NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE – SUNDAY, MAY 15
Holywell FC Girls & Ladies 3 (Stopford 25, Davies-Williams 35, Price 83)
Trearddur Bay 3 (Howell-Williams 54, Griffiths 64 & 85)
Trearddur Bay ended their debut season on a real high with a first away point.
The Anglesey side trailed 2-0, pulled themselves level, went 3-2 down but kept battling and bagged a late equaliser.
Two much-improved teams met at Pen-y-Gelli and played out their second draw of the season, the first meeting at Lon Isallt last November having finished 2-2.
With only 12 players available and no strikers, Bay had to make a few changes to their normal shape.
Holywell applied a lot of early pressure and apart from an Ashleigh Jones free kick which hit the bar the visitors were limited in terms of clear chances.
The hosts made their first half dominance count and went in 2-0 at the break with Zoe Stopford and Leah Davies-Williams scoring.
The second half saw huge improvement from Trearddur and a great attitude from the girls meant they were not out of the game by any means.
Caitlin Howell-Williams got them back in the match when she won the ball off a Holywell striker in her own half and carried it down the right hand side before playing a couple of brilliant one-two’s.
When the ball broke to her on the edge of the area, Howell-Williams finished brilliantly.
Seven minutes later the islanders were back on level terms after some good play in midfield put Rhian Griffiths through and she slotted the ball past the advancing GK .
Bay went to three at the back and brought on Leanne Williams up top to try and grab a winner.
Half chances were now coming thick and fast but Trearddur failed to convert.
This was made worse when Tyler Price latched on to a long ball on the break and finished well to put the home side 3-2 up with only seven minutes left.
With the new belief in the squad it meant the girls still thought they would get something out of the game.
Freya Davies chased a lost cause ball down the right hand side and managed to keep it in and after taking on the Holywell full back she squared the ball to Rhian Griffiths who fired from just outside the area and into the top corner.
The girls pushed again and although they went close a couple of times in the last few minutes the game finished 3-3 which on reflection was probably a fair result.
A special mention for Abbie Manning. Playing out of position, she didn’t stop running and closing down.
Player of the match was shared by Abbie and Caitlin Howell-Williams.
Bay manager Chris Davies said: “We’d like to thank everyone that has supported, sponsored or helped the team this season. Presentation night on the 27th and then we start preparing for next season!”
Steph Doyle, Jess Collings, Ruby McGilloway, Caitlin Latham, Zoe Stopford, Tyler Price, Steph Bamford, Courtney Lancaster, Leah Davies-Williams (Megan Owen 80), Caitlin Hadaway, Emily Edwards.
Lia Huws, Beth McEachern (Leanne Williams 75), Danielle Hesketh, Abbie Manning, Caitlin Howell-Williams, Stacey Evans, Chloe Taylor, Freya Davies, Shelley McMullan, Rhian Griffiths, Ashleigh Jones.