North Wales Women’s Football League – leaders Rhyl 1879 hit nine, Bangor 1876 slump in Powys

Ruby McGilloway had a fantastic game as stand-in captain for Holywell at NFA


Welshpool Town 1 (B Jones 45+1)
Bangor 1876 0

Top-scorer Beth Jones provided the winning goal for Welshpool in first-half stoppage time at Maesydre.

This latest success made it a fantastic 16 points out of a possible 18 in 2022 for the Powys team.

Unbeaten in six league games, they have won five of those.

Sunday’s effort was the most complete performance of the season from the Welshpool girls to secure a hard-earned victory over Bangor.

A very open first half saw opportunities at both ends.

Beth Jones broke clear on a couple of occasions, firstly firing narrowly over before being denied by ever-alert Bangor goalkeeper Rebecca Elliott, who also thwarted Lauren Richards. Ellie Davies also went close to opening the scoring for Pool.

At the other end young Sophie France made a terrific save to turn a Bangor header round the post.

The keeper was also in the right place to save Julie Hamer’s blushes when her sliced clearance was heading goalwards until France intervened.

Just as it looked like the game would be goalless at the break, Katie Perkins’ through ball was cleverly left by an offside Richards for an onside Beth Jones to run on and round the keeper before slotting home.

The second half was a different story as Bangor had lots of possession deep in Welshpool territory, but the home defence, superbly marshalled by skipper Jo Bliss-Bennett, kept the visitors at bay.

Welshpool had opportunities to ease any nerves through Richards and Maddy Thorpe, who both went close.

Llanystumdwy 2 (Mpuku 31 & 54)
Llangefni Town 2 (Cox 16 & 37)

Grace Mpuku of Llanystumdwy

All-square at Dwyfor Park, where Llangefni made it four points out of six in their clashes with Llanystumdwy this term.

Jen Cox broke the deadlock for the Anglesey side on 16 minutes, but Grace Mpuku levelled after 31.

Llangefni Town’s Jennifer Cox

Cox struck again on 37 minutes with her 11th goal of the season to give Cefni a half-time advantage.

Mpuku grabbed her second for the home side in the 54th minute and two-apiece is how it stayed.

NFA 4 (Webster 14 & 86, Spibey 30, Hansen 84)
Holywell 0

Taking on a second-placed NFA side which had netted 70 goals in its previous 11 league games, Holywell did extremely well to limit their opponents to four.

The Rhyl team had won 13-0 away to the Wellwomen in January, so Sunday’s effort represented a much-improved showing from the Flintshire girls.

Trailing 2-0 at half time, Holywell did not concede again until the 84th minute and in between hit the goal frame themselves.

Amy Webster (2), Georgia Spibey and Rebekah Hansen were the home scorers.

In the absence of the injured Sarah Massey, Ruby McGilloway captained the visitors and put in a magnificent, inspirational performance.

A report on Holywell’s social media said: “Ruby not only worked tirelessly right until the very end and was awarded the NFA’s POTM, she also kept the team going with great enthusiasm and encouragement that clearly reflected for the 90 minutes.

“Holywell Ladies are renowned for not giving up, and today was not an exception to that. The team strategy for today clearly made a not so easy game for NFA, with some fantastic work between Sophie, Ruby, Zoe (Stopford), Caitlin Hadaway and Tyler.

“Every single player gave it their all on a not so easy pitch to play on.

“We had fantastic shots and chances to get on the scoreboard but they somehow never found the back of the net.

“2-0 down at half time and the girls came back in the second half fighting with their heads up and focused which clearly showed with a few more chances hitting the post and crossbar.

“Our defence line stood up well throughout the game and NFA capitalised on their chances, finishing the game 4-0.”

Holywell manager Tony Doyle said: “Amazing today ladies, unlucky not to get a draw, even a win was possible the way we played and had our chances. The score definitely didn’t reflect the game.

“I thought that everyone gave everything and I couldn’t have asked more of my team. Holywell ladies; you should be proud of yourselves today – a massive team performance.”

Trearddur Bay 0
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 9 (Crockett 3, Nellist 13, 25, 33, 70 & 76, Nattrass 56 & 87, Bannister 85)

Candice Nellist (white) scored 5 times for CPD Y Rhyl 1879

Rhyl striker Candice Nellist scored five times and became top scorer in the North Wales League on 22 goals as a result.

Nellist was unstoppable as the unbeaten Denbighshire coast team went to town at Lon Isallt.

Tegan Crockett started the ball rolling with a third minute goal, then Nellist added a hat-trick before half time.

The former Rhyl FC and Connah’s Quay Nomads forward added another two in the second half, while skipper Rachael Nattrass bagged a brace and Rebecca Bannister completed the rout.

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