger version)

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What a goal !
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The Afan Lido keeper is rooted to the spot after Shane Suttons

Super Sutton Strike Sinks Southerners

shane_sutton.jpgA superb Shane Sutton strike from 25 yards in the 81st minute produced the winning goal for Newtown as they beat their Afan Lido visitors, 2-1. The Robins had taken a deserved early lead with another long range effort from Nick Rushden in the 9th minute, as he struck the ball from just right of centre of the goal from 18 yards and gave the keeper no chance. That lead was retained until the 72nd minute when a generous penalty award saw Afan Lido equalise from the penalty spot. It was a game of two halves again, with the home side by far the more dominant in the first half but a resurgent Lido came out the stronger side in the second half. Squandered chances for Newtown befell several front liners, but equally, Afan Lido had their share of possession in their opponent's third of the pitch and could make nothing of them. Both keepers produced a couple of stunning saves, but the Lido keeper was much the busier for most of the match. The last quarter of an hour saw the visitors camped out in the Robins half, trying to claw back an equaliser, but some dogged defending kept them out.

Manager, Bernie McNally swapped things around a bit today to give his squad a bit more beef up front and in the middle. Shane Sutton, superb wherever he is played, was pushed up into mid-field and it proved a successful venture with the ball more keenly competed for in the air and a bit of bite to the challenges. Luke Boundford did an excellent job as striker today, trying to hold up the ball and set up chances for his partner, Rushden. A worthwhile enterprise by McNally as it changed the team dynamic and saw us with more midfield possession.

Carmarthen Town kept pace with Newtown by winning at Airbus, 3-1 which leaves us still in the relegation zone but off the bottom and closer to the pack above with no points for Prestatyn, who lost to Llanelli 2-0, Aberystwyth who lost by the odd goal to TNS, 3-2, Port Talbot who lost their 1-0 lead against Neath to finally capitulate 2-1, and, of course, Afan Lido. Something that is likely to haunt us all season is our goal difference as we are level on points with Carmarthen and Aberystwyth but are streets behind them with a -21 difference.

Well done to the Robins today, and a pat on the back for the Manager for changing things around a little. The proverbial six-pointer today went out way, but another looms next week as we resume acquantainces with some ex-Robins when we are guests of Airbus UK Broughton in what will be an equally crucial encounter.

The prize draw for the submission of email addresses was won by Steve Peter, the brother of Newtown's Physiotherapist, Wayne. Steve will receive a season ticket for his prize. Thanks to all of you who submitted your addresses for marketing purposes.


Reserves Suffer Defeat at Llandrinio

A 3-2 defeat with a missed penalty in the last minute saw the Reserves return from their trip to Llandrinio with no reward. Huw Roberts and Ritchie Rees netted for the young Robins who will competing at home in the Emrys Morgan Cup next Saturday when their visitors will be Llanon for a 2.30pm KO.


Robins Entertain Lido Tomorrow (Sat) in Crunch Game

afanlido.jpgNewtown Manager, Bernie McNally has been busy this week, preparing his squad for a vital game in Newtown's bid for Welsh Premier League survival. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Robins host Afan Lido for the first time in several years and McNally knows that only three points will suffice. After starting the season with an important away victory to Carmarthen, Newtown have conceded 28 goals and have lost the subsequent seven matches. Currently lying bottom of the table, Newtown must strive for maximum points which may lift us two places and put us within touching distance of the teams we always expected to be competing with at the lower half of the table. Zack Evans is an injury doubt after pulling his hamstring away at Bangor last Friday, but apart from that the Manager will select from a full squad. The good weather should help to bring along much needed supporters as the Robins need every assistance to propel them to victory.

The mid-week match of Afan Lido v Aberystwyth ended in a goal-less draw, which pushed each of those clubs a little bit further away from Newtown, but at least kept them within a catchable distance if we can start picking up points. Also taking place tomorrow is Carmarthen v Airbus and with neither side having had much success so far, the result of that fixture will impact upon us considerably.

McNally, speaking to the Club website earlier today, has said how conscious he is that the team is not performing to their capabilities; the football played in the mid-week fixture against Prestatyn at the start of the month showed the quality we can play to, but a lack of control in the last quarter of the pitch and perhaps a little loss of confidence in front of goal, meant we let that game go without gaining any points, and we have to look at scoring points when we have so much possession. New loan rules this season allow clubs to "loan" players from other Welsh Premier clubs outside the transfer window and McNally said he was busy contacting the other Clubs to see what players may be suitable to join us until January.


Young Robins Lose 4-1 to Waterloo

A disappointing result for David Jarman's Youth side as they lost 4-1 to their Waterloo Rovers visitors. The loss of half the first choice squad to the college team who are playing tomorrow was a major factor, but many thanks to those that stepped in to fill the breach. The Newtown scorer was Jakob Sharman. The next youth game is again at Latham Park where the visitors will be the Llanidloes Youth team on Monday October 3rd at 7.30pm.

Send the Club Your Email Address & Enter Draw For Free Season Ticket

prizedraw.jpgNewtown AFC are running a new initiative to collect supporters’ email addresses to use to market events, matches etc at the Football Club. There will be a season ticket presented to the person pulled out of the draw and all you have to do is to email office@newtownfc.co.uk and include the word PRIZE in the subject line. You may get an error message, but ignore that as all emails are getting through. You will then receive a quick response from the Football Club to acknowledge receipt of your email.

Apologies, but the draw did not take place as initially planned on Saturday 17th September as there was just too much happening at the Club. It will, instead, be done this Saturday at the Afan Lido match on 1st October. IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR FURTHER EMAILS.


Youths Lose 6-1 with Weakened Team At Caernarfon

Joe_Evans.jpgThe Youths slipped to a 6-1 defeat in the Welsh Youth Cup at Caernarfon yesterday. Joe Evans (pictured) collected the Robins goal,, but travelling with a very young and weakened team, the Robins were up against a very strong local outfit. The Club is grateful to the commitment of those players who travelled and to David Jarman, the Youths Manager for his efforts in this year's Welsh Cup competition.

Tomorrow night (Tuesday 27th Sep) the Youths will be playing at home to Waterloo Rovers on Latham Park - 7.30pm KO. They won their opening game against the reigning champions TNS, and will find Waterloo a strong challenge as they are once again weakened. The contingent of Robins players at Coleg Powis are committed to an away game with the college team in Wolverhampton on Wednesday and have declared themselves unavailable, leaving David Jarman with another selection issue, having to rely on the young 16yrs olds in his squad. Good luck lads.

Interestingly, this type of situation raises the problems faced by clubs in trying to field youth teams at whatever level, be it Mid Wales League, Welsh Youth Cup or the Academy U19s Competition - there are simply too many demands on the players aged between 16 and 18. Not only are there these youth competitions, but there are a lot of the same players in the College side, and playing for them is obligatory, and then there are the Saturday senior sides ALL of these players belong to; and as if that wasn't enough, this coming weekend there is the additional problem of the Montgomeryshire Cup starting, which caused the Robins problems last season when it clashed with the CWFA Youth Cup fixtures.


