Sunday 04 August 2013
Optimistic for new season
Guilsfield look forward with optimism to the season ahead and will be hoping to improve on its mid-table position in 2012/13. Last season ended on a high with victory in the Central Wales Cup Final but was followed by ex-manager Russell Cadwallder’s announcement that he was stepping down after his third season at the helm. Guilsfield have appointed ex-player Matt Burton as the new manager. Matt has been heavily involved with football in Shropshire and led Ellesmere Rangers to promotion to the Midland Alliance in 2011.
Matt has shrewdly kept the backroom staff of Danny Barton and Bernie Jones, both know the club inside out, and has also decided against wholesale changes to the squad in order to maintain consistency and spirit. However, there have been additions to last season’s line up with Darren Beech, Kevin Renshaw, James O’Reilly (all from Ellesmere)and Jack Harris (Four Crosses) joining. Ed Baldwin also makes a welcome return following a broken leg in Spring 2012. Ian Probert has left to join Caersws, Jonathan Jones will be playing in Cheshire due to work commitments and Rob Cookson has joined Welshpool.
Off the field, the club has set up a Junior section which will begin with four teams at varying age groups which will give local youngsters the chance to play regular football.
Guilsfield face a stiff test in its first game of the season with Conwy Borough making the trip down to Mid Wales but we hope that over the whole season our home form will be solid. As usual, the league will be a fine advert for competitive football in North and Mid Wales, with a host of clubs looking to make the push for the title. It will probably be very close at the top now that Rhyl have made the step up.
Mid Wales will have a very good representation in the league this season with Caersws, Penrhyncoch, Llanrhaeadr, Rhayader , Llanidloes and ourselves flying the flag for the region.
Good luck to the Huws Gray Alliance in its 23rd season.