Match reports from various North Wales friendlies (Nov 14, 2020)

Cracking action from Kinmel Bay Reserves v Penmaenmawr Phoenix Reserves. Picture: Barry Griffiths

Penmaenmawr Phoenix 2 Llandudno Junction 2

All the goals came in the last 10 minutes of this cracking derby.

Jack Williams beat the offside trap for Junction to put his side ahead.

A few minutes later an Alfie Caldecott cross was handled in the area by a Junction defender. Dan Williams fired home from the spot to level the scores.

Down the other end a Junction corner fell to Kyle Cooper on the edge of the box who finished well to give the Railwaymen the lead for the second time.

Into stoppage time and a Caldecott strike was saved well by James French in the Junction goal but the rebound fell to Bill Bibby, who struck the equaliser with the pick of the four net-finders.

Bro Goronwy 2 Glantraeth 5

In very tough, wet and windy conditions Glantraeth came out on top.

Bro struck first through Ally Issa, but on the half-hour, Glan’s prolific striker Scott Hughes turned and fired in a well-placed shot, making it 1-1 at half time.

Glan started off attacking and pressing and soon scored again with a smartly-struck effort from centre-midfielder Gethin Davies.

Continued pressure paid off and gaps were being found in Bro’s defence.

Full-back Wisdon Janes soon got on the scoresheet, shortly to be joined by last season’s top scorer Brad Bland.

Bro were rewarded for their efforts late in the game with a Jac Thomas penalty, but a Paris Hargrave spot-kick rounded off the scoring.

Gaerwen 3 Bodorgan 1

Justin Gallagher was more than satisfied with the outcome of his first game in charge of Gaerwen.

Lewis Owen converted two penalties, while Keenan Latham’s assist enabled Ryan Wood to also score. Luke Winter replied.

Gallagher said: “Great to finally have my first game as Gaerwen first team manager. From my point of view, it’s only a friendly and there’s no need to get carried away or the wrong idea. Gives us a better idea of what we need to improve on and do better.

“From the players point of view…they haven’t played in 7 months, it’s a brand new squad and the vast majority have never played together, and six had never played a seniors game of football. Factoring all that, they’ve done well to get the win and result.”

Gwalchmai 2 Holyhead Town 2

James Ryan

James Ryan netted twice on debut for a Town side which produced a positive performance under new managers Mark Owen and David Jones.

Gwalchmai will also feel they did well considering they were without a regular goalkeeper so had to field striker Corey Sinnott as a stand-in between the sticks.

Ryan, a summer signing from Glantraeth, forced an early save from Sinnott.

Gwalchmai found themselves in space in the fifth minute with prolific striker, ex-Town front man Craig Moore, firing over from long range.

Town took a 12th minute lead when Ryan saw his shot deflected past the keeper.

Robert Thomas and Jenson Rowlands went close for the visitors, but in the 36th minute Gwalch levelled when they worked a free kick into the box and player manager Craig Evans fired low into the bottom right-hand corner,

A good Luke Owen stop before the break prevented the hosts going in with a lead.

Early second half pressure from Gwalch saw Jordan Jones beating Owen in a one-on-one situation to grab their second goal.

Holyhead rallied, Ryan dragging his shot wide and Dale Murphy forcing a good save from Sinnott.

Thomas headed against the crossbar from a well delivered Jordan Hughes free kick.

Finally, in the 83rd minute, Kaine Bentley showed his quality, ghosting past two Gwalchmai defenders with his shot deflecting wide for a corner.

The flag-kick was swung in and Ryan nabbed the equaliser.

Llandudno Amateurs 5 Rhuddlan Town 4

Ben Hayward

A nine-goal thriller will have done both these sides a lot of good.

For the Amateurs, Mark Kelly half-volleyed home at the back post from a Ryan Thomas free kick on the half-hour.

Tod Davis netted after 41 minutes following a mix-up between the Rhuddlan centre-half and keeper; Stoogie Collins struck on 63 from a Shane Fairclough corner; man of the match Ben Hayward finished off a solo run with a fine finish, then Chris Smyth ran onto a fantastic through ball from Thomas and slotted past the keeper.

