Ardal North East – Chirk beat Cefn in battle of high-flyers, Llanfair remain in pole position

Chirk AAA’s Jake Ellison (red) wins a header against Cefn Albion. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND


Up to and including March 5 –

Cefn Albion 0
Chirk AAA 2 (Davies 72, MacCarter 90+1)

Report: Nigel Roberts

Two goals in the last 20 minutes at Clywedog Park secured Chirk AAA a league double over high-flying rivals Albion.

In this top of the table clash, the Colliers took the points with a solid, disciplined performance.

Albion started well without troubling the away defence and gradually it was the visitors who took the upper hand.

Louie Middlehurst hit the woodwork twice in the opening half with Chirk keeper Josh Jones rarely troubled.

Albion went down to 10 men on 65 minutes when former Cefn Druids midfielder Ryan Kershaw was shown red for retaliation, handing Chirk the initiative.

Chirk AAA celebrate a goal. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND

And it was not long before Chirk took advantage, going ahead through leading scorer Dale Davies after 72 minutes, a goal which was thoroughly deserved from the game’s outstanding player.

Albion pushed for the equaliser and went close when Alex Williams hit the bar with a close range header.

But it was the away side who scored next with recent signing Jordan MacCarter securing victory with a last-minute goal.

A great win for Chirk against their close rivals, now they must continue their fine form next weekend at Holyhead Road against league leaders Llanfair United.

Llanfair United 5 (Astley 12, 48, 53 and 68; B Jones 41)
Machynlleth 0

Josh Astley made it an astonishing 40 league goals in 21 games for Llanfair as he delivered another four in a nap-hand success over Machynlleth at Mount Field.

Astley has struck 48 times in first team action across all competitions, three of his goals on Saturday coming in the second half.

Ben Jones was also on target for the leaders, who are two points ahead of Chirk having played two games more. Llanfair travel to Chirk next Saturday.

Corwen 1 (Cordiner 45)
Caersws 4 (Davies 13 & 75 pen, Thomas 49, Harris 84)

Corwen goalscorer Owen Cordiner on the ball. Picture: GAVIN BILLINGTON

Report: Gavin Billington

Corwen’s long absence from the War Memorial Park finally came to an end on Saturday.

Having last played at their long-time home in September 2021, Ben Heath’s side were back on familiar ground six months later for the visit of Caersws.

It was not a happy occasion, with the Bluebirds coming away 4-1 victors, but still the feeling of being back where they belong would have sat well with the Corwen crew.

The opening goal came in the 13th minute, when Luke Mumford’s corner was nodded on towards Caersws striker Rhydian Davies, who leapt to head home.

Ten minutes later the home side’s Kian Harrison shot on the turn over the bar.

Haydn Grindley headed down the wing before crossing into the penalty area, where the ball was missed by Oliver Crimp, but fell into the path of Harrison, who saw his powerful shot saved well by goalkeeper Steffan Jones.

Mumford hit the bar from a free kick before another of his deliveries into the Corwen box found the head of Davies, who was denied by a fingertip save from Nathan Roberts.

In the last of the first half regulation minutes, Corwen’s Owen Cordiner showed he was getting back to his best after a lengthy spell out due to illness as he chased down a short back-pass, rounded keeper Jones and slotted into an unguarded net. Half time 1-1.

Early in the second half Mumford crossed into the path of William Thomas, who pinged a shot into the very top corner of the net to restore the away lead.

A turning point came with quarter of an hour to play when two players collided in the Corwen box, an incident which was seen by the referee.

He did not see anything the matter with it; but on the advice of an assistant waving their flag, the ref then pointed to the penalty spot, much to the dismay of the home side.

Davies put the spot kick away. Glynn Coney added a killer fourth for ‘Sws seven minutes from time.

Dolgellau 1
Rhos Aelwyd 4

Four first-half goals set up Rhos Aelwyd for an emphatic win.

Scott Reeves (2), Daniel Roberts and James Rumsey sealed the points, Gerwyn Williams responding in the second half for the hosts.

Berriew 1
Bow Street 1

Substitute Norton Collins’ 95th minute equaliser rescued a point for the Rhiewsiders.

John James had earlier put Bow Street ahead in the 65th minute.

Penparcau 0
Welshpool Town 3

Harry Harding, Adam Knott and Ryan Knott scored the goals in an impressive away triumph for Welshpool.

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