Ardal North East – Cefn Albion bounce back from defeat with gr-eight display, Corwen lose for third game in a row

Cefn Albion’s Nathan Williams (blue) applies the pressure against Machynlleth. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND


Cefn Albion 8 (Alex Williams 2, Jordan Jones, Nathan Williams, Tom Gunson, Jimmy Jones, Josh Valentine, Torne Samuels)
Machynlleth 0

After suffering their first league defeat of the season the previous weekend, Cefn Albion bounced back in some style with an eight-goal demolition of Powys visitors Machynlleth.

Albion came out of the traps very positively and this was soon rewarded when Jordan Jones, starting his first game since returning from an ankle injury, hit a pinpoint cross straight into Alex Williams, who volleyed into the ground and found the top corner.

A second goal was not far away, a Ryan Kershaw corner headed in by skipper Nathan Williams – Alex’s twin brother.

Two minutes later, a Tom Gunson through ball was met by Alex Williams, who raced through and brilliantly lobbed the onrushing Mach goalkeeper.

Cefn continued to dominate and with half-an-hour on the clock, Kershaw fed Jordan Jones, who cut in from the right-hand side and smashed high into the net beating the keeper on his near post.

Alex Williams then turned provider, slipping through Gunson who drove low and hard into the bottom corner from 18 yards out.

Half-time: 5-0

Cefn Albion’s Josh Valentine (blue) controls the ball. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND

Just four minutes into the second half, substitute full-back Josh Valentine looped an effort over the goalkeeper to make it 6-0.

Shortly after other full-back Torne Samuels sent a bullet into the top corner.

Seven became eight when two substitutes combined, Andy Watkin finding Jimmy Jones, who calmly placed the ball into the back of the net after 68 minutes.

Corwen 2 (Pooler 26, Evans 69)
Dolgellau AA 4 (Evans 8, Williams 16, Jamie Jones 39, Jake Jones 90+2)

Harry Pooler (player in red nearest keeper) heads home for Corwen. Picture: GAVIN BILLINGTON

A third straight league loss for a Corwen side whose form appears to have deserted them since their enforced temporary move to Bala Town’s Maes Tegid.

Third-place Dolgellau were the visitors and the deadlock was broken by them in the eighth minute.

Corwen lost the ball in midfield, enabling Joey Jones to deliver forward to Gethin Evans, whose cross into the box cleared goalkeeper Josh Williams’s fingertips and found the back of the net.

The away side doubled their advantage just past the quarter-hour mark when Josh Williams saved a long-distance effort well, but could only parry the ball and Owain Williams was first to react and score with a tap in.

Corwen hit back on 26 minutes when Scott Evans’ pin-point corner was met by Harry Pooler, whose bullet header was too good for keeper Darren Andrews.

Corwen’s Ryan Billington (red) is chased by Dolgellau’s Owain Williams. Picture: GAVIN BILLINGTON

Dolgellau went 3-1 ahead when Jamie Jones’ shot from the edge of the box took a massive deflection that saw the ball loop into the air and find the top corner of the net.

In the final stages of the opening half, Scott Evans played an angled free kick into the penalty area, where the ball was flicked on by James Davies, forcing a fantastic save out of Andrews.

From the corner, Pooler’s header hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the line. Evans claimed the ball went over it, but to no avail.

Half-time: Corwen 1 Dolgellau 3

Jamie Jones rattled the bar for the visitors early in the second period.

Corwen pulled a goal back in the 69th minute as Scott Evans’ free kick smacked the underside of the bar before hitting keeper Andrews on the head and going into the back of the net.

The home side piled on the goal attempts, but the leveller would not come.

Any hopes of a point for the home team were extinguished in the first minute of stoppage time when Jake Jones collected the ball from a throw in and sent his shot beyond keeper Williams.


Berriew 3 (Jack Williams 2, Josh Evans pen) Penycae 1 (Jaden Jones)

Caersws 3 (Will Thomas 2, Ian Probert) Rhos Aelwyd 0

Carno 0 Bow Street 2 (Sion Ewart, Llyr Davies)

Four Crosses 0 Welshpool Town 2 (Ryan Knott, Ryan Edwards)

Penparcau 7 (Ryan Edwards 2, Mattie Davies 2, Andrew Gittins, Jordan Lee Perry, Liam Lewis) Kerry 0

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