Reserves Win Cup Match On Penalties

Marc Salvati was the hero for the Reserves today, scoring both goals as they played their local derby against fellow new-boys, Newtown Wanderers. The fixture was in the first round of the Tanners Cup and it finished 1-1 after normal time and 2-2 after extra time. Going to penalties, the match was settled 3-2 with penalty conversions by Marc Salvati, Jamie Selvey and Lewis Sim. There was plenty of work for Referee, Eddie Pryce with some niggling tackles and some players with too much to say with yellow cards coming thick and fast, but there was some quality football from the Reserves who passed the ball around well.


Chairman Backs McNally as Robins Overpowered by Bangor

ElwynPreece1.jpgNewtown AFC Chairman, Elwyn Preece spoke to the club website this morning, affirming the desire of the Board to stand solidly behind the Manager following a run of defeats in the Welsh Premier League. Elwyn said, "We have not given the Manager sufficient tools to do the job. The League is highly competitive with many Clubs strengthening at a time when we had to spend less money."Assuring the Management team of their security, the Chairman went on to say, "We are fully behind the Manager and his assistant and will be backing them to build the side which is currently a work in progress. We are still confident of Premiership survival which is our principle aim this season, and hope to target a good run in the Welsh cup this year."

The comments follow last night's 4-0 defeat away to Bangor where the Chairman said the Robins played good football, but were simply not strong enough to compete in midfield and at set pieces. Elwyn said, "It was a case of Youth against Seniors and the experience, height and power of Bangor were self evident. We created some good chances and had Robbie Millington blasted a couple of chances when he had rounded the keeper instead of sliding the ball, allowing it to be cleared off the line, we could have had a couple of goals."Keeper, Nick Thomas had an excellent game pulling off a string of good saves, but there was bad news for Zack Evans who pulled his hamstring ten minutes from time, leaving the team down to 10 men for that period.

The January transfer window will have to be used to find the bigger, stronger players we lack in key areas, but until then the high spirits in the squad will need to be maintained and if they keep playing decent football, rewards should come. Elwyn went on to say, "Next week's game against Afon Lido is clearly crucial as they collected three valuable points against Carmarthen last night and, after a run of six defeats we badly need points to keep pace with our rivals."


Neath Too Strong For Robins

Bernie's Boys were not able to contain their Neath visitors last Saturday as we celebrated our first live TV match of the season with a 4-0 defeat. This was Neath's first points from away goals, but the first half hour saw the sides still locked on 0-0, with both sides having chances to spurning them. As might have been expected, Nick Thomas was the busier of the two keepers, and he produced a couple of excellent saves. Matthew Rees broke the deadlock on 32 minutes, but another goal followed 7 minutes later from Luke Bowen as Neath began passing the ball a lot better. Robbie Millington and Nick Rushden opportunities, but 10 minutes into the second half, some good set up play resulted in the third goal for the visitors, from Chris Jones. Lee Trundle was a big influence with some fine passes, and with only minutes remaining, Kerry Morgan hammered in the final nail with the fourth goal for Neath.

Two difficult games behind us with Neath and Llanelli disappearing off the fixture list for the first round and now we have to re-discover confidence and pick up some points on the road at Bangor this Friday and then face Afan Lido at home the following week, with the game obviously attracting the title of "six pointer".


Reserves collect first Win Against Llanfair Res

Well done to Jim Sharman and his lads as they collected their first win of the season with a 3-0 victory at home to Llanfair Reserves last Saturday (Switched last minute to facilitate the opposition). Goals from Huw Roberts, Lewis Sim and Marc Salvati. The Manager was very pleased with their first 3pts and is now looking forward to the team's first derby game of the season this Saturday when they play hosts to fellow Newtown side, Newtown Wanderers in the Tanners Cup


Academy Games Postponed by Prestatyn

All three Academy games had to be postponed on Saturday afternoon after the Club were informed by their Prestatyn hosts that heavy rain overnight and more forecast for Sunday would mean their junior pitches were likely to be unplayable. Whilst it is a bit disappointing to see games called off so early in the season, we recognise the problems pitches can present at times. The matches have been tentatively fixed for Sunday 23rd October when Prestatyn were scheduled to have a friendly match. Many thanks to the Age Group coaches for contacting all the players at the last minute.


Youth Team Off to Caernarfon This Weekend

 The Youths will be playing their second Welsh Youth Cup match this weekend when they make the journey to the North West Wales coast to visit Caernarfon. David Jarman will hopefully be picking from a full squad and his lads are buoyant after a good first round game and a successful start to the League season with a win over TNS last week. Scheduled tomorrow night (Tuesday) is a re-arranged match against Waterloo Rovers. KO is at 7.30pm on Latham Park for a game that was held over from yesterday. 


Pre-Match Entertainment for Saturday

Newtown will be hosting pre-match entertainment this Saturday before the live showdown with Neath (kick off 3:45). Top comedian Mr Mick Martin along with a hot meal will be served before the game with the entertainment stating at 2pm. Admission to the game and the pre-match entertainment is only £12, available on the day or if you are a season ticket or VP member, a reduced rate of only £7.
Please come along and support the club and have a laugh before the important fixture.


Newtown Youths Get Superb League Start

David Jarman's Youth side got their new League season off to a tremendous start tonight as they defeated the current Champions, TNS 2-0 to start in the most emphatic manner. Elliot Jones scored the first goal just before half time, an excellent strike to open a deserved lead; a very tight second half ensued before Lewis Groves scored the goal to make the match safe in the last ten minutes. The Robins Manager was delighted with the performance of his young charges and congratulated them on a thoroughly deserved win.

The Robins began their youth campaign a week ago by winning 3-0 away at Criccieth in the Welsh Youth Cup and now enter the next round away to Caernarfon on 25th September. Tonight's team competes at Under 18 level, whilst the Welsh Youth Cup is at Under 19 level.

Many congratulations to the young side and best wishes for a successful season.


Reserves lose to Carno Res in Town Cup

jimsharman.jpgNewtown Reserves slipped to a 3-2 defeat to their Carno Reserves visitors last Saturday in the Town Cup. Playing in a division above Newtown, Carno got off to a flying start, putting themselves 2-0 ahead after just ten minutes. Newtown Manager, Jim Sharman said, "I am going to have to change the warm up routine because we are far too slow to get into the match and this was another example of where we were caught napping. We played really well after that and pulled it back, but those first two goals were too much to overcome. Newtown's scorers were Richard Rees and Mark Hughes.

The Reserves learned today that they have a home tie in the first round of the Emrys Morgan Cup, which will be played on Saturday 8th October at Latham Park. Their opponents will be Llannon, near Aberystwyth.


Academy Sides Start Well Against Llandudno

academyphoto2011.jpgThe new Academy Season started on Sunday and there were excellent performances from all of them at home to Llandudno, with only a narrow 1-0 defeat for the U16s preventing a clean sweep. The Under 12s, managed by Kevin Hughes and Andy Heward won 6-1 with goals coming from Dewi Hughes (2), Drew Cook (2), Ryan Gardner and Loxton Lewis. The Under 14s, managed by Bruce Sears and Josh Morris, had a prolific 11-0 victory, with goals coming from Nick Joyce (3), Charlie Humphreys (2), Ryan Evans (2), Ryan Sears, Kamal Lloyd-Jones, Alex Jones and Gethin Stephens. Colin Love and Vince Savoia manage the Under 16s and were desperately unlucky to lose in the last minute of the match 1-0, but the Managers were buoyant after a decent performance.

