JD Cymru North – Wellmen down Wingmakers, Gresford sink the Seasiders

Tom Bibby heads home Holywell’s winner. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

JD CYMRU NORTH EASTER REPORTS

EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 18

Holywell Town 3 (Callum Humphries OG 18, Dave Forbes 56, Tom Bibby 72)
Airbus UK Broughton 2 (Nathan Brown 1, Joe Palmer 66)

Holywell signed off their home fixtures for 2021-22 in style by beating champions Airbus in front of a lively Easter Monday crowd at Halkyn Road.

Johnny Haseldin’s men made it a maximum six points over the festive period and a draw in their final game this Saturday at Penrhyncoch will clinch them fourth place.

Ahead of kick off, the home side gave the Wingmakers a guard of honour and applauded them for winning the JD Cymru North title by a comfortable margin.

Town became only the second team after Ruthin to beat Steve O’Shaughnessy’s table-toppers this term.

An early season loss to Bangor City was declared void after the Citizens’ results were expunged due to their resignation from the league.

Goal celebration time for Town. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

Nathan Brown handed Airbus a very early lead on Monday, but by the 18th minute the hosts were level through a bizarre Callum Humphreys own goal.

Chances fell at both ends, but when the interval arrived it remained 1-1.

Eleven minutes into the second half, the Wellmen took the lead.

Dave Forbes (red and white) makes it 2-1 to Holywell. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

A great ball by Danny Andrews released Dave Forbes, who burst forward and slotted past Lewis Dutton in the Airbus goal.

Forbes nearly grabbed a second a few minutes later, his looping chip only inches over the crossbar.

Airbus equalised midway through the half, Joe Palmer bursting through the defence and firing low to the bottom corner past the dive of Keighan Jones.

Holywell were ahead again on 72 minutes when a great corner found Tom Bibby, whose header hit the back of the net via the post.

Champions Airbus are applauded onto the field by Holywell. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

Town very nearly grabbed a fourth, Andrews shot being saved, but the rebound fell to Dylan Allshorn whose effort was then cleared off the line.

Airbus threw everything at the hosts in injury time looking for the equaliser, but the Wellmen held on for a great victory.

Gresford Athletic 2 (Dominic Deacon 3, Danny Holland 23)
Llandudno 0

Gresford Athletic’s final home game of the 2021/22 season produced a great victory over league runners-up Llandudno.

Dominic Deacon, in fine scoring form of late, grabbed the first goal in the third minute, slotting home after Danny Holland provided the assist.

Holland doubled the lead in the 23rd minute, driving the ball into the bottom corner of the net following a Joe Chaplin lay-off.

The half finished with Chaplin’s long range effort hitting the crossbar.

Athletic were cruising and it was much of the same in the second half.

Llandudno came out a bit stronger, but the Colliers continued to look for more goals, Will Roberts’ header clattering the post early on.

Gresford were defending well and Robbie Williams made a fine save in the 72nd minute to keep the score at 2-0.

Eddie Maurice-Jones’ side were delighted to complete their home campaign with a win and a clean sheet, as well as ensuring their unbeaten record at Clappers Lane remained intact.

Alex Buxton was named man of the match after a great performance in a defensive role, despite usually playing in midfield.

Other results….

Buckley Town 1 (Ruben Lima Teixeira 51) Conwy Borough 4 (Thomas Weir 4, Sean McCaffery 10, Craig Whelan 60, Meilir Williams 63 pen)

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 1 Harrison Lewis 10) Llanidloes Town 6 (Connor Bird 14 & 58, Luke Boundford 28, 36 & 57, Andrew Evans 38)

Prestatyn Town 0 Ruthin Town 3 (Josh Jones 78 & 90+5 pen), Will Owen 84,

FRIDAY, APRIL 15

Matt Johnson with some action from Conwy Borough (tangerine) v Colwyn Bay on Friday

Airbus UK Broughton 4 (George Peers 6, Steve Tomassen 45+1, Oliver Lanceley 58, Nathan Brown 84) Gresford Athletic 2 (Dominic Deacon 65, Joe Chaplin 89)

Conwy Borough 1 (Iolo Hughes 5) Colwyn Bay 1 (Tom McCready 23)

Guilsfield 4 (Jolyon Harries 2, Iwan Lewis 37, Chris Cathrall 52, Kyle Capner 78) Llanrhaeadr YM 0

Holywell Town 4 (Ilan ap Gareth 22, Dave Forbes 44, Danny Andrews 52, Aidan Farren 78) Prestatyn Town 1 (Kyle Parle 28)

Llangefni Town 0 Holyhead Hotspur 5 (Alex Jones 20, Dylan Summers-Jones 42 & 73, Dean Garmey 87, Jay Gibbs 88)

Penrhyncoch 2 (Ifan Burrel 45+2, Geoff Kellaway 52) Llanidloes Town 0

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