Denbigh Town Res 6-3 Prestatyn Town Res at Colwyn Bay F.C.
12th May 10 - Prestatyn 3 vs 6 Denbigh Town
Report by Steve Redfern Jones
Six goals - it could have been double figures to be fair - ensured
Denbigh Town Reserves won the inaugural North Wales Reserve League
Presidents Cup against a quality Prestatyn Reserves outfit.
Denbigh legend Sion y Bodiau may have had four thumbs, but Gary
Madoc wrote his own history with four goals which ultimately gave
his side the trophy.
To be fair to the Seasiders, they played the soccer in the first
45 minutes. But when Referee Wallace peeped for half time, it was
the Vale side that had the smiles, three goals without reply putting
the Central Park mob in sight of silverware.
In the opening quarter of the first stanza it was all Statyn,
and Denbigh had to be grateful to Lee Mason and Russ Vaughan who
both prevented their opponents from grabbing a lead. Impressing
for Prestatyn was Glyn Lewis and his shot on 16 minutes was well
pouched by Denbigh keeper Stu Griffiths.
More opportunities knocked for the Prestatyn brigade but after
those opening salvoes Denbigh began to put their own stamp on proceedings.
Gary Madoc was played in by Lew Worthing but he fluffed with only
the keeper to beat. Next Gaz John was profligate and dragged his
effort wide. At the other end Griffiths had to be brave to gather
ball amidst a number of Prestatyn boots. It was nail biting fare.
Suddenly the game got a little silly. Dave Davies pinged the crossbar
with what he claimed was a shot but had the word cross written all
over it. Ian Williams hesitated rather than shot as the Red defence
opened up like a can of beans. A goal was coming. Madoc took full
advantage of Prestatyn hesitancy and after a little nudge on the
last defender lifted the ball into the net after a deft free kick
from Worthing had caused panic in the Prestatyn back line.
Next a mix up between gloves man Roberts and a full back allowed
Madoc to eventually grab sight of the ball and roll same into an
unguarded net. And on the stroke of half time the same man bullied
his way to goal after superb work from wingman Ian Williams -and
the Denbigh contingent were delirious to see the ball onioned despite
the best efforts of Jamie Roberts in the Seaside goal.
Was there a way back for the Bastion Road team? You would not have
backed them after 48 minutes when Madoc grabbed his own - and his
team's-fourth - with a peach of an effort. Great running, strength
and finish from the strong man.
Madoc-Jones had grabbed the limelight and yet one must be fair
in giving the goal of the game to another. Madoc was naturally involved
in the build up and some sweet incisive action via Stubbs, Worthing
and Gaz John let in Ian Williams into a one on one situation and
the finish was of the highest quality, the youngster dinking ball
over an onrushing Roberts to basically seal the match with a further
half hour remaining.
Yet Haf-wen herself must have been biting her nails when a reversal
of fortune threatened to snatch all the good work from the grasp
of Central Park mob. One goal...another...and a third. The Seasiders
were back in it - one might say a combination of Lady Luck and incisive
finishing - and now another strike would see them within touching
distance of a game that was seemingly beyond them.
Russ Pierce bellowed his men forward, threw on Jac Glover to add
a little spice to the brew and it almost paid off - nay it definitely
paid off - with opportunities for Madoc and Gaz John which had their
opponents on the back foot yet again, the former dragging wide and
then firing over, the latter thumping one effort onto the bar and
sending another for a throw in when my granny could have scored.
It was enough to rattle the Prestatyn side - let's be fair here
, the Sea mob were of a quality that could have earned the Cup for
themselves , but on this occasion had met up with a side that were
creating goal scoring chances for fun , most of which were squandered.
A Denbigh goal would settle it. And another for the Prestatyn mob
would put them in the box seat. It was end to end and heart in mouth.
It was difficult to watch yet you could not keep your eyes off the
action. Vaughan saw yellow for a combo of fouling and time wasting.
Denbigh skipper Lee Mason put three match balls into the Colwyn
nettles and next Stu Griffiths had to dive full length to prevent
a strike that would have given a last glimmer of hope to the Prestatyn
Ultimately it was Gaz John - he hadn't really sparked in the 90
minutes - but come the time added on for stoppages he put the game
to rest for good and all. The wee man jinxed his way into the Seasiders
penalty box and seeing an outstretched limb took the hint and plummeted
over it. Referee Wallace pointed to the spot and the same man thundered
home to ensure victory that had been too long coming.
Saturday 1st May 2010
Sychdyn 3 Mochdre Sports 3 - Premier Division
From the whistle sychdyn took the game to mochdre, time after time
there markers and on 20mins sports paid for there slack marking
the wing, 1-0 up, with mochdre still defending for much of the time,
naveen coming worst off in a tackle causing him to fall fracturing
bone in his shoulder, with the game stopped for an hour, on the
mochdre were caught cold, coupled with some awful defendind sychdyn
went 2 up, this seemed to spur mochdre into playing a bit better
robby pulling one back, sychdyn then broke down the middle and were
awarded a penalty on 43mins, sychdyn didn't play like they were
bottom of the league, they were more hungry for the ball and deserved
to go in 3-1 up at half time.
half time nothing was said to the team by martin, i think the silence
told them he wasn't happy, the travelling fans were getting frustrated
with some of the refs decisions.
things went a bit better second half as mochdre pulled one back
some neat passing and robby getting his second. sychdyn worried
sports defence with high balls coming in and only for our stand
keeper, who made some fine close up saves kept sports in the game,
mochdre then had a penalty appeal turned down which would have levelled
the score, after more heavy pressure robby scored his 3rd, mochdre
there heads up hunting for a winner but it never came.
mochdre sports commitee wish naveen a speedy recoverey.
Saturday 24th April 2010
Rhuddlan Town 2 Mochdre Sports 1 - Premier Division
With the league being so close, this games result meant either town
would finish fifth from top or forth from bottom, so it was an important
win for them. In really hot conditions, town started well and took
the game to Mochdre creating chances for Mike Roose and Sean Burrows
and it only took until the 10th minute when Ben Roberts smashed
in a sweet left foot free-kick, to put town ahead. More chances
followed and excellent play from Martin Halewood and Jack Williams
put in Roose, whose header just went over the bar. With Halewood,
Kyle Parry and Captain Dan Grindley in great form, It was pretty
much one way traffic in the first half, however the second half
Mochdre showed why they have had a good season and began creating
chances. Slightly against the run of play, in the 60th minute, Town
were awarded a penalty for a foul on Roose, who stepped up to finish
himself. An excellent turn and shot on 82mins from Glyn Knowles
led to a goal from the rebound for Dean Hughes to make it a nervy
end for Rhuddlan but overall they deserved the win. After a season
of much change at the club, they deserved the decent position finish
to the league.
Rhuddlan Town 2 Mochdre Sports 1 - Premier Division
A game mochdre should not have lost is was a case of rhuddlan slipping
past the back four and scoring 1-0 after ten minutes, it was end
end football with mochdre having all the chances and not scoring,
the field was not marked the ref had a job deciding if the ball
and even asked spectators which way for the throw in, by half time
sports should have been 3 or 4 up, but if you dont hit the net you
don't get goals, second half was the same story for mochdre, on
adam henley rose above the rhuddlan forward and headed the ball
there was no pushing but the ref who was on the half way line blew
a foul, rhuddlan players were then claiming it was in the box so
gave a penalty, this put them 2-0 up, things remained the same until
the manager put a couple of subs on and dean pulling the defenders
over the place scored from just inside the box, chapman so frustrated
with the game got himself sent of but sports carried on pressuring
a second goal that never came.
Saturday 17th April 2010
Penmaenmawr last minute winner knocks wind from Shotton sail.
Penmaenmawr Phoenix 3 Shotton Steel 2 - Premier Division
The Steelmen were left licking their wounds this afternoon as they
went down 3-2 to a hardworking Penmaenmar outfit. Without the services
of Powell, Bibby, Mason, Butler and Hewitt, Shotton did not look
half the side that has gone from strength to strength over the last
The game started brightly. 15 minutes in, a scramble in the Pen
box led to a Marc Edwards shot. Stand-in 'keeper Craig Roberts parried
with an excellent save but Owen Pierce was on hand to put the visitors
Pen worked hard to get themselves back in the game. Their breakthrough
came through Blythin Jones who was able to get enough whip on his
corner to fire the ball directly into the back of the Shotton net.
The home side were far more dominant in the second half and it
wasn't long before they put themselves in the lead, Danny Mercer
doing the honours. Shotton didn't give up, and when the referee
awarded them with an indirect free kick for Roberts holding on to
the ball for too long, Shaun Hughes was on hand to convert the opportunity.
At 2-2 both teams began to push for the winner. Pierce was gifted
two excellent one-on-one chances but couldn't make the most of either.
The killer blow came in the final minute when Gareth Hughes who
was clearly offside, was able to knock the ball home from a couple
of yards out.
A bitter pill for Shotton to swallow and not the way they would
have wished to end their campaign. All focus will now switch to
their preparations for their Presidents Cup Final on May 14th.
Tuesday 13th April 2010
Mochdre Sports 4 Llansannan 2 - Premier Division
From the whistle mochdre took the game by the scruff and pressured
Llansannan, some great balls played down the left wing for robby,
inside and hit a cracking left foot shot passed llansannan's keeper,
up mochdre controlled the game and on 35 kyle put mochdre 2 up,
fair llansanan did hit us on the break a few times but didn't score,
another great chance when a cross from the left wing was met by
flying header from kyle but just went the wrong side.
second half a long ball in to sannan's area which they coudn't clear
land at adam laveneder feet who then cooly TOE poked it in 3-0,
doing what they do best when winning started to give to much space
sanan's players and slowy they got a couple of goals back but in
84min kyle johnson put the game to bed with mochdre's fourth.
Presidents Cup Semi-Final.
Saturday 10th April 2010.
Shotton Steel FC 2 - St Asaph 1
Shotton rallies 2-1 win to secure place in Final
The first half of the highly-anticipated Semi-Final clash between
Shotton Steel and St Asaph failed to live up to expectations in
a goalless first half at Deeside Leisure Centre. This was likely
to be a clear case of nerves as neither side wanted to over-commit
to attack in the early stages.
As expected the Premier Division outfit enjoyed the majority of
possession but, like so many occasions before, failed to create
a clear-cut opportunity while the away side was often content just
to sit behind the ball and look long where possible.
The teams went in all square at half time after a first 45 minutes
that was a monument to mediocrity
The game was sparked in to life shortly after the restart. An astute
Owen Pierce initiated a lightning quick counter attack. Pierce's
shrewd throw-in found key man Dave Powell wide left in space. Powell
sprayed the ball cross field to fellow attacker Shaun Hughes. Hughes
popped the ball up for the onrushing Scott Hewitt to head the ball
home and Put the Steelmen in the driving seat.
Less than five minutes later, another delightful Hughes delivery
was met by the head of defensive giant Lewis Weatherley, to give
Shotton the two goal cushion the so much wanted.
Being two down was enough to reignite St Asaph's Final aspirations.
They took a hold on the game and some excellent passing left the
home side wanting. The game became an end-to-end affair with both
teams now creating far more opportunities. It was the high-scoring
away side that took advantage. An exquisite move found Dave Gray
with a chance to get his team back in to the tie, Gray obliged with
a deft finish. 2-1 and game on.
With 20 minutes to go, it was St Asaph who dominated possession
and created wave after wave of attack. Shotton's defence, now with
Quinn, Weatherley, Howard and Tanton stood strong and 'keeper Karl
Crichton bossed his area well.
The final minutes saw an excellent chance for either side, but
neither could seize their opportunity.
Shotton will be more than pleased with their progression to the
final, but they will have to improve in all areas if they are to
stand a chance of lifting the illustrious trophy.
Saturday 3rd April 2010
Denbigh Town 1 Glan Conwy 3 - Reserve Premier League
Denbigh Town Reserves recent good run of results was halted with
a 3-1 home reverse against Glan Conwy Reserves , reports Peter Glynn.
This was an open game of football with lots of goal scoring opportunities
for both sides. Denbigh just about deserved the lead in the first
stanza , grabbing a 45th minute goal through Gaz John who's fierce
shot could only be parried into the net by Glan keeper Dwaine Jones.
