Ardal North West – seven heaven as Denbigh dish out sweet revenge and leave Welfare in a state

Denbigh’s Jake Walker (red – on ground) scores one of his four against Llay Welfare. Denbigh Town photography is produced by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD – many thanks


Denbigh Town 7 (Mike Sharples 10, Jacob Barratt 21, Sam Jones 32, Jake Walker 50, 53, 84 & 89)
Llay Welfare 1 (Jared Taylor 82)

Report: Iwan Jones

Revenge was sweet as Denbigh obliterated the painful memory of a 5-1 defeat at Llay last November with a seven-goal salvo against the dangerous Wrexham area side at Central Park on Friday night.

Town’s unbeaten record in Ardal North West was halted at the 11th hurdle when they visited The Ring five months ago, but Dewi Llion’s men turned the tables with interest on April Fool’s Day with a ruthless display of finishing.

Llay had upset the apple cart the previous weekend by defeating leaders Porthmadog and had twice turned over title favourites Mold this term, as well as Denbigh once, but on this latest occasion the Welfare were no match for the all-reds from the Vale of Clwyd.

Jake Walker was on top form hitting four second half goals with Mike Sharples, Jacob Barratt and Sam Jones also on the score sheet.

Sam Jones (9) is about to round the keeper and score

With central defender Craig Rogers unavailable, Town manager Dewi Llion Jones was able to welcome Sharples back to the starting line up after having missed the last few games with injury. He joined Sean James in the centre of defence.

Seventeen-year-old Harry Lea, who has impressed in his performances for the Reserves this season, was also named in the squad for the first time.

Another goal celebration for Town

Denbigh started with a high tempo, going closest in the early minutes when Walker’s curling shot was cleared off the line.

Home pressure finally told after 10 minutes when they won a corner. Barratt’s cross to the back post found Sharples, who controlled the ball skilfully with his right and then let fly an unstoppable left foot shot giving keeper Demetri Doyle no chance

Billy Holmes was in the thick of things with his trademark runs from left back and he whipped in a cross which evaded both Sam Jones and Sam Tate only for Barratt to appear at the far post to knock in the second goal on 21 minutes.


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On 32 minutes, Holmes was defending deep in his own half by the corner flag. Having foiled a rare Llay attack, he turned and sent an unbelievable pass over the heads of the Welfare defence into the stride of Sam Jones, who coolly rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home.

Billy Holmes (No 3) sends a tantalizing ball across the Llay six-yard box

Half-time: Denbigh 3 Llay 0

The second start continued with Denbigh in the ascendancy.

On 48 minutes Town won a free kick just inside Llay’s half. Sion Jones whipped in a vicious ball which Walker connected with superbly to curl a volley into the back of the net.

With 53 minutes played Walker broke free from a Llay corner and fed the ball to Barratt who beat the last man and shot. Doyle saved, but could only parry into the path of Walker, who fired home.

Midway through the half, Tate had to leave the field with a groin strain after another impressive game and was replaced by debutant Lea. Sharples gave way for Dan Clarke to gain game time and shortly after Kristian Pierce replaced the excellent Barratt.

The changes unsettled Denbigh’s rhythm for a while during which Llay won a corner. An inswinger from Jared Taylor eluded everyone and flew into the far corner of the net to give the visitors a consolation goal.

Jake Walker shoots for goal

Denbigh weren’t finished yet and neither was Walker. With 84 minutes played he knocked in his third and Denbigh’s sixth.

Lea then created a chance for himself as his electric pace saw him skin his defender and shoot low and hard to Doyle’s left-hand side only for the keeper to make a fine save.

Walker had the final say when he converted a Sion Jones cross from the right for his fourth goal of the night, 20th in the league this season and 24th in all competitions.


Denbigh Town

Aaron Jones, Sion Jones, Billy Holmes, Mike Sharples, Sean James, Keiron Roberts, Paul Fleming, Sam Tate, Jacob Barratt, Sam Jones, Jake Walker. Subs – Kristian Pierce, Harry Lea, Dan Clarke. Unused: Stuart Griffiths, Owain Roberts

Llay Welfare

Demetri Doyle, Dean Bryan, Luke Taylor, Jared Taylor, Ryan Merrill, Lewis Bickerton Cole, Kian Turton, Thomas Wells, Liam Hughes, Michael Wright, Matthew Worrall. Subs – Owen Raynor, Joshua Venables, Callum Roberts, Matthew Davies.

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