CWFA set to act to save cup integrity

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

THE Central Wales Football Association (CWFA) will act to preserve the integrity of its senior cup.

Chairman Will Lloyd-Williams promised an end of season review of the competition after Llanfair United became the latest club to withdraw, following in the footsteps of Rhayader Town last season

The club was told its fourth round date at Rhayader Town would have to be honoured on the same day as their Huws Gray Alliance clash with Guilsfield

Problems have arisen with cup conference dates clashing with the Huws Gray Alliance fixture list.

With the Alliance unwilling to alter its fixture list to take area association cups into account it has been left to Mid Wales clubs competing in the second tier to re-schedule midweek cup dates.

Williams insisted a rule change would be required to ensure the integrity of the cup and continued participation of senior clubs in the region

“I know Alliance clubs in North East and North West Wales do not even enter their area association cups anymore,” said Williams. “We must not allow that to happen in Central Wales.

“It is a fantastic competition, one made all the richer for the bigger clubs entering and we must address this issue now before such clubs decide it no longer viable or worth their while.

“Quite often clubs can re-arrange ties, switch venues and be relied upon to do all they can to honour a fixture but this is the exception and not the rule.

“Perhaps the time has come for a rule change but that will have to be discussed at the end of the season by the CWFA.

“For now I am disappointed at the loss of Llanfair United from this season’s competition and hope we can work to ensure such problems are not repeated next season.”

Williams pointed to the success of the area in national competitions as one of the reasons fixtures have come to clash so regularly.

“It says a lot about the Central Wales Cup and its standing that clubs in the Alliance hold it in such high regard and want to win it each season,” said Williams. “Particularly this season when Llanfair United and Guilsfield are also doing so well in the Welsh Cup.

“The Central Wales wants to support and help its clubs and will be talking about this issue at the end of the season.”

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