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10-man Denbigh beat Roosters

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Impressive: Penrhyn’s Nashawn Blake

Denbigh Town • 2
Penrhyncoch • 0
Huws Gray Alliance

PENRHYNCOCH suffered ​their fourth defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by Denbigh Town ​last Saturday (Sept 30).

Early morning downpours meant a pitch inspection before the game and the pitch was deemed playable despite showers continuing during the first half.

Both teams had chances in the first 10 minutes to take the lead with the Roosters being awarded an early free kick for a high boot against Steffan Davies. A dangerous cross by Antonio Corbeserio was well cleared under pressure by Town’s Danny Sullivan for a corner which came to nothing.

Full back Rakim Newton was involved in plenty of early action as he pressed forward and linked well with Craig Pritchard and Warren Duckett went close.

Newton was then fouled just outside the box and Kristian Pierce’s free kick went to Davies whose shot was blocked and rebounded for Sullivan to shoot straight at keeper Jenkins.

On 12 minutes a mix up in the Penrhyncoch defence saw Warren Duckett snap on a poor pass and shoot for Jenkins to save well only for the ball to go back to Duckett who passed onto Josh Davies to fire in from 10 yards and give Denbigh an early 1-0 lead.

Town looked to build on this lead with the efficient Steve Cunningham having a tremendous shot which just shaved the crossbar. Davies was then fouled by Foligno on the edge of the box but the free kick didn’t trouble the Roosters defence and was cleared for Steffan Davies to break through at the opposite end to shoot just wide of keeper Hill-Dunt’s post.

Penrhyncoch were having more and more possession during the middle stages of the first half and from a corner Town’s Matty Cook headed off the line from a powerful Sion James header. Town could not keep the ball and seemed to be giving the ball away cheaply at times.

Conditions meant tackles were flying in and both numbers ​eight’s Steve Cunningham of Denbigh and Penrhyncoch’s Antonio Corbeserio were yellow carded for sliding tackles deemed illegal by referee Cheryl Foster.

As half time approached Pierce played a low corner to Josh Davies whose cross just eluded the head of captain Ben Nash and was cleared by the Rooster defence. A minute later Rakim Newton was played in by Craig Pritchard and his well struck was well blocked by Jenkins with the rebound hitting the crossbar for a Denbigh corner.

The second half started with Penrhyncoch forcing Hill-Dunt to a great save from the impressive Nashwan Blake. Town’s Davies then broke down the left wing and crossed for Craig Pritchard to fire in a shot from close range only for Jenkins to save well and force the ball out for a corner.

On 65 minutes came a decisive moment in the game when Town’s Steve Cunningham was yellow carded for the second time for a challenge on Penrhyncoch’s Rob Muffett which saw Denbigh down to 10 men.

With Kristian Pierce also on a yellow card manager Eddie Maurice-Jones chose to bring on Gareth Partridge for Pierce as Town looked to contain their slender lead.

Jake Eyre had also been introduced for Duckett and Eyre linked well with the hard working Craig Pritchard to fire just wide of Jenkins’ goal.

Pritchard was then on the receiving end of a vicious tackle by the dugouts which saw tempers fray from players on both sides. Referee Foster consulted with her assistant and produced yellow cards for Penrhyncoch’s Jones and Muffett.

Pritchard meanwhile was treated for some time before returning to the game. His contribution to Town’s recent run of form has been awesome and he has become a firm favourite for the Central Park supporters.

Penrhyncoch looked to capitalise on having the extra man and pressed forward with Josh Davies left as the sole attacker for Denbigh. Davies ran relentlessly all afternoon and was rewarded on 84 minutes for his hard work when he broke through the Rooster defence and coolly side step Jenkins to fire into an empty net for this 8th goal of the season – ​six in the last three games.

Davies had a chance for a hat-trick as Nathan Williams broke down the left wing, fed him a lovely ball only for Davies to find himself enclosed by defenders. He laid the ball on for Partridge who fired over from 18 yards.

