Another win for Bangor 1876 but Llangefni Town are so much improved

Action from a great battle between Bangor 1876 and Llangefni (blue). Pic: DAI SINCLAIR

North Wales Women’s League – November 7

CPDM Bangor 1876 3 (Williams 10, J Roberts 14, Crawley 63)
Llangefni Town 0

Report: Bangor 1876

Sunday’s victory at Plas Ffrancon saw 1876 return to the top of the North Wales Women’s League.

It was a deserved 3-0 home win against a tough, physical and determined Llangefni team with two first half goals from Chelsea Williams and Jordan Roberts and a third for Lexi Crawley midway through the second.

Preparations were hampered by a 50-minute delay to kick-off due to the non-arrival of the referee.

With 1876 missing a number of key players such as Becca Elliott (GK), Heledd Evans and Ffion Bee (defence), Ffion Roberts and Ceri Lois (attack) through injury and absences, there was a rejig with under-19’s player Lucy Richardson making her senior debut in goal and new signing 16 year old Mia Roberts in midfield alongside captain Dani Barnfield, but the home team did not let it show with a composed performance against an improving away side.

Commenting on the victory, coach Aron Griffith said: “We are really pleased with the team’s performance. Ball movement and possession was key today against a physical Llangefni side, so game plan went well and we took our chances where it counted.

“All in all a really solid performance from our girls front to back and we’ll carry this momentum to the next game. We kept our heads throughout and stuck to our game plan and let the ref manage the game and didn’t react or get involved.

“We started quickly and went two-up with a poachers goal from Chelsea after their keeper made a good save, an excellent finish from Jordan from the right and the third was a really great team goal in terms of build-up and breaking lines with lovely finish from Lexi that really killed the game off.

“The team created chances throughout which was pleasing, their keeper made some excellent saves, we had free kicks go just over the bar and got into dangerous areas time and time again, kept their strikers quiet all game so it was well deserved and we managed the game out.”

More great competitive action from Bangor 1876 v Llangefni. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Captain Dani Barnfield said: “Despite there being several changes to our starting 11 again this weekend and players playing out of position I think that we put in a solid, convincing performance, and more than deserved the three points. We all, however, acknowledge where we need to improve, and will look to do this in training and take it into the next game.

“Our back line played a composed 90 minutes, and credit has to go to the forwards who took their chances excellently. A special mention also has to go player of the match Mia who played her debut in midfield. No doubt the first of many and a pleasure to have on board for the rest of the season, and to Lucy for stepping in for Becca and keeping a clean sheet.”

Report: Llangefni Town

Llangefni travelled to Bethesda to play front runners Bangor 1876.

The match was delayed by nearly an hour due to no ref being assigned and no answer on the phone from the league to help. Not the best preparation for both teams during the cold winter months and could well cause injuries for teams going forward if not fixed.

Llangefni started without centre-back duo Frankie Davies and Megan Summers and battled well for the first 10 minutes, soaking up Bangor’s pressure until a questionable handball decision gave the home side a free kick which led to Chelsea Williams striking home.

Lexi Crawley (right – red) puts in a tackle on Llangefni warrior Hannah Owen. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Four minutes later Jordan Roberts scored to make it 2-0.

Llangefni battled on and showed fantastic togetherness until Lexi Crawley with a fantastic run and beautiful dinked finish made it 3-0 to the favourites for the league.

Manager Dan Gregg said: “I’m so proud of my team today. I thought I’d learned all I could about this group until today – they showed true heart and determination.

“The last time we played Bangor we lost 13-0; it’s a massive transformation and proves to ourselves that we are becoming a force in this league a lot earlier than we expected.

“The match was heated at times which again proves we are no longer the pushovers we were supposed to be. Hats off to the Bangor team who themselves battled hard for the whole game and deservedly came away with the points regardless.”

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