Ardal North West – Denbigh Town top but it’s so tight, Llanuwchllyn stun Port, more Mold magic

Paul Fleming (red – No 8) fires Denbigh Town in front. Picture: ROY GUNTHER

CPD Porthmadog 1 (James Morgan 21)
CPD Llanuwchllyn 2 (Dan Dascalu 19, Joe Williams 41)

Main report: Mr Treflyn Jones

On-fire Llanuwchllyn striker Joe Williams (left) with manager Riki Wyn Rowlands

Llanuwchllyn proved they are a “real deal” in the Ardal North West title battle as they took maximum points at Y Traeth on Saturday.

It was an absorbing tussle between overnight league leaders Porthmadog and fourth-placed Llan.

In the end, the spoils belonged to the visitors courtesy of a wonder strike by Dan Dascalu and a well-taken solo effort from goal machine Joe Williams.

The first goal came somewhat against the run of play.

Dascalu spotted Port keeper Dylan Roberts way off his line and his firmly floated effort from 45 yards sailed into the net.

Barely two minutes later, Port were level when a Matty Jones corner from the left found James Morgan out-jumping the Llan defenders to power a header home

The home side continued to play with patience and discipline but struggled to breach a very organized Llan defence.

Then, on 36 minutes came a pivotal moment when a well-constructed Port move was finished with a fine chip by Jones over the onrushing Rob Dascalu into the net only to be disallowed for offside.

The first half ended with Llanuwchllyn edging in front thanks to the sheer power of Joe Williams, who muscled his way into the Port box.

Roberts did very well to block his low effort which flew up to connect with the crossbar. Williams was first to the rebound and out-leaped the keeper to head home to the delight of the visiting supporters.

After the break, the action was frantic and end-to-end.

On 55 minutes, Rob Dascalu pulled off a brilliant save from an equally impressive 25 yard drive by Julian Williams.

Two minutes later, a fine run by Matty Jones ended with his shot going goalwards off a defender but Rob Dascalu reacted swiftly to prevent a goal.

At the other end, Joe Williams unleashed a powerful shot only to be matched by a fine save by Roberts low to his right.

There then followed the miss of the match from the usually dependable Paul Lewis. Having wrong-footed his marker, he scuffed his close range right-footed shot into Dascalu’s grateful arms.

No further goals and a delighted Llanuwchllyn at the final whistle.

Porthmadog
Dylan Roberts, Gareth Jones-Evans (Ifan Emlyn 63), Josh Banks, James Morgan, Stuart Rogers, Dewi Thomas, Matty Jones, John Littlemore (Paul Lewis 46), Marcus Banks (Jamie McDaid 63), Rhys Alun (Cian Pritchard 81), Julian Williams.

Llanuwchllyn
Rob Dascalu, Owain ap Gareth, Jack Evans, Ceri James, John Evans, Eilir Edwards, Tom Jones (Sam Evans 65), Nathan Davies, Joe Evans, Joe Williams, Dan Dascalu.

Denbigh Town 3 (Fleming 12, Barratt 45, S Jones 51)
Llandudno Albion 0

Report: Iwan Jones

Goal celebration time for Denbigh. Picture: ROY GUNTHER

Denbigh finished the weekend top of Ardal North West on goal difference after an impressive victory over Llandudno Albion on Friday night.

Manager Dewi Llion Jones started with Sam Jones, Jake Walker and Jacob Barratt up front with captain Mark Roberts absent through injury.

Paul Fleming took the captain’s armband and put his team ahead by firing in a strong low left-footed shot after 12 minutes following some impressive hold-up play by Sam Jones.

Several times the visitors threatened the Denbigh goal with long balls, but the back-line of Mike Sharples and Will Ashley worked well, catching the opponents offside on several occasions.

As half time approached Sam Jones turned provider again with an assist for Barratt. A great touch by the striker saw him lay the ball into the feet of Barratt who slotted the ball home to ensure the reds went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

Having made two assists already, it took Sam Jones just six minutes into the second half to get on the score-sheet himself with a well-taken powerful strike.

With 60 minutes played Denbigh’s management team felt it was an opportune time to make tactical substitutions with Moses Barnett and Lee Davey joining the action replacing Walker and Barratt.

