Ardal North West – Mold are victorious in battle of top two, Denbigh back to form

Captain Stuart Jones (red – on ground) scored twice for Denbigh at Nantlle Vale. All Denbigh Town photography by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD

TIER 3 LOCK STOCK ARDAL NORTH WEST REPORTS – JANUARY 29

Porthmadog 1 (J Williams 90 + 6 pen)
Mold Alexandra 2 (Warren 44 pen, Doherty 58)

Mold moved three points clear at the summit after an excellent result at fellow title hopefuls Porthmadog.

After a cagey first quarter at Y Traeth, Port went desperately close in the 24th minute when a glorious Julian Williams header from a corner was superbly cleared off the line from just under the crossbar.

Close to half time, a seemingly on-target volley hit a Port elbow and the referee pointed to the spot.

Alex netting machine Danny Warren slammed home past the diving Paul Pritchard to make it 32 goals for the season.

On 60 minutes, the visitors put the game all but beyond Port as following a session of ping-pong in the area the ball fell to Dominic Doherty, who tapped home. Pritchard`s claims of a push on him came to nothing and he was booked for his protest.

Danny Warren netted his 32nd goal of the season for Mold

Towards the end, Port tried to push forward, with their usual quick-passing game being thwarted time and again by an ever-alert and gritty Mold defence.

The Alex created two further chances, Warren coming close and when Doherty was clean through on goal, his shot was cleared off the line.

Then, deep into injury-time, Port were given a lifeline when Julian Williams was brought down in the box and the same player confidently dispatched his spot kick, but it was only a consolation goal.

Nantlle Vale 0
Denbigh Town 3 (Stuart Jones 42 & 63, Barratt 60)

Stunning action as Nantlle leap into action against Town captain Stuart Jones. All Denbigh Town photography by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD

A Stuart Jones pair helped Denbigh complete a league double over Nantlle which keeps Dewi Llion Jones’ men well in touch with the top two.

Vale had won at Town a couple of weeks earlier in the League Cup on penalties, so Saturday delivered a revenge of sorts for the Central Park side.

The pivotal moment at Maes Dulyn came just after half time with Denbigh having a slender 1-0 advantage.

Town’s keeper Aaron Jones brilliantly saved a penalty from Vale’s new signing Telor Williams, with the rebound falling to a home forward who shot over the bar from point blank range.

The away team then went on to score two further goals within the next 20 minutes to put the game to bed.

In a first half of few chances, the visitors grabbed a 42nd minute lead.

Stuart Jones (right) celebrates a goal for Denbigh. All Denbigh Town photography by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD

From Jacob Barratt’s inswinging corner, Josh Davies headed at goal only for Gethin Roberts to save well and palm the ball into the path of Stuart Jones, who was able to tap in from close range.

Losing at half time spurred Nantlle into putting Denbigh under pressure straight from the restart.

Jamie Jones broke free to a one-on-one situation against Town keeper Aaron Jones. The young stopper made himself big to block Jones’ shot and deflect the ball away for a Vale corner.

From the flag-kick, a Vale player was adjudged to have been fouled and a penalty was awarded. Telor Williams’ well-struck low shot was brilliantly saved by Jones and from the rebound Vale failed to convert from six yards.

A let-off for Denbigh as without doubt an equaliser at this time would have meant a different second half.

The away side took a further 10 minutes to compose themselves. Vale continued to pressurise but Craig Rogers and Stuart Jones at the heart of Denbigh’s defence were proving a formidable barrier, ably assisted by full-backs Sion Jones and Billy Holmes.

On 60 minutes Denbigh had their second and what a goal it was. Sam Jones collected the ball inside the Vale half and made headway towards the penalty area.

He sent over a well-directed cross to the right-hand side of the penalty area for Barratt to meet the ball on the volley and fire with venom giving Roberts no chance of stopping.

Three minutes later it was 3-0. Kristian Pierce let fly a fierce shot from 25 yards which Stuart Jones caught on the volley and his effort looped in over Roberts’ head.

In the 77th minute the hosts were awarded a second penalty when Holmes was deemed to have handled in the area.

Aaron Jones had a fine game in goal for Denbigh. All Denbigh Town photography by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD

Telor Williams once again stepped up only this time to see his shot cannon off the post and away to safety.

With 84 minutes played Josh Davies battled his way into the Vale penalty area only to be brought to earth by a clumsy challenge from keeper Roberts.

A penalty was awarded, and Davies took the kick only for Roberts to guess correctly and smother the ball by diving to his left. Not an afternoon for penalty-takers.

The win keeps Denbigh in contention for the title, five points behind leaders Mold Alexandra with a game in hand.

Llanuwchllyn 4 (T Jones, J Williams 2, Hafal)
Rhydymwyn 1 (Swann-Jones)

The prolific Joe Williams struck twice to make it 25 league goals this season for Llanuwchllyn.

The fifth-placed home side actually trailed 1-0 at half time to a goal from Rhydymwyn’s Nathan Swann-Jones, but the picture changed after the break.

Tom Jones levelled it, then Williams bagged a brace before Garmon Hafal rounded off the scoring.

Llandudno Albion 2 (Evans, Stokes)
Rhostyllen 1 (Thomas)

Albion celebrated their first home league win in six attempts.

Dan Evans put the hosts in front on 14 minutes and Lee Stokes added a second early in the second half.

Cameron Thomas hit back for Rhostyllen midway through the second 45, but the Llandudno outfit hung on for the spoils.

Saltney Town 3 (Barratt, McCleary 2, 1 pen)
Brickfield Rangers 3 (Vale 3)

An Andy Vale hat-trick earned the Brickie a welcome point at Sandy Lane.

Vale struck on 7, 59 and 87 minutes, helping his team fight back from 3-1 down to grab a draw.

The Bordermen responded through a Ben Barratt goal on 13 and Ryan McCleary double after 23 (penalty) and 50 minutes.

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