Goytre United Afan Lido

7.30pm  20 February 2015

Welsh League, Division One
Goytre United 2 Afan Lido 1 (att 116)

I finally got round to taking advantage of one of Goytre United's many Friday evening matches, and was glad I did so as this local derby provided a good evening's entertainment at an impressive football ground.

There are two clubs from Goytre in the top division of the Welsh League, one from Goytre in Gwent, and United, who play in a tiny village just outside Port Talbot. They've had a successful few years, but seem to have decided, wisely I think, that promotion to the Welsh Premier League would be a step too far.

Cross-town rivals Afan Lido have played Welsh Premier football, and were relegated after finishing bottom last season. They currently sit just below mid table, so an immediate return is unlikely, whereas Goytre still have a chance of winning the league.

The hosts looked out of sorts for much of this game though. Afan Lido looked sharper and more determined, and deserved to score the game's opening goal in the second half. But Goytre showed the resilience that successful sides need, scoring twice to turn the game around and claim all three points.

Their Glenhafod Park Stadium is a gem of a football ground. It's set amid great scenery - not that you can tell on a Friday night in February - and is dominated by a 350-seat stand that runs the length of one side. The remaining three sides are mostly uncovered open standing, with a snack bar towards one corner. The social club is next door to the stadium.









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