Corbs steps up at Penrhyncoch

By Adam Hughes in Football

PENRHYNCOCH manager Gari Lewis has restructured his management team after Aneurin Thomas stepped down as assistant manager.

Ex-defender Thomas, who had three spells at neighbours Aberystwyth Town, made the switch to Cae Baker after retiring from playing in 2012.

Lewis revealed that another former Aberystwyth player, Antonio Corbisiero, is set to take over his role for their next Cymru Alliance campaign.

“Freddie (Thomas) and I are very good friends, we work well together, but he has decided to take time out due to family commitments, which I fully appreciate,” said boss Lewis.

“He has been heavily involved in football since he was a teenager. He’s 44 now, and he says that he just felt that he wanted to take a step back.

“It’s such a commitment in the Cymru Alliance, and Freddie will be a big loss. He will continue to support the club, but I am delighted that Antonio Corbisiero has jumped at the chance of becoming assistant manager. He is a very talented coach, who is working towards his A licence.”

Meanwhile first team coach Bari Morgan has also left the club to take on a coaching role with Aberystwyth under-19s.

Another former Aber player, Gavin Allen, who worked with Lewis in the Aberystwyth Academy, is also set to become more involved with the coaching set-up.

On the playing side, midfielder Gareth Mansell has left to join home town club FC Oswestry Town, while Aaron Lemon has also left as he will be teaching in London.

Sion James is set to stay, after an approach from a rival Cymru Alliance club.

Meanwhile Jonathan Evans recently capped a terrific campaign with Penrhyncoch by being named in the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance’s Team of the Season.

After returning to the club from Aberystwyth Town last November, Evans played a key role as the Roosters escaped relegation, scoring some timely goals while proving a constant threat with his attacking endeavour.

Manager Gari Lewis said the 24-year-old frontrunner - who is playing semi-professional football in America over the summer - fully merited his inclusion in the league team.

His honour is all the more notable after spending the first three months of the season with Welsh Premier League neighbours Aberystwyth, before switching back to Cae Baker.

He made an instant impact on his return, and went on to score eight league goals - many at crucial times.

“A lot of his goals were either winning goals or equalising goals and came when we most needed them,” said Penrhyncoch boss Lewis.

“He is a talented boy, and opposition teams pay him a lot of respect. He’s had a great time after coming back to us after 10-12 weeks with Aberystwyth, and I’m really chuffed for him to get recognition.

“He’s done well for the club, but Penrhyncoch is also good to him. It’s a two way thing, and it is a good fit.”

It is hoped he will be back from America a week before the Cymru Alliance season starts in August.

It promises to be another tough campaign for Penrhyncoch next season, with Rhyl and Airbus UK Broughton being relegated from the Welsh Premier League into the Cymru Alliance.

After just one season in the Mid-Wales League, champions Rhayader Town will step up, but with runaway Welsh Alliance champions Glantraeth not taking up their promotion opportunity, second-placed Llandudno Junction are set to be promoted.

FC Queen’s Park, the champions of the Welsh League (Wrexham Area) Division One, are also set to step up into the Cymru Alliance, but to meet the criteria they must vacate their current ground at Queensway and share Stansty Park, the former Wrexham training ground, with Lex Glyndwr.

Cymru Alliance champions Prestatyn Town have been promoted to the Welsh Premier, with Llanfair Utd, Mold Alex, Conwy Borough and Buckley dropping down to the respective feeder leagues.

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