A Grassroots View From The Touchline. Pencoed Athletic BGC v Ely Rangers

Well, another midweeker tonight, because Wednesday is the middle of the week, as we welcomed a recently relegated Ely Rangers to Stadio Velindrio, who were kitted out in the most un-Rangers strip I’ve ever seen, a jazzy greeny, yellowy number.

I’m not even sure if some of these words are in the dictionary. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’re not. However, that’s by the by. Ely had arrived with a very young squad having had a really difficult start to the season playing against Canton Libs and Cardiff Dracs who you would expect to be in the mix at the end of the season.

We started pretty lethargically though having plenty of possession, without creating too much in front of goal. Our wing-backs were both having plenty of room without having too much of the ball. We did take the lead after Townsend teed up Delve who coolly slotted home, a bit fortunate to go in one up at half-time, as Rangers had a great attack which was headed just wide, where it probably looked easier to score.

Subs going through some strenuous stretching exercises.

The second half our tempo increased and Rangers relied on their keeper to keep them in it with a couple of good saves. Ten minutes to go and we made a double substitution swapping the top two and it paid off almost immediately as a ball forward was flicked on by Fletcher Williams to Griff Williams (no relation), who still had work to do but finished with aplomb. This was the sealer as the game ended soon after.

A game effort from Ely who I’m sure will be fine if they keep performing like that, but for 90 minutes and good luck to them for the season. A decent midweek crowd too. I didn’t go back for refreshments to the Brit as I’m on the salads…no wine tonight either so am sitting here watching Vera on repeat, on repeat, on repeat, with a Horlicks and a bourbon.

No game for us Saturday so promised the wife we will go shopping in Cardiff, which consists of her promising she won’t be long in Primark and I sit next to other bored blokes sitting next to the Gareth Edwards statue. I fall for it every time. Have a good one all, see you soon.