Llanfairfechan Town Ladies have continued their fine progress in recent games.
Grassroots North Wales reported on their opening game against Llysfaen Lionesses last month – which produced a 5-1 success – and the football-mad females have kept busy on the playing front.
Llanfairfechan 0 Eglwysbach 0
Two days after taking on Llysfaen, Llanfair met Eglwysbach at the Rec.
This match had a different feeling to it. Compared to the Llysfaen game, which was a journey into the unknown, the ladies now had a little expectation on their shoulders, which also drew a bigger crowd to the Rec – some achievement for a Monday night.
Eglwysbach were a well-oiled machine, very disciplined in possession and strong in attack.
Llanfair had made the error of having a squad too large for the nine-a-side game, which meant they were constantly changing things around and never allowing themselves to settle properly.
Add to this only having played two days previously, Fechan knew this was going to be a difficult day.
But following a player of the match performance by left-sided defender Rachel Evans, along with a clean sheet and brave display from goalkeeper Lisa Gannon, in only her second game between the sticks, it meant Llanfair stayed unbeaten, with a first clean sheet to add via the 0-0 draw.
Llysfaen 2 Llanfairfechan 4
The next test was another first for Llanfair – an away game.
Venue was the Bananabeau in Llysfaen, where Fechan knew the opposition would be up for the fight having lost the previous encounter at the Rec.
However, in the first 20 minutes, Llanfair played arguably their best football to date with Sadie Richards and Maddie Williams orchestrating the play and causing the home defence nightmares.
Llysfaen worked hard to keep their visitors at bay, but through sheer persistence from Richards and Williams both attacking players scored before the whistle, making it 2-0 to Llanfair.
Disaster struck in the next 20-minute segment for Fechan as Richards and Emma Wright both went off injured, reducing the visitors to only nine players.
Llysfaen got themselves back into the game at 2-2 before debutant Meg Ford calmed the nerves and edged Llanfair back in front at the end of the second third.
Encouraged by Wright’s decision to put injuries aside and join Kelsey Robinson and Evans at the back, the final 20 minutes were to become the battle of the Banana.
Llysfaen threw everything from the kitchen sink to dining room chairs at the visitors, but Fechan’s defence held firm, which was highlighted by winger Amy Susan, who out of nowhere started chasing down every tackle and supported her team in both defence and attack. Her focus and confidence inspired her team-mates to further dig deep for the cause.
Lois Thomas started the day unwell, but her ‘can do’ attitude was rewarded with a fourth goal.
Llanfair’s victory was down to sheer hard work and team ethic.
On a sad note, it later emerged that star striker Sadie Richards is going to be missing till around Christmas with a knee Injury. Her big personality will be missed on and off the pitch.
Llanfairfechan 1 Bethesda Athletic 5
September 5 saw Llanfair play the experienced Bethesda Ladies, last season’s North Wales Women’s League Division Two champions.
This was Llanfair’s biggest test to date, but they found themselves 1-0 up within the opening 20 minutes via a long-distance strike from club captain Maddie Williams. Bethesda quickly equalised and the opening third finished 1-1.
The second third saw a fantastic show of character from Llanfair, matching the opposition in every department, but Bethesda managed to just edge ahead 2-1 before the next break.
The final 20 minutes proved difficult for Fechan, playing against opposition of a higher quality, and Bethesda finished up 5-1 winners, but it had been a tremendous effort from Llanfair.
Scorers for Bethesda were outstanding forward Katie Midwinter (2), Bethany Jones (2) and Awel Ellis.
Llanfairfechan 2 Henllan Hurricanes 1
Sunday, September 8, brought a match against Henllan Hurricanes, who are expected to join the North Wales Recreational League.
The first 20 provided a tremendous midfield battle and it was 0-0 at the break.
Henllan went one-up in the middle third, which meant Llanfair had up their game.
Captain Maddie Williams managed to guide the ball through a packed penalty box to make it one-apiece.
Sadly wing Sioned Jones was forced off with a heavily bruised ankle and the ref called time on the second third at 1-1.
More attacking play was apparent from both sides in the last segment, but Llanfair grabbed the winner through Maddie Williams’ second. Emma Wright was named player of the match.
Llanfairfechan Town Ladies results 2019-20
Aug 10: Llysfaen (home) 5-1 (Maddie Williams 3, Sadie Richards 2)
Aug 12: Eglwysbach (home) 0-0
Aug 29: Llysfaen (away) 4-2 (Sadie Richards, Maddie Williams, Meg Ford, Lois Thomas)
Sep 5: Bethesda Athletic (home) 1-5 (Maddie Williams)
Sep 8: Henllan Hurricanes (home) 2-1 (Maddie Williams 2)
Maddie Williams 7
Sadie Richards 3
Meg Ford 1
Lois Thomas 1