Leaving the house early morning and returning 200 miles later on a Saturday night may not be everyone’s idea of ‘local’ football but Four Crosses are thriving on their long away days.
With the newly-formed Spar Mid Wales Division Two finding its feet, clubs that were playing Amateur League football have been praising the challenge it presents and none more so than the team that has longer journeys to make than most! Eye brows were raised when Four Crosses held their hand up to return to the Mid Wales set-up and they appointed a new boss in Nick Popyk to lead them on their way. But with away matches at Aberaeron, Bont, Tregaron and Talgarth on their itinerary, some were predicting that the Foxen Manor club could find the travelling demands hard. Not so says the boss whose side sits comfortably in mid-table. “We have really enjoyed the experience so far,” said Popyk. “The squad is coming together well and the long away trips have sorted the team spirit. We had a lot of new lads coming into the team and some didn’t know each other at the start of the season but now there is a great bond between the players with everyone getting on well.” Four Crosses have enjoyed their road trips. Returning from Aberaeron with a 1-0 win while taking a point from league leaders Kerry. They are yet to win at home this season with their other victory coming at Llanfair. “It was a real shame because we didn’t have a fixture Saturday and we were keen to keep the momentum going after the win at Llanfair. We had the lads in training though and they are looking very sharp. We are finding that they are hungry to win and are much fitter than they were earlier in the season. “I definitely feel we can be challenging near the top. The league is wide open. Clubs are taking points off each other and there seems to be a shock result every week with a few clubs in the running.” Four Crosses expect to complete the signing of winger Steve Benyon from Llanfair tonight and will be packing their bags for another long haul this Saturday to Tregaron.