Trefelin BGC champions of the South Wales Alliance League 2015/2016

Oops! Sorry we promoted you to the premiership, Trefelin BGC!

12 July 2016

Anyone who knows their local football will have spotted the mistake in July’s edition of the Magnet, where we promoted Trefelin BGC a bit too enthusiastically, and wrote them into the Wales premier division.

It seems a few of us on the editorial team got swept up in football fever while Wales were doing so well in Euro 2016.

We hope the corrected story, here, will make amends for our mistake, and you can also look out for a follow-up piece in the next edition of the Magnet.

Here’s what we should have said:

Trefelin BGC, who finished last season’s South Wales Alliance League campaign as champions, and are set to start in the Welsh third division for the 2016/2017 season.

Table toppers Trefelin BGC’s won the South Wales Alliance League with 67 points last year, a total enough to secure promotion to the Welsh Premier League.

Following their promotion, Steve Green, Trefelin BGC Chairman said, “Obviously we’re delighted. It’s something we’ve been aiming for a long time. We have finished runners up before and also lost in the playoffs, but it’s been a long term plan and we’ve eventually got there.”

But one team’s good fortune is set against a more dour season forecast for the town’s former premier league side, Port Talbot Town.

Despite finishing above the relegation spots in 10th place, the Steelmen were relegated as a result of a Football Association of Wales (FAW) ruling not to renew the club’s premiership licence. The club released a statement saying, “Port Talbot Town Football Club have learnt of the outcome of their appeal against the rejection of an FAW Domestic License that would allow the first-team to play in the Welsh Premier League for the 2016/17 campaign. The club are saddened by the news and would like to apologise to all supporters of the club.”

Port Talbot Town FC will also travel to Ynys Park for a pre-season friendly with Trefelin on 23 July at 3pm as preparations for next season get underway.

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