LOCK STOCK ARDAL NORTHERN LEAGUE CUP
Llanuwchllyn 0 Denbigh Town 1
Report: Iwan Jones
A goalkeeping error proved the difference as Denbigh edged into the League Cup second round at a cold and uninviting Maes Tegid.
The tie was switched to the 4G at Bala as Llanuwchllyn’s pitch was unplayable.
On a foul afternoon with sleet and heavy rain in biting cold conditions, the teams put on a game that was always going to be tight with both vying for top position in the Ardal North West League itself.
In a cagey opening, Jacob Barratt’s shot from outside the area was comfortably saved by Llanuwchllyn keeper Rob Dascalu.
Barratt tried again from long range, but Dascalu dived to his right to save at low level.
Town captain Paul Fleming then caught the keeper napping as he robbed him of the ball on the edge of Llanuwchllyn’s penalty area.
A goalmouth scramble ensued with no Denbigh forward able to capitalise. At the other end Gwydion Ifan let fly with a shot which just cleared the bar.
After 43 minutes came the goal which won the game. Dascalu had the ball in his arms near the edge of his penalty area. His throw was seized upon by Town striker Sam Jones, who with one touch lobbed the keeper to find an empty net.
The second half started with Denbigh controlling the midfield where Kristian Pierce was in fine form, his long range shot flying just wide.
With half an hour remaining Llan won a free kick after a foul on Joe Evans. The ball was crossed into Denbigh’s penalty area where Dan Dascalu had a golden chance to equalise, but his header went over the bar.
Llanuwchllyn continued to press and Denbigh keeper Joe Griffith was called upon to make a first class save from an Eilir Edwards fierce drive.
Still the hosts had chances with Joe Williams heading over from close range.
As the rain became torrential Denbigh’s defence remained solid with sound performances from ever-improving Sion Jones and dependable Billy Holmes.
Will Ashley was commanding in his central defensive role and the team can take great heart from the win which will see them face Nantlle Vale at Central Park in the second round in January.
Carno 5 Corwen 4
Report: Gavin Billington
A late rally from Corwen was not quite enough to save them from a cup exit at Ty Brith Field.
The visitors took a fourth minute lead. Harry Pooler fed Andrew Roberts, who crossed into the penalty area, where Tom Williams headed past keeper Jake Baker.
Ryan Billington’s header was clawed away by Baker before Carno levelled when Kieran Beaton’s deflected shot beat Corwen keeper Josh Williams.
Ten minutes before the interval, another strike which took a deflection, this time from Joe Morris, made it 2-1 to the hosts.
Close to the break, Corwen’s Scott Evans rattled the crossbar. The rebound fell at the feet of Pooler, who slotted the ball home, but his joy was short-lived as he had strayed offside.
Half-time: Carno 2 Corwen 1
At the start of the second half, the visitors hit the woodwork. Andrew Roberts’ attempt then appeared to be tipped over by Baker, but the referee gave a goal kick.
The ball was launched forward and eventually found its way to Jack Orbell, who slotted home to give his side a two-goal cushion.
From the kick off Carno stole the ball, charged at the Corwen goal and Josh Mathews placed into the bottom corner to make it 4-1.
Despite the deficit Corwen did not give up and in the 56th minute Tom Williams ran down the wing, cut inside and curled the ball home.
The away side looked most likely to get the next goal, however on the hour Orbell headed in to put Carno 5-2 up.
Two minutes later Evans and Williams combined before Billington’s cross was headed in by Pooler.
Williams was denied by Baker before the same player’s effort was deflected onto the post.
Three minutes into stoppage time, Billington headed home for 5-4, but there were to be no more goals.
Mold Alexandra 4 Saltney Town 0
Steve Watkins put Mold on their way to victory at Alyn Park with a towering header from an 11th minute corner.
A minute before the interval, top-scorer Danny Warren volleyed in for 2-0.
In the 53rd minute a superb assist from Henry Carver enabled Dom Doherty to make it three for the hosts.
And Joe Ormrod added a fourth following a Warren through ball.
Llay Welfare 0 Rhostyllen 2
Lee McBurney and Kevin Roberts notched the decisive second-half goals for the visitors, whose central defender Sam Chesters had a superb game.
Rhos Aelwyd 0 Berriew 2
Ed Baker and Mark Jones were on target for winners Berriew at a windy Rhos.
Caersws 2 Penparcau 1
Rhydian Davies’ late, late winner put the Bluebirds into the next round.
Will Thomas also scored for the hosts, Gytis Pivnickas for the visitors.
Kerry 2 Dolgellau AA 1
Liam Williams and Cenwyn Bloor-Jones bagged the goals that mattered for the Lambs, who also had Mark Probert sent off, while Charlie Mainwaring missed a penalty.
Dolgellau stayed in contention through a David Edwards equalising goal.