Jordan Roberts grabs late winner as Bangor 1876 overcome tough challenge of Amlwch’s women

Amlwch’s new signing Ellie Sian Jones (left) takes on 1876 defender Ffion Bee. PHOTO; Gethin Jones

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CPDM Bangor 1876 1 (Jordan Roberts 86)
Amlwch Town 0

Jordan Roberts scored the deciding goal just four minutes from time as Bangor 1876 became just the second team in the North Wales League to beat Amlwch this season.

Top-scorer Roberts made it nine goals for the campaign in a tough contest at a very blustery Plas Ffrancon in Bethesda.

The winner came after Lisa Thomas made a run into the box, committing two defenders and leaving Roberts free.

The ball deflected into Jordan’s path and she turned to hit it on the half-volley, finding the net to the left of keeper Ceri Pritchard.

Amlwch’s Shannon Thomas (left) it tackled by 1876 defender Charley Smith. Pic: GETHIN JONES

Commenting on the win, 1876 manager Aron Griffith said: “It was end to end at times and especially in the rough conditions. Our overall game plan for the match panned out okay, even with the wind.

“It was game of relatively few chances, but I thought we looked the more likely, and had some decent chances but again the wind played its part. Credit to both teams they dug deep and adapted to the conditions to make a game of it.

“It was a competitive game throughout as we knew it would be against a strong team who’ve been flying in the league and haven’t lost for a long while, so pleased to come away with the points.

An amazing action photo from GETHIN JONES. 1876 player Mia Roberts (left) and Joanna Bramwell of Amlwch play football ballet

“Once we scored we shut up shop and managed the game out, but Amlwch pushed us all the way. We’re proud of the performance from the girls today, each and everyone of them.

“From our perspective we’ve got to keep up this level of intensity and performance going and take this momentum forward into our next match which will be another tough one, away to Welshpool next weekend.”

Amlwch put in their usual fine effort and were missing a few regular players, notably top-scorer Tesni Hughes, as well as Sara Furlong, Katie Lewtas and Kim Lodge.

1876 young talent Mia Roberts (left) challenges experienced Amlwch star Cerys Gadd. Photo: GETHIN JONES

For 1876, it was great to see Ceri Lois back on the pitch for the first time since November after a major operation. All went well for the lively striker, who came on for Awel Ellis in the second half.

Also a welcome face in the Bangor side was Charley Smith, featuring for the first time since joining the club from Llandudno as a player, although she had been part of the 1876 coaching set-up before that.

TEAMS

Bangor 1876

Rebecca Elliott, Lisa Thomas, Ffion Bee, Awel Ellis (Ceri Lois 59), Charley Smith, Danielle Barnfield (Chelsea Williams 85), Jordan Roberts, Mia Roberts, Elin Jones, Gwen Roberts, Heledd Evans. Other subs: Georgia Bain, Molly Barton, Catrin Hughes.

Amlwch Town

Ceri Pritchard, Shannon Thomas, Catrin Thomas, Emma Roberts, Cerys Gadd, Anna Roberts, Carol Lewis, Joanna Bramwell, Ellie Sian Jones, Lowri Thomas, Caitlin O’Neill. Sub: Cara Hughes.

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