North Wales Coast East – Rhyl 1879 steam on, big win for Llanelwy livens up Division One title race

Even with his back to goal, Rhyl 1879 net-finder supreme Carl Lamb cannot be stopped. Picture: RYAN DESMOND (CPD Y Rhyl 1879 media officer – with thanks)

NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE REPORTS – MARCH 26

PREMIER DIVISION

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Meliden 0 CPD Y Rhyl 1879 4

Top-scorer Carl Lamb made it 30 goals in 20 matches across all competitions for Rhyl 1879 this season after netting a double at The Mine.

The emphatic 4-0 result keeps Gareth Thomas’ side in second place, unbeaten in the league with 17 matches played and four points behind leaders Prestatyn Sports with four games in hand.

It took the visitors just eight minutes to edge ahead at Meliden, Lamb rising above the home defence to force a great header over the line into the bottom right corner.

Rhyl’s Chris Bennett (2) aims to stop this Meliden attack. Picture: RYAN DESMOND

Lamb added a second four minutes later from the penalty spot after Kieran Ellis was fouled in the box.

Five minutes before the break, defender Miles Todd made it three with a superb looping header.

The scoring was completed in the 65th minute courtesy of a cracking half-volley from club captain Reece Fairhurst.

CPD Bro Cernyw 1 Prestatyn Sports 3

An Aron Davies own goal and James Witherspoon net-buster within the opening 10 minutes put table-toppers Sports well on their way to victory.

Ianto Roberts pulled one back for the hosts on 78 minutes before Adam Clayton made sure of an away win with a third for the leaders after 85.

Glan Conwy 1 Kinmel Bay 1

Ashley Wood

Ashley Wood’s 85th minute equaliser delivered a cracking point for the ever-improving Kinmel Bay.

Glan took a 61st minute lead through Conor Davies before having Jordan Phillips red carded on 65.

Llandyrnog United 1 CPD Llannefydd 3

Llannefydd kept in touch with the leaders after coming out on top in a great battle at Cae Nant.

The visitors took a second-minute lead with a wonder strike from Guto Owen.

Chris Evans was on hand to equalise after 39 minutes.

Llannefydd assistant-manager Alistair Stubbs was shown a red card before the break and at 1-1 it was all to play for in the second half.

It remained all-square until the 79th minute when a Lewys Jones header put Gwyndaf Pritchard’s side into the lead.

And a cheeky late effort from Jared Roberts sealed it for the visitors.

CPD Llansannan 4 Llanfairfechan Town 3

A seven-goal stormer saw third-from-bottom Llansannan pip the basement side.

Lewis Mitchell put Llanfairfechan ahead, but Geraint Jones levelled and Leon Gierke edged Llansannan in front.

Thomas Croston made it 2-2, Geraint Jones claimed his second for the hosts and Robin Jones put Sannan 4-2 ahead.

All six goals arrived between the 15th and 35th minutes.

Croston cut the arrears to 4-3 on 70 minutes and when Dafydd Owen was red carded for the home team soon after, Llansannan had some hanging on to do, but cling on for the points they did.

Mochdre Sports 3 Llandudno Junction 2

Two-goal hero Kane Williams

Kane Williams’ double and a Thomas Clarke single was enough to bank Mochdre the points, but they had to withstand a late fightback from the Junction.

Sports led 3-0 on the hour, centre-half Williams netting with headers from corners and striker Clarke was a welcome name on the scoresheet after a long spell out through injury.

But replies from Jack Williams after 72 minutes and a wonder hit by Adam Carpenter on 87 had the hosts clutching on for the honours.

Penmaenmawr Phoenix 3 Rhuddlan Town 2

Joe Williams bagged a 93rd minute winner for Phoenix in a corker at Cae Sling.

Harry Roberts gave Pen a fifth-minute lead, but a Matthew Rees double, one a penalty, had Rhuddlan 2-1 up at the turnaround.

Daniel Hughes made it all-square in the 53rd minute and it looked set to end as a draw until Williams’ late clincher. Pen rose to fifth place.

DIVISION ONE

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CPD Cerrigydrudion 1 Llanelwy Athletic 2

What a result for Llanelwy as they completed a double over Cerrigydrudion and remain hot on the title trail.

It was a first home loss this season for Cerrig, whose hopes of finishing up champions are now virtually all over.

A straight fight for the title between Abergele and Llanelwy is now in store. And those two still have to meet at Llanelwy.

Sandy Malone’s Athletic knew it was victory or nothing at Ysgol Cerrigydrudion sports field on Saturday.

Llanelwy had to make do with no recognised keeper, so Gaz Fazackerley stepped between the sticks. The centre back was well looked after with very little troubling him.

Dominating play and controlling the game, the visitors went ahead after 18 minutes through a 25-yard strike from captain Matthew Pendleton.

Tomos Tryfan Jones equalised for the hosts, who were indebted to the excellence of keeper Sion Edwards in ensuring it was 1-1 at half time.

Llanelwy came out in the second half as they did the first, looking calm and collected, but resilient Cerrig were difficult to break down.

Knowing they somehow had to force a win, the visitors made a formation change to 3-4-3 and piled late pressure on Cerrig.

In the 83rd minute the winner came, Steve Kirk netting his 21st goal of the league campaign.

Llanelwy went in to survival mode for the last six minutes, managing the game superbly.

Winning manager Malone said: “The lads were a little under-manned with a makeshift keeper, but what desire we showed. Effort was second to none and we can only applaud these lads.

“The game itself was scrappy but we felt we were in front. Gary was tested the once and we knew we had to cut out the strengths Cerrig had.

“As the game wore on we felt confident, but in a game where Cerrig needed at least a point and we required all three, we were the ones who threw caution to wind and got our just reward. Once we scored our second, we knew we had it.

“Cerrigydrudion have been formidable and are no easy task and you can’t take them lightly, they have some excellent players who can do damage.

“We’re just very proud of the lads today and we make no case of hiding it, we needed that win.”

Rhyl Dragons 3 Llysfaen 3

Steven Taylor of Rhyl Dragons

Dragons rounded off a promising first campaign with a draw from a cracking game at Belle Vue.

Following a goalless first half, Llysfaen went two-up with goals from Alec Jones and the in-form Connor Morris.

Jake Reynolds was red-carded for the visitors on 64 minutes and Dragons capitalised by pulling level through Adam Cassidy and Darryl Smith.

Sean Sheridan was also then sent off for the visitors after 77, but two minutes later the nine-men went 3-2 up via Morris.

However, Dragons player-manager Steven Taylor was determined not to end the season with a defeat and equalised in the 85th minute.

Smith was dismissed in the 90th minute for the home side, but there were no further goals.

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