Huws Gray Alliance – Saturday, January 14, 2017
Buckley Town 0
CPD Porthmadog 7 (Paul Lewis 14 & 28; Cai Jones 34, Tom Clarke 55, Josh Davies pen 60, Gareth Jones Evans 72, Joe Williams 87)
Sion Bradley, now a star performer for Caernarfon Town in the Cymru Premier, made his full debut for Porthmadog in the Cymru Alliance on this day five years ago – and what an impact he made!
January 14, 2017, delivered an occasion where Porthmadog fans enjoyed one of their best away days in some time.
An excellent all-round team performance saw the Traeth men record their biggest win of the season.
To put the outcome into some context, hosts Buckley had a nightmare campaign, ending up relegated after finishing bottom of the table.
Five years on, they are back in the Cymru North and a much stronger unit, while Porthmadog operate at a level below.
However, exactly five years ago, Port were flying high and showed ruthless finishing at The Globe.
It was quite a day for Paul Lewis. Having recently rejoined from Barmouth, he had a hand in each of the first four goals. He scored the first two and his assists helped put Port four up in 55 minutes.
The goals came at regular intervals and despite their best efforts, the home team failed to get a real foothold in the game at any stage.
Both sides played a passing game despite the heavy pitch and to their credit Buckley did not indulge in damage limitation football and even at the end made efforts to get something on the scoresheet.
Port threatened from the off and, in his first start for the club, Sion Bradley was a real livewire.
The opening goal came after 14 minutes and Bradley was the instigator, breaking down the right and cutting an excellent ball back for Lewis, who placed a low shot wide of the keeper into the corner of the net.
Port continued to dominate though Andy Watkins, for the home side, picked a loose ball on the edge of the box and struck well, but wide.
It was no surprise when Port doubled their advantage on 28 minutes with Bradley and Lewis again combining.
Bradley broke past the full back on the right and his delivery found Lewis, who scored with a low, well-placed shot.
It was just six minutes before Port netted their third, Lewis’ perfectly weighted through ball releasing Cai Jones to finish clinically with a first time shot.
Before the break, Buckley’s Aron Williams worked a good shooting opportunity but pulled his attempt narrowly wide.
As expected Buckley came out determinedly in the second half and Watkins soon tested Richard Harvey with an angled shot from the left.
Almost immediately Harvey was in action again, saving well at his near post from Jacob Evans.
However, by the 55th minute Port were four up when Lewis’ free kick eluded everyone in a packed box and Tomos Clarke was first to react to find the net from close range.
On the hour, an excellent individual effort from Gareth Jones Evans made it five. The midfielder made a mazy run, cutting across from the right and beating keeper McGee with a shot from 18 yards.
When Chris Jones was sent flying in the area Josh Davies netted with his usual assurance from the spot.
Joe Williams made up for a glaring miss when on 87 minutes he ran on to an excellent Julian Williams through ball to net from 8 yards.
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Rob Evans, Josh Banks, Steve Bratt, Tom Clarke, Gareth Jones Evans, Chris Jones, Siôn Bradley (Gwion J Williams 80), Josh Davies (Joe Williams 75), Cai Jones (Julian Williams 62), Paul Lewis.
BUCKLEY: Adam McGee, Cory Leggett, Dylan Roberts, Jason Renshaw, Jordan Taylor, Jamie Evans, Jacob Evans, Andy Watkins, Michael Cronshaw, Aron Williams, James Rumsey. Subs Used: Troy Oham, Tom Gunson, Jake Skymer,