LOOKING AHEAD TO THE WEEK’S CYMRU NORTH ACTION….
Guilsfield will aim to strengthen their position at the JD Cymru North summit when they entertain Holywell Town on Tuesday.
The unbeaten Powys side will start favourites against a Town outfit yet to register a league victory, but perhaps the pressure of playing away from home, where results have been disappointing, may inspire Johnny Haseldin’s men.
There’s a good battle in store at Y Morfa, where third place Conwy Borough welcome Airbus, who lie second.
Two of the most prolific marksmen in the league this season are set to come into opposition as Conwy’s Corrig McGonigle meets Adam Davies of Airbus.
Colwyn Bay will aim to maintain their good form when they visit Llangefni, who are still seeking a first win, while Llandudno hope to build on their weekend’s success at Holywell when Ruthin Town visit Maesdu Park.
Buckley Town, who suffered a first loss of the season on Saturday, are sure to be keen to bounce back at Llanidloes, while Bangor City will look to be on song when they travel to Llanrhaeadr.
Fixtures – Tuesday, August 24
Conwy Borough v Airbus UK Broughton
Guilsfield v Holywell Town
Llandudno v Ruthin Town
Llangefni Town v Colwyn Bay
Llanidloes Town v Buckley Town
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant v Bangor City
JD CYMRU NORTH REPORTS – WEEKEND ROUND-UP AUGUST 20 & 21
Bangor City 3 (Alex Boss 44 & 85, Taylor Thain 42)
Holyhead Hotspur 1 (Liam Morris 37)
Hotspur manager Darren Garmey remains mystified as to why his player Steffan Bulkeley was shown a red card near the end of Friday’s 3-1 defeat at Nantporth.
Garmey felt the substitute’s late challenge was not worthy of such a punishment.
The incident added insult to injury after Hotspur had taken a one-goal lead, but less than impressive defending had allowed the Citizens to turn the game around.
Garmey said: “The red card at the end still remains a mystery to everyone in the ground but there is little we can do about it now.
“I just suppose the notion that Holyhead are a dirty side still exists so every challenge is looked at differently to that of other clubs.”
Liam Morris handed the visitors a 37th minute lead, but goals either side of half time from Taylor Thain and Alex Boss put City in command.
Former Hotspur man Boss added a third in the 56th minute.
Garmey added: “We are massively disappointed to have lost the game having conceded two soft goals after going ahead.
“We had a good spell in the first half ending with us deservedly going ahead, then to concede a goal like we did was a blow. We needed to manage the game better and be more disciplined.
“The second half was much of the same but it is always hard chasing a game against a side with the quality of Bangor.”
Gresford Athletic 0
Guilsfield 2 (Chris Cathrall 24, Rob James 53)
Leaders Guilsfield had to work hard for their win at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.
The first half was good for Gresford, who dominated for large periods, having a number of chances.
However, Guilsfield took an unexpected lead against the run of play in the 24th minute through Chris Cathrall – a goal that was initially given as offside, but overturned by the referee.
The second half saw Guilsfield display the reason they are the current league leaders, dominating for almost the entire 45.
Their efforts were rewarded in the 53rd minute, when Rob James made it 2-0 to seal the points.
Llangefni Town 0
An encouraging performance from a Llangefni side which picked up their first league point of the season and created enough chances to take all three.
The hosts started brightly and on three minutes Liam Sklenar crossed to Marc Griffiths, whose shot was well saved by Steve Sinclair.
Soon after Harrison Lewis went close with a header for the Powys men.
Cefni steadily forced their way into the game and so nearly took the lead when a Dylan Summers-Jones header from a Curt Williams cross was superbly saved by Lee Andrew.
The big chance of the first half fell to Llanrhaeadr’s Tom Gale on 44 minutes. Gale was put clear for a one-on-one with the keeper but Sinclair tipped his shot wide of the far post.
The second half saw a change in fortunes as Llangefni became more of a force, pinning the hosts back for long periods.
On 63 minutes Andrew did well to tip a shot over the bar.
Late Llanrhaeadr pressure came to nothing, and Andrew was required to make one more fine stop to keep it goal-less.
Airbus UK Broughton 2 (Callum Humphries 13, Adam Davies 37)
Ruthin Town 1 (Charlie Williams 26)
First-half goals from Callum Humphries and Adam Davies were enough to clinch second-place Airbus their fourth win in five starts.
The visitors produced the first real chance, Matthew Hill’s shot saved well by Rhys Williams.
In the 14th minute the Wingmakers edged in front when a whipped in Nathan Brown corner was powered home by defender Humphries.
