Where are our referees? 24th to 25th August

Ian Bird is assistant on the televised Welsh Premier League fixture between Llanelli and Barry Town on Friday night.
On Saturday in the Welsh League Cup, Joseph Proietti is assistant at Briton Ferry v Monmouth, while Paul Fisher and Matthew John are assistants on the Ynysygerwn v Croesyceilog tie.
In the South Wales Alliance, Clive Layne takes charge of Aber Valley v Blaenrhondda and George Ridgeway is in action at Tondu in the Bridgend League.
In pre season friendly matches, Naythan Barnard referees Tata Steel Utd v Goytre and Rhys Burgess has Margam YC v Port Talbot, while Mark Thomas referees Goytre Utd v Sandfields in a U16 match.
Good luck to all.


​South Wales Intermediate Cup appointments for Port Talbot Referees 

Bryncae v AFC Rumney Juniors – Rhys Burgess

AFC Rhoose v Cardiff Bay – Ryan Thomas 

Prince of Wales v Parc Derwen – George Ridgeway

Masons Moving Group v Cathays Cons – Joseph Proietti 

Ties to be played on Saturday 17th September

This weekend for the Port Talbot Refs – 19th September

In the Welsh Premier, Ian Bird is assistant at Connahs Quay v Llandudno, while David Powell is assistant on the Welsh League Division 1 Caerau Ely v Risca United.

In the South Wales Alliance League, George Ridgeway takes charge of Brynna v Cardiff Hibernian and Alan Gitsham referees Garw v Llanrumney.

Port Talbot League Premier Division

Abercregan v Margam – Rhys Burgess
Bryn Rockets v Glyncorrwg – Phil Lang
Croeserw Athletic v Kenfig Hill – Byron Evans
Cwmavon v Gwynfi Utd – Mark Thomas
Newton Wanderers v Port Talbot Tigers – Chris Price

Reserve Division

Cefn Cribwr v Porthcawl Athletic A – Dan Woodward
Porthcawl Athletic B v Cornelly Utd – Ron Preece
Trefelin Bgc v Baglan Dragon – David Davies

New Referees Course

Referees’ Course To Be Held In Port Talbot


The South Wales FA are organising course for prospective Referees at The Seaside Social and Labour Club in Dalton Road, Port Talbot commencing on Monday 5th October at 7pm.

The Course Instructor is Paul Fisher and anyone interested in taking the course can contact Paul on 07986 317279 or pbf.ref@sky.com

This weekend for the Port Talbot Refs

Another busy Saturday in store for the Port Talbot Refs:

Assistant on the Welsh Premier League match between Newtown and Rhyl is Ian Bird. In the Welsh Cup, Paul Fisher referees Pontyclun v Caerleon, while in the Welsh League Reserve Division David Powell referees Afan Lido v Cwm Welfare.

Port Talbot League Premier Division, 2.30pm
Fairfield Wednesday v Newton Wanderers – Phil Lang
Glyncorrwg v Cwmavon – Rhys Burgess
Kenfig Hill v Gwynfi Utd – Matthew John
Margam v Croeserw Athletic – off
Port Talbot Tigers v Abercregan – David Davies

Reserve Division
Porthcawl A v Porthcawl B – Alan Gitsham

The junior divisions also kick off this weekend – good luck to all referees!

For Senior Fixtures click here

For Junior Fixtures click here

A Day in the Life of G. Ridgeway

Porthcawl Town Athletic v Caerau
Preparation is the important factor for all games, officiating games in one of the oldest cup competitions in the world is an honour and a privalige.
Pre-match meal of pasta with chicken is the ideal start, plenty of fluids as well. I arrived at locks lane in plenty of time. I would say on inspecting the pitch it was in a poor state for a Welsh Cup game, markings very poor and grass too long. Both teams were at ground and team sheets, after chasing for them, were handed to us.
Caerau from the Welsh League were favourites for this tie, in all aspects of cup football the underdogs do their best to upset the odds.
With my kit all sorted and important in Welsh Cup I kept with tradition of match officials wearing black socks with white tops, not something you see much these days.
Onto the game with a good crowd watching it was not a spectacular game. In fact it was very dissapointing with the attitude of players from the very first minute of the game, every decision questioned by the players, whether it be a throw-in or free kick. There were niggly incidents off the ball behind the referee’s back and verbals exchanged by both sets of players which resulted in players winding each other up which was making the game extremely difficult to officiate, even with my years of experience this was very testing.
Porthcawl took the  lead, then reduced to ten men after their goalkeeper was sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity by handling the ball outside the box. After an half hour of play I stopped the game as I had enough of all players constantly moaning – captains were told anymore and I’m off – sort your players out.
Caerau equalised and then Porthcawl took the lead before half time. It was an eventful 1st half to say the least. Second half saw Caerau absolutely dominate the game in search of the equaliser. Porthcawl stood firm with brave defending and the replacement goalkeeper making save after save. Caerau with all their missed opportunities were made to suffer as Porthcawl broke away and scored to make it 3-1.
Porthcawl were then reduced to 9 players when a player was dismissed two cautionable offences.
All in all, an eventful Welsh Cup tie, two red cards, four yellow cards and plenty of incidents that made the game entertaining for the crowd.