Bangor 1876 3 (Awel Ellis 15 & 29, Lisa Thomas 37)
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 5 (Niomi Taylor 21, Tegan Crockett 43, Rebecca Bannister 52, Laura Williams 74, Emily Bentley 76)
Report: CPDM Bangor 1876
Despite eventually losing to North Wales Women’s League leaders Rhyl 1879 last weekend, Bangor 1876 players and management took many positives from the team’s performance.
The hosts led 3-1 through an Awel Ellis double and Lisa Thomas single, Niomi Taylor replying, but the visitors pulled a goal back through Tegan Crockett just before half time and then went on to dominate the second 45 minutes.
Top-scorer Candice Nellist went off injured for Rhyl close to the break and was replaced by new signing Tara Nattrass, but this did not affect the away team firepower in the second stanza, Rebecca Bannister, Laura Williams and Emily Bentley scoring the goals that clinched victory for the undefeated leaders.
Bangor had lost 8-1 at Rhyl early in the season, but last Sunday’s tussle at Plas Ffrancon, Bethesda, was much closer.
Commenting on the match result, 1876 manager Aron Griffith said: “Firstly we’d like to thank Rhyl for making the journey down to Plas Ffrancon. It was a good game to watch, end to end at times and competitive in the right way.
“We can take a lot of positives out of the game despite the 5-3 defeat. I think the game hinged on small margins to be fair and on another day we could have won or at least drawn but it wasn’t meant to be. I think Rhyl knew they’d been in a game today and respect to them for coming back from 3-1 down and taking the 3 points in the end.
“The girls came out strong wanting the victory and we fully deserved the lead with cracking goals from Awel (2) and Lisa, but we allowed Rhyl to come back and then switched off again just before half time and conceded.
“Credit to Rhyl they came out strongly in the second half and we dipped due to lack of fitness and injuries, particularly to Becca in goal who played on regardless.
“Having said all this, I couldn’t fault the girls today after that stellar performance and the improvement from the first game we played them. We’re looking forward to carrying this momentum onto our next game away to Llanystymdwy next Sunday and focus on taking 3 points.“
Team captain Dani Barnfield added: “It’s not often that you walk away having lost a game, and be happy (ish) with the result like we are as a team today.
“Obviously we played for the win and we’re disappointed not to have got anything from the game, but it wasn’t meant to be and it feels that little bit of luck we needed just wasn’t on our side.
“After losing the reverse fixture last time with a depleted squad in the way we did, it was great to see our players come together and put in the shift that they did.
“Unfortunately we did have some minimal lapses in concentration which they capitalised on, but there are plenty of positives to take from the performance, including some well-taken goals.
“We have to remember it’s our first season together with young players in the team, and after a disappointing result before Christmas we should be glad to have pushed an experienced side like Rhyl to the end like we did.”
Rebecca Elliott, Lisa Thomas (Dani Barnfield 76), Ffion Bee, Chelsea Williams, Awel Ellis (Georgia Bain 65), Gwen Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Mia Roberts, Elin Jones, Catrin Hughes (Nia Roberts 81), Heledd Evans. Unused subs: Molly Barton, Jema Owen.
Lauren Jones, Saskia Wynne-Thomas, Steph Farley, Emily Bentley, Laura Williams, Rachael Nattrass, Candice Nellist (Tara Nattrass), Alicia Duke, Tegan Crockett, Rebecca Bannister, Niomi Taylor. Unused subs: Joy Jamieson, Amy Woodbridge, Megan Robinson, Trisha Harley.