Antoniazzi says Neuadd Wen doing well for the community

Neuadd Wen’s Wayne Antoniazzi has said that the club are doing well for the community with how both the first team and reserve team are gunning for the league title in their respective division.

Despite having their game against third placed Malpas United postponed, Neuadd Wen continue to lead the Gwent County First Division, as Wen eye promotion to the Welsh League, Antoniazzi has put praise on his side in recent performances. Last time out, Wen recorded a 4-1 victory over 4th placed Abertillery Bluebirds.

“It was a great performance on Saturday away to Abertillery Bluebirds, it was probably the best we have played, especially in the first 30 minutes of the match. In terms of confidence, its always good to win, we will keep trying to win and I hope we do enough to gain promotion come end of the season.”


As one of the clubs who have applied for promotion to the Welsh League, the Neuadd manager says that it would mean a lot to the community should his side secure promotion to the Welsh League. With preparations already in place as a move to Aberbargoed’s Recreation Ground would be on the cards to comply with Welsh League regulations.

If we do get promoted it will be great for the community and all that is involved with the club, especially Andrew Brooker who formed the club few years ago.

His aim was always to achieve promotion to the Welsh League and hopefully we can push on and fulfil that goal. An added bonus to the community will be having two teams playing at the Recreation ground with Aberbargoed Buds returning next season.


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Despite not having the best attack or defence in the league stats wise, it is Wen who top the division by being one of the most consistent sides in the division. In Neuadd’s last three games, they’ve scored sixteen goals, showing their attacking intent.


“Sixteen goals in three games is brilliant, however, the team are getting the results. We attack as a unit, and defend as a unit, we are all a link in the chain and need to do our part to get results.

Football is all about getting results, and what matters is the final league position come end of the season. We will do our best to win the game, whether that be 1-0 or 5-4, we will work our hardest and hopefully that will be enough earn us a result. Its 11 v 11 and I think it will come down to the squad and whoever wants it most.”

As well as putting praise on to his first team, the first team manager also paid respect to those involved in the reserve side, saying how great it is to see both sides being so competitive and showing a winning pedigree, allowing players from the high performing reserve squad to blend in to the first team.

“Lastly, could I just mention that our seconds are also having a very good season in the North Gwent Reserve league. Ricky Vaughan has got the lads playing exceptional football and we are hoping that we have two teams come end of the season pushing for the league title. The seconds have been pivotal to our improvement and success over recent years, as there have been a number of players progressing through to the first team and adding plenty of quality and strength in depth where needed, so hopefully 2016/17 can be a very good year for the club.”


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