Tomorrow sees first v second in the league as we welcome Brecon Northcote FC to Forest Road.
The title could be decided tomorrow if the reserves win, however, a draw should also be enough due to a much better goal difference. If Northcote win, the reserves will have to win their last game away at Knighton to clinch the title so there is still a lot of ifs and buts yet.
Saints Reserves v Brecon Northcote FC. Kick Off 2.30pm.
Goal scorer Jack Biggs.
Goal scorer Ryan Davies.
The Saints First Team are through to the final of ‘The Hay Senior Cup’ after a 2-0 win against Hereford Premier League side Orleton Colts FC.
A goal in the 14th minute from Ryan Davies and a second in the 88th minute from Jack Biggs was enough to see us through to the final where we will play Builth Wells FC.
More to follow.
Maybe the last time?
Tonight sees ‘The Saints’ host Orelton Colts FC in ‘The Hay Senior Cup’ semi-final.
The winners of the tie will play Builth Wells FC in the final on April 30th. This could be the last time the management team work together due to Shaun Harris agreeing to become the new manager of Presteigne FC next season.
Saints v Orlerton Colts FC k.o. 7.30pm
The first team take on Orleton Colts Thursday night at 7.30 in the Hay Senior Cup Semi Final. Orleton Colts are a Hereford Prem side who we have played a few times over the past 3 seasons. Jenks had this to say ”Orleton have had a really good second half to their season. In their last 11 games they have won 8, drawn 1 and lost 1. They will be full of confidence and we are expecting a tough game.”
He went on to say ”We put in a good performance against Knighton last Sunday and did’nt deserve to lose the game. The effort and work rate from the lads was superb, we just needed to take our chances and things could have been different but that’s football. Hopefully we can put in the same effort tomorrow night and progress to the final.”
Squad: Jordan Baker, Matt James, Steve Goodwin, Callum Maddy, Tom James, Stu Davies, Steve Morgan, Matt Croose, Adi Lawford, Will Goodwin, Brendan Hackett, Richard Meredith, Jack Biggs and Ryan Davies
The reserve team won 1-0 in ‘The Alfred Sparey Cup’ final against host side Presteigne St Andrew’s FC.
An early goal from striker Josh Wisniewski was enough to retain the trophy.
The reserves started well considering it was game number 3 in 4 days. Richard Meredith was full of running in the middle of the park alongside veteran Kevin Jones who was playing several good through balls to the forward players.
In the 12th minute a cross from the right was headed goal bound by striker Josh Wisniewski only for the Presteigne keeper to save, however, Wisniewski reacted quickest to head the ball a second time past the keeper. 1-0
The Saints could of added to their tally, Matty Tong flicked the ball over the two centre backs and got on the end of it but his goal bound shot was saved, he also saw a left foot shot well saved after being played in by Rob McNamara.
Presteigne found it hard to get past ‘The Saints’ back four who were solid all afternoon especially Adam Finn who had an excellent game.
The second half was a quiet affair with neither side creating a lot, Tom Bevan pulled off one good save, up the other end McNamara shot over the bar and Jones saw an effort go inches wide.
Our defence was well on top stopping any Presteigne attack in their tracks.
It was good to see 16 year old Taylor Maddy come on and work very hard for the last 15 minutes when there were a lot of tired legs on the pitch.
The first team lost 0-1 to Knighton Town FC in a game of very few chances. A Mark Jones goal in the 77th minute was enough to win the trophy for Knighton.
In a game of very few chances we were unlucky not to be awarded two penalties in the first half. Jack Biggs was blatantly pulled back as he was about to shoot on goal and youngster Callum Maddy was tripped over a good yard in the area, a free kick was awarded outside the box!
The second half was similar with both teams struggling to break down each others defence, Ryan Davies was through on goal but Stu Turpin saved when he tried to lob him.
The winning goal saw Mark Jones nip in between Jordan Baker and the outstanding Matt James, Jones got a slikght touch which saw the ball beat Baker. 0-1.
We probed as did Knighton but no clear cut chances came and the game petered out seeing our opponents win the Otway Cup.
More to follow.
This is off Presteigne FC Cup Secretary Alan Stocker –
Tomorrow at Llanandras Park -Your Easter Sunday sorted –
Come and watch what promises to be two cracking cup finals in the historic Presteigne St Andrews Football Club Cups.
1.30pm – The Alfred Sparey Cup Final
Presteigne SAFC Reserves v Hay St. Mary’s FC Reserves
No extra time, straight to penalties if required.
5pm – The Otway Cup Final
Hay St. Mary’s FC v Knighton Town FC
Arguably the two best senior sides in the area do battle in this one, with both sides beating each other in their home ties in the league – “this could be one hell of a game”!
Extra time and penalties if required
Bar Open All Day, Hot Food, Live Premiership Matches On The Big Screen In The Bar
£3 Adults, £1.50 Senior Citizens, Children Free if accompanied by paying adult otherwise £1
See You There
A depleted first team went down 1-0 at Montgomery Town FC today whilst our reserves came away from Llanidloes reserves with a point after a 1-1 draw.
I didn’t attend either game,however, my source tells me the reserves went in at the break 0-0, Rob McNamara made it 0-1 only early in the second half only for ‘Llani’ to equalise shortly after.
With Talgarth Town FC losing this afternoon it’s now a two horse race between the reserves and Brecon Northcote FC. A point next week will surely be enough with our superior goal difference. If we lose we will then need to win at Knighton Reserves the following week, it’s getting interesting!
The first team head to Montgomery this Saturday in their final league game of the season. Jenks had this to say ”Montgomery is always a tough place to go and we have always had tight games with them on their pitch. Although they are bottom of the league they have only been losing by the odd goal or two. We have got a lot of players missing again which will also make things harder, so we know it will be a difficult game”.
He went on to say ”We were lacklustre for a lot of the game against Bow Street in very warm conditions, but the last 25 minutes were superb. Hopefully we can put in another good team performance and end the season on a high”.
Without: Steve Goodwin, Jack Biggs, Rob Snedden, Owen Lloyd, Ryan Davies.
Squad: Jordan Baker, Matt Croose, Callum Maddy, Harry Ratcliffe, Will Goodwin, Steve Morgan, Stu Davies, Tom James, Adi Lawford, Brendan Hackett, Richard Meredith, Matt James and Gareth Jenkins
The reserves face another tough test tomorrow(Saturday) with a visit to Llanidloes. This will be game number 2 of 3 in 4 days.
On Thursday night the reserves beat Knighton Reserves 3-0 to secure a place in final of ‘The Alfred Sparey Cup’. All the goals came in the second half, the pick of the bunch was a left foot shot from veteran Tom Weaver. The other scorers were Rob McNamara and Harry Ratcliffe.
The Alfred Sparey Cup Final will be between our reserves and the hosts(Presteigne) reserves.
The Otway Cup Final will be between our first team and Knighton Town FC.
Both games are this Sunday 16th April at Presteigne FC.
The Saints Veterans have entered a team in the Hereford summer league which starts on May 7th. If anyone is interested in becoming involved as a player or in any other way please give JULIAN a call on 07941236666 and he will fill you in with all the details.
Julian is looking to do a couple of training sessions over the ground on a Sunday in preparation for the new season. You have to be over 35 to eligible to play in the league.