Next Sunday sees the second fixture, when the teams will travel to Prestatyn with the coach leaving the Police Station at 10.30am.

Click on the picture of the squad to see a bigger photograph (courtesy of Kevin Hughes)


Record Breaking Defeat For Robins at Llanelli

nick_rushton.JPGThe Robins returned from Llanelli as dejected record losers last Saturday after sustaining a hefty 9-2 defeat at the hands of their hosts. Although Jamie Pryce was sent off in the 71st minute, it had little bearing on the scoreline with only Craig Moses' third goal being scored after the red card. Both Moses and Rhys Griffiths scored hat tricks, and local boy, Chris Venables also chipped in with two goals. Some consolation for the Newtown faithful was an excellent goal from Nick Rushton (pictured) after Jamie Pryce had scored the first when his side were 2-0 down.

Newtown Manager, Bernie McNally said, "It was the worst day in footballing terms for me personally, as a coach or Manager, we completely lost our way." It could have been so different as, when 3-2 down, Robbie Millington missed an excellent chance to level the match just before half time.

Newtown Chairman, Elwyn Preece said, "It was one of those games where too many people had a bad day, and Venables, Moses and Griffiths had one of those days where everything went right". Elwyn went on to say, "I was discussing it with our Manager and he thought we had played too openly, and will need to do something about that. Both he and Peter Carter were shattered by the result." Some of the Llanelli supporters commented to Elwyn that it was the busiest their keeper had been this season, with many chances befalling the Newtown strikers, but mostly failing. "We played well for 30 minutes and when we were just 2-1 down, I thought we might get something out of it. Then I blinked and we were 4-1 behind and the lads' heads went down then"

The team have to pick themselves up now and get ready for big spending Neath who are the visitors to Latham Park for the live TV clash at 3.45pm this Saturday (17th Sept.)

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All of the Ball But We Scored Less Goals!

zack_evans.jpgThe Robins played some superb football tonight in their mid-week match against Prestatyn. There was no sign of the side that scored six goals against Carmarthen at the weekend as the Robins had the vast majority of possession, but two very careless defensive marking errors lost us the match as the visitors scored two goals in the first 20 mins, totally against the run of play. Robbie Millington missed a good chance early on, but the first half lost a bit of tempo as half time approached. The second half produced a lively encounter as the Robins again dominated possession with excellent work from Luke Boundford and Zac Evans on the right, and Max Penk making incursions down the left. Nick Rushton looked a competent addition on his home debut, but too often possession was wasted with poor crosses from both wings. Kevin Davies, voted the Man of the Match by the Match Sponsors, Claire and Lee Bebb, had a superb shot from the right which made the whole goal shake as it blasted the crossbar. Good work on the right hand side saw persisent pressure bring some reward as, on 81mins, a Zak Evans shot from 15 yards out gave ex-Robins keeper, Dave Roberts no chance (picture below). It was no more than the Robins deservedPRESTATYNGOAL.jpeg, but despite 100% possession thereafter, the Robins could not find a way through.

The supporters were very vocal tonight and cheered the side on and whilst they left disappointed with the result, there were positive views on the quality of the football on display. Defensive errors need to be sorted, but keep playing like that and goals will come.

Elsewhere tonight, Bala Town's run continued with a 2-0 win at home to Port Talbot and Bangor beat Airbus 4-2 away. Carmarthen went down 3-0 to their near neighbours, Llanelli whilst the big match between TNS and Neath resulted in a comprehensive 3-0 win for the Oswestry side. Carmarthen now replace us in bottom position and there are four teams on the same points as us.

Our next game is on Saturday away to Llanelli and the supporters coach will be leaving the Police Station at 9am. 

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Millington on target again for the Robins

Academy Teams Do Well Against Porthmadog

Under16sbig.jpgPictured here are the Under 16s team that played today, with their Coaches, Colin Love and Vince Savoia (Click on photo to see bigger version) 

Newtown Academy sides did very well in today's fixtures at home to Porthmadog. The Under 12s won 3-2 in a thrilling encounter which saw Tommy Jones start the scoring off directly from a free kick, then the Newtown youngsters went 2-1 down but a superb 30yard equaliser from Jack Clare in the final quarter of an hour put the sides level again. With less than ten minutes remaining, the winning goal came from Loxton Lee Lewis.

The U14s were unlucky to draw their match after leading through a Nick Joyce goal and then lost the full points after conceding an equaliser in injury time. The match was marred by an injury to Newtown goalkeeper, Trystan Davies who received an eye and forehead injury whilst making a save and coming into contact with an opponent early in the game. He was taken to Shrewsbury hospital for treatment and an x-ray.

Another head injury sustained in the Under 16s game where one of the visiting strikers clashed for a 50-50 ball with Newtown's Callum Love and appeared to lose consciousness. He was also taken to Shrewsbury hospital. That match finished 2-1 to the Newtown side after drawing their opening encounter a few weeks ago. Jack Williams scored both goals, opening the scoring and then getting the winner after the visitors had equalised.


Academy Squad Unveil New Kit Sponsored by Control Techniques

academypicturelarge.jpgNewtown Academy Squad is pictured assembled before the start of their first fixture of the new season at home to Llandudno. The new yellow and black away kit was sponsored by Control Techniques and the lads all looked very smart before their first match which they were very successful in.

Pictured are the three Academy squads - the Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s.


Prestatyn are Newtown Visitors Wednesday Night (7th Sept)

bernie.jpgA much needed three points is the target tomorrow night when Newtown entertain Prestatyn in the only League fixture to be placed in mid-week this season. Both teams approach the fixture from totally different perspectives, with Prestatyn coming on the back of a hefty 6-1 demolition of Carmarthen last Saturday, whilst Newtown slipped to another late defeat away to Port Talbot, 3-1. In all the matches played by the Robins so far, none have seen them overawed by the opposition and the Robins Manager, Bernie McNally is still confident in his team's abilities. Speaking to the Club website, McNally said, "I know we are capable of taking three points from this fixture, and our lads are still hurting from a couple of decisions which cost us at Port Talbot, so I expect to see them come out in a determined fashion. Prestatyn will be very confident and they are a good side, proved by their position last season. We will need to improve, and with Robbie Millington back, I am keen to see him linking up with Nick Rushton up front and increase our scoring opportunities."

Steady rain is forecast for the evening, but there will be plenty of warmth and welcome in the Clubhouse for supporters, so come along and take advantage of our loyalty discount ticket price of £5.


Llanelli Match is on SATURDAY, not Sunday

The abus.jpgway game to Llanelli next weekend is on Saturday as there appears to be confusion over the day. Initially it was on Sunday, but when the fixtures actually came out, it had reverted to the Saturday (see fixture dates on here)

The Coach leaves the Police Station at 9am on Saturday 10th September. But before that, don't forget our midweek match against Prestatyn at Latham Park on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME TO 9am


Victory for Newtown Youths in Qualifying Round of Youth Cup

Joe_Evans.jpgJammy's young Robins returned from their trip to the Criccieth area with a 3-0 victory over village side, Llanystumdwy. That puts them into the First Round proper which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 25th September. We will have to await the next draw now, but it would be nice to get a home game for a change. Joe Evans (pictured) got the scoring started in the first half and the Newtown side had to wait until halfway through the second half for the game to be made safe, with strikes from Rhys Roberts and finally, James Price.