The game ebbed and flowed throughout the first 45 minutes , with
David Davies shooting wide on 15 minutes and Ian Taylor scooping
over from two yards the pick of the opportunities for a profligate
home side. At the other end , the Green and Whites could have scored
first through Jon Turner whose fizz-bang inched wide and next via
Costa Yianni who fired wide when one on one with Denbigh stopper
After the break the visitors took the game by the scruff and once
they had grabbed the leveler on 70 minutes through Howie Vaughan
, one feared for a now back pedaling Town outfit.
Jamie Ainsworth put Glan ahead 4 minutes later and after intense
pressure on the Denbigh defence the ball fell to Turner who completed
the game's scoring on 77 minutes. a deserved win from Glan Conwy
who upped the tempo second half and dominated for long periods.
Greenfield 0 Shotton Steel 4 - Premier Division
STEELMEN BLAST GREENFIELD WITH FOUR SECOND HALF GOALS
Four second half goals gave Shotton all 3 points from their visit
to Upper Gronnant based Greenfield earlier today.
Winning this match was always going to be a tough task for the
Steelmen. Greenfield have the toughest defence in the Premier Division
and before today had conceded a mere 8 goals.
The first half was a fairly dull affair, both teams struggled to
keep the ball on the floor and the chances were few and far between.
Whatever the Shotton manager said to his team at half time surely
made an impression. Instantly the game was changed. The passing
was free flowing and on the 50 minute mark Tom Stacey found captain
Zac Bell inside. Bells first time ball to in form striker
Dave Powell created a spectacular one on one, and Powell calmly
slotted the ball home. The away fans had hardly finished celebrating
when an almost identical attack led to Bell feeding Powell once
more for his second of the game.
The Steelmens defence stood strong, with Matthew Howard in
exceptional form. In the 72nd minute it was time for the goal scorer
to become provider as Powell fed a delightful ball through to team
mate Shaun Hughes who duly obliged to find the back of the net.
The pair joined forces once more five minutes later. Powell with
some excellent skill setup Hughes for his second of the game. A
brace a piece for the Liverpool Uni boys.
Thats four wins on the bounce for the Steelmen and they are
in fine form going in to what is sure to be tough semi final against
Division One table toppers St Asaph on Saturday.
Saturday 27th March 2010
Mochdre Sports 2 Brynford United 0 - Premier Division
The first half was awful to watch mochdre could not string more
passes together,time after time losing the ball in midfield causing
unnecessary prolems for themselves, brynford forwards were quick
latch on to the mistakes putting carlo under pressure in goal, brynford
should have gone in 3 up at half time but some fine point blank
kept it 0-0 till half time.
mochdre played better second half with a few shots on target or
over the bar, with fez, glyn and tommo on the rampage brynford
struggled to cope in defence, a double substitution late second
totally change the game for mochdre with adam lav coming on up front,
they could not get the ball of him (nor could sports) sniffer ripped
through the brynford defence to slot the ball home from a neat header
layed of from lav. 1-0 , brynford kept hitting mochdre on the break
were close to scoring but for the mochdre keeper's great saves,
game was finally put to bed when a move started by evo in midfield,
the ball of to tommo down the right wing who then put it squar for
to neatly curl it over the keeper.
Saturday 20th March 2010
Connah's Quay Town 4 Shotton Steel 8 aet - Presidents Cup Round
Shotton Steel book their Semi-final place as they come out on
top in 12 goal thriller
It was the Battle of the Deeside big guns down at Dock
Road today, as Connahs Quay Town locked horns with local rivals
Shotton Steel FC. And what a match it turned out to be.
The home side hit shell-shocked Steel with 2 early goals through
Bobby Ragget and top marksman James Gambino. The Town moved the
ball well and dominated the first 20 minutes.
The Steelmen finally got off the mark thanks to Shaun Hughes and
his exquisitely struck free kick. At half time and 2-1 Shotton Manager
made a controversial decision and opted to bring himself on for
the injured Dane Mason.
Both teams continued to attack in a very end-to-end affair. However
both teams were confused with the referees next decision.
As Lewis Weatherley floated in an excellent free kick from 40 yards,
referee Chris Price blew his whistle for a reason we are still unsure.
The ball ended up directly in the back of the net. Price awarded
the goal. After this, The Town began to lose their way a little
and on 78 minutes, the in-form Dave Powell found himself in an excellent
goal scoring position and he duly obliged. It looked like game over,
but the home side refused to give up and their persistence paid
off as a scramble inside the Shotton box led to midfield linchpin
Shane Parry tapping home from close range.
For extra time, Shotton, on winning the toss, opted to continue
kicking in the same direction. Within a minute Powell had scored
his second and the scales tipped in the Steelmens favour.
This was then topped off with three goals in three minutes for the
away side. Powell showed exactly what he is capable of as he zigzagged
his way through the Towns defence and fired in his third from
what seemed an impossible angle. His strike partner Owen Pierce
slotted home Shottons 6th a minute later, and 30 seconds after
the restart Captain Zac Bell beat the usual unbeatable Roberts at
his near post.
The final 15 minutes seemed a fairly dull affair in comparison,
although both teams still managed to grab a goal a piece. Bobby
Ragget claiming his brace and Anthony Quinn was on hand to finish
off the final attack and the 12th goal of the game.
With twelve goals and some excellent football from both sides,
excitement at its very best.
Hat Trick Hero Dave Powell
Saturday 13th March 2010
Rhuddlan Town 2 Brynford United 1 - Premier Division
After the disappointment of their last home game this was an important
match for town against a team on the same points as them. Brynford
are always a strong physical side and this game was no exception
in what turned out to be a real battle. Town started well with Mike
Roose going close a couple of times and on 27 minutes a great ball
from Ben Roberts put in Kyle Parry to finish sharply and put town
in front. Roose then had a blatant penalty turned down after being
fouled by the Brynford keeper when clean through. How this wasn't
seen is a mystery and town were still feeling aggrieved when a minute
when Mike Prydderch was put through to chip the keeper and bring
Brynford level. A horrendous tackle on Roberts left the classy midfielder
with a ripped shirt and smashed shin pad as the game threatened
to get out of hand. The second half started with much of the same
however on 52 minutes Town were awarded a penalty after a handball
and captain Dan Grindley stepped forward to smash home. Town then
lost Roose to the injury picked up in the penalty incident and were
up against it for long periods but with the back four and midfield
staying strong and a good performance form custodian Anthony Gunther,
Town hung on for the points and indeed could have extended the lead
when a great chance from Dean Moss was missed after pinpoint cross
from sub Jack Williams. A bruising battle has left town with three
new serious injury problems but are happy for the points.
Mochdre Sports 4 Greenfield 1 - Premier Division
From the start greenfield pressured mochdre with good passing football,
time after time they were on the ball first, so as expected greenfield
went ahead from t jones losing his marker he cooly hit the ball
carlo, mochdre still played some good passing football but and had
or two chances, on 40mins a lively kyle johnson slipped passed the
last defender and should have scored but greenfield did just enough
put him off with both players falling over, the ref decided it was
penalty!!, jonhson cooly slotting the ball into the corner 1-1
second half sports played much the same but it was not till the
15mins they came to life, with joe doing what he does best bossing
midfield he lay some good passes to the forwards, with dean hughes
having good chances he slipped his marker and mochdre were 2-1 up,
greenfield did not give up and they kept on attacking but mochdre's
defence got stronger as the game progressed, after more good play
midfield dean got passed the defence to make it 3-1, "dicky"
finished them of with another to make it 4-1, mochdre played well
Aston Park Rangers 1 Shotton Steel 2 - Premier Division
ROBINSON GRABS LATE DERBY WINNER
A last minute goal from sub Tom Robinson handed Shotton Steel a
2-1 victory over Aston park Rangers in the local derby at Shotton
In an eminently forgettable, end of season affair, both sides found
it impossible to play creative football or keep the ball down on
a hard and bumpy surface and in a slight wind.
The Steelmen were without the services of key players Tanton, Pierce
and Butler, and chances were extremely hard to come by, the visitors
restricted to a handful of chances.
The Steelmen did have a half-time lead when new-signing Dave Powell
added a calm finish to a Dane Mason through ball.
The second half was equally poor affair, with the chances being
few and far between for either side.
However, Rangers were back level in the 80th minute with a rare
moment of quality football. A free kick from the right was met perfectly
by the reliable Anthony Weaver.
The game looked headed for an inevitable draw until the three Shotton
substitutes linked well with only a minute of normal time remaining.
Winger Tom Stacey, from wide on the left chipped the ball into the
Aston box, Dylan Evans' speculative over-head kick was saved by
'keeper Chris Pearce, but he could not stop the advancing Robinson
from forcing the ball home.
Match winner Robbo
Saturday 6th March 2010
Mochdre Sports v Abergele Rovers - NWCFA Intermediate Cup Round
A game that nobody dominated, plenty of passing football by mochdre
as usual gave gele to much time on the ball resulting in gele going
one up just before halftime, i lost count second half how many got
booked some undeserved, sports pulled level and eventually went
with gele being kept in there own half for much of the second 45mins,
mochdre had enough chances to kill the game off, gele then got there
second goal with about ten mins to go, 2-2 fulltime, the game ending
pens with mochdre coming out on top, mochdre had four players carrying
injuries for most of the game with all subs used so all in all sports
deserved the win.
FC Nomads Win Battle of the Giants
Rhuddlan Town Res 1 FC Nomads 5 - Division Two
FC Nomads today won the battle of the top 2 in the Clwyd League
Division 2. Rhuddlan Town Reserves have spent most of the season
at the top of the league but have played 3 more games than FC Nomads.
Todays game was a 6 pointer and both teams went into the game on
the back of good records.
A hat trick from Mark Evans making an outstanding debut helped
FC Nomads to a concinving 5-1 away win making the gap just 1 point
and FC Nomads still have the 3 games in hand.
A penalty from John Faulkner and a Chris Taylor header showed how
good FC Nomads have become during the season. Every player putting
in a huge performance full of effort and energy to out skill and
out fox a Rhuddlan side who started the day hoping to be the first
team to take points off FC Nomads this season.
FC Nomads have now won 12 out of 12 in the league, the 100% record
Saturday 27th February 2010
Penmaenmawr Phoenix 4 Greenfield 2 - Premier Cup Round 1
Saturdays game started brightly with both teams passing style complimenting
each others with Pen forcing the early chances a foul on Craig Roberts
just outside Greenfields area after nine minutes gave Darren
Hughes the opportunity to step up and slot home in the bottom corner
for 1-0. A couple of chances followed for Pen but unfortunately
one of these resulted in a collision between Greenfields keeper
and Pens Peter Williams who didnt recover from a dead
leg and was replaced by seventeen year old Tom Pinkerton. The game
carried on in the same fashion. Half time
The second half started much as the first then on forty nine minutes
manager Denley Smith set up Pinkerton for his first and Pens
From this Greenfield cultured a couple chances and on fifty seven
minutes a cross from the right wing found Shaun Pritchard free at
the back post to hit a sweet volley into the far corner. Greenfield
were buoyed by this and pushed forward again but started to leave
gaps at the back that Phoenix exploited when another lofted pass
from Denley Smith found Pinkerton again to volley home!! Again Greenfield
rallied and forced home another goal from Shaun Pritchard. 3-2
With time running out the pressure told and one player from either
side got their marching orders for violent conduct much out of character
for what had been a very entertaining game!!
When the game was restarted it was Pen who gained the upper hand
again and in the ninetieth minute another sweeping move ended with
fullback Darren Hughes hammering a shot low under the keeper for
his second goal of the game!!
Rhuddlan Town 1 - Llansannan 2 - Premier Division
It seemed Rhuddlan had removed the inconsistency tag over the past
month or so with some good wins and performances however Saturday
saw Town plagued again in a below par performance against llansannan.
