North Wales Coast East League: Sports make it six on bounce

Ian Griffiths (red) notched a hat-trick for Prestatyn Sports. Picture: DAMON MEAD

NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE – RESULTS AND REPORTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

NORTH WALES COAST EAST PREMIER DIVISION

CPD Bro Cernyw 2 Llandyrnog United 2
Glan Conwy 0 Mochdre Sports 1
Llanfairfechan Town 2 Prestatyn Sports 6
CPD Llannefydd 2 Rhuddlan Town 0
Meliden 3 Kinmel Bay 0

NORTH WALES COAST EAST DIVISION ONE

Llanelwy Athletic 2 CPD Cerrigydrudion 1
NFA 4 CPD Y Glannau 3
Penrhyn Bay Dragons 5 Rhyl All Stars 1
Rhos United 4 CPD Caer Clwyd 4

Llanfairfechan Town 2 (Croston, Hughes)
Prestatyn Sports 6 (Griffiths 3, Middleman, Fawcett, Jones)

Ian Griffiths was at his deadly best as he pocketed a hat-trick for a Sports side which made it six straight wins in the North Wales Coast East Premier Division.

ohn Hargreaves and Sion Williams’ men lie second in the table with 18 points out of 18 and just one behind leaders Llannefydd with two games in hand.

If anything the visitors might have started the game too well.

Their first attack resulted in a corner, the delivery from Sam Warhurst was perfect and skipper Shane Middleman powered a header home inside the six-yard box in just the fourth minute.

Sports seemed to switch off for the next 25 minutes and conceded a sloppy equaliser with a mix-up at the back that Elliot Croston capitalised on.

That seemed to refocus the Prestatyn side. They regained the lead when great play down the left by Simon Fawcett saw him beat three men and cut the ball back from the edge of the six-yard box to Griffiths, who curled a shot into the top left.

Half-time: 1-2

Sports managers John Hargreaves (left) and Sion Williams. Picture: DAMON MEAD

Sports upped their game in the second half.

Fawcett burst down the left flank again, worked inside to beat his defender and slotted the ball to the bottom corner from the edge of the 18-yard box.

The introduction of Darren Cassidy up front to partner Griffiths proved very astute. Cassidy’s hold up and link play was exactly what the visitors were missing.

Griffiths made it 4-1 with a 20-yard rocket and soon after the former Welsh Premier League striker completed his treble following great assist play from Cassidy.

Cassidy set up substitute Ryan Jones for the sixth before Llanfairfechan scored a magnificent consolation from about 35 yards via Danny Hughes.

Meliden 3 (Cairns 59 & 79; Haddon 83)
Kinmel Bay 0

James Cairns struck twice for Meliden

It took Meliden until just before the hour to break through, but once they had managed that they went on to win comfortably.

Chances fell for both sides in a goalless first half, Joe Newell denied by a good save from Kinmel keeper Josh Wilmot, while Haddon fired mill millimetres over the bar.

The second half started brighter for Meliden, but with 10 minutes played, they were forced into two substitutions as Ben Jones and Gyorgy Szabo both picked up knocks and were replaced by Callum Herd and Rhys Dowinton. Assistant-manager Mark Boulton tweaked player positions slightly, with fresh legs on the pitch.

Meliden started to pick the pace up and then on 59 minutes, James Cairns volleyed into the top corner to make it 1-0 to The Miners.

Bay responded positively, but could not get past the home defence.

Kinmel started to tire which created gaps for Meliden to exploit. Chances fell for Newell, Haddon and Cairns, but it was not until the 79th minute that the second goal came.

The ball was cleared upfield from a Bay attack and landed nicely for Cairns in his own half to outpace his markers, round the advancing Wilmot and side-foot home to make it 2-0 to The Miners.

On the 83rd minute, Kinmel Bay were reduced to 10 men after Chris Marsden fouled to concede a penalty and picked up his second yellow.

Cairns stepped up to take the kick and shot to the left, but Wilmot went the same way and made a fine save.

The points were sealed in the 90th minute when an under-pressure Haddon calmly slid the ball underneath Wilmot.

REST OF THE PREMIER DIVISION

Mochdre Sports triumphed 1-0 at Glan Conwy thanks to a Josh Grimshaw header in the 84th minute from a long throw.

Leaders CPD Llannefydd defeated Rhuddlan Town 2-0, Edward Jones and Llion Morris with the goals.

Bro Cernyw and Llandyrnog United shared a 2-2 draw.

Cai Price (penalty) and Ianto Roberts put Cernyw two-up, but Jack Crompton and David Lawson-Cooke replied in the second half to salvage a point.

NORTH WALES COAST EAST DIVISION ONE

NFA (blue) on the attack against Y Glannau. Pic: MATT JOHNSON

NFA edged a 4-3 win over Y Glannau in a classic contest at Rhyl.

Jacob Gilbert-Jones, Matthew Robinson and Ste Felvey had the hosts 3-0 up early in the second half before Kevin Rickard, Jordan Davies-Jones and Mike Colley (pen) brought it back to 3-3.

Then in the 90th minute Jacob Gilbert-Jones plundered NFA’s winner.

Llanelwy Athletic recorded their eighth win in a row and ended leaders Cerrigydrudion’s 12-match undefeated run in the process.

It ended 2-1 to Llanelwy, Joel Rowlands with a 92nd minute winner after Steve Kirk had nudged the hosts ahead on 42 before Tirion Griffiths levelled on the hour.

Penrhyn Bay Dragons whipped Rhyl All Stars 5-1, Ethan Hill, Luke Jones (2) and Stan Farrell (2) with the home haul after Joe Smith struck first for the visitors.

Draw specialists Rhos United shared a 4-4 split with Caer Clwyd.

Chris King (2), Adam Noble and Scott Court with an added-time equaliser provided the home goals, Keiran Kendrick with a hat-trick and Craig Lavery a single for the visitors.

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