NORTH WALES WOMEN’S LEAGUE REPORTS – MARCH 13
Northop Hall 4 (Ellen Sharps 24, Amy Glendinning 41 & 43, Hannah Williams 78)
NFA 11 (Rachel Lloyd 8, Sade Benjamin 9, 53, 62 & 88; Emily Jones 38 & 76; Amy Webster 72, 79 & 81; Stella Windsor 54)
NFA’s lethal attacking triumvirate Sade Benjamin, Emily Jones and Amy Webster netted nine goals between them in this match and made it a combined 54 for the season in a big-scoring victory at Shotton.
Injuries were a major factor, but the Rhyl side started well and in the seventh minute captain Rachel Lloyd struck a sweet shot that beat the keeper.
NFA kept up the pressure and a minute later Benjamin added to the scoreline.
In the 24th minute Northop Hall were awarded a dubious penalty. Yasmin Mills managed to save the initial kick but could not prevent the taker Ellen Sharps converting the rebound.
The two-goal advantage was restored when Jones latched on to a through ball and chipped over the oncoming keeper Jo Bennion, who is not the usual Hall gloveswoman.
Northop Hall refused to lie down and a pair from Amy Glendinning made it 3-3 at half time – work to do for the visitors in the second 45.
After another constructive interval team talk between coaches and players, NFA took the game by the horns in the second half.
In the 53rd minute Benjamin got her second goal and player of the match Stella Windsor made it 5-3 a minute later with a strike from outside the box.
Benjamin completed her hat-trick in the 62nd minute. Ten minutes later Webster got on the scoresheet.
Jones collected her second goal in the 76th minute to make it 18 for the season, before Hannah Williams pulled one back.
Webster added a double in the 79th and 81st minutes to bring up her treble. They were quality finishes after some wonderful football from the ladies and Webster now has 16 goals this term.
In the 88th minute Benjamin completed the scoring with her fourth of the day and 20th of the campaign – again after some quality passing.
Winning manager Andy Lloyd said: “Good team performance by the ladies today. Thanks to Northop for their hospitality for the second week running.”
This win moves NFA up to second place in the league, with a home game against Holywell to come this Sunday.
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 7 (Rachael Nattrass 4 & 22; Emily Bentley 7 & 17; Becca Bannister pen 57; Laura Williams 58 & 75)
Free-scoring Rhyl made it 12 matches unbeaten as they remained top of the table by two points.
The opener came on four minutes from some link up play between captain Rachael Nattrass and Emily Bentley on the edge of the box.
Bentley set the ball nicely and Nattrass whacked a powerful shot from the edge of the box which went in over the keeper’s head.
Three minutes later Rebecca Bannister switched the ball brilliantly out to Bentley, who ran into the box, remained composed and slotted into the bottom corner.
It was 3-0 after 17 minutes, Laura Williams providing the pass before Bentley applied a great finish.
The 22nd minute brought a fourth for the hosts. Some good passing play from Rhyl down the left with Rosie O’Brien and Niomi Taylor saw the ball go into the box to Candice Nellist, who held it up well and found skipper Nattrass, who again rocketed home over the keeper’s head.
It went 6-0 to Rhyl with two quick goals before the hour.
Fine work down the right between Saskia Wynne-Thomas and Bentley set up Nattrass, who with quick feet managed to get past a defender who then conceded a penalty with a foul on the captain in the box.
Bannister drilled a very composed driven shot into the bottom left hand corner – great spot-kick.
Following good passing in midfield, Nattrass threaded a pinpoint pass to Laura Williams, who produced a trademark calm finish. Laura completed the rout with a 25-yard special.
It was Williams who was named 1879’s player of the match, while Llanystumdwy’s award went to Hana Wellings.
Welshpool Town 5 (Bethan Jones 37, Lily Davies 60, N/A 80, Lauren Richards 84, OG 90+3)
Holywell put in a great effort at Maesydre, where the scoreline somewhat flattered the home side.
Joint player of the match for the Wellwomen went to defenders Sinead Beck and Caitlin Latham, who were awesome together at the back.
However, all the Holywell players put a great shift in and were a credit to the club.