The Welsh Alliance has lost a second Anglesey club in just 24 hours.
Division One club Trearddur Bay United have resigned from the league, blaming a shortage of players ahead of the new season – but the club has pledged to return ”stronger than ever”.
It comes after Llanfairpwll FC pulled out of the Alliance on Monday night, citing problems with finding a new manager to keep the club in Division Two. They’re now set to join the Lucas Oil Anglesey League next season with Steve Hughes taking charge.
Trearddur Bay won the Welsh Alliance title three seasons ago – but were refused promotion for the Huws Gray Alliance because their ground did not meet the stringent criteria.
In a statement released on Tuesday night, United said that decision spelled the beginning of the end for the club. An exodus of players the following season left them relying on reserves to complete their fixture list.
Last season, they started with just three players at their first training season – but achieved their goal of staying up in Division One.
But the club explained that campaign wasn’t without further problems: ”This season looked a lot better and the enthusiasm was starting to build again with the squad looking a lot better than last season, after a few additions were brought in. We knew it wouldn’t happen overnight and it was, at least, a three year plan to return the club to previous stature.”
”Unfortunately, the enthusiasm wasn’t felt by all and after a couple of the more senior players decided that the squad hadn’t improved enough and wanted transfers, it led us to decide that a break was needed.”
”Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to allow you to move forward. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved at this small village club. We have come from the First Division of the old Sunday League to where we are today relatively quickly, and sometimes, your success on the field is your downfall.”
”Although this is a setback for the club it is not all doom and gloom, we are still working on an exciting project off the field and we are going to be putting things in place to return stronger than ever when ready.”
United were due to start this season to Mynydd Llandegai on Saturday 11th August, with Llanfairpwll visiting newcomers Holyhead Town.
There’s also been concern in the past week about Amlwch Town’s future. Just days after announcing keeper Ryan McKean as their new manager, the Lôn Bach club issued an urgent SOS (Save Our Season) appeal for new players to come forward.
Amlwch warned the club might have to withdraw from the Alliance because they had struggled to sign enough new players for the season ahead. But last night, the club was able to field a new look team for a friendly with Anglesey League newcomers Cefni FC, winning 1-0.
Amlwch are due to start their Division Two campaign at Pwllheli on 11th August.