Sunday 14 Oct 2021
The New Saints 1
Rhyl FC 0
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Saturday 20 Oct 2021
Llangefni Town
AWAY - Talwrn Road
Kick-off: 14:30
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Saturday 13 Oct 2021
Tywyn Bryncrug 0
TNS Reserves 3
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Saturday 20 Oct 2021
Newtown Reserves
Park Hall
Kick-off: 14:30
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Alfie Carter 7
Michael Wilde 6
Chris King 1
Jamie Wood 1
Llanelli AFC 22
The New Saints 21
Rhyl FC 19
Carmarthen Town 17
Welshpool Town 15
Port Talbot Town 14
Aberystwyth Town 14
Newtown AFC 14
Haverfordwest County 13
NEWI Cefn Druids 12
Neath Athletic 12
Connah's Quay Nomads 12
Bangor City 11
Caernarfon Town 11
Airbus UK Broughton 11
Llangefni Town 6
Porthmadog FC 3
Caersws FC 3
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TNS Reserves 28
Aberystwyth Reserves 28
Newtown Reserves 25
Newbridge 20
Bow Street 16
Llanrhaeadr 15
Presteigne St Andrews 14
Berriew 12
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Phil Woosnam thinks the FAW may have gone for the wrong deal.
SOME members of the FAW Council have accused the governing body of opting for the wrong TV deal, and an MP has said that S4C’s decision to bid for rights could be a waste of public money.
The FAW recently announced a new four-year agreement giving the Welsh Language broadcaster the terrestrial television rights to Welsh international and domestic football until 2012 - the rights for live international coverage have been retained by Sky TV.
Under the new deal, which begins next season, S4C will have the rights to show live and highlights packages for the Welsh Premier and Welsh Cup, together with Wales' qualifying rounds for the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships.
"I am not sure that we have gone for the right deal," FAW Councillor Phil Woosnam told the Western Mail.
"Although S4C will be showing more Welsh Premier matches, our total audience will almost certainly be lower than it would have been because, for those without Sky, the matches will only be available with a Welsh commentary."
A BBC spokesman also questioned S4C’s decision to bid for the contract, pointing out that when the BBC has held the broadcast rights in the past, it has always allowed S4C to show the footage free of charge. Such an arrangement is not, however, being reciprocated by S4C.
"BBC Wales has not received an explanation as to why its comprehensive bid was unsuccessful," says a Corporation spokesperson.
"We have traditionally shared our broadcast rights with S4C to give viewers the opportunity to watch in either language. Our package could have seen all matches available on S4C and BBC. We will be looking to discuss this matter further with the FAW."
Monmouth Conservative MP David Davies said, “It seems to me that everyone here is a loser.
"Wales football fans who can’t afford or don’t want to pay for a Sky Sports package, will be unable to watch their team with an English commentary.
"Supporters of the Welsh language can rightfully feel aggrieved about S4C’s decision to buy the rights to matches they would have been able to show anyway, instead of investing the money in good quality original programmes.
"And taxpayers will be unhappy that money allocated to S4C to make programmes in the Welsh language is instead being paid to the FAW.”
Responding to the criticisms, David Collins, secretary general of the FAW, said, “The deal offered by S4C was much more attractive than that offered by the BBC. S4C will show nearly twice as many Welsh Premier League matches.”
Welsh Premier secretary John Deakin recently called on S4C to introduce English subtitles for its Welsh Premier coverage on "Y Clwb Pel-droed" to widen the appeal of the programme and the league to non-Welsh speakers.
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