Shortly after Keiron Roberts and Sam Tate were replaced by James Thomas and Kristian Pierce.

Thomas had a great chance to make it four as he cleverly skipped the Albion offside trap as he was played through by a great ball from Davey.

The youngster was in a one on one with keeper Williams only for his firm shot to be expertly palmed over the bar.

Denbigh Town
Joe Griffith, Sion Jones, Mike Sharples, Will Ashley, Billy Holmes, Keiron Roberts, Paul Fleming, Sam Tate, Sam Jones, Jacob Barratt, Jake Walker. Subs – Owain Roberts , Moses Barnett, James Thomas, Kristian Pierce, Lee Davey

Llandudno Albion
Louis Williams, Jack Atherton, Calum Jones, Daniel Roberts, Joel Lloyd, Ricky Jones, David Maddock, Daniel Evans, Lee Stokes, Jack Williams, Jordan Kane : Subs – Joe Carey, Ben Jarvis, Ryan Vaughan, Jamie Moorhouse, Kyle Robb.

Blaenau Amateurs 1 Rhostyllen 7

Tom Douglas notched a treble for Rhostyllen

Seven-up for Rhostyllen with the prolific Tom Douglas bagging a hat-trick.

Well-beaten Blaenau actually took a 20th-minute lead against the run of play when David Copsey beat the offside trap to score.

Rhostyllen responded positively and striker Douglas levelled on 29 minutes.

Douglas doubled his tally on 41 minutes to get the visitors’ noses in front and they never looked back.

Will Nevitt made it 3-1 on the stroke of half time.

It only took Douglas four minutes of the second half to complete his hat-trick following some good work from winger Josh Lock.

Adam Williams made it 5-1 before Rhostyllen made three changes on the hour. One of the subs, young Cam Thomas, hammered the ball into the bottom corner on 65 minutes after more good play from Lock.

Man of the match Lock finally got the goal he deserved on 83 minutes.

Llanrwst United 0 Saltney Town 0

Leighton Griffiths went close to scoring for Llanrwst

Both goalkeepers were on fine form in this goal-less encounter at Gwydir Park.

Josh Cooke of Saltney did well to keep out a Benn Lundstram header in the first half, then tipped a Leighton Griffiths effort onto the bar and performed marvels to thwart a Kyle Kelly volley after the break.

Gwydion Owen also produced a couple of great stops between the posts for the Rwsters.

Llay Welfare 5 Brymbo 1

Jonny Taylor has bagged 28 club goals for Llay Welfare this term

The prolific Jonny Taylor put away a hat-trick as Llay won 5-1 at home for the second league match running.

Liam Hughes and Tom Wells also struck for the hosts, Aled Powell with Brymbo’s sole reply.

Mold Alexandra 4 St Asaph City 0

Danny Warren now has 24 goals in all competitions for Mold

Second-placed only on goal difference, Mold made it 14 matches in all competitions without defeat by seeing off St Asaph at Alyn Park.

The unstoppable Danny Warren, league player of the month for September/October, scored twice in the first half to make it 17 league goals and 24 in all matches for the Alex.

Steve Watkins and Henry Carver added further goals for Mike Cunningham’s side in the second half.

Nantlle Vale 2 Brickfield Rangers 2

All-square in a lively encounter at Maes Dulyn where Nantlle fought back from two-down at half time to snatch a draw.

Goals from Aaron White on 23 minutes and Haci Ozlu after 34 made it 2-0 to the Brickie at the break.

Two quickfire goals early in the second half from Ashley Owen and Mathew Davies levelled the match.

That was the end of the scoring, although Rangers had to see out the game with 10 men after Chris Dixon was red carded in the 87th minute.

Y Felinheli 1 Rhydymwyn 0

Match-winner Ryan Cain. Picture: Phil Stead, CPD Y Felinheli

Ryan Cain’s magnificent 76th minute goal was one worthy of winning any contest.

With the game at Cae Seilo seemingly heading for a 0-0, Cain broke down the left, showed some dazzling trickery and then lashed a beautiful shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.

And who better to capture the goal on film than the scorer’s dad Mr Pat Cain!

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