North Wales Women’s Football League – September 26, 2021
CPDM Bangor 1876 3 (Ceri Lois 30 & 36; Dani Barnfield 58)
Welshpool Town 0
Two quality finishes from Ceri Lois Thomas put 1876 on their way to a third straight league win which keeps them top of the North Wales standings.
Conditions were far from great at a wet and windy Plas Ffrancon, Bethesda, on Sunday for the visit of newcomers Welshpool Town.
The teams lined up for a minute’s silence in honour of 1876 player Lexi Crawley’s father Vaughan, who has sadly passed away. ❤💙
1876 started on the front foot, missing some good chances. Welshpool began to settle and came into the game, linking up well and being very physical in the battles.
The Powys visitors created some openings, but Becca Elliott was in complete control in goal.
On the half-hour the deadlock was broken. Ceri Lois made herself some space, managed to squeeze the ball into the Welshpool area and find the net.
This calmed 1876 who then stared to play their flowing football, linking up better, and on 36 minutes a sublime lob from Ceri Lois over the goalkeeper from the left made it 2-0.
The second half carried on in the same manner, physical and hard. Both teams made chances, Elliott again looking solid and the Welshpool goalkeeper making some great saves.
Then on 58 minutes came the breakthrough for 1876, when skipper Danielle Barnfield picked up the ball, drove into the area and skipped past defenders, making space before slotting into the right corner.
Welshpool never gave up though and made 1876 work till the final minute, Elliott having to produce some good stops to keep a clean sheet.
Jordan Roberts was player of the match for 1876.
Commenting after the match, manager Jonny Batten said: “We would like to thank Welshpool on making the long journey to Plas Ffrancon today. We also thank their squad in honouring the minute’s silence in respect of Lexi’s father who passed away this week.
“Welshpool definitely gave us a game, made us scrap for the result. The weather didn’t help either as it didn’t allow us to play the football we wanted to play.
“It took us time to work it out, settle into the game, adapt and get going. Yes, we created some great chances, hit the cross bar, shots just over or narrowly wide.
“Credit to the opposition they were in our faces, gave us no time to get the ball down and play and frustrated us to the end. We got drawn into a scrappy stop-start game and the football wasn’t pretty at times but the team worked hard and dug deep to earn the win which was well deserved.
“We were posed different questions today and came out on top. That’s why I’m proud of them. They had to demonstrate real grit and determination and showed us they can pull out a result in different conditions and circumstances.
“Jordan was on form today, Becca looked in complete control, the defence although makeshift really stood up to the challenge. Great to see Ceri Lois grabbing a couple of goals too!
“Still we continue to learn and develop and we know there is a lot more work to be done. Definitely not the performance in our play that we wanted but we got the result and that’s what matters at the end of the day. So we’ll take it, move on, prepare and focus on our next game away to Rhyl (Sunday, 10th October ) which will be another tough test and a different proposition again for us.”
Ceri Lois Thomas
Danielle Barnfield (c)