Cambrian boss Williams hoping to represent Rhondda in Welsh Premier League

Cambrian manager Dane Williams says Welsh Premier League football in the Rhondda could be a possibility in the next few years.

The Cam Army are currently fourth in Division One, but are one of four applicants who have applied for a Tier One licence for next season.

Rhondda Cynon Taff hasn’t had Welsh Premier League representation, since 1997, when Ton Pentre were relegated from the League of Wales.

The 2011/2012 Division One winning captain said: “I think realistically we are still a few seasons away but a Rhondda side in the Welsh Premier League would be a well-supported team and it’s long overdue.

The club is going in the right direction and has aspirations to move up to the WPL.

What Phil Williams has done for this club off the field over the last few years is remarkable and with him continuing to drive the club forward anything is possible.

Hopefully Cambrian and make that happen in the next few years.”

(Image: Will Cheshire)

The Tonypandy based side are the lowest ranked team left in the Nathaniel MG Cup, as they entertain Welsh Premier League side Newtown at the Cambrian Academy tomorrow evening.

They’ve already beaten two Welsh Premier League sides in the competition. Firstly high-flying Barry Town United on penalties, before beating Aberystwyth Town in the next round, with both games at the home of Cambrian.

But Newtown, who reached the semi-finals of the Cup last season, will be a tough test says, Williams.

I think it’s fair to say that in the previous rounds Aberystwyth and Barry both used the competition as a chance to give fringe players a game and we took advantage of that.

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Newtown won’t be doing that, not at this stage of the competition! We’ve seen a Bit of Newtown and know what we are up against.

They are a very strong, fit and well-organised team with quality all over the field, especially their front three.”

For Cambrian, they suffered a slow start to the season, losing on an opening day to Briton Ferry Llansawel, another side who have applied for the Tier One licence.

But performances have picked up and they’re just five points off of league leaders Penybont.

Newtown though have beaten the Division One league leaders Penybont.

The Cambrian manager doesn’t see the cup as a distraction: “We started the league very slowly and cup games have been a help with us finding some form and consistency that we have taken into the league.

It’s been a fantastic effort from the whole squad so far in this competition and given the club as a whole a massive boost.

Playing at home in any game is a big advantage and hopefully, this will help again on Tuesday night.”

(Featured Image: Will Cheshire)

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