FOR as long as anyone can remember, the north Pembrokeshire village of Crymych has been rugby-orientated.

With players from the Preseli area joining clubs such as Cardigan, Narberth and Whitland it was decided to accommodate them locally, leading to the formation of Crymych RFC in 1984.

In the years that followed the villagers climbed the leagues and there was no hint of a football club emerging.

But unlikely as that would appear to regulars on the touchline at Parc Lloyd Thomas, it was a fact that when Covid-19 halted sporting activity, soccer was in the ascendancy.

It came as something of a surprise when the formation of a football club was mooted, but a small band of enthusiasts started the ball rolling – a committee was elected, players signed up and a pitch with changing facilities obtained at Tegryn.

There was a problem at the outset when West Wales Football Association vetoed an application to join the Costcutter League, ruling that Crymych should be accommodated in Pembrokeshire.

After winning an appeal to the Football Association of Wales, the Division Two newcomers celebrated with an 8-1 opening win.

At the end of January Crymych FC moved into second behind New Quay while on the same day Rhys Biki Davies and colleagues plummeted to the basement in WRU League 1 West.

When the FAW cancelled all domestic football last month, with league positions finalised under the ‘points-per-game’ method, Crymych gained promotion.

Sion Vaughan was leading marksman with 15 goals, but it was a team effort by the Preselimen with the likes of player/secretary Steff James, Osian Wyn and Llifon Howell making major contributions.

As the rugby season was declared null and void, Crymych languished second from bottom and faced a tough run-in to avoid relegation.

While a rugby wipe-out and soccer curtailment are sure to be the main talking points of season 2019-2020, the campaign could also evoke memories of soccer excelling in a breeding ground for rugby.