Ardal North West – Denbigh hit six and return to summit

Teenager Aled Williams nets his debut goal for Denbigh (red). Picture: ROY GUNTHER


Denbigh Town 6 (Walker 5 & 22; Sam Jones 24 & 61; Sharples 36, Williams 90)
Y Felinheli 0
Report: Gareth Jones

Ruthless Denbigh made it 10 without defeat as they returned to the Ardal North West summit with a merciless demolition of Felinheli at Central Park.

Forced into shuffling his pack due to injuries to both Paul Fleming and Kristian Pierce and the suspended Billy Holmes, Town manager Dewi Llion Jones went for a very attacking formation with Mark Roberts, Jake Walker and Sam Jones all starting, and Sam Tate completing the four with an attacking midfield role.

This allowed promising youngsters Aled Williams and James Thomas to make the bench following a number of fine performances for the reserves.

The home side opened the scoring on five minutes from a Tate corner, Walker getting the ball ahead of Guto Hughes in the Felinheli goal to glance a header home.

On 17 minutes Sion Jones’ last-ditch tackle averted an almost certain goal for the visitors.

This seemed to wake Denbigh up and on 22 minutes, they stretched their lead. Tate found Mike Sharples at the far post who cleverly headed back across goal to find Walker in acres of space to nod into an empty net.

Two minutes later, Walker turned provider, flicking a header into the path of Sam Jones who smashed home on the half volley from the edge of the box high into the roof of the net.

After 36 minutes, a Sion Jones free-kick found Sharples unmarked at the far post. With only two touches, he wrong-footed a defender and slipped a clever finish through the legs of the advancing keeper.

Half-time: 4-0

Hard-working Keiron Roberts was replaced at half-time as a precautionary measure following a knock picked up in the latter stages of the first period with Leigh Craven slotting into the heart of the Denbigh midfield.

Sam Jones’ instinctive back heel put Walker in on goal but Hughes was quickly off his line to smother the ball.

On 61 minutes, Denbigh extended their lead, Sam Jones at the first time of asking, lashing into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Sam Jones (No 8) heads for goal. Picture: ROY GUNTHER

Dewi Llion changed his pack on 64 minutes, bringing on Jacob Barratt and Matty Morris to replace Lee Davey and captain Mark Roberts.

Then on 79 minutes Sam Jones and Walker came off, providing youngsters James Thomas and debutant Aled Williams with a chance to showcase their talents.

And on 90 minutes, following some good build up work from Tate, the ball fell at the feet of 17 year old Aled Williams, who made no mistake smashing an unstoppable shot high into the roof of the net to cap a perfect afternoon for Denbigh.

Denbigh Town
Joe Griffith, Sion Jones, Moses Barnett, Stuart Jones, Mike Sharples, Keiron Roberts, Lee Davey, Sam Tate, Mark Roberts, Jake Walker, Sam Jones : Subs: James Thomas, Aled Williams, Jacob Barratt, Matty Morris, Jacob Barratt.

CPD Y Felinheli
Guto Hughes, Connor Japheth, Ryan Cain, Aled Griffith, Ifan Emyr, Llion Jones, Gavin Lloyd-Jones, Gruff John, Iwan Owen, Rhodri Dafydd, Rhys Parry :
Subs: Euron Davies, Aled Emyr, Richard Jones, Dion Griffiths, Chris Brown.

Brymbo 0
Porthmadog 2 (Julian Williams 45 & 52)
Report: Mr Treflyn Jones

Dewi Thomas (left) prepares to play the ball for Porthmadog at Brymbo. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND

Julian Williams struck at the double to secure Port three hard-earned points at The Crick.

Dylan Roberts made a good early save for the visitors, while at the other end, Steelmen keeper Matt Busby did well to hang on to a cross-cum-shot from Williams.

Busby did even better to parry a close-range effort by Dewi Thomas past the post before thwarting Williams again, and then Stuart Rogers from a free kick.

In the 35th minute, that man Busby saved once more when he dived at the feet of Williams, who got on the end of an incisive through ball from Rogers.

Finally, on the very stroke of half time, Port went deservedly ahead when a deep cross by Gareth Jones Evans was expertly controlled by Williams, who drove the ball firmly across the keeper into the corner of the net.

At the beginning of the second half, Busby made a couple more good stops before John Littlemore turned superbly in the box and was desperately unlucky to see his tremendous shot hitting the foot of the post.

Barely a minute later, however, Port doubled their money after excellent work by Cian Pritchard put Marcus Banks in space in the Brymbo box.

Unselfishly, he rolled the ball into the path of Williams, who powerfully side-footed well beyond Busby’s reach.

The visitors gave young talent its chance with a few substitutions with one of them, Aron Jones, forcing a magnificent save from Busby.

Porthmadog: Dylan Roberts, Gareth J Evans, Ben Fisher, James Morgan, Sol Kempster (Cian Pritchard 46), Stuart Rogers, Dewi Thomas, John Littlemore (Aron Jones 68), Marcus Banks (Carwyn Foster 88), Rhys Hughes (Callum Jones 81), Julian Williams.

Blaenau Amateurs 0 Llanrwst United 4

Callum Parry struck twice for a Llanrwst side which racked up a convincing win at Cae Clyd.

Sam Jones and Cynan Edwards were also on target for the visitors.

Llay Welfare 2 Llanuwchllyn 2

Overnight leaders Llanuwchllyn were held 2-2 at The Ring.

Joe Williams netted twice for the visitors, but Tom Wells replied for Llay before Ryan Goodband notched an equaliser six minutes into added time.

Mold Alexandra 4 Nantlle Vale 2

Danny Warren was a hat-trick hero for fourth-placed Mold in this win over their Gwynedd visitors.

Math Jones put Vale ahead through an early penalty, but Warren levelled from a free kick then added his second and third just before the break.

Ashley Owen hit back for Nantlle on 67 minutes with a superb effort from the left, but Alex clinched it after 75 through a Joe Ormrod penalty.

Rhostyllen 3 Brickfield Rangers 0

Will Nevitt, player-manager Warren Aykroyd-Duckett and Scott Swords grabbed the goals which secured maximum points for Rhostyllen in this Wrexham-area derby.

St Asaph City 0 Saltney Town 3

Hat-trick star Saltney’s Ryan McCleary on the ball against St Asaph. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

So unlucky to exit the Welsh Cup on penalties to mighty Aberystwyth, Saltney returned to winning ways in the league thanks to a Ryan McCleary hat-trick.

McCleary applied a lovely left-foot finish and scored from the penalty spot in the first half.

With Luke Jones outstanding in goal for Saints, the Bordermen were not finding it easy to kill the game off, but did so on 75 minutes when McCleary completed his treble with another spot-kick.

Llandudno Albion 1 Rhydymwyn 2

A great win on Friday night for a Rhydymwyn outfit which was hammered 11-2 at Denbigh Town seven days earlier.

It was a different story at Maesdu Park as Rhyd led 1-0 at half time through a Michael Guest goal.

After the break Albion applied a lot of pressure and eventually levelled on 73 minutes through Lee Stokes.

It looked like there would now be only one winner, but against the run of play Rhyd countered and an 83rd minute screamer from Callum Jones clinched them the victory.

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