The Under 16s were also in action under the Management of Colin Love and Vince Savoia, but they came up against a very fit WBA/Shrewsbury side which dished out a 6-0 defeat to the Robins side. It was only 2-0 until the last twenty minutes, after which the further four goals came. The Academy fixtures for U16s, U14s and U12s all start next week when the Newtown Academy teams are at home to Llandudno with games kicking off at 1.30pm.


YOUTHS COMPETE AT CRICCIETH IN WELSH YOUTH CUP TODAY

welsh_youth_cup.JPGDavid Jarman has taken his Under 19s youth side up to Llanystumdwy near Criccieth in North Wales today for a 2.30pm KO in the Welsh Youth Cup, first round. Last year, the side had a tough job away at Rhyl where they lost in the first round. Most of the players are still at the U18 age group and are able to compete in the Mid-Wales Youth League which starts up next week with the Newtown side at home to TNS on Monday evening, 12th September at 7.30pm. 

The Youth League consists of Penryhncoch, Waterloo Rovers, Caersws, Llanidloes, Newtown and TNS this season. Newtown decided to support the local Youth League instead of taking the option to compete in the North Wales section of the Academies Youth League at Under 19 level, but will probably be compelled to play at that level next season as part of the Academy rules. It will be an excellent competition, but will involve a lot of travelling.

Also taking place today, is a friendly Academy fixture at U16s between a North Powys Development Academy side coached by Colin Love and Vince Savoia against a squad from West Bromwich Albion Academy. KO is at 1pm


Couple of Decisions Pulls Game Away From Robins at Port Talbot

Kevin_Morris.jpgThere has not been an awful amount of luck coming the way of The Robins so far this season, and it continued today away to Port Talbot when a couple of important refereeing decisions pushed the momentum in favour of the home side.

Kevin Davies had opened the scoring for Newtown after half an hour, and it was a very well worked goal through the middle, with excellent work from the impressive Nick Rushton who beat one defender before slotting the ball through two further defenders which was met by a lively Kevin Davies to cooly slide home. We were the better team for 60-65 minutes, but a cruel blow was struck in the last minute of the first half when the Referee adjudged Kevin Davies' challenge to be inside the box, when it looked to have been half a yard outside, with the opponent falling inside the box. Whilst Davies got booked for the foul, it was not a clumsy challenge and the Sgorio programme on Monday will justify the Manager's outrage which took us into the break on level terms instead of being ahead.

The second half still saw us on top until the introduction of Lee John for Dylan Blaine on 59 minutes and Martin Rose for Lewis Harlin on 63 minutes, which turned the advantage around. The two substitutes caused the Robins problems and there was an excellent goal from Martin Rose in the 76th minute. That put the home side 2-1 up, but the third goal was the result of another dubious decision as the Port Talbot winger dragged the ball over the goal-line for a goal kick, but was allowed to play on after our defenders had stopped and his pass to Martin Rose resulted in their third goal in the 87th minute.

Speaking to the Club's website, Bernie McNally said "I am feeling frustrated with the decisions as they affect a younger team more badly than an experienced one, but we have an important game in mid-week with Prestatyn visiting on Wednesday night and we have to lick our wounds and fight back to get something out of that game, with a win badly needed." Port Talbot officials said that the Robins were the best footballing side they had seen at The GenQuip stadium this season which is pleasing to hear. McNally went on to say, "I was impressed with Nick Rushton on his first outing for us. He is looking a quality addition and with the return of Robbie Millington for Wednesday's game, hope the two will link up well."


Reserves Collect Home Point Against Four Crosses

Two goals from Marc Salvati and one from Hugh Roberts ensured Jim Sharman's Reserves collected their second point of the season as they finally played a home game at Latham Park today. Four Crosses Reserves provided the opposition and the sides drew 3-3. The Manager was pleased with his side's performance, but is still looking for the first win of the campaign. They will be at home in the Town Cup next Saturday, facing Carno Reserves at 2.30pm on Latham Park.


Port Talbot Match Sees New Faces For Robins

Kevin_Morris.jpgThe vist to Port Talbot today will see three new faces unveiled for the Robins as the new look side receives its latest makeover. Making their debut appearances could be defender, Kevin Davies who arrived in the summer from Goytre, but who brought with him a three match ban, which has now expired. He may well be introduced into the midfield area with Wrexham loanee, Max Penk taking up position in the left back slot and Luke Boundford is expected to retain the right back position. Also coming into the side is another Wrexham loanee, Nick Rushton who is expected to add some firepower up front. He has had previous experience in the Welsh Premier League having gone on loan to Airbus last season where he scored five goals before being re-called to the Racecourse ground. The last signing before the transfer window closed on Wednesday, came in the shape of Connor Courtney, a left-sided midfielder from Wellington, Shropshire. He may start on the bench at Port Talbot.

There will be several ex-Newtown players on display at Port Talbot, with Dylan Blaine and Paul Keddle already impressing there so far this season, and they also have the nippy left winger, Chris Hartland who left Newtown last season. After a couple of disappointing results against Aberystwyth and Bala, but encouraging performances in both, Manager, Bernie McNally will be looking for some points to try to lift us off the bottom of the League. Kevin Davies will be expected to add a bit of muscle to the midfield and hopefully push the ball through to the strikers a bit better than has been the case, whilst Robbie Millington will be hoping to see a bit more of the ball than he did against Bala, but on the floor this time as he cannot be expected to win anything in the air.


McNally Busy As Window Closes

nick_rushton.JPGNewtown Manager, Bernie McNally has been busy scouring the available players in the run-up to tonight's end of the transfer window. Joining fellow Wrexham player, Max Penk is another Wrexham starlet, striker, Nick Rushton. 19yrs old Rushton (pictured) will hopefully bring some fire power to the Robins line-up and will gain some valuable playing time in the Welsh Premier League. 

Joining him in the squad is ex-TNS striker, Marcus Ashley who was released by the New Saints last season. He is prepared to come along and fight for a place in the starting line-up which is refreshing to see these days. Also arriving, is Connor Courtney from Wellington; he is a left sided mid-fielder and will give additional cover to that area of the field.

Leaving the Club are two of the three 18 yrs olds who came from Shrewsbury Town in the summer - Ashley Wells and Ben Evans, both of whom are returning to non-league football in England. Ben had the misfortune of writing off his car on the way home from training last night (Tuesday) and although uninjured has made him think about all the travelling from Worcester. The Club wishes both of them every success in their football careers.


Reserves Finding Life Tougher Than Expected

The young Robins Reserve side is finding it hard going in their first season in the Montgomery Amateur League with Manager Jim Sharman displeased with his side's performance against Kerry Reserves last night (Tues) when they lost 1-0. The squad are back in action this Saturday when they play their first league game at Latham Park, when they entertain Four Crosses Reserves.


Reserves Harvest First Point

drew.jpg Jim Sharman's Reserves collected their first point of their existence in a 1-1 draw away at Waterloo Colts. The fixture was arranged late to make up for Trefonen's lack of a pitch, but it worked out for the young Robins. Drew Hughes (pictured) was the goal scorer but the addition of Marc Salvati to the squad added some much needed experience and the Manager hopes things will go from strength to strength now.

