What a turnaround! Gaerwen celebrate first win of season at 23rd attempt

Andy Nuttall (facing) was a two-goal hero for Gaerwen. All pictures: DARREN JONES

NORTH WALES COAST WEST LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

CPD Gaerwen 3 (Nuttall 52 & 58, Williams 54)
CPD Pwllheli 2 (Tipton OG 22, I Jones 86)

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i Clwb Pel Droed Gaerwen – Congratulations to Gaerwen Football Club.

On Saturday, the Anglesey side recorded their first league win of the season at the 20th attempt.

The result lifted them off the bottom of the tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division.

And it was not just any old team they beat – victims Pwllheli are third in the table.

Back in July, Gaerwen had lost 11-0 away to the Llyn Peninsula team – their heaviest defeat of the season. What a turnaround! Has there ever been a turnabout like that in North Wales football?

Gaerwen had lost their last 12 games and not managed a single win in 22 matches in all competitions during the 2021-22 campaign until Saturday.

Their previous best results had been home league draws versus Glantraeth and Aberffraw.

But all the disappointments are in the past. Saturday, February 12, 2022, will go down as a very special day in the club’s recent history.

Whatever happens for the rest of the season, this was a landmark display and hopefully a blueprint for future victories.

The success is not just down to the players, but also the hard work of managers Vinny Walker and Spud Thomas, as well as coaches Darren Jones and Liam Ewing, plus the rest of the volunteers at Lon Groes.

Gaerwen goalkeeper Callum Tipton

Gaerwen fell a goal behind in the 22nd minute when Ifan Jones hit a curling shot from 20 yards which keeper Callum Tipton got a hand to, pushed onto the post only to see it rebound off the upright onto his back and trickle into the net.

As Callum joked on social media after the game, what a way to score the first goal of your career!

However, he was very unlucky and ended up part of a very famous victory.

The rest of the half was played out with chances both ends but no further goals added.

Dylan John Williams on the ball for Gaerwen

The second half started with Gaerwen under the cosh.

However, in the 52nd minute the ball broke to Andy Nuttall two yards outside the box. He picked his head up, saw the keeper off his line and neatly finished with a deft lob.

Two minutes later Dylan Williams made it 2-1 to Gaerwen.

Closing down a defender and nicking the ball from him left Williams with a run at the keeper one on one where he slammed home to the glovesman’s left.

Great goalmouth action at Lon Groes

On 58 minutes it was 3-1 and dreamland for the islanders when Meurig Evans picked the ball up in his own half and Nuttall timed his run perfectly.

He was one yard inside his own half when Evans released the pass to leave Nuttall through on the keeper again to apply a fine finish. Three goals in six minutes!

Gaerwen held it at that until 86 minutes when Tipton got full hands to a shot and pushed it wide of the goal but the ball fell straight to Ifan Jones who drilled into the net, but it finished 3-2.

Winning joint-manager Walker said: “As it was our first win of the season the relief that it had happened was immense for everyone at the club.

“The weather on the day was a huge leveller as with Pwllheli being third in the league we knew they would want to get the ball on the floor and play, so the way the weather was and the pitch cutting up because of the weather made it very hard for them to do that.

“These boys of ours have been working so hard to try and turn their season around and that result was worth every bit of effort we have all put in.

Dylan Jones wins a header for Gaerwen

“Their effort yesterday was immense; they closed down everything and to be fair we could have scored more, even in the 95th minutes when legs were tired and backs against the wall we had players running 20 yards to block passes on the halfway line. We had to do something special to beat this team and we haven’t been in a winning position too many times this year and obviously every time we have been we have been pegged back for a draw or a loss.

“So the boys’ experience of game management is not where it should be which showed as for the last 10 minutes of the second half we were really under a lot of pressure but every single one of our lads gave everything in this game to keep the 3 points for us.”

It’s a winning bid for the Auctioneers!

Gaerwen

Callum Tipton
Christy Pritchard
Kyle Williams
Lewis Owen
Sam Regan
Graham Jones
Dylan Jones
Meurig Evans
Dino Williams
Dylan Williams
Cyrus Glover
Substitutes
Aled Jones
Danny Roberts (for Christy Pritchard 71)
Chris Parry (for Dino Williams 80)
Andy Nuttall (for Cyrus Glover 20)
Marc Wilson (for Dylan Williams 80)

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