Flashback – 5 years ago: Wins for Porthmadog, Denbigh and Prestatyn in Cymru Alliance

Josh Davies grabbed a second half hat-trick for Porthmadog against Llanfair five years ago today

Three reports from the Huws Gray Alliance

Saturday, 7 January, 2017

CPD Porthmadog 4 (Chris Jones 55; Josh Davies 67, 80, 83)
Llanfair United 2 (James Davies 48 & 85)

Report: Gareth Williams

Josh Davies came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the space of 16 second half minutes to secure the three points for Port.

All six goals came in the second 45 minutes after a first period where Port dominated possession but failed to open up the visitors defence.

Bizarrely, in a game which was hardly over-physical, a player from each side saw red and the referee also awarded two penalties!

Following some early sparring, Port’s Cai Jones tested keeper Chris Brown with a good angled shot on nine minutes.

Twice in the space of three minutes, Brown then pulled off fine saves with his legs to deny Gareth Jones Evans and Chris Jones.

Referee Iwan Griffiths pointed to the spot when Joe Vaughan brought down Rob Evans well away from the action, but it was keeper Brown again to the rescue, saving from Chris Jones with his trailing leg.

Half-time: 0-0

Three minutes into the second half, Llanfair’s James Davies stole in at the back post to meet Marc Jones’s free kick and find the net with a low shot.

The goal stung Port into action and within seven minutes they were back level. Josh Banks crossed from wide left, for once the keeper failed to gather and Chris Jones netted with a low shot from 10 yards.

Llanfair were undeterred and Richard Harvey needed to pull off a good save to deny the dangerous Davies capitalising on a misplaced pass.

It was then that Josh Davies made his impact and on 67 minutes a fine Port move put them ahead for the first time.

Chris Jones found Cai Jones, whose clever back-heel put Josh Davies through and the striker netted from 12 yards.

Then on 71 minutes came the first sending off with Llanfair’s Luke Gethin receiving his second yellow card.

Port looked in control even before this and it was no surprise when Davies scored his second, heading in Sion Bradley’s corner unchallenged at the back post.

Three minutes later Davies completed his treble from a penalty awarded for a foul on Sion Bradley.

Despite being down to 10 men and 4-1 in arrears the visitors conjured up a good response.

James Davies cut the deficit to 4-2 with a curling shot.

That completed the scoring but the last of the action was a second yellow for Port’s Dan Roberts.

PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Iddon Price, Josh Banks, Dan Roberts, Tom Clarke, Gareth Jones Evans, Chris Jones (Jamie McDaid 74), Rob Evans, Joe Williams (Josh Davies 53), Cai Jones, Paul Lewis (Sion Bradley 64).

LLANFAIR: Chris Brown, Alun Hughes, Marc Jones, Paul Griffiths, Matthew Spencer. Steve Andrew, Joe Vaughan, Luke Gethin, Nashan Blake, James Davies, Andrew Hughes. Subs: Ryan Davies, Jamie Waldron, Michael Brown.

Attendance: 202.

Prestatyn Town 6 (J Lewis, N Edwards, Kenny, Davies, Stead, Williams)
Holywell Town 0

James Stead was among Prestatyn’s six marksmen against Holywell

Runaway champions to be Prestatyn ensured Holywell went home a well beaten side on this date five years ago.

The Wellmen were actually the better team in the first half and won a penalty on seven minutes, Shaun Tuck being brought down by keeper Mike Jones.

Up stepped Tuck to take the kick but it was saved by Jones to keep the score at 0-0.

Holywell kept creating chances and could have easily been three goals to the good, but disaster struck for the visitors on the stroke of half time as Prestatyn’s Jack Lewis headed home.

HALF-TIME: Prestatyn Town 1 Holywell Town 0

The turning point in the game came in the 58th minute as Tuck was shown a red card. From then on, Prestatyn made the extra man count.

Noah Edwards scored on the hour mark before Jack Kenny made it 3-0 five minutes later.

Jordan Davies grabbed the home side’s fourth before James Stead struck a fifth with 10 minutes remaining.

In the dying stages, Alec Williams completed the scoring to make it a miserable afternoon for the Wellmen.

Denbigh Town 5 (Hassall 3, Partridge, Eyre)
Guilsfield 3 (Cooke pen, Jenkins 2)

Three-goal hero Aaron Hassall. Picture: STEPHEN WHITFIELD

Report: Steve Reds

An amazing first 14 minutes saw Denbigh race to a 4-0 lead against Guilsfield as Town striker Aaron Hassall nabbed a brilliant hat-trick.

Eddie Maurice-Jones gave debuts to keeper Jon Hill-Dunt and defender Ben Nash as he looked to strengthen his defence, but it was the forwards who started so well.

Hassall’s first was a 25 yard screamer on three minutes which flew past David Littleford in the Guilsfield goal.

His second after six minutes was made by Gareth Partridge as he found space to lay Hassall on for a deflected shot which looped over the keeper.

On 12 minutes Partridge became scorer as he was given plenty of time to shoot from 20 yards by the Guilsfield defence and past the despairing glovesman.

Hassall got his treble on 14 minutes when Andrew Swarbrick created space to provide a perfect ball into the hat-trick hero to net from 12 yards.

Half-time: 4-0

The second half saw a more determined effort from the visitors as they increased the pressure on the Denbigh goal.

On 56 minutes Town introduced another debutant with full-back Nathan Williams replacing the injured Andrew Stockton.

Then on 62 minutes a strong Tony Davies tackle on Guilsfield forward Jack Richards was deemed a foul by referee Jenkins and a penalty was awarded. Jake Cooke scored from the spot to give Guils a glimmer of hope.

The Powys men continued to push forward and on 80 minutes were punished when Town’s Craig Pritchard broke free from halfway and crossed to an unmarked Jake Eyre, who made it 5-1

Guilsfield substitute Adam Jenkins made it 5-2 on 84 minutes. A minute later Jenkins was on hand to score again from a cross just after Denbigh had a claim for a penalty turned down for a push on defender Nash.

The home crowd then endured a nervous end to the game as Guilsfield piled on the pressure before Town sub Alan Bull had a chance to make it six, but was harshly ruled offside after some great work by Eyre.

Denbigh: Jon Hill-Dunt, Jack Riley, Andrew Stockton, Ben Nash, Tony Davies, Keiran Gaul, Gareth Partridge, Craig Pritchard. Aaron Hassall, Jake Eyre, Andrew Swarbrick. Subs: Alan Bull, Phil Molyneux, Steve Wright, Liam Smith, Nathan Williams

Guilsfield: Dave Littleford, Calum Bromley, Chris Cathrall, Stuart Rogers, Sam Litchfield, James Henderson, Louis Irving, Nathan Leonard, Aaron Edwards, Jake Cooke, Jack Richards. Subs: Adam Jenkins, Mark Davies, Dan Barton, Lee Andrew

Attendance: 110.

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