Jonathan Ervine turns his renowned writing talents to local football as he reports from Lon Isallt on the Gwynedd League table-topper between Trearddur Bay Bulls and Bangor 1876.
Trearddur Bay United 1 (Iolo Jones pen 79)
Bangor 1876 2 (Dylan Summers-Jones 21, 45)
Adra Gwynedd League – December 7, 2019
Playing their first Gwynedd League match in almost seven weeks, Bangor 1876 were indebted to a Dylan Summers-Jones double for maintaining their 100% record with an eighth straight victory.
While Mel Jones’ side faced probably their toughest league test of the season at Lon Isallt, they showed steel alongside substance to come out with another win.
They are now four points behind table-toppers Trearddur Bay with four games in hand.
In the opening period, the strong wind favoured the home side as they defended the clubhouse end of the pitch.
However, Bangor 1876 showed considerable resolve in the challenging conditions and were marshalled well in the centre of the pitch by Luke Steele and Dylan Williams.
Midway through the opening period, Bangor 1876 took the lead. Summers-Jones showed his pace to break into the left-hand side of the hosts’ penalty area before calmly guiding a right-footed shot past home goalkeeper Konner Druce.
Summers-Jones had an opportunity to double 1876’s advantage not long afterwards, but his left-footed shot went narrowly past Druce’s left-hand post.
As half-time approached, Les Davies fired in a powerful shot from a tight angle that flashed across the face of goal and just wide.
With it looking like the visitors were about to reach half-time a single goal ahead, they doubled their advantage in the closing minute of the opening period.
An astute through ball from Davies found Summers-Jones in an almost identical position to the one from which he had opened the scoring. 1876’s on-form striker made no mistake, steering the ball into the net and making the score 2-0 at the interval with his 25th goal of the season.
With a strong wind behind them in the second half, a third goal for Bangor 1876 almost arrived from an unlikely source.
Having won a free-kick on the left-hand side just inside the visitors’ half, Matthew Lock swung the ball into the box and Druce did well to parry the ball away for a corner.
1876 asserted their authority as the second period progressed, and Summers-Jones came close to completing a hat-trick after cutting inside on his right foot and firing in a low shot from 20 yards that Druce did well turn around the post for a corner as it bounced up just in front of him.
However, the home side managed to get back into the game via a penalty awarded after a foul just inside the area. Iolo Jones clinically converted the spot kick as Bulls gained impetus with 10 minutes left of the match.
Despite the Bulls having their tails up in the closing stages, 1876 stood firm and clinched a narrow and important victory in front of a large contingent of travelling fans.
Next up for Bangor 1876 is a visit to nearby Caergybi for a Gwynedd League match on 14 December (kick-off 2pm, at Millbank).
This will be followed by a trip to Llanystumdwy on 21 December for another league game, which will also start at 2pm.
Trearddur Bay Bulls: Konner Druce, John Jones, Tom Verburg, Hari Jones, Mike Davies, Matty Roberts, Hywel Jones, Iolo Jones, Justin Williams, Tom Hadley (sub. Gwion Owen), Mark Hanblin (sub. Arwyn Williams). Bookings: Hywel Jones, John Jones
Bangor 1876: Leon Jones, Dafydd Thomas (sub. Shaun Lock), Matthew Lock, Luke Steele (sub. Cameron Barry), Michael Johnston, Cian Williams, Jamie Petrie, Ben Owen, Les Davies, Dylan Williams, Dylan Summers-Jones. Bookings: Dafydd Thomas, Dylan Summers-Jones.
Bangor 1876 results and stats – 2019-20 season
Dec 7: Trearddur Bay Bulls (a – GL) 2-1 (Summers-Jones 2)
Nov 30: Llanfairfechan Town (h – NWCFA Junior Cup R2) 4-1 (Dylan Williams, Summers-Jones 2, Petrie) aet
Nov 16: Llanystumdwy (Bob Owen Memorial Shield) 13-0 (Petrie 3, Summers-Jones 3, Davies 2, Dylan Williams, Lock, Michael Johnston, Cian Williams, Luke Steele)
Nov 9: Ruthin Town (h – Welsh Cup R2) 0-2
Nov 2: Llanrwst United (a – FAW Trophy R3) 1-4 (Lundstram)
Oct 19: Penycae (a – WC R1) 3-3 (Petrie 2 pens, Lock) aet – won 3-2 pens
Oct 15: Bethesda Ath (h – GL) 14-0 (Petrie 5, Summers-Jones 3, Davies 2, Dion Jones 2, C Williams, Barry)
Oct 12: Llanelwy Athletic (a – NWCFA Junior Cup) 3-1 (D Williams, Steele, Lundstram)
Oct 8: Llannerchymedd (h – GL) 12-0 (Summers-Jones 4, Petrie 3, Davies 2, Lloyd-Jones 2, Dafydd Thomas)
Sep 28: Penrhyndeudraeth (h – WC QR2) 6-2 (Davies 4, Summers-Jones 2)
Sep 21: Talysarn Celts (a – GL) 4-2 (Dylan Williams, Davies, Petrie 2, 1 pen)
Sep 14: Pwllheli (h – FAW Trophy) 3-1 (Lloyd-Jones 2, Barry)
Aug 31: Llandudno Athletic (h – WC) 4-1 (Petrie pen, Barry, C Williams, Summers-Jones)
Aug 26: Llangoed (a – GL) 5-0 (Petrie 3, 1 pen, Davies, Owens)
Aug 24: Nefyn United (h – GL) 3-1 (Petrie 2, 1 pen, Davies)
Aug 19: Caergybi (h – GL) 10-0 (Summers-Jones 3, Lloyd-Jones 2, Petrie 2, C Williams, Barry, Owens)
Aug 17: Sychdyn (h – FAW Trophy) 5-1 (Summers-Jones 3, Petrie 2 pens)
Aug 10: Ogwen Tigers (a – GL) 4-1 (Summers-Jones 2, Petrie, Lundstram)
League: P 8 W 8 D 0 L 0 GF 54 GA 5
Cup: P 10 W 8 D 0 L 2 GF 42 GA 16
28 – Jamie Petrie
25 – Dylan Summers-Jones
13 – Les Davies
6 – Jos Lloyd-Jones
4 – Cameron Barry, Dylan Williams, Cian Williams
3 – Benn Lundstram
2 – Dion Jones, Luke Steele, Shaun Lock
1 – Leon Owens, Dafydd Thomas, Michael Johnston