After probably their best performance of the season against a strong
Prestatyn Town team last week, they put in probably their worst
performance of the season this week! Town started brightly enough,
with Tom Roberts and Dan Grindley both having excellent games, they
created a couple of early chances for Mike Roose and Dean Binns,
however Llansannan really took control of the game and were first
to most second balls all over the pitch. Somewhat against the run
of play, town were awarded a penalty which Roose finished well but
the expected onslaught didn't materialise, in fact it seemed to
inspire Llan and the got a deserved equaliser through Gareth Lewis
after hesitant goalkeeping by Jamie Morgan. With Town really out
of sorts, Llan started the second half better and took the lead
after some poor defending and goalkeeping allowed Jake Walker to
get behind right back Jack Williams and smash home from an acute
angle after 60 mins. It was no more than Llansannan deserved and
although Town huffed and puffed for the next half an hour, they
failed to create many clear chances and though a Roberts header
did seem to have crossed the line from a late corner, nothing was
given. Llan deserved the points and completed a double over Rhuddlan
who need to pick themselves up for the remainder of the season.
Saturday 20th February 2010
Prestatyn Town 4 Rhuddlan Town 1 - after extra time - NWCFA
Intermediate Cup Round 2
With Prestatyn fielding six league of Wales players, this tie was
always going to be difficult for Rhuddlan however they more than
held their own in a game of so many chances. The game started with
Prestatyn dominating and creating chances for Ian Griffiths, Dan
Evans, Gaz Wilson and Neil Gibson but it took until the 37th minute
when Jack Lewis broke the deadlock with a great direct free kick
from the edge of the area. Instead of the possible collapse, this
seemed to inspire Rhuddlan and within a minute Dean Binns forced
keeper Jay Roberts into a great save with Mike Roose hitting the
inside of the post which somehow stayed out, on the follow up. This
didnt deter Rhuddlan and on 44 minutes Roose fired a deserved equaliser
to level it up at the half. The send half followed a pattern of
lots of possession from Prestatyn with Rhuddlan dangerous on the
break in particular when Binns hit the crossbar and Dean Moss missed
a golden chance to put Rhuddlan in front. With Evans a constant
threat down the wing Prestatyn also had chances through Griffiths
and Carl Murray but Rhuddlan keeper Jamie Morgan was great form
along with outstanding contribution from Dan Grindley, Martin Halewood,
Ben Roberts and Shaun Jones in particular. The turning point of
the game came during Rhuddlans best period, when the game opened
up a bit but controversial referee Mike Gray dismissed Binns for
something only he heard and effectively spoilt the game. The whole
game was played in a great spirit by both teams yet it finished
with seven bookings and one sending off, which was utterly bizarre.
Prestatyn then dominated the game against ten men but Chris Morrells
men bravely battled on to force extra time. From another Prestatyn
free kick five minutes in, the ball came back to Lewis, off a blatently
offside player, however after Lewis smashed in from the scramble
the goal was given to put Prestatyn ahead again. Rhuddlan finally
ran out of steam and Prestatyn creating chances at will with Griffiths
and Higgins completing the scoring to send Prestatyn through. A
proud display from Rhuddlan against an outstanding Prestatyn team
who now face a trip to Boderen in the next round, where it may certainly
be a very different line up.
Saturday 13th February 2010
Penmaenmawr Phoenix 1 Rhuddlan Town 3 - Premier Division
After an excellent away win at Aston park last weekend, Town followed
it with an even better win away at title contenders Penmanmawr in
a game they dominated. It started in the worst possible way for
Town as an early mistake in midfield led to a Pen goal after just
2 minutes through striker Peter Williams. Town were in disarray
for a while and Pen nearly took further advantage but a great penalty
save from Jamie Morgan finally woke town up and from then on they
took command of the game. With Ben Roberts pulling the strings in
midfield town created chance after chance but somehow didn't score
until good work from Shaun Jones put in Mike Roose to smash home
an equaliser in the 29th minute. Only a couple of dubious off side
decisions, good goalkeeping and the Pen woodwork kept the score
level at half time. The second half began in the same manner and
it was only a matter of time before town took the lead which they
did after a great cross from Roberts was met by a bullet header
from Jones in the 48th minute. More chances followed and with Martin
Halewood a constant thorn in the Pen defence with tireless work
across the pitch, town wrapped up the points after Roose went through
again, rounded the keeper to finish the game. With Dan Grindley
and John Jones outstanding at centre half, Pen failed to create
any real chances and would be disappointed with their overall performance.
Town now have a massive cup game against Prestatyn to focus on but
although they are huge underdogs, they'll look forward to the test.
Saturday 6th February 2010
Aston Park Rangers 0 Rhuddlan Town 3 - Premier Cup Round
With a cup the only possibility of any silverware this year, Town
were given yet another tough away draw at Aston, however an excellent
display put town into the semi-finals. Right from the start town
dominated the game and after just six minutes John Jones fired home
the opener. Aston worked hard and tried to compete but with several
outstanding performances, particular from full backs Dan Grindley
& Jack Williams, they were no match for Town and after another
quality strike from Mike Roose put town in a strong position . A
brilliant passing move ended up with Dean Moss smashing the crossbar
just before the break. The second half saw Aston start much better
and come into the game creating half chances for Weaver but town
weathered the storm and after good work from Moss drew a penalty,
Roose smashed to home to end the tie. An all round excellent display
from Town and most pleasing is keeping a clean sheet and they are
now looking for a good finish to the season.
Saturday 30th January 2010
Abergele Rovers 4 Rhuddlan Town 3 - Premier Division
For the second week running, Town lost out with a 4.3 result, however
this game was much more encouraging than the last. Town started
much the stronger and for the first 15 mins had most of the played
culminating in Mike Roose smashing home an opener, after a great
through ball from Ben Roberts. Instead of capitalising on this,
Town became nervy and Abergele are too good a team to accept defeat
and so their pressure told in the 26 minute when Paul Demilow netted
a close range equaliser. Aber really raised their game and with
Alan Jones pulling the strings he put them two up with a powerful
drive on 32 mins. A goal from James Davies putting in from a rebound
just before the half put Gele in pole position. The second half
began as the first with town conceding a well worked goal from Danny
Campbell, after great work from Jones and this looked to put the
tie out of reach, however Town showed good character and got themselves
back into it with a Dean Jones header and after a Roose penalty
on 85, it seemed that Town might find an unlikely equaliser, however
they ran out of time and Gele hung on to go top of the league.
Saturday 23rd January 2010
Rhuddlan Town 3 Sychdyn 4 - Premier Division
With eight first team players missing, this game was always going
to be a struggle for town, not helped by several new ex-Buckley
players turning out for new look Sychdyn, but it was simply a woeful
second half performance that cost Town dear. From the outset, Town
were so dominant and a great turn from Ian Dunn resulted in an early
penalty, which Mike Roose fired home and the good form continued
with Roose finding the net again after 30 mins, although he was
then denied two clear, blatant penalties after the referee was not
close enough to play to see. Town shrugged this off and after a
brilliant finish by Dean Moss, Town looked untouchable. The complete
collapse of the second half was a shock and it stemmed by Town failing
to do what was successful in the first half. An early second half
goal from Dale Lovett put doubt in the mind and after a terrible
defensive mistake,Tim Hughes really turned the game in Sychdyns
favour. Another questionable decision with a town penalty claim
turned down but yet even more poor defending led to Mark Pointon
equalising. With Rhuddlan at sixes and sevens there was only one
winner and Lovett came up with his second goal four mins from time
to seal the points. A true game of two halves, Town really let themselves
down, however to give credit to Sychdyn, they never gave in and
worked hard even at 3 down.
Mochdre Sports 3 - Brynford United 2 - Presidents Cup
From the start sports pressured the Brynford defence with some great
wing play, deano latching on to the ball and just skimming the cross
bar several times, glyn and robby terrorizing the brynford back
the pressure paid of when sports score there first on 20mins, a
between deano and glyn for the 1st and ten mins later fez scoring
a great run down the wing cutting in past the defender 2-0, it should
have been 4 or 5 nil but the team wre a bit rusty due to a lack
second half sports went of the boil and brynford were allowed to
space on the ball creating a couple of goals 2-2 brynford had more
chances to score but failed to hit the net, on 73mins adam henley
through from mid field and taking the ball past a couple of players
sent a looping shot over the keeper to make it 3-2 , 10mins to go
was clean through on goal beating the offside for once and with
the keeper to beat he was chopped down outside the box by the brynford
keeper, down to ten men brynford held on not letting any more goals
Saturday 12th December 2009
Joe Jennings scores from the spot in extra-time
Barritt Cup Round 1
Blaenau Ffestiniog 1 Mochdre Sports 2 aet.
In a game that sports were expected to lose it was any thing but,
first half hour mochdre were under pressure and were kept mostly
there own half, giving to much respect to a team that on the day
not as good as mochdre, blaenau were quick to the ball but did not
the finish, a long range shot hit the cross bar in the first half,
other than that Carlo the sports keeper handled everything Blaenau
Second half mochdre came on with determination and played some good
one touch football which blaenau could not handle, the unknown warrior
putting sports in front to which blaenau had no reply until they
dubiase free kick which went passed the wall to hit the net 1-1
mochdre dug deep and played some of there best football during xtra
time and unlucky not to have scored more, blaenau put more pressure
to try and score but the mochdre defence held out.
the whole mochdre team deserve a mention for the spirit they put
into todays game and considering some of our best players were out
shows we have the players to step into the breach.
Also a mention to the travelling fans that turned up to support
Saturday 21st November 2009
Aston Park Rangers 2 Rhuddlan Town 3
In Chris Morrell's first game in sole charge, Rhuddlan were looking
to build on a great win away at Shotton last time out and started
this game meaning business. With Liam Murray, Shaun Jones and Martin
Halewood supplying chance after chance, its not exaggeration to
say Town should have been 5.0 up at the half and only hesitant finishing
and great goalkeeping, somehow kept the score at 0.0 at the half.
Aston started the second more competitive but Town still dominated,
then totally against the run of play, confusion within the Town
defence allowed Anthony weaver to run through and put Aston 1.0
up. To their credit, Town then showed great character and were awarded
a penalty when Mike Roose was fouled to which he then smashed home
the resulting penalty. Once again though lack of concentration let
in Shaun Connor to put Aston back in front on 57 mins and for all
the good football Town had played, it just looked like one of those
days, however showing great togetherness and spirit, Roose again
equalised after a great ball from Murray and with 14 mins remaining,
Dean Moss smashed home a brilliant winner to give Town all 3 points.
With a huge cup game against Prestatyn Reserves next week, this
was a vital, confidence boost for Rhuddlan.
Just a footnote - manager Damien Foxbyrne has left the club this
week due to other commitments. we would like to thank Damien and
wish him all the best in what he does.
Also we have a huge Cup game coming up this week against Prestatyn
Town reserves and are looking to gain as much support as possible.
The match is at Pengwern College (Hospital Road), Kick off 1.30pm.
FC NOMADS KEEP 100% RECORD ON THE DAY THEY REVEAL NEW CLUB BADGE
FC Nomads 6 Llanrwst Utd Res 0
(Ian Swindell 18, Jamie McConnell 21, Lee Williams 42 & 50,
Gary Jones 57, own goal 61)
On a very wet afternoon on Deeside, FC Nomads faced Llanrwst United
Reserves in a Clwyd league fixture. The pitch was difficult to play
on however FC Nomads still managed to play some attractive football.
It took until the 18th minute for Gary Jones to send in a cross
for Ian Swindell to poke home for the first goal, Swindell playing
as a striker for the 2nd time this season. Just 3 minutes later
Gary Jones played in another great cross for Jamie McConnell to
volley in a great goal to make it 2-0 to FC Nomads. Nomads threatened
for the rest of the half and were rewarded in the 42nd minute when
new signing Lee Williams met a Kyle Reid corner with his head and
scored 3 minutes after coming on as a sub. Half time score FC Nomads
3 Llanrwst 0.
The second half got under way with FC Nomads still dominating, it
wasn't long before Lee Williams scored his 2nd goal of the game
finishing off a nice move started by a Jamie McConnell cross, Lee
Williams found the net from just inside the corner of the 18 yard
box. On 57 minutes Kyle Reid crossed the ball and it went past everyone
to find Gary Jones unmarked who placed the ball into the net to
make the score 5-0. Four minutes later Brian Hughes played a cross
low and hard across the box and a Llanrwst defender put the ball
into his own net. The final half an hour was played in poor weather
and despite FC Nomads having a few more chances they couldn't convert
any of them. They were satisfied with a 6-0 win against a team who
have not let in a lot of goals this campaign. Captain Carl Thomas
is this weeks fcnomads.co.uk man of the match.
