Women’s football – NFA maintain title push, no score draw between Amlwch and 1876, Bay and Hall share spoils

Amlwch’s Lowri Thomas (blue) and Elin Jones of Bangor 1876 keep their eyes on the ball. Picture: GETHIN JONES ATFC


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Amlwch Town 0 CPDM Bangor 1876 0

It was a game of two halves at Lôn Bach but neither side could snap up a goal-scoring chance.

Amlwch had the better opportunities in the first half, but were denied by the excellence of 1876 goalkeeper Rebecca Elliott and a post.

The visitors had much more possession and the clearer opportunities in the second half, but also failed to convert them.

On the whole, the draw was a fair result.

It was the first draw of the season for 1876, who edged closer to a third-place finish.

Reflecting on the match, Bangor manager Aron Griffith said: “A very hard game for us today, competitive and edgy with both teams going for it. Yes, it wasn’t the result we hoped for before the match, but it was a fair one for both teams I’d say.

“Again, I didn’t think we got going until the second half for some reason and we had to change our initial formation as it wasn’t working for us. We did have chances but were unlucky or didn’t make the most of them.

“At times I thought we could have made slightly better decisions in forward areas at key moments which on another day might have won us the game. But we’ll take that on board as coaches and work on it. However, the same could be said by Amlwch in that first half particularly with Becca making some super saves to keep us in it.

“So we can’t really complain about the result today and we’re pleased with elements of our performance. The team gave everything on that pitch today but we just didn’t have quite enough, or get that little bit of luck needed to sneak the win.

“Amlwch are a very good side so it was never going to be easy. Nevertheless there were still plenty of positives to take from the game and we’ll focus on those and take them into our final game of the season next weekend.

“We said to the team a few weeks ago that we needed to end this season on a high (after a disappointing cup performance) and to be fair to them they’ve responded to the challenge we set for them.

Emma Roberts (left) of Amlwch and 1876’s Chelsea Williams battle for the ball. Picture: GETHIN JONES ATFC

“I want us to keep going, build on this performance and maintain our recent unbeaten run of games. We need to be ending our first season on a real positive and finish as high up this league as we can so its all to play for again next weekend.

“I just want to say thanks to Amlwch for the reception after the game and all the best to them for the remainder of the season. Also want to wish our U16 girls team all the best in the NWCFA Cup final on Tuesday versus Caernarfon.”

Captain Heledd Evans added: “Coming to Lôn Bach is always difficult, knowing that they always get a good crowd watching but with that potential third place in the league up for grabs for both teams it made it even more of an occasion.

“It was an even game, both teams sharing possession with Amlwch trying to take advantage of the long ball to their striker. A superb performance from Becca in goal ensured the game ended in a goalless draw, and thanks to Amlwch for their hospitality post-match.

“We’re away again to Llanystumdwy next week in what will be the last game of the season so come and show your support! “

NFA 8 Llanystumdwy 1 (abandoned second half – result stands)

Second-place NFA closed the gap on leaders CPD Y Rhyl 1879 to eight points with two games in hand after an emphatic victory over battling visitors Llanystumdwy.

The match at Pengwern College, Rhuddlan, was abandoned deep into the second half due to a player injury, but the league has confirmed enough minutes had been completed for the result to stand.

A North Wales Women’s League spokesperson said: “As 75 minutes were played and the result was 8-1 at the time, the NFA v Llanystumdwy result will stand despite abandonment.”

The visitors travelled with only 10 and each and every player can be proud of themselves.

Grace Mpuku

Llan’s early pressure was rewarded with a goal three minutes in after an Ellie Williams ball found Grace Mpuku, who calmly slotted home her 10th goal of the season.

However, NFA soon turned the tables and were 6-1 up at half time. The hosts added two more after the break before the early abandonment.

Amy Webster (3), Emily Jones (2), Sade Benjamin, Stella Windsor and Molly Brown shared the home goals.

Trearddur Bay 2 Northop Hall 2

Gail Paterson-Manning

Gail Paterson-Manning netted twice to ensure Trearddur added another impressive point to their collection in the team’s final home game of the season.

The pre-match team talk was to keep it tight against a good Northop Hall outfit, but this went out of the window after Bay took the kick off, lost the ball and the visitors scored through Amy Glendinning with just 40 seconds gone!

Not too long ago heads may have gone down in the Trearddur camp, but with the new team spirit and togetherness they battled back and had a few chances to draw level, Paterson-Manning hitting the bar from distance being the pick of the bunch.

Half-time: 0-1

The second half saw the play more end to end with both teams looking to take advantage of the open game.

It was veteran Paterson-Manning, a former Welsh Cup winner with Bangor City, that was on the score sheet first, equalising in the 49th minute.

Both sides were now putting a terrific shift in, but it was Northop Hall that went ahead again when they broke down the left, causing confusion in the Bay defence and ending with a penalty for the away side which Bethan Hughes dispatched well.

Bay again showed grit and determination and kept pushing for the equaliser.

And it was Paterson-Manning again that made it all-square with a brilliant free kick in the 93rd minute.

There wasn’t time for either team to earn all three points and the game finished 2-2 which on reflection was a fair result as neither deserved to lose.

Trearddur manager Chris Davies said: “When we played Northop Hall away we lost 6-0. The girls have improved so much since the new year that we are now holding our own against teams that have been established for many a season. All this within our first swim in competitive football.”

Bay will end their season with a trip to Holywell on May 15.

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