Genero Adran North – Hat-tricks for Gibbard and Hewitt, Pwllheli record welcome win

Mari Gibbard (maroon and black) is about to score for Bethel. Picture: PATRICK CAIN

GENERO ADRAN NORTH REPORTS – SUNDAY, MARCH 20

Fixture – March 23: Bethel v Pwllheli…..table up to and including March 20. Source: http://www.allwalessport.co.uk

Bethel 4 (Gibbard 27, 52 & 77; Fflur Williams 33)
Connah’s Quay Nomads 1 (Wall 63)

Mari Gibbard proved again she is one of the finest tier 2 players in Wales as her hat-trick sank Nomads at Cae Seilo.

Now with 16 goals to her name this season, the 25-year-old former Llandudno forward also tops the league’s assists table in 2021-22 with 13.

Mari put Bethel ahead on 27 minutes when she capitalised on a defensive mistake – intercepting an attempted pass from the keeper and finishing with her left foot.

Fflur Williams made it 2-0 six minutes later and it stayed that way until half time.

Seven minutes into the second half Mari struck again, gambling on getting to keeper Sioned Hughes-Williams’ goal-kick and netting once more with her left.

Substitute Ella Wall, 16, pulled one back for the Nomads, but Gibbard had the last word when she latched onto a great through ball from Katie Midwinter, rounded the keeper and finished for a memorable treble.

Mari Gibbard closes in on another goal. Picture: PATRICK CAIN

Nomads report from Adam Angerer….

Sunday afternoon saw the Nomads finish their Genero Adran North season in fourth place after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Bethel Ladies.

Main summary….
Bethel took a 2-0 first half lead after goals from Mari Gibbard and Fflur Williams
Mari Gibbard scores early second half goal to make it 3-0
16-year old Ella Wall calmly finishes to give Nomads a lifeline
A third from Mari Gibbard restored Bethel’s three-goal advantage.

Nomads came into this fixture having played twice in three days as they saw off Llanfair in a comfortable 2-0 win, but had their promotion hopes quashed as Llandudno defeated them 3-1 last weekend.

Bethel were unbeaten in their last four league fixtures with their most recent victories being a 3-1 win against Airbus and a 5-3 away to Llanfair.

Today’s contest saw Nomads make one change from last week’s Llandudno defeat as defender Llinos Hughes came back into the side following a three-match ban, replacing the injured Jade Scott. Nomads also welcomed the returning Jennifer Haynes, who was on the bench due to a recent knock.

As for Bethel, captain Gwenno Bolton returned after being absent from the win against Airbus. Bethel’s second-highest scorer this season Fflur Williams also came back into the starting 11 as Jordanne Greenough dropped to the bench.

Nomads got off to a good start as Tamara Hamer picked up the ball centrally and found Niamh Grimshaw, whose eventual effort was narrowly wide.

Bethel also had early spells of possession as they managed to break into the final third, but their long range attempts were wide of the target.

The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute after Charlie Bolland’s clearance was intercepted by Mari Gibbard, who slotted past the keeper into the bottom corner to give Bethel a 1-0 lead.

Bethel went two-up shortly after Fflur Williams was on point to intercept Bolland’s pass out from the back and tuck away into an empty net.

The Nomads made two changes at the beginning of the second half as Jennifer Haynes and Ella Wall came on for Cat King and Chelsea Bloor.

Mari Gibbard bagged herself a brace just five minutes into the second half as a long ball fell to the forward who powerfully lashed into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

Nomads subs made an instant impact as a scramble inside the area led to Haynes laying off to Wall who calmly finished beyond Sioned Williams into the back of the net.

The Nomads came straight back at Bethel as they looked to half the deficit. However, Hamer’s long shot on the edge of the area was slightly wide of the far post.

Quay continued to apply pressure but a series of corners and free kicks into the box saw the Bethel defence clear from all angles.

Bethel made it 4-1 in the 77th minute as Mari Gibbard grabbed her hat-trick. Gibbard broke free and got on the end of Katie Midwinter’s through ball, going round Bolland and slotting home her third.

The full time whistle went on a disappointing result for Nomads on which to end the league season.

The Nomads now turn their attention to the NEWFA Women’s Cup as they take on Wrexham with a semi-final place up for grabs on April 3rd with a 2 pm kick off.

Denbigh Town 0
Airbus UK Broughton 3 (Hewitt 38, 44 & 75)

Airbus star player Tegan Hewitt notched a hat-trick to ensure the Wingmakers ended their league fixtures on a high note.

Hewitt missed a penalty before scoring on 38, 44 and 75 minutes to move up to 20 goals in all competitions for the season.

Abby Williams had a chance to make it 4-0 late on, but also failed from the spot.

Denbigh finish bottom of the table after what has often been a painful season, but some of their closer contests gave plenty of cause for optimism.

CPD Pwllheli 2 (Gray 62, Sansome 65)
Llanfair United 0

Sarah Gray and Stacey Sansome provided the second half goals which earned Pwllheli a welcome 2-0 win over 10-player Llanfair.

Gray broke the deadlock on 62 minutes and Sansome struck after 65 for the hosts, who only had 12 players available themselves.

Pwllheli are assured of fifth place and are due to visit Bethel in both teams’ final fixture on Wednesday.

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