JD CYMRU NORTH – FINAL TABLE AND LAST DAY REPORTS
Holywell Town 3
A season which began woefully for Holywell ended in triumph as they secured their highest league finish in 23 years.
Not since 1998-99, when they were last in the League of Wales, had the Wellmen achieved such a lofty pyramid position as the fourth place they have claimed in this 2021-22 campaign in the Tier 2 Cymru North.
Yet this season all began so badly for Johnny Haseldin’s side, who had rejoined the second-tier league after winning the 2019-20 Welsh National League Premier Division title.
They failed to register a single win in their first six matches and were victorious in just one of the opening nine fixtures. A mere six points banked out of a possible 27.
The tide turned after a 6-1 thrashing at eventual champions Airbus UK Broughton in October.
Town went unbeaten in nine, winning seven including a double over previously undefeated Guilsfield and a cracking 2-0 success at title hopefuls Llandudno.
A 1-0 loss at Holyhead Hotspur was followed by another four straight victories, including a 3-0 beating of Colwyn Bay.
They then lost back-to-back games against the Bay and Conwy Borough, but rallied to win their final three, including a memorable 3-2 triumph over champions Airbus.
A 3-1 final day win at Penrhyncoch clinched fourth spot with only Guilsfield, Llandudno and Airbus above them. Had only they started the campaign better, who knows?
But nonetheless, it has been a fine return overall to Tier 2 for the Halkyn Road outfit.
Holywell had a few close calls at Cae Baker on Saturday before the hosts grabbed a 37th minute lead through veteran defender Jon Foligno.
Soon after Penrhyn keeper Leigh Jenkins was sent off for a second yellow card after he handled the ball outside the area. Cledan Davies took over between the sticks.
Facing 10 men and a stand-in keeper in the second half, Holywell were now surely fancied to win.
Five minutes in Dylan Allshorn hit a stunning equaliser from outside the box, giving Davies no chance.
In the 57th minute Town grabbed a deserved lead through Danny Sullivan, who fired home through a crowded goal area.
Before the match could restart, the home side were reduced to nine men when Joshua Shaw was shown a straight red for something he said to the referee.
Chances fell at both ends before on 75 minutes, Holywell made it 3-1.
A corner from the right saw Dave Forbes beat Davies to the ball, and his glancing header found the back of the net.
Holywell brought on veteran goalkeeper Mike Platt for the final five minutes of what was to be his last game for the Wellmen.
Holyhead Hotspur 4 Prestatyn Town 0
Hotspur finished the season on a high note by clinching seventh place with an emphatic win over struggling Prestatyn.
The first half was very much one-way traffic with the home side finding joy down the flanks,
However, Holyhead were wasteful and did not make the most of their chances.
Liam Morris was on hand to finish following a good link up with Adam Pritchard, but Jay Gibbs and Dylan Summers-Jones missed good opportunities and half time arrived with a 1-0 scoreline.
The second half started with the hosts again on the attack, Morris denied from six yards by keeper Richard Cowderoy.
On 64 minutes it was 2-0 when Morris set up Gibbs, who slotted past the on rushing keeper. Gibbs was again on hand to score his second soon after.
The scoring was rounded off by Rob Jones, who tapped home following great play from Leon Doran.
Hotspur manager Darren Garmey said: “I thought we were very good today. We created chances throughout the game and on another day we could have hit double figures.
“The last game of the season can sometimes be a bit of a mixed bag, but it was vital for us to finish the season as strong as possible.”
Conwy Borough 1 Ruthin Town 3
After falling behind early to a goal from Rob Jones, Ruthin hit back with a great finish by Matty Hill on 23 minutes.
The second half saw Town dominate the ball and eventually take the lead from a great header by Dan Cox following an assist by Jamie Cumming.
The win was secured by a good team goal, finished well by substitute Matty Evans.
This result ensured Ruthin finish a very impressive league campaign in fifth place.
Llandudno 6 Llangefni Town 1
Runners-up Llandudno ensured relegated Llangefni departed the Cyrmu North on a miserable note.
Toby Jones, Marc Williams (2), Guto Williams, Lee Thomas and Neil Ashton split the home goals, James Phillips replying.
Llanidloes Town 3 Gresford Athletic 1
Connor Bird (penalty), Luke Boundford and Drew Reynolds put Llanidloes 3-0 up before Charlie Mann hit a consolation for Gresford.
Llanrhaeadr YM 0 Buckley Town 3
Asa Hamilton (penalty), Dylan Roberts and Max Moore secured maximum points for Buckley at the expense of bottom side Llanrhaeadr.
Guilsfield 0 Airbus UK Broughton 0
George Peers missed a first half penalty for Airbus, who finished the campaign with a draw.
The result means the Wingmakers are league champions by a nine-point margin.
Guilsfield finish third.