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) sees the Reserves in action again, when they are away to Kerry Reserves in a 6.30pm KO. They will finally get their first match at Latham Park on Saturday 3rd Sept when they will play host to Four Crosses Reserves at 2.30pm.


Bala Run Out Victorious in Last 10 Minutes

zack_evans.jpgA very disappointing result after The Robins had held their own for a full 80 minutes, but a break down the left hand side saw a far more adventurous Bala side get the better of right back, Luke Boundford, who had played excellently all game, but was slightly outdone for pace and a low cross was met by Stephen Brown coming in fast and he got to the ball in front of Town keeper, Nick Thomas.

The defence had a very capable display throughout the match, but were just beaten to the ball for the first goal. Town pushed forward to try to get the equaliser but they paid the penalty as, when attacking a corner, the ball was cleared and looked to be a cert for Jamie Pryce to clear, but he was beaten to the ball by an opposition player who broke clear and pushed the ball through to Chris Mason who netted on the 89th minute.

The 2-0 scoreline flattered the Lakesiders, but they did most of the attacking in the final stages. The Robins midfielders failed to get hardly any ball through to Robbie Millington who was holding the front line on his own. A lot of ball was pushed through in the air and the very dominant Bala centre-halves dealt easily with most of it. The best chance fell to Zack Evans (pictured above) who met a cross from Luke Boundford with a very solid header, but although on target was straight at the goalkeeper.

Shane Sutton was given the home team Man of the Match award by the Vice President's Club, and, as usual it was thoroughly well deserved. There were good performances from Gareth Partridge just behind the front man, and from Luke Boundford coming forward from right back, but there was not enough penetration to really threaten Bala today. A decent enough performance apart from the final minutes, and it proves that we have enough to stay with a side that has strengthened a great deal over the summer and who currently lie top of the table and unbeaten.


Robins Look To End Bala Unbeaten Run

bala.jpgBernie McNally will be looking to his young charges to end the two match unbeaten run of Bala Town this weekend. The Lakesiders are the visitors to Latham Park this weekend, having only stayed in the League courtesy of Cymru Alliance champions, Connahs Quay being refused a Domestic Licence by the FAW. They have seized that opportunity with both hands though, putting together a virtually new team over the summer, although they still have Manager, Colin Caton on a touchline ban.

They arrive with a valuable point from their draw with TNS in the first match of the season at Park Hall, and with a 2-0 win against Carmarthen in their live televised match last week. The only doubt for them will be John Irving who picked up an injury against Carmarthen, otherwise they have a full squad.

The last two visits to Latham Park have seen them accrue just the one point as we drew with Bala 1-1 first time round last season, and then we snatched a late winner in a 2-1 win in the second session.

maxpenk1.jpgManager, Bernie McNally selects from a full squad with Jamie Pryce back in contention now he is back from holiday. New signing, Nick Jones should make an appearance, the former TNS mid-fielder having joined the Robins in mid-week and should bolster the options in the middle. Also arriving at Latham Park, but from Wrexham, if all the paperwork goes through in time, will be left back, Max Penk. He is intended to fill the gap vacated by Adam Worton and provide some attacking options down the left and he comes fresh from a trip to Bulgaria where he gained international honours at U19 level this week.

The 18yr old comes highly rated by the Wrexham Management who are pleased to allow him on loan for the season at The Robins, where he will get the match practice all young professionals require. Like all other loan agreements, Penk will be available for recall by Wrexham if required.

The Robins unveil their new discount ticket scheme this weekend and will be hoping the incentive brings a bigger gate to Latham Park for our first home game of the season. Match sponsors are Arthurs of Newtown, who are also the new shirt sponsors this season.

Come along to Latham Park and support The Robins !

Change of League Fixture for Reserves on Saturday

The Reserves will now be away to Waterloo colts on Saturday instead of their original opponents, Trefonen whose pitch is not yet available after repairs. The Kick-off will be at 2.30pm.


Reserves Lose Opening Game 2-0 to Abermule

 Jim Sharman's Reserves lost their opening league match, 2-0 to fellow newcomers, Abermule Reserves although the Manager drew plenty of positives from the encounter and will be hoping to turn things around away at Trefonen on Saturday where there is a 2.30pm KO.


Reserves Playing First Match at Abermule Tonight

jimsharman.jpg Jim Sharman's Reserve team get their season off the ground tonight, as they travel to Abermule to take on the newly established Reserve team in the village. The planned start last Saturday was the subject of a mix-up with League officials and the match against Morda had to be postponed, but after a prolonged pre-season build-up, Jim is ready to bleed his young charges and will be looking to extract points from tonight's start. He has been busy make some last minute signings over the weekend, including young goalkeeper, Luke Jarman who will have charge of the goal area this season.

The team will be selected from: Luke Jarman, Jacob Sharman, Huw Roberts, Kurtis Smith, Richard Rees, Drew Hughes, Shaun Jones, Joe Evans, Stan Mwamuka, Michael Galvin, Alex Cookson, Owain Conlin, Lewis Sim, Darren Astley, Nicky Bray, Jamie Turberfield, Adam Okupski, Anthony Moore, Jamie Elsworth and Mark Hughes.


McNally Disappointed With Result But Pleased With Overall Performance

BernieMcNally.jpgRobins Boss, Bernie McNally spoke to the Club website this morning and expressed his disappointment at such a big defeat at Aberystwyth, but pointed out that the scoreline in no way reflected the performance on the night. He said, "For the first 75 minutes we more than held our own and twice we hit the bar, which if one of those had gone in, we would have been well on top". As it was, when those efforts failed to go in, the opposition gained heart and next thing you know we are 2-1 down after being level since the 23rd minute".

McNally went on to say that he was pleased with the overall performance of the team and delighted with the character, particularly when we went a goal down to the Ricky Evans penalty after just ten minutes. The lads picked themselves up well and went chasing the equaliser and got it 13 minutes later when Robbie Millington was clear through on goal and he was brought down by the Aber centre half, Jonathan Evans, for which he was red-carded. McNally pointed out, "It is very pleasing to have such a young striker who can score from open play and who can keepAber_hartshorn.jpeg his cool and slot away penalties when they come."

"We went chasing the equaliser when they went ahead after 71 minutes and that left us a bit vulnerable. There were a couple of mistakes from the younger players which they will learn from and which we will concentrate in training to iron out." Newtown Chairman, Elwyn Preece was complimentary of the performance of Aberystwyth's veteran striker, Ricky Evans, saying, "There is no doubt we miss some experience in mid-field, and that showed late on last night when Ricky Evans dropped back into midfield and controlled the game with his strength and experience"

So - a positive message from the Manager and Chairman that with a little more fortune we could have come away with something last night and the team is still performing well enough to hold its place. Bala will be a stern test next Saturday in our first home game of the season, particularly as they did so well away to TNS last week, holding them to a draw.

Don't forget to collect your voucher from any pub in town, or from the Football Club to come to our first home game for a Fiver and receive a pass to come for the rest of the season at the reduced rate. The season ticket holders already saved themselves £7 last night by getting free entry to Aberystwyth's Park Avenue following the formulation of our mutual agreement with Aber and TNS to accept each others season tickets.

Pictures courtesy of Kevin Hughes - k J Hughes roofing contractors.


