FAW Amateur Trophy match of the day 3: 1876 need strong finish to peak Mountain

How many defenders does it take to stop Bangor 1876 striker Les Davies? Quite a few judging by this Matt Johnson photo

CPD Bangor 1876 5 (Galeotti 15 & 90, Jones pen 29, Davies 70 & 79)
Halkyn and Flint Mountain 2 (Davies 25, Lloyd 32)
Report: Dr Jonathan Ervine
Pictures: Matt Johnson

Three goals in the last 20 minutes secured a route into the FAW Trophy fourth round for Bangor 1876 after a highly entertaining tie against Halkyn and Flint Mountain.

The North East Wales League Premier Division visitors gave their fellow tier 4 hosts probably their toughest test of the season thus far, holding their opponents to 2-2 at half time.

It was only in the final quarter that 1876 were able to kick on and make it nine straight victories in all competitions.

The home side took the lead on 15 minutes when Halkyn & Flint Mountain had possession in their penalty area but Harry Galeotti won the ball after pressing a defender and finished well to open the scoring.

Conceding first did not deter the visitors and they drew level after 25 minutes when Louis Davies broke from the middle of the pitch, beat several men and finished past debutant home goalkeeper Ben Heald.

1876 re-took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark. After Galeotti was floored by the visiting goalkeeper when he broke into the left side of the box, Chris Jones stepped up to calmly convert the penalty.

However, the visitors were back on terms again three minutes later after another well-taken set-piece. After Mountain were awarded a free-kick left of centre 25 yards out, experienced goalscorer Phil Lloyd stepped up to curl the ball into the top right-hand corner.

In the first 10 minutes of the second period, 1876 had chances through Cameron Barry and Galeotti but were unable to find the net. At the other end, Mountain continued to look lively and managed to fashion some good openings.

Les Davies celebrates a goal for 1876. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

As the game entered its final 20 minutes, a decisive and somewhat fortuitous goal arrived. The ball was worked across to Les Davies on the left of the visitors penalty area and his powerful shot was deflected past the keeper.

With just over ten minutes left, top-scorer Davies rose well to head in a right wing cross from Cian Williams to make the score 4-2 with his 13th goal of the campaign.

In injury time, the result was settled as a neat pass from Joe Culshaw found Galeotti in the penalty area and he finished neatly.

Bangor 1876 – results 2021-22 season

July 3: Pentraeth (home – North Wales Coast West Premier Division) 9-0 (Les Davies 3, Gethin Thomas 2, Chris Jones 2, Jamie Petrie, Cameron Barry)
July 7: Pwllheli (home – NWCWPD) 3-2 (Gethin Thomas, Joe Culshaw, Tomos Clarke)
July 10: Menai Bridge Tigers (home – Welsh Cup R1) 8-2 (Chris Jones 4, Cameron Barry 2, Les Davies, Gethin Thomas)
July 17: Blaenau Amateurs (away – FAW Trophy) 4-0 (Les Davies, Gethin Thomas, Chris Jones 2)
July 21: Aberffraw (home – NWCWPD) 6-0 (Gethin Thomas, Tomos Clarke, Chris Jones, Les Davies 2, 1 pen, Sam Roberts)
Aug 7: Amlwch Town (home – FAW Trophy) 9-2 ( (Aaron Heald 2, Tomos Clarke, Chris Jones, Sam Roberts, Les Davies, Dylan Williams, Luke Steele, Jamie Petrie)
Aug 11: Amlwch Town (away – NWCWPD) 9-0 (Sam Ashworth, Les Davies 2, Jamie Petrie 2, 1 pen, Joe Culshaw, Gethin Thomas 2, Harry Galeotti)
Aug 18: Gaerwen (away – NWCWPD) 9-1 (Tom Clarke 2, Cameron Barry 3, Harry Galeotti, Joe Culshaw, Les Davies, Ben Owen)
Aug 21: Halkyn & Flint Mountain (home – FAW Amateur Trophy) 5-2 (Harry Galeotti 2, Chris Jones pen, Les Davies 2)

Played 9
Won 9
Goals For 62
Goals Against 9

Les Davies 13
Chris Jones 11
Gethin Thomas 8
Cameron Barry 6
Tomos Clarke 5
Jamie Petrie 4
Harry Galeotti 4
Joe Culshaw 3
Aaron Heald 2
Sam Roberts 2
Dylan Williams, Luke Steele, Sam Ashworth, Ben Owen 1

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