Six months into the North Wales Women’s Football League season and the question has to be asked – will it ever finish?
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, which has suspended all football until at least April 4, the NWWFL was struggling to complete the fixture schedule.
An awful winter which has caused endless postponements, as well as numerous cancellations from clubs for other reasons, has made the prospect of a definite ending to the campaign very doubtful.
Nonetheless, there have been some great matches and achievements in the 2019-20 season to date.
Here is a look back at some of the season’s highlights so far……..
September 8, 2019
It was a goal-packed opening day in the North Wales Women’s League with eight games producing a massive 73 goals!
In Division One, Rhyl hammered last season’s Division Two champions Bethesda 18-1. Unfortunately for the Lilywhites, the result was soon declared void as Pesda pulled out of the league due to lack of players.
Last season’s joint champions Llanfair United got off to a flyer as they blitzed promoted Wrexham 12-1 away, Gemma Jones with four goals.
Division Two’s clash of newcomers saw Connah’s Quay Nomads sweep aside Holywell 12-0, Candice Nellist and Jennifer Haynes with hat-tricks, while Ffion Owen and Lexi Crawley also recorded trebles in Amlwch Town’s 9-0 caning of new side NFA.
Llanberis player-manager Sioned Phillips struck twice as the newly-formed Darans outscored Caernarfon Town 5-3.
Result of the day arguably came in the Welsh Premier Women’s League, where Llandudno celebrated a rare win in South Wales, a Jordanne Greenough goal securing a 1-0 victory in Briton Ferry Llansawel.
Rhyl got over the disappointment of having a first-day 18-1 victory chalked off by winning 3-2 at Airbus, Natalie Harrison (2) and Ceri Purvis sharing the goals.
Llanfair made it two wins on the bounce with a 3-1 verdict at Denbigh Town.
Mountain Rangers kicked off their season in Division Two with a 14-1 battering of Holywell, Katie Bowe bagging seven goals on her debut, while Lisa Thomas added a hat-trick. Ruby McGilloway notched the Wellwomen’s first-ever competitive goal.
NFA were up and running with a 7-1 away pasting of Caernarfon Town, Emily Jones with a treble, while Ffion Owen and Lexi Crawley both scored three apiece again in Amlwch’s impressive 8-3 beating of Pwllheli.
An early Welsh Cup tie saw Connah’s Quay Nomads progress 6-2 at Llanberis.
Just two NEWFA Cup games on this day.
Bethel launched their season in style with a 5-2 success over NFA, Erin Maloney scoring four, while a Becky Lees hat-trick helped Airbus prevail 5-3 at improving Penrhyn Bay.
Rosie Hughes hit four as Denbigh Town walloped Northop Hall 9-0 in Division One, Ceri Purvis struck twice in Rhyl’s 4-0 disposal of Wrexham and Bethel nudged past Airbus 3-2.
Mountain Rangers maintained their storming start with a 9-0 thumping of Llanberis in Division Two, Elena Julio pocketing a hat-trick, while Molly Watkinson grabbed three in Penrhyn Bay’s first-ever senior victory, a 7-1 breeze at Caernarfon.
Midweek action between the bottom pair in Division Two saw Caernarfon Town squeeze past Holywell 3-2, Georgia Bain and Lisa Jones (2) for the visitors, Caitlin Hadaway and Leah Davies-Williams replying.
In Division One, Ffion Williams netted three times in Bethel’s 7-2 drubbing of Corwen, Gemma Jones hit the winner in Llanfair’s narrow 2-1 triumph at Rhyl and Airbus romped to a 6-0 outcome at Wrexham, Tegan Hewitt with a double.
Danielle Barnfield was a hat-trick star in Mountain Rangers’ 5-3 win at Penrhyn Bay in Division Two, Amlwch Town and Connah’s Quay Nomads shared a 3-3 thriller and Magi Hughes’ two goals helped Pwllheli claim a 4-3 success over NFA.
Llanfair United hit 10 without response at Northop Hall in the top division, Gemma Jones, Sophie Cook and Sarah Ellis all with hat-tricks.
There was a shock in Division Two as Mountain Rangers had their 100% record shattered by NFA, whose winner in a 2-1 result was an Ashleigh Mills cracker.
