Denbigh Town FC welcome Cambrian and Clydach Vale BGC to Central Park this Saturday 8th December for our third round JD Welsh Cup encounter. 2.30pm kick off.
This will be the first time a team from South Wales has played at Central Park for a number of years so we thought we would have a look at our opposition to whet your appetite.
The football club is based in a small village called Clydach Vale in the heart of the Rhondda Valley. Although only formed in 2001 they have grown to become arguably the biggest club in the County of Rhondda Cynon Taff.. They formed an Academy in 2008 and now attract the finest young players from far afield to the club and have Academy teams from under 7yrs to under 16yrs. Many of the youngsters eventually make it to the first team and they can boast that over 30 ex players have since moved on to professional clubs. They also have junior teams playing football in local leagues.
Their biggest accolade to date was winning the Welsh League Division 1 title at the end of the 2011/12 season. However they now have a chance of winning the Nathaniel MG Cup [ Welsh Premier League Cup ] this season as they are due to meet Cardiff Met in the final in the New Year. Cambrian and Clydach Vale have beaten Barry Town, Aberystwyth, Newtown and TNS in previous rounds and are the second team from Tier 2 to ever reach the final. Coincidentally Denbigh Town were the first when the Cup had different sponsors and was known as TheWord Cup.
They hope to do well in the JD Welsh Cup too and have beaten Port Talbot 5 - 0 at home and Caldicot Town 3 - 2 away from home to reach this stage of the competition and now travel up to North Wales to meet Denbigh.
Cambrian and Clydach Vale play in the Welsh National League based in South Wales which is a Tier 2 league similar to our own Huws Gray Alliance league. They are currently fourth in the table with a number of games in hand over the leaders Afon Lido.
Not surprisingly the club have begun to look at the Tier 1 licence with a view to playing in the Welsh Premier League in the future and have installed a smart 3 G pitch as they continue to grow.
So there you have it! It is going to be a tough one for the Reds.
Note that season tickets do not apply for this game
Tomorrow we will have the views of our management duo and some team news.
Updated 21:51 - 5 Dec 2018 by Stephen Whitfield