Impressive newcomers Beau Cornish then nearly produced his first assist. His through ball found Davies free on goal, but Ryan Goldston produced a stunning save.
Davies threatened again when he stole the ball with Goldston off his line. The former Bala keeper did just enough to deflect the long range effort.
However, Ruthin got back on terms when Charlie Williams fired in from the edge of the box.
Airbus went 2-1 up when Brown sent over another cracking corner and Davies rose highest to score his sixth goal of the season.
The home side dominated the second half. A well-worked corner found Gaz Edwards, whose header bounced off the crossbar and fell into the path of Simon Spender who shot narrowly wide.
Davies was denied by Goldston and Edwards rattled the bar again.
Charlie Williams had a chance for a late leveller, but Rhys Williams saved smartly.
Buckley Town 2 (Josh Jones 43, Shaun Tinsley 46)
Penrhyncoch 3 (Tihomir Trifonov 9, Josh Shaw 80 & 82)
Two late goals from Josh Shaw sent Buckley tumbling to their first league defeat of the campaign.
Experienced Bulgarian defender Tihomir Trovonov gave the Roosters a ninth-minute lead, but Josh Jones equalised just before half time.
When Shaun Tinsley made it 2-1 Bucks a minute into the second half, the home side looked to have the platform to go on and win.
However, the hosts missed chances and Shaw struck on 80 and 82 minutes to clinch a thrilling victory.
Colwyn Bay 3 (Robbie Parry pen 31, Tom McCready 46, Jack Higgins 54)
Llanidloes Town 2 (Connor Bird 7, Luke Boundford 83)
After conceding an early goal Colwyn Bay recovered to record a pleasing three points.
Llanidloes struck first through Connor Bird’s close range effort on seven minutes and almost added a second, while the Bay suffered another early injury blow with striker Llyr Morris having to go off after 26 having had an earlier effort saved.
However, substitute Sam Jones made a big impact when he came on and after shooting just wide, he was brought down in the area for Robbie Parry to equalise from the penalty spot on 31 minutes
Five minutes into the second half Tom McCready beat two defenders to slot home Bay’s second from another Sam Jones assist.
With 57 gone, Jack Higgins made it 3-1 after Jones flicked on a McCready corner.
Llanidloes replied late on through substitute Luke Boundford, but the Bay held on for the spoils.
Holywell Town 1 (Oliver Buckley 42)
Llandudno 2 (Morgan Owen 13, Aron Hughes-Jones 74)
Holywell are still seeking a first league win of the season after Saturday’s narrow loss to Llandudno at Halkyn Road.
The Wellmen fell behind on 13 minutes. Llandudno broke and the ball fell to Morgan Owen, whose shot flew into the top corner giving Keighan Jones no chance.
Town were grateful to new keeper Jones a minute or so later, as he saved well from Max Moore’s close range effort.
Holywell then had a spell of good pressure, Ilan ap Gareth and Tony Roebuck thwarted brilliantly by Pearson.
Llandudno were threatening too, though, as the match went from end to end.
Town’s Ben Brierly was put in, but his attempt was stopped by the on rushing Pearson.
Holywell were level a few minutes before the break. A ball over the defence found Oli Buckley, who smashed his shot past Pearson for a deserved equaliser.
The hosts started the second half strongly, Roebuck only inches from a goal-scoring connection before Danny Andrews went close twice.
Sub Danny Sullivan shot over, then Luke Wiltshire’s looping header over Pearson nearly dropped into the net.
But Llandudno took the lead on 74 minutes, Aron Hughes-Jones firing past Jones.
Hughes-Jones smacked the Holywell crossbar before a late goalmouth scramble at the other end somehow saw Tudno manage to clear the ball to safety.
Sullivan and Buckley had chances to grab an equaliser, but it was not to be.
Prestatyn Town 1 (Jamie Reed 3)
Conwy Borough 1 (Meilir Williams 58)
Meilir Williams’ second-half equaliser ensured Conwy picked up a positive result from Bastion Gardens.
Prestatyn made the ideal start when Mason Blackwell-Jones cross was converted into a goal.
On the Cymru Football App, it was credited to Jamie Reed, while on Town’s Twitter account it was given as an own goal.
We don’t like own goals, so we’ll stick with Mr Reed until further confirmation.
Ashley Ruane missed an opportunity to make it 2-0 before Ryan Wade’s follow-up effort was blocked.
Borough came back powerfully before the end of the first half, and it was a deserved equaliser provided by Williams on 58 minutes.
Substitute Patrick Hamid was denied by a great save from Boro keeper Rory Crowther and Reed went close to a winner, but it ended one-apiece.