Cwmamman desperate to fulfil Division One dream

Cwmamman United secretary Alun Rees says his side are fully prepared for life in Welsh League Division One next season, but insists they cannot afford to underestimate Aberbargoed Buds on Saturday.

United brought themselves to the brink of a place in Welsh football’s second tier with a 2-1 win over Pontardawe Town on Tuesday, and sign off their campaign with a trip to struggling Buds knowing that only a win will be enough to pip Pontypridd Town to the third and final promotion spot.

And while their hosts will have little to play for, Rees says his side cannot simply assume that victory is a foregone conclusion.

“We won’t be taking them for granted at all,” Rees said. “We’re totally focused on it and everyone’s prepared. We’ve got quite a few supporters going up for it too, so it should hopefully be a good day out.

“We’re obviously confident in ourselves and our own beliefs and the way we play, but on the day you never know what might happen. We know we’ve got to win.”

Cwmamman’s progress will surely see play-manager Mark Snell draw plenty of plaudits, with the goalkeeper set to hang on to the reins for another season, whatever Saturday’s result.

Rees says further plans for next season, including player recruitment and a ground expansion, have already been discussed, but are largely dependent on confirming promotion.

“We’re fully focused on going forward and we’ve already had meetings to discuss the potential of getting into Division One. We’ve got a few good ideas going into next year.

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“We know we need to put together a 250-seater stand either by the end of next season or certainly the end of the season after that, so we’re well focused on that and getting our facilities up to scratch and that is our main aim at the moment.

“We’re just thinking of sustainability and trying to progress every year.”

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