- Croesyceiliog increase coaching team


WELSH League Croesyceiliog have issued a statement of intent ahead of their bid for a top-flight return by recruiting former Cwmbran Celtic managers Della Cheedy and Nicky Church.
The Woodland Road outfit suffered relegated at the end of the 2008-2009 campaign and have finished the last couple of seasons eighth and 12th of 16 under popular boss Mark Waddon.
The club has confirmed Waddon plus assistants Pat O'Hagan and Chris Watkins will form its management side when the 2016-2017 season gets underway in August.
However Cheedy has been added as first-team coach with Church coming in help O'Hagan work with the goalkeepers, the pair both ex-Cwmbran Town stoppers.
Cheedy stood down as Celtic manager in May, 2015, but remained as coach to Church, who began his first managerial appointment in fine style by guiding the team to 16 wins in his first 20 league and cup games.
But after Cheedy left following as 3-0 triumph at AFC Porth in last January, Church cited increased work commitments as the reason for his resignation.
His final game in charge produced a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Welsh Premier League side Port Talbot Town in a Welsh Cup, quarter-final tie on March 5.
Church went onto play in goal for Albion Rovers in the Gwent County League and now he and Cheedy are to reunite at Celtic's closest rivals, the clubs' grounds seperated by just two miles.
Part of a statement on Croesyceiliog's official twitter account reads: “Croesyceiliog Football Club is delighted to announce Della Cheedy has become first team/club coach with immediate effect.
“He joins Mark Waddon, who stays as first-team manager with Pat O'Hagan and Chris Watkins as assistants. Unfortunately, John Bailey has stepped down from first-team duties, but will remain part of the club.
“Della's record in the game speaks for itself. The current management team and Della want Croesyceiliog to head in the right direction, knowing Division Two will be one of the hardest it has been for many years in forthcoming season 2016-2017 season.
“Furthermore, we would like to announce Nicky Church has joined the club to help Pat (O'Hagan) with the goalkeeping coaching duties. We know the aim of the club and Della's appointment isn't a short-term fix and it is part of us developing players.
“Nicky's (Church) knowledge of the local scene means the club see this as a positive step which will see all the goalkeepers from under-16s attending training on a regular basis as they look to improve from a young age.”