Bangor 1876 women end debut season on real high with six-goal victory

CPDM Bangor 1876 ended their season in style

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE – MAY 8, 2022

Llanystumdwy 1 (Wellings 63)
CPDM Bangor 1876 6 (M Roberts 5, J Roberts 22, G Roberts 25, Ellis 48, Barnfield pen 60, M Evans pen 90)

Bangor 1876 women ended their debut season as they started it – with an away win in which they scored six goals.

Back in September 2021, the team got off to a flyer with a 6-2 success at an NFA side which has gone on to be serious title challengers.

And after 18 matches, of which they have won 13, drawn 1 and lost just 4, 1876 are assured of a top-three finish and mathematically could still finish second.

It has been a really testing season for the Bangor side, but they have overcome adversity and emerged with flying colours.

They began the season with three top-class strikers in Ceri Lois, Ffion Mair Roberts and Lexi Crawley – three goal-getters any team would be proud to have in their squad.

However, for various reasons, the trio have not featured in many games, so others have had to step up to the plate in the goal-scoring stakes.

Youngsters like Jordan Roberts and Gwen Roberts have done a marvellous job in contributing vital goals alongside the more experienced Awel Ellis and skipper Danielle Barnfield.

1876 have relied more on all the squad contributing to the goals column and it has worked extremely well.

The team also had to adapt to a change of manager in early season when young Aron Griffith took over.

He has done really well, with assistants Lois Regan and the highly experienced Andrew ‘Lefty’ Wright on hand to help guide the ship. The three have always been committed to giving very young talent its chance to shine.

Bangor 1876 ended their 2021-22 campaign on Sunday with a 6-1 win at Llanystumdwy.

With six different scores the team managed to maintain their recent unbeaten run of games and close out their inaugural season in style, taking 13 points out of 15 on the road to make sure they ended on a high.

Mia Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Gwen Roberts, Awel Ellis, Danielle Barnfield (pen) and Menna Evans (pen) shared the goals. Hana Wellings replied for the hosts.

Reflecting on the match, manager Aron Griffith commented: “Firstly, would like to thank Llan for the match and their warm welcome and reception after the game.

“I couldn’t fault the girls at all. The way we moved the ball and worked for each other was brilliant. We’d challenged them to end our season on a high and they did just that.

“Today, we had a number of first team regulars missing which gave some of our youth players (u-16’s and u-19’s) and others an opportunity. They didn’t let us down and made an impact on the game. The fact that the average age of our squad today was 19 bodes well for the future of this club.

“We spoke to the team before the match and told them to go out and enjoy themselves, relax into it and just do the things we see them do in training every week.

“I asked for a performance and I think we got one. That early goal helped to settle us down but we had a couple of chances just before that went narrowly wide so it was a matter of time.

“For that to be our final game performance, I couldn’t have asked for a better and fairer result today for us.

“Llan made a game of it until the end and worked us hard but we dominated most of play apart from a period in that second half.

“I felt we went a bit flat for a while and our energy levels dipped. This allowed Llan back into the game and they scored.

“Having said that it was really hot out there today so it’s understandable, so we changed it around, made some subs and got that intensity back again.

“The scoreline could have looked a bit different if we had taken all our chances but credit to Llan they defended brilliantly at times, frustrated us and their keeper made some outstanding saves as well.

“They were always dangerous on the break as they tried to get behind us on the counter but I thought we defended well as a unit today and thankfully managed to keep their strikers relatively quiet all game.

“Some of our football today was really good and lovely to watch. At times we kept possession well, played with confidence and composure, tried to move the ball quickly, played to feet when we could and had pace in our attacks.

“The goals we scored from open play came from excellent inter-play and teamwork and composed finishes.

“So all in all a good day for us and a great end to our season.

“I’m proud of this team and ending this season with 40 points and a top 3 finish in our first season since being formed is a massive achievement for the club. “We’re looking forward to the next one already. Also a special thanks to our supporters who came down to watch us as they have done all season. “

BANGOR 1876 RESULTS 2021-22 – LEAGUE

Sep 5: NFA (away) W 6-2
Sep 12: Llanystumdwy (home) W 12-0
Sep 26: Welshpool Town (h) W 3-0
Oct 10: CPD Y Rhyl 1879 (a) L 1-8
Oct 24: Trearddur Bay (a) W 2-0
Nov 7: Llangefni Town (h) W 3-0
Nov 14: Northop Hall (h) W 2-1
Dec 5: Holywell Town (h) W 6-2
Dec 12: NFA (h) L 2-6
Jan 23: CPD Y Rhyl 1879 (h) L 3-5
Feb 27: Trearddur Bay (h) W 8-1
Mar 13: Amlwch Town (h) W 1-0
Mar 20: Welshpool Town (a) L 0-1
Mar 27: Holywell Town (a) W 7-3
Apr 10: Llangefni Town (a) W 4-2
Apr 17: Northop Hall (a) W 2-1
May 1: Amlwch Town (a) D 0-0
May 8: Llanystumdwy (a) W 6-1

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