Saturday 14th September 2013
Welsh Cup Qualifying Round 2
Recreation Ground, Treflan, Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain, Powys
About Llansantffraid Village FC
|St. Ffraid's Church|
|The main stand|
The day, ground and game
I left home around 11.30am with the intention of getting there early to have a drink in one of the two pubs and take a few photos of the village. In reality I arrived at the ground with just fifteen minutes before kick-off, this was because the M6 around Birmingham was a nightmare and it did its best to scupper my plans!!!
The ground is set back off the main A495 that runs through the village, and if coming from either the east or west, follow the signs for the community centre. This leads to a car park with the ground entrance ahead of you. There is a turnstile block, but it wasn't in use today as instead admission money was paid to an "old boy" with a Guinness bucket on the right just before the tea hut. For anyone wanting any alcoholic liquid refreshment there is a decent social club on site. There are two areas of cover at the ground, both of which are all seated. The larger of the two sits behind the near goal, while a small one straddles the half way line on the far side in between the dugouts.
The home side kicked off, but found themselves a goal down inside the opening twenty seconds. A ball down the right was crossed in and finished first time. This set back stunned the home side and they took time to get into the game. Berriew meanwhile tried to play balls over the top of the Village defence, but were denied by their inability to stay onside, or some decent defending and goalkeeping. It was far from one way traffic as the home side belied their lowly league position and deservedly equalised just before half time. The ball found its way to two unmarked players around the penalty spot, and the number four made it 1-1.
At half time the programmes arrived which was a folded sheet of A4 paper. It didn't look like one that the club would normally issue, but regardless someone has made the effort and despite being told I could have it for nothing I gave them a £1.
|The view from the main stand|
Overall a enjoyable visit into Wales at a ground that did not disappoint. A warm welcome was also had by the chairman. After the game the run home was generally pain free, though I did get held up on the M6 again but thankfully not by as much as on the outbound journey.
Admission charge: £2
Programme issued: a 4 pager came at half time
Badges: £2.50 - available from the social club
Attendance: no more than 50
Match rating: 7 out of 10
Driving time: 2 hours 4 minutes (Google maps)
Driving distance: 107 miles
some more photos of the ground can be viewed in the slideshow below: