North Wales Coast League East Premier Division – January 8, 2022
Llandyrnog United 1 Glan Conwy 2
CPD Llannefydd 7 Kinmel Bay 0
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 8 Penmaenmawr Phoenix 0
CPD Llannefydd 7 (Appleby, Morris 2, Clwyd, Roberts 2, Jones)
Kinmel Bay 0
Seven-goal Llannefydd roared to the top of the Premier Division with a stunning success over a visiting side which is adjusting to a fresh management set-up.
It was not the ideal start for Kinmel Bay’s new regime, which sees reserves manager Alex Craig promoted to first-team boss, following the mutual departure of long-serving Frank Woods.
Craig wasted no time in recruiting former Abergele and Prestatyn Town chief Leon Field as joint-manager, along with ensuring the return of highly-rated coach Andy Thomas, who has enjoyed considerable past success with the club.
Also added to the management team is Paul Jaycock, who brings a wealth of playing experience to the table.
With only a week to prepare and limited numbers, the Kinmel Bay managers took a mixture of first team and reserve players to face a brilliant Llannefydd side.
It could not have been a more difficult start for the Morfa men.
Both sides began brightly, but Llannefydd took the lead with a brilliant headed finish from Luke Appleby
Although Bay did have five really good chances, Llannefydd keeper Elias Jones was unbeatable.
It could have been 3-3 at half time but Kinmel’s lack of finishing and some superb goalkeeping kept them scoreless.
Llion Morris and Nico Clwyd added further goals to put Gwyndaf Pritchard’s home side 3-0 up at the interval.
Bay competed well for the first 20 minutes of the second half, keeping it at three, but eventually Llannefydd’s superior fitness and technicality got the better of them, Morris, Ed Jones and Simon Roberts (2) bringing the home total to seven.
Man of the match for Kinmel Bay was 17 year old Oliver Gray, while Nico Clwyd earned Llannefydd’s award.
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 8 (Evans, Ellis 5, Atkins 2)
Penmaenmawr Phoenix 0
Kieran Ellis scored five as 1879 made it 11 straight wins with a ruthless demolition of Phoenix at Belle Vue.
The first goal arrived on seven minutes when Elliot Evans’ shot carried too much power for keeper Dion Jones.
In the 19th minute Ellis’ pace and power took him into the box where was he able to resist the challenge of Stephen Bibby and lash in from an angle.
Ellis may have been guilty of a push on the edge of the box before winning the ball and thundering home from 10 yards in the 39th minute.
A hat-trick was completed by Ellis before he added a fourth via a towering header from a Casey Faulkner pinpoint cross from the right.
Early in the second half, Carl Lamb touched on a high ball in the box and Ellis bundled home for his fifth and Rhyl’s sixth.
Substitute Leon Atkins then took centre stage with two goals. An attempted shot arrived at Atkins’ feet before he turned and drilled home before the same man finished from close range for 8-0.
Llandyrnog United 1 (Crompton 83)
Glan Conwy 2 (Hoe-Pike 21 & 26)
Keating Hoe-Pike’s first-half double proved enough to clinch the points for Glan Conwy at Cae Nant.
In what was a disappointing performance from Llandyrnog, the home side only got going late on when Jack Crompton halved the deficit on 83 minutes.
But it was too little, too late from Jimmy McNally’s men.