ARDAL NORTHERN REPORTS – FEBRUARY 12
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Blaenau Amateurs 1 Denbigh Town 4
Report: Iwan Jones
Four-goal Denbigh stayed hot on the heels of the top two after Saturday’s emphatic win at Cae Clyd.
On a heavy pitch, Josh Davies scored twice for his first goals since returning to the club, with Craig Rogers also breaking his duck before Kristian Pierce added a convincing penalty.
Town had the wind behind them in the first half and took the lead on seven minutes following a loose Blaenau back-pass to keeper Cian Williams, which Davies latched onto and was able to slot home from close range.
Minutes later Jake Walker thought he had added a second when he broke through the Blaenau defence and fired home, but was adjudged offside.
In his first start since November following an injury lay-off, captain Mark Roberts ran from halfway into the Blaenau penalty box to force a corner which allowed Denbigh to double their lead.
From Jacob Barratt’s flag-kick, Rogers scored with a looping header.
Blaenau fought back and a vital last-ditch interception from the ever-improving Sion Jones on his goal-line prevented the hosts getting back into the game.
Aaron Jones in Denbigh’s goal was then called upon twice in quick succession to make saves.
Town’s Keiron Roberts rattled the bar before the interval arrived with a 2-0 away lead.
After the break, the Quarrymen had a strong penalty claim turned down by referee Iwan Ellis. Keeper Aaron Jones appeared to bring down Gethin Roberts, but Blaenau appeals were waved away.
This scare spurred Denbigh into action and on 50 minutes some neat work from Lee Davey and Walker enabled Davies to brush aside his defender and score from 10 yards.
Keiron Roberts hit another peach of a shot from 20 yards but once again smacked the woodwork.
In the closing minutes Blaenau forced a corner from which their captain Iwan Jones headed home to give the hosts a deserved goal after all their hard work.
Denbigh immediately counter-attacked and were awarded a penalty which Pierce blasted home.
A minute later Town were awarded a second penalty after keeper Williams fouled Davies.
Pierce stepped up again and shot to the opposite side as his first goal, only for Williams to guess correctly and make a superb save.
Unfortunately for keeper Williams, the afternoon ended on a bad note as he was red-carded in added time.
Brickfield Rangers 1 Porthmadog 3
Porthmadog stretched their excellent unbeaten away record in the league to nine matches – eight wins and a draw – by taking maximum points at Clywedog Park.
Second-place Port made the most of their first-half chances to establish a three-goal winning lead at the break.
In just the fourth minute, Rhys Alun latched on to an accurate low cross from Ifan Emlyn to send his shot wide of keeper Josh Williams for 1-0.
Then on the quarter-hour, Paul Lewis’ delivery from the left was met with a first-time left-footer by Rhys Alun, who doubled the lead.
Port appeared to have made the game safe after 36 minutes in rather fortuitous circumstances.
Dewi Thomas sent in a left-footed corner and under-pressure sub Ruben Lima Teixeira could only divert the high cross into the roof of his own net.
The second half provided rather less excitement than the first.
Brickfield were awarded a debatable penalty on the hour when Stuart Rogers was adjudged to have fouled Andy White. Up stepped Haci Ozlu to convert.
Julian Williams and Rhys Alun missed good opportunities to push Port further ahead before the end.
Llandudno Albion 4 Saltney Town 3
Albion fought back from 3-1 down to make it four league wins on the trot and push up to eighth in the table.
Shaun Tinsley and Sam Spridgeon put Saltney 2-0 to the good after 16 minutes before Dave Maddock replied on 17.
Jake Johnson made it 3-1 to the Bordermen before the 20-minute mark was reached.
Ben Jarvis hit back on 39 to give Albion genuine hope for the second half.
Jarvis equalised after 55 to set up a tense finish and Joe Carey plundered an 87th minute decider to seal it for the hosts,
Llanrwst United 2 Llanuwchllyn 1
Goals from Gruff Evans and Callum Parry secured three points for the fourth-place Rwsters at Gwydir Park.
After a goalless first half, Llanuwchllyn were reduced to 10 men on 54 minutes when Dan Dascalu was shown a second yellow card.
Evans broke the deadlock on 68 minutes before Parry added his 20th league goal of the season soon after.