Millington Strikes For Newtown, But Team Falls to a Hefty 4-1 Defeat against TEN men!

robbie_millington.jpgNewtown slumped to a big 4-1 defeat as a late collapse against ten-man Aberystwyth saw them leap from 1-1 to 4-1 winners in a disappointing result for the Robins. The 13 year old curse of Park Avenue continues for the Aberystwyth v Newtown game as we still have not won there, despite drawing with them three times and beating them once last season.

Ricky Davies scored the opening goal from the penalty spot on 10 minutes, but that was wiped out by Robbie Millington's penalty on the 23rd minute, from which the Aber centre-half, Jonathon Evans was dismissed. Bookings followed for Zack Evans and Rhys Jones and there were four yellow cards for the home side, but still they managed to score heavily in the last twenty minutes. Lewis Codling hit the net on the 71st and 79th minutes after the sides had been level for nearly an hour. From there, it was all Aberystwyth and Finselback added the finishing touch, scoring their 4th goal in the 83rd minute.

Elsewhere there was a huge shock at Port Talbot, where the visiting New Saints slumped to a 2-1 defeat after ex-Newtown player, Dylan Blaine netted in injury time after his side had come back from 1-0 down. That is an excellent result for Port Talbot and puts them on top of the league table, with the New Saints lying in 10th spot with just a single point. Llanelli gathered their first points of the season after losing against Bangor last week, as they beat newcomers, Afan Lido 4-1, too. Afan Lido are on the bottom of the table but Airbus lost their 2-1 lead after a Neil Gibson injury time equaliser from home club, Prestatyn. That point sees them clear in second spot.

No match report has been received yet, but further report to follow in due course.


Reserves Match Cancelled After League Mistake

The Reserves' inaugural match in the Montgomery Amateur League Division Two was cancelled this afternoon after League Secretary, Bernie Jones thought that Newtown Firsts were playing at home tomorrow! He advised Morda the game was off and when Newtown officials learned about this at 5.30pm from local gossip, a check with Morda revealed that they had been told there would be no game for them. When Bernie was contacted by Club Secretary, Owen Durbridge he apologised and said he had seen on the Welsh Premier website that the Firsts were at home tomorrow and cancelled it immediately. When he phoned Morda to try to get the game back on again, they declined as their players had already made alternative arrangements.

Manager, Jim Sharman was absolutely devasted with the cancellation as a very long pre-season has led up to what should have been an exciting start for him and his young team, especially as they were playing at home on Latham Park, as there will be occasions over the season when bad weather will limit the number of games they can play on the main pitch. The Reserves will be playing away to Abermule Reserves on Tuesday night (23rd August) and then away to Trefonen next Saturday. 


Support Young Reserves Who Start At Home Tomorrow (Sat)

jimsharman.jpgJim Sharman leads his young Reserves side into the start of the Second Division of the Montgomery Amateur League tomorrow (Saturday) when he begins his campaign at home to Morda Reserves. He has has an excellent period of preparation, playing teams from a stronger league in all the pre-season friendlies, so high standards are expected. Come along and support the Robins at Latham Park where they kick off at 2.30pm.


Off to the Seaside for the Robins Tonight

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There will be no buckets and spades, but plenty of expectation as the Robins travel to Aberystwyth tonight determined to break a 13 year record of failing to win away to the Seasiders. Newtown had the upper hand in last year's four encounters, drawing three and winning the final game. In the equivalent fixture last year, four goals were scored between the two sides and, whilst a draw would be a perfectly acceptable result, we now that Newtown are quite capable of a win to end that record. One of the games in which the Robins were deprived of three points in a totally one-sided 0-0 draw was at home to Aberystwyth and we will be trying hard to make sure that does not happen again.

Manager, Bernie McNally is still not content with is squad, despite an excellent start to the season and spent yesterday at a club looking at possible loan targets, with a deal expected to be sorted out for a player on Monday. A confident start last week for the Robins, sees them in high spirits whilst Aberystwyth came away from their Sunday outing to the Gnoll with no points against one of the pre-season favourites, Neath. They still have the experienced Ricky Evans as their talisman up front and the rear-guard of Hartshorn and Sutton will need to retain their best form to keep him quiet.

A decent amount of support is expected from the Latham Park faithful, with this fixture bringing the top attendance at Aberystwyth last season and a similar number is expected tonight. A reminder that the supporters coach leaves Newtown at 4.45pm this afternoon.


Lee Hartshorn Named As Club Captain

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Popular Centre Half, Lee Hartshorn has been announced as the Newtown Club Captain for the season by Manager, Bernie McNally. Lee provided the new Management team with enormous support when they were newly appointed earlier in the summer and has been a strong presence in the dressing room during pre-season. Lee, along with Shane Sutton, are a dominant force in the Robins defence and he is very complimentary of what the Club has achieved in the period since the new Management have been in place.

Lee has already carried out one ambassadorial role for the Club when, together with Chairman Elwyn Preece and the Manager, he attended the press conference at the League launch in South Wales just ten days ago. He will also carry out other, similar roles over the course of the season. Lee has been awarded a twelve month contract in recognition of his importance to the team.

Taking control for his first game as Captain at Carmarthen at the weekend, Lee led the side impeccably and gained plaudits from the Newtown faithful who travelled to the match. The Carmarthen Officials were very complimentary of the standard of Newtown's players and were impressed with the squad assembled by the new Management team.


Aberystwyth Transport Now Leaving at 4.45pm

bus.jpgThe coach to the Aberystwyth match will now be leaving the Police Station at 4.45pm instead of the later time of 5pm. Please ensure you are on time to travel as extra time is being allowed to negotiate holiday traffic.


Arthurs Sponsorship Presentation

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The Sponsorship package from Vauxhall/Arthurs was formally unveiled last night with Steve Hughes, representing Arthurs of Newtown pictured with the players in the new home and away strips. Also pictured are the Management team of Bernie McNally, Peter Carter and Physio, Wayne Peter. Newtown Chairman, Elwyn Preece and President, Richard Bonfield are also pictured.

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Coach Travel Being Planned For Aberystwyth Match

bus.jpgThe Club is putting on a coach for supporters for the Aberystwyth match on Friday 19th August. Please either put your name on the list in the Clubhouse or email the Club at office@newtownfc.co.uk to signify your interest in travelling.


aberbadge.jpgAn important reminder for supporters - if you are considering buying a season ticket, then get it before the Aberystwyth game and receive free entry courtesy of the new arrangement of accepting each other's season tickets.


Last Minute Adjustment for Bernie as Squad Prepares for Carmarthen Journey

Kevin_Davies.jpgWith just two days to go before the start of the season, Manager, Bernie McNally discovered that his new defender, Kevin Davies was not going to be available as he was due to begin a three match suspension from last season. Davies was surprised to hear the news himself, as it turns out to have been a very confusing affair which has dragged on for the past six months.

Apparently, whilst playing for Goytre in the Welsh League in February last season, he was given a second yellow card by the Referee. Some words must have been exchanged because the Referee reported the player to the FAW and from there on, Kevin did not play another game for Goytre. In the middle of that he moved house and because the FAW say they could not serve hearing notices upon him, they delayed the hearing until the end of May, making his ban effective from 29th May !

He has now discovered that he has a three match ban and a hefty outstanding fine to settle before he can begin playing football for Newtown, which meant that at training last night, Bernie had to make contingency plans to fill the slot created by Kevin's ban.

