Match reports from the North Wales football scene – friendlies (Nov 21)

Aerial action between Prestatyn Sports (red) and Meliden. Picture: Damon Mead

Prestatyn Sports 3 (Lee Beattie 2, Shane Middleman)
Meliden 0

A trademark wonder goal from Lee Beattie put Sports on their way to a derby victory.

Playing their inaugural first team match at The Meadows, Sports were in awe of striker Beattie, whose acrobatic effort for Prestatyn Town against Bangor City in 2015 was labelled a potential Puskas Award contender, when he hit a 35-yarder to establish a half-time lead over Meliden.

A frantic opening half featured mistakes aplenty, bad challenges from both sides, and not much quality football.

The second half was a different story. The hosts were more relaxed and started playing their passing game.

A great ball in from Mark Price via a free kick found skipper Shane Middleman in the box and he nodded over the onrushing keeper for 2-0.

Meliden came back well with a host of chances but the home defence and keeper stood firm. Ryan Jones produced one particular wonder save.

With 20 minutes to go substitute Ryan Fortune delivered a great cross from the left and Beattie netted a superb headed goal low to the keeper’s right.

Amlwch Town 7 (Edney 3, Rowlands, Lloyd, Roberts, Jones)
Gaerwen 3 (Latham, Wood, Owen)

Jordan Edney scored a hat-trick for Amlwch. Picture: Gethin Jones

Jordan Edney’s first half hat-trick put Amlwch on course for a comfortable triumph against fellow Anglesey outfit Gaerwen.

The visitors took the lead, but by half time were 4-1 down, Ryan Rowlands also on target for the hosts.

In the second half Gaerwen were much improved and pulled two goals back, but Jordan Lloyd, Gethin Roberts and Dan Jones ensured Town took the win.
Young Shane Jones really impressed for the hosts, laying on three assists.

Keenan Latham, Ryan Wood and Lewis Owen struck for the away side.

Brickfield Rangers 4 (Andy Vale, Aaron White 2, 1 pen, Chris Dixon)
Lex XI 0

Aaron White

Aaron White delivered a double in a strong display from the Brickie.

After Matthew Cook was denied by the keeper’s legs, the hosts took a 10th minute lead, Owen Jones playing in Andy Vale, who timed his run perfectly and coolly finished at the far post.

Vale had a fine effort saved, and a goal ruled out for offside before the break.

Lex hit the post early in the second half before Brickfield doubled their lead on 55 minutes.

The impressive Dylan Honey played a long ball which White was able to run onto and finish inside the area.

Vale and White went close before Rangers won a penalty on 77 minutes. White slotted right in the bottom corner.

On 87 minutes it was four, as centre-back Chris Dixon rose highest from a corner to head home.

Glantraeth 4 (Scott Hughes 2, Liam McCann, 1 OG)
Llangefni Town Reserves 2 (Will Hughes, Sion Emlyn Davies)

The prolific Scott Hughes was on target twice for a Glantraeth side given a good test by a very promising young Llangefni outfit managed by Gafyn Buckland.

Scott Hughes soon broke the deadlock with a quality strike, but it was not long before a fine Will Hughes effort levelled it.

Both sides continued to press and defend and just before the break Glan took the lead once again through an own goal following a corner scramble.

Midway through what was an equally competitive second half, Hughes made it 3-1.

Some tidy quality and precise passing led to Liam McCann knocking in number four from close range.

Glan were unlucky not to add a fifth when Iwan Williams’ belter of a free kick rattled the crossbar.

Far from the game being over, Llangefni never stopped trying and hit back through Sion Emlyn Davies.

Holyhead Hotspur 4 (Robert Llewelyn Jones pen, Melvin McGinness 3)
Mynydd Llandegai 0

Mel McGinness (red) hit a hat-trick for Hotspur. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Mel McGinness’ second half hat-trick was the main feature of his hastily-arranged friendly.

Hotspur’s performance was classed as pleasing overall by manager Darren Garmey.

“We were more than happy with our performance today with plenty of positives to build on,” he said.

“Llandegai provided a good challenge and we are grateful to them for accepting the game at short notice.”

The score was 1-0 at half time thanks to a Robert Llewelyn Jones penalty which he earned himself.

After the break, McGinness’ first goal was a header and the other two were smart finishes after good work from Liam Morris and Chris Jones.