Saturday 14th November 2009
Abergele Rovers Reserves 1 FC Nomads 4
A match dominated by high winds, driving rain and controversial
decisions was won by FC Nomads, giving them their first league double
of the season.
For the first quarter of an hour it was hard to seperate the two
teams with shots coming at both ends, but during the 18th minute
the deadlock was finally broken when Abegele failed to properly
clear a corner and the ball fell kindly for Dave Smith to rifle
the ball past the Abergele keeper. It then took just 5 minutes for
Nomads to double their lead when top scorer Lee Molynuex beat the
last defender and the keeper to make it 2-0. The driving rain started
to come down heavily and the wind started to hold the ball up making
it a difficult remainder of the half for both teams. At half time
it was Abergele 0 FC Nomads 2.
The second half started the way the first had ended and six minutes
into the half Abegele's man of the match, Stu Roberts took a free
kick for Abergele from 35 yards which found its way past everyone
and into the back of the net. The two goal cushion was restored
in the 66th minute when a goal mouth scamble ended with numerous
shots, saves and clearances until the ball fell to substitute Neil
Boden who camly stroke the ball home. During the second half both
Chris and Tom Taylor were booked for handball and an Abegele player
was also booked for a challenge which didn't look as bad as some
had been in the first half. Then with 5 minutes remaining a hell
broke loose, Craig Williams and Stu Roberts went up for a ball from
a corner and Craig felt he'd been elbowed in the face (after the
game it transpires it was a total accident) however when the ref
ignored Craigs claims the referee decided to show a red card to
the Nomads keeper for continuing to protest. Tom Taylor had to take
the gloves for the remainder of the game, the referee restarted
the game as Tom Taylor was putting the gloves on whilst manager
Dave Johnson was asking him to hold the game whilst Tom got the
keeper shirt and gloves on, the referee then sent Dave Johnson from
the touchline. The cheer from the Abergele supporters when Nomads
went down to 10 men made it clear that they thought they had an
opportunity to take something from the game, but the cheers were
soon silenced 2 minutes later when Lee Molyneux put in a cross which
was converted by Neil Boden for his second of the game.
The game was difficult for both teams in the conditions and other
reports may make it look like a dirty game, however it was far from
it, both teams played the game in good spirit and following the
game were both confused over what happened 5 minutes from the end.
Saturday 7th November 2009
Shotton Steel 2 Rhuddlan Town 4
After having a bad spell of late, confidence was always going to
be low for Town but after a nervous start, the team worked hard
in the second half and got the reward for it. Shotton started well
and things looked ominous when after only 6 minutes, Anthony Quinn
smashed in a great goal from a near impossible angle, which did
nothing for the town mentality. Shotton continued to press and only
a couple of great saves from Tony Ridgeway kept town in it, however
a bizarre incident suddenly changed the game. The Shotton keeper
wrongly assumed he had been awarded a free kick and threw the ball
down to which Mike Roose was quick thinking, stole in and put the
ball in an empty net. Shotton felt aggrieved but this type of thing
has been going against town in the past few weeks, so perhaps its
a little evening up. From this town finished the first half on top
with Roose, Moss and Binns having chances before the break. Second
half started much better for Town and their pressure told when Kyle
Parry smashed home to give town the lead. With Liam Murray becoming
a real threat, Town had more chances but a ball lost cheaply deep
in the Shotton half, left Town exposed to the counter and Owen Piece
levelled things up with a great finish. The game was in the balance
when Roose was put through and fouled in the area, Dean Billinsley
fired home the penalty. Shotton then became the better team and
came close a couple of times, but in the 85th min a brilliant ball
from Towns Dan Grindley put in Roose again and his sweet finish
killed the game. This wasn't the best Town have played but lacking
in some confidence they showed great character to grind out a win
and Shaun Jones deserves special mention for an upstanding performance
in the middle.
Saturday 31st October 2009
Connahs Quay Town 4 Rhuddlan Town 2
Once again the Jekyll & Hyde was evident in Rhuddlans performance
away to Connahs Quay this Saturday. After an outstanding win the
week before against Brynford, town were simply out-worked, out-fought
and out-run by a Connah Quay team with desire to win. Town actually
stated well but a bad injury forced off keeper Gary Higham early
on but not before his injury prevented him from saving a Carl Wilson
drive on 7 minutes, and although Martin Halewood was outstanding
when taking over, town conceded again from a freak cross shot from
Ben Howarth on 25 mins. From that moment on Town finally woke up
and took control of the game for the rest of the half culminating
in a great goal from striker Dean Moss to close the game up. The
second half again saw Town start strong and when an equaliser from
Mike Roose on 50 minutes came, it looked as though there was to
be only one winner as rhuddlan were on top, however suddenly the
Town team stopped playing and working and to their credit Connahs
Quay simply over powered Town to dominate the match. First Gambio
scoring in the 54 min after some slack defending and then again
on 65 minutes following up a great Halewood save. Quay could have
increased their lead but for more great work from Halewood. The
stop start season continues for Rhuddlan who didn't really deserve
anything out of this match.
(Photo - Player/Manager Dave Johnson roles back the years with
FC NOMADS CONTINUE WINNING LEAGUE RUN
Fflint Mountain 0 FC Nomads 8
From the 1st minute FC Nomads started to threaten the Flint Mountain
goal and on the 12th minute Gary Jones broke the deadlock. The rest
of the first half seemed to be one of the most lackluster of the
season but a Joao Rato effort on 38 minutes followed by the first
of four Lee Molyneux goals on 44 minutes meant that FC Nomads had
a comfortable half time lead. Without veteran player/manager Dave
Johnson bossing the midfield it could have been an embarrising start
to a game FC Nomads were expected to win.
Carl Thomas and Mike Hopkinson came on to replace Joao Rato and
Brian Hughes at half time so FC Nomads could try a different formation,
which seemed to work well, within 7 minutes of the restart Lee Molyneux
scored his 2nd of the game and then followed that up on 65 minutes.
Gary Jones completed his brace just 4 minutes later and in a crazy
10 minute spell just 2 minutes after Gary Jones goal Lee Molyneux
got his 4th and final goal of this game. Chances came and went for
FC Nomads with the woodwork and some misses from close range until
Dave Smith scored the 8th and final goal on 83 minutes, this time
he didn't need to use the back of his head, credit where it's due,
it was a good goal Dave.
FC Nomads have now scored an average 6.2 goals a game with an average
of 1 against.
Man of the match was player/manager Dave Johnson for the effort
he put in which gave us the momentum to go on an win this game so
Saturday 24th October 2009
Rhuddlan Town 4 Brynford 1 - NWCFA Intermediate Cup
To say this game could have ended in double figures for town, is
a major understatement. After being deservedly beaten by Brynford
last week, Town had something to prove and did so in some style.
From the kick off town produced wave after wave of attacking football
and had chances been taken, could have been seven up at half time.
Moss, Roose and Binns all had chances along with a memorising run
from Liam Murray, beating six players but just missing the target.
The break through came via Mike Roose who was put through to rounded
the keeper for his first in four games. Soon after Dean Binns inch
perfect chip found the corner of the net to send Town in two nil.
To their credit, the second half started with a determined Brynford
side who began to create some pressure however as they pushed on
they were hit by the counter attack, after a great ball by Murray
to Roose who added his second. A goal from an indirect free-kick,
re taken three times, gave Brynford a glimmer of hope, however not
long after nerves were settled and Mike Roose completed his hat-trick
to essentially end the game. For the last twenty minutes, Brynford
stood up to the onslaught of Town attacks and the Brynford keeper
made a few outstanding saves to keep the score down. Brynford never
gave stopped working or dropped their heads which will stand them
in good set for the season to come. Moss, Barratt, Gilmore &
Milne were outstanding and with a much better shape to the team,
Rhuddlan showed how good they could be this year however its yet
to see if they can find the consistency needed to win trophies.
Mochdre Sports 5 Llanfairfechan Town 0 - NWCFA Intermediate
Cup Round 1
On a very windy afternoon mochdre decided to play against the wind
were soon under pressure from llan, they played some decent football
keep sports in there own half for much of the first half, mochdre
breaking once or twice, town's poor finishing let them down, second
half mochdre played better using the wind to there advantage, the
soon started coming, mochdre played there best one touch football
season with tom and joey bossing the midfield also fred's (flintstone)
telling runs from deep in his own half unnerved town, mochdre's
came from joe and kyle with two each but the goal to be remembered
be adam henlys 35yard volley with towns keeper rooted to the spot,
mention for towns keeper as he made a least two great saves to keep
score down, back to league action next week.
Saturday 17th October 2009
FC Nomads 5 Rhyl Athletic 0
(Photo Mike Hopkinson)
FC Nomads 5 Rhyl Athletic 0
FC Nomads won this first round Halkyn Cup tie against Rhyl Athletic
by the same 5 goal margin as in thier league game a few weeks ago.
However it looked like it would be a much closer affair in the first
half with both sides seeming to cancel each other out until a 27th
minute wonder strike by Lee Molyneux broke the deadlock. The rest
of the half continued as before the goal with both sides not showing
much in the attack department.
The second half was more one way traffic after FC Nomads broke
the resistance of Rhyl with a great passing move leading to a well
taken goal by Mike Hopkinson on 63 minutes. Mike Hopkinson controlled
the midfield in the second half when everything seemed to go through
him. Danny Wynne came on for Gary Jones on the hour and within 10
minutes was bought down in the box with the referee awarding a penalty.
Dave Smith came up to take the penalty and drilled the ball into
the back of the net to make it 3-0. With 10 minutes to go Danny
Wynne got on the score sheet himself as he got onto a great cross
by Chris Taylor. Deep into injury time Dave Smith managed to get
the back of his head onto a corner to score his second of the game
and FC Nomads 5th.
Saturday 10th October 2009
Mochdre Sports 4 Rhuddlan Town 2 - Premier Division (Rhuddlan
The disappointing run of win one lose one continued for Rhuddlan
this week at Mochdre Sports. Going into the game with a strong squad,
town were confident of taking the points however Mochdre were a
physically strong team and dominated the early play with Murphy
and Ash both going close. Once the game settled, Town did creat
openings for both Mike Roose and Dean Binns and along with a couple
of free kick opportunities, honours were rightly even at half time.
The second half began so poorly by the Rhuddlan team and Mochdre
took full advantage to take a quick two goal lead. After having
a penalty saved by Town keeper Gary Higham, Mochdre immediately
then scored through Murphy from the resulting corner after poor
defending from Rhuddlan. Only four minutes later, more confusion
in the town team let in Ash to net the second with a great finish.
It took this to finally wake town up and they did push on to try
and create openings, however this left massive gaps in midfield
and caught them short at the back allowing Mochdre to break twice
and finish the game with goals by Johnston and Knowles in the final
five minutes. To their credit Town rallied and through Dean Moss
and Binns pulled a couple of late goals back but although credit
to Mochdre who played to their strengths and did well, this was
overall a very poor performance from town. Improvements need to
be made to have any chance of silverware this season.
Mochdre Sports 4 Rhuddlan Town 2 - Premier Division (Mochdre
mochdre sports played a lot of one touch football and rhuddlan
cope with fez in midfield, well he was every where running down
ball, the keeper made some good saves to keep them level till half
time, second half mochdre went ahead from a corner, it was met by
with a rocket of a header that was so powerfull allthough the keeper
held it he fell into the goal, that put mochdre on a high and were
hungry for more, mochdre piled on more pressure scoring three more,
ash tip toeing like a lightweight in the box putting mochdre two
some fine wing play put kyle through for no3 then beating the offside
trap fez hit a 30 yarder thunder bolt to hit the net making it four,
mochdre sat back for the last ten letting rhuddlan claw back two
praise must be given to there keeper for some great saves keeping
in the game for a while including a penalty save.
