Tricky start for Penrhyncoch

By Adam Hughes in Football

PENRHYNCOCH boss Gari Lewis is relishing his side’s opening day clash at home to Huws Gray Cymru Alliance big guns Caernarfon Town.

With the fixtures confirmed this week, the Roosters start against last season’s runners-up Caernarfon at Cae Baker - a side they had also visited in their opening game last year.

“It’s a great game to start the season, and we know we will need to put in a good performance,” said Lewis.

“They are a big club, have brought in some quality signings and will bring a lot of support for the first game. It should be a great atmosphere.

“With our pitch looking amazing, and a lot of work having taken place on the ground, it should be a game to really enjoy and look forward to.”

As well as the work on the Cae Baker pitch, the club have also added 75 seats to the main stand to meet the necessary ground criteria, while they have also installed a new toilet block.

On the playing front, Penrhyncoch are likely to be without Josh Shaw, who is planning to take a year out.

“Josh is a huge asset, but he had injuries last season and wants to take time away from the game to recharge his batteries,” said the Penrhyn boss.

“I fully appreciate that, and I want to thank him for all the hard work he has put in for the club in recent years.

“Hopefully, after a break from the game, it will reignite his motivation and he will come back stronger.”

Former Rooster, wingman Nathan Warren, is back at the club for next season, while Lewis has also brought in Llion Jenkins from Bow Street.

Jenkins can play centre of defence or midfield, and Lewis said: “He is physically very strong and athletic, and we’re delighted to bring him in.”

Penrhyncoch, meanwhile, have been drawn at home to Cymru Alliance newcomers Rhayader Town in the first round of the Huws Gray Cup, on Saturday, 21 October.

After starting training on Thursday, 29 June, the Roosters will host Port Talbot Town in their first friendly on Saturday, 15 July, and then welcome Buckley Town the following week.

They will continue their pre-season away against Haverfordwest County on 29 July, and will then visit Llanidloes Town on Saturday, 5 August.

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