Friday 28th October 2022
Goytre 1-4 Caerau Ely
FAW Trophy 3rd Round
The current club was established in 2013, following a merger between Bridgend Town and Bryntirion Athletic. They started out in the Welsh League D1 which was where both of the teams that created the new club played. They opted to play on the site of Bryntirion following the sale of Bridgend's old ground to supermarket giant ASDA. The ground was upgraded and refurbished, with a 3G pitch being installed. This led to the club playing a long string of away games as the pitch was not ready in time. They eventually finished a credible 3rd in their debut season, going one better in 2017 as they finished as runners-up to Barry Town United. They were finally champions in 2019 and have played in the Cymru Premier ever since. Their best finish was 4th during the 2020/21 season but they look set to beat that this season as things stand. Penybont reached the final of the Welsh Cup last season, losing 3-2 to TNS at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The more prominent of the two former clubs was Bridgend Town. They were formed in 1920 and spent time in the Southern League in the 1920s and between 1977 & 1983. They were Southern League champions in 1980. Back then, the league was split into two regional divisions. Bridgend won the Midland Division and then beat Dorchester Town 5-1 over two legs to win the championship playoff match. In Wales, their best league finish was as Welsh League Champions in 1969 & 1973. Cup highlights included two Welsh Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round in 1979 where they lost in a replay to Hungerford Town. In the FA Trophy, they played my team Wycombe Wanderers in 1977, narrowly losing 1-0. They continued to play in the FA Trophy whilst members of the Welsh League and this was when they made their best progress - reaching the 2nd Round in 1986, losing 1-0 at Worthing. They also won the Welsh League Cup in 1988.
Great last minute save by the Connah's Quay keeper as they win 1-0 at Penybont. pic.twitter.com/Iv722B5NNG— ⚽Russell Cox💙 (@RussWWFC) October 22, 2022