North East Wales League – Sychdyn slip up, Cefn Mawr Rangers bosses enjoy first win

Cefn Mawr Rangers (red) take on Coedpoeth. Picture: BOB POWELL

NORTH EAST WALES FOOTBALL LEAGUE – REPORTS JAN 29

PREMIER DIVISION

Cefn Mawr Rangers’ new management team of Chris Parry and Adam Gill celebrated their first win in a 3-2 success against Coedpoeth United.

With Covid cases in the Rangers camp, outfield player Kiran Russell volunteered to be a stand-in keeper and did a fine job.

Perry Shoemark and Kurt Issac struck in the first half to give Cefn a 2-1 interval lead, Adam Lloyd replying for Coedy.

A good contest ensued in the second half, Kevin Breeze equalising before Issac notched what turned out to be the winner on 52 minutes.

Lex XI fought back from two-down to draw 2-2 with visitors Hawarden Rangers.

Joshua Rimmer and Ryan Tierney netted in the first half for Rangers, but the Lawmen rallied after the break, two goals in three minutes from Finley Dyer on 60 and 63 securing a point.

Llangollen Town breezed to a 4-0 triumph at Overton Recreational, Benjamin Wilson (2), Thomas Pemberton and Luke Riley sharing the goals.

Mynydd Isa Spartans and FC Queen’s Park played out a 1-1 draw at Snowden Avenue.

Tony Jones gave the Park a 12th minute lead, but Michael Fleetwood made it all-square on 29.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION

It was a case of After the Lord Mayor’s Show for Sychdyn, who failed to follow up the previous weekend’s excellent win over leaders Penyffordd Lions when they went down 3-1 at home to Ruabon Rovers.

Not a great day for Sychdyn’s Owen Edwards, who conceded TWO own goals after 25 and 61 minutes, Daniel Kebell the only Ruabon player to score for his team on 35.

Sam Vincent grabbed the home side’s sole reply in the second half.

Rovers are third, just four points behind table-topping Penyffordd having played the same number of games.

Another team bang in the title race are Connah’s Quay Town, who roared to a 6-1 victory at Johnstown YFC.

Kyle Amos (2), John Leonard, Callum Woods, Jake Leonard and John Coady split the goals haul, Nathan Mugford responding. Town are six points behind Penyffordd with two games in hand.

RESERVE DIVISION

Just like Karel Fialka sang back in 1980, the eyes had it for Castell Alun Colts Reserves in their 6-1 blitz at FC Queen’s Park Reserves.

It was a shock result as the next-to-bottom side hammered the third-placed team, Colts early substitute Thomas Eyes the hero with four goals on 15, 49, 60 (penalty) and 72 minutes.

Polish teenager Bartosz Kowalski and Luca Nardo also netted for the visitors, Matthew Bithell with a late consolation for the Park.

Both sides had a player sent off – Sean Humphreys walked for the hosts on 70 minutes and Dale Hughes was dismissed for the winners after 84.

Leaders Hawarden Rangers Reserves are 12 points clear after goals from Jordan Lomas and Alun Wilson sealed a 2-0 verdict over basement boys Coedpoeth United Reserves.

Llay Welfare Colts and Lex XI Reserves shared a 1-1 draw.

Kacper Wojciech put the Lawmen ahead on 10 minutes, but Euan Edwards restored parity after 65 and one-each is how it stayed.

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