FAW Trophy run has benefitted Pontardawe Town’s Championship aspirations

One of Pontardawe’s figure heads Garry Taylor says the clubs FAW Trophy run has helped towards their ambitions of FAW Championship football.

Pontardawe Town make the trip to Park Avenue today to face Wrexham League side Cefn Albion.

And Taylor who retires from playing at the end of the season said: “It’s massive for the club and where we’re trying to go both on and off the pitch. 

“To reach this final in the first time we have entered it and it’s really brought the squad together and kept everyone on their toes.  

“It’s brought good financial rewards to the club off the pitch too which is much needed as we strive for the new ground criteria.

Asked how it would rank if the club were to win the competition for the first time in their history, Taylor replied: “It would rank as the clubs biggest success since the move to our new ground and for me personally too.” 

In the earlier rounds of the competition, Pontardawe knocked out clubs like Morriston Town, Aberbargoed Buds, Abertillery Bluebirds and Division Two favourites Swansea University.

North Walian side Plas Madoc stood in their way in the semi-final but Andrew Stokes’ side saw past them.

 Now there is a real possibility the FAW Trophy could be heading back down South for the first time in three years.

“Football down south is constantly improving clubs like Barry Town, Cardiff Met and Llanelli show that and there is lots of talents players and managers down south driving football in the right direction. 

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As well as an FAW Trophy Final to look forward to, Pontardawe Town are one of the clubs who have applied for promotion to the first ever FAW Championship next season. 

“Results went for us this week and I truly believe that promotion is in our hands we have eight league games left and if we take care of ourselves then come to the end of the season we will be there or thereabout.” 

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