Bettws v Four Crosses

2.30pm  5 October 2014

Montgomersyhire Challenge Cup, First Round
Bettws 5 Four Crosses 0 (att 45)

This should count as a cup shock, as the hosts play two divisions lower than their visitors, but Bettws are top of their league, and chances are this wasn't Four Crosses' strongest line up.

The first half was mostly even, but Bettws always looked more likely to score and, deservedly, led 1-0 at the interval. More goals followed after the break, as Bettws punished naive defending. The final score didn't flatter Bettws at all.

Bettws are based in the the small village of Bettws Cedewain. I visited for a game in this competition in 1990, when they played at a venue called Highgate Farm. It was just a pitch in a farmers field, and in the years since they've moved (at least once) and are now in a farmers field on Tregynon Road.

A neighbouring field serves as a car park, while the pitch itself has a pair of dugouts and is fenced-off, probably to keep out sheep rather than spectators. Players change in the village hall, then travel to the ground by car.

It was an historic occasion for the club as the expected arrival of groundhoppers meant they produced their first every match programme, just four pages but very welcome.









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