With domestic football now over for 2021, Grassroots North Wales looks back at 10 great matches from the current season so far.
North Wales Coast West Premier – Nov 20, 2021
Bodedern Athletic 3 Bangor 1876 2
Surely the game of the season below tier 3 and probably better than numerous matches across the top three levels throughout 2021-22 so far.
These Tier 4 rivals were both unbeaten and went for it from the off.
Asa Thomas’ powerful low shot in the ninth minute produced the only goal of the first half in Bodedern’s favour.
After the interval, 1876 raised their game and by the hour they were 2-1 up courtesy of a Chris Jones penalty and Sion Edwards strike.
Marc Evans levelled from a penalty on 73 minutes and the same player converted another spot-kick after 86.
That was enough to win the game, protect Boded’s 100 percent record, and send 1876 tumbling to a first-ever league defeat in their 30th outing.
North Wales Coast East Premier – Oct 9, 2021
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 3 Kinmel Bay 2
They will be talking about this blue bridge derby classic at Belle Vue for years to come.
A remarkable game saw Rhyl 1879 trail 2-1 with the 90 minutes up, only for added time strikes from Carl Lamb and a Reece Fairhurst 35-yard stunner with the clock on 94 to turn the tables.
Matty Marsh-Evans and Ryan Hulse put Kinmel two-up, and when Lamb missed a penalty for the hosts it looked like it would be one of those days for Gareth Thomas’ side.
But Lamb halved the arrears three minutes after failing. However, no-one was prepared for that added time drama. Kinmel Bay also had keeper Josh Wilmot and Nick Jones sent off.
North Wales Coast West Division One – Aug 15, 2021
Bodorgan 4 Bethesda Athletic 5
What a sensational Tier 5 contest this was! Pity there had to be a loser.
A nine-goal thriller saw Bethesda recover from 3-0 down to lead 4-3, concede a late equaliser – and then bag a last-gasp winner.
Geraint Jones put Bodorgan ahead with a second-minute penalty before a Steven Jones double on 25 and 31 had the hosts three-up.
Joe Todd replied for Pesda on 36 minutes and a Joshua Roberts own goal before the break gave Mark Hughes’ side genuine hope.
After the interval, Todd levelled on 65 and when Tomos Hughes made it 4-3 after 74, Athletic had completed a total turnaround.
The drama was not over, as Steven Jones completed his hat-trick to make it all-square in the 89th minute.
But up popped Tomos Hughes on 90 to clinch the points for Pesda.
Ardal North East – Sep 18, 2021
Corwen 5 Berriew 4
In their first match since moving to temporary base Maes Tegid in Bala, Corwen triumphed in an absolute corker.
Berriew led 2-0, Corwen rallied to go 5-2 up, then the visitors mounted a late revival, which included a missed penalty, only to lose 5-4 in a nine-goal stormer.
Goals from Joe Haycock on 15 minutes and Edward Baker after 22 put the Rhiewsiders two-up, but Kevin Day halved the deficit before an Owen Cordiner stunner made it two-apiece at the break.
Into the second half and it looked all over after 86 minutes after goals from Cordiner, Scott Evans and Day put Corwen 5-2 ahead.
Berriew were not finished. Haycock made it 5-3 and on 90 minutes the Powys men earned a penalty which Craig Pearce lashed against the bar.
In the ninth minute of stoppage time, Haycock completed his hat-trick to cut the arrears to one, but there was no more time left. What a game!
North Wales Coast East Division One – Sep 4, 2021
NFA 4 Y Glannau 3
NFA edged the spoils against Y Glannau in a classic Tier 5 contest at Rhyl.
Jacob Gilbert-Jones, Matthew Robinson and Ste Falvey had the hosts 3-0 up early in the second half before Kevin Rickard, Jordan Davies-Jones and Mike Colley (pen) brought it back to 3-3.
Then in the 90th minute Jacob Gilbert-Jones plundered NFA’s winner.
A touch of the Liverpool v Newcastle 1990’s classics about this one!
Ardal North West – Dec 18, 2021
St Asaph City 5 Llanuwchllyn 3
Much-improved but still next-to-bottom St Asaph took a shock 3-0 lead against high-flyers Llanuwchllyn, but were pegged back to 3-3.
At this point, a betting person would surely have had the team with momentum – Llan – down as certs to go on and win this Tier 3 battle, but Saints produced a fantastic turnaround to take the match 5-3.
First-half goals from Carl Murray and Liam Grayson had Asaph in command at half time.
Five minutes into the second half, Dan Williams headed in to make it three.
However, Llanuwchllyn stormed back, goals from Dan Dascalu, Joe Williams (penalty) and Nathan Davies making it all-square by the 80th minute.
Saints showed huge character from here to grab the victory, Grayson’s deflected effort and Jason Foulkes hitting the vital fourth and fifth goals.
FAW Amateur Trophy round five – October 2, 2021
Bodedern Athletic 5 Berriew 3
No surprise to see Bodedern in this list twice.
Dynamic duo Marc Evans and Asa Thomas scored all five between them to send Athletic into the FAW Trophy quarter-finals after an eight-goal thriller at Cae Ty Cristion.
The Anglesey side stormed into an early two-goal lead, but tier 3 Berriew from the higher Ardal North East League hit back to go 3-2 up only for Ricky Williams’ islanders to turn the tables by scoring three times in the closing minutes.
Thomas put Athletic one-up on 13 minutes.
Evans doubled the lead on 17, but Berriew responded with a Jack Williams goal after 20.
The visitors now had their tails up and Edward Baker made it 2-2 in the 29th minute.
Boded won a penalty before half time, but Casey Boylan missed it.
Joe Haycock put the Rhiewsiders 3-2 up in the 62nd minute, but the hosts were far from finished.
Evans made it three-apiece and in no time completed his hat-trick with Athletic’s fourth.
Thomas clinched the tie with a great finish from an impossible-looking angle before the whistle.
Bodedern will travel to South Wales to take on Baglan Dragons in the quarter-finals in February.
North Wales Coast East Division One – July 11, 2021
Cerrigydrudion 5 Llandudno Amateurs 4
A nine-goal topsy-turvy thriller between two high-flyers in Division One.
Top of the table Cerrig edged a tight one thanks to a pair of goals apiece from Tirion Griffiths and Gruffudd Edwards, plus a single by Robert Parry.
Mike Chapman, Steve Collins (2) and Chris Smyth made sure the Amateurs were always in the contest.
Welsh Cup first round – Aug 14, 2021
Llanfair United 2 Penrhyndeudraeth 3
Three days after suffering a demoralising 7-1 league defeat at Llanberis – their first loss of the season – Penrhyndeudraeth produced an amazing comeback to knock higher level opponents out of the Welsh Cup.
Iwan Williams’ tier 4 heroes picked themselves up in remarkable style to overcome a Llanfair outfit which entered the weekend top of tier 3 Ardal North East.
The North Wales Coast West Premier Division visitors led 2-0 at half time courtesy of goals from Tomos Smith and Cai Henshaw.
A Richard Jones own goal gave the Powys hosts hope four minutes into the second half, but just past the hour Smith made it 3-1 for the Cockles.
Despite a late reply from Josh Astley, it was Penrhyn who advanced with a magnificent result.
North East Wales League Championship – Sep 11, 2021
FC United of Wrexham 6 Johnstown 6
Not sure about the quality of defending in this one, but a 12-goal fest with each team taking a point must have been compelling to watch.
Aston Jones (3, 2 pens), George Yarwood (2) and Kirk Ratcliffe produced FCUW’s haul, Robert Reynolds (3), Matthew Durban (2) and Nathan Mugford responding.