Four teams focussed on FAW Amateur Trophy
Just four teams remain in the FAW Amateur Trophy with Rockspur FC, Mold Alexandra, Baglan Dragons and Ynyshir Albions all looking to move a step closer to claiming the silverware as the two semi-finals take place at Newtown and Penybont on Saturday, 19 March (2.30pm).
Rockspur FC of the David W Harris Swansea Senior League Division 1 are enjoying an excellent season and now take on Mold Alexandra at Latham Park for a place in the final. The Swansea-based side booked their place in the last four with an impressive 3-0 win over Cefn Albion through goals from Sam Keefe, Aaron Lewis and Richie Jeremiah. Convincing victories over Brynawel and Waunarlwydd Galaxy in the early rounds set the tone for their FAW Amateur Trophy campaign, and further wins over Seven Sisters Onllwyn, Porth and Goytre AFC followed before 2019 winners Cefn Albion were defeated at Pryderi Park.
Mold Alexandra are an established name in the Welsh domestic game and were founder members of the League of Wales back in 1992. The side are currently enjoying an excellent season in the Lock Stock Ardal Northwest and will be targeting success in the FAW Amateur Trophy as they look to continue their rise through the pyramid system having recently dropped down to the Welsh National League. The side claimed comfortable victories over Penyffordd Lions, Greenfield and Queens Park in the earlier rounds before registering a 2-1 win over Llangollen Town. Penalties were then required to see off Llandudno Albion while Joe Ormrod scored the decisive goal against Pontyclun in the quarter-finals.
Carl Clement's Baglan Dragons are pushing for the Highadmit South Wales Alliance Premier Division title and can move a step closer to completing a domestic double when they take on Ynyshir Albions at the SDM Glass Stadium, home of Penybont FC, this weekend. Goals from Tom Randall and Lewis Holmes earned the side from Port Talbot a 2-0 victory over Boderdern Athletic in the quarter-final last month. Striker Jordan Evans has been in superb form for the side while victories over Tata Steel United, Penlan, Ynysygerwn and Cardiff Corinthians in the previous rounds have seen the side consistently produce in the league and cup this season.
One of the highest-scoring teams in the Ardal South West, seven different players were on target for Ynyshir Albions in their 7-2 win over Blaenrhondda in their opening match of the FAW Amateur Trophy campaign back in July last year. Victories over Merthyr Saints, Cardiff Draconians, FC Cwmaman and Caersws followed before two goals from the in-form Liam Eason defeated Monmouth Town in the last eight. The side remain very much in promotion contention and still have to play against the two teams above them in the table during a busy finish to their league campaign. Reaching the final of the FAW Amateur Trophy would offer a timely confidence boost for the side as they head into the final weeks of the campaign with everything to play for.