Sunday 25th August 2013 ko 15.00pm
Welsh Alliance Division One
GLAN CONWY 1 (Knight 51)
NEFYN UNITED 1 (C Jones 4)
The journey from Llandudno Junction was a short one, so short in fact that the backdrop remained the same, it was just a different facet of Conwy Castle that faced us!
One way another Glan Conwy seems to have been truncated by the authorities! The village’s full name is Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, or in English Church of St Ffraid on the bank of the River Conwy, but the name was shortened by the railway to the more usual Glan Conwy. The village’s raison d’etre used was dry docking and chandlery for the port of Conwy nearby but When the Telford (1826) and Stephenson (1848) bridges were built the village was cut off from the open sea and so began slow a decline.
Nowadays the main employment within the village is the Cae Ffwt Business Park, located alongside the A470, and adjacent to the football ground. Even here, the truncation habit is still in evidence, the service road down to the football on the right and the industrial estate has a curve in it, and that curve is just enough to make the pitch too narrow for the club to be promoted to the Cymru Alliance playing here.
The club clearly realised that the ground would struggle with another 300-plus crowd so railed off part of the access road alongside. It was clever thinking as Cae Ffwt doesn’t have much in the way of spectator facilities, just a railed off pitch and an overhang to the clubhouse. And if that’s all you look for in a football ground, then dear reader you may as well stop reading now.
For the delights of Cae Ffwt aren’t restricted to just the facilities. The view of the Conwy estuary is a delight, and Snowdonia behind that just takes the breath away. There was the bonus of the grass bank beyond the far goal allowing hoppers on their 7th game to relax, catch a little sunshine and take in all that the view could offer. Of course there’s always one who has to take things a little too far. He decided to strip down to a rather insubstantial pair of shorts and was made to pay when a stray shot hit a wasps’ nest behind him…
The club put a lot of effort into their day, and I particularly liked the Welsh touches, lamb cawl (soup), and locally produced ales. A real star was secretary Barry Thomas, pressed into service on PA duties, and revealed himself to be a frustrated comedian. His attempt to raffle of his own centre half at half-time after the player had been lucky to collect only a booking for a nasty clash will I’m sure, go into groundhop legend.
The game was one of those hard-working affairs that was eminently watchable without ever scaling the heights of excitement. The visitors took an early lead, Carl Jones’ shot from an acute angle on the right surprised Jamie Roberts in the home goal, and he looked suitably horrified as the ball sneaked into the top left-hand corner.
Neither side were able to control the game for more than a few minutes, so perhaps a draw was the correct result. Glan Conwy’s equaliser, was again from a tight angle, as winger Mereck Knight squeezed his shot home after Nefyn had failed to clear an attack.
It’s the lot of the hopper to see the footballing big picture, and it was clear that Glan Conwy were disappointed not to have won. However I’d pick up on the buzz amongst all there, and I’d seen the same earlier on at Llandudno Junction. You only feel that buzz when the hop is going really well, and that was down to the efforts of the clubs. My only question was whether that buzz could be carried over to out final game of the day at Llanrwst. The fact that we were heading into Snowdonia, I remember thinking would help our cause.