North East Wales football – reports from league and Horace Wynne Cup

Caerwys four-goal hero Toby Hughes. Picture: JONATHAN REES

NORTH EAST WALES FOOTBALL LEAGUE REPORTS – MARCH 5

PREMIER DIVISION

FC Queen’s Park 3 Hawarden Rangers 2

The Park strengthened their grip on a top four spot with a hard-earned win over a very determined Hawarden at The Dunks.
With the wind at their backs, the home side settled quickly.
Fielding arguably their strongest squad of the season, Joey Jones was back in goal and wearing the captain’s armband.
Barry Torrence was first to threaten with a 30-yard rocket which was well saved by keeper Jonathan Simpson.
Jack Hanley and Callum Roberts missed chances before the Park broke the deadlock on 32 minutes. Tony Jones managed to volley a looping ball from close range into the Hawarden net.
With Queen’s Park looking to see out the half, a sloppy pass allowed Ryan Tierney to pounce and slot in the equaliser.
The elements now in their favour after the break, Rangers began really well and after a long kick forward was miss-headed by the home defence, Aaron North struck to make it 2-1 on 63 minutes.
A triple substitution allowed the Park to bring on Callum Williams, Jake Harper and Liam Davies – and what an introduction it was!
Davies was on fire and soon found himself one-on-one with the keeper, the sub finding the net to level things up.
And in typical fashion, Torrence provided the 78th minute winner – his 24th goal in all competitions this season.

Lex XI 1 New Brighton Villa 0

Alan Huxley’s 16th minute goal was enough to earn Lex a vital victory in their quest to escape from the relegation slots.

Overton Recreational 2 Mynydd Isa Spartans 2

Bottom side Overton salvaged a point thanks to Christopher Bush’s 85th minute equaliser.
Alex Williams also netted for the hosts, Jordan Walker and Jay Wiles replying for Spartans.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION

Caerwys 4 Borras Park Albion 2

Caerwys striker Toby Hughes scored all four goals in a 4-2 win which pushed his team up to fifth.
Hughes bagged three in the first 12 minutes as ‘Wys threatened to run riot, but Borras keeper Elliot Hall kept the score down.
The visitors pulled one back when stand-in keeper Jaydon Murie was beaten by a low shot from Jac Brimfield.
Hughes had several chances to add to his tally but had to wait until late on before making it 4-1.
Albion managed a consolation goal through Rhys Faircloth with five minutes left.

Ruabon Rovers 9 Bellevue 0

Andrew Swarbrick netted five times – including a hat-trick in the first 13 minutes – as second-place Ruabon put basement boys Bellevue to the sword.
Lee Price (2), Chris Bennion and Lewis Williams contributed the rest.

RESERVE DIVISION

Coedpoeth United Reserves 5 Llay Welfare Colts 2

Aled Wyatt (2), Jacob Williams, Sean Phelan and Reece Bryan shared the goals in Coedpoeth’s victory, James Towey with both for Llay, who were level at 2-2 when the interval arrived.

HORACE WYNNE CUP

Round two

Brymbo Lodge 0 Greenfield 3 (walkover for Greenfield)

Chirk AAA Reserves 1 Mold Alexandra Reserves 2

James Ratcliffe struck twice in the first half of Mold’s triumph at Holyhead Road.
Brad Pearce’s response for Chirk four minutes into the second period turned out to be just a consolation.

Round three

Castell Alun Colts 1 Connah’s Quay Town 3

Alister Randles put Premier Division side Castell Alun one-up after six minutes, but the Championship visitors turned the tables thanks to goals from Gary McConnell and Lee Reynolds in the first half before Ryan Hewitt sealed it in stoppage time.

Hawarden Rangers Reserves 0 Gresford Athletic Reserves 4

Taylor Williams, William Roberts, Tomos Williams and Rhys Lloyd delivered the goals that mattered for a convincing Gresford.

Llangollen Town 1 Llay Welfare Reserves 0

Rupeni Thorn’s 72nd minute net-finder sent Llangollen into the next round.

Penyffordd Lions 2 Coedpoeth United 5

David Hughes was a first-half hat-trick hero for Coedpoeth who ruined Penyffordd’s hopes of an upset.
Mark Roberts replied for the Division One leaders before the break to make it 3-1, but on the hour Curtis Griffiths notched a fourth for the Premier visitors.
Oliver Johnson hit back for Lions, but in added time Kady Seabrook pocketed a fifth for the away team.

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