Saturday 3rd October 2009
Clwyd Premier Division.
Saturday 3rd October 2009.
Shotton Steel FC 2 - Brynford United 0
Debutant Hewitt makes an impact as Steelmen get back to form.
Shotton manager Marc Edwards was delighted with the performance
of new signing Scott Hewitt in his sides 2-0 home victory against
promotion hopefuls Brynford United.
Speaking after the game, it was clear that the young defender has
made a positive impact on Edwards. "I thought Scott was awesome
today. I knew he was special, and I've wanted him here for a long
time. He was involved from the off today, never put a foot wrong
and won the instant respect of the rest of the lads. All previous
reports were extremely complementary of his performances and I'm
sure he'll be a great asset to our side. I would still like to add
a couple of new faces to increase competition for places, and finally
complete the squad. Losing Dave Bibby so early on in the season
has been a big loss, but we are determined to fight through and
secure our future in this division. I'm sure that Flint's loss will
be our gain".
Shotton were determined to build a good home record this season.
After a 2-1 win over local rivals Connahs Quay Town in their last
home outing, nothing but 3 points would be acceptable. New signing
Hewitt replaced captain Zac Bell who has been suffering with tonsillitis.
Dane Mason took armband duties in the absence of Bell.
The home side made their intentions clear with a few early chances.
Shaun Hughes was running riot on the wing and produced some excellent
balls across the box. It was in fact the work of Hughes which led
to the Steelmen's opener. In the 13th minute, a trademark weaving
run took Hughes past 3 lunging defenders, before a neat touch inside
fell to marksman Owen Pierce to blast home. An excellent run and
Pierce's 9th of the season.
Shotton continued to apply pressure, creating numerous chances
but the determined Danny Roberts in the Brynford goal was proving
unbeatable. In fact, it was a well worked Shotton goal kick which
led to their second goal. A long kick from 'keeper Crichton was
flicked on, firstly by Hewitt, then by the head of Mason into the
path of Pierce for him to claim Shotton's second and his 10th of
The second half was a much closer affair, with both teams battling
it out all over the field. The midfield work of Woodward did not
go a miss, with Weatherly and Howard in the centre of defence proving
hard to break down. Chances were few and far between for both teams.
Each side did actually manage to get the ball in the back of the
net, but were both disallowed, Shotton's for offside and Brynford's
due to a foul.
Shotton will be happy with the 3 points but would have liked to
have converted more of their first half chances. That said, a good
solid performance and a rare clean sheet.
Man of the Match
The Steelmen: Shaun Hughes
Brynford United: Daniel Roberts
Presidents Cup Round 1
Connahs Quay Town 2 Rhuddlan Town 1
With probably the hardest cup draw Rhuddlan could have faced, Town
did go to Connahs quay in good spirits, however in the strong wind
and against a good footballing team, the inconsistency of town was
on display with probably their worst first half performance of the
season and their best second half! With little resistance, Quay
were stronger, quicker and played some good football creating chance
after chance. Thye ran town ragged from the start and but for some
excellent defending from Luke Abbott and a couple of vital saves
from Gary Higham, Quay could have been 3 or 4 up, however a solitary
strike from James Gambino was all they had to show for the first
half. After some half time home truths and a couple of changes to
the Rhuddlan team, Town looked a different team in the second half
and dominated the first twenty minutes creating many chances which
culminated in the turning point of the game when Liam Murray beat
the full back and was brought down for a penalty. Mike Roose stepped
up to take it but the Quay keeper guessed right and pushed it away.
To their credit town didn't give up and Martin Halewood, Dean Binns
and a brilliant Dean Jones free-kick brought the best out of the
Quay custodian, then quite against the run of play another outstanding,
solo goal from James Gambino put the game beyond Rhuddlan. Showing
good character though, Rhuddlan again came back at Quay and were
rewarded with a Dean Binns goal 6 mins from time, but it was too
little too late, with the damage being done in the first half. Connahs
Quay will take some stopping at their own ground and overall deserved
FC NOMADS SHOCK PREMIER DIVISION OPPOSITION
FC Nomads 3 Llansannan 1
Presidents Cup Round 1
A very windy Wepre Park was the venue for this Presidents Cup 1st
round tie between Clwyd League Division 2 side FC Nomads and Clwyd
Premier Division Llansannan. FC Nomads won the toss and chose to
play against the wind in the first half, a brave decision against
a team 2 leagues above them. The FC Nomads defence stood firm and
dealt well with any threat thrown at them by Llansannan, not allowing
the forward line any space at all. Llansannan were reduced to long
range efforts that were easily dealt with by Craig Williams in the
Nomads goal. Mike Hopkinson gave a man of the match performance
in the centre of midfield, laying off some excellent passes and
controlling the ball well. FC Nomads also had a few chances to take
the lead in the first half but found the Llansannan goalkeeper in
inspired form. The half time whistle went with the score at 0-0.
FC Nomads kicked off the second half with the wind behind them
and the game changed from being a stalemate into a game Nomads controlled.
During the 55th minute FC Nomads broke the deadlock when a Mike
Hopkinson shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection
and found it's way past the Llansannan keeper. Confidence built
and just 7 minutes later in the 62nd minute Lee Molyneux finally
scored the goal he richly deserved after many chances during the
first hour. Lee chased a long up and over ball and gambled that
the last defender would let the ball bounce over him, his gamble
paid off and he was able to get beyond the defender, take it round
the keeper and slot it into the net. After the 2nd goal Llansannan
suddenly woke up and realised they'd have to fight to get anything
from the game. They began to pass the ball better but still couldn't
break through the solid Nomads back line. On the 83rd minute Nomads
substitute Joao Rato beat the offside trap and played the ball across
the area for Gary Jones to put the ball in the net and score Nomads
third goal. 3 minutes from the end Llansannan won a free kick on
the edge of the area, the Nomads wall was in a bad position which
gave Llansannan substitute Osain Williams the opportunity to curl
in a free kick and make the score 3-1. The final few minutes was
end to end with Llansannan having an opportunity to make it a nervous
end and FC Nomads finding the woodwork denying them an even bigger
Mike Hopkinson - Man of the Match
With Dave Johnson on holiday this week, Dean Duncan had this to
say "The game was affected by the wind but we decided to play
against it in the first half which worked in our favour. We deserved
the win and without the wind it may have been more convincing."
Website editor Phil Woods said "It was a great result for us
and showed us we can compete with higher level opposition."
Neighbours Connah's Quay Tigers (also 2nd division) nearly pulled
off a shock when they led Penmaenmawr Phoenix 1-0 until 3 goals
in the 85th, 86th and 87th minute put paid to their hopes of a surprise.
Penmaenmawr are currently top of the Clwyd Premier with the Tigers
2nd bottom of the 2nd Division. A great effort by our friends down
FC Nomads will travel away to Division 1 Point of Ayr for the 2nd
round of the Presidents Cup.
Saturday 26th September 2009
Sychdyn 1 Rhuddlan Town 4
Never the easiest place to go, Town came away from sychdyn with
an impressive performance and all three points. From the start town
settled the quicker and chances for dean moss, mike roose and dean
binns came early but it took a defensive mix up to allow liam murray
to score his first goal for the club on 12 minutes. Town continued
to dominate but had to wait until a minute before half time, when
Jon Staziker reacted in the box to smash the ball home and give
town a 2.0 half time lead. Sychdyn began the 2nd half much better
and were worthy of their goal through Tim Hughes on 55 mins, indeed
sychdyn then had the better of the game for the next 15 mins and
town defence had to be solid under pressure however Staziker once
again pounced from a corner in the 85th minute to kill the game
off. Mike Roose then added a brilliant goal involving dean binns
and kyle parry to seal the game in the last minute. With three new
signing available for town from next week, the squad looks strong
for the season ahead and consistency will now be the goal.
Rhyl Athletic 2 FC Nomads 7
(Photo - Man of the match - Kyle Reid)
For the second week in a row FC Nomads scored 7 goals. This week
FC Nomads were missing strikers Lee Molyneux and Gary Jones, instead
Ian Swindell and Dave Parsonage stepped into the forward positions.
It took just 9 minutes for FC Nomads to open the scoring when a
Dave Parsonage close range effort was deflected in for an own goal.
Four minutes later Carl Thomas got on the end of a cross to send
a powerful header past the Rhyl keeper to make it 0-2. In the 20th
minute, Rhyl's on fire striker James Price pulled a goal back after
a quick free kick to make it 1-2 and Rhyl were back in the game.
FC Nomads had numerous chances to extend the lead but had to wait
until the 41st minute for Dave Smith to find the net after a goalmouth
scamble. HALF TIME : RA 1-3 FCN
The 2nd half began with FC Nomads firing blanks as chances went
begging, that was put right on 54 minutes when Dave Parsonage claimed
a goal he deserved, having had one in the first half given as an
own goal. A lapse of concentration just a minute later led to a
second goal for Rhyl putting them back in the game at 2-4. Jamie
McConnell took the ball past 3 Rhyl defenders to slot the ball home
for a fine individual goal during the 65th minute making the game
safe for FC Nomads. Tom Taylor came on for Neil Boden in the 80th
minute and made an immediate impact going down in the box under
a challenge from a Rhyl defender, the ref awarded a penalty and
Ian Swindell stepped up to Score Nomads 6th of the day with just
8 minutes remaining. The 7th came with the last kick of the game,
scored by Danny Wynne.
This win keeps FC Nomads 2nd in the league, level on points with
Rhuddlan Town Reserves but with a game in hand. FC Nomads still
mantain a 100% record in the league.
Clwyd Premier Division.
Saturday 19th September 2009.
Shotton Steel FC 3 - Connah's Quay Town 2
Steel claim bragging rights on derby day.
After their humiliating 7-1 defeat away at Rhuddlan Town, the Steelmen's
confidence had taken a big knock. With only 4 points taken from
their opening five games, all concerned were well aware that this
was a must win game. Going into today's fixture the two teams had
met five times in the past 2 years. Shotton had won 3, with the
other two ending in a stalemate.
Mason was back from holiday, and replaced Weatherley, who was out
with a knock picked up during last weeks match. Tom Robinson also
returned to the starting line up ahead of Reynolds.
As is common within these fixtures, it was the Quay who started
the brighter of the two teams. Their passing was crisp and the pace
of James Gambino and Carl Wilson up front looked dangerous. Within
minutes Gambino had his first real chance of the game. An excellently
struck shot, but rocketed against the upright. It was all hands
to the pump in the Steel's defence as the Quay produced attack after
The Quay's efforts were duly rewarded on 34 minutes, with some
excellent work down the left hand side created a crossing opportunity
and Gambino was hand to put the visitors ahead. The goal actually
sparked Shotton into life and they too created their own chances
before the half was out.
Being only 1-0 down at half time didn't worry in the slightest.
They attacked from the off at within 2 minutes of the restart some
excellent defensive work from Matty Howard was topped of with an
exquisite forward pass, for Pierce to even up the score line. A
calm finish by Shotton's top scorer.
Confidence has growing with each attack and 5 minutes later some
excellent work by Robinson on Shotton's right side allowed Marcus
Davies to shrug off his marker and power the ball past the outstretched
arms of Nathan Jones in the Quay's goal. At this point the game
became more of an end to end affair with both teams creating good
chances. Edwards opted to change Robinson for Tom Stacey. Minutes
after joining the game Stacey's persistence forced and error in
the away sides defence. Stacey pounced on the free ball and fed
Davies with all the ammunition he needed to secure his second, and
what would surely be the home side's winner.
However, the Quay were not finished yet. They continued to press
and worked some excellent chances in the closing minute. Gambino
reacted quickly inside the home side's box, fired a shot low. It
was too much for Anthony Quinn to control. He looked on in despair
as the ball ended up in the back of his own net. This was nothing
but a slight blemish on Quinn's record as he had a truly excellent
game at right back.
Overall an excellent second half performance and a well earned
(and much needed) 3 points. Shotton boasted the best home record
in the league last season and will be determined to produce a similar
achievement during this campaign.
