Cymru North – great weekend for island teams Hotspur and Llangefni, nine-man Prestatyn get point

Great aerial combat from Llangefni Town (blue) versus Gresford. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

CYMRU NORTH REPORTS – MARCH 4 & 5

Table up to and including March 5. Picture: http://www.allwalessport.co.uk

Holyhead Hotspur 2 (Liam Morris 40, Dylan Summers-Jones 90+2)
Conwy Borough 0

Although admitting his team were not at their best, Hotspur manager Darren Garmey was more than satisfied with a result which makes it four matches unbeaten for the Holy Islanders.

Goals from Liam Morris and a late second via Dylan Summers-Jones kept the New Stadium outfit just below mid-table in tier 2 Cymru North.

Garmey said: “If I’m honest we were not totally at the races, which is understandable after having almost three weeks without a game, but saying that the performance was just what we needed and it keeps us ticking over on the run we are on.

“We competed really well in midfield in what was in parts a scrappy game, but then what we did in both boxes won us the game.”

Holyhead Hotspur manager Darren Garmey pictured during his team’s recent Cymru North battle with Holywell Town (Pic By Alun Roberts/FAW)

The game was very cagily played out in the opening stages.

The first chance fell to Summers-Jones, who failed to make the keeper work after a good through ball from Morris.

Conwy had made some inroads but were restricted to efforts from distance from Mason Blackwell-Jones and Meilir Williams.

Then just before half time the deadlock was broken following quick thinking from goalkeeper Alex Lynch, who released Morris to slot home from an angle past oncoming glovesman, 16-year-old Bradley Farrar, for his 11th goal this season.

The second half was all Holyhead, but there were not enough clear openings being created.

Then on 85 minutes Summers-Jones closed down a defender and took possession before rifling a shot into the bottom corner leaving the keeper no chance.

Llangefni Town 2 (Stanley Williams 33, Smith 40)
Gresford Athletic 1 (Chaplin 76)

Gresford Athletic scorer Joe Chaplin is shadowed by Llangefni defender Alun Roberts. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

A first win in 10 league matches lifted Llangefni off the bottom and boosted their undefeated run to four outings.

Since their previous victory at Ruthin last November, Cefni had lost six on the bounce but then earned commendable away draws at Colwyn Bay, Prestatyn Town and Buckley Town before coming up trumps against Gresford at Cae Bob Parry.

The hosts went one-up on 33 minutes when Cameron Jones’ strike was superbly kept out by Ben Jones, but Josh Stanley Williams converted the rebound.

In the 40th minute Jack Smith applied the coolest of finishes after he was released one-on-one with keeper Jones.

Joe Chaplin pulled one back for Gresford in the 76th minute, but Town held on for just a third league success of the campaign.

Buckley Town 1 (Roberts 40)
Prestatyn Town 1 (Sharkey 79)

Despite finishing the game with nine men, Prestatyn claimed a highly impressive point at The Globe.

Buckley’s ground staff worked wonders to get the game on and the home side led at half time through a 40th minute Jake Roberts goal.

In the 70th minute Prestatyn had James Webb sent off for a second yellow, but with 79 on the clock Dave Sharkey equalised.

Tom Reilly was also dismissed for a second yellow in the 90th minute, but the Seasiders held on for the draw.

Colwyn Bay 0
Airbus UK Broughton 3 (Eyre 21 pen & 31; Cornish 77)

A second 3-0 home defeat in five days for Colwyn Bay, with leaders Airbus this time taking the honours at Llanelian Road.

Jake Eyre’s first half double, a penalty on 21 minutes and another goal after 31, handed the Wingmakers a 2-0 interval advantage.

Beau Cornish added a clinching third for Steve O’Shaughnessy’s team on 77 minutes.

Llanidloes Town 1 (Clarke 62)
Llandudno 4 (Brookwell 27; Cavanagh 29 & 31, Thomas 89)

A dynamic first half performance from second-place Llandudno secured them a 3-0 lead which proved decisive in the final outcome.

Danny Brookwell fired the Seasiders ahead from distance in the 27th minute before a quick Shaun Cavanagh double had Sean Eardley’s men in complete command just past the half-hour.

In the second half, George Clarke replied for the Daffs on 62 minutes, but soon after Dewi Allen was sent off for the hosts.

Llandudno made ultra sure of the points with an 89th minute net-finder from veteran Lee Thomas.

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 1 (Lewis 1)
Ruthin Town 2 (Cummins 63 pen & 66)

Bottom side Llanrhaeadr led through Harrison Lewis’ first-minute goal until a double from Jamie Cumming inside three minutes – one a penalty – turned the tables for the visitors.

Penrhyncoch 3 (Shaw 13 & 14, Burrell 70)
Guilsfield 0

Eternal dark horses Penrhyncoch upset the odds with a convincing home win over long-time unbeaten title hopefuls Guilsfield.

An early pair from Josh Shaw, plus a 70th minute net-buster from Ifan Burrell, earned the Roosters one of their best wins of the campaign.

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