North Wales Coast East League – Henllan escape bottom three after victory in final game

Great action from Matt Johnson captured at the NFA v Henllan match


Division One


NFA 0 CPD Henllan 1

Henllan rounded off their season with a great win which ensured they finish above the bottom three.

Aaron Hughes’ side just about came out on top in an epic battle between two very well-drilled teams at Rhydwen Close.

The game was an immaculate example of grassroots, with some very attractive football being played, as well as a few strong challenges going in.

Henllan took the lead after about 30 seconds as an Alex Thomas pass from the left found striker Matt Parsonage’s knee, which deflected the ball perfectly into central midfielder Josh Griffiths’ path and he fired home from 10 yards out.

Rhyl hosts NFA fought hard to get themselves back in the game with a few promising breaks down the wings by youngster Hugh Holland, who posed a real threat to the Henllan defence all afternoon.

No less than 14 players in this picture! Photo: MATT JOHNSON

The danger was countered by a defensive masterclass courtesy of holding midfielder Ashley Andrews and Chris Bower, who put everything they had into making sure Henllan held onto their narrow lead.

The game was tactically managed perfectly on both sides of the touchline, with NFA changing things around aiming for the perfect balance to get themselves back on level terms.

The Henllan management team nailed things in terms of squad rotation with every substitute coming on and having an impact, especially the other Bower brother, Leon, who used his strength to his advantage in breaking through the NFA defence and going through on goal.

Home goalkeeper Stephen Robinson made a couple excellent saves to keep it at 1-0.

Just the two in this one. Matt the photographer is very thoughtful and deals in variety.

Henllan’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Billy Wilde came on to make his debut for the senior team, replacing Alan Roberts on 75 minutes.

His performance was very impressive from the off as a penalty was awarded to NFA moments after his introduction. The youngster read it perfectly and pushed it wide of the goalmouth but the ball stayed alive.

It was then a scramble in which Wilde made three saves in quick succession to keep the visitors ahead.

Henllan manager Hughes said: “As our 2021/22 campaign has now come to a close we would like to firstly congratulate Abergele FC on their league title and secondly we would like to thank all the referees, league officials and supporters for making this season happen for us.”

Llanelwy Athletic 2 Abergele 3

Champions Abergele ended their league campaign in style with a victory which meant long-time title contenders Llanelwy had to settle for fourth spot.

Dominic Holland gave Gele a 38th minute lead, but the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Jack Hoult was red-carded before the break.

Substitute Dylan Murray equalised four minutes into the second half, but Abergele were back in front on the hour through a Greg Hilditch penalty.

Mike Chapman made it 2-2, but Holland netted his second and the decider on 79 minutes.

Premier Division


CPD Bro Cernyw 0 Penmaenmawr Phoenix 5

No stopping Penmaenmawr in this one with Daniel Williams pocketing a first-half hat-trick, including a penalty.

Williams added a fourth from the spot on 61 minutes and Harry Roberts finished off the scoring after 81.

CPD Llannefydd 1 Mochdre Sports 0

Llannefydd kept their title quest on the go with a hard-earned 1-0 home victory over Mochdre Sports, Simon Roberts with the 51st minute winner.

CPD Llansannan 2 Meliden 3

Two Sam Haddon penalties and an Ashley Lally goal sent Meliden into a 3-0 lead inside the first 16 minutes.

Dafydd Jones reduced the deficit by hitting back for Llansannan on 35 minutes.

Just one goal was scored in the second half, Euros Lloyd on target for the hosts after 70 minutes, but Meliden held on for the honours.

CPD Y Rhyl 3 Glan Conwy 0

First-half headed goals from Oliver Staveley and Jordan Worthington put undefeated Rhyl 1879 in command at Belle Vue.

Substitute Danny Edwards added a magnificent third goal from outside the box on 64 minutes.

This match was reported on in detail by Grassroots North Wales on Saturday.

Prestatyn Sports P Llandudno Junction P

Rhuddlan Town P Llanfairfechan Town P

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