Catrin Evans and Lexi Crawley bagged trebles in Amlwch Town’s 10-2 trouncing of Caernarfon Town, while Kate Horne, Jasmin Dutton and Candice Nellist all scored twice as Connah’s Quay Nomads whipped Pwllheli 9-1.
Welsh Cup day featured a six-goal haul for Rosie Hughes in Denbigh Town’s 8-2 thrashing of Northop Hall.
Two from Erin Maloney sealed Bethel a 2-0 decision against Airbus, Shannon Hobbs delivered a double in Connah’s Quay’s 3-1 beating of Pwllheli, a pair for Mary Bailey helped Llanfair see off Amlwch 3-1 and there were braces for Niomi Taylor and Natalie Harrison as Rhyl blasted Wrexham 7-0.
Hannah Smith, Mia Rawling, Ffion Evans and Ela Roberts all netted twice as Penrhyn Bay blew away Holywell 9-1 in Division Two.
Amy Webster and Emily Jones were on target for NFA in a 2-0 result at Llanberis.
In the Welsh Cup, Jordanne Greenough hit four as Llandudno eliminated Corwen 9-1.
Almost a full programme at last in Divisions One and Two.
In One, Gemma Jones scored three times in Llanfair’s 5-1 whipping of Airbus, Corwen celebrated a first win as goals from Amelia Evans and Katie Armstrong did for Wrexham 2-1, and two Ceri Purvis penalties earned Rhyl a commendable 2-2 draw at Bethel.
Ffion Owen was a four-goal star for Amlwch in a 9-2 victory over Llanberis, Lexi Crawley adding three and Meinir Thomas two.
Amy Webster’s hat-trick was the main feature of NFA’s 6-3 win against Penrhyn Bay.
NEWFA Cup day only with three ties taking place.
Rosie Hughes slammed in her second six-goal salvo of the season as Denbigh Town enjoyed an unexpectedly high 12-2 success at Mountain Rangers, Emma Roden and Chelsea Williams adding hat-tricks apiece.
Lowri Hughes put away five in Pwllheli’s 9-1 battering of Northop Hall, while a Lauren Reese hat-trick helped Wrexham knock out Llanberis 5-1.
Northop Hall enjoyed a first Division One victory of the season with a 4-1 decision over Corwen, Eleanor Thomas netting twice.
There was an 18-1 massacre dished out by Pwllheli in Division Two, Lowri Hughes and Stacey Sansome both scoring five and Amy Roberts four at the expense of Holywell.
Llandudno progressed 6-1 versus Llanfair United in the Welsh Cup, Kelsey Davies and Stacey Tradewell with two each.
Llandudno played what was to be their last Welsh Premier League fixture for the time being as they went down 8-1 at Cyncoed.
The club resigned from the top flight a few days later as eight seasons of meeting the demands of so many trips to South Wales and getting enough players to commit took its toll.
In the FAW Women’s Cup second round, Ffion Williams’ hat-trick helped Bethel advance 4-3 at Rhyl after extra time.
Lani Bouckley and Kate Horne both poached hat-tricks in Connah’s Quay’s 8-3 triumph at Denbigh Town.
The only North Wales League match was in Division Two, Ffion Owen landing a treble in Amlwch Town’s 6-1 away tanning of Penrhyn Bay.
Awel Fflur Ellis was the star of the day as her four goals guided Llanberis to a 5-4 result at Pwllheli, Stacey Sansome with three for the hosts.
Amlwch Town were ruthless in a 20-0 dismissal of Holywell, 17-year-old Catrin Evans and evergreen Meinir Thomas, 54 years young, both scoring four.
Erin Maloney’s double helped Bethel see off Connah’s Quay 4-2 in the NEWFA Women’s Cup. It was Quay’s first loss.
Just one match on this afternoon, Llanfair United getting past NFA 4-1 in the Betty Pickering Cup.
Two big wins in the Betty Pickering Cup.
Ffion Williams and Erin Maloney both plundered hat-tricks as Bethel dished out an 8-0 away hammering to Connah’s Quay in the preliminary round.
Cerys Gadd was a hat-trick hero as Amlwch Town pulverised Caernarfon Town 9-0 in round one.
January 5, 2020
The only league game of the day saw Connah’s Quay Nomads lead 5-3 at NFA when the match had to be abandoned after 78 minutes due to injuries to two home players. The result stood.
