CEFN DRUIDS (The Rock)
Once again I stayed local this week and, with the thaw in North Wales, there were plenty of games to choose from. I opted for a visit to 'The Rock' the new home of Cefn Druids.
Their old ground at Plaskynyston was sold off to a supermarket chain and, once planning permission for this was given, it set the wheels in motion for the new ground a mile up the road. The clearing of the land began in April 2010 and the ground started to take shape in June before being officially opened in August. The first competitive fixture was a 4-2 win over Penrhyncoch in September.
As new builds go, I was rather impressed with the set-up. The ground is a typical new build, with only a large seated stand but it's the location of where the new ground has been built that adds character. The ground was built on the site of a disused quarry, so the rock face dominates the ground, hence the name. As I found when I visited Plaskynyston on many occasions, the welcome from the Druids officials is still as warm as ever.
The home side took the lead after 8 minutes when Ashley Wilson tapped home after a good cross from Tom Obasi. Overall though the first half was pretty even. The Druids had plenty of opportunities to extend their lead, likewise Llandudno had chances to level, including hitting the upright.
The second was dominated by Llandudno as they sought an equaliser, though they rarely troubled the home 'keeper with their attempts. One effort that was on target, a superb turn and shot from Alec Williams, crashed the underside of the crossbar and bounced out to safety. Eventually they got their reward as Tony Cann levelled. A shot was saved by the keeper but it spun up, and was probably going to roll in, but Cann got the final touch to the ball before it went over the line, just to make sure.
In the final few moments both sides had chances to nick a winner, but i'd say a draw was a fair result.