Ardal North West: 41 goals in seven matches as Porthmadog roar into top spot

Rhostyllen keeper Joshua Jones tries to get to grips with Denbigh skipper Mark Roberts. Picture: ROY GUNTHER


St Asaph City 3 (Booker 6, Grayson 19 & 46)
Porthmadog 8 (Rhys Alun 10, Lewis 28, Littlemore 33, Morgan 36, M Banks 53, Kempster 78, Williams 79, Pritchard 88)

Report: Mr Treflyn Jones

After trailing twice and having their lead pegged back to 4-3 early in the second half, Porthmadog kicked on big style to storm to the Ardal North West summit.
Bottom side St Asaph opened the scoring on six minutes when Andy Booker headed home from a corner.
In the 10th minute Port were level, Rhys Alun latching on to a weak attempted clearance and calmly side-footing into the corner of the net.
Rhys Alun then rattled the bar before on 19 minutes Liam Grayson’s firm finish made it 2-1 Saints.
It became two-apiece when Paul Lewis kept his composure to crash a close range left-footer home.
The visitors now began to settle and in the 33rd minute Ifan Emlyn and Marcus Banks exchanged passes before John Littlemore, with his back to goal, turned smartly and lifted the ball high into the net.
Only a tremendous Dylan Roberts save prevented a 25 yard thunderbolt by Dan Williams making it 3-3.
However, it was Port who had the last say in an incident-packed first half when James Morgan got on the end of a free header via a Lewis corner.
Half-time: 2-4.
The second half was barely two minutes old when Jason Foulkes outpaced Josh Banks down the right and his great cross was headed home by Grayson to trim the arrears to one.
Port scored next with a well-placed header by Marcus Banks from a Littlemore cross.
On 78 minutes, however, Port made it 6-3 with a thumping, marvellously controlled low volley by substitute Sol Kempster.
Next, it was Julian Williams` turn, making it seven with a well-placed left-footed drive.
Two minutes from time, 16-year-old Port lad Cian Pritchard, on as a substitute, scored his maiden first team goal.

Rhostyllen 0
Denbigh Town 2 (M Roberts 36, Walker 75)

Report: Iwan Jones

Goals from Mark Roberts and Jake Walker ensured unbeaten Denbigh rose to third in the Ardal North table.
The home side started brightest and player-manager Warren Aykroyd-Duckett, a former Denbigh favourite, was unlucky to see his early attempt hit the post and rebound to safety.
Town had a real let-off when Rhostyllen winger Steve Allman made a pacy run down the right and sent a teasing low centre right across Denbigh’s goal.
It eluded all away defenders and ran through to Josh Lock on the back post, but his touch was a poor one and he clipped the ball wide.
Denbigh eventually started to have more of the ball and took a 36th minute lead against the run of play.
Roberts’ header was saved by keeper Josh Jones and parried to Jacob Barratt whose shot was was also kept out. From the rebound the ever-alert Roberts pounced to fire home from close range.
Town went close to a second from a Barratt free kick which Jones parried to safety.
With the first half in its dying seconds a mix-up in the Denbigh defence saw Aykroyd-Duckett with a golden chance to equalise but his shot went just wide.
Half-time: 0-1.
Denbigh came out for the second half in a more determined manner.
From Leigh Craven’s free kick, Stuart Jones goal bound header hit a defender and bounced away for a corner.
With 65 minutes played came a controversial decision. Town’s Sion Jones played a long ball over the heads of the Rhostyllen defence. Roberts ran through, and his flick beat the advancing keeper Jones, who pulled the Denbigh captain to the ground just outside the penalty box.
A clear goal scoring opportunity had been thwarted by the keeper who was Rhostyllen’s last line of defence. After deliberating with his assistant referee Martin Trigg brandished a yellow card to keeper Jones and the hosts kept 11 men on the field.
Ten minutes later Denbigh got their second with Walker hitting a speculative long range shot from 25 yards straight at keeper Jones. However, a fumble by Jones saw the ball go through his legs and Town had a decisive two-goal cushion.

Joshua Jones, Ryan Dacey (c), Robert Richards, Adam Williams, Dean Jones, Joseph Garner, Joshua Lock, Lee McBurney, Warren Aykroyd-Duckett, Harley Steel, Steven Allman: Subs: Andrew Hughes, Steven Jones, Thomas Douglas, Andrew Bothell, Sam Chesters

Denbigh Town
Stuart Griffiths, Sion Jones, Stuart Jones, Will Ashley, Billy Holmes, Leigh Craven, Jacob Barratt, Paul Fleming , Jake Walker, Mark Roberts (c), Lee Davey : Subs: Matty Morris, Sam Tate. Keiron Roberts, Jacob Jones, Owain Roberts.

Llanrwst United 7
Rhydymwyn 0

Report: Meilyr Williams

Sam Jones scored a stunner for Llanrwst

Seven-goal Llanrwst moved into the top six with a ruthless demolition of Rhydymwyn at Parc Gwydir.
Chris Nicolson got things going after 10 minutes when he bundled the ball into the back of the net from a corner.
Tom Jones made it two after 25 minutes with a calm side-foot into the bottom right-hand corner.
It was 3-0 a few minutes before half time. Good work from Sam Jones set up strike partner Callum Parry who finished well into the far corner.
Not long after, Parry made it four for the Rwsters. He finished with composure after rounding the keeper.
Eight minutes into the second half saw Sam Jones hit the back of the net with a sweetly struck volley from range.
Benn Lundstram replaced Cai James Evans with 20 to play and had a positive impact forcing a few saves from the goalkeeper and going close with a curling effort from the edge of the box.
Nicolson got his second with just over 10 to play, heading in from a corner kick.
With the Rwsters cruising it was a great opportunity for some young players to have some minutes on the pitch.
Not long after his introduction, Cai Kearney fired in on the half volley from range. Possibly another contender for goal of the season alongside Jones’ strike just after half time.

Blaenau Amateurs 2
Llandudno Albion 2

Blaenau looked on course for a surprise win after a double from Iwan Jones, one a penalty, put them two-up before the hour.
But the Quarrymen had Iolo Thomas red-carded on 72 minutes and Albion capitalised with a pair of late strikes from Joe Carey.

Brickfield Rangers 4
Llay Welfare 3

Ben Pritchard’s goal five minutes into added time settled a seven-goal thriller in Brickfield’s favour.
Andy Vale, Lewis Parry and a Haci Ozlu penalty accounted for Rangers’ other goals, while a Pritchard OG, Liam Hughes and Tom Wells’ penalty put Llay on goal terms.
Then in the 95th minute defender Pritchard headed in Ozlu’s free kick to secure the points.

Mold Alexandra 4
CPD Y Felinheli 1

Danny Warren, Henry Carver, Paul Lindfield and Alex Smith struck for Mold in a clear home win over a Felinheli side which replied through Iwan Owen.

Nantlle Vale 4
Brymbo 1

Ashley Owen, Aaron Davies-Thomas, Aled Hughes and Harri Hughes combined to earn maximum spoils for Nantlle, Ricky Evans with Brymbo’s sole response.

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