Betty Pickering Cup round one action saw Pwllheli beat Corwen 4-2, while an Amber Hellon double helped Denbigh Town prevail 3-1 at Llanberis.
There was a big surprise in the Betty Pickering Cup when Airbus dumped out Bethel 4-0, Katelyn Tilston and Tegan Hewitt with two goals apiece.
Only one league match was played – Corwen getting revenge on Northop Hall for a recent defeat by beating the Flintshire side 4-0 at the War Memorial Park.
Elisa Williams, Llywela Edwards and Zoe Williams (2) shared the goals.
Bethel bounced back from their Betty Pickering Cup exit in fine style as they destroyed Denbigh Town 9-1 in a Division One encounter, Erin Maloney and Katie Midwinter with three apiece.
Tegan Hewitt’s pair saw Airbus pip Wrexham 2-1.
Ashleigh Mills banged in three and Amy Webster a double in NFA’s 6-1 roasting of Caernarfon Town, while Gail Manning, Catrin Evans, Lexi Crawley and Ffion Owen all struck in Amlwch’s 4-1 triumph against Pwllheli.
Ceri Purvis was on the scoresheet twice in Rhyl’s 3-0 win over Corwen in Division One.
Amlwch dished out a 16-0 annihilation of Caernarfon Town in Division Two. Cerys Gadd nabbing four and Gail Manning a hat-trick.
Candice Nellist was a three-goal star in Connah’s Quay’s 4-1 victory at Pwllheli, while Sioned Phillips converted twice as Llanberis swept aside Holywell 6-0.
NFA edged a 3-2 thriller over Llanberis in Division Two, Emily Jones (2) and Amy Chesters for the home side, Ffion Roberts and Charley Davies replying.
It was far more straight-forward for Penrhyn Bay as they won 8-0 at Holywell, Ffion Evans, Mia Rawling and Molly Watkinson two goals each.
Llanfair United eased into the NEWFA Cup semis with an 8-0 breeze at Caernarfon, Sarah Ellis, Gemma E Jones and Mabli Johnson two apiece.
The weather won with the sole North Wales team in action being Bethel, away to Swansea City in the Welsh Cup quarter-finals.
Despite a fine display from the North Wales League underdogs, Welsh Premier leaders the Swans claimed a 4-0 victory.
An amazing day for Connah’s Quay Nomads as they knocked out WPWL side Port Talbot 2-1 in the Welsh Cup quarters.
Candice Nellist and Becca Bannister scored to ensure the Deesiders produced one of North Wales’ finest results in recent years.
In the NEWFA Cup last eight, Division Two Amlwch defeated Rhyl of Division One 2-1, Lexi Crawley and Catrin Evans with the goals.
Just one North Wales League game took place, Clare Hannigan scoring twice as Northop Hall took the honours 4-1 at Wrexham.
Llandudno came back for one day only to play their outstanding Welsh Cup quarter-final against Abergavenny.
It did not go well for a scratch Tudno team – they were beaten 13-1.
Erin Maloney scored three times in Bethel’s 4-1 success at Corwen in North Wales League Division One.
Ffion Roberts bagged a treble in Llanberis’ 3-3 draw with Mountain Rangers, playing their first game in 15 weeks due to the weather. Katie Bowe grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors.
In the Betty Pickering Cup quarter-finals, Pwllheli eliminated Rhyl 3-0, while a Rosie Hughes goal enabled Denbigh Town to nudge past Wrexham 1-0.
Airbus advanced to the Betty Pickering Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 result at Northop Hall.
Erin Maloney and Anest Roberts both struck twice as Bethel cruised to a 7-1 win at Wrexham to reach the NEWFA Cup final.
Llanberis and Pwllheli drew two apiece in Division Two.
Northop Hall’s improved form in Division One continued as they took the spoils 1-0 over Wrexham, Eleanor Thomas with the only goal.
Catrin Davies and Ceri Purvis ensured Rhyl rediscovered winning ways, beating Airbus 2-0.
Nia Wyn Jones’ late double earned Pwllheli a 2-0 verdict against Mountain Rangers in Division Two.
Candice Nellist was on the mark twice in Connah’s Quay’s 5-0 success at Llanberis, while Caernarfon Town completed a double over Holywell, recording a 7-2 win with Georgia Bain and Llinos Hughes both contributing two goals.
All games postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. Football subsequently suspended until April 4 at the least.