Adran North: Big wins for Nomads, Bethel, Wrexham and Llandudno

Nomads player Emma Roden (red) desperately wants this ball. Picture: ROY GUNTHER


Airbus UK Broughton 1 Bethel 5
Connah’s Quay Nomads 14 Denbigh Town 1
Llanfair United 1 Llandudno 4
Wrexham 6 CPD Pwllheli 0


Airbus UK Broughton 1 (Hewitt)
Bethel 5 (Gibbard 2, 2 OG’s, S Jones)

Mari Gibbard scored twice for Bethel

Bethel got off to a flyer in their Genero Adran North season opener at Airbus.

After 11 minutes early pressure paid off when the visitors forced a corner.

Katie Midwinter’s low driven flag-kick took a slight deflection and ended up in the back of the net.

Shortly after, Airbus were gifted a glorious chance to equalise as the referee gave them a penalty, but Sioned Hughes-Williams made an unbelievable save down to her left from Tegan Hewitt’s kick.

A minute later, Hughes-Williams concocted another fantastic stop from a free kick.

Mari Gibbard doubled Bethel’s lead when she latched on to Kelly Jones’ lofted through ball, headed away from the Airbus keeper’s hands and tapped into an empty net.

After the water break the game’s tempo took a nosedive as both teams struggled to take control.

Midwinter beat four players before her shot was saved well by keeper Shaunacy Kennedy. Fflur Williams’ shot then went agonisingly wide.

Airbus pulled a goal back before the break as Hewitt went on a run down the left wing, cut inside and found the far corner.

Half-time: 1-2

The second half was one-way traffic as Bethel came out with desire and took the game by the scruff of the neck.

The travellers were victims of several questionable offside decisions before Shannon Jones broke through onto a Gibbard pass, opened her body up and found the far right corner.

Fflur Williams threatened a fourth, twice drawing big saves from Kennedy.

Bethel extended their lead to 4-1 as Midwinter attempted to find Williams at the back post with a cross, but a defender’s attempted clearance was sliced past her own keeper.

The introduction of Llio Emyr and Katie Houghton steadied the ship for the away side. Both were involved in a couple of beautiful passing moves that resulted in untaken chances for Gibbard and Williams.

Williams and Gibbard combined for the fifth and final goal. Williams made a run down the left wing and her inch-perfect pass across the box was met by Gibbard, who buried her chance.

Hughes-Williams was on hand to make a fine save from a close range header to wrap up a player of the match performance.

Bethel manager Ben Bolton said: “To come away to Airbus first game of the season and get the win is a good feeling, they are a good side and are well organised.

“I felt that it was a good performance but of course there’s plenty of room to improve.

“We created a lot of good chances that on another day would’ve gone in. It was a little frustrating at times but I’m sure more will start going in once we’ve found our rhythm.

“A stand-out performance from Sions today was the highlight, she was absolutely outstanding and was a commanding presence at the back.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to be back out on the pitch playing competitively again and we can’t wait for next week’s match.”

Long-serving striker Becky Lees turned out for Airbus, but is set to sign for Chester FC Women.


Airbus: Shaunacy Kennedy, Amy Davies, Meleri Jones, Hana Eagles (Maisie Turner 48), Tegan Hewitt (Laura Erne 48), Rhian Lewis (Sam Smith 47), Rosie Lawrence, Katelyn Tilston, Becky Lees, Bethan Davies, Zara Shepley. Sub: Rebekah Neumann.

Bethel: Sioned Hughes-Williams, Shona Roberts, Jenna Allsup, Yasmin Williams, Kelly Jones, Llio Henshaw, Shannon Jones (Katie Houghton 75), Gwenno Bolton, Katie Midwinter (Llio Emyr 75), Mari Gibbard, Fflur Williams.

Connah’s Quay Nomads 14 (Grimshaw 5, 54 & 70, Kural 20, 55, 62 & 90, Hobbs 45+1 & 77, J Davies 57, K Jones 75, Luke 78, Hamer 83, Roden 90)
Denbigh Town 1 (K Jones 49)

Kirstie Kural marked her Adran North debut with a four-goal haul and Niamh Grimshaw added a hat-trick as Nomads delivered a huge victory at home to Denbigh.

