Croeso i Gymru. Mae’n bwrw glaw. In English that’s welcome to Wales, it’s raining. Due to its geographical location, the country certainly gets its fair share of the wet stuff but whether it’s fishing, football or anything that you do, you can’t let the weather dictate.
Therefore, once I knew that the game was on – as we had lots of heavy rain in that area during the week – my plans for Saturday afternoon were sorted. I love groundhopping, especially visiting new Welsh grounds, and with a week’s holiday in Tal-y-Bont, one of the things I did in advance was check local fixtures.
The one that caught my eye was CPD Penrhyndeudraeth v Denbigh Town. Apart from the fact that it was a new ground (my 56th Welsh one), it brought back memories of the Welsh League Cup final in January 2016 between The New Saints and Denbigh. It was a game that the former won 2-0 and it shows how the fortunes of football clubs can change very quickly.
Relegation last season from the then Huws Gray Cymru Alliance meant that Denbigh Town now plays its football in the third tier of Welsh football. One step up into the JD Cymru Premier is a different world to one step down into the regionalised third level of domestic football.
That’s not meaning to sound disrespectful at all but the reality is that when you drop down the leagues in Wales, it is different. There just simply isn’t the money available that you have in the English system and while non-league teams across the border complain about the disparity, in Wales it’s just as real, if not more so.
However, on a personal level, as I’ve already stated, I love Welsh football and the visit to Maes Y Parc was great. Although, like most other Welsh clubs, it’s all about working to a tight budget, nevertheless you can see how the hard-working band of dedicated volunteers keep the club going.
It is another ground set in beautiful surroundings, especially with the Ffestiniog Railway running close by and I certainly took advantage of that by including passing steam trains in the video footage.
As stated, this was my 56th ground visited in Wales and you read more via my groundhopping pages. I captured some action from the game while there and you can watch that via the video below.