At last the Reserves begin their season tomorrow with a trip to Pontardawe, the kick off is at 2.30pm. The First team are also on their travels visiting Llantwit Major, again the kick off is at 2.30pm
Kaid Mohamed and Ben Sysmons signed this week and go into today’s match squad. Also signed and returning to the club is Remi White lock.
The September fixtures for the Reserves and Youth are announced. The Reserves open the campaign at pontardawe on Saturday September 7th and will be home to Briton Ferry Llansawel on the 14th. The 21st sees a trip to Garden Village rounded off with a home match against AFC Llwydcoed on the 28th.
The Youth start on Monday 16th of September with a home match with Trefelin followed on the 23rd with another home match, this time Briton Ferry Llansawel. Their final September fixture is on the 29th with a visit to Caerau Ely.
The Reserves continued their preparations for the new season with a 2-2 draw at Tata Steel against their Reserves. Jamie Jones and Tom Jones scored the goals.
We have arranged a friendly against Swansea University on Saturday, the kick off is at 2.30pm.
First Team coach Mark Jenkins has left his role in the club to become the under 14 Academy coach at Swansea City. Mark goes with our thanks and best wishes for the future.
Meanwhile Andrew Mumford has also left the club.
Paul Evans will now take over as First Team coach.
We were unlucky to lose by the only goal scored 5 minutes from time. Our back four saw 3 players make their debuts, Lewis Clement, Steve Morris and Rowan Gammond and they all played well alongside Lewis Holmes. They restricted the Celtic attack to only a few chances. Up front Morgan Freeman also made his full debut.
This was a game of few chances and it looked odds on to be a draw and go to penalties but Celtic put Tom Neville on and his running with the ball caused us some problems and it was following one of his runs that Steve Cann made a save but couldn’t prevent Zac Osbourne from forcing the ball over the line. We pushed forward and Alex Gammond just failed to get a touch on a cross that should have led to an equaliser while Sean Hanbury shot over the bar with minutes remaining. During the second half we gave as good as we got and it was probably our lack of experience in the box that denied us a win. This in general was an encouraging performance against one of the bigger sides in the league.
Steve Cann 2 Lewis Clement 3 Rowan Gammond 4 Steve Morris 5 Lewis Holmes 6 Alex Gammond 7 Liam McCreesh
8 Jack Hurley 9 Noah Daley 10 Sean Hanbury 11 Morgan Freeman
Subs 12 Craig Lewis – 14 Adam Llewellyn -15 Neil Thomas – 16 Jay Thomas -17 Morgan Gardner