Youth Cup and Welsh Cup heroes Ynysddu Welfare ‘homeless’

Ynysddu Welfare who reached the third round of the JD Welsh Cup this season could fold at the end of the season after being made homeless.

The club recently lost their current home ground and have now seen their application to move to a new ground temporarily suspended.

Caerphilly County Borough’s Council cabinet voted to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre which houses Ynysddu Welfare’s home games. This was despite public opposition including a campaign ‘Save Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre.’

Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre hosted the JD Welsh Cup Round Three tie with the Cefn Druids this season as Ynysddu Welfare made history in reaching the third round for the first time in their history.

It casts serious doubt as to whether the proud Caerphilly club will be able to continue past the end of the season with no ground to play on.

Ynysddu tweeted on social media: “We are now officially homeless and there is a strong chance this could be our last season.”

Caerphilly County Borough Council issued a reply to Ynysddu Welfare offering hope of finding a solution that will suit both parties.

“Please be assured – we’ll continue to explore all possible avenues in order to support your club with your future long term aspirations. Officers will be in touch shortly to discuss with you.”

This season the club ‘mistakingly’ entered a side into the FAW Youth Cup, despite not having a recognised youth setup. They heroically beat Briton Ferry Llansawel, receiving national coverage. They were later knocked out by Welsh Premier League side Llanelli Town.

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On the pitch, Ynysddu Welfare are third in the Gwent County League after winning a League and Cup double last season.

They are still able to win the Division One title but Abertillery Bluebirds have been promoted to the Welsh Football League after passing the criteria.

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