Ardal North West – red cards galore as top two teams record victories

Jake Walker (No 9 – red) slides in Denbigh’s opener. Picture: ROY GUNTHER

Ardal North West reports – November 27, 2021

Denbigh Town 3
Nantlle Vale 1

Report: Iwan Jones

Denbigh remain top on goal difference after what was in the end a deserved win although the visitors had the better of the first 45 minutes.

A goal in each half from Jake Walker and a Jacob Barratt strike helped secure the points after Ashley Owen equalised for Nantlle on the stroke of half time.

Before the game a minute’s silence was well observed by everyone at the ground in memory of Gary Speed on what was the 10th anniversary of the Welsh icon’s death.

Denbigh were without the injured Mark Roberts, Lee Davey and Leigh Craven with Stuart Jones still suspended.

This gave the opportunity for two 17-year-old players, Lewis Devine and Aled Williams from the youth team, to join the squad.

The tail end of Storm Arwen saw a windswept game at Central Park on a bitterly cold afternoon in front of some hardy dedicated supporters from both sides.

Denbigh fans were soon warmed up by Walker’s first goal after 11 minutes. Some great play by Billy Holmes down the left flank saw him get past two defenders to send in an exquisite ball to the far post for Walker to tap in from two yards.

Rather than build on this great start, Town allowed the visitors back into the game and they were unlucky not to equalise from an attempt which rattled Denbigh’s crossbar.

Sam Jones missed two opportunities for the hosts before with half time almost due, Vale capitalised on a mix up in the Denbigh defence with Owen taking advantage to slide the ball home.

Ashley Owen (blue) equalises for Nantlle Vale. Picture: ROY GUNTHER

Paul Fleming almost gave Denbigh the lead straight afterwards with a curling left foot shot from just outside the area which cannoned off the post and bounced away to safety.

Half-time: 1-1

A stern half time team talk saw Town come out in another frame of mind.

Barratt immediately forced a fine save from Owain Roberts.

A change of tactics on 57 minutes by the Denbigh management saw Sam Tate replaced by Moses Barnett.

Will Ashley moved into midfield, with Barnett joining the impressive Mike Sharples in central defence.

Within five minutes Denbigh were ahead . Sam Jones’ superb delivery split the Vale rearguard and allowed Barratt to sprint into the penalty area and slide the ball under the advancing Roberts.

A second yellow card for away defender Rob Daniels on 71 minutes meant Denbigh were able to capitalise on having the extra man.

In the 76th minute Sam Jones’ cross found Barratt, whose shot was saved only for Walker to back-heel home the rebound.

Teenagers Devine and Williams came on in the latter stages and impressed.

Porthmadog 5
Saltney Town 1
(abandoned 87 minutes)

This match was abandoned after 87 minutes due to incidents of unrest.

Further news is awaited as to whether the result will stand.

Julian Williams put Port in front with a fine left-footed drive from 20 yards on 13 minutes.

Saltney equalised on 32 minutes through James Rutter due to a very rare blunder by keeper Dylan Roberts.

Port got their noses in front soon after when Rhys Alun’s cross-cum-shot crashed against Jake Cooke’s crossbar and Matty Jones tapped in the rebound.

There then followed something of a turning point when Saltney’s Scott Beech was red-carded.

The second half was barely a minute old when super-sub Marcus Banks made it 3-1 with a fine header from Julian Williams’ right wing cross.

This was followed by a rather bad miss from Rutter when well-placed for the visitors.

On 77 minutes, Julian Williams was put through by Banks’ well-weighted pass and slotted home to make it 4-1.

Then it was Matty Jones’ turn to shoot past Cooke after fine play by promising 16-year old Cian Pritchard.

Llandudno Albion 2
Mold Alexandra 5

Danny Warren (2), Dom Doherty, Rhyss Nash and Paul Lindfield shared the goals as Mold remain second, level on points with Denbigh Town who head the standings on goal difference.

Lee Stokes and Dave Maddock replied for Albion, who had skipper and key defender Joel Lloyd sent off on 50 minutes with the score at 2-2.

Brymbo 2
Blaenau Amateurs 1

A first win in 13 matches for Brymbo, who recovered from a goal down to defeat bottom side Blaenau.

Joe Dukes-Morgan put the visitors ahead in first half stoppage time, but after the break two goals in as many minutes from James Ellina and Mamadie Sheriff turned the tables in the Steelmen’s favour.

Y Felinheli 1
Rhostyllen 2

Disappointment for Felinheli’s goalkeeper Guto Hughes after Rhostyllen score. Picture: JONATHAN ERVINE

Goals in the first half from Steven Jones and Tom Douglas were enough to clinch the points for Rhostyllen at Cae Seilo.

Gavin Lloyd-Jones equalised for Y Felinheli on the half-hour before Douglas edged the visitors ahead again just before the break.

Steven Jones struck first for the away side on 25 minutes after a Joe Garner cross was fumbled.

Despite having Will Nevitt sent off on 78 minutes for two yellows, Rhostyllen held on for the spoils. The Wrexham side also had assistant-manager Ian Jones dismissed after 72.

Rhostyllen keeper Luke Christie denied the hosts a late equaliser wirh a magnificent save.

Llay Welfare 2
Llanrwst United 2

All-square at The Ring, where Cynan Edwards grabbed a late equaliser for Llanrwst after Jonny Taylor looked to have won it for Llay with a 90th minute goal.

After a goalless first half, Dean Bryan put the Welfare ahead on 61 minutes before Callum Parry levelled after 82.

Llay had Ryan Goodband red carded on 77 minutes, while the home team’s manager Mike Gadie and assistant Matthew Davies were ordered from the dugout.

Llanuwchllyn P
Brickfield Rangers P

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