Man of the Match
The Steelmen: Unknown
Connah's Quay Town: Carl Wilson
Premier Division - Saturday 19th September
Llansannan 1 Rhuddlan Town 0
Town were more than worthy of a point yesterday, however a bizarre,
controversial last minute goal gave Llan all the points. Always
a difficult place to go it was a scrappy game that never really
got going for either team. Town probably shaded the chances with
Mike Roose and Dean Binns going close a couple of times, however
Llan did hit the post and have a second half penalty saved by Jamie
Morgan. With the referee indicating as soon as the ball was active
the game was over, Llan keeper took a chance and shot from a free
kick from his own half which was mis-judged by Morgan who parried
the ball down, then appeared to be clearly fouled as Emry Owen slotted
the ball into an empty net. Another disappointing day for Town who
are failing to find the consistency needed to win titles.
Video link for the winning goal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J8ECVhpqck
Division Two - Saturday 19th September
FC Nomads of Connah's Quay 7 Shotton Steel Reserves 0
FC Nomads continued their fine start to the season with a comfortable
win against a team that started the day top of the league. Lee Molyneux
returned after two weeks out to add another four goals to his impressive
haul so far this season.
It took just 9 minutes for FC Nomads to open the scoring, Lee Molyneux
controlled the ball on the edge of the area and let fly with a net
bursting effort to make it 1-0. Gary Jones had a few chances to
add to the score but wasn't able to convert his early opportunities.
On the 31st minute FC Nomads scored a second goal as Brian Hughes'
persistence paid off and he was able to score his first goal in
only his second start for the Nomads. On the stroke of half time
Lee Molyneux scored his second goal of the game to take FC Nomads
into the break 3-0 up.
The second half began as the first half ended with FC Nomads dominating,
Ian Swindell and Carl Thomas were solid at the back, cutting out
any opportunity Shotton had to make an impression on the game. In
the 62nd minute Gary Jones finally found the net, having been unlucky
in the first half, a goal that was well deserved. Joao Rato found
the ball near to the goal line and played a one two with Neil Boden
before playing the ball hard and low across the box for Gary Jones.
Gary Jones found the net again just 8 minutes later beating the
offside trap and neatly lobbing the goalkeeper from the edge of
the goal area. With just five minutes left on the clock, Lee Molyneux
stole the ball from a Shotton defender and placed the ball neatly
into the back of the net to get his hat trick. He wasn't finished
there as in the 1st minute of injury time he struck again from a
FC Nomads corner.
A mention has to go to Craig Williams who kept FC Nomads second
ever clean sheet. The goalkeeping competition hots up as it's 1-1
between Darren and Craig for clean sheets now.
Manager Dave Johnson said after the game "I'm pleased with
the win and the performance, however I believe that our players
have not hit top gear yet and there is more to come from them."
It is a frightening thought to think that FC Nomads have yet more
in the tank and great testament to the players that despite winning
4 out of 4 and scoring seven today, the manager believes they are
even better. You have to fear for the team that meets FC Nomads
when they shift into top gear.
Division Two - Saturday 12th September
FC NOMADS MAKE IT 3 OUT OF 3 IN LEAGUE
FC Nomads 3 Abergele Rovers Res 0
FC Nomads got back to winning ways on Saturday with an impressive
performance against Abergele Rovers Reserves. The result was due
to three stunning goals, Nomads first ever competative clean sheet
(congratulations to Darren Gillmore) and a man of the match performance
by a returning Tom Taylor.
FC Nomads opened the scoring in the 4th minute, Danny Wynne took
the ball into the area and scored a superb goal from an impossible
angle. FC Nomads controlled the game in the first half not allowing
Abergele any time on the ball. A second goal was to come on the
14th minute when a well planned corner saw Carl Thomas running into
the area to get his head onto the ball in free space, the Abergele
keeper had no chance to save that. The Abergele goalkeeper was arguably
one of their best players pulling off two great saves later in the
The second half began with Abergele starting to get into the game
more but it wasn't long before they went further behind. On 54 minutes
Kyle Reid was given the ball 25 yards out and let rip with a screamer
past the stranded Abergele keeper. The second half saw changes for
FC Nomads with Joao Rato replacing Brian Hughes on 53 mins, Elliot
Davies replacing Danny Wynne after an hour and player/manager Dave
Johnson replacing an injured Chris Taylor in the 70th minute.
During the 75th minute a foul in the area resulted in a penalty
being given to FC Nomads and Gary Jones stepped up to try and make
it 4, however the Abergele goalkeeper managed to cap off a fine
performance with a penalty save.
3-0 is how it stayed and FC Nomads continue with their 100% record
in the league.
Premier Division - Saturday 12th September
Rhuddlan Town 7 Shotton Steel 1
Rhuddlan have always been capable of scoring goals however it is
at the other end they have struggled but with a couple of new faces
bolstering the defence, this result has been coming from Town. Shotton
actually started brightly with a couple of early strikes on goal
however once the first goal was scored from Mike Roose on 14 minutes,
Rhuddlan became dominant and added three more from Jamie Foxbyrne
and 2 from Dean Binns before the half was out. Once again Shotton
started the better in the second half but with Sean Jones and Luke
Abbott outstanding in the spine of the team and Liam Murrey having
an excellent debut, Town once again made their quality felt when
Dean Binns completed his hat tick with a stunner. A minute later
his strike partner Mike Roose got his second after great work from
captain Sean Burrows and with a wonder strike from jamie Foxbyrne
completed the Town scoring. Town really should have converted two
maybe three more chances but to their credit Shotton kept going
and were awarded a penalty, due converted by Zak bell 3 mins from
time. A good day all round for Town who will now hope to find the
consistency previous missing from their season.
FC Nomads 2 Mostyn Dragons 3 AET - NWCFA Junior Cup Round
FC Nomads were without top striker Lee Molyneux due to a hamstring
injury, Danny Wynne was out with a foot injury and Ian Swindell
was also unavailable. John Faulkner was injured in the first half
and had to be taken to hospital with a leg injury, we are still
awaiting news of how long he will be out. Winger Karl Thomas was
also injured just before half time.
Following the pre season win only a few weeks ago FC Nomads went
into this game knowing that it would be a completely different affair.
It was clear Mostyn Dragons wanted revenge for the earlier defeat
as they played much better than they did in the last game. The first
half was very close with FC Nomads slightly shading it with a Carl
Thomas goal after 30 minutes. Mostyn Dragons thought they had equalised
later in the half, but the goal was disallowed for offside, it was
a close decision. These things have a habit of equalling themselves
out, and in the second half FC Nomads were given offside when 1
on 1 with the keeper, the referee apologised when realising his
error, decisions like these happen and both teams got on with the
game. At half time FC Nomads were 1-0 in front.
As the second half began, Mostyn came out fighting and their pressure
paid off when a mistake at the back meant they equalised with an
own goal. That is the way it stayed until full time.
Extra time was a rather open affair with both sides going for the
win, first blood went to Mostyns in form striker Sam Watson scoring
in the 95th minute. In the second half of extra time it was clear
that both sides were tiring and on 113 minutes FC Nomads were given
a penalty after applying a lot of pressure on the Mostyn goal, Gary
Jones stepped up to make it 2-2 with just 7 minutes remaining. The
remaining 7 minutes were very open and it would take something special
to win the game, up stepped Sam Watson to score with just 2 minutes
remaining, scoring his 9th goal already this season (If he continues
in this form it may be difficult for Mostyn to keep him). Mostyn
hung on for the last few minutes to record a great win for them
and FC Nomads first ever defeat.
Brynford United 3 Mochdre Sports 5 - Clwyd Prem 05-09-2009
From the start Mochdre played a good passing game, great balls laid
of to steph down the left wing, Mochdre were three up at half time,
second half bryn had most of the play for the first twenty mins
the wind to there advantage, thet clawed they way back to 3-3 and
up for winning, but a couple of changes to the sports turned the
and mochdre got back to winning ways with two more goals to kill
game, there were a few bad tackles and one off the ball incident
injured one of sports players. The game was hard and i thought the
was good, but i'm not surprised the league is short of refs.
NWCFA Intermediate Cup - Preliminary round..
Saturday 5th September 2009.
Llandudno Junction 1 - Shotton Steel FC 3
QUINN BRACE SINKS JUNCTION'S HOPES
Shotton travelled to Llandudno to play Junction Reserves in the
Intermediate cup full of confidence following the previous weeks
win over table topping Brynford. Despite manager Edwards selecting
the same starting XI the Steelmen started slowly and struggled to
get their rhythm, allowing Junction to have the better of the early
exchanges. Within 10 minutes Junction had taken the lead, a long
ball over the top was latched onto by forward James Shone who duly
lobbed Shotton keeper Karl Crichton to put the home team a goal
Going a goal down sprang Shotton into life and they began to play
some football and take the game to the hosts, winning corners and
throw ins to put the home side under pressure. With 20 minutes gone
Shotton scored a deserved equaliser. A succession of corners saw
captain Zac Bell swing one in and Shotton winger Anthony Quinn headed
into the Junction net, before the keeper could even move. Continued
Shotton pressure resulted in them taking the lead. Good play from
winger Shaun Hughes down the left hand side saw the ball swung into
Owen Pierce, who was the victim of shirt pulling as he tried to
get a shot away. A soft penalty to give away for Junction, but the
pulling of Pierce's shirt was there for all to see. Captain Bell
stepped up and converted to give Shotton the lead their pressure
deserved. Both sides continued to have chances with both keeper's
making saves. With the half drawing to a close a Pierce bicycle
kick narrowly missed. With just minutes remaining in the half the
Steelmen extended there lead, Quinn scoring his second of the game.
More good work by Hughes saw him pass the ball cross field, Quinn
beat the Junction left back to the ball, taking it into his stride
perfectly. As he approached the Junction 18 yard box he fired a
curling shot past the 'keeper into the top corner. You just don't
The second half started as most expected, Junction keen to pull
back the deficit and Shotton keen to extend their lead and put the
game to bed. Chances came and went at both ends as a stalemate ensued.
As the half wore on Junction used their substitutes to try and get
something, moving big forward Matty Hughes up front. Near the end
of the game Junction were denied what seemed like a clear cut penalty
as Hughes was brought down in the box fighting for the ball with
Shotton centre half Lewis Weatherly. The Steelmen breathed a sigh
of relief as he referee waved play on, Junction's chance of taking
the match to extra time fading fast. The referee blew the whistle
for the end of the game to give Shotton a deserved 3-1 win against
a very good Llandudno Junction side, and send them into the next
round of the cup. The Steelmen will now face a home draw against
Anglesey side Gaerwen FC. All in all a good day's work for the Steelmen
who now travel to Rhuddlan Town next week for more league duty.
Man of the Match
Junction: James Shone
The Steelmen: Zac Bell
Sat 5th Sept- Penmaenmawr Phoenix v Aston Park Rangers
High winds at Cae sling proved problematic for both sides from
the start on Saturday with most of the play being kept to midfield
area. Soon Aston Park forced a couple of corners but Phoenix cleared
their lines well and pushed forward more now gaining a foothold
in the game.
Phoenix started to use the flanks more and soon made a couple of
half chances when Peter Williams was put through on goal only to
be thwarted by a last ditch challenge by Astons centreback
then Richie Roberts was sent clear only to drag his shot across
Soon the pressure told and just on the stroke of halftime Chris
Owen lost his marker at the front post to head home a wickedly whipped
corner from Captain Bleddyn Jones.
The second half continued the same sort of pattern as the first
with both midfields proving hard to break down. The ball seemed
to be contested more in the air than on the floor as the prevailing
winds were still causing problems for both sides.
Ten minutes into the second half Pen rightback Darren Hughes directed
a speculative cross into the box only for the wind to catch hold
and send the ball looping over the despairing Rangers keeper and
into the far top corner of the net.
After the second goal Penmaenmawr sat off and became a bit complacent
letting Aston Park come more into the game and soon started to create
some chances of their own. A slide rule pass from midfield left
Astons striker through on goal but was denied not once but
three times in quick succession by Pens keeper Carl Roberts
returning in goal after a training ground accident which had left
him with eight stiches in his hand. Roberts was playing his first
league game of the season for Pen as first team keeper Jamie Tharme
had had a freak accident the previous week leaving him with two
hairline fractures in his lower back.
