Third-place Bangor 1876 continue to impress

Chelsea Williams (16) aims to deliver one into the box for 1876

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE REPORT – APRIL 17, 2022

Northop Hall 1 (Gorecka 79)
CPDM Bangor 1876 2 (Ellis 57, J Roberts 74)

Bangor 1876 made it three away wins on the bounce and strengthened their grip on third spot with a narrow victory at Northop Hall.

The score at the Care and Repair Sports Ground, Rowley’s Drive, Shotton, on Sunday was the same in 1876’s favour as it had been when the teams met at Bethesda last November.

After a goalless first half, 1876 took a 57th minute lead through Awel Ellis before top-scorer Jordan Roberts added her 14th goal of the season on 74.

Brygida Gorecka replied for the hosts on 79 minutes, but that was the end of the goals.

Assistant-manager Lois Regan, who took charge of 1876 in the absence of the unwell Aron Griffith, was delighted with the result.

She said: “Firstly we would like to thank Northop for the brilliant game and wish them well for the remainder of the season.

“We knew going into this match it would be tough and it was. Northop have had some great results recently so there is no doubt they’re a good side and they showed it today.

“As a team, we wanted to carry on the performance levels we showed last week and play our football and I think we definitely did that. We worked strong as a team and played some brilliant football in our units. It’s fair to say we made it harder for ourselves as we created plenty of chances but couldn’t quite get on the end of them.

“At half time we had a long chat about us trying to stop panicking in that final third. We needed to stop forcing the ball forward, be a little more patient and composed and to carry on playing the football we were doing going into that final third.

“Fair play to Northop it took us until the 57th minute to score. It was a well-worked set piece corner with Lisa (Thomas) hitting the crossbar, but great for us that Awel reacted to get on the bounce-back to finish and break the deadlock.

“I think the goal gave us more confidence as we continued to attack and create chances. A lovely deep long ball pass from Heledd (Evans) to Jordan to run onto and finish got us that second goal.

“Fair play to Northop Hall, they fought back well and got their goal with a cracking finish but we stuck together, showed resilience to see the game out and secured a well deserved win.

“All in all, I’m really pleased with our performance today. It was hot out there and both teams put in a shift and played good football.

“Our girls should be proud of themselves, they gave all they could on that pitch and got the result they deserved. Every week they listen, take on board what we need to work on and take it into our games. We now need to build again on this performance and be ready for our next game, which will be another tough one away to Amlwch.”

Goalmouth action at Rowley’s Drive with 1876’s Awel Ellis (red – 5) in the mix

Captain Heledd Evans added: “I’m proud of the girls’ performance today and yet again with our U19’s players for showing why they deserve their spot in the team.

“We started well, pushing on Northop’s defence and our formation made sure that we kept the intensity high in attack. We had plenty of chances in that first half but we were unfortunate not to put them away and get on the scoresheet.

“In the second half we continued the intensity and stuck to our game plan which led Awel, who reacted well in the box, to score our first goal.

“This was soon followed by Jordan scoring her 13th league goal (and 14th in all competitions) of the season from a long ball over the top of the Northop defence.

“We’re now 3rd in the league with two games to go, 8 points ahead of Amlwch (who have 2 games in hand) where we’ll be going on May 1 hoping to continue this winning run until the end of the season and finish as high up the table as we can.”

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