Cymru North: Seventh straight league win for Prestatyn but manager Gibson less than impressed

Jack Higgins scores for Prestatyn. Pic: John Pickles

Prestatyn Town 2 (Stead 22, Higgins 24)
Llangefni Town 0

Despite making it seven league victories on the bounce Prestatyn Town manager Neil Gibson felt his team dipped below their usual high standards in beating Llangefni Town 2-0 at the Motion Finance Stadium.

Two goals in as many first-half minutes from James Stead and Jack Higgins ensured the Seasiders moved eight points clear at the Cymru North summit.

“There was no energy or atmosphere about the game,” Gibson told PTFC Media after the match.

“I’m disappointed in that, it almost felt like the game was a little bit easy for us at times, and we weren’t clinical enough.

“We didn’t move the ball quick enough, we didn’t play in the manner that we would normally play at.

“We were trying to put out a bit of a statement about how we were looking to play and score a number of goals; I felt like we got into really good areas at times, but didn’t have that clinical finish that we needed.

“And we didn’t have that quality with the final ball, which isn’t like us because so far this season we’ve been really, really good.

“Ultimately, again, it was a comfortable win which should have been a lot more, but 2-0 at home is a victory you will take at any time and it keeps our momentum of winning games and moving forward.

“It wasn’t the standard that we would normally set for Prestatyn, or for one of my teams, but it’s a 2-0 victory, it’s a clean sheet and it was a game we were always comfortable in winning.”

The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute when a Jordan Davies effort came back off the post and Stead converted the rebound.

Two minutes later the ball was in the Cefni net again, Higgins claiming the final touch and later being confirmed as the scorer.

Gresford Athletic 1
Rhyl 3

Cai Owen on the ball for Rhyl at Gresford. Picture: James Curran

All the goals came in the first half at Clappers Lane, where Rhyl moved up to second after a 3-1 victory, reports James Curran.

The Lilywhites started confidently with James Murphy, Arek Piskorski and Steve Thomas all going close, so it was against the run of play when the hosts took the lead in the 18th minute.

Joe Culshaw fed a low free kick into the danger area and Jake Eyre was able to get the vital touch to divert the ball into the back of the net.

Rhyl’s pressure was to pay off shortly afterwards, though. Two consecutive dangerous corners from Murphy were scrambled clear, the third looked as if it had been dealt with, but the clearance fell to Danny Sullivan, who fired home the equaliser in the 21st minute.

Piskorski was denied by a good Ben Jones stop before the visitors went 2-1 up in the 39th minute, Cai Owen’s whipped centre across the six-yard box volleyed in by the onrushing Sam Molyneux.

Just three minutes later a finely weighted ball from Murphy enabled Piskorski to advance on goal and finish clinically to make it 3-1 at the interval.

In the second half, Molyneux saw his shot saved and from the rebound Murphy’s shot was blocked on the line by Ryan Williams.

The hosts had the perfect opportunity to bring themselves back into the game when Eyre was felled in the box, but his penalty struck the post and that ended Gresford’s hopes.

Penrhyncoch 2
Buckley Town 1

Penrhyncoch keeper Leigh Jenkins produces more fine work against Buckley. Picture: Trevor Jones Photography

With Buckley playing downhill at Cae Baker in the first half they took the game to the hosts.

After 15 minutes, the pressure paid off with a soaring header from Lewis Hone making it 1-0 to the visitors.

Penrhyncoch had a golden chance to equalise, but put the ball over an open goal.

The second half saw Buckley well on top with Penrhyn’s goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins keeping them in the game with many good saves.

However, after a crowd disruption that seem to spur on Penrhyncoch, they scored two quick goals through Steff Davies on 77 and 79 minutes.

Buckley will rue their missed chances.

Llanfair United 1
Porthmadog 3

After failing to win in their first eight matches, Porthmadog made it back-to-back victories with a fine result at Llanfair which edged Sion Eifion Jones’ side five points clear of the bottom two.

Totally against the run of play the home team went ahead after 19 minutes when a fine cross to the back post from Paul Griffiths was volleyed in by Toby Evans.

Port levelled six minutes later when Iwan Lewis released John Owen to apply a neat finish.

With half time approaching the visitors went 2-1 up when Jay Gibbs ran onto a fine angled ball and lashed into the roof the net for his sixth goal of the season.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Port pressing and having a good 80% possession but unable to forge ahead to make the game safe. In the 68th minute, Llanfair keeper Mark Richards pulled off a great point blank save to keep out John Littlemore’s near post flick.

With time ticking away and the score remaining at 2-1, Llanfair began to sense there might be something in the game for them. On 76 minutes Evans forced Paul Pritchard into a rare save.

Llanfair also hit the Port bar, so there was massive relief when super-sub Sion Parry hit a third for the visitors five minutes from time following a Gibbs corner.

Other matches

Flint Town United triumphed 3-2 at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in a battle of high-flyers.

Mark Cadwallader and Callum Bratley twice put the visitors ahead only for Llan to level through Matthew Evans and Joe Vaughan, but the Silkmen sealed it with a 70th minute Richie Foulkes penalty.

Colwyn Bay took the spoils 2-0 at bottom side Corwen, Tom McCready and Morgan Owen with the vital goals.

Adam Jenkins was a hat-trick hero as Guilsfield defeated Conwy Borough 4-2 at Clos Mytton.

Callum Bromley also struck a decisive 80th minute fourth for Guils, Cory Williams and Corrig McGonigle (pen) getting Boro back on terms twice.

Bangor City took the lead at Ruthin Town through Simone Rea’s 58th minute net-finder, but Gwion Owen scored in the 85th to salvage a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

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