Meliden 2 (Ellam, Haddon)
Rhuddlan Town 2 (Potts, Brown)
Report by Ron Squire
Meliden’s first pre-season friendly match ended in an exciting draw against Rhuddlan Town.
Both these teams will face each other in the tier 4 North Wales Coast East Premier Division next season.
Meliden started the best way possible with a goal less than 5 minutes in, courtesy of Finley Ellam.
Both sides had chances going back and forth in the first half with Meliden hitting the bar.
Rhuddlan seemed to be the more solid of the teams later in the first half and for the majority of the second period as they mounted a comeback challenge, which they seemed to have it wrapped up with goals from Ryan Potts and Josh Brown.
However, an error by the Rhuddlan goalkeeper saw Sam Haddon tap in the equaliser less than 15 minutes from the end.
Ron Squire spoke to Meliden manager Gareth Jones after the game:
RS: Preparation for Pre-Season before today has gone well in retrospect, did you expect a tough challenge today?”
GJ: Definitely. Rhuddlan are a good team, they play good football, exactly why we wanted the friendly with them, because they are our type of team. Being from the same league gives you a little bit of a look at what we’re going to have to come against next season, pleased with the result.
RS: Do you have any aspirations for Meliden coming up into this season?”
GJ: Obviously we’re still looking to bring players into the club and there’s a couple of players that I’ve identified that will boost the club, that will boost the players already here. I’m looking forward to getting them in. I think, looking at the league and the teams in the league, it’s going to be very tough season this year, but I expect Meliden to do well.
RS: So 2-2 was the final result today, did you expect a little bit more out of Meliden today?”
GJ: To be honest, it’s been the first game, we were tired, fitness levels aren’t what they should be or what they will be come the start of the season, so I was expecting a long afternoon, should we say that.
RS: 2-2 was the final result, but those efforts towards the end of the first half was nearly magnificent weren’t they?
GJ: I thought particularly first half I thought we piled the pressure on Rhuddlan. Coming up to half time we thought we were the better team, just needed one of those chances to go in and makes the afternoon a bit easier.”
Ruthin Vets 1 Denbigh Vets 1
A very enjoyable match to be a part of.
Ruthin took the lead in the first half through a Roger Beech penalty, which was levelled late on by a Mark Roberts strike.
Both sides will already be looking forward to the reverse fixture in a few weeks.
Caergybi 0 Bodedern Athletic 2
Two second half goals from Dan Owen won this pre-season friendly for Bodedern.
Caergybi came under a lot of pressure in the first half and held their own very well.
Both sides were back in action after long lay-offs and it remained close and competitive in the second half before the visitors struck twice.
Rhos United 2 Penrhyn Bay Dragons 2
Rhos were in control of the first half aside from a few patches of rust and lack of match sharpness and went into the break 1-0 up after a lovely goal from Chris King, running in behind from his own half before smashing low past the keeper.
The second half saw Rhos’ performance dip, a lack of shape and communication costing them two quick goals from Penrhyn Bay.
After some fresh legs coming on and a couple of tactical changes Rhos began to apply pressure again.
King made it 2-2 in the 90th minute with a calmly headed goal, assisted from a beautiful cross beyond the keeper by Ray Lee.