Ten minutes from time Chris Owen,having another good game for the
Phoenix since signing from Llandudno Junction whipped in a cross
from the left for the advancing Richie Roberts only to be foiled
by the keeper and from the rebound Roberts couldnt find the
right finish and the ball went away for a goal kick.
Overall good performance from home team but have a couple of tricky
fixtures over the next few weeks with the visit of Brynford on Saturday12th
then Pen-y-Cae visit Cae Sling in the FAW Welsh Trophy on the 19th.
Reserve Premier - Friday 4th September 2009.
Rhyl 1 GAP Connah's Quay 2
Rhyl lose 100% record
Rhyl suffered their first defeat and conceded their
first goals, as GAP Connah's Quay fought back from a goal down to
claim the points in tonight's league game at Belle Vue. The home
side were caught cold with two late strikes after controlling most
of the game and Ryan Roberts in the Rhyl goal had very little to
do until the 85th and 90th minutes, when he twice had to pick the
ball out of the net.
Rhyl the stronger side in the first half, with Dave
Cameron holding the line up front, and deservedly took the lead
following a run and cross by Alex Nattress, which was met at the
far post by Sebastian Walker. For Rhyl, Cameron was replaced at
half time by Declan Thomas, but GAP gradually came back into the
game and following the introduction of subs Lucas Cruse and Martin
Greenhall in midfield, with Leon Pickford moving from full back
to forward GAP began to take control of the game. Pickford broke
down the right wing and Graeme Long collected his low cross before
turning two defenders to fire low into the net. Almost on full time
the unthinkable happened to Rhyl, when Lucas Cruse was allowed to
ghost in at the near post to score with a glancing header from a
Flint Town Utd vs Denbigh Town
Flint finished as 5-1 winners in a game which they were the 2nd
best from the whistle and a battling denbigh opened the scoring
though a gary madoc-jones strike on 23 minutes put into the bottom
corner giving goalkeeper leigh williams no chance,
flint responed on 35 mintues though player-manager lee acott with
a volley from a graham dyment cross the 1st time flint played 5
on 39 minutes flint pulled further ahead though steve alcock a well
worked move giving steve a easy side foot home,
flint started the 2nd half brightly with lee acott adding his 2nd
beating the offside trap to slot away.
flint continued to press and were rewarded with a 4th,
which came on 63 minutes when a missed placed header was neatly
finished again for acott to complete his hatrick,
the 5th was quickly added when carl hodges ball over the top was
deflected over a helpless denbigh goalkeeper on 64 minutes,
denbigh battled hard but flints quailty was to much to deal with
and they couldn't find away back in the game.
Reserve Premier - Saturday 29th August 2009.
Denbigh Town v Llandudno Junction
Denbigh Town Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw against Llandudno
Junction Reserves in a game that the hosts should have won , reports
Peter Glynn at Central Park.
A solo Gary Madoc Jones strike - cancelled out by a close range
effort from the visitors - was poor return for a bagful of chances
created by Russ Pierce's men.
After dominating the early play , Town were awarded a penalty on
ten minutes , but the Jamie Evans spot kick was straight down the
Junction keeper's throat and he easily claimed the ball to deny
Denbigh an early lead.
Town were not to be denied and excellent work by former Flint Town
striker Ian Taylor presented Gary Madoc with a chance and the powerhouse
slammed home in delight on 22 minutes. It could have been two moments
later when a flag kick was bundled home by the same man , but the
referee signalled the ball had entered touch on its way into the
It was all Denbigh at this stage , playing good football without
making it really count. And they found Mike Hughes in the Railwaymen's
goal in fine form.
The move of the match saw Lee Mason's perfect cross volleyed towards
the net by the incoming Lewis Worthing , but Hughes was well placed
to palm the stinging effort round a post.
Junction grabbed parity on 33 minutes when a quick fire breakaway
saw shone cross for Matty Hughes who was on his own-some in front
of goal and the big fella couldn't miss. It was to be Junction's
only clear cut chance of the game.
The second stanza was more of the same , with the Central Park outfit
close on several occasions through Madoc , Worthing and Taylor but
find no way past the impressive Hughes.
Clwyd Premier Division.
Saturday 29th August 2009.
Brynford United 2 - Shotton Steel FC 5
Hard work finally pays off for Steelmen .
This could have been such a bad day for Shotton. Sitting second
to bottom of the table and their fourth away fixture on the bounce
led them to The Recreation Ground, home of table toppers Brynford
United. Pre-match manager Marc Edwards tried to reinforce the point
that even though they had only gathered a single point from their
opening games, the side had played some excellent football and had
not been far from winning every match so far.
For the first time this season, the Steelmen started a game with
a 'nothing to lose' attitude and it showed. Confidence grew early,
and with only 5 minutes on the clock winger Shaun Hughes provided
Marcus Davies with the opportunity to open the scoring. He duly
obliged, and neatly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand
Shotton began to build pressure. A trademark Chris Woodward long
throw found Davis's head and he scored once more. Shotton were now
cruising. Their continued pressure resulted in another long throw
opportunity. Woody did the honours, once again finding the head
of Davies, who this time flicked the ball into the run of stand
in left back Dane Mason. Mason with the composure of Steven Gerrard
rifled the ball home for Shotton's third. Take a bow son!
Now 3-0 down, Brynford began to show glimpses of why they are top.
Their passing got crisper and their runs far more dangerous. A Lewis
Weatherly goal line clearance nullified their best attack of the
half. With the attacks now going from end to end, it was Shotton
who ended the half the strongest, a poor clearance left Hughes with
an excellent shooting opportunity. His powerful strike missed the
target but deflected to Pierce who slotted home Shotton's fourth
just before half time.
The second half was a far closer contest. Attacks for both teams
were common and both goalkeepers saw a lot more of the ball. Five
minutes in, a poor clearance dropped to Brynford's Roger Dakin.
Dakin took an excellent touch and then blasted the ball to the left
of Shotton's goal. The battle continued, until the 78th minute.
A long ball out of Shotton's defence found Davies once more in an
attacking position. Davies struck the ball with venom, a great save
by Lewis Dakin in the Brynford sticks, was undone as Pierce once
again was on hand to mop up the spill and claim Shotton's 5th of
the day. The game looked all over until in the 90th minute. Some
slack defending in the middle of the pitch led to a foul inside
the Shotton box, a whistle was heard, and the finger of referee
Allan Cureton pointed to the spot. Striker Davis Williams shrugged
off the pressure and struck home nothing more than a consolation
goal for Brynford.
The win moves the Steelmen up to 7th in the league, but more importantly
they now look like they actually believe that they can do well this
Man of the Match
Brynford United: Steven Blair
The Steelmen: Zac Bell
Clwyd League Division Two - Tuesday 25th August 2009
FC Nomads Roar to Victory in First League Game
Connah's Quay Tigers 2 FC Nomads 8
FC Nomads totally dominated against a young Tigers side with Lee
Molyneux in fine form yet again. Molyneux opened the scoring on
5 minutes with his third chance of the game. Danny Wynne was next
to find the net for the Nomads in the 22nd minute. FC Nomads seemed
to over power the Tigers in the middle of the park with strong performances
from John Faulkner and Mike Hopkinson. On the half hour mark Lee
Molyneux added his second of the game followed quickly by a John
Faulkner goal 2 minutes later. Tigers found a glimmer of hope in
the 35th minute when Richard Foster pulled a goal back. Their hope
was short lived as Lee Molyneux completed his first half hat-trick
in the 42nd minute making the half time score 5-1 to FC Nomads.
The Tigers seemed to start the 2nd half brightly but were undone
yet again in the 59th minute by another goal from man of the match
Lee Molyneux. In the 74th minute Richard Foster yet again scored
for the Tigers, this time the hope was even more short lived as
Dave Parsonage scored just 1 minute later to make it 7. FC Nomads
then had numerous chances to add to their tally but the woodwork
denied them any more goals in open play. When the Tigers keeper
took down Lee Molyneux in the box during the 84th minute the referee
gave FC Nomads a penalty, defender Ian Swindell stepped up to score
the 8th and final goal of the night.
A resounding victory for FC Nomads in their first ever competative
game, the fact that it was an away win makes it even more impressive.
Next up is Flint Town 3rds away on Saturday 29th August.
Clwyd Premier Division.
Saturday 22nd August 2009.
Abergele Rovers 4 - Shotton Steel FC 3
Pierce hat-trick not enough as Steelmen fail once more.
Today's game saw the unveiling of Shotton's new kit, kindly donated
by Corus UK. Unfortunately, a very poor first half performance took
the shine on what could have been a great day.
Shotton initially well, with exchanges common in the first 20 minutes.
Lewis Weatherly's free kick found Pierce unmarked but he headed
over. Shortly afterwards 'Gele's Andrea Alvarado was unlucky with
an attempted lob.
The break through came in the 21st minute when Arwyn Davies played
an excellent ball between the Shotton defence, perfect for James
Davies to slot the ball home. 1-0 Abergele. There was no let up
for the Steelmen as a little over 2 minutes later, as scorer became
provider when James Davies was able to make an excellent weaving
run allowing Arwyn Davies to put Abergele 2-0 in front.
With it all to do, Shotton winger Shaun Hughes tried to get his
side back in the game. On 25 minutes he made an excellent zig-zagging
run, taking on 5 players in the process only to be rewarded with
a corner. Shotton were starting to finally play some nice football,
with captain Zac Bell and new comer Tom rose both coming close.
It was all to no avail. In the 36th minute, the referee awarded
'Gele with a dubious free kick on the edge of the Shotton box. Alan
Jones did the honour of whipping the ball in to the top right corner.
Put a postage stamp on that. There wasn't much reply from the Steelmen,
only Howard, whose chance was cleared off the line by James Davies.
Edwards called for all three substitutions to be made at half at
half time. Robinson, Quinn and Rose made way for Edwards, Stacey
and Reynolds. A 3-4-3 all out attack formation was preferred. Instantly
the substitutions had a positive effect. All over the pitch Shotton
now seemed like they were here for a game off football, and were
not simply going to roll over a die.
On 62 minutes Tom Stacey made an excellent run, brushing aside
his marker, and whipping in an inch perfect cross for striker Owen
Pierce to lob the oncoming 'keeper. The Steelmen continued to pile
on the pressure and five minutes later it was Dane Mason who turned
Provider for Pierce to collect his second. Shortly later, in search
of an equaliser winger Hughes had to watch the agony of having his
shot cleared off the Abergele goal line.
With only three at the back Shotton were riding their luck at time,
and Abergele were creating a fair number of chances. The pressure
paid off when they were awarded a free kick once again on the edge
of the area. Up stepped Alan Jones once again and a repeat performance
produced the same result, 4-2 Abergele.
Shotton were determined to get something out of the game. An excellent
long pass by Howard, found Hughes once again. He made a strong run,
and an superb pass allowed Pierce to slot home Shotton's third and
claim his hat-trick. Shotton continued to press but it was a definite
case of too much too late.
Once again Shotton managed to put together an awe inspiring second
half performance, but they must learn to start their first halves
as they do their seconds. Abergele will be happy with the three
points as they will be expected to win the division after their
performances last year.
Man of the Match
Abergele Rovers: Sean Morris
The Steelmen: Owen Pierce
Rhuddlan Town 2 Aston Park Rangers 5
With 8 players missing this was always going to be a tough day for
Rhuddlan but basic poor defending cost them dear. Town started the
brighter team, however after a serious injury to Gav Butler held
play up, Aston came back much stronger and two goals by Aldon &
Weaver put them in front. After some strong half time words Town
stared much better and were unlucky to have an early second half
goal disallowed however poor delivery from a Town corner ended with
Aston running the ball all the way down pitch and Aldon increasing
the lead to three. To their credit Rhuddlan came back and Kyle Parry
clipped in a cross which went in, however the old problems came
to light and Town gave away another two soft goals for Weaver and
Aldon's hat-trick to put the game beyond doubt. Town then reduced
the arrears with a Sean burrows strike, then had a goal dismissed
for off-side and were awarded a penalty which was missed, however
this masked the defensive problems Town dislayed.