Secretary, Owen Durbridge only learned of the ban on Thursday when he received a phone call from the Goytre Secretary informing him of it and the Club is grateful to him for advising them or points deductions would have been a bad way to start the season. Despite negotiations with the FAW this morning, pointing out that if the hearing had been held earlier his ban would have been served quite comfortably last season, the officials were not for moving.

New striker, Anwar Olugbon also arrived with a two-match suspension, but that has been served via his ex-club, Bridgenorth Town as they have already played the first two matches of their season.

Speaking to the club website, Bernie said, "We have the will to win and the spirit to play for each other. These components are vital at whatever level of football you play" Despite being new to the WPL and having recruited several new players who are similarly new to the WPL, Bernie has been advised by his Assistant, Peter Carter who spent last season with the team. Tipped for the drop by most pundits, Newtown will be out to prove they remain a force to be reckoned with.


Reserves go down 6-1 against Four Crosses

The Reserves slipped to another defeat last night, but Manager Jim Sharman was very up-beat about the performance, deriving some positives from it as he prepares his young charges for their first season in the Amateur League. Four Crosses' First Team were a strong outfit and richly deserved their victory as Lewis Sim was once again the scorer for the Reserves. The Reserves are in action once again tomorrow night when they take on First Division side, Llanidloes Reserves away, KO at 7.30pm.

The Reserves fixtures are now on the website, with the first game on 20th August at home to Morda Res, kick off at 2.30pm. Make sure you come along to Mid-Wales Leisure Latham Park to support the young Robins.


Photograph of 2011 / 2012 Season Squad

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The above picture, courtesy of Kevin Hughes, was taken on Saturday just before the Abertillery friendly. Click on the photograph for a full list of the squad and a larger photograph.


STEWARDS.jpegStewards Get New Jackets From KJ Hughes Roofing

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The ever reliable band of Stewards at Newtown Football Club received a set of new high-visibility jackets from Newtown Director, Kevin Hughes of KJ Hughes Roofing Contractors. Pictured are half a dozen of them before the start of yesterday's final friendly fixture against Abertillery. Left to right, back - John Lloyd, John Bowen and Gareth Jerman; front - Alfie Syers, Roy Francis and Head Steward, Keith Tanner. Not ony is Kevin a Director and Sponsor, but he is also in charge of club photography and the picture is courtesy of him - as is the cheeky caption included!

Our Stewards are far more than match-day stalwarts as they carry out duties at other local football clubs for big matches (they recently officiated at the TNS home European tie) and they carry out numerous duties in the town on behalf of Newtown Town Council. The local carnival only continues due to the excellent marshalling carried out by Keith's team, as does the Winter parade, the switching on of the Christmas lights, the Christmas Santa run, and other assistance is also given to road races from time to time. This year there were even more duties to perform with summer festivities and each time the Stewards represent the Club in an exceptionally professional manner.

They are probably the most experienced band of Stewards in the Welsh Premier League, and have certainly managed security at more high profile games than any other club's stewards. We are very proud of these people at the Club and recognise how vital they are to not only the routine league fixtures, but to the very many other matches that are held at our stadium.


Very Encouraging Performance from Firsts at Home to Abertillery 

matthew_cook.jpgThere was an excellent performance from Newtown at home to Abertillery Bluebirds in their last friendly of the pre-season. The Welsh League Division Two side were very well organised and it took an excellent save from home keeper, Nick Thomas to keep them out early in the second half. The 2-0 result could have been more, with pretty much constant pressure on the visitors. Matthew Cook hit a screamer of a shot from outside the box to score the opener, and the other came via an own-goal following Newtown pressure in the 6 yard area.

Keiren Mills-Evans took the centre half position when he came on as a second half substitute and looked very comfortable, making a good impression. Kevin Davies was another impressive player on his first appearance at Latham Park and looks a very solid performer. There were other trialists staking a claim for a place in the squad, but the Newtown supporters only saw ten minutes of Anwar Ogubdol as he came on as a late substitute but in that time created a number of excellent opportunities and looks an exciting prospect for the season.

Manager, Bernie McNally was pleased with the performance and will now have to select his best 11 for the trip to Carmarthen in a weeks time. A bus will be leaving the Club at 10am on Saturday for away supporters - please put your name on the list in the clubhouse.

Get your season tickets purchased quickly and get free entry to the Aberystwyth ground following the recent arrangement to accept each other's season tickets between Aberystwyth, Newtown and The New Saints. You can email the club on office@newtownfc.co.uk


Disappointing Defeat for Reserves

Having opened a 2-0 lead at home to Bishops Castle on Wednesday night, the Reserves again threw away their advantage, eventually going down 6-3. Goalscorers for Newtown were Nicky Bray and Huw Roberts (2).

No fixtures have been received for the Reserves in the Montgomeryshire Amateur League yet, but it is expected not to begin until September. The next friendly fixture is again at home on Wednesday night at 7pm v Four Crosses at Latham Park. Come along and support the young team.


New Robins Website look

The Robins website has had a revamp in time for the new season. The popular site will include the current news from the Robins camp, match reports from all teams and player profiles as they sign. The club has also changed the "Fans Forum" and are encouraging supporters to join the facebook group where comments and discussions between the supporters can take place.

Vauxhall Arthurs Sponsorship Presentation

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The Sponsorship package from Vauxhall/Arthurs was formally unveiled last night with Steve Hughes, representing Arthurs of Newtown pictured with the players in the new home and away strips. Also pictured are the Management team of Bernie McNally, Peter Carter and Physio, Wayne Peter. Newtown Chairman, Elwyn Preece and President, Richard Bonfield are also pictured.

steve_hughes.jpgThe Newtown Board and Arthurs have also agreed a deal whereby any Vauxhall owner who arrives at the turnstyles on a home game will be allowed entry for a Fiver. Steve Hughes (pictured left) of Arthurs advised the Board that he would be a proactive sponsor and would be looking to put a vehicle display on at most of the home games this season and would be working with the Club and his PR team to assist in marketing the club and its fixtures.

Club Chairman, Elwyn Preece (pictured right) warmly welcomed Steve to the Club and said that he was delighted toElwynPreece1.jpg have a successful business associated with the Club as its Sponsor and hoped it would be a long relationship. Elwyn said that he was used to an excellent rapport with the Car Sales staff, being a loyal Vauxhall buyer over the years and was particularly pleased to have brokered the deal with Arthurs.

Steve Hughes is no stranger to the Welsh Premier League as he arranged for Vauxhall to sponsor the League for a couple of years and was, himself, a Club Chairman during his ten year association with Welshpool Town, later Technogroup Welshpool FC. His understanding of the big demands on clubs will be most welcome, as will his experience and knowledge.

cobettlogo.jpgThe Sponsorship presentation came just a day after the Welsh Premier League unveiled their new Sponsors for the next three years in Bookmakers, CorbettSports. The deal will ensure some sponsorship money comes into the Premier League Clubs after press speculation that no sponsor had been found for the new season. The League Cup is still something that has yet to be settled with no sponsor announced and no fixtures in place yet.

cook_sutton_kit_small.jpgSteve Hughes is pictured, left, with Shane Sutton showing a full length view of the new home kit, and also Matthew Cook who has the new away kit.

