Flashback – 20 years ago: Jiws hat-trick sinks Rhyl during season where striker netted 66 club goals

The legendary Marc Lloyd Williams scored a hat-trick for Bangor City in a 3-0 win over Rhyl 20 years ago today. Picture: Mike Smith, Citizens Choice website

LEAGUE OF WALES – JANUARY 11, 2002

BANGOR CITY 3 (Marc Lloyd Williams 30, 80 & 82 pen)
RHYL 0

On this date 20 years ago Marc Lloyd Williams plundered a hat-trick to secure Bangor City a hugely popular three points against coastal rivals Rhyl at Farrar Road.
It was the most prolific of seasons for the striker from Llanberis known as “Jiws”.

In 2001-02 he achieved the following

⭐Netted a Welsh Premier all-time record 47 goals in a season, making him the highest scorer in all European leagues in 2001-02. However, he did not win the European Golden Boot as the Welsh Premier had a lower co-efficient than some of Europe’s bigger leagues.

⭐ Notched 10 hat-tricks in all competitions, including two doubles (six-goal hauls)

⭐ Amassed a total of 66 goals for Bangor City in league and cup matches

⭐ Scored 13 goals in the Welsh Cup, including six in one tie against Cardiff Civil Service

Jiws had already struck twice at Belle Vue in the reverse league fixture back in August, which saw the Citizens triumph 3-0 over Rhyl.

The then 28-year-old front man went one better in front of a modest 609 spectators at Ffordd Farrar on January 11, 2002.

The game was bossed from midfield by Welsh Internationals Clayton Blackmore and Simon Davies.

The pre-match news that young Owain Tudur Jones was on the bench following a gruelling series of matches for City and that Paul O’Neill was in at No 5 caused a murmur among the home fans.

The opening stages, with City benefiting from a stiff breeze from the Farrar End, was quite even.

Kenny Burgess featured well both in defence and attack before Paul Roberts screwed a shot wide from 20 yards. On 25 minutes Rhyl keeper Billy Stewart made a superb save, falling back to push the ball over the bar, as James Brewerton nearly gifted City an own goal.

On 28 minutes, Rhyl wing John Stannard fired over from outside the box before Stewart made a mistake which allowed City to go ahead.

A shot from Davies rebounded off the former Chester No 1 into the path of the ever-alert Lloyd Williams, who scored from close range.

Jiws continued to terrorise the trio of six-footers in the visitors defence, nodding just wide and then watching in disbelief as Blackmore’s pinpoint header was cleared off the line as half time beckoned.

Half-time: Bangor City 1 Rhyl 0

The second period promised a stiffer examination of the new-look City defence as Rhyl had the wind at their backs. In truth, it may have dropped slightly as the players changed around.

Lloyd Williams again exploited defensive indecision to shoot right-footed on target and then fire goalwards again within five minutes of the restart.

The supply was flowing from ex-Manchester United pair Blackmore and Davies, with the Lilywhites midfield chasing shadows.

On 51 minutes Rhyl introduced former Leyton Orient, Southend United and Birmingham City winger Ricky Otto.

Five minutes later Lloyd Williams saw his effort saved by the feet of Stewart as Davies opened up the Rhyl rearguard.

Steve Cooper was deservedly yellow carded for a late clip on Otto, the home side’s Robbie Williams likewise for a lunge on Burgess.

Rhyl midfielder Nicky Brookman raced 20 yards before shooting over from 30 yards moments after Lloyd Williams lifted a free-kick over the bar.

With some 20 minutes remaining Owain Tudur Jones replaced Cooper, although it was Blackmore who took up the right back duties.

City lifted the tempo with a sweet passing move involving Lloyd Williams and Roberts which created an opening for Burgess, who fired just over.

Otto, bought for £800,000 by Barry Fry for Birmingham in 1994, then forced a good save from Phil Priestley.

On 80 minutes the points were sealed as Lloyd Williams exploited some space on the left edge of the Rhyl box to beat Stewart from 10 yards.

The cheering had hardly died down when Owain Tudur Jones won the ball on the halfway line, looked up and found Roberts in the box with a supreme pass. “Robbo” was about to shoot when he was scythed down for a clear penalty.

Up stepped Lloyd Williams to complete a deserved hat-trick.

TEAMS

Bangor City: Phil Priestley, Steve Cooper, Alan Goodall, Aled Rowlands, Paul O’Neill, Graham Brett, Marc Lloyd Williams, Clayton Blackmore, Paul Roberts, Simon Davies, Kenny Burgess. Subs: Chris Short, Owain Tudur Jones, Paul Sellars

Rhyl: Billy Stewart, Colin Webster, Lee Coathup, Michael Jackson, Jamie Brewerton, Ged Hennigan, John Stannard, Robbie Williams, Nicky Brookman, Andy Green, Andy Moran. Subs: Ricky Otto, Nick Welton, Steve Futcher.

Match report: Mike Smith (Citizens Choice website)

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