Lock Stock Ardal North West – St Asaph winning run ends, Albion make it six victories in a row

Mark Roberts celebrates scoring Denbigh’s equaliser, while his Saltney opponent doesn’t appear overly upset about what’s just happened. All Denbigh Town photography is produced by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD

LOCK STOCK ARDAL NORTH WEST REPORTS – FEBRUARY 27

Latest table – Feb 26. Source: http://www.allwalessport.co.uk

Saltney Town 1 (Spridgeon 48)
Denbigh Town 1 (M Roberts 74)

Report: Gareth Jones

Title-chasing Denbigh missed an opportunity to move into second spot when they could only take a point at mid-table Saltney.

The visitors were almost caught cold in the second minute when Tommy Booth forced Aaron Jones into a fine save, diving low to his left to prevent a certain goal.

In the sixth minute Denbigh defender Sion Jones, spotting the keeper off his line, attempted an audacious shot from fully 35 yards which landed on the roof of the net.

The away side should have been ahead on 11, but Josh Davies pulled his shot wide of the left-hand post.

Have Saltney (red) scored here? Or are they appealing for something?

Playing with the strong wind in the first half, the Central Park outfit struggled to create any clear chances of note despite enjoying a significant amount of possession.

Saltney started the second half, now with the wind behind them, at a canter, and on 48 minutes took the lead through Sam Spridgeon rushing onto a Booth flick and calmly slotting low into the bottom right-hand corner.

Or is this Saltney’s goal?

With seemingly no reaction to going one down, Denbigh manager Dewi Llion swept the changes on 57 minutes bringing on Lee Davey, Sam Jones and Sean James for Kristian Pearce, Jake Walker and Danny Clarke.

Just before the hour it was almost 2-0, keeper Jones misjudging a high ball in the wind and having Billy Holmes to thank for a well-timed block which thwarted a sure goal.

On 73 minutes, Denbigh gained reward for their persistence.

Having won a free-kick down the right, Sion Jones found Stuart Jones, who at the edge of the box nodded down into the path of Mark Roberts, and he clinically dispatched his ninth goal of the season.

Saltney almost regained the lead only for Jones to produce an outstanding save to foil Spridgeon.

The resulting corner created a real scramble in the Denbigh box, with numerous blocks and tackles preventing a second for the Bordermen.

Saltney Town
Josh Cooke, Scott Beach, Shaun Tinsley, Stephen Chiocchi, Ben Jones, Ben Barratt, Jake Johnson, Paul Johnson, Sam Spridgeon, Jack Roberts, Tom Booth : Subs – Lewis Blackwood, Llion Evison, Charlie Roberts, Carl Pleavin

Denbigh Town
Aaron Jones, Sion Jones, Stuart Jones, Craig Rogers, Billy Holmes, Keiron Roberts, Kristian Pierce, Mark Roberts, Jake Walker, Josh Davies, Danny Clarke : Subs – Lee Davey, Sam Jones, Sean James, Jacob Barratt, Stuart Griffiths.

St Asaph City 0
Llay Welfare 1 (Taylor 28)

St Asaph (yellow/black) take on Llay Welfare. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Jonny Taylor’s first half goal was enough to secure three points for Llay at Roe Plas Meadows.

It was a first league defeat since November for Saints, who had won their last four in Ardal North West to haul themselves out of the bottom three.

Sixth-place Llay were indebted to keeper Kyle Flower for a great late stop from Ellis Blench.

Rhostyllen 1 (Douglas 35)
Llandudno Albion 5 (R Jones 6, Maddock 50 & 61, Stokes 54, B Roberts 77)

A sixth straight league win for the Albion moved them into the top seven.

It was all-square at half time, Ricky Jones firing the visitors into a sixth minute lead only for Tom Douglas to level it on 35.

The second half was all about Albion, Dave Maddock netting on 50 and 61 minutes to move up to 18 goals for the season and 99 in total for the club.

Lee Stokes and Bryan Roberts were also on target for Darren Jones’ side, who really have turned their season around in some style.

Brickfield Rangers 0
CPD Y Felinheli 1 (D Jones 1)

Dylan Jones’ first-minute header from a Caio Hughes cross proved sufficient to bank maximum points for Euron Davies’ Felinheli outfit.

Only an Owen Jones header off the line denied the visitors a second goal in the early stages.

Rhys Parry went close to netting for Felin on a couple of occasions, while a great late save from Guto Hughes deprived Brickfield of an equaliser.

The home side had Portuguese substitute Jardel Junior Lima Teixeria sent off for a second yellow card deep into stoppage time.

Blaenau Amateurs 0
Rhydymwyn 3 (Whelan pen 45+3, Beck 53, Ainscough 56)

Rhydymwyn enjoyed their first league win in five attempts but also made it three games undefeated with a deserved three points at bottom side Blaenau.

Connor Whelan broke the deadlock with a penalty three minutes into first half added time.

Two goals in three minutes before the hour settled the contest.

James Beck made it 2-0 on 53 minutes and Owen Ainscough added another after 56.

Llanrwst United 2 (Noble 55, S Roberts 67)
Brymbo 2 (Sheriff 17 & 65)

Next-to-bottom Brymbo ended a sequence of three emphatic defeats with a hard-earned draw at Gwydir Park.

Alex Sheriff struck first for the Steelmen on 17 minutes to make it 1-0 to the visitors at the interval.

Substitute Adam Noble put the Rwsters back on terms 10 minutes into the second half, but Sheriff put Brymbo in front for a second time after 65.

Sion Roberts made it two-apiece in the 67th minute and that was the end of the goals.

Llanrwst pressed hard for the winner, but good chances for Dion Lloyd and Callum Parry went begging.

Reece Airey produced some notable stops between the sticks for Brymbo.

Nantlle Vale 3 (Gwenallt 6, Hughes 45+2 & 75)
Llanuwchllyn 3 (J Williams pen 54, Evans 85, Ifan 90+4)

Ten-man Llanuwchllyn produced two late goals to snatch an unlikely draw at Maes Dulyn.

Nantlle led 2-0 at half time through net-finders from Guto Gwenallt after six minutes and Harri Hughes (45+2).

To make matters worse for Llan, they had Kyle Jones red-carded on 39 minutes.

A Joe Williams penalty nine minutes into the second half gave the visitors hope, but when Hughes made it 3-1 on 75, it appeared to be game over.

However, John Evans cut the arrears in the 85th minute and Gwydion Ifan salvaged a point for the away side with a leveller deep into injury time.

Before the final whistle, Vale had Rob Daniels dismissed for a second yellow.

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