Clouds gathering over Forest Road

By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Football

HAY St Marys have been rocked with chairman Martin Tong and first team manager Gareth Jenkins standing down on the eve of the new season.

Tong, who has spent countless hours over the last five years putting in the hours as chairman resigned last Friday following an exodus of players from Forest Road.

Tong, who has been with The Saints for some 30 years in all, said: “We have had an amazing few years under the management of Gareth Jenkins and Tiny Harding.

“We currently have four senior teams, including a ladies side and a thriving junior section.

“Off the pitch we have installed a new £30,000 all seated spectator stand and a pitch side catering unit plus large new dug outs.

“However, I feel very disappointed that the majority of first team players left the moment our captain said he was signing for another club.

“The first team manager and myself felt we were just three players short of fighting for the Spar First Division title.

“I do understand the travelling is a burden on players from this area having to travel two hours plus after a morning’s work.”

Jordan Baker (Brecon Corries), Tom James (Knighton Town), Steve Goodwin (Wellington), Matt Croose (Radnor Valley), Stuart Davies (Westfields), Matt James (Knighton Town), Brendan Hackett (Wellington),Ryan Davies (Abergavenny), Steve Morgan (Radnor Valley) and Jack Biggs (Presteigne) all left Forest Road during the summer.

Tong added “I would like to thank the committee, our sponsors especially Alan McGee, who has been generous beyond all expectations, HADSCAL, the people of Hay and our loyal supporters and all the players over the years.

“I am going to finish something I started, due to the ongoing vandalism issues, which is to ensure the security fencing is erected which has already been purchased thanks to many generous donations.”

Tong signed off by adding “Thank you to Paul Worts and Phil Woosnam for all the hard work you do for local football and have done for many, many years. It’s time for a rest and to watching my youngest play as a normal dad.”

Gareth Jenkins, who also resigned at the weekend, said: “I have managed for three years and enjoyed every minute of it. Gaining promotion and finishing fourth and seventh plus winning the Radnorshire Cup, Otway Cup twice and the Hay Cup.

“The club is in a rebuilding situation and I should be spending more time with my children so think it is the right time for a new manager to take on the venture. I will remain part of the club and help out but think the decision is right for all”.

Hay kick off their Spar Mid Wales League second division season away at Dyffryn Banw on Saturday having opted to drop out of Division One.