THE FUTURE of one of the oldest knock-out football competitions in Wales has been secured thanks to a new sponsorship deal.

Rawson Digital, which has offices in Dinorwic Marina in Y Felinheli, has been unveiled as the new backers of the Elias Cup, one of five high profile tournaments organised by the Lucas Oil Anglesey Football League.

The silver trophy was donated to the 120-year-old division over 90 years ago and is currently held by one of its newest clubs, Arriva Bangor, who came from 2-0 down to beat Bodorgan on penalties in the final earlier this year.

First round matches in this season’s Elias Cup tournament have just taken place and the final will be held in May 2019.

Dennis Bryant, who has been chairman of the Anglesey League for more than 20 years, said: “Without the support of sponsors such as Rawson Digital, we simply wouldn’t be able to survive.

“It means everything to us and it’s the reason why we are able to keep holding these events which mean so much to the clubs involved.

“The atmosphere and thrill for the players when they end up playing in the latter stages and finals of these tournaments is fantastic to experience.".

The money donated by Rawson Digital goes towards paying for all the medals for the eventual winning team and runners up, as well as match officials for the games.

Any money leftover is then put towards the hire of the ground for the finals.

Managing director Vaughan Rawson, who started the company from home six years ago, said: “.

“I am proud of the firm’s North Wales roots and, it is important to the whole Rawson Digital team that we show our support to local organisations such as the Anglesey Football League which does so much to foster grassroots football."