There are three sponsors for the new kits, with Vauxhall/Arthurs as the main sponsor with their logo on the chests, whilst, Director, Noel Owen's NEO Fabrications company is the secondary sponsor with his company logo on the backs of players' shoulders and another Director, Kevin Hughes of KJ Hughes Roofing Contractors is the third sponsor with his logo on the back of the players' shorts. This is one aspect of fund raising that the board addressed this year as it attempts to increase the levels of income to ensure that we not only field a side that can compete at the required level, but also be responsible and keep our spending under control and make sensible provision for the repayment of loans. The Board is very grateful to the contributions from their Sponsors, both big and small and will be thanking them with a planned event in late October where a big name speaker will hopefully attend.


League Set to Announce New Sponsorship Deal at Launch on Monday

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Welsh Premier League Secretary, John Deakin has today announced to all member clubs that a new League Sponsor has been found just before the start of the season and a big press launch is due to take place at the plush Vale of Glamorgan Hotel on Monday afternoon. The event will signal the start of the new season and assembled club representatives will be told that sponsorship has been fixed for the next three years, but there will be another event to launch the sponsorship involving a celebrity guest in conjunction with the Wales v Montenegro international in early September.

The arrangements for Monday will involve a photo shoot with every club asked to send a player in full kit. The players will be photographed with the new Sponsor's advertising board and with the National team Manager, Gary Speed. This will take place just before 3pm following the Wales press conference at the same hotel.

Representing Newtown will be Chairman, Elwyn Preece, Manager, Bernie McNally and senior player, Lee Hartshorn. All will then watch the Welsh team holding a training session at the hotel.

Last season's Sponsors, Principality Building Society, had offered to continue their relationship with the WPL, but they were rejected in the hope of attracting a bigger and better deal; all the Clubs will be hoping for extra income from the new Sponsors with £5000 coming to member clubs last season. Newtown AFC is delighted to hear of the new Sponsors and it will be even more welcome to the members currently working hard on the commercial side of our business.


Skipper, Worton Sold to Airbus

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Newtown's skipper from last season, Adam Worton has been sold to WPL rivals, Airbus UK. Pictured above, Adam is seen in action against Airbus and he departs immediately leaving Manager, Bernie McNally with a left back to find before the start of the season. Unsettled since the start of pre-season training, Adam asked to be released, but as is quite well known, the Club held him to his contract which was valid until the end of this season. Adam has been an excellent player for Newtown having transferred from Caersws under Darren Ryan's leadership and the Club wishes him well as he joins a clutch of former Newtown players at Broughton.
Adam commented "he would like to thank all the fans who have been brilliant to himself and his family through his time at the club which I really enjoyed playing my football there and that I wish the club and its supporters all the best for the future"


Dave Swanick a possible target for Manager

Released mid-season last year, Dave Swanick might well fill the gap created by Worton's departure as he has discussed terms with the Newtown Manager and might well put pen to paper tomorrow night (Thursday) after initially pledging himself to Cymru Alliance Champions, Connahs Quay.

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Swanick is a vastly experienced defender and would be an excellent signing to complement a young squad at Newtown. The chances are he will feature in the friendly at home to Abertillery Bluebirds this weekend (2.30pm KO). Order your season ticket to come in free, or pick up your voucher at the club this weekend to get entry for a Fiver all season.

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Extensive (and Expensive) Pitch Repairs Begin at Mid-Wales Leisure Latham Park


Annual pitch repairs have been taking place over the last couple of weeks, but today saw the start of extensive treatment and re-levelling taking place with a contracted firm. 80 tonnes of a loam and sand mix was delivered today and has been applied to the pitch, with work due to be completed tomorrow when the seed is sown. Following that the real work begins, and this is where as many volunteers as possible will be required, because unless rain appears, then very frequent watering will be necessary.

One of the items on the club’s wish-list is an automatic irrigation system, but that is not on the horizon at the moment and until it appears, then an awful lot of hard work has to be undertaken during warm weather, particularly the current dry spell which is causing the pitch to dry out far too much.

Pictured alongside are three of the regular grounds team, David “Ishy” Davies, Gareth “Gags” Owen and Dave Rowlands. All three are long serving Club members and all are retired, but you wouldn’t think so to see them putting in the effort at the club.

Missing from the picture are Tyler Clifton (also the kit-man) and Pat McNamee. There has been a lot of back-breaking work over the past two weeks since the pitch was closed down, with the touchlines particularly difficult to get sorted as they are compacted so badly by the Assistant Referees pounding down on them each week. The lines had to be pick-axed before they could be rotavated and then re-seeded, so well done to the sprightly volunteers.

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Follow Robins for Just a £5

Following the important announcements yesterday that the reduced player budget has been unanimously approved by the Board, and that Darren Ryan was unanimously chosen as the new Manager, the Board are also pleased to announce that a decision was made at Tuesday night’s meeting to take a bold, but positive step to attract more people through the Latham Park gates next season.

It is intended to introduce a loyalty scheme for local people to reduce the ticket entry price from the current £7 to £5, making us the best value for money source of Welsh Premier League football in the country. The complexities of the scheme have not yet been assembled, but the upshot will be that, whilst the entry fee will remain at £7, people who obtain a voucher from club members, by visiting the club or by attending a match will receive reduced entry fees of £5 for the whole season. It is intended to make these vouchers easily available, so this is no con-trick; we want you to attend our games, sample our hospitality, enjoy a good social atmosphere and pay just a Fiver for the pleasure. You are not just paying towards the players who are on display, but for the thousands of pounds it costs to keep the pitch going all season; for the massive local rates we have to pay because we own our own ground, and somebody has to help pay for the Secretary’s new motor (that’s a joke, of course!)

Along the same lines, the price of a season ticket will be reduced to £75 from £90, although the price for a concessionary season ticket will remain at £50. The intention is to dramatically increase the number of season tickets we sell, hopefully encouraging the local populace to by a ticket as a gesture of support and come to support us whenever they can.

With no marketing guru on the Board, we would welcome the assistance of an expert in this field to advise the Directors on paths to follow in our attempts to tempt back some extra, and hopefully noisy, support to our games, both home and away. In the interim, other ideas have been put forward by the Directors which we hope to put into place a little nearer the start of the season.

Our Supporters Liaison Officer, Paul Jewell, canvassed views from spectators at matches last season, and it was a pretty consistent theme that £7 was considered a little too expensive. Further comments from fans were that when they came into the club for a drink after a match, they would like to mix with the Managers and players for a short while as the presentations are going on. This will be brought up with Darren as his re-introduction to the club takes place, but it is something he was pretty renowned for already.

The over-riding theme however, was the requirement for local players. The board recognises the desire, and share the views of the fans, as the Directors are all fans as well! The reality is somewhat different however as there are not a huge choice of local players to select from. The good news for the fans though, is that Academy Director and Assistant Manager, Peter Carter knows the talent coming through, including the quality players in the Youth Team, and in Darren Ryan, we have a former Academy Director who knows the players who left a few years ago and who were part of a hugely successful, now disgracefully extinct, Spar League Reserve team.. That was one of the key components to inviting Darren back to the run the show; he knows the Club, he knows a lot of the current players and, importantly, he knows the available local talent. We are therefore better placed than ever to source local players who have the RIGHT credentials. The Board can do no more – it is up to the Manager to select and to the players to impress and then perform if selected.