North Wales Coast East League – all eyes will be on Sports v 1879 top of the table clash

Wednesday’s clash of the top two should be a cracker

NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE

Premier Division

UP TO AND INCLUDING SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Llandyrnog United 1
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 4

Saturday’s win put unbeaten Rhyl 1879 top of the Premier Division on goal difference.

The question is, can they stay there, with a visit to second-place Prestatyn Sports to come on Wednesday?

Sports have the same points as Gareth Thomas’ side so will be determined to not only inflict a first league defeat of the season on 1879, but also return to the summit.

Saturday’s test at Llandyrnog saw the visitors control much of the play in the opening stages, Macauley Taylor striking the outside of the post with a curling left-footed effort.

With 37 minutes played, robust front man Kieran Ellis broke the deadlock, latching on to a through ball and finding the bottom right corner with a left-footed strike.

Llandyrnog equalised three minutes before the break when a Ross Gilbert cross-shot was fumbled into his own net by unfortunate keeper Ryan Roberts.

The second half was just four minutes old when Macauley Taylor’s overhead kick on the edge of the box looped in over home keeper Dylan Jones to make it 2-1 to 1879.

Carl Lamb then won an aerial duel to send Ellis through on goal. Ellis made no mistake with an excellent finish on 56 minutes.

With an eye on saving legs for Wednesday’s clash, manager Thomas brought on Chris Bennett, Eamon Buhalfaia, Tom Cain, Leon Atkins and Gerwyn Roberts.

Youngster Cain turned provider as he whipped in a delightful cross from the left and an unmarked Lamb headed home his 32nd goal of the campaign.

Glan Conwy 1 Prestatyn Sports 1

Sports dropped two points at Cae Ffwt which ensured they lost the leadership of the Premier.

Dan Wickerson put the visitors in front close to half time, but Conor Davies equalised two minutes into the second period.

Llandudno Junction 4 Rhuddlan Town 1

Jack Williams boosted his goals total for the season to 24 in all competitions after netting a hat-trick against Rhuddlan.

George Roberts was also on target for the Railwaymen, Mathew Beach nabbing a consolation for the Railwaymen.

Llansannan 1 Llannefydd 0

One of the surprise results of the season saw lowly Llansannan impose just a second league defeat of 2021-22 on Llannefydd.

Gwyndaf Pritchard’s side had not lost in the Premier since last August, when they went down 2-1 at Kinmel Bay.

Eleven wins and four draws later, they were beaten by Dafydd Aled Jones’ 73rd minute decider for Sannan.

Llannefydd were aware of the danger their opponents can carry as last July they were beaten 3-2 by Sannan in the Welsh Cup.

Meliden 2 Llanfairfechan Town 0

Seventh-place Meliden made it three wins on the bounce with a much needed success in their final home game of the season.

The hosts took the lead in the 11th minute.

James Cairns put through Matty Griffiths, whose curling effort found the net despite the best efforts of keeper Kyle Jones to keep it out.

On 22 minutes, Cairns was fouled by Jones in the box, giving Meliden a penalty which Sam Haddon coolly placed into the bottom-left corner.

Both sides had chances in the second half, but despite Cairns, Joe Roberts and Jordan Miller going close, there were no more goals.

Division One

Llysfaen 1 NFA 2

The final fixture of the Division One campaign went NFA’s way.

Luke Bowers and Liam Bowers struck for the Rhyl side in the first half, while Alex Jones replied for Llysfaen on 64 minutes.

Whatever the result, neither side could have moved position. Llysfaen finished fifth and NFA 10th.

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