Match of the Day – CPD Y Rhyl 1879 1 NFA 0

Rachel Lloyd (blue) on the ball for NFA but it was Laura Williams (left in white and black) who scored the winning goal. Pictures: MATT JOHNSON

North Wales Women’s Football League – February 6, 2022

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 1 (L Williams 50)

🌟⭐️ Match Highlights 🌟⭐️

3 min: NFA keeper Courtney Ingram holds an early shot from Emily Bentley
10 min: Laura Williams plays in Tegan Crockett who is denied by brave keeping from Ingram
35 min: NFA’s Amy Webster smartly skips past two challenges but her shot only finds the side-netting
42nd min: Rapid counter-attack from NFA sees Ashleigh Mills make a dynamic run from her own half before chipping the ball into Sade Benjamin, whose firm shot is brilliantly kept out by Meg Robinson.
Four corners at the end of the half bring no reward for NFA.

Typical derby action as Rhyl and NFA (blue) tussle for the ball. Picture: MATT JOHNSON


47 min: Injury to Webster in the Rhyl box leads to hold-up in play.
50 min – GOAL: 1879 settle the better after the stoppage. Suddenly LAURA WILLIAMS finds herself in space and coolly lobs Ingram to score. RHYL 1879 1 NFA 0.
52 min: Rachel Lloyd strikes free kick just over bar for visitors
56 min: Bentley shoots narrowly wide for hosts
61 min: NFA keeper Ingram leaves the field with injury and is replaced by Yasmin Mills
65 min: Yasmin makes a great save at the feet of Bentley, who is injured in the impact and hobbles off. Lauren Jones, normally a keeper, takes her place.
71 min: Robinson holds near post effort from Emily Jones
76 min: Webster denied by Robinson, who then holds a powerful Jones strike blasted straight at her.
90 + 8 min: Ashleigh Mills lobs a lovely free kick into box but Emily Jones miscues volley
90 + 12 min: Ashleigh Mills lets fly but shot misses target
90 + 17 min: Full-time. Rhyl celebrate a hard-fought win

Ashleigh Mills of NFA (blue) aims to get away from Rhyl’s Emily Bentley and Becca Bannister. Picture: MATT JOHNSON


Defences were on top in the first half, both keepers made one good stop apiece.
NFA applied lots of late pressure, but no breakthrough.
The second half saw NFA start on top again, but the injury to Amy Webster upset their rhythm more than 1879’s.
Soon after the restart, the most experienced player on either side, Laura Williams, applied a smart finish to put 1879 one-up.
From then on, it was mainly all NFA attacking.
Shots were raining in, but Rhyl defended so well, the visitors were often forced to shoot from too far out, allowing Robinson numerous comfortable saves.
Rhyl threatened occasionally on the break, but once Emily Bentley went off injured, they had no main attacking outlet.
As a result the hosts were pushed further and further back, yet the defenders performed brilliantly, with keeper Robinson rock-solid.

Sade Benjamin on a break for NFA (blue). Picture: MATT JOHNSON

NFA often overhit the final pass, although the wind did not always help them in that regard.
Both sides have piled in the goals in recent weeks, so it was ironic a single strike was enough to settle Sunday’s derby.
There were plenty of stand-out players, the Mills sisters, Ashleigh and Jessica, typified NFA’s determination, while Tegan Crockett impressed again for 1879 down the left.
Saskia Wynne-Thomas, Tara Nattrass, Steph Farley and Alicia Duke put in great shifts at the back for the hosts, while Stella Windsor had a really tidy, compact game on the right for the visitors.
Overall, NFA would have been worthy of at least a draw, but it was not their day.
1879 remain unbeaten and top of the table, but NFA will come again and today’s game proved again Rhyl has two excellent sides operating in the league.


Gary Hayes had a great game in the middle

Gary Hayes played 17 minutes of added time in the second half which seems an awful lot, but he was spot on. There were a few long stoppages for injuries.
Mr Hayes gave an excellent, efficient performance, as he has in all the women’s games I’ve seen him officiate in this season.
He let the game flow as much as possible and his decision-making was first class.
Referees don’t always get the credit they deserve, but the standard of officiating in this area of the coast is top quality in my opinion.


Meg Robinson, Saskia Wynne Thomas, Tara Nattrass, Steph Farley, Emily Bentley, Laura Williams, Rachael Nattrass, Alicia Duke, Tegan Crockett. Becca Bannister, Candice Nellist.
Subs used: Niomi Taylor, Lauren Jones
Unused: Trisha Harley, Amy Woodbridge

Courtney Ingram, Rachel Lloyd, Stella Windsor, Jessica Mills, Amy Webster, Ashleigh Mills, Molly Brown, Megan Pursell, Emily Jones, Grace Bamber. Sade Benjamin.
Subs used: Yasmin Mills, Chloe Evans.
Unused: Amy Chesters, Libby McClelland, Emilie Hulme

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