Match reports from Saturday’s North Wales football friendlies

Goalmouth action from Llangoed v Arriva Bangor at Nantporth

Saltney Town 4
Buckley Town XI 1

Saltney manager Sam Bristow

Although Saltney did not face the full first XI they were expecting from the visitors it was nonetheless a more than worthwhile exercise for the Bordermen as they produced an excellent performance in this 4-1 victory.

The reduced number of players due to the Covid restrictions saw Saltney manager Sam Bristow shuffle the pack from the midweek fixture at Flint to continue getting the needed minutes into legs, and protect little niggles.

Buckley struck first in the seventh minute, but the hosts soon got a grip of the test in front of them.

In the 11th minute, Jord O’Brien, enjoying his new attacking intent thus far in pre-season, capped a good move by firing across the box for Jake Johnson to finish clinically and bring the game level.

Saltney trialist Dave Pearson had a goal ruled out before Bucks were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty.

Half-time 1-1.

The Bordermen went on to control the second half, a tempting right-wing cross from Corey Mason forcing an own goal.

On 55 minutes another Mason cross prompted a handball and Ste Chiocchi converted the penalty.

Before the end Johnson was put clear and rounded the keeper before applying a very tidy finish with his left foot from a tighter angle than he would have liked.

Winning manager Bristow said: “I told the lads I expected full effort and quality from them all, and did they deliver? Yes. Composure on the ball was excellent. Concentration levels are improving, but still plenty to be working on.

“It was important to gain momentum from this game to take us into our next fixture at Airbus on Tuesday.”

Llysfaen 3
Prestatyn Sports Development 0

Llysfaen manager Emlyn Robert Jones

Ninety minutes in the bank for Llysfaen against a very young and game Sports side.

Jake Reynolds struck first for Emlyn Robert Jones’ men with a stunning 35-yard free kick.

Sports managed their first shot on target in the 22nd minute, bringing out a fine stop from Joe Wright-Evans.

Llysfaen responded, sending the ball long and there was a bit of a mix up around the visitors’ box before Connor Morris pounced to make it 2-0.

Only good home defending prevented Sports pulling one back before the break.

In the second half, the visitors started well, but the home team’s Charlie Dykes was having some success on the right and in the 71st minute should have scored, but instead blazed over the bar after some lovely play by Tom Collier.

It was not until the 78th minute that Llysfaen put the game beyond doubt. Simon Leigh turned his man outside the box and fired at goal. The keeper made a great save but could only parry into the path of Morris, who duly fired home.

After the game, Llysfaen manager Jones said: “Happy to get 90 minutes in the bag against a decent side that have already beaten opposition within our league recently.

“They were a young side and credit where credit’s due they kept on at us the whole game. We are also lucky to have an incredibly young side ourselves but these lads have shown they can adapt quickly.

“I have also tried to drum into this group that we set incredibly high standards last season and at the moment these games are all about putting a marker down to bag your own spot.

“The aim is to hit the standards we set and once everyone is back, fit and firing I hope we can replicate the performances of last season, but for a second game back with a much changed squad we are slowly moving in the right direction.”

Llysfaen: Joe Wright-Evans, Joshua Smith, Dan Ashton, Alec Jones, Jay Jones, Callum Ellis, Charlie Dykes, Tom Collier, Shaun Davies, Jake Reynolds, Connor L Morris, Jake Twist, Si Leigh.

Brymbo 1
FC Queen’s Park 1
(report by Queen’s Park)

Danny Barlow netted for Brymbo

With The Crick was in outstanding shape and the teams trying to play the right way both Brymbo and Queen’s Park will have got a lot out of this friendly.

Late withdrawals meant the Park lost the spine of their side with goalkeeper Josh Edwards, captain Curtis Neary and inspirational striker Nicky Williams all missing.

This gave the visitors a chance to blood some players against tier 3 opposition for the first time with only James Gregory and Tony Jones having represented the Park at this level and Keegan Jakovlevs for other sides.

The new faces adapted brilliantly and some stand out performances saw Niall Martin, Jack Hanley and Gregory all putting in a first half shift.

The defence looked really solid with Charlie Rowley showing his class. Jakovlevs took over the captain’s armband for the day and led his troops well.

Brymbo took a 35th minute lead when Danny Barlow latched onto a long ball and slipped a shot nicely past the keeper.

Five minutes later, Tony Jones whipped in a delightful free kick for Jakovlevs’ back flick to send the ball into the top corner.

The second half was an even affair but most noticeably saw Queen’s Park give a debut to Callum Williams. He looked really calm and at home in the centre of midfield having not played for a number of seasons.

FC Queen’s Park Reserves 4 Mynydd Isa Spartans Reserves 4

Jake Jones’ 25 yard screamer for the Park was the highlight of a first half which ended 2-2.

Brilliant saves in both halves from keeper Jason Wynne kept the Park ahead, with goals also coming from Ben White, Daniel Roberts and Garry Whittaker.

The Spartans grabbed a late equaliser. Their goals were supplied by Ryan Griffiths (2), Adam Woosey and Liam Prytherch.

Gaerwen 3
Llandegfan 0

Gaerwen and Llandegfan in action. Pic: Tash Puttick and JWO Photography

Lewis Owen netted all three goals for Gaerwen in a good all-Anglesey contest against Llandegfan.

Owen made it seven goals in four games this pre-season for Justin Gallagher’s side.

Gallagher said: “It was a good team win. Dominant performance and we controlled the game, even if we were a little wasteful with chances. Happy to finally keep a clean sheet though.”

Praising Owen for his record in front of goal, Gallagher also highlighted the performance of Sean McGrath.

“Man of the match, voted by his team mates in a seniors game, at 16 years old, is incredible. At centre back of all positions as well. I can’t praise him enough.”

Llangoed 4
Arriva Bangor 5

Llangoed came back from 3-1 down to make it 4-4 in very dark conditions at Nantporth 3g where several of the floodlights were not working.

With two minutes to go, however, Arriva were awarded a penalty and duly converted to seal a 5-4 win in what was a very good encounter.

Scorers for Llangoed were: Sam Gregson 2, David Thomas, Matty Owen.
Arriva: Cai La Trobe Roberts 3, Matty Jones, Alex Griffiths.

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