With the referee playing several minutes of added time Denbigh played the game out and came out deserved winners against a hard working Penrhyncoch side.

On Saturday ​(​Oct 7​)​, Penrhyncoch take a break from league action as they travel to Garden Village for their first round game in the JD Welsh Cup.

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Aber settle for a point in entertaining draw

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IN the driving wind and rain at the eye of Storm Callum well over 200 hardy souls turned out for another exciting evening of JD Welsh Premier League football at Park Avenue on Friday night (Oct 12), and they were rewarded with an engrossing game.

With defences on top neither side did quite enough to make the breakthrough, though the hosts did end up numerically on top following Noah Edwards’ late red card.

Declan Walker, who had moved to right wing for this game, made the most of the extra space and fired an early howitzer wide.

With Aber’s Ryan Wollacott and Allan Goodall excelling at the back against the burly Jamie Breese, the visitors were creating chances and Matthew Jones cleared one goalbound effort off the line.

Danny Brookwell’s right footed shot was easy for Terry McCormick in Aber’s goal, then at the other end the superb Paolo Mendes curled in a fantastic ball to Ash Ruane, who fell in the box before pulling the trigger. Aber’s penalty cries however were in vain.

Breese and Brookwell had further half chances saved, then Rio Ahmadi for hit the side netting at the other end. Walker flashed a shot past the post and Ruane had a low effort parried in Aber’s late rally but both defences were on top in a high quality first half and the teams went in at 0-0.

Into the second half and the chances kept coming. Ryan Edwards, who was dancing down the wing all night had Town’s first effort, and then Goodall made the tackle of the night, a real goal saver to deny Breese who was through and seemed certain to score.

A nice move from Aber saw Mendes burst through the middle but his shot skewed wide, before McCormick was again called into action to superbly tip over Brookwell’s shot from the left side.

Walker saw another attempt off target, and then Ruane, who had been terrorising Ryan Williams all night, finally got goal side, but saw his goalbound effort go narrowly wide.

Walker tested Alex Ramsey in Caernarfon’s goal with a free kick before Gareth Evans hot the post with a curling effort from inside the area.

In the driving rain the chances kept coming with Ryan Edwards and Mendes the next to shoot in vain, and then with nine minutes to go Caernarfon’s Noah Edwards was show a straight red card for an ugly lunge at Declan Walker.

The hosts dominated the last ten minutes with sub Joe Phillips twice denied by Ramsey, but in truth the draw was a fair result and both sets of players should feel proud having put on a good evening’s entertainment in awful conditions.

The point takes Aber back up into eighth place and Nev Powell’s side now have two away games to try and kick on if they are to make a challenge for the top six, at Llandudno on Saturday (Oct 20, ko 2.30pm), and Llanelli on Friday,  October 26 (ko 7.45pm).

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Dominant Aber beat Pembroke in Plate

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ABERYSTWYTH went through to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 29) as they beat Pembroke 50-5.

Last season’s Bowl runners-up Pembroke were unable to field a full strength side however with a number of first team players injured or unavailable.

Although the score suggests a very one-sided match, Pembroke deserve credit for challenging and testing the visitors from the start to the final whistle and their effort deserved more than the five points they scored.

With a few enforced changes it took a while for Aber to settle down, but after an evenly contested opening ten minutes Sam Hesden drove downfield and offloaded to Dorian Jones. He was stopped and from the resulting ruck the ball was passed out along the backs. Llyr Thomas came into the line from full-back to create an overlap for winger Jack Rees to race over for a try that was very well converted by Steff Rees.

Pembroke hit back immediately and from a lineout near the Aber line they caught and drove over to open their account with Dom Colman credited with the try. The conversion was missed but at 5-7 ahead Aber had to work hard as the hosts won and retained possession very well and ran fiercely at the Aber defence. When Aber won the ball they used their backs intelligently and only a dropped pass prevented winger Matthew Wright from racing away to score.

