Continuing our features on teams which have started the season on fire look no further than CPD Penrhyndeudraeth.
Since former Caernarfon Town and Llandudno boss Iwan Williams took over as manager at Maes-y-Parc in April there has been a real buzz about the place.
Numerous high quality signings have helped ensure Penrhyndeudraeth look well capable of challenging for trophies in the 2021-22 campaign.
In the nine weeks since their season began, Penrhyn have won 11 out of 12 matches in all competitions.
They are fifth in the good standard tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division with five victories in six starts.
Penrhyn have also advanced to the last 32 of the FAW Trophy and reached the second round of the Welsh Cup.
The only blot on their copybook is what appears to be somewhat of a freak result – a 7-1 league thrashing at Llanberis on August 11.
All due respect to the Darans, who are a good side, but nothing that came before that 7-1 shocker, or indeed after it, gives any indication as to why Penrhyn were so outplayed that night. Just a bad shift at the office?…..
Cracking wins over Nefyn United and tier 3 Denbigh Town in the FAW Trophy, as well as seeing off Ardal North East high-flyers Llanfair United in the Welsh Cup appear a much truer reflection of what the Cockles are capable of.
And Penrhyn’s last two league tests – away to Menai Bridge Tigers and previously undefeated Nefyn – both produced wins which suggest Williams’ warriors are right among the best sides in their division.
Goals have been spread nicely throughout the squad, Cai Henshaw top of the chart on eight and Tomos Smith just below with seven.
Despite injuries and suspensions, Penrhyn have consistently put out sides which come up with winning displays – apart from that blip at Ffordd Padarn.
This Saturday brings the biggest test yet for the Maes-y-Parc men as they travel to Cymru Premier high-flyers Flint in the Welsh Cup second round.
The trip to the Essity Stadium has to be one of the biggest games in Penrhyn’s history.
And based on the fantastic way they have started the season, they thoroughly deserve the opportunity.
CPD PENRHYNDEUDRAETH – RESULTS 2021-22
July 7: Gaerwen (h – North Wales Coast West Premier Division) 10-0 (Liam Watson, Tomos Smith 2, Iddon Price, Richard Jones, Cai Henshaw, Huw Quaeck, 2 OG’s, Aaron Griffiths)
July 10: Talysarn Celts (h – Welsh Cup QR1) 3-1 (Richard Jones, Steven Jones, Cai Henshaw)
July 17: Bethesda Athletic (h – FAW Amateur Trophy R1) 1-0 (Richard Jones)
July 24: Dolgellau AA (h – Welsh Cup QR2) 3-0 (Steven Jones 2, 1 pen; Huw Quaeck)
July 28: Glantraeth (a – North Wales Coast West Premier) 3-1 (Cai Henshaw 2, Tomos Smith)
July 31: Gwalchmai (h – NWCWP) 4-1 (Iddon Price, Jack Davis, Tomos Smith, Richard Jones)
Aug 7: Nefyn United (h – FAW Amateur Trophy R2) 2-0 (Tomos Smith, Iwan Thomas)
Aug 11: Llanberis (a – NWCWP) 1-7 (Steven Jones)
Aug 14: Llanfair United (a – Welsh Cup R1) 3-2 (Tomos Smith 2, Cai Henshaw)
Aug 21: Denbigh Town (h – FAW Amateur Trophy R3) 1-1 (Iwan Thomas) – won 4-2 pens
Aug 25: Menai Bridge Tigers (a – NWCWP) 4-0 (Cai Henshaw 3, Steven Jones)
Aug 28: Nefyn United (a – NWCWP) 1-0 (Iwan Thomas)
League: Played 6 Won 5 Lost 1 Goals Scored 23 Conceded 9 (5th)
FAW Trophy: Played 3 Won 3 Goals Scored 4 Conceded 1
Welsh Cup: Played 3 Won 3 Goals Scored 9 Conceded 3
Played 12 Won 11 Lost 1 Goals Scored 36 Conceded 13
8 – Cai Henshaw
7 – Tomos Smith
5 – Steven Jones
4 – Richard Jones
3 – Iwan Thomas
2 – Iddon Price, Huw Quaeck, Own Goals
1 – Liam Watson, Aaron Griffiths, Jack Davis