However, in fairness to the visitors, they did have several players missing and were only 3-1 down early in the second half.

Jord Parry and Stephen Boyes’ side began the match looking somewhat nervous as Denbigh pressed hard and got in their faces, not allowing them time on the ball.

However, in the fifth minute Grimshaw broke the deadlock after winning the ball back high up the pitch, getting a shot away and beating Netty Young.

After that Young produced some fine saves to keep it at 1-0 before in the 20th minute Kural scored direct from a corner.

Denbigh went close before Oceia Thomas and Jade Scott were forced off for the hosts due to injuries.

Just before half time the hosts added a third. Shannon Hobbs went through and slotted past the keeper.

Four minutes into the second half, a long ball dropped in between Nomads’ centre backs, Town’s Kathryn Jones rounded the keeper and found an empty net.

This seemed to liven up Nomads and encourage them to seek more goals.

Four goals between the 54th and 62nd minutes enabled the Deesiders to run away with the game.

Denbigh player-manager Ellen Lawson (orange and black) puts a challenge in. Photo: ROY GUNTHER

Grimshaw struck first, Kural added two for the hat-trick and Jade Davies fired in from the edge of the box.

Another four goals arrived between the 70th and 80th minute.

Grimshaw completed her treble after breaking from midfield and finishing one-on-one with the keeper. Kylie Jones, Hobbs and Emily Luke also netted to make it 11-1.

The last five minutes brought three more for the hosts. Tamara Hamer became the seventh different scorer after getting the ball out wide and cutting inside to fire home.

Kural got her fourth before former Denbigh player Emma Roden found space on the edge of the box and lashed into the top corner.

Wrexham 6 (Hughes 15, 55, 90+2 pen; Pritchard 51 & 68, Scott 84)
CPD Pwllheli 0

Hat-trick star Rosie Hughes with the match ball. Picture: GEMMA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/WREXHAM AFC

Star summer signing Rosie Hughes grabbed a hat-trick on her competitive debut for new-look Wrexham.

Mari Edwards’ side also profited from a Rebecca Pritchard double and Lucy Scott single.

Hughes began the rout in the 15th minute when she picked the ball up in the middle of the park, burst away from two defenders and raced in on goal, finishing low.

Despite numerous close calls, it remained 1-0 up to half time, but after the break the floodgates opened.

Rosie Hughes pursues Pwllheli player-manager Erica Jones. Pic: GEMMA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/WREXHAM AFC

Libby Mackenzie played Pritchard in on 51 minutes, and the winger held off a tackle before prodding beyond onrushing keeper Elena Julio to double the lead.

Three minutes later, former Rhyl midfielder and player of the match Tonicha Jade (TJ) Dickens beat the offside trap and played a low ball across goal, which Hughes finished low from close-range.

Scott added Wrexham’s fourth on 83 minutes, after good combination play.

Pritchard finished at the second attempt at the back post in the 86th minute for 5-0.

Hughes then capped a fine win by sealing her hat-trick from her penalty spot, after she was brought down in the area.

Llanfair United 1 (G Jones 27)
Llandudno 4 (F Owen 7, E Jones 37, R Jarvis-Evans 49 & 90+5)

Ffion Owen (right – stripes) scored on her Llandudno debut. Picture: IAN FRANCIS, IF IMAGE CYMRU

A good start for Llandudno as they saw off a strong Llanfair outfit.

Top class new signing Ffion Owen did not take long to display her abilities when she fired the visitors into a seventh-minute lead.

The prolific Gemma Jones brought Llanfair level on 27 minutes, but 17-year-old Ella Jones restored the away advantage after 37.

Rebecca Jarvis-Evans did Tudno a big favour by making it 3-1 early in the second half.

And it was Jarvis-Evans who put away the fourth deep into added time.

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