The visitors worked their way upfield and after impressive carrying, supporting and offloading – a welcome feature of their game throughout the afternoon – skipper Arwel Lloyd burst on to a pass to cross for a try to put Aber 5-12 ahead.

Aber’s next try was a beauty. Scrum-half Griff Jones, making a welcome return to Aber colours, dummied and broke from a ruck near the half-way line, he raced upfield and passed to Matthew Hughes in support. He then ran with Hughes for the return pass to score a lovely try which Steff Rees converted to close the first half at 5-19.

The opening ten minutes of the second half was very evenly fought, but Aber’s tackling throughout the match was impressive. They put in a high kick downfield but the catcher’s pass was dropped. Jack Rees pounced to scoop up the ball and race over for his second try of the afternoon. Steff Rees put in a fine conversion and the visitors moved up to 5-26.

A good break by Matthew Wright then took Aber deep into the Pembroke half. When he was stopped, Griff Jones fed the rampaging Arwel Lloyd who ran through a number of tackles before offloading for James Plumbridge to feed try scorer Matthew Hughes.

At 5-31 Aber were comfortable and substitutions were made with no detriment at all to the team’s performance.

The visitors’ next try came from a Pembroke scrum 30 metres from their own line. The hosts won the ball but a dropped pass enabled Matthew Hughes to collect and feed Matthew Wright. He made ground before passing inside to the ever-supporting Arwel Lloyd who scored his second try of the day. Steff Rees converted and Aber moved on to 5-38.

The skipper claimed his hat-trick of tries from a lineout catch by Dan Binks. The drive forward collapsed but Lloyd was again on hand to barge over crowning an excellent performance which not even a bloodied head could spoil. Steff Rees converted to put Aber up to 5-45.

The visitors closed their scoring after an excellent long penalty kick by Llyr Thomas found touch near the home side’s 5 metre line. They won the lineout and fed the ball out for Owain Bonsall to pass to brother Steffan to score the final try. The conversion rebounded from the post but Aber were comfortably into Round 2 having won 5-50.

The second round draw was made earlier in the week and Aber’s win means has seen them earn a home tie against Bonymaen, with that fixture taking place on Saturday (Oct 27).

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Borth comeback sends Street packing

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BORTH United made it through to the first round proper of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Sept 29) as two late goals earned them a 2-1 win.

This much anticipated local derby began in glorious sunshine at Cae Piod and in a tense opening to the match the hosts took the lead within two minutes as Tom Williams’s glancing header from a corner kick beat Ben Willis.

Almost immediately after Williams was unlucky to see his low shot miss the post by inches.

Worryingly for the Borth management team, their side didn’t threaten Alex Pennock’s goal to such an extent the host’s defence were comfortable in dealing with the visitor’s forwards attacks.

Bow Street also had chances to double their lead but missed the target as they held a slender 1-0 lead at half time.

Bow Street held the upper hand as the second half got underway and Steffan Richards’ cross from the byline grazed the crossbar.

Borth, to their credit, also created some chances as Ryan Davies’s rasping low shot was turned for a corner by keeper Pennock.

As the end to end attacks continued Owen Roberts-Young’s superb shot was turned for a corner kick by keeper Willis.

The match reached the last ten minutes with the game still very much in the balance.

Borth’s Dion Ellis-Clark weaved his way from his own half past the Street defence and laid on a through ball for Ryan Davies to make no mistake with a low shot past Pennock for the equalizer.

The visitors sensed an unlikely winner and a long kick from Ben Willis wasn’t dealt with properly by the home defence and Justin Quinn seized on the loose ball and rounded the keeper for what proved to be the winning goal and send the superb Borth supporters euphoric on the sidelines.

It was an excellent cup tie and Borth’s reward for their victory is a game away to Llangefni Town in the first round proper.

The two teams will do battle once again on Saturday (Oct 6) as they meet at the home of Borth United for a Mid Wales League Cup first round tie, kick off 2:30pm.

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