North Wales football’s super seven weekend performances (Jan 11)

Mountain Rangers scored 16 on their travels

Cymru North
Prestatyn Town 1 Conwy Borough 0

Danny Davies was on the mark for Prestatyn. Picture: John Pickles

Perhaps the top of the league team beating a side (at the time) 19 points behind them 1-0 at home would not normally qualify for one of the results of the weekend.
However, the circumstances at the Motion Finance Stadium on Saturday were a bit different to usual.
Table-toppers Prestatyn had two players sent off in the second half so had to finish a game won by Danny Davies’ 66th minute super strike with nine men.
Town were also facing Conwy, a team renowned in recent weeks as comeback kings, having recovered from deficits to draw or win matches with very late goals.
Nonetheless, they could not find a way past the Seasiders’ defence.

FAW Trophy round five
Nantlle Vale 1 Brymbo 3

In very difficult conditions at Maes Dulyn, Brymbo progressed to the FAW Amateur Trophy quarter-finals with a hard-fought win against a very determined Nantlle Vale.
This all tier-three battle saw the Steelmen take a three-goal lead through Lewis Clarke, Billy New and Leon Jones before Phil Warrington hit back for the Welsh Alliance hosts.
Brymbo are now the sole Welsh National League flag-flyers in the last eight of a competition they won in 2006/07.

Welsh Alliance Take Stock Van Hire Challenge Cup semi-finals
Y Felinheli 1 Pwllheli 2

Perhaps the treacherous pitch was a good leveller, but this was still a cracking result for Pwllheli over opponents who were top of Welsh Alliance Division Two at the start of the day.
Paul Lewis and Dafydd Gwyn Jones netted the away goals, Ifan Ynyr the Felin scorer.

Welsh National League Premier Division
Chirk AAA 3 Saltney Town 2

It seems very strange to be reporting on Chirk’s first league win of the season in the second week of the new year.
Usually among the front-runners in the WNL Premier, the Colliers had not recorded a victory in 11 attempts before Saturday and were sitting third-from-bottom with just two points to their name.
However, the Holyhead Road outfit got it right against Saltney, Joe Roberts (2) and a super long-ranger from Ryan Leightwood sealing that elusive first triumph.

Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One
Llanfairfechan Town Reserves 3 NFA 3

Llanfairfechan Town Reserves became the first team to prevent NFA taking maximum points this season

Llanfairfechan became the first team to take points off NFA this season.
And the truth of the matter is, the visitors should have gone home with nothing at all as Town led 3-1 entering added time.
However, NFA displayed the mettle of potential champions to escape with a draw.
Elliot Croston (2) and Iestyn Thomas put Llanfair into a winning position, Jordan Taylor replying, before NFA struck twice beyond the 90 through Taylor again and Paul Jones.

North East Wales League
Brymbo Victoria 1 Caerwys 3

Jon Edmonds was on target for Caerwys

Was this the best performance of the weekend?
Quite possibly, as Caerwys took maximum points at top of the league Brymbo Victoria.
It was just a second defeat of the campaign for Vics, whose lead has been cut to a single point after Chirk Town returned to winning ways.
Lewis Evans, Ryan Jones and Jon Edmonds provided the second-half goals which secured the spoils for Caerwys, who made it four straight wins under new manager Jordan Hadaway.

Anglesey League
Cefni 0 Mountain Rangers 16

Sam Williams scored 12 for Mountain Rangers

The scoreline makes it look like a mismatch – so why should Mountain Rangers appear in this list?
Well, the opposition were not too bad at all. After having 18 points deducted, Cefni have battled their way back into credit and looked capable of pulling away from the relegation zone.
They had also held Rangers 3-3 at their own ground back in August, and beaten the Rhosgadfan club 1-0 in the Elias Cup, although that result was later reversed as Cefni fielded an ineligible player.
I’m not 100% aware of any issues Cefni may have had entering Saturday’s game, it is believed they used squad rotation and gave some younger players a chance to shine, but to win 16-0 away from home is still one hell of a result, whatever the circumstances.
And we also have a potential North Wales record on our hands. Sam Williams’ 12-goal haul might just be the highest individual tally in a single North Wales game. Statisticians are searching to prove otherwise.

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