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Goals from Gary Madoc-Jones , Jonny Bowen , Gaz John and Mike Hinds
gave Town the three points , with the solo reply coming from David
Clayton for the hosts.
The game burst into immediate life when on 50 seconds Gary Madoc
Jones latched onto a superb ball from Adrian Hoyle and the Denbigh
hitman slammed home first time past Gareth Pope in the Dyrny goal.
It was all Denbigh to be fair , and a nuumber of opportunities were
squandered before the second goal arrived from an unexpected source.
Full back Jonny Bowen found himself in front of goal on 25 minutes
and from a flowing move his firm hit gave Pope no chance. Next Hoyles
and Gaz John had good efforts well saved by Pope as Russ Pierce's
men in blue looked to be on for a hatful.
But Dyrny responded well and began to gain some ground as Town suddenly
took their foot off the pedal. Excellent play on the right flank
by David Davies presented Clayton with an opportunity and the youngster
, still with work to do , got his foot to ball and in it flashed
on 40 minutes.
It was now game on , and the second stanza saw the Villagers doing
most of the pressing in the early stages without particularly threatening
to score. At the other end Lewis Worthing was unlucky to strike
a post after a sublime ball from Andy Booker, quickly followed by
Gaz John Williams who also hit wood when it looked easier to score.
Denbigh always looked likely to add to their tally and on 80 minutes
finally put the result beyond doubt. Worthing did good work out
on the right , fed a ball into the box to Madoc-Jones who allowed
the ball to run across his chest , gifting an open goal to Williams
and the striker stroked home with glee.
The goal of the game fell to Mike Hinds , deservedly so for his
man of the match performance. Booker again was instrumental in a
move that saw the ball come out to Hinds 25 yards from goal and
the Town man lashed home to cap a fine opening game for Denbigh
Clwyd Premier Division.
Tuesday 18th August 2009.
CPD Sychdyn 3 - Shotton Steel FC 2
Steelmen left ruing missed chances
Shotton Steel were looking to pick up their first three points
of their Premier Division campaign but were left with nothing but
ruing a number of missed chances. The Steelmen failed to win their
second successive league game away at Sychdyn this evening although
Marc Edwards believed his side did create enough chances to win
"We were concerned with our first half performance on Saturday
(at Llansannan), but today we were much better. We created 12 good
goal-scoring chances in the first half, but we only managed to convert
one of them. Sychdyn only had the one first half chance and made
it count. We need to learn quickly, that if we are to compete at
this level we must start to put away a higher percentage of our
Shotton had a number of early chances. Owen Pierce almost scored
from the kick off but the ball managed to bounce over the bar. The
Steelmen continued to press but the Sychdyn held off the wave after
wave of attacks. In the 36th minute Sychdyn's only attack of the
half led to Shotton's 'keeper Karl Crichton came out to close down
the striker on the edge of his box, stopping the shot with his chest.
To his astonishment he found himself with a yellow card as referee
Glen Gray thought he handled the ball outside the area! A well worked
free kick ended with a calm finish by Jack Murphy.
The continued Shotton attacks did finally pay off when a long throw
by Chris Woodward made its way to captain Zac Bell at the back post.
A Van Basten esc side volley into the top right stanchion - take
a bow son.
The second half was a different affair. Sychdyn started to play
some impressive football and a mistake by Tom Robinson at the back
was punished with a penalty. Dave Lovett stepped up, held his nerve
and slotted the ball low to Crichton's left. Minutes later Matty
Howard went to clear the ball; it spun off his foot and struck him
on the hand. Not convinced that this was embarrassing enough, Referee
Gray awarded Sychdyn with a second penalty. Once again Lovett did
the honours, this time choosing to rifle the ball top and centre.
Calm as you like!
The final minutes were a very familiar affair as Shotton continued
to pile on the pressure. Striker Owen Pierce produced a calm finish
to a Dave Bibby through ball on 85 minutes, but it ultimately turn
out to be nothing more than a consolation. Overall, a very bitter
result for the Steelmen to swallow, and things will not be getting
any easier as they travel away to Abergele on Saturday.
Man of the Match
CPD Sychdyn: Matty Williams
The Steelmen: Dave Bibby
Clwyd Premier - Saturday 15th August 2009
Rhuddlan Town 5 Penmaenmawr 4
Good football and some poor defending contributed to a goal feast
at penqwyn hall, Rhuddlan for this season opener.
Rhuddlan started the game strongly and early pressure produced two
excellent goals from Mike Roose and in particular Dean Moss after
great work from Jamie Foxbyrne and jack Williams down the right,
however Penmaenmawr never give in and this was to be no different
as goals from Chris Owen and two from Ritchie Roberts put Pen in
the driving seat.
Rhuddlan though showed great character in coming back again with
an equaliser from Roose then another from Moss swung the game back
towards Rhuddlan, Pen grabbed a late leveller and thought they'd
secured a point, with Roberts getting his hat-trick however the
sting in the tail saw Rhuddlan captain Sean Burrows race through
the midfield to latch onto a a ball and slot it into the corner
for an 87th minute winner to seal the points. Rhuddlan young keeper
Jamie Morgan deserves a special mention for a series of good saves
for in his debut.
The new management team at Rhuddlan will be looking to work on defensive
issues this result highlighted, however with still more signings
to come in and with this being the first time many of the team have
played together, hopefully it'll be rectified quickly.
NOMADS BREATH FIRE ON DRAGONS
FC Nomads of Connah's Quay 3 Mostyn Dragons 0
FC Nomads of Connah's Quay continued their fine pre season form
with a convincing win over last seasons Clwyd League Division 2
champions. This game was viewed as the one that would show how ready
FC Nomads are for the coming season, as we would be taking on the
league that Mostyn won last term.
FC Nomads seemed to control the first ten minutes of the game,
playing some neat football and having a few chances early on. The
hard work was rewarded on 12 minutes when Danny Wynne scored FC
Nomads' first goal. Following that goal Mostyn began to get into
the game more and they used their physical strength to dominate
the midfield. For the remainder of the half the 1-0 lead was retained
due to magnificent defensive displays by the centre backs Carl Thomas
and Ian Swindell. It was clear that FC Nomads needed to take control
of the midfield and counteract the physical aspect of the game that
Mostyn were taking.
The second half began with FC Nomads looking much stronger in the
middle of the park, in particular John Faulkner gave them much needed
strength. Faulkner started to dominate in the middle and FC Nomads
were now on top, playing the neat football we had seen during the
previous three matches. On 50 minutes Dave Johnson (manager) made
several substitutions, one of which was Portuguese striker Joao
Rato, within 2 minutes of coming on Rato found the back of the net
for his first goal in a FC Nomads shirt, showing skill and composure
on the ball. The second half of this game had its fair share of
'meaty' tackles from both sides with the referee having to keep
things calm. This may have been classed as a friendly but it was
good practice for what lies ahead as the game was very competitive.
During the last 10 minutes of the game FC Nomads dominated possession
as John Faulkner and Mike Hopkinson were spreading the ball well
to the wide players and the strikers, then on 88 minutes Joao Rato
gathered the ball 40 yards from the goal, took on two defenders
and then rounded the keeper to score a fantastic second goal, Rato
yet again showed great composure on the ball for an 18 year old.
A deserved 3-0 win for FC Nomads against last seasons champions,
showing that they are ready to take on the league.
Dave Johnson said after the match, "It was a good performance,
especially in the second half once we matched them physically."
he added "It was a good test for us."
FC Nomads play again on Wednesday 19th August, kick off 19:00 at
Wepre Park. The opponents this time are Welsh Alliance Glan Conwy.
This huge test concludes the pre season for FC Nomads, they kick
off the new season with a derby game away at Connah's Quay Tigers
on Tuesday 25th August at 18:30.
Clwyd Premier Division.
Saturday 15th August 2009.
Llansannan 3 - Shotton Steel FC 3
Shotton show their Steel in opening day fight back
The waiting was finally over, in what had seemed an endless closed
season. Marc Edwards had been busy over the past few months strengthening
his squad ready for the new challenge that lies ahead. A new goalkeeper,
Karl Crichton from Flint Town. Forward Marcus Davies from Penyffordd.
Winger Tom Stacey from Mold. The return of midfielder Chris Woodward
from Gresford Athletic and a last minute signing Dave Bibby also
from Flint Town United are all additions to help ensure that The
Steelmen are ready for life in the Clwyd top flight.
Shotton started the new season brightly and enjoyed the majority
of the early chances. However, on 20 minutes, Llan 'keeper Adrian
Howatson launched a long ball over the Steel defence for striker
Emyr Owen to eloquently lob Crichton. At this point Shotton seemed
to lose their grip on the game and shortly found themselves 2-0
thanks to Emyr Owen's second and had tobattle hard to ensure that
they did not drop any deeper prior to the half time whistle.
After a very disappointing first half performance, manager Marc
Edwards was determined to get a huge improvement from his young
team. Changes were made and a different system employed.
From the 2nd half kick off, Shotton began to show glimpses of what
they are capable. New signing Bibby displayed some exquisite skill
to get around the Llan defence and produced an inch perfect cross
for Shaun Hughes to apply a postage stamp header from 6 yards.
Finally, Shotton began to do the basic things in the correct manner.
Moving the ball quickly, they produced attack after attack. It was
a shame for the Steel that a rare Llan break led to them going 3-1
up, Emyr Owen claiming the match ball honours.
With it all to do Shotton regrouped and a fantastic and frantic
final push followed. Lee Woodward added an excellent finish to some
Shaun Hughes skill before Owen Pierce got his 2009 goal scoring
account open. The final chance of the game was a powerful shot by
captain Zac Bell. 'Keeper Howatson pulled off a first class save
and held the ball well as Matty Howard has followed up well and
would have surely slotted home a winner should Howatson have slipped
Overall, a decent point and possibly a fair result. Llansannan
were excellent in the first half and Shotton the superior in the
Llansannan play hosts to last season's runners up Abergele on Tuesday,
while Shotton make the short trip to Schdyn. With Lewis Weatherley
and Marcus Davies expected back Tuesday, it could turn out to be
another very special game.
Man of the Match
Llansannan: Emyr Owen
The Steelmen: Zac Bell
FC NOMADS GIVEN FIRST BIG TEST
FC Nomads 2 Hawarden Rangers 2
In a change of venue FC Nomads faced Welsh National Premier League
opposition at Wepre Park on Tuesday night. This was going to be
the biggest test yet against a side hovering close to promotion
to the Cymru Alliance finishing 4th last season.
Fc Nomads started the game brightly playing some neat one touch
football leading to them taking the lead during the 31st minute
with a goal by Jamie McConnell who scored following a bit of a goalmouth
scramble. After the goal Hawarden started to get into the game and
equalised on the stroke of half time. Both managers made several
changes at half time in this closely fought affair. Hawarden started
the second half stronger scoring in the 50th minute, however from
the kick off FC Nomads won a free kick on the edge of the area and
top scorer Lee Molyneux struck a free kick with such venom that
if the keeper had got a hand to it he would have followed the ball
into the net. This made the game 2-2. This was a fair result with
both sides having their chances and some end to end football which
was a treat for FC Nomads biggest attendance yet of 132.
FC Nomads face Mostyn Dragons at Wepre Park this Saturday the 15th
August with a 14:30 kick off. Mostyn Dragons won the division that
FC Nomads will enter last season with an impressive record only
losing twice in 22 games.
FC NOMADS CONTINUE FINE PRE SEASON FORM
FC Nomads 6 Tranmere Rovers IFA 0
FC Nomads scored six goals without reply last night to take thier
tally to 14 goals in thier first two friendlies. Lee Molyneux was
in fine form again scoring his second hat trick in two games, Gary
Jones grabbed himself a brace and Thomas Coghill completed the scoring.
In contrast to last week it was the first half where FC Nomads dominated
going into the half time break with a 5-0 lead. Tranmeres 'FC Rearguard'
came into the game more in the second half and made life more difficult
for FC Nomads.
A good crowd of 58 were in attendance for the first ever home game
at Wepre Park, we hope they were entertained enough to continue
to support us during the new season.
FC Nomads next friendly is on Tuesday 11th August away at Hawarden
Rangers. Visit www.fcnomads.co.uk for further fixture information.