Llantwit’s Lewis keeping his side grounded
Despite being the name on the lips of many managers who have said Llantwit will go up this season, the Major boss says nothing has been decided yet.
In recent weeks, managers have pinpointed STM Sports and Llantwit as the two teams to go up as the season approaches its climax.
Llantwit have plenty of games to play as their runs in the Welsh Cup and the Welsh League Cup have seen them play less league games but this gives the team an opportunity to gain an advantage over some teams, with Llantwit only losing one game this season.
“I have noticed a few managers saying that, but some of these managers are yet to see us play. There is a long way to go and a lot of difficult games left, anything can happen.
We have had a good run of results in the league. The boys are working extremely hard on the training ground and deserve everything they achieve at the moment. We have been lucky enough to sign some very effective players and currently our defence is very solid which gives us a platform to play from.”
Part of why Llantwit are where they are is down to their excellent defensive record which has them ranked as the best defensive side in the division.
“Our solid defence allows are more attacking players a platform to play from. Although I am very disappointed in some of the goals that we have conceded this season and I’ve stated to the boys that getting a clean sheet is just as important as scoring goals.”
Llantwit will be travelling to the capital today as they travel to Wenvoe, where they will play Ely Rangers, Lewis remembers the game between the two sides last season and is aware of some of the threats they may offer.
“Ely are a difficult team home and away. It’s good our away form has improved as it seemed to be our downfall last season. I’m expecting a very hard game away at Ely and anyone is capable of beating anyone at this level.
At the moment I’m only aware of what I saw last year and what I’ve experienced when playing Ely over the years. They are always a difficult team to play and we were very lucky to steal three points up there last year.
I know that Ely will be keen to play football the right way and will always look to get the ball down and play. Two brothers that played for me last year have signed with Ely this year (Lewis and Danny James) both are good players for this level and I asked both to comeback this season.”
Unfortunately for Llantwit they will be without a few key players but with the squad Lewis has assembled he feels confident that players can step up to the plate.
“It’s always hard in this division to ensure that we have a full squad every week as players are not contracted and don’t receive any money for playing, so they often have to work. Along side work commitments we currently have two players serving a 3-match ban, one on holiday and two out injured. Issue like this reiterate that the season is a squad competition and it allows other players opportunities.”
Sean ‘Barney” Williams is a fantastic defender that will add loads to our team. He has ten years experience at division 1 and will add more strength to our defence. Barney is a brilliant character and leader to have around our squad and I’m looking for him to play a massive part in our season.
Sam is a fantastic talent; he is a solid target man and a natural finisher. Even at the age of 16 he is extremely mature and is always looking to learn. I am over the moon to have Sam in our squad along side our other forwards and I’m looking for Sam to push on and attempt to catch Rob Jones in the goal-scoring table.