Division One title win is proudest moment of career says Cefn Cribwr boss Scott Dryden

Cefn Cribwr’s long term servant Scott Dryden says that the clubs Division One title win ranks as his highest achievement with the club.

They finished two points above Garw, to win the Division One title. It was the clubs second consecutive promotion after being promoted from Division Two last season.

Cribwr were founder members of the then South Wales Senior League and hadn’t played at this level since the 1993/1994 season. The club are just one division away, from playing in the Welsh Football League.

“Winning the South Wales Alliance Division 1 is without question the proudest moment in my 20 years at the club as both player and manager.”

For a small club like Cefn Cribwr BC to of won such a tough league is simply fairy tale stuff.”

We were very confident that we’d be competitive but I think that this achievement has surpassed everyone’s expectations especially when only 2 1/2 years ago we were bottom of Division 2 just before Christmas.”

Dryden has made the progression from being a player with the club, to his steps into management. Since then, he has tried to professionalize the club to his best ability.

Since coming into the first team we’ve tried to install a more ‘professional ‘ approach to our football. It’s something that the lads have really bought into and have enjoyed.

I like my lads to be as well prepared for a game as they possibly can be and I think that’s where the major transformation has come from. We’re pretty regimented in our pre-match routine and that has really stood us in good stead.

Finishing top of the division, it is no surprise that Dryden’s men have recorded the most goals in the division, scoring a total of 89 times.

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To compliment Cribwr’s prolific attack, they’ve conceded just 30 goals in the league this campaign. They are able to boast both the best attack and defence in the league, showing their true merits of their success.

Dryden said: “We are very proud of our goals scored and goals conceded record this season. There’s no big secret to it really, just hard work from the lads on the training ground.”

Our defenders have a very good understanding and have been together for a number of years, since our Bridgend League days.

We are blessed with some terrific attacking players who are given the freedom to try and express themselves and that has been fantastic to watch.

The understanding that the boys have is why we’ve done so well both conceding and scoring goals.”

With this being the clubs first time at this level in 25 years, they will now be testing their wits in what is now an even league, following Penydarren’s promotion to the Welsh League.

Cribwr will have to contend with sides like Cardiff Draconians, Canton Liberal and Ynyshir Albions.

“I’m naturally very ambitious but am also very realistic. This is going to be a huge step forward into the unknown for our club.

We’ll be coming across some huge clubs in comparison to ourselves and that will be a huge challenge for the lads but one we can’t wait to tackle head on.

We will take it one game at a time and see how we fair. I know the boys and myself can’t wait for the season to get underway. It’s going to be a long summer of waiting!”

(Featured Image: Cefn Cribwr BC)

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