JD CYMRU NORTH REPORTS – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Holyhead Hotspur 1 (Morris 57)
Buckley Town 2 (Roberts 73, Hamilton pen 81)
Hotspur manager Darren Garmey labelled Saturday’s defeat at the New Stadium his team’s “most disappointing result of the season”.
The home side took the lead only to end up losing out to a late Asa Hamilton penalty.
While Buckley dominated the first half with the wind at their backs, Holyhead defended well and the interval arrived without a goal.
Hotspur turned on the pressure at the start of the second period and edged in front on 57 minutes.
A Mel McGinness shot came back off the crossbar with Liam Morris quickest to react to finish well past advancing keeper Joe Makaruk.
Buckley equalised after 73 minutes with a 25-yard free kick from Jake Roberts.
Nine minutes from time, the referee awarded a penalty after a foul on Hamilton who got up and slotted the ball past Paul Pritchard.
Holyhead threw everything at Buckley in a frantic final few minutes, but Makaruk in goal calmly dealt with it all, and some stout away defending ensured the three points.
Garmey said after the game: “This was by far the most disappointing result for us this season. We defended brilliantly against the wind and then after taking the lead we failed to manage the game and use the conditions to our advantage.
“We were only ever going to concede through a set piece and that was the case again from us being naive.”
Ruthin Town 0
Llangefni Town 1 (A Sinclair 90+)
A 94th minute strike from well inside his own half by Andy Sinclair earned Llangefni a valuable three points which lifted them off the Cymru North basement.
In the first half, although Ruthin were brightest in attack, they failed to trouble Steve Sinclair in Cefni’s goal. They were limited to long range efforts dealt with comfortably by Sinclair.
On 50 minutes the hosts went closest to opening the scoring when a Sam Rickett free kick was heading for the top corner, but Sinclair pulled off the save of the match to keep it at 0-0.
Moments later, the Anglesey side’s Jack Smith beat his man to go through one-on-one with keeper Ryan Goldston, but failed to score from a tight angle.
Ruthin threw more men forward, forcing Llangefni’s defence to put bodies on the line. A Jamie Cumming shot from outside the area clipped the post.
With 10 minutes to go, fireworks night came to light when Llangefni’s Steven Kehoe was sent off after a scuffle. This made the visitors even more determined to hang on to what they had.
Then with seconds to go, deep into injury time a half volley/clearance by Andy Sinclair from around 60-70 yards flew into the top corner of the net to give Llangefni a fantastic 1-0 win.
Airbus UK Broughton 2 (Eyre pen 69, Lanceley 87)
Ten-man Airbus extended their lead at the JD Cymru North peak to four points after halting Llandudno’s nine-match winning streak with a two-goal victory at the OPS Wind Arena.
Joe Palmer was shown a red card for two bookable offences in the first half to make the task of earning three points even more challenging for the Wingmakers.
However, despite a penalty miss from Adam Davies early in the second period, a goal from the spot by Jake Eyre and a late Oli Lanceley finish secured a 10th consecutive league triumph for Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side.
In difficult windy conditions, Shaun Cavanagh had the first opportunity for Llandudno in the eighth minute, but his effort sailed over the crossbar.
With the two teams evenly matched in this much-awaited top of the table clash, a loose ball in midfield saw Palmer slide to the ground in an attempt to win the ball in the 32nd minute. The 22-year-old caught his opponent and was dismissed to leave the hosts with a man advantage.
Llandudno were unable to capitalise in the final stages of the half, Gareth Edwards and Steve Tomassen at the back making sure Airbus went into the break on level terms.
A bright beginning to the second half from the visitors was rewarded in the 50th minute when Davies earned a penalty, but the club’s leading scorer this season fired over.
In the 69th minute, Llandudno’s Lee Thomas handled in the area – another penalty. Substitute Eyre converted into the bottom corner.
Airbus stayed on the front foot and the introduction of Nathan Brown had an instant positive effect. The former Chester man’s 87th minute shot was parried by Shaun Pearson, but Lanceley tapped in from point blank range.
Conwy Borough 1 (Lockley 13)
Holywell Town 4 (Allshorn 31, Andrews pen 34, Sullivan 57, Ap Gareth 78)
A third straight league win lifted Holywell into the Cymru North top-half for the first time this season.
Early Wellmen chances went begging before against the run of play, hosts Conwy took the lead.
A high ball to the far post found Harry Lockley, whose 13th minute looping header found the bottom corner of the net.
The goal lifted the home side and a few minutes later Town were indebted to Keighan Jones for keeping them in the game when he saved well in a one-on-one situation from Corrig McGonigle.
Town weathered the storm and started to create regular chances again.
It was no surprise when they pulled level on 31 minutes as Dylan Allshorn turned and beat his marker before drilling a low shot past keeper Rory Crowther.
Within three minutes, Johnny Haseldin’s side had taken the lead, Danny Andrews converting a penalty awarded for handball.
It was almost three when Danny Sullivan’s thunderbolt drive struck the crossbar just before the break
Playing into the wind in the second half, the Wellmen had a lucky escape when an early Boro corner hit the top of the bar.
Twelve minutes in, the Halkyn Road outfit increased their lead, Sullivan rising highest to head in a flag-kick.
Conwy now pressed hard, so it was a relief for Holywell when they notched a fourth goal on 78 minutes.
Allshorn, who had a great game, burst forward down the wing, got to the byline and crossed for Ilan ap Gareth to fire home.
Colwyn Bay 6
James Kirby scored four goals as the Seagulls won 6-2 at Llanrhaeadr to move back into the top five of the JD Cymru North.
Kirby opened his account after nine minutes, finishing off from Gwion Owen’s cross, and soon after the scorer hit the post,.
Matty Williams equalised for the hosts four minutes before the break.
Bay restored their lead three minutes into the second half when Kirby tapped in from substitute Sam Jones’ cross.
Mitch Bryant’s bicycle kick extended Bay’s lead before Kirby completed his hat-trick.
Kirby fired past the keeper to complete his fourth before Gus Harris replied.
Sam Jones sealed Bay’s victory with a sixth in stoppage time.
Llanidloes Town 5
Bangor City 2
City led 2-1 at the break before it all went wrong in the second half.
Luke Boundford edged the Daffs in front, but Taylor Thain and Giacomo Mello hit back to give the Citizens an interval advantage.
Connor Bird levelled from the spot on the hour, then Boundford, Bird and George Clarke added the goals which put Llani out of sight.
Prestatyn Town 1
Undefeated in 12 matches, second-place Guilsfield hit Prestatyn for six.
Town, meanwhile, dropped to fifth from bottom.
Steve Blenkinsop (3), Jamie Hyne, Iwan Matthews and Robbie James delivered the home haul, Sam Spridgeon replying.
Gresford Athletic 1
Despite picking up two red cards Penrhyncoch took the points thanks to a double from former Welsh Premier star Geoff Kellaway.
The ex-Aberystwyth Town attacker scored on 35 and 75 minutes for the Roosters, the second goal a penalty.
Penrhyn had Ifan Burrel dismissed on 60 minutes and Harri Horwood walked in added time for a second yellow.
Jack Jones nabbed Gresford’s 87th minute consolation.