Newtown AFC manager Chris Hughes says he is disappointed that Ben Bailey has left the club to return to Hednesford Town.



The Robins’ upcoming Welsh Premier League game against Llandudno Town on Saturday night will not feature the 27-year-old centre half.


This comes as a bit of a disappointment for the boss but praises Bailey’s contribution since he joined the reds back in the summer.


Hughes said: “Ben Bailey has left the club to go back to Hednesford. We are desperately disappointed because he did very well with us.”


Bailey was commuting from his home in Birmingham which was a two and a half hour trip each way for the defender.


Hughes added: “He found it very difficult and meant that he couldn’t go forward with it. But we do have players that can step up for us who have played there before so it won’t make a massive difference for us and we will get on with it.”


Archives: Ben Bailey in action for the Robins


This weekend’s meet-up with Llandudno will see the league match going out live on S4C for the Saturday night slot that kicks off at 7:30pm.


Newtown’s previous match in the Welsh Premier League was a 4-1 defeat away to Barry Town United in front of the S4C cameras at the beginning of the month.


Hughes is determined to forget about their previous defeat by sealing a win for the home supporters on live TV.


“Saturday is in front of the live TV cameras – two weeks ago at Barry Town we played well in the first half but then conceded sloppy goals. We want to put that right this Saturday.


“The support has been fantastic again, they always turn out in good numbers. I’m sure come Saturday night we will have a good crowd in so we want to display a good performance for them,” said Hughes.


Llandudno Town

Nickname(s) The Seasiders
Founded 1988; 30 years ago
Ground The Giant Hospitality StadiumLlandudno
Capacity 1,100
Chairman Russ Austin
Manager Iwan Williams


Llandudno Town have had a difficult first half to the season in the Welsh Premier League.


The Seasiders are currently lying rock bottom in the division with only 11 points after 16 matches have been played.


Llandudno’s last win in the league was all the way back on September 16 when they secured a 0-1 victory at Cardiff Met and they did however advance to the 4th round of the Welsh Cup by defeating Briton Ferry, 2-3, away from home last weekend.


The last time both sides met in the league was back in August where the match finished goalless at the Giant Hospitality Stadium.


Despite the bad run Llandudno have had over the last few months, Hughes believes Llandudno have a good group of players.


He said: “Llandudno have got a good core of players in there, they’ve got a lot of good experienced players and they’ve got a lot of good young players.


“They are bottom of the league, it’s not a situation anyone wants to be in but they’ve got some really good quality in their team.


“I think if you look at their performances this year they’ve probably not got the results that they merit. We need to make sure their run doesn’t start on Saturday, we need to be sharp and we need to be bright.”


Match preview by Jamie Davies