FAW Trophy: Denbigh Town, Brymbo and Llandudno Albion into last 8

Mark Roberts (facing – all red, captain’s armband) scored both of Denbigh’s goals against Rhos Aelwyd. DTFC photos: Roy Gunther/Stephen Whitfield

Denbigh Town 2
Rhos Aelwyd 1

Captain Mark Roberts struck twice to send Denbigh into the quarter-finals of the FAW Trophy with a 2-1 home victory over Rhos Aelwyd at a windy Central Park.

Like Town, Aelwyd play in Tier 3 of Welsh football, operating in the Welsh National League Premier Division (Wrexham Area).

Having claimed the scalps of Rhostyllen and Gaerwen in previous rounds, Denbigh knew the opposition’s league position of 13th gave a false picture and that they had a liking for the Trophy, having been beaten finalists two years ago.

After 10 minutes Roberts had his first goal. The promising young Jacob Barratt picked the ball up in the middle of Rhos’ half, fed Jake Walker, who made headway towards the penalty box and laid off to Roberts, who fired low across goal into the net via the inside post.

Rhos rallied with a good spell of possession in the middle of the park, but Denbigh’s defensive partnership of Billy Holmes and Jonathan Terry limited the away side’s attempts on goal with some great work.

As the half progressed Denbigh’s Chris Bennett was unlucky when Rhos keeper Daniel Roberts pulled off a great save and shortly after Barratt’s 20 yard free kick hit the base of the goal post.

Half time came with Denbigh still one-up and unable to take full advantage of having the wind behind them.

The second half saw them start positively with Mark Roberts going close, then Walker hit the bar with a header and Bennett unable to capitalise on the rebound.

On 60 minutes Walker was fouled just outside the box. Bennett’s shot hit the wall and rebounded to Paul Fleming who lobbed the ball into the danger area. Mark Roberts beat keeper Roberts in an aerial battle and after a couple of ricochets the ball ended in the net.

With the comfort of a two-goal cushion Denbigh immediately gave Rhos a chance to get back into the game by conceding a needless penalty for a soft foul. Ryan Jenkins stepped up and blasted past Joe Griffith in Denbigh’s goal.

Ten minutes later and Rhos could have equalised, sub Ian Hughes’ volley from 35 yards out landing on the top of the net.

Another good late spell from Aelwyd brought no reward.

Denbigh Town: Joe Griffith, Sion Jones, Dan Lloyd, John Terry, Billy Holmes, Chris Bennett, Will Ashley, Jacob Barratt, Paul Fleming, Jake Walker, Mark Roberts. Subs: Les Brophy, Moses Barnett, Owain Roberts, Dan Clarke.

Nantlle Vale 1 Brymbo 3

Brymbo will be the sole Welsh National League flag carrier in the last eight of the Trophy following a hard-fought victory at Maes Dulyn.

The Steelmen took an 11th minute lead when an inswinging corner from Lewis Clarke flew directly into the goal.

Debutant Leon Jones had a strike on goal brilliantly blocked before the same player shot wide close to the break.

Eight minutes into the second half it was 2-0 to the visitors, when a superb through ball by Clarke released Billy New, who connected before the keeper to double the lead.

Two minutes later, Leon Jones headed in a corner for number three.

Welsh Alliance Nantlle kept persisting and pulled a goal back through Phil Warrington midway through the half.

Vale then had another effort cleared off the line, but in ever-deteriorating conditions underfoot, Brymbo finished strongly and claimed the win.

Berriew 1 Llandudno Albion 1
(aet – Albion won 4-2 on pens)

Former Wrexham and Wales Under-21 keeper Paul Whitfield produced a stunning display to ensure Albion progressed to the quarters at the expense of Mid-Wales League hosts Berriew.

Jack Williams gave the Welsh Alliance visitors the lead midway through the first half, only for Joe Haycock to level for the home side on 65 minutes.

Whitfield’s heroics ensured the tie went to extra time and it was he who emerged as the star of the shoot-out before Williams converted the winning spot-kick.

Goalkeeper coach Whitfield made 11 appearances for Wrexham in their promotion-winning 2002–03 season from the Football League Third Division and later turned out for various teams in the Welsh Premier.

Llanrwst United P Holyhead Hotspur P

Match postponed

FAW Trophy round five results

Baglan Dragons 3 Penrhiwceiber Rangers 1
Berriew 1 Llandudno Albion 1 (aet Albion won 4-2 on pens)
Canton Liberal 3 Penydarren BGC 4
Denbigh Town 2 Rhos Aelwyd 1
Llanrwst United P Holyhead Hotspur P
Nantlle Vale 1 Brymbo 3
Port Talbot Town 1 Risca United 1 (aet – Risca won 4-1 on pens)
Radnor Valley 2 Welshpool Town 4

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