NORTH EAST WALES FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Castell Alun Colts 1 Corwen 6
Report and photos: Gavin Billington
Corwen’s quite remarkable start to their league campaign continued as they made it five straight wins in the North East Wales Premier Division.
In those five games they have scored 22 goals and conceded just one, let in on Saturday in a 6-1 away drubbing of Casty.
Kick-off at Castell Alun High School in Hope was delayed after the assigned referee was stuck in traffic, but local official David Jones answered the call at the eleventh hour and took the whistle.
Casty struck first after just eight minutes when Dain Smith played in Craig Worthington, who hit a low shot beyond goalkeeper Evan Parry to open the scoring.
Corwen went close to an equaliser several times before in the final regulation minute of the opening period, Alex Webster found the head of Leslie Brophy, who nodded in to level the scores.
Worthington and Nathan Davies had efforts for the hosts soon after the restart, but four minutes into the half the visitors went 2-1 up.
A corner into the Castell Alun penalty area saw a header strike the bar and rebound into the path of Scott Evans, who played the ball back to Robbie Williams, and he found the net.
Just before the hour mark, Aaron Pritchard’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Corwen defender Dafydd Evans.
In the 69th minute, Corwen’s Robbie Williams fed Henry Evans, who hit a brilliant angled shot beyond the outstretched Dylan Adams and into the far corner for 3-1.
On 73, keeper Parry started a Corwen attack by launching the ball forward, Owen Cordiner collected and played in Robbie Williams, who placed his shot home.
Shortly after the travellers were awarded a penalty which Webster converted.
As the game entered the final five minutes the home side looked to get a consolation goal from a corner; however Corwen won the ball back and from a counter, Joseph Ephraim crossed for Robbie Williams to make it a hat-trick.
Mynydd Isa 1 FC Queen’s Park 1
James Beck’s 82nd minute equaliser rescued a point for Mynydd Isa at home to champions Queen’s Park.
The Park had earlier taken a 31st minute lead through Daniel Roberts.
Penyffordd Lions 6 Lex XI 1
Jack Pyke-Jones and Liam Williams scored two goals apiece as Penyffordd hit the Lawmen for six.
Liam Hughes and Alister Randles were also on target for the Lions, Tom Huxley with a 49th minute consolation for the visitors.
Ruabon Rovers 1 Rhostyllen 4
Venues were switched for this one due to the weather conditions and leaders Rhostyllen were more than happy with the outcome as Tom Douglas (2), Ben Duffy and Liam Sklenar steered them to a 4-1 victory.
Owen Bather notched a late reply for Rovers.
Acton 6 Aston Park Rangers 3
Five games in the Championship produced a ridiculous 45 goals between them.
Six of the best were delivered by leaders Acton in their victory over Aston Park.
Seb Kidd hit four and Sam Giles two for the hosts, Elliott Evans (2) and Karl Bacon responding for the visitors.
Brymbo 6 Skippy 4
Hosts Brymbo were delighted to claim just a second win of the season at the expense of Skippy, who have lost all 10 fixtures so far.
Bradley Reid netted four and Josh Bachner a pair for the Steelmen, Jason Ratcliffe, João Da Silva (2) and Mthulisi Ndlovu combining to keep the visitors in the contest.
Holywell United 2 CPD Yr Wyddgrug 3
James McGlone (2) and David Jones pocketed the goals that mattered for winners Y Wyddrug, but a Shea Harding double kept the home side right in it.
Overton Recreational 4 CPD Gronant 5
In a topsy-turvy thriller, Gronant needed two late goals to secure their ninth victory on the bounce.
Overton led 4-3 after 80 minutes, Mark Matthews and James Parry both with two for the hosts, Kallum Pierce, Dylan Taylor and Steven Kirk for the visitors.
Gyorgy Szabo and an Aidan Bell penalty, the latter in the 91st minute, made sure of an away triumph.
CPD Sychdyn 2 FC Plas Madoc 10
SEVEN goals from Ryan Jakovlevs was the highlight of a double-figures performance from Madoc.
Oliver Roberts (2) and James Williams provided the rest, Joe Robins and Roberts (OG) supplying Sychdyn’s replies.
Corwen Reserves 3 Penyffordd Lions Reserves 5
Matthew Holmes’ hat-trick helped guide Penyffordd to victory at the War Memorial Ground.
Tom Dove and Paul Jones added singles for the visitors, Kian Harrison, Ben Davies and Wes Brereton giving Corwen hope.
FC Queen’s Park Reserves 3 Lex Reserves 1
Sean Price, Sean Humphreys and Joshua Venables (pen) all found the net to seal the points for the champions, Morgan Bagnall having given Lex an early lead.
Coedpoeth United 2 Connah’s Quay Town 2 (AET – Connah’s Quay won 4-3 on pens)
Town triumphed 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Coedy.
Adam Lloyd gave United a half-time lead, but Freddie Watts levelled on 77 to force extra time.
Pascal Gomez put Quay 2-1 up with 99 on the clock, but David Hughes converted a spot-kick a minute later to force pens.
Greenfield 0 Caerwys 0 (AET – Caerwys won 6-5 on pens)
After a 0-0 draw, Caerwys squeezed through to the next round with a narrow penalties success over the Holywell-area hosts.