Holyhead Town 4 (James Ryan 2, Matty Roberts 2)
Bro Goronwy 0

Matty Roberts and James Ryan notched two goals apiece inside the first 25 minutes as Town produced a complete performance in their first win of pre-season.

After a frustrating game on Tuesday evening, the management made numerous changes to the starting 11 looking to build on the positives from the 2-2 draw in Gwalchmai.

In the sixth minute Roberts found himself in space in the box and poked past the keeper to make it 1-0.

A second goal came on 12 minutes when some good footwork from Kaine Bentley found Ryan, who put away number two.

Luke Jones rattled the crossbar from 30 yards before striker Robert Thomas saw his low effort well saved, but the rebound was tucked away by Ryan for his second of the game.

Midway through the first half Ryan was foiled by the keeper when through one-on-one, but the rebound came to Roberts who netted from 30 yards.

Ryan was unlucky not to complete a hat-trick when his chipped effort was cleared off the line.

Half-time: Holyhead Town 4 Bro Goronwy 0

Town made three changes at half time with Aidan Batsford, Dan Doyle and Jenson Rowlands replacing Bentley, Thomas and Jordan Rowlands.

Chance kept coming, especially for Ryan who had one attempt saved and then struck the post.

Mountain Rangers 6 (Osian Hughes-Jones 2, Simon Kay, Marvin Pritchard 2, Aaron Mansel Griffiths)
Llandegfan 0

Marvin Pritchard

Osian Hughes-Jones opened the scoring for Alex Philp’s side after 15 minutes.

Captain Simon Kay added a second, heading home at close range from a corner.

After the break, Hughes-Jones added his second.

A double from Marvin Pritchard then followed, the first a fantastic 25 yard free kick, the second a cross that came off the head of a Llandegfan defender.

Debutant Aaron Mansel Griffiths made it six before the end.

MoM for Rangers was Dylan Williams.

Prestatyn Sports Development 6 (Archie Jones 3 Steve Gilmour, Dylan Ford, Matty Bowyer)
Kinmel Bay Reserves 1

Sports Development

Not only did Sports win convincingly, the game also marked a special moment in the club’s short history.

Veteran Steve Gilmour not only scored, he also took the field with his son Bay – a great story.

Archie Jones notched a hat-trick for the winners, with Dylan Ford and Matty Bowyer also on target.

Kinmel Bay took the lead and were just 2-1 down at half time, but Development were thoroughly dominant in the second period.

Rhyl All Stars 2 (Aaron Dodwell, Tom Dodd)
Rhuddlan Town 5 (Ryan Potts 2, Matty Rees, Josh Parry, Ian Davenport)

A good contest between a much-improved All Stars side and a Rhuddlan team which won the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division title last season.

Josh Parry’s low shot handed Town an early lead, but after that the hosts got a grip and applied the pressure.

After 35 minutes Adam Cassidy from nothing tricked the Town defenders and put in a lovely front post cross which was turned in by Aaron Dodwell.

Rhuddlan hit back and Ryan Potts made it 2-1 at half time.

Wayne Hughes’ side pretty much controlled the second half, Potts and Matty Rees making it 4-1 before Ryan Bennett produced a great penalty save from Rees.

Rhuddlan’s keeper also came up with some fine stops before Tom Dodd reduced the deficit on his All-Stars debut.

The home side pushed hard for another, but Town had the last word when Ian Davenport made it 5-2.

All Stars manager Robert Cunnah said: “Some really good football played today, especially on the counter. Definitely unlucky not to have scored a few more goals, but their goalkeeper was excellent. Our keeper Ryan Bennett again made some outstanding saves again this week, as well as a penalty save.

“Plenty of positives to take away today and also things to work on, but overall very pleased.”

Rhuddlan boss Hughes said: “Good workout for the lads today and some good signs that we are starting to play some good football again. Rhyl All Stars have come a long way from last season.”

Denbigh Development 1
Rhyl Dragons 2 (Wayne Evans, Connor Beattie)

Newcomers Rhyl Dragons were happy to experience that winning feeling for the first time.

The visitors dominated the first half, created plenty of chances and took the lead when a corner dropped to Wayne Evans, who half-volleyed home.

Denbigh replied with a softly-conceded penalty, but Dragons rallied and earned a spot-kick of their own which Connor Beattie converted.

In the second half, Dragons played some lovely football and had chances to put the game to bed, but credit to Denbigh Development they defended well.

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