THE HUWS GRAY ALLIANCE
FAW Tier two league formed in 1990

RUTHIN TOWN


Ruthin Town manager looks ahead to the new season

OPINION OF YOUR CLUBS PERFORMANCE LAST SEASON

I felt we could have done better in the league. We did well against the big boys and teams higher up in the league but we lacked consistency which is an important quality. We did well in the cups beating some Welsh League clubs and our televised Welsh Cup game v Llandudno gave the club a great day out. Winning the NEWFA cup at the last game of the season was a big boost to everyone who worked so hard last year. It’s always nice to win some silverware.

AMBITIONS FOR THE COMIMG SEASON

We will be working on that consistency. We lacked a certain amount of confidence at the start of last season which cost us really. That confidence grew as the season went on and I feel that the squad, and the club as a whole, now understands that we can compete with everyone in the league. It’s important to us that although our players do not get paid they feel that they deserve to be in this league and can compete with anyone. We’ve got good players here who have had offers to go elsewhere but have stayed put. I and the rest of the club appreciate that. Despite losing one or two players I’m happy that with our additions we start stronger than last season.

NEW PLAYERS AT YOUR CLUB

Gwidion Ifan, Ryan Jones, Lewis Turner, Tom Williams and Bradley Jones

Gwydion Ifan is a good player who came through our youth system, scoring a hat-trick in the u16’s league cup final. He played for the first team at 16 before moving on to pastures new. Ten years later he’s a better and more experienced player and I’m confident he will make a big impression on the HGA this year.

Ryan Jones is a goal scorer. He’s been at Bala and did well at Corwen. He’s highly rated and has already scored plenty of goals in pre-season. In all fairness he gives us more than goals and he’s going to be a massive asset to us.

Lewis Turner is a young lad with huge promise. He’s only 18 but is a big strong lad with plenty of talent. I’ve watched him many times and have always been impressed with his touch and attitude.

Tom Williams is another top rated striker who gives us great options up front. From Corwen he signed for Queens Park last year. He is highly rated locally and he has already demonstrated his ability.

Bradley Jones has come from Rhyl’s Academy.  Having watched Bradley I have been impressed with what I’ve seen.  He is a good defensive player who can give us option at centre back and right back.

I’ve also seen enough of Tom Watkin Jones and Rhys Rowlands , who  played for our reserves last season, to know that he they will be pushing to be included in the squad this year. Steph Dolben, who has come through our under 16’s, is also another who has impressed pre-season. His attitude is spot on and he’s a lad I will be keeping an eye on. We will continue to track all the lads who come through our youth system.

GROUNDS YOU LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING AND WHY

Bangor City. As one of the biggest clubs in Wales we are all looking forward to going to Bangor as I’m sure most of the other clubs are. Rhyl is another but our visit to Denbigh on boxing day will be high on everyone’s list.

PLAYERS YOU LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING AND WHY

I will be interested to see the calibre of player we will be facing when Bangor come to town. They are a big club and will be anxious to get back into the Welsh Prem.

WHO DO YOU SEE AS IN CONTENTION FOR THE LEAGUE TITLE

I can’t see beyond Bangor City to be honest but Rhyl and Airbus will push them all the way.

HOW COMPETITIVE DO YOU THINK THE LEAGUE WILL BE NEXT SEASON

I think the top three or four will be very strong, as ever, and I believe there will be massive competition for the next few places. A lot of clubs will be eyeing one of those top six places.

TEAM WHO COULD SURPRISE A FEW

I’m not sure that surprise is the right word but Flint will certainly improve on last year and they will be a team to watch. They have made some good signings.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

We have to watch out for them all.

THIS IS THE LAST SEASON OF THE HUWS GRAY CYMRU ALLIANCE – ANY MEMORIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE

The first one is making my Cymru Alliance debut for Ruthin at Holyhead under Tim Dyer at the turn of the century.

Another is my first game as manager which was against Flint, we lost 2-0. We were bottom of the league and I had just been appointed. I remember being very nervous. It was a daunting prospect.

One of my favourites is the month of March 2017 in which we won 5 games on the trot against relegation rivals, all high pressure games.

OPINION OF THE NEW FAW PYRAMID

Change is always difficult. I think the structure does need to be clearer. No-one really knows at what level all the different leagues are at. I don’t think it will affect us too much but there will be a lot of disappointed clubs in tier 3 by the look of things.  There’s no doubt that clubs like ours can benefit from the improvements the FAW are making.