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It’s 100 league goals and 15 straight wins for unstoppable 1876

Bethesda (green and black) move forward against 1876. Picture: Andre Pepper @eventphotowales

Bethesda Athletic 2 (D Thomas, A Issa)
Bangor 1876 10 (1 own goal, Petrie 3,1 pen, D Thomas 2, C Barry, C Williams, Summers-Jones, M Lock)
Gwynedd League – January 18, 2020

The visitors scored most of the goals but the history belonged to Bethesda Athletic as their much-loved Parc Meurig ground became arguably the most prestigious venue Bangor 1876 have yet played at, reports Jonathan Ervine.

Although the final scoreline implies otherwise, Pesda also played their part in an exciting local derby, trailing just 2-1 and being right in the contest until the travellers grabbed a glut of goals late in the first half.

This day also saw 1876 make it 15 straight wins to stay eight points clear at the Gwynedd summit and they became the first team in North Wales this season to amass 100 league goals.

The first goal arrived inside the first minute as a right-wing cross from Jamie Petrie struck the outstretched leg of a Bethesda defender and flew past home goalkeeper Rob Beattie. This was later recorded as an own goal.

On six minutes Dafydd Thomas shot high into the net from the edge of the box. However, Bethesda halved the deficit within a minute when Dewi Thomas fired in from the left-side of the penalty area.

Later on in the half, the Ogwen hosts came close to equalising when Andy Clarke broke into the box before firing narrowly wide from a tight angle.

A great crowd shot from Bethesda v 1876. Photo: Dafydd Hughes, Bangor 1876

However, a flurry of goals in the last five minutes of the opening period soon meant the scoreline took on a very different complexion.

Thomas scored his second of the afternoon with a powerful shot from just outside the penalty area, then soon after a bullet by Cameron Barry from near the penalty spot struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line after bouncing off the home side’s keeper.

A minute later, Barry floated a free-kick into the box which resulted in Welsh Colleges international Cian Williams controlling and turning to power into the net from the edge of the six-yard box. In the final seconds of the first half, Petrie dribbled past several players before making the score 6-1 with 1876’s 100th Gwynedd League goal of the season.

Half time: Bethesda Athletic 1 Bangor 1876 6

Only two minutes after the break, Dylan Summers-Jones scored his 38th goal of the campaign with a right-footed shot from the edge of the box.

Summers-Jones then turned provider as his neat pass played in Petrie, who rounded the goalkeeper to score.

Bethesda kept going and got a reward for their efforts in the 69th minute when recent signing Ally Issa scored with a looping header after finding space in the penalty area.

With 10 minutes left, 1876 restored their seven-goal lead after Petrie decisively converted a penalty for his hat-trick and 36th goal this term.

In the final minute, the visitors reached double figures as Matt Lock shot home from six yards.

Jamie Petrie (blue) hit three for 1876 to move up to 36 goals for the season. Picture: Dafydd Hughes, Bangor 1876

Teams

Bethesda Athletic: Rob Beattie, Liam Bibby, Dan Richards (Nathan Roberts 75), Bradley Pickavance, Dan Doyle (Morgan Davies 79), Gavin Pritchard (Cam Robertson 56), Robbie Jones, Ally Issa, Andy Clarke (captain), Shaun Morris, Dewi Thomas.


Bangor 1876: Leon Jones, Dafydd Thomas, Matt Lock, Shaun Lock, Ben Owen (Ryan Pope 62), Michael Johnston (captain – Harry Jones 80), Cian Williams ( Leon Owens 70), Jamie Petrie, Cameron Barry, Les Davies, Dylan Summers-Jones.

Bangor 1876 results and stats – 2019-20 season

Jan 18: Bethesda Ath (a – GL) 10-2 (1 OG, Petrie 3, 1 pen, Dafydd Thomas 2, C Barry, C Williams, Summers-Jones, M Lock)
Jan 11: Ogwen Tigers (h – GL) 7-0 (Parry 4, Summers-Jones 2, Lundstram)
Jan 6: Waunfawr (h – GL) 4-0 (Cian Williams, Davies, Summers-Jones, Sion Parry)
Jan 4: Glantraeth (a – GL) 4-0 (Johnston, Summers-Jones, Petrie, Ben Owen)
Dec 28: Bontnewydd (h – GL) 13-2 (M Lock, Summers-Jones 5, Davies 3, Petrie, Barry, Steele, Lundstram)
Dec 21: Llanystumdwy (h – GL) 6-0 (Lundstram, Johnston, S Lock, Petrie, Summers-Jones, 1 OG)
Dec 14: Caergybi (a – GL) 6-0 (Cian Williams, Petrie 2, Lundstram, Summers-Jones)
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, S 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, M 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)

Match record
League: P 15 W 15 D 0 L 0 GF 104 GA 9
Cup: P 10 W 8 D 0 L 2 GF 42 GA 16

Goalscorers (146)
38 – Dylan Summers-Jones
36 – Jamie Petrie
17 – Les Davies
7 – Benn Lundstram, Cian Williams
6 – Jos Lloyd-Jones, Cameron Barry
5 – Sion Parry
4 – Dylan Williams
3 – Luke Steele, Michael Johnston, Dafydd Thomas, Matt Lock
2 – Dion Jones, Shaun Lock, 2 OGs
1 – Leon Owens, Ben Owen

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