Ryan Potts, Connor Bucknall, Ian Davenport and Harrison Bellis all scored to keep Rhuddlan in the contest.

Town manager Wayne Hughes said: “Fantastic to see the lads back playing today,Really pleased with the first half performance; we passed the ball around well creating plenty of chances.

“Second half mostly belonged to Llandudno Amateurs; they created plenty of chances, hitting us on a few counter attacks. Plenty of mistakes in the game which is to be understandable and playing with 10 men for 25 minutes killed us off.”

Menai Bridge Tigers 5 Llangoed 2

Paul Rowlands scores for Menai

Another solid win for the Tigers who made it three friendly victories in a row.

Dean Redmond converted a penalty, Sion Hogan made the scoresheet, Callum Davidson netted following a Craig Roberts assist, Kelvin Frazer set up Paul Rowlands and Kevin Roberts was the provider for Dion Williams’ goal.

Llangoed produced a good effort, replying through Dom Powell and Sam Gregson.

Prestatyn Sports Development 3 Rhyl Dragons 1

A superb first-ever competitive game at Y Dolydd/The Meadows.

Sports’ new development side started very quickly playing some great passing football.

Archie Jones was fouled in the box and got up and confidently slotted the penalty into the top right corner.

Half time 1-0, but the impressive visitors poured on the pressure after the restart and equalised.

But Sports were not to be denied – they battled hard when heads could have dropped.

Lee Beattie with a class finish from 30 yards to the bottom corner on 75 and Ste Gilmour with a direct free kick from the edge of the box with 10 minutes to go sealed the win.

On a different day it could have easily been the other way with the score, with the chances Dragons created. A really close fought game of football with the Rhyl side a credit to their management.

Kinmel Bay Reserves 3 Penmaenmawr Phoenix Reserves 5

Goalmouth action from Bay v Pen. Pic: Barry Griffiths

Plenty of goals and great entertainment from two enterprising teams.

Bay fielded two 16-year-olds along with three new lads. They gelled as if they had played together for years, starting out well although Phoenix struck first with a penalty.

Kinmel persisted and made it 1-1 through a great finish from new signing Chris Buchanan on 20 minutes.

Phoenix regained the lead through an offside-looking goal, then the hosts missed a penalty.

With 16 year old Oliver Gray causing the Pen defence all sorts of problems, Buchanan levelled with a fine shot into the corner.

Pen responded well and led at the break following a penalty.

Second half saw Bay’s Aaron Roberts replaced by second 16 year old Connor Craig and this led to a formation change to 4-3-3.

Kinmel created more chances, but Pen struck on the counter for 4-2.

Left-back Steven Flanagan being forced off through injury really hurt Bay with them only being allowed one sub.

Again the hosts carried on pressing and a lovely finish by Jordan Guest at the back post made it 4-3 with nine minutes left.

But Phoenix had the last word with a stunning fifth goal. Visiting scorers were Harry Benjamin 2, Haydn Tidswell 2 and Darren Hughes.

Anglesey results and scorers

Amlwch Town 3 (Ryan Rowlands 2, Rhys Roberts)
Cemaes Bay 5 (Andy Williams 2 Keenan Downey 2, Luke McKitrick)

Bro Goronwy 2 (Ally Issa, Jac Thomas pen)
Glantraeth 5 (Scott Hughes, Gethin Davies, Wisdom Janes, Brad Bland, Paris Hargrave)

Bodedern Athletic 6 (Tom Wood 3, Justin Williams 3)
Llanfairpwll 1 (Jay Finter)

Caergybi 2 (Marcus Bell, Mark Hamblin)
Holyhead Hotspur Reserves 4 (Mike Jones, Cameron Eaton 2, Tom Scott)

Gaerwen 3 (Lewis Owen 2 pens, Ryan Wood)
Bodorgan 1 (Luke Winter)

Gwalchmai 2 (Craig Evans, Jordan Jones)
Holyhead Town 2 (James Ryan 2)

