NORTH WALES WOMEN’S LEAGUE REPORT – APRIL 3
Holywell FC Ladies and Girls 3 (Leah Davies-Williams 2, Caitlin Hadaway)
Ever since they had formed in 2019-20 the football ladies of Holywell had never tasted victory in a competitive match – until today.
After failing to register a win in their first 24 league games, the long wait was over this afternoon when attempt number 25 ended in a 3-0 triumph over Llanystumdwy.
Take a bow Holywell FC Ladies and Girls – this is your day.
In their debut season in North Wales League Division Two, the Wellwomen lost all 10 matches and suffered numerous heavy defeats in conceding more than 100 goals.
They went close to getting a point in a 3-2 loss against Caernarfon Town, but apart from that the campaign was very much about gaining experience.
The girls took their knocks without complaining and after the 2020-21 season was wiped out by Covid, they returned this term a stronger unit.
This elusive first win is probably a little overdue, as twice this season they led 2-0 but had to settle for 2-2 draws versus Trearddur Bay and Llangefni Town.
The points they had were deducted from them for failing to fulfil a fixture and before today’s meeting with Llanystumdwy they were on minus 1.
All the sweeter therefore, that this afternoon’s 3-0 victory at Pen-y-Gelli/Carmel Cricket Club has put them in credit.
Holywell have been a much improved side this season.
The addition of players like top-scorer Zoe Stopford has led to an improvement in the goals column.
Last weekend they scored three goals for the first time in a defeat to Bangor 1876.
And the week before they hinted what might be to come when they lost 4-0 at NFA but produced a superb performance which deserved at least a goal or two.
The signs were there and today the Wellwomen delivered!
Holywell produced an energetic first 10 minutes, Caitlin Hadaway getting on the end of a cross but unable to quite get her shot on target.
The hosts dominated before losing some momentum, with Llan creating some clear chances and trying a few long range shots.
Half time arrived goalless – this could be the big day for Holywell if they upped their game in the second half.
After a serious team talk from the management, the Wellwomen came out firing, keeping possession and playing some nice passes around the pitch.
The chances kept coming with a number of corners in succession.
The breakthrough arrived in the 63rd minute, when Leah Davies-Williams, daughter of former Holywell Town trophy-winning midfielder Graeme Williams, drove into the box and fired past the keeper making it 1-0.
Just 2 minutes later, Caitlin Hadaway took possession of a loose ball and hit it low past the keeper to make it two. It was her first goal of the season and the first since giving birth to a beautiful girl in December.
Llan, who travelled with the bare 11, began to struggle with their lack of substitutes which Holywell could play to their advantage attacking from all sides of the pitch.
Holywell’s solid defence denied the visitors a goal back with a succession of superb saves from keeper Steph Doyle.
The hosts were not letting the game end at 2-0 and continued attacking with Tyler Price hitting the post and an on-target free kick from Jess Collings saved by Sara Lacey.
Eight minutes into added time, Leah Davies-Williams scored once again, firing a powerful shot into the back of the net to seal her team’s first win.
After the game the Holywell management said: “A fantastic game all in all from the ladies and it was truly deserved. The win has been a long time coming as we have edged closer and closer.
“POTM goes to Tyler, who didn’t stop today, creating chances, having shots and kept communication throughout.
“A shout out to Caitlin Latham, who kept the defence-line strong and huge well done to Steph for maintaining a clean sheet.”
Steph Doyle, Sinead Beck, Jess Collings, Ruby McGilloway (c), Caitlin Latham, Zoe Stopford, Tyler Price, Courtney Lancaster, Leah Davies-Williams, Caitlin Hadaway, Emily Edwards.
Subs: Jo Lloyd, Steph Bamford, Emma Fox, Gemma Jones, N/A.
Sara Lacey, Rhiannon Jones, Alaw Wood, Amelia Booton, Ffion Emery, Tash Matthews (c), Catrin Fflur, Shaynna Vidamour, Jemma Rowlands, N/A, Malen Williams.
HOLYWELL FC LADIES AND GIRLS STATISTICS
2021-22 – NORTH WALES LEAGUE
Oct 10: Holywell 2 (Zoe Stopford, Sarah Massey) Llangefni Town 5
Oct 17: Llanystumdwy 7 Holywell 2 (Sarah Massey 2)
Oct 24: Holywell 2 (Zoe Stopford, Courtney Lancaster) Northop Hall 5
Nov 7: Trearddur Bay 2 Holywell 2 (Leah Davies Williams, Zoe Stopford)
Nov 14: Amlwch Town 6 Holywell Town 0
Nov 21: Holywell 0 CPD Y Rhyl 1879 6
Dec 5: Bangor 1876 6 Holywell 2 (Ruby McGilloway 2)
Dec 12: Llangefni Town 2 Holywell 2 (Zoe Stopford pen, Courtney Lancaster)
Jan 23: Holywell 0 NFA 13
Feb 6: Holywell 1 (Zoe Stopford) Welshpool Town 7
Feb 27: Northop Hall 11 Holywell 1 (Zoe Stopford)
Mar 13: Welshpool Town 5 Holywell 0
Mar 20: NFA 4 Holywell 0
Mar 27: Holywell 3 (Zoe Stopford 2, Courtney Lancaster pen) Bangor 1876 7
Apr 3: Holywell 3 (Leah Davies-Williams 2, Caitlin Hadaway) Llanystumdwy 0
Played: 15 Won 1 Drawn 2 Lost 12 Goals For 20 Goals Against 86
GOALS: 8 – Zoe Stopford; 3 – Sarah Massey, Leah Davies Williams, Courtney Lancaster; 2 – Ruby McGilloway; 1 – Caitlin Hadaway
2019-20 – NORTH WALES LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Sep 8: Holywell Town 0 Connah’s Quay Nomads 12
Sep 15: Mountain Rangers 14 Holywell Town 1 (Ruby McGilloway)
Oct 3: Holywell Town 2 (Caitlin Hadaway, Leah Davies-Williams) Caernarfon Town 3
Oct 13: Holywell Town 1 (Ruby McGilloway) Llanberis 5
Oct 27: Penrhyn Bay 9 Holywell Town 1 (Leah Davies-Williams)
Nov 17: Pwllheli 18 Holywell 1 (Sarah Massey)
Dec 1: Amlwch Town 20 Holywell 0
Jan 26: Llanberis 6 Holywell 0
Feb 2: Holywell Town 0 Penrhyn Bay 8
Mar 8: Caernarfon Town 7 Holywell Town 2 (Ruby McGilloway 2)
Played 10 Lost 10 Goals for 8 Goals against 102
GOALS: 4 – Ruby McGilloway; 2 – Leah Davies-Williams; 1 – Caitlin Hadaway, Sarah Massey