Five goals for Ffion and Anest returns – what a fantastic day for CPD Merched Bethel

Ffion Williams scored five goals in a Bethel shirt for the second time this season. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

GENERO ADRAN NORTH REPORT – NOVEMBER 28

Bethel 8 (Ffion Williams 5, Fflur Williams 2, Jordanne Greenough)
Llanfair United 4 (Gemma Jones 2, 1 pen; Dotty Evans, Emma Williams)

On top of another big win for Bethel was a MAJOR DOUBLE BONUS for the club.

After scoring five goals, Ffion Williams was named in the Genero Adran Team of the Week.

And more good news was the return of defender Anest Roberts after a long spell out with a foot injury.

The 19-year-old centre back, who can also operate in midfield, is one of North Wales’ most gifted young players and her 45-minute comeback appearance on Sunday delighted the Bethel players and management.

Taking on a Llanfair side which pipped them to the 2019-20 North Wales League Division One title in a much-shortened season, Bethel took the lead on 10 minutes.

Mari Gibbard’s inch-perfect lifted pass found Ffion Williams unmarked in the box. The Anglesey girl’s first touch was immaculate and so was the finish.

Ffion Williams then made it two as again she latched onto a Gibbard pass, beat the defender and finished well with her left foot.

Llanfair replied on 20 minutes through Dotty Evans after a defensive mix up from the hosts.

In the 23rd minute, a good pass from Gwenno Bolton found Gibbard one-on-one with the keeper. The playmaker unselfishly squared the ball to Fflur Williams who finished from close range to make it 3-1.

Fflur Williams doubled her tally two minutes later after Shona Roberts’ driven pass found the forward unmarked in the box. Williams found the far corner with her left foot to make it 13 goals for the season.

Half-time: 4-1

Welcome back Anest Roberts

Bethel started the second half brightly. A Gibbard corner was attacked in the box but to no avail. The bouncing ball was pounced on by Ffion Williams, who completed her hat-trick.

Gemma Jones hit back for Llanfair, finishing one-on-one with the goalkeeper for 5-2.

Jordanne Greenough marked her second Bethel debut with a goal. She perfectly timed her run into the box to meet a Gibbard cross and her header found the top corner.

Ffion Williams notched her fourth of the match when she reacted first to a loose ball after Fflur Williams stung goalkeeper Ffion Davies’ hands with a shot on target.

Williams then scored her fifth and final goal of the match. She picked up the ball 25 yards out, drove at the Llanfair defence and smashed the ball into the bottom corner for her 17th goal of the campaign.

Another welcome arrival for Bethel in the second half was substitute Angharad Evans, making her first entry of the season.

Llanfair pulled two back very late on – a Gemma Jones penalty and a loose ball finish from Emma Williams.

Bethel manager Ben Bolton said: “We didn’t play too well today, we were far from at our best, but we won and picked up the three points which is the most important thing.

“It takes a lot of character to win when you’re not playing well so I’m immensely proud of the ladies’ efforts.

“It was fantastic to see Jordanne score on her debut, a goal that meant a lot to her. It was also amazing to see Anest back in the team too after a lengthy injury.”

Bethel

Sioned Hughes-Williams, Jordanne Greenough (Erin Gibbard 84), Jenna Allsup, Anest Roberts (Shannon Jones 46), Kelly Jones, Shona Roberts, Llio Emyr (Angharad Evans 68), Gwenno Bolton, Ffion Wyn Williams, Mari Gibbard, Fflur Williams.

Llanfair

Ffion Davies, Chloe Brown, Hannah Lloyd, Nora Davies, Mary Bailey, Mia Kaye, Emma Williams, Annalise Hudson-Owen, Dotty Evans, Gemma Jones, Ellie Jones (Nia Ellis 66).

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