North Wales coast match reports – Jun 19

Liam Morris on the ball for Holyhead Hotspur (stripes). Picture: CHRIS WILLZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Holyhead Hotspur 3 (Jones, Gibbs, Parry) Penrhyndeudraeth 0

Manager Darren Garmey was very impressed with his Hotspur team’s performance against a lively Penrhyndeudraeth on Saturday.

Robert Jones put the home side one-up in the 35th minute and it remained 1-0 until well into the second half.

Thirteen minutes from time it was that man Jay Gibbs who doubled the lead with a thunderous strike – his fifth goal in three games. New signing Callum Parry added a third in the 88th minute.

Garmey said: “We are more than happy with the performance today against a very well organised side. The tempo from both sides was really impressive for a pre-season game which is just what is needed to build up match fitness.”

Hotspur are due to host Bangor 1876 on Tuesday evening.

Hotspur pre-season results
June 19: Penrhyndeudraeth (h) 3-0 (Rob Jones, Jay Gibbs, Callum Parry)
June 11: Bodedern Athletic (h) 3-1 (Jay Gibbs 2, Liam Morris)
June 5: Aberffraw (a) 3-2 (Jay Gibbs 2, Mel McGinness)

Glantraeth 0 Holyhead Town 2 (Batsford, Diamond)

Holyhead feed a free kick into the Glantraeth box. Picture: JWO PHOTOGRAPHY

Town enjoyed an impressive away win at tier 4 Glantraeth on Saturday.

Holyhead keeper Luke Owen produced a fine early save before new signing Jordie Murphy fired just wide for the Harbourmen.

In the fifth minute, Town’s Josh Evans burst down the right only to be fouled. Aidan Batsford, right-footed, curled the free kick away from the keeper and into the net for 1-0.

Charlie Diamond could have added a second but could not keep his header down.

When Glantraeth attacked they came up against fine defending from Ryan Heywood in particular.

Glantraeth (red) and Holyhead Town in action. Picture; JWO PHOTOGRAPHY

Early in the second half, the hosts fluffed a good chance before Jordie Murphy went close at the other end.

Dale Murphy was also not far away from Holyhead.

As time wore on, play became more stretched.
Glan’s best chance came from a corner, Luke Owen somehow keeping the ball out.

The decider arrived two minutes from time. Robert Thomas broke down the flank and his cross was met by the onrushing Diamond, who beat a defender and smashed home high into the net.

Holywell Town 0 CPD Bangor 1876 0

Tier 2 hosted tier 4 in a hard-fought goal-less draw which was not short on entertainment.

The game got off to a lively start with 1876 goals specialist Jamie Petrie threatening twice before Les Davies had a shot saved by Mike Platt.

As the first half progressed, the home team created more opportunities, including a series of headed chances that narrowly missed the target.

Midway through the opening period, Joe Culshaw’s shot from 25 yards was kept out by Platt.

Before the break it was 1876 glovesman Mark Hawkins who twice produced sharp saves.

There were several substitutions by both sides at the break, 1876 making seven changes for the second period.

Home substitute, former Welsh Premier striker Ashley Ruane, was at the centre of much of the action, forcing a good save from 1876’s trialist substitute goalkeeper and also hitting the post.

The Wellmen missed a sitter before Ruane struck an upright for a second time.

Despite the home team’s pressure, there were a couple of late occasions when 1876 threatened to sneak a late winner.

Sam Ashworth took a shot from just outside the penalty area that led to a corner.

Llysfaen 4 (Russell, Morris, Luffman, Taylor) Henllan 0

Brandon Luffman (left) and Nathan Russell (on ball) both netted for Llysfaen. PHOTO: IAN ASHTON

This battle of tier 5 North Wales Coast East Division One sides saw Llysfaen eventually finish up comfortable victors.

Llysfaen manager Emlyn Robert Jones took the opportunity to give players short on minutes some much-needed game time against a Henllan side that battled from start to finish.

After a couple of glaring misses, the hosts produced the breakthrough just before the half hour.

Brandon Luffman sent a little ball over the top to Nathan Russell who was in the process of battling with the defender.

The ball managed to find its way in after pinging between the defender and Russell, credited with the goal.

The second half saw Llysfaen start on the front foot

After 50 minutes Connor Morris found himself on the deck after being fouled, around 35 yards out fairly centrally. He dusted himself off to take the free kick and his effort ended up in the back of the net.

In the 76th minute Luffman made it three, Jake Reynolds with an assist after winning the ball from a throw in.

The final goal came from Henry Taylor, making his first appearance since March 2020. Luffman played Taylor in and he beat the offside trap before burying his chance.

Reynolds still found time to hit the bar with three minutes to go.

Rest of the Coast

Ian Griffiths notched a hat-trick for Prestatyn Sports

Tomos Hughes netted the only goal as Bethesda Athletic edged a 1-0 victory over Llanberis.

Porthmadog earned a 3-1 win at CPD Y Rhyl 1879, Jamie McDaid, Ben Fisher and Rhys Alun Williams with the away goal after Elliot Evans brought the hosts level at one stage.

Gwion Owen’s goal and a Jack Higgins penalty secured Colwyn Bay a 2-0 success over Denbigh Town at a neutral venue.

Scott Evans (2 pens), Tom Williams and an own goal ensured Corwen took the spoils 4-3 at Glan Conwy.

Sion Jones notched the only goal in Gaerwen’s 1-0 triumph at Llangoed, while it finished 3-2 to Llansannan against Denbigh Town Reserves, Lewys Jones, Liam Jones and Isaac Rasell for the winners.

Ifan Jones’ hat-trick made sure Nefyn United Reserves took the honours 3-2 at Llanystumdwy, but it was not such good news for Nefyn’s first team, beaten 2-1 by visitors Waunfawr. Steve Jones struck for the Penwaig, but Dylan Hughes and an own goal banked an away win.

Steffan Toplis, Mark Jones and Lukas Baltovic found the net in Pwllheli’s 3-1 win against Dolgellau, Scott Court, Lewis Healey and Phemmy Allison sealed Rhos United a 3-1 result against Llanfairfechan Town Reserves and a Rhys Machin netbuster was not enough to save Rhyl All Stars from a 2-1 loss to Y Glannau.

Ian Griffiths grabbed a hat-trick and Ryan Brady a single as Prestatyn Sports romped to a 4-0 outcome at Rhuddlan Town.

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