What an amazing day Saturday, February 12, 2022, was for Anglesey football.
One island team became the UK’s No 1 form side, another claimed their first league win of the season against opponents which whipped them 11-0 earlier in the campaign.
Then there was the team which beat one of North Wales’ most in-form outfits with a 95th minute winner, a past giant which reached a cup semi-final against the odds and a reserve side with a new manager on board who celebrated a great first victory under his leadership.
Here is how it all happened……
Bodedern Athletic 6 Glantraeth 0
Another magnificent chapter in the story of Bodedern’s remarkable 2021-22 season was written on Saturday.
After beating island rivals Glantraeth 6-0 at Cae Ty Cristion, the North Wales Coast West Premier Division leaders boosted their record to played 18 won 18.
This latest victory put them top of the Global League Stats, compiled weekly by the Non-League Matters website.
Cornwall-based Falmouth Town, previously in the No 1 spot with 20 straight wins, lost at home, meaning the Anglesey villagers now sit at the peak of the list of 250 leading form teams in the UK.
Whatever happens from now on, Boded have achieved something that will never be forgotten.
Leading the way against Glantraeth was the phenomenal Marc Evans, who became the first North Wales senior player to reach 50 goals this season after notching four versus his former club.
Manager Ricky Williams puts the success all down to the players, but the boss himself and his backroom team have to take their share of the praise too.
This whole story is an absolute dream. It is massively appreciated now, but in years to come it will probably become ever more so.
Boded will aim to make it 19 in a row when they make the tough trip to Penrhyndeudraeth this Saturday.
It will be a difficult test for sure, but Athletic need fear no-one.
Gaerwen 3 Pwllheli 2
To win your first league match of the season at the 20th attempt is a very commendable feat in itself.
But to do it at the expense of a team which trounced you 11-0 earlier in the campaign makes it truly remarkable.
Back in July 2021, Vinny Walker and Spud Thomas’ CPD Gaerwen side had conceded double figures at Pwllheli.
It remained their heaviest defeat of the 2021-22 season, but Saturday brought sweet revenge.
Goals from Andy Nuttall (2) and Dylan Williams sealed a famous 3-2 result at Lon Groes.
Hopefully Gaerwen can progress from here and climb up the North Wales Coast West Premier Division table. Saturday’s heroics lifted them off the bottom.
Holyhead Hotspur 1 Holywell Town 0
With a nine-match unbeaten run behind them, including back-to-back wins against a previously undefeated Guilsfield, Holywell were favourites to pick up maximum points at the New Stadium on Saturday.
Holyhead Hotspur’s season to date had been average overall, mid-table stuff although they had been unlucky not to pick up more wins after some encouraging displays.
However, Darren Garmey’s heroes produced one of their best results of 2021-22 against the Wellmen.
It looked to be heading for a draw until five minutes into stoppage time Jay Gibbs fired in the winner.
A brilliant result which can hopefully spark an end-of-season surge towards the top five for the Holy Islanders.
Llanfairpwll 2 Bethesda Athletic 2 (aet – Llanfairpwll won 5-4 on pens)
Llanfairpwll played for a number of seasons in the tier 2 Cymru North (or Cymru Alliance as it was known then) back in the day.
The Anglesey club operate in the far more humble tier 5 North Wales Coast West Division One at present, but this term have shown real signs of progress.
Nonetheless, they were second favourites to see off Division One table-toppers and very much in-form Bethesda Athletic in the NWCFA Junior Cup on Saturday.
However, Gwyndaf Hughes’ side were to prevail on penalties, despite the fact they were without their two top-scorers, Jay Finter and Marquis Holland.
‘Pwll made the breakthrough three minutes before half time when Dylan Williams found the back of the net.
Athletic came back strongly after the restart and within eight minutes were 2-1 up courtesy of goals from Joe Todd and Daniel Hughes.
Llanfairpwll equalised on the hour through Carwyn Roberts and that was the end of the scoring for the rest of the 90 and through extra time.
It was a heartstopping shoot-out which settled it, Llanfair coming out on top 7-6 to advance to the semi-finals.
Time to get that cup final suit out of the wardrobe Mr Mummery?
Llangoed and District Reserves 4 Llanrug United Reserves 2
This result was just the ticket for new Llangoed Reserves manager Dion Lewis.
Appointed last month, Lewis saw his men defeat Llanrug at Tyddyn Paun, Matthew Owen and Daniel Owen sharing the goals.
It was only Llangoed’s second win of the season but a very welcome one which suggests this team can show vast improvement under Lewis.
The new manager is a goalkeeper of no mean ability. Now he looks capable of being one to watch as a football boss too. Early days but promising signs.