Saturday 7th March 2015 ko 10.15
Ceredigion League Division Two
DEWI STARS 6 (Owens 16 23 29 37 W Williams 74 Thomas 87)
S.D.U.C. 1 (Kennedy 45)
When you organise the final hop of a league’s run, you always have the difficulty of putting together a schedule with clubs that aren’t necessarily ideally placed geographically. To add to that we had the necessity to put the Dewi Stars on the Saturday as the playing field is owned by the chapel in Llanddewi Brefi, and they objected to the club playing on a Sunday. Yes, that’s right, Llanddewi Brefi of “Little Britain” fame, and as I demolished an early breakfast in Carmarthen my aim for my visit was to dispel the notion of “Only Gay in the village” however funny Matt Lucas’ sketches were.
I had another thing to ponder too. With ticket sales at record numbers we’d sold so many coach tickets I was roped in to give a couple of extra hoppers a lift between the games. It meant I had to navigate some extremely narrow rural roads, but it gave me the chance to beat the coach and make sure everything was in place for their arrival.
Not that I needed to do anything when I arrived. The gate was manned, Andy the badge seller was in situ, and the woodsaw barbecue was fired up and cooking away. Even the students of Trinity St David’s University College had beaten the cliché and were warming up at the top end, their girlfriends having commandeered the bench at the front of the stand. The only issue was that the gazebo needed stronger anchoring!
The stand, not a common occurrence in the Ceredigion League. If I had a £1 for every misguided soul who thinks the Ceredigion League is “Fields in West Wales” I’d have transported my two guests around in something a lot more impressive than my Avensis! Of course there’s more to ANY club than mere stadium furniture, and I’d like to think in these articles we’ve seen soul, community and passion and what makes sport, and groundhopping tick.
The coach arrived, and immediately a hopper asked for his programme pack. I glanced over to the coach, the door hadn’t even opened! One day everyone will wait until we’ve got the table unfolded and the boxes unloaded, or is that just wishful thinking on my part?
104 programme packs soon were distributed, and I turned round to survey the vista. Quite honestly I stopped and stared… just…. beautiful. I hope the photographs do it justice. The game was a wonderful advert for the lowest rung of the footballing ladder in Ceredigion. On a sloping pitch Steffan Owens ran in 4 unanswered goals with only Billy Kennedy’s thumping response for the college in a breathless first half.
Two more home goals followed after the break from William Williams and Gethin Thomas to complete the rout, but as we left I stopped to photograph the road sign you see below. I liked its retro feel, and jumped back into the car and headed for Felinfach, but it was only when I reached our second game that I realised that no one had mentioned “Little Britain” during our stay in Llanddewi Brefi. I can think of no better tribute to the village.