A review of the 2021-22 Rhyl and District Sunday League season so far – title race is wide open

Royal Oak (blue) are top of the Rhyl and District Sunday League at the end of 2021. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

The most thrilling aspect of the 2021-22 Rhyl and District Sunday Football League season heading into the new year is the title race being totally wide open.

Seven of the nine teams could be classed as still having a chance of finishing champions, no-one yet having taken the league by the scruff of the neck.

Narrow leaders entering 2022 are Mark Dudley’s Royal Oak, who have won five of their last six league games and sit top on 15 points from eight fixtures.

Josh Brown and Matty Rees have been their main goalscorers with 19 between them, by far the most productive combination in the league, but other proven net-finders like Adam Cassidy are also in the ranks.
Three clubs are then on 13 points, Millbank from seven games, Y Clwb from six and Conwy Comrades eight.

Millbank (all maroon) are having a more than decent season. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Consistency – or lack if it – has been key for these teams. On their day, they can beat anyone, but on other occasions they have faltered badly, especially the Comrades, whipped 11-0 by Royal Oak last time out.

Millbank, with Jack Davies and Aidan Bell as their joint top-scorers on seven apiece, have come out on top in some close games and it would be no surprise to see them eventually win the title.

Y Clwb can not be counted out in any way. They could claim the summit if they win their games in hand and the Glan Conwy side have so many players capable of scoring goals.

Conwy Comrades simply have to field their strongest team on a regular basis if they are to make waves in 2022.

Bar Bow ended their year on cloud nine with victory over Millbank, and in fifth place with 12 points from eight starts, are still close enough if good enough.

Bow have two tremendous goal-getters in Martin King and Harrison Bellis and could yet emerge from the pack to mount a real challenge under the management of Robert Cunnah.

Six Bells, on 10 points from six outings and FC Mally, played six, points nine, are also still in the hunt.

Six Bells skipper and league top goal scorer Macca Lewis

Bells have the league’s leading marksman in Macca Lewis, but he needs others to chip in more. No-one else in the team has netted more than two.

The Bells have produced some fine results, but need to win more regularly if they are to challenge for honours.

Mally are the most successful team in the league’s history with three quadruples and a treble on their honours board. They have been excellent in the cups so far, but a little inconsistent in the league.

However, they have Benn Lundstram on fire with 10 goals, and the likes of Lee Ellis capable of getting a bagful at any time.

Mally (pink) take on Rhyl Wanderers. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Mally ended Royal Oak’s five-match winning run recently, but are also prone to the odd slip-up and that has to stop happening if the Junction boys are to have a say in the title tussle.

Bottom two Rhyl Wanderers and The Alex are seemingly too far adrift to catch up and trouble the rest in the new year, but both can still play a part in who wins what by upsetting the odds on occasion.

With each of the nine clubs playing 16 matches, the season is pretty much at the halfway stage.

The only thing predictable about the league this season is its unpredictability and that should make for an exciting second half of the campaign.

THE FINAL LEAGUE TABLE OF 2021

League results to date 2021-22 season

December 12
Royal Oak 11 Conwy Comrades 0
The Alex 5 Rhyl Wanderers 7

December 5
Bar Bow 3 Millbank 2
Y Clwb 6 The Alex 0
Rhyl Wanderers 1 Six Bells 2
FC Mally 3 Royal Oak 2

November 28
Six Bells 1 Y Clwb 2
FC Mally 1 Conwy Comrades 2
Royal Oak 5 Rhyl Wanderers 0

November 14
Bar Bow 3 Six Bells 6
Y Clwb 1 Royal Oak 4
Rhyl Wanderers 1 FC Mally 5
Millbank 4 Conwy Comrades 2

October 31
Conwy Comrades 8 Rhyl Wanderers 0
The Alex 1 Millbank 11

October 24
Royal Oak 3 The Millbank 0
Conwy Comrades 1 Y Clwb 4
Rhyl Wanderers 4 Bar Bow 7

October 10
Bar Bow 0 FC Mally 1
Y Clwb 2 Rhyl Wanderers 2
Millbank 5 Six Bells 4
The Alex 3 Conwy Comrades 4

October 3
Bar Bow 1 Y Clwb 3
Millbank 3 FC Mally 2
The Alex 1 Royal Oak 5
Six Bells 1 Conwy Comrades 1

September 26
FC Mally 2 The Alex 5
Six Bells 5 Royal Oak 2
Bar Bow 2 Conwy Comrades 5
Millbank 1 Rhyl Wanderers 1

September 19
Bar Bow 4 Royal Oak 2

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