Cymru Premier League results – March 20, 2021
Aberystwyth Town 1 (Harry Franklin 78) Newtown 0
Bala Town 1 (Will Evans 16) Caernarfon Town 2 (Michael Hayes 47, Lassana Mandoes 70)
Cardiff Met University 0 Cefn Druids 0
Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (George Horan 45+1, Michael Wilde 59) Haverfordwest County 0
Penybont 1 (Lewis Clutton 90) Flint Town United (Sam Hart 36, Alex Jones 42)
REPORTS – MARCH 20
It was a brilliant day for North Wales in the Cymru Premier League.
Struggling Flint Town United earned a fantastic 2-1 victory at Penbont, bottom side Cefn Druids picked up a point at Cardiff Met, leaders and champions Connah’s Quay Nomads saw off Haverfordwest County 2-0 and Caernarfon Town took the honours 2-1 at Bala Town.
Bala Town 1 (Edwards OG 16)
Caernarfon Town 2 (Hayes 47, Mendes 70)
Caernarfon bounced back from a half-time deficit to win 2-1 at title-chasers Bala, stretching their unbeaten run to seven matches and returning to the top six.
The hosts started strongly, but Gareth Edwards could have put the Cofis one-up in the ninth minute when he met a Telor Williams corner at the far post but his header flew a foot wide.
Bala went ahead in the 16th minute when Will Evans’ header from a corner fortuitously bounced off Gareth Edwards past Josh Tibbetts and into the net.
The Lakesiders continued to press and Jack Kenny blocked a goalbound Antony Kay header before league top-scorer Chris Venables nodded wide.
The home side deservedly led at the break, but Caernarfon came out all guns firing after the restart.
Just two minutes into the second half, the visitors were level.
Max Cleworth won a tussle in midfield with Evans and delivered to Paulo Mendes. The midfielder threaded the ball to Hayes on the edge of the area and he beat his man before curling a left-footed beauty past Alex Ramsay and inside the far post.
From here Caernarfon dominated possession whilst the hosts looked tired and bereft of ideas.
In the 69th minute the Canaries edged in front.
Noah Edwards lobbed the ball across the penalty area, Ramsay could only manage to punch the ball to Bradley who headed goalwards and Cai Jones found Mendes, who slotted home from three yards.
While Bala’s Henry Jones threatened with a header in injury time, the confident Tibbetts proved more than a match for his effort.
Penybont 1 (Lewis Clutton 90)
Flint Town United 2 (Sam Hart 36, Alex Jones 42)
Against the odds Flint produced a marvellous result in South Wales to boost their hopes of escaping the drop.
The Silkmen were the more accomplished side from the off, and the front three of Josh Amis, Callum Bratley and Conor Harwood were a real handful for the Penybont defence.
The midfield also looked to have more solidity and bite than in recent weeks, with the returning Alex Jones making a major difference.
Flint threatened early from a Sam Hart cross, with Amis heading disappointingly off target.
Harwood’s pace was a danger and he was only denied by the bravery of home stopper Ashley Morris.
In the 36th minute, however, Morris was powerless when Neil Gibson’s men grabbed the lead, Hart netting direct from an inswinging corner via the right.
Flint maintained their tempo, and were rewarded with another goal on 42 minutes. This time Tom Kemp fired in a ball across the face of the 18-yard box, which Callum Bratley met with aplomb to sweep it into the corner of the net.
Second half substitute Lewis Clutton was to prove the most potent threat for Penybont.
On 65 minutes, Clutton tried to squeeze his shot past Jon Rushton from the narrowest of angles, but it struck the post and bounced into the arms of the Flint keeper.
Amis had the ball in the net on the hour mark, but he was adjudged to have fouled a defender in the build up, and so the goal was ruled out. He then let fly on 70 minutes from just inside the box, but Morris managed to get fingertips on the ball to divert it around the post.
Deep into stoppage time, Penybont pulled a goal back to deny Flint the clean sheet their performance probably merited, and it was that man Clutton who tucked it away.
Flint: Jonathan Rushton, Sam Hart, Ben Nash, Kai Edwards, Richard Foulkes, Josh Amis, Alex Jones, Callum Bratley, Conor Harwood (Tom Weir 78), Ben Maher, Tom Kemp (Edmond Clarke 63).
Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (George Horan 45+1, Michael Wilde 59)
Haverfordwest County 0
All hail Michael Wilde – 200 Cymru Premier goals!
The veteran striker became just the fourth player in history to reach the double century with his team’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Haverfordwest at Deeside Stadium.
The win pushed Nomads six points clear at the summit, with second-place The New Saints having played a game less.
Andy Morrison’s side dominated the first half, George Horan and Neil Danns going close with headers, before a Danny Davies strike forced a superb save from Matthew Turner.
Just as it looked like the half would end goalless, Nomads won a 45th minute corner which was taken by Aron Williams and slotted home from just four yards by captain Horan.
As the hour mark approached, the hosts were putting sustained pressure on the Haverfordwest end, and this paid off in the 59th when Wilde notched his 200th goal in the Cymru Premier.
Craig Curran beat his man to get on the end of a high ball from Danny Holmes, and coolly squared the ball to Wilde allowing him to slot in at close range.
A thoroughly professional performance from Nomads, who made it 13 matches unbeaten at the expense of an in-form County outfit.