LOCK STOCK ARDAL NORTH WEST REPORTS – DECEMBER 18
An astonishing day in the tier 3 Ardal North West saw none of the top five sides manage to record a win.
At the end of it all, Mold Alexandra remain top, despite their stunning home loss to Llay Welfare.
Brickfield Rangers 3 Denbigh Town 3
Report: Iwan Jones
Denbigh missed a chance to return to the Ardal North West summit on goal difference when they could only draw at Brickfield.
However, the fact Town had to rely on a late Jake Walker equaliser probably left them relieved to get a point.
The game kicked off early at 1.45 pm because of expected poor light and this immediately benefited Brickfield, who were quick out of the blocks.
Within a minute they had seized on a defensive error just inside Denbigh’s half and as Haci Ozlu made his way into the penalty area he was brought down, and referee Richard Wright pointed to the penalty spot.
Ozlu fired home despite Denbigh’s keeper Joe Griffith getting a hand to the shot.
Denbigh recovered and equalised on 11 minutes after a scramble in the Brickfield penalty box following a Kristian Pierce corner. Stuart Jones leapt high to head in from close range.
Brickfield responded and Griffith had to be on his toes to save well from Andy Vale before right winger Henry Dunn also forced Denbigh’s keeper into a fine stop.
Seconds later and Walker brought a superb save from Jamie Griffiths in the Brickfield goal.
Both sides went close before half time arrived at 1-1.
After the break chances flowed at either end and Lunn’s shot from 25 yards beat Griffith only for Billy Holmes to scamper back to his goal-line and clear to safety.
On 65 minutes Brickie took the lead with Ozlu combining with Vale, who sprinted from halfway to slide the ball past the advancing Griffith.
Denbigh upped the pressure and it paid off after 75 minutes when Pierce fed a ball through to Jacob Barratt who was bundled over in the area and a penalty kick was awarded. Pierce fired home confidently from the spot
Having pulled back the deficit twice, Denbigh once again faltered when a rash challenge on Ozlu on 79 minutes saw referee Wright give the third penalty of the afternoon.
Once again Ozlu had no problem converting to give the hosts a 3-2 lead.
With time ticking away, the visitors sent men forward seeking the equaliser, some desperate but effective defending from Brickfield thwarting attempts from Sam Jones and Barratt.
Deep into injury time substitute Lee Davey shot from 18 yards with venom and Walker deflected the ball past Griffiths to secure Town a hard-earned point.
Mold Alexandra 0 Llay Welfare 2
Llay are certainly the great upsetters of Ardal North West.
Just six weeks after ending Denbigh Town’s unbeaten league record with a 5-1 pasting at The Ring, Mike Gadie’s side defeated leaders Mold Alex for a second time this season.
Alex had not lost in 17 matches in all competitions – winning 15 of them – before running into Welfare.
It was Llay who had last beaten Mold way back in August, 2-1 at home, and they followed up with a two-goal success at Alyn Park on Saturday.
The game was goalless until the 72nd minute when Jack Edwards broke the deadlock.
And Llay, who travelled short of a full squad, sealed it two minutes from time when Liam Hughes made it 2-0.
St Asaph City 5 Llanuwchllyn 3
Continuing the run of Saturday shocks, next-to-bottom St Asaph kept up their revival with a superb 5-3 win over high-flyers Llanuwchllyn.
With a cup and a league victory over Llandudno Albion going into a big test against Llan, Saints turned the form book upside down again.
A thriller at Ros Plas saw Saints take the lead in the 28th minute when Carl Murray pounced on a loose ball to score after Cam Parry and the keeper collided.
Liam Grayson doubled the home total on the stroke of half time when he slotted in from inside the box after hard work from Jason Foulkes.
Half time 2-0 and looking good for the hosts.
Five minutes into the second half, Dan Williams rose highest to meet a corner and headed in to make it 3-0.
However, Llanuwchllyn are not near the top for nothing and they stormed back, goals from Dan Dascalu, Joe Williams (penalty) and Nathan Davies making it all-square at 3-3 by the 80th minute.
At this stage surely Llan were favourites to go on and win, but to their huge credit Saints raised their game to win with two late goals.
Grayson’s deflected effort made it 4-3, then in the 90th minute a Duncan Midgley flick released Foulkes to fire in to secure the points.
Rhostyllen 5 Brymbo 0
Rhostyllen went nap and delivered their supporters a nice early Christmas present.
Brymbo applied early pressure, but the hosts coped well and on 25 minutes Cam Thomas broke free on the left and although his first effort was straight at the keeper the shooter managed to score at the second attempt.
Joe Garner made it 2-0 on 32 minutes when he managed to toe a Steven Jones through ball over the line.
The second half started the same as the first with Brymbo setting the tempo, but against the run of play Tom Douglas broke their offside trap to slot home and make it 3-0.
Five minutes later Kevin Roberts made it four from a Garner assist.
Before the end, player-manager Warren Aykroyd-Duckett added a fifth for Rhostyllen, whose man of the match was centre back Dean Jones.
Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs 0 Y Felinheli 1
Substitute Carwyn Dafydd’s 88th minute goal was enough to clinch Y Felinheli the points at Cae Clyd.
It was tough on Blaenau, who gave it their all, but are now seven points adrift at the basement.
Nantlle Vale 1 Llandudno Albion 1
Cai Morgan’s 84th minute goal rescued a point for Nantlle Vale in a game which ended with two red cards being shown.
Lee Stokes had handed Albion a 44th minute lead.
In the 93rd minute, visitors substitute Liam Jones and home striker Ashley Owen both saw red.
Llanrwst United 0 Porthmadog 0
Porthmadog’s 100 percent away record was halted at the sixth hurdle by a determined Llanrwst outfit whose goalkeeper Gwydion Owen was outstanding.
Five previous league fixtures on their travels had seen Port victorious on each occasion and amass a stunning 28 goals, so it was somewhat of a surprise to see them draw a blank at Gwydir Park.
Stuart Rogers’ second minute free kick from just outside the box went marginally over the crossbar and soon after, Matty Jones’ close range shot was saved by Owen’s legs after an excellent one-two with ex-Rooster Julian Williams.
In the 18th minute, Llanrwst threatened when a firm volley by tormentor-in-chief Callum Parry was charged down and two more attempts in the same attack were thwarted with one of them culminating in a goal-line clearance.
Port’s Marcus Banks missed a virtually open goal when his close-range volley was somewhat miss-kicked and a minute later Rhys Alun produced a close-range header which was amazingly cleared off the line.
On the hour came Port’s unluckiest moment of all when a terrific Rogers free-kick was finger-tipped brilliantly onto the upright by Owen and the follow-up effort crashed against the other post.
Port launched attack after attack without success. Llanrwst also had a few promising moments but danger man Parry was well shackled for the most part with excellent defending, particularly by Dewi Thomas who shone at centre-half.
As the match drifted into the 80th minute there were further thrills and spills, most notably when Rhys Alun sprinted clean through on goal only to see his chip float over both goalie and crossbar and the same player produced an excellent header from an Aron Jones cross – but it was straight into the keeper`s grateful arms.