North East Wales Veterans football – Premier’s leading pair share the points

Penmaenmawr Phoenix Vets lost narrowly at home to second-placed Championship side Mynydd Isa. Top row left to right: Darren Hughes, Paul Wolfenden, Scott Jones, Peter Williams, Craig Busby, Robert Benjamin, Iwan Williams, Peter Roberts, Alex Griffiths & Rob Williams. Bottom row left to right: John Griffiths, Bleddyn Jones, Neil Picton, Richard Roberts, Stephen Roberts & Colin Ashton.

NORTH EAST WALES FOOTBALL LEAGUE VETERANS REPORTS – APRIL 9-10

RESULTS

Sunday, April 10

VETERANS PREMIER DIVISION
Lex XI Vets P Connah’s Quay Nomads Vets P

VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
FC Queen’s Park Vets 3 Denbigh Wanderers Vets 4
Penmaenmawr Phoenix Vets 2 Mynydd Isa Spartans Vets 3

Saturday, April 9

VETERANS PREMIER DIVISION
Connah’s Quay Nomads Vets 1 Ruthin Town Vets 1

VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
Point of Ayr Vets 2 Mochdre Sports Vets 2

MATCH REPORTS

VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION

Penmaenmawr Phoenix Vets 2
Mynydd Isa Spartans Vets 3

Two Richard Roberts penalties were not enough to save Phoenix from defeat.

Roberts’ first spot-kick came on three minutes when he sent the keeper the wrong way.

Mynydd Isa then got into the game and were on top for large periods of the first half.

They equalised through Michael Adamson on 10 minutes and should have gone ahead before eventually doing so when Ian Dixon netted in the 43rd.

When Chris Parry made it 3-1 four minutes into the second half, the game looked done and dusted.

Pen brought former Wales Schools international Bleddyn Jones off the bench and he made a lot of difference, controlling the ball and playing intelligent passes.

A now more threatening Phoenix were awarded a second penalty which Richard Roberts dispatched into the top corner to halve the deficit.

The hosts should have pulled level, but Pete Roberts put his chance from one yard wide when it was easier to score.

The game could have been marred by a bad Pete Williams tackle towards the end on the Isa captain, but he made no fuss and got on with the game. Credit to him.

Point of Ayr Vets 2
Mochdre Sports Vets 2

Mochdre picked up their second point of the season when they travelled to Point of Ayr.

Sports recently knocked the Colliers out of the NEWFA Cup in what was their first ever win, so the visitors had high hopes of a first league victory.

However, Point of Ayr had put seven past Denbigh in their previous game, so were in fine form.

Mochdre took the lead after 10 minutes through Chris Berrington and went in at the interval ahead in a league match for the first time.

After the break Point turned the tables, scoring twice through Bob Brown and Dwayne Durham to put a damper on Mochdre’s mood.

With 10 minutes remaining, though, Phil Holland crossed one in and somehow it ended up in the back of the net to make it 2-2.

It ended all square at Ffynnongroyw Recreational Ground, a fair result for both teams.

Mochdre Sports have three games left: April 24th – Queen’s Park (away); May 1st – Point of Ayr (home); May 15th – Mynydd Isa (home).

Sports manager Joe Drawbridge said: “We started this season only a couple of weeks after creating the team and stood little chance in the first few games.

“Our first game we lost 6-0 to Pen Phoenix and in the return fixture recently we lost 3-2. There has been big improvement.

“We are still on the lookout for players and anyone interested can get in touch with me.”

FC Queen’s Park Vets 3
Denbigh Wanderers Vets 4

Leon Gierke’s late wonder strike bagged all three points for Denbigh at The Dunks.

In a close, competitive game, Town were level at 3-3 thanks to a Rob Render penalty and Dewi Jones double before Gierke’s late decider.

VETERANS PREMIER DIVISION

Connah’s Quay Nomads Vets 1 Ruthin Town Vets 1

This clash between the top two ended all-square.

Second-place Ruthin, two points behind leaders Quay but with two games in hand, took a 49th minute lead through Matthew Lowe.

Craig Worthington made it one-apiece in the 72nd minute and that was how it stayed.

After the game, the Nomads passed on best wishes to one of the Ruthin players who suffered a suspected broken ankle.

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