NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE REPORTS – JULY 31
Llansannan 2 (Gage 57, Edwards 71)
Rhuddlan Town 3 (Bellham 7, Rees 13, Beach 48)
After losing 12-2 to Denbigh Town in the Welsh Cup seven days earlier Rhuddlan Town could easily have felt sorry for themselves.
Instead, they tackled their tough trip to Llansannan with belief and determination and performed marvels to take all three points.
The visitors were missing several regular players through injuries, including their top goal-scorer, had two pull out at the last minute and both captain and vice-captain were absent. There was a return for Jordie Baker in goal and a change of formation.
Rhuddlan started well, Jordan Bellham firing a rocket into the top corner on seven minutes.
This was soon followed up with another incredible goal by Matty Rees from range.
So two-up inside 15 minutes and in control for most of the first half, but the injury jinx struck again with Ian Davenport having to come off early while having a big impact on the game.
Llansannan pushed for the last 10 minutes of the first half but the visitors held their two-goal lead intact.
Rhuddlan boosted their chances of three points with an early goal in the second half. Great work from Bellham from centre-back drove Town up the pitch, leading to Matty Beach getting his first goal of the season with a neat finish.
Llansannan never gave up and from a soft free kick conceded on the edge of the box, Adam Gage’s low drive made it 3-1.
Lots of pressure from Llansannan now and Rhydian Edwards reduced the arrears to one with 20 minutes to go.
Chances at both ends in the closing stages, but Rhuddlan held on for an outstanding win.
Llandyrnog United 3 (Langford-Jones 25, Hafal 45, James 80)
Llanfairfechan Town 2 (Bellfield 65, I Jones 73)
A cracker at Cae Nant.
Llandyrnog looked to be heading for a comfortable victory when goals from Ben Langford-Jones and Garmon Hafal put them two-up at half time.
But Llanfairfechan produced a great fightback in the second half, Owen Bellfield and Iwan Jones making it two-apiece by the 73rd minute.
In the end, the game was decided on an 80th minute penalty, which Dyrny’s Sean James converted.
Penmaenmawr Phoenix 2 (Young 4 & 8)
Kinmel Bay 0
Two goals in the first eight minutes from Cory Young were enough to secure the points for Phoenix in Saturday’s tussle with Kinmel Bay.
Llandudno Junction 1 (Desay 78)
Mochdre Sports 1 (Owen 77)
After a goalless first half both sides netted in the latter stages of the second to ensure it ended one-apiece.
Niall Owen broke the deadlock for Mochdre Sports in the 77th minute, but it was not long before Ole Desay equalised.
Bro Cernyw 1 (Price 38)
Llannefydd 4 (Morris 5, Jones 20, Davies 25, Appleby 69)
Llion Morris, Ciran Jones, Jac Davies and substitute Luke Appleby all appeared on the scoresheet as a well-drilled Llannefydd cruised to victory at Cernyw.
Cai Price notched a consolation goal for the hosts.
Llannefydd are early leaders of the Premier after three straight wins.
Postponed (Covid): Glan Conwy v CPD Y Rhyl 1879, Meliden v Prestatyn Sports.
Cerrigydrudion 5 (Griffiths 5 & 30, Parry 7, Edwards 80 & 83)
Llandudno Amateurs 4 (Chapman, Collins 2, Smyth)
With shortage of detail and uncertainty over goal times published on this match, it is best just to stick to the final score and scorers.
Which is a pity as there was probably a great report to be written on this encounter between two high-flyers in Division One.
Top of the table Cerrig edged a tight one thanks to a pair of goals apiece from Tirion Griffiths and Gruffudd Edwards, plus a single by Robert Parry.
Mike Chapman, Steve Collins (2) and Chris Smyth made sure the Amateurs were always in the contest.
Rest of the division round-up
Abergele were in scintillating form as they walloped Rhyl All Stars 7-1.
Ant Zoezee and Jack Hoult netted two each, Ryan Jones, Zack Lawrence and Ryan Roberts making up the seven, Ashley Parry with All Stars’ sole response.
Caer Clwyd’s first league win was an impressive one – 11-2 at Betws-y-Coed.
David Wilkins (2), Craig Lavery (2), Keiran Kendrick (3), Conor Lloyd, Fran Roberts, Daniel Williams and Lloyd Hubbard made up the away haul, Ben Williams and Shaun Davies on target for the hosts.
In-form Llanelwy Athletic made it four straight wins with a 12-3 hammering of Penrhyn Bay Dragons.
Dan Price (4), Joel Rowlands (3), Steven Kirk (2), Matty Lewis (2) and Kallum Darroch brought up the dozen, Stan Farrell, Tomos Bradfield and Scott Kearney the away scorers.
Connor Morris (2) and Ashley Morris earned Llysfaen a 3-1 success over Henllan, Alex Ballard replying.
Rhyl Dragons versus Rhos United ended 0-0 (full report appears elsewhere on this website), while NFA v Y Glannau was postponed due to Covid.