By Trevor Haylett
Total Network Solutions FC continue to lead the way in the League of Wales but the most significant development over the course of the last month has been the improvement in the fortunes of Llanelli FC.
One of the most astonishing results of the season came at Stebonheath Park where high-riding Bangor City FC arrived boasting an undefeated record on their travels and no loss at all in 13 games. They took an early lead but then conceded five goals, with Llanelli also missing a penalty.
Off the bottom
That made it seven points in three games for the promoted club who lost all of their first nine fixtures, a sequence which led to the arrival of new manager Nick Tucker. The Bangor victory enabled Llanelli to climb above Airbus UK FC but they returned to last place following December's final games and the postponement of their scheduled trip to Cwmbran Town FC.
TNS enjoyed a four-point lead after the 27 December fixtures, a 1-0 victory against Welshpool Town FC maintaining their advantage over champions Rhyl FC who defeated Connah's Quay Nomads FC 4-2. Still unbeaten, the consistency of the Llansantffraid side earned Ken McKenna the manager of the month award for November, adding to the one he picked up in September.
First home win
Caersws FC are third, although their progress was checked by a surprise defeat at Connah's Quay, a result which gave the home team their first victory of the season at Deeside Stadium. During the month Caersws overcame Cefn Druids AFC 7-0, a defeat that led to the resignation of manger Alan Morgan with former Wrexham FC striker and manager Dixie McNeil taking over.
The long-mooted merger between TNS and Oswestry Town FC has finally been ratified. The decision by Oswestry shareholders to transfer the club's remaining assets to the village-based club means that TNS owner Mike Harries can press on with his plans to build a 3,000-seater stadium in Oswestry.
The new ground will be one of three the League of Wales hopes to develop to meet UEFA criteria for hosting games in European club competitions. A desire to compete more successfully in Europe is also behind a feasability study which will explore the merits of switching to summer football in Wales. "When our clubs go into the initial rounds they are almost always facing clubs who are in the middle of their summer leagues and therefore at a disadvantage," said League of Wales secretary John Deakin.
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