First win for the Park, Rhostyllen still top, Corwen keep 100% record

By N Beech

Courtesy of Dave Jones @ Grassroots North Wales

Premier Division
FC Queen’s Park 3 Mynydd Isa 2
Callum Roberts’ 88th minute goal clinched a hard-earned first three points of the season for Queen’s Park.

The hosts started off well but were hit by a fine 14th minute header from Isa’s Kris Turner to fall behind against the run of play.

Two minutes later. the home team’s joint player-manager Michael Latham was brought down in the box and converted the penalty.

After a back and forth game and great defending from both teams cancelling each other out, the Park then took the lead on 78 minutes through that man again. Latham showed a fine bit of trickery in the box equalled by a superb finish.

With three minutes to go, a lack of concentration by the hosts from a corner saw James Beck take full advantage with a free header to make it 2-2.

However, just a minute later Roberts secured the Park’s first league victory with a great finish after quick thinking from Latham on a free kick.

Corwen 2 Caerwys 0
Corwen completed a summer double over a Caerwys side they had already beaten 3-1 away in the Welsh Cup at the end of July.

The newly-promoted visitors were protecting a 22-game unbeaten run in league games after going undefeated in their previous campaign in the North East Wales Championship Division and starting the current term with two draws.

Early on in Saturday’s game at the War Memorial Ground, Corwen’s Owen Cordiner thought he had opened the scoring, but his joy was short-lived after he was deemed offside.

At the other end Michael Guest lined up a shot, but could only pull a save out of goalkeeper Evan Parry.

Shortly after this Brandon Jones pinged a shot at goal from outside the penalty area, which Parry was able to pounce on.

Alex Webster looked to break the deadlock, but he could only blast over the Caerwys bar in a crowded box.
In stoppage time Henry Evans found Scott Evans, who played the ball back to Cordiner, and his low shot curled wide via a touch from a defender. From the resulting corner Leslie Brophy headed the ball home, but his effort was disallowed for a push in the box.

The last action of the half saw Scott Evans pull a good save out of Caerwys goalkeeper Oliver Smith.

The deadlock was broken in the 49th minute when Tom Williams was able to find Cordiner, who in turn miss-hit his shot, which fooled keeper Smith, who was unable to prevent the ball creeping into the bottom corner.

After 69 minutes, Corwen were awarded a corner which Webster delivered brilliantly across the box and the ball was headed home at the far post by Brophy.

Rhostyllen 4 Lex XI 1
Tom Douglas (2), Perry Shoemark and Hari Gould shared the goals which ensured Rhostyllen stay top with an unbeaten record.

Joshua Betteley replied for the Lawmen.

Ruabon Rovers 3 Greenfield 6
Samuel Edwards was a four-goal star for a Greenfield side which fought back from 3-0 down to triumph at Ruabon.

Dean Hyland added a double for the visitors, Rovers having been three-up inside half an hour through goals from Leighton Kendrick, Joshua Hughes and Kyle Evans.

Acton 4 Sychdyn 0
Joe Garner netted twice within the opening eight minutes to put Acton on course for an emphatic victory.

Luke Hughes and Alix Godfrey added singles for the home side in the second half.

Brymbo 4 Bellevue 1
A first win of the campaign for Brymbo at the expense of a Bellevue outfit which suffered a sixth straight defeat.

Robert Cooper (2), Jordan Allen and Daniel Riley bagged the home tally, Anthony Davies-Hibbs making the scoresheet for the Vue.

CPD Gronant 4 Aston Park Rangers 2
Gronant turned around a 2-1 half time deficit to run out winners after the changeover.

Johnny Crossley’s pair gave Rangers that interval advantage, Gary Fazackerley replying.

Liam Rowland-Jones, Steven Kirk and Georgy Szabo pocketed the home goals that mattered in the second period.

Overton Recreational 4 Holywell United 0
Undefeated Overton maintained their flying start with a four-goal beating of Holywell, Harrison Plumb netting twice, Christopher Bush and Peter Thedens adding singles.

Rhydymwyn 11 Johnstown 0
Nine different players made entries into the score book for rampant Rhydymwyn.

Nathan Williams and Charlie Hughes notched two apiece, then there was one each from Aled Reece, Ashley Lloyd, Joseph Jones, Alistair Gibson, Levon Hughes, Connor Davies and Mark Gunther.

Skippy 5 CPD Yr Wyddgrug 7
Leading 4-2 at half time, Skippy looked to be on course for a memorable first win before Yr Wyddgrug turned the tables in the second stanza to break the home team’s hearts.

Jason Ratcliffe (3) and Kian Tudor put the hosts in control at the interval, Jimmy McGlone with both for the visitors.

After the restart Yr Wyddgrug upped their game, a David Jones hat-trick and two more from McGlone putting them 7-4 up before Liam Jones replied in added time for Skippy.

Caerwys Reserves 2 FC Queen’s Park Reserves 1
Great win for Caerwys Reserves over last season’s champions.

Jack Wakeman and Jack Smallman netted for the hosts on 45 and 60 minutes respectively and although Richard Jones hit back for the Park from the penalty spot, it was not enough to save them from defeat.

Greenfield Reserves 1 Corwen Reserves 2
Bottom side Corwen Reserves celebrated their first win of the campaign.

Euan Evans put Greenfield Reserves one-up in the 63rd minute, but Dillon Griffiths (66) and Kian Harrison (88) reversed Corwen’s fortunes.

Lex XI Reserves 5 Connah’s Quay Town Reserves 2
Alex Sheriff (2), George Baxter, Tiler Moorcroft-Jones and Michael Parry concocted the goals which earned Lex maximum points, Charley Bradley and Damon Bradley with consolations for Quay.

Mynydd Isa Reserves 5 Coedpoeth United Reserves 0
Jay Wiles and George Walshaw Davies delivered doubles apiece for the home side, Michael Fleetwood also on the mark in a conclusive win.

Penyffordd Lions Reserves 1 Castell Alun Colts Reserves 3
Jamie Hardy (2) and Harri Williams were the toast of Casty after scoring their team’s match-winning goals, Thomas Potts with Penyffordd’s sole response.

Castell Alun Colts 2 Penyffordd Lions 1
Ben Bailey and Stuart Mcharrie netted the goals which made sure Casty advanced to the next stage of the NEWFA Challenge Cup.

Mcharrie’s decider came in the 86th minute.

Marky Davies replied for the away side.

Plas Madoc 0 Connah’s Quay Town 0 (Plas Madoc won 4-3 on pens)
Ryan Roberts saved twice in a penalty shoot-out to guide Plas Madoc into the third round of the NEWFA Challenge Cup.

Neither side could be separated in 90 minutes of a game which saw North East Wales Championship hosts Plas take on Quay from the higher-level Premier.
Although the match itself was goalless, it was full of excitement, Ollie Roberts heading against the bar for the hosts, while at the other end Madoc defended for their lives at times and heroically maintained a clean sheet.

Where next?

Rhostyllen set strong pace, Aston Park score 16 Courtesy of Dave Jones @ Grassroots North Wales

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