A welcome return to action last Sunday (2nd January) in a friendly against Redbrook began the thawing out process for Monmouth Town, who go into 2011 in third spot and with their focus firmly on promotion to Division Two of the Welsh League.

Bizarrely, this Saturday's (8th January) game against Carmarthenshire-based Cwmamman United is only the Kingfishers' fifth home game, meaning they will play another dozen between now and the end of April, when the final games will be away from home.

It's the home form that will be crucial.

Equally bizarre is the fact that the Town have been beaten twice at home, conceding six on both occasions and any repeat or too many defeats will surely end any talk of promotion.

Town chairman Lee Robson, though, was keen to play up the positives.

"The club as a whole is in good nick at the moment and I think finally we have got the right building blocks in place," he said.

"We've got a great junior set up, very committed coaches and volunteers and some great new recruits to the management side like Sean Keane and a welcome return for Andy Philpotts.

"For the first time, every one of our senior players wants to compete and represent the Town and our youngsters are an extremely dedicated and active group of players, sometimes playing on Saturdays and Sundays and training twice a week.

"A promotion push will do wonders for us.

"We are looking to branch out this year and try new things with new parents and new ventures and hopefully be closer to the life of the town.

"All of the work we've put in for the past five years has been focussed internally so now we can start to give something back. Watch this space."

The Kingfishers have started that process by arranging tickets and transport to the Wales v England clash at the Millennium Stadium in March.

Adult tickets are £25 and children's tickets are £15 each.

Robson continued: "I'm hoping that every young Kingfisher player and supporter will be on a coach going to that game, hopefully cheering for Wales".

The cost includes the return coach trip and you can get your tickets by contacting Lee on 01600 718148 or by emailing [email protected]">[email protected]