Coedpoeth reach JD Welsh Cup first round as barren spell ends

A Wrexham team who didn’t record a single win in 28 games last season have reached the first round of the JD Welsh Cup. 

Coedpoeth United, who were one of Wales’ struggling sides in the 17/18 season, now have a big tie against Ruthin Town to look forward to in the first round proper of the competition.

Coedpoeth, who are made up a young squad, are looking to establish themselves in the Welsh National League Division One after being relegated from the Premier Division last season.

While they face a building job in their league, the JD Welsh Cup has become an unlikely source of success for the side after their 4-1 win over Penrhyndeudraeth on Saturday.

The victory wasn’t straightforward, with their Welsh Alliance league hosts taking the lead before a brace from Curt Griffiths gave the visitors the lead at half time.

In the second half they stood up against Penrhyn’s efforts to get back into the game before Nathan Jones put his side’s name in the hat with another brace.

The weekend was one to be remembered for the club, with all of its youth sides claiming victory in their respective games.

Manager Karl Fenlon took to Twitter to praise his side, before speaking to Y Clwb Pel Droed.

He said:

“Saturday was a fantastic day for the club, the performance from the team was superb. Days like yesterday is what keeps me motivated to keep managing and the look on the players faces at the end of the game is something I’ll never forget.”

Their reward is a glamour tie against established Huws Gray Alliance side and NEWFA Cup champions Ruthin Town, who reached the last 16 of the competition last season.

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Fenlon is well aware of Ruthin’s quality, but isn’t writing off his side with a little help from the magic of the cup.

“We know a massive challenge awaits us with the visit of Ruthin. They are two leagues above us but I know 100% that Coedpoeth united will give their all, there’s a lot of belief in this club and the young lads are fearless! It’s a cup game, anything can happen.”

Coedpoeth will welcome Ruthin to the Penygelli Playing Fields on Saturday 20th October.

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