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Athletic: Bryntirion hit back in transfer wrangle.

Byline: Terry Phillips Chief Sports Writer

BRYNTIRION Athletic have hit back at an accusation that they blocked a proposed move for top scorer Robbie Walters to Port Talbot Town.

"We did everything, absolutely everything, by the book," said Bryntirion chairman Emlyn Phillips. "We do not stand in the way of any player moving to a club in a higher level of football.

"That's not how we do things.

"Sean Cronin moved to Neath Athletic and we wish him well. If Robbie wants to play at Welsh Premier League level and has the chance we certainly wouldn't stop him.

"It's probably inevitable that Robbie will go to play for a club at the top level of Welsh football, but it will be to a better run club than Port Talbot.

"They left it too late and we could not let Robbie complete the transfer until he had paid off money owed to Bryntirion for three bookings and a red card.

"In the end a transfer could not be completed in time, but we have talked to Robbie and he is happy to be staying with Bryntirion Athletic."

Walters, who has netted 34 goals this season, is suspended after being sent off during Bryntirion's MacWhirter Welsh League win against Pontypridd Townand still has two games to serve.

Port Talbot Town manager Nicky Tucker, who accused Bryntirion of dragging their heels in processing the move, confirmed he is still keen to sign Walters and will try to sign him again at the end of this season.

In Welsh League Division Two, Cardiff Corries bounced back from a defeat at Garden Village with a solid 1-0 win away against Cwmbran Celtic.

Top scorer Rhys Yates added to his tally with a first half strike, which was enough to win the match despite a hotly disputed penalty in the 85th minute which was saved.

Corries are on their travels again this Saturday when they are at Ammanford hoping to continue their quest for promotion at the top of Welsh League Division Two.

terry.phillips@mediawales.co.uk

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 5, 2008
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