Jonny's Blog

THIS WEEKEND could be labelled as a disaster as far as the WPL is concerned with all but two games called off on the last weekend of phase one.

A lot of questions can be raised to this, and I think things could have maybe been handled a little bit better than they were.

Hats off to the Welsh FA because they do have a lot of flack and they work extremely hard, but my first question is why were games played on a Sunday.

I don’t get this idea, because if the games were scheduled for the Saturday, I don’t think there would have been as much of a problem with getting games on.

Personally I think TNS’ game would have gone ahead because a host of local games did, and didn’t suffer from weather problems, like a host of games did on Sunday.

Also why were the games at 1pm? Surely if they were at 2.30pm, or even 3pm it would have given the pitches more of a chance to thaw out, and a chance of playing them.

These are simple questions, and I am sure there are valid reasons behind why these things happened, but maybe if things were changed, the final phase games could have gone ahead.

However these things happen in football, and we just have to move on from them.

The TNS/Camarthen and GAP/Newtown games are now on Tuesday and they still hold significance with both sides vying for that final top six spot, after Port Talbot secured their place yesterday.

Cold temperatures are set in for the week, so it remains to be seen if these games will go ahead at evening times, but it is going to be a tough one I imagine.

Another point is that on social media, people have been asking the question, why wasn’t the TNS game on, if Park Hall is an all weather pitch.

Yes it is, but speaking from experience, I have played on Park Hall when the pitch is frozen, and it is one dangerous surface, so I can see why the call was made to cancel it. More work for the fixture secretary to work out now, but hopefully everything will go smoothly from here on in.

In other news, well done to Port Talbot and Bernie McNally for getting into the top six.

After Jarred Harvey left things could have gone down hill, but the former Newtown boss has gone in there, settled the ship, and got the side playing.

Martin Rose is in the form of his life, and when you have players supporting him such as Chris Jones, Luke Bowen and Chad Bond, it makes life a little easier for your side.

All the best to the injury plagued Ryan Fraughan is heading out on loan to GAP Connah’s Quay.

A player with bags of talent, but injuries have been his enemy this season, so hopefully he will get games under his belt and come back to bolster the Saints squad.

All the best Ryan.

A few interesting comments from Mr Aizlewood prior to the Saints/Old Gold cancellation at the weekend.

He has written off his side for the top six, and labelled the Park Hall surface a 1970’s leisure centre pitch.

We did have a few questions that needed to me answered regarding this on TNS Radio, and we will answer these in the week.

Would be interesting to see what the Carmarthen players made of these comments.

I will be back with another blog next week, and on TNS Radio from 7.30pm on Tuesday evening.



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