Saturday, 22nd November 2014

Hackett’s men are worthy champions

Congratulations to Builth Wells, 2009-2010 Watson Associates Mid Wales (South) League champions.

Sean Hackett’s team finally ended on top of the pile following a thrilling title race which was in the balance up to virtually the last kick of the season to add the title to the League Cup.

And many will say Builth are deserving champs having suffered just one defeat in 36 league games. In the end the gap between Builth and runners-up Llandrindod Wells was just two points.

Rhosgoch contributed greatly to the season but fell away at the end with three defeats from their last four but a third place finish again showed how a little club can punch above their weight.

Talgarth Town had to be content with fourth and Gavin Perry knows his team were always playing catch up following a disastrous start. Town collected just six points from their opening six games and never really recovered.

Presteigne Reserves enjoyed a successful campaign with Barry Williams’s team achieving their goal of a top six finish and they beat all of the top three.

In fact, Presteigne were the only side to defeat champions Builth with Tom Watkins netting the only goal in a 1-0 victory on The Lant Field back in November.

New teams Rhayader Town Reserves and Talarth Rovers certainly made an impact with both receiving much credit for the football they played with youngsters.

Both reached the quarter finals of the Emrys Morgan Cup and respective managers Paul ‘Jonah’ Jones and Scott Powell can be congratulated for their efforts.

CP Llanandras were the other new team and saved their best for last with a stunning 4-1 victory at Knighton Town in their final game.

Newcastle, as always proved difficult to beat and the popular Shropshire side ended seventh one place below Hay St Marys Reserves whose manager Andrew Harris has stepped down having guided The Saints to a top six finish.

St Harmon might have finished bottom but The Swifts battled away with no fuss and fulfilled their fixtures, very often with a full complement of subs.

The Mid Wales League (South) was the biggest league in Wales numerically and despite the weather, all games were completed, albeit a little later than normal.

Secretary Paul Worts said: “It has been a superb season for the Mid Wales League (South) and when you see the crowds at some games you wonder whether there is a need for a Spar Mid Wales League second division.

“The standard has been good highlighted by Llandrindod Wells winning the Emrys Morgan Cup and we congratulate them on that achievement. Also congratulations to Builth Wells for their league and cup double.

“I would like to thank all the clubs for their co-operation in assuring the league ran as smoothly as it did and, although we will be sorry to lose so many teams next season, we wish those which are joining the Spar Mid Wales League well in their new venture.”

Worts, speaking on behalf of all the clubs, thanked sponsor, Roger Watson of Watson Associates for his continued backing of the league.

Mr Watson, a keen supporter of local football, presented both Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells with their trophies following Saturday’s games.

The annual meeting of the Watson Associates Mid Wales League (South) will be held at Llandrindod Wells FC on Monday, June 28 at 7.30 pm.

Any new teams wishing to join for the 2010-2011 season should contact secretary Paul Worts in writing prior to the meeting.

Letters should be sent to Worts at Millside, Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5RY.