Connah’s Quay Town complete terrific treble

Connah’s Quay Town skipper Ben Howarth (No 6) lifts the North East Wales Football League Championship Division trophy. Picture: NICKI BEECH

Treble winners in your very first season – can’t be bad!

Connah’s Quay Town have made quite an impact in their debut campaign operating in the Tier 5 North East Wales Football League Championship Division.

They clinched the league title on Saturday with a 1-0 win at nearest rivals Penyffordd Lions, Jake Reilly with the 67th minute winning goal. A draw would have meant Lions finished champions on goal difference, but the Town delivered.

Connah’s Quay Town celebrate after winning the Mike Beech Trophy. Picture: TREVOR JONES, BUCKLEY TOWN FC

That completed a treble which also included lifting the Mike Beech Memorial Trophy and Two Counties Cup.

Town beat five higher division sides in landing the Mike Beech.

Over the season, Quay have played 33 matches in all competitions, winning 27, drawing one and losing five.

All defeats – except one – came against higher level opposition in cups, namely Mold Alexandra (0-3, Welsh Cup), Cefn Mawr Rangers (2-4, NEWFA Challenge Cup), Halkyn and Flint Mountain (pens, FAW Amateur Trophy) and Llangollen Town (2-6, NEWFA Horace Wynne Cup).

Rejoicing with the Two Counties Cup

Their only league loss occurred at Ruabon Rovers (2-3) and a sole draw in the Championship happened at home to Penyffordd Lions (1-1).

It has been a great combined team effort from Gavin Parry’s men, who have chalked up 141 goals over 33 matches, Ryan Hewitt (21), John Coady (17), Jake Leonard (14), Lee Reynolds (11) and Jamie Wynne (10) leading the way.

More wins and goals will have been expunged following the resignation of three Championship sides during the season.

HOW THE NEWFA CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TITLE WAS WON

July 3: FC United of Wrexham (a) 7-0
July 31: Johnstown YFC (h) 7-2
Aug 14: Caerwys (h) 6-0
Aug 28: Bellevue (h) 9-0
Sep 4: Penyffordd Lions (h) 1-1
Oct 2: CPD Sychdyn (h) 2-1
Nov 20: FC United of Wrexham (h) 5-0
Dec 4: Ruabon Rovers (a) 2-3
Jan 29: Johnstown YFC (a) 6-1
Feb 5: Caerwys (a) 5-0
Apr 2: Bellevue (a) 10-0
Apr 20: CPD Sychdyn (a) 3-1
Apr 23: Ruabon Rovers (h) 4-0
May 14: Penyffordd Lions (a) 1-0
PLAYED 14 WON 12 DRAWN 1 LOST 1 GOALS FOR 68 GOALS AGAINST 9

HOW THE MIKE BEECH MEMORIAL TROPHY WAS WON

Oct 9: Ruthin Town Development (a – Group C) 7-2
Oct 23: Chirk Town (a – Group C) 1-0
Oct 30: FC United of Wrexham (h – Group C) 12-1
Feb 12: New Brighton Villa (h – Knockout Stage) 3-1
Mar 12: Castell Alun Colts (a – Knockout Stage) 7-1
Apr 9: Lex XI (a – Knockout Stage) 1-1 (won on pens)
Apr 30: FC Queen’s Park (final) 1-0

HOW THE TWO COUNTIES CUP WAS WON

Sep 18: Brymbo Lodge (h) 4-1
Nov 6: CPD Sychdyn (h) 9-1
Nov 27: Penyffordd Lions (h) 3-0
Apr 16: Ruabon Rovers (final) 4-4 (won 4-3 on pens)

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