Injury to ace striker is only drawback for 1876 in an emphatic victory

Bangor 1876 line up before taking on Llanystumdwy

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE

CPDM Bangor 1876 12 (Barnfield 22, 48, 90+2; F Roberts 23 & 27; J Roberts 23, C Thomas 34 & 39; A Ellis 45+5, 66 & 71; C Roberts 70)
Llanystumdwy 0

Captain Danielle Barnfield and striker Awel Ellis both notched hat-tricks for 1876, Ffion Roberts and Ceri Thomas netted two goals apiece and there were singles from Jordan Roberts and Ceri Roberts.

Unfortunately, there was a downside for the hosts with striker Ffion Roberts, who has scored five goals in two games, suffering a knee injury which may keep her out for a few weeks.


Coach Aron Griffith, who took charge of the team in manager Jonny Batten’s absence, said: “Thanks to Llanystumdwy on making the journey to Bethesda. It was a competitive game and they didn’t make it easy on us.

“Having said that we impressed our game on them from the off and it was a good solid performance from the girls today start to finish. To go out there and give it 110% is all I ask.

“We got that early goal from and we just built on that and never let up. It was unfortunate to see Ffion (Roberts) coming off with a knee injury and the team had to refocus quickly which they did.

“We’re hoping she’s back soon as she’s been on fire for us. We played a different system today and the team embraced and adapted to it well with goals coming from across the team.

The defence was solid throughout but we defended well as a whole team and we kept that all important clean sheet as well.

“The intensity of play and work-rate from the girls today was high; we created a lot of chances and were unlucky hitting the post and bar few times and forcing good saves from their keeper.

The passing was good from the back and the diagonal balls across for one of our goals was practiced in training so it’s nice to see the work we do in training is paying off. Yes again things to work on but hats off to the team as they all played some superb football and I couldn’t fault them today. “

Reflecting on the team’s performance, captain Dani Barnfield said: “I think we got off to a slow start, but the early goals we grabbed helped settle any nerves.

“As the game went on you could see the team growing in confidence which is reflected in the goals that followed. The best thing about the performance was the effort the girls put in, and credit must go to the opposition who also gave the game everything they had.

“I’d like to wish Ffion a speedy recovery following her injury. I’m personally gutted for her as she has started the season brilliantly, but I know she’ll be back stronger.”

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