Ardal North West – Porthmadog back on top, victories for Mold, Brickfield and Rhostyllen

Danny Warren scored a third straight hat-trick for Mold to reach 101 goals for the club. Well done Danny. He also has netted 21 goals in all competitions this season. Picture: MOLD ALEX FC TWITTER ACCOUNT


CPD Porthmadog 4 (Paul Lewis 50, Rhys Hughes 57, Gareth J Evans 82, Julian Williams 84)
Llay Welfare 2 (Tom Wells 42, Ryan Goodband 89)

Report: Mr Treflyn Jones

Porthmadog returned to the Ardal North West summit but had to work hard to beat a big, tough and determined Llay outfit at Y Traeth.

The first half was a mostly dull affair with the bulk of action in midfield, although Port gained a bigger share of possession and corner kicks.

Home winger Cian Pritchard had a good opportunity after 20 minutes when he was put clear, but scuffed his shot to the relief of away keeper Owen Raynor.

The visitors looked menacing on the counter-attack, especially via their big strikers Ryan Goodband and Jonathan Taylor.

Just before half time, Llay took the lead in slightly controversial circumstances when Stuart Rogers lost possession via a seemingly high boot from a visiting player.

With the Port players screaming “head injury……stop the game” referee Peter Owen waved play-on, and, from a right wing cross, Tom Wells netted with a very well-directed diving header.

Half-time: Porthmadog 0 Llay Welfare 1

The second half was barely five minutes old when a close range effort by John Littlemore was well saved by Raynor at the expense of a corner.

Rogers sent in a beautifully floated kick and Paul Lewis outjumped the Llay defenders to equalise with a majestic header.

A few minutes later, Port had an extremely lucky escape when Taylor out-paced the home defence and lashed a sizzling shot against the upright.

Port went ahead for the first time on 57 minutes courtesy of influential substitute Rhys Hughes, who has been scoring goals for fun in the reserves.

A dangerous cross by Julian Williams was relayed on to the target by a Port attacker, but Raynor’s save rebounded kindly to Hughes, who stretched well to nudge home from close range.

Chances fell at both ends before on 82 minutes, skipper Gareth Jones Evans finally put the game beyond the visitors with a 25-yard left-foot thunderbolt to make it 3-1.

With five minutes of normal time remaining, Julian Williams put the icing on the cake. Chasing a long delivery, he prodded the ball between the legs of a somewhat hesitant Raynor as he ran out of his box.

There was still time for Ryan Goodband to score from close range for Llay before Dylan Roberts pulled off a splendid save to thwart Taylor.

Nantlle Vale 1 Blaenau Amateurs 1

Nantlle Vale had to settle for a point against Blaenau Amateurs

Iwan Jones rescued an away point for next-to-bottom Blaenau with an 83rd minute equaliser.

Nantlle had led since the 28th minute courtesy of a Sion Pollard goal.

Llanrwst United 1 Rhostyllen 5

Five second-half goals made it an emphatic victory for a Rhostyllen side which produced arguably their best display of the season.

The visitors were forced into an early substitution with striker Tom Douglas pulling a hamstring and being replaced by young winger Cameron Thomas.

Despite this setback, Rhostyllen were on the front foot for most of the half, so it was against the run of play when Callum Parry edged Llanrwst ahead three minutes before the break.

There was no crying over spilled milk from the visitors, who started the second half dynamically.

On 47 minutes a cross from Jamie Richards found Steve Jones, who chested down and slotted home the equaliser.

Three minutes later, Lee Mcburney played a through ball for Scott Swords to make it 2-1.

Then on 54 minutes, Will Nevitt ended up one-on-one with the keeper and put away a third away goal.

With Llanrwst chasing the game and trying to get back into it, in the 78th minute Swords broke free and bent a left-footed strike into top corner, hitting the post before it went in.

And Rhostyllen were not finished as Nevitt chipped the keeper from 20 yards to make it 5-1.

Brickfield Rangers 4 St Asaph City 2

Wrexham hosts Brickfield turned on the style in the second half to clinch maximum points.

St Asaph, bottom and still without a win this season in 14 attempts, started well at Clywedog Park with an Andy Booker goal in the first minute putting them ahead.

Brickfield equalised on 36 when Haci Ozlu played a tantalising ball across goal and Daniel Williams deflected into his own net.

Ozlu hit the post before the changeover which arrived with a 1-1 scoreline.

Andy Vale made it 2-1 to the home side early in the second half when he broke though off a long ball and found the net.

Carl Murray hit the post for Saints before on the hour Ozlu set up Jardel Teixeira for Brickie’s third.

Aaron White’s brilliant overhead kick from an Isaac Dawson delivery put the issue pretty much beyond doubt.

Jason Foulkes did pull one back for St Asaph from a rebound after the ball struck the bar, but with 20 minutes still to go that was the end of the scoring.

Rhydymwyn 3 Brymbo 3

Trailing 3-1 at half time, Rhydymwyn battled back after the restart to earn a draw.

Michael Thompson was the star of the first period, scoring in the 23rd, 44th and 45th minutes to complete a hat-trick.

Rob Jones gave Rhyd some hope with a 26th minute response.

In the second half, Iwan Rogers made it 3-2 with a 55th minute spot-kick and Callum Jones equalised on 74.

Brymbo manager Ricky Evans was shown a red card as the game ended in frustration for the Steelmen.

Saltney Town 0 Mold Alexandra 5

Goal machine Danny Warren

Magic Mold made it five straight wins by going nap at Sandy Lane.

While the visitors were worthy victors, there is little doubt the sending off of Town goal king Ryan McCleary for a second yellow right on half time had a major effect on the home side’s chances.

The Bordermen were reduced to nine when Ben Evans also walked for two yellows on the hour.

Rhyss Nash’s goal handed Mold a half-time lead.

After the break, the on-fire Danny Warren bagged a hat-trick for Alex to move up to 21 goals in all competitions and 101 in total for the club, who he joined in 2017.

Joe Ormrod also scored for the travellers, Warren with the assist.

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