Knighton shine in pre season

By Twm Owen in Football

Knighton Town have shined under their new floodlights beating Builth Wells in their first pre-season fixture.

The rampant Radnor Robins put the Bulls to the sword at their Bryn y Castell home, hitting four goals past the visitors from Breconshire.

Knighton finished sixth in the Spar Mid Wales League Division One last season and made light work of their Division Two opponents who were also playing their first pre-season fixture.

Knighton are back in action on Saturday, away to Corwen, before hosting another division two side, Newbridge, at Bryn Y Castell on Wednesday, July 14 and then a Friday night lights fixture at home to Shropshire side Bishops Castle two days later. Both evening games kick-off at 7.30pm.

The Robins are also hosting English opponents Leominster and Ludlow in successive home fixtures before completing their pre-season preparations with a journey south to face Brecon Corries.

The South Wales Alliance Premier Division side host Knighton on Saturday, July 29 and also open their pre-season fixtures against Radnorshire opponents.

The Corries welcome Spar Mid Wales League Division One side Llandrindod Wells FC to the Rich Field for a Tuesday evening tussle on July 18 (7.30pm).

Builth finished eighth in division two last term and described Tuesday night’s fixture in the border town as a "good work out".

The Bulls are back in training on Thursday night (6.30pm) as they seek to work on the the lessons learned at Knighton.

Second division rivals Presteigne St Andrews have also opened their pre-season with a loss against Herefordshire side Kington Town on Ludlow AFC’s 3G pitch.

Despite the 4-1 defeat on Friday night new manager Shaun Harris told Presteigne’s official YouTube channel he was pleased with what he saw.

"The first 45 was really, really impressive. But we made a lot of changes, eight substitutions, and you lose a bit of shape. The scoreline was a bit harsh and there were a few goalkeeping mistakes that made it look slightly better."

Harris said his side are focused on their first real test when they open their league season away at newcomers Talgarth Town.

Brecon Northcote, who’ve also been promoted to the Spar Division Two, are also back in training. The young side will make the short journey to Crickhowell on Saturday for a five-a-side tournament.

The Gwent County League side are hosting the tournament which will feature sides from teams including Nant y Glo, Pontlottyn, Upper Cwmbran, Gilwern and Blaenavon Blues.

Action kicks off at Crickhowell’s Elvicta Park ground from 1pm on Saturday, July 8.