WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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FESTIVE attendances were a disappointment with an average of just 323 watching the five Welsh Premier games.

This was a drop of nearly 19% on the average gates at last year's equivalent Boxing Day fixtures and excluding Bangor City's last ever game at Farrar Road, which attracted a crowd of 2,593 a year ago.

At yesterday's five games not one of the clubs could attract their highest gate of the season which, even allowing for the poor weather, was a blow to club treasurers.

Highest crowd of the day was at Park Avenue where 370 spectators watched Aberystwyth play Newtown, 213 below the Black & Green's best attendance this season.

The Afan Lido - Port Talbot derby attracted 277, a huge drop on the 526 that watched the equivalent fixture at the GenQuip Stadium last Christmas.

Overall, the day's attendances made only a small dent in the 14% fall in spectators at Welsh Premier fixtures this season compared to last season's first phase.

The average so far is 290, compared with 336 in the first half of season 2011/12.

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26 March 2017

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