Ardal Northern Leagues reports – Saturday, August 14

Great action from Brickfield Rangers (green) versus Nantlle Vale through the lens of CHAS ROWLAND

ARDAL NORTH EAST

Penycae 1 (Owen 76)
Chirk AAA 6 (Thomas 25 & 57 pen; Edwards 47, Gibson 49, Clamp 77, Middlehurst 90+1)

Chirk are the early leaders of Ardal North East after Saturday’s superb victory at neighbours Penycae.

The Colliers made it three straight wins and maximum points thanks largely to a great second-half performance at The Riverside.

Matty Thomas had the visitors ahead at the break with a solitary goal after 25 minutes.

Jack Edwards and Alistair Gibson scored two early second half goals before Thomas made it a brace with his team’s fourth from the spot on 57 minutes.

Penycae pulled a goal back through leading scorer Austin Owen on 78 minutes.

However, Chirk strove for more goals and both Lewis Clamp and Louie Middlehurst struck late to make it 15 in the opening three league games, conceding just the one.

Man of The Match for the Colliers was Matty Williams.

A special mention to Chirk’s Reserve team striker Josh Newell, who donned the keeper’s gloves for the first team and performed admirably.

ARDAL NORTH WEST

Brickfield Rangers 2 (Vale 50, White 90 +2)
Nantlle Vale 1 (M Jones 64 pen)

Gareth Wilson’s Brickfield side celebrated their first league win of the 2021-22 season thanks to an injury-time winner from Aaron White.

After a goalless first half, Andy Vale put the Brickie ahead five minutes after the restart, but Math Jones levelled from the penalty spot on 64.

It looked like a draw was imminent until Lewis Parry set up White for the decider in the 92nd minute. Parry also provided the assist for Rangers’ first goal.

St Asaph City 2 (J Williams 61, D Williams 90 +3)
Blaenau Amateurs 2 (Roberts 56 & 90)

St Asaph (yellow and black) in midweek action against Rhydymwyn. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND

A very late equaliser rescued Saints a point after it looked like a 90th minute goal had won it for Blaenau.

Both keepers performed well in the first half, Luke Jones for the hosts and Cian Williams for the Quarrymen.

Asaph created the better chances but were unable to break the deadlock.

Blaenau struck first after the interval through Sion Roberts, but just past the hour James Williams rounded off a fine run with a good finish to make it 1-1.

Roberts edged Blaenau back in front from a late free kick, but Saints torced a late equaliser through Dan Williams.

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