Big kick-off for Welsh League on Friday
- Published on Friday, 10 August 2012 14:53
THE Welsh League kicks off on Friday night with last season's ambitious under-achievers Bridgend Town at home against Caerleon at the Brewery Field.
Former Merthyr Tydfil, Port Talbot and Aberystwyth defender Craig Lima is again in charge for the Brewerymen, assisted by ex-Barry Town and Cardiff City player Tony Bird, while another former Bluebird, Hayden Fleming, is player-coach.
Reigning champions Cambrian and Clydach open the defence of their title against last season's runners-up Taffs Well.
Barry Town aim to start their centenary season with a home win over Cwmbran Celtic on Saturday with passing football.
The Dragons lost 2-1 to Cardiff City in a match played to launch Barry’s centenary celebrations.
"We like to play football and trying to play the right way," says Damon Searle, the former Cardiff defender who is now player-coach.
"Every player enjoyed the experience of our pre-season match against the Bluebirds this week and now we have to build on that."
Newly-promoted Tata Steel had a morale-boosting win over Welsh Premier outfit Afan Lido earlier in the week and begin life in Division One with a home game against AFC Porth on Saturday.
West End kick off their term away at Ton Pentre, who finished two places above them in ninth position last season.
Goytre United have been handed a testing opener at home to Haverfordwest County, who narrowly missed out on promotion last term and will be looking to clinch promotion back to the top flight this time around.
Pontardawe have also been given a tough start, as they travel to Bryntirion Athletic, who finished fourth last time out.