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Cymru North: Prestatyn do it in style yet again – but what happens next?

Neil Gibson is the first manager to win the Cymru Alliance League title three times – what an achievement

When Prestatyn Town finish up champions they always do it in style.

The Seasiders made it a record-equalling three Cymru North title wins this week, ending up 16 points clear of nearest challengers Flint Town United.

On the previous two occasions they landed the tier-two championship, when it was known as the Cymru Alliance, Town enjoyed a 16-point margin in 2016-17 and the gap was 15 in 2007-08.

However, unlike following their first two successes, when they went up to the Welsh Premier, this time their path to the top flight has been blocked.

Prestatyn have failed on appeal to secure a domestic licence needed to compete in the Cymru Premier.

They are threatening to take the FAW to the Court of Arbitration over the matter, but a positive result is by no means guaranteed.

If the Seasiders miss out on promotion, Cymru North runners-up Flint Town United are eligible to go up instead.

There is no doubting that Prestatyn are worthy champions and deserve their place in the national league based on results, but a dispute over a TV gantry has held them back.

Last summer saw manager Neil Gibson bring back seven of his former players to the Motion Finance Stadium.

Talent such as Robbie Hughes, Jordan Davies, Jack Kenny, Michael Parker, Kai Edwards and Zebb Edwards made them an instant title threat.

The tired old claim which follows champions around that Prestatyn were ‘throwing money at it’ failed to grasp the fact those players wanted to return to the club they loved – and were not demanding a king’s ransom to do so.

Prestatyn Town did not win the title through splashing out big money – they did it by bringing back players whose talents the club itself largely developed and who wanted to return to the scene of happy times.

Neil Gibson has now become the first manager to win the Cymru Alliance three times – what an achievement!

Town got off to a flyer and never looked back, winning 13 of their first 14 league matches, the only loss coming away to neighbours Rhyl.

After a surprise 3-2 defeat at Penrhyncoch in November, the Denbighshire coast side went unbeaten in 11 fixtures before football was suspended in early March because of coronavirus.

Prestatyn won all the big games – beating chief dangers Flint and Colwyn Bay both home and away.

Hughes and Jordan Davies topped the goals chart, but so many other made vital contributions, including Danny Davies and Kenny.

Just like Airbus proved to be last season, Prestatyn were head and shoulders above the rest.

Before the 2019-20 campaign was brought to a permanent halt, Town needed just one win from their last four matches to seal the title.

PRESTATYN TOWN LEAGUE RESULTS 2019-20

Mar 6: Llangefni Town (a) 3-0 (Jordan Davies pen, Zebb Edwards, Danny Davies)
Feb 22: Flint Town United (h) 1-0 (Danny Davies)
Feb 8: Porthmadog (h) 2-2 (Jordan Davies, Zebb Edwards)
Feb 1: Ruthin Town (a) 4-1 (Oli Buckley, Danny Davies, Myles Hart 2)
Jan 18: Buckley Town (a) 5-0 (Jordan Davies, Dan Roberts, Jack Kenny, Ian Griffiths 2)
Jan 11: Conwy Borough (h) 1-0 (Danny Davies)
Jan 1: Colwyn Bay (a) 2-1 (Michael Parker, Jack Higgins)
Dec 28: Rhyl (h) 1-0 (Danny Davies)
Dec 21: Gresford (a) 3-0 (Jordan Davies, Macauley Taylor, Robbie Hughes pen)
Dec 14: Corwen (h) 4-1 (Robbie Hughes 4, 1 pen)
Nov 30: Guilsfield (a) 1-1 (Danny Davies)
Nov 23: Penrhyncoch (a) 2-3 (Jordan Davies, 1 OG)
Nov 16: Llanfair United (h) 7-0 (Alex Jones, Jack Kenny, Jack Higgins, James Stead 3, Jordan Davies pen)
Nov 2: Llanrhaeadr (h) 5-0 (Zebb Edwards, Jack Kenny 2, Kai Edwards, Robbie Hughes pen)
Oct 15: Llandudno (a) 4-1 (Kai Edwards, Jack Higgins 2, Jack Kenny)
Oct 12: Llangefni Town (h) 2-0 (James Stead, Jack Higgins)
Oct 5: Flint Town United (a) 3-2 (Jack Kenny, Jordan Davies, Robbie Hughes pen)
Sep 27: Bangor City (h) 7-0 (Alex Jones, Robbie Hughes 2, 1 pen, Jordan Davies, Kai Edwards, Ian Griffiths 2)
Sep 21: Porthmadog (a) 2-1 (Rob Hughes pen, Jack Higgins)
Sep 13: Buckley Town (h) 2-1 (Jordan Davies, Danny Davies)
Sep 11: Conwy Borough (a) 7-0 (Jack Kenny 4, Ben Maher, Jordan Davies 2)
Sep 7: Colwyn Bay (h) 3-1 (Jack Kenny, Alex Jones 2)
Aug 31: Rhyl (a) 1-2 (Rob Hughes)
Aug 27: Gresford Athletic (h) 5-1 (Rob Hughes 3, 1 pen; Jordan Davies 2)
Aug 23: Corwen (a) 6-1 (Jordan Davies, Rob Hughes 3 pens, Jack Kenny, Danny Davies)
Aug 16: Guilsfield (h) 1-0 (Rob Hughes pen)

Played 26 Won 22 Drawn 2 Lost 2 GF 84 GA 19 Pts 68

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