Ahead of the TNS FC v Cefn Druids fixture at Park Hall on December 30, I was there a couple of days earlier for the press conference with manager, Scott Ruscoe, and a chat with Greg Draper, where we discussed his numerous hat-tricks over the years.
As we’re still in holiday mode and therefore my time there was limited, I took advantage of being in the area to do some groundhopping, once the players had finished training and my work was done.
It’s been on my radar for a while, so with Welshpool Town being at home, that worked out very nicely. It was my first visit to Maes-y-Dre, which takes me to fifty-nine Welsh grounds so far. I’ve been to the Millennium Stadium (as it was then) and playing fields across the country but the common denominator is I love Welsh football.
Although Four Crosses have never played at that level, the hosts have graced the top stage of the domestic game on a number of occasions, with their last season being 2009/2010, when it was known as the Principality Building Society Welsh Premier Football League. That’s a bit of a mouthful compared to the present title of JD Cymru Premier.
As you can see from the heading, Welshpool ran out comfortable winners in the end. An early goal in the eighth minute was followed by two more in a short space of time, meaning that with just twenty on the clock, the Lilywhites had a commanding 3-0 lead.
The mountain to climb became even tougher for Four Crosses, when Welshpool made it 4-0 just past the two-thirds stage of the game. Although the visitors pulled one back, the four-goal advantage was restored, as the points went the way of the home side.
The game was a Mid Wales League Division One encounter, which is part of the fourth tier of Welsh football. Outside of the previously mentioned JD Cymru Premier, football is regionalised.
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