Trethomas Bluebirds v Bridgend Street

7.30pm  27 January 2017

Welsh League, Division Three
Trethomas Bluebirds 0 Bridgend Street 3 (att 70)

Trethomas are new to the Welsh League this season, and after a good start went into this game as one of a number of clubs with sights on promotion.

But it was promotion rivals Bridgend Street who strengthened their hopes thanks to three second half goals to win an entertaining encounter.

I'm not sure how the first half ended goalless. A mix of bad luck and bad finishing meant both sides spurned plenty of opportunities to score. Two quick goals mid way through the second period swung the game in the Cardiff-based visitors' favour, and they added a third before the end.

Trethomas have one of the more interesting grounds in the Welsh League. They share the well-equipped home of Bedwas Rugby Union club, and this fixture was on a Friday night as the rugby club had a home game the following day.

The down side of this sort of arrangement is a grass surface that's more suited to rugby than football, and extra pitch markings which, to be fair, were less confusing than I thought they might be.

The positives are a decent ground, with seats and covered accommodation behind the goal at the clubhouse end, and more seats and cover along the touchline. Unfortunately the ground's main feature, a larger seated stand, was closed to spectators.

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