Rhyl 1879 women round off their home fixtures with nine-goal victory over battling Holywell

Holywell’s Ruby McGilloway rises highest to head away as 1879’s Steph Farley (left – slightly hidden) and Tara Nattrass search for an opportunity to score. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE – APRIL 28, 2022

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CPD Y Rhyl 1879 9 (Nattrass 5 & 53; Bentley 22 & 29; Bannister 33, 51, 71: Taylor 37; Duke 90)
Holywell FC Girls and Ladies 0

Becca Bannister scored a hat-trick for Rhyl 1879 but still ended up the unluckiest player on the pitch tonight!

The midfield maestro also struck the goal frame FOUR times, including the underside of the bar twice, but both efforts appeared to cross the line.

With either an assistant or video evidence, Bannister would surely have been awarded another couple of goals.

Rachael Nattrass (left) is challenged by Holywell’s Ruby McGilloway. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

Despite the scoreline, Holywell again showed a lot of improvement. They never stopped trying to get a goal or two back, put everything into the game, played as a team always and with their regular keeper available may have lost by less.

Having said that, replacement Sinead Beck was player of the match when she previously deputised in a game against Bangor 1876 and she made some good stops tonight.

Unbeaten league leaders 1879 scored their customary early goal, skipper Rachael Nattrass beating the defensive wall from a free kick just outside the box.

Defenders Steph Farley – with a super volley – and Sophie Haywood both went close from set-pieces before the hosts scored again in the 22nd minute.

Loose play at the back from the visitors saw Emily Bentley show razor-sharpness in blasting a left-foot volley past Beck.

Bentley made it three with her 19th goal of the season, a tamer shot which Beck was unable to keep out.

Beck saved well from a Bannister rocket before the fourth home goal arrived on 33 minutes.

Rachael Nattrass turned supplier as her neat pass found Bannister, who turned and fired home from 15 yards.

Bannister smacked the underside of the bar before a minute later Niomi Taylor poked home from a goalmouth scramble after Beck had spilled a Rachael Nattrass cross.

Bannister hit the post following a great build-up, then struck it again from a cross right on the half-time whistle.

HALF-TIME: RHYL 1879 5 HOLYWELL 0

Six minutes after the break, the hosts reached the half-dozen courtesy of a 30-yard missile from the right foot of Bannister.

Rhyl’s Niomi Taylor (right) and Caitlin Latham tussle for possession. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

It was soon seven, this time Rachael Nattrass whipping over a free kick from the right which Beck was unable to reach.

Tara Nattrass was also denied by the post before in the 71st minute Taylor and Bentley combined to set up Bannister, who finished from close range to make it a treble on the night and 17 goals for the season.

The arrival of Amy Woodbridge as a home substitute was greeted with the usual enthusiasm of the crowd and the right winger had a great chance on 79 but shot just wide.

The ever-willing Ruby McGilloway was through on goal for Holywell in the 82nd minute, but replacement keeper Elle Evans came out fast to block.

In the 84th minute, Bannister hammered another free kick against the underside of the bar, again the ball looked to have gone over the line, but no goal was awarded and Woodbridge headed wide.

Woodbridge missed another great opportunity from close range, but she keeps getting in good goal-scoring positions and will surely bag one soon.

In the 90th minute, Rachael Nattrass’ free kick caused a melee in the box and Alicia Duke struck to round off the scoring.

RHYL 1879

Loz Jones (Elle Evans 79), Saskia Wynne Thomas (Trisha Harley 76), Sophie Haywood, Steph Farley, Emily bentley, Cassie Thomas, Rachael Nattrass, Tara Nattrass, Alicia Duke, Rebecca Bannister, Niomi Taylor (Amy Woodbridge 74).

HOLYWELL

Sinead Beck, Jo Lloyd, Jess Collings, Ruby McGilloway, Caitlin Latham, N/A, Steph Bamford, Courtney Lancaster, Leah Davies-Williams, Cailtin Hadaway, Emily Edwards.
Subs: Emma Fox, Gemma Jones, 3 x N/A.

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