Menai Bridge Tigers 5 (Dean Redmond, Sion Hogan, Callum Davidson, Paul Rowlands, Dion Williams)
Llangoed 2 (Dom Powell, Sam Gregson)

Pentraeth 4 (Marc Lock, Llyr Coyle, Geth Alston, Cai Evans-Hughes)
Llannerchymedd 2 (Matthew Jones 2, 1 pen)

Trearddur Bay Bulls 7 (Asa Thomas 3, Dave Webb 2, Gary Jo Owen, Iolo Jones)
Llandegfan 0

Rest of North Wales

Chirk AAA’s Dale Davies scored twice

Brickfield Rangers 4 (Aaron White 2, 1 pen, Lewis Parry, Nathan Pritchard, Coedpoeth United 5 (Dion Lewis 2, Luke Hall, Curt Griffiths 2)

Brymbo 2 (John Coady, Ryan Cullimore) Cefn Albion 6 (Jordan Jones, Alex Williams, Callum Mannion 2, Michael Latham, Torne Samuels)

Buckley Town Vets 3 Caerwys Vets 8 (Ant Weardon 3, Grae Davies, Gavin Hughes, Andy Booker, Chris Geary, Dai Jones)

Caerwys 0 Holywell Town Reserves 1

Cefn Albion Reserves 3 (Kade Sheady, Leighton Kendrick, Tom Miller) Rhostyllen Villa 3

Chirk AAA 6 (Matty Thomas 2, Dale Davies 2, Jack Edwards 2) Cefn Mawr Rangers 2

Connah’s Quay Town v Hawarden Rangers.

Connah’s Quay Town 2 (Tommy Leonard, Ryan Hewitt) Hawarden Rangers 0

CPD Caer Clwyd 4 (Joel Rowlands 2, Lloyd Hubbard, Craig Lavery) Denbigh Wanderers 1 (Dewi Jones)

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 0 St Asaph City 1 (Josh Brown)

Glan Conwy 3 (Jordan Phillips 2, Sam Sinkinson) Abergele 5 (Jack Hoult 3, James Hay 2)

Halkyn & Flint Mountain 4 Rhydymwyn Reserves 1

Holywell Town 6 Greenfield 2

Kinmel Bay Reserves 3 (Chris Buchanan 2, Jordan Guest) Penmaenmawr Reserves 5 (Harry Benjamin 2, Haydn Tidswell 2, Darren Hughes)

Llandudno 8 (Max Moore 3, Aron Jones-Hughes 2, Morgan Owen, Bryan Roberts, A Trialist) Llanfairfechan Town 0 (played Friday)

Llandudno Amateurs 5 (Mark Kelly, Tod Davis, Stoogie Collins, Ben Hayward, Chris Smyth) Rhuddlan Town 4 (Ryan Potts, Connor Bucknall, Ian Davenport, Harrison Bellis)

Llandudno Reserves L Llanfairfechan Town Reserves L

Llanelwy 3 Kinmel Bay 3

Llay Welfare 3 (Mikey Wright, Jack Mountford, Elliott Bull) Lex XI 2 (friendly 1)

Llay Welfare 4 (Jared Taylor 2, Callum Richardson, 1 OG) Lex XI 3 (2nd friendly)

Mynydd Isa Spartans 6 (Sam Reilly 2, Joe Mitchell, Luke Woolley, Danny Wynne, Mike Fleetwood) AFC Bagillt 1

New Brighton Villa 5 (Scott Davies, Tez Pughe, 1 OG, Jack Neal, Liam Hett) Hawarden Reserves 3

Penmaenmawr Phoenix 2 (Dan Williams pen, Bill Bibby) Llandudno Junction 2 (Jack Williams, Kyle Cooper)

Porthmadog P Llanuwchllyn P

Prestatyn Sports Development 3 (Archie Jones pen, Lee Beattie, Steve Gilmour) Rhyl Dragons 1

Rhydymwyn 3 Sychdyn 0

Ruabon Rovers 5 (Owen Bather 2, Chris Bennion 2, Lewis Williams) Cefn Mawr Rangers Res 3

St Asaph XI 1 Meliden 5

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