United’s Gwion Owen was dismissed for two yellows on 75 minutes and there was some hope for the visitors when Ilan Hughes converted a penalty with 79 on the clock.
However, Nathan Davies’ 87th minute sending off meant Llanuwchllyn ended with nine players and no points.
Mold Alexandra 3 Brymbo 0
Leaders Mold saw off next-to-bottom Brymbo comfortably enough although the visitors did put up a decent battle.
Alex took a 13th minute lead when Steelmen keeper Louis Williams spilled Ellis Hickey’s header into the net, Danny Warren with the assist.
Warren made it two on 31 minutes with his 33rd goal in all competitions this season.
The striker’s first touch when put through was not great, but keeper Williams’ attempted clearance struck Warren and found the net – they all count!
Brymbo improved after the interval, but Michael Cunningham’s team made sure of the points when substitute Callum Freeman put them three-up on 64 minutes.
Before the end Mold’s Dom Doherty and Brymbo’s Ethan Simpson both received red cards following a clash between the pair.
Rhostyllen 1 Rhydymwyn 1
In a poor encounter at The Rec, honours ended even.
James Beck handed Rhydymwyn a very early lead before Scott Swords equalised after 38 minutes.
St Asaph City 1 Y Felinheli 0
Callum Murphy’s 22nd minute strike was enough to book St Asaph a fourth league win in succession.
The result lifted resurgent Saints out of the bottom three – a feat which possibly looked beyond them only a few weeks ago.
Full-back Murphy pounced on a rebound to score after Ellis Blench hit the post from Jack Davies’ free kick.
With the wind in Y Felinheli’s favour in the second half, the visitors were much more threatening and they missed some good chances.
One effort saw keeper Guto Hughes’ wind-assisted free kick force a good save from opposite number Luke Jones.
Nantlle Vale P Llay Welfare P
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Berriew 7 Corwen 0
Corwen’s fifth successive league loss on Friday night was a punishing one at Berriew.
Joe Haycock (3), Ed Baker, Steffan Rogers, Richard Davies and an own goal made up the home tally.
Bow Street 4 Welshpool Town 2
Iolo ap Dafydd (2), Sion Ewart and substitute Osian Burrell bagged the goals which delivered a win for Bow, Harry Harding and Ricky Litchfield responding for the Lilywhites.
Cefn Albion 13 Kerry 0
Lucky 13 for Albion, who are prowling ominously in pursuit of top spot.
The excellent Mike Latham led the charge with five goals, including a penalty, the prolific Alex Williams pocketed a hat-trick, Conner Kendrick hit two and singles were provided by Leighton Kendrick, Ryan Kershaw and Sean Jones.
Chirk AAA 2 Caersws 3
Report: Nigel Roberts
Chirk lost the leadership of the table after the ever-tricky Caersws took maximum points at Holyhead Road.
In a game of two halves, the Powys-based Bluebirds came out on top with a superb second half comeback.
Lewis Clamp had given the hosts a 1-0 half time lead, but the Colliers were guilty of missing several gilt-edged chances which cost them a bigger advantage.
When Dale Davies put Chirk 2-0 ahead on the hour, it looked like the home side were heading for a win.
However, Caersws had other ideas and when Ian Probert pulled a goal back on 68 minutes, it was game on.
The Bluebirds pulled level with a magnificent strike from Neil Mitchell on 72 minutes.
That goal was overtaken by a wonder strike from Luke Evans on 77 minutes when he struck from 25 yards to score what proved the winner.
Chirk pushed for an equaliser but man of the match, Caersws keeper Steffan Jones, pulled off some great saves to preserve his side’s lead.
Llanfair United 9 Four Crosses 0
New leaders Llanfair were in ruthless form against the bottom team, the remarkable Josh Astley adding another six goals to his monster haul.
Astley now has 36 league goals to his credit and 42 in all competitions for the first team this term. He has amassed 104 club goals in 162 matches, passing the century mark against Four Crosses.
Nyasha Mwamuka (2) and Owain James made up the rest of Llanfair’s total on Saturday.
Machynlleth 1 Rhos Aelwyd 1
Dillon Browne put Machynlleth in front in the 67th minute, but Rhos secured a share of the points when James Rumsey levelled with his 11th goal of the campaign on 69.