| Cefn Albion (a) |
Brickfield Rangers (h) |
St Asaph City (a) |
Rhostyllen (h) |
Denbigh (h) |
Llandudno Albion (a) |
16/10/2021 Cynghrair Ardal Gogledd-Orllewin Cwpan y Gynghrair/Ardal League Cup
LLANDUDNO ALBION ................ 2
Dan Evans 43', 62'
CPD PORTHMADOG ...................1
Matty Jones 13'(p)
‘A bad day at the office’ would easily sum up Port`s performance today as we slumped somewhat meekly to defeat at the hands of Llandudno Albion and crashed out of the League Cup at the first hurdle. To add insult to injury, for the second week in succession we failed to capitalize on an eleven v ten situation during the second half and we also managed to miss a penalty when we were on top. Oh, dear!
Port started promisingly enough and on four minutes a great cross from the left by Rhys Alun was netted first time by Matty Jones only for the ‘goal’ to be ruled out for offside. On thirteen minutes, however, Port were awarded a penalty after Marcus Banks was tripped in the box. Up stepped Matty Jones to crash home sending the keeper the wrong way. 1-0 to Port.From then on, the Albion grew more and more into the game and the pacy Stokes proved to be constant thorn in the side for our defenders. On the half hour mark, it took an excellent sliding interception by Sol Kempster to foil a great move in the Port box and a few minutes later, Stokes sent in a very good-looking shot from twenty yards, but fortunately for Port, it went straight into the grateful arms of Dylan Roberts. On forty two minutes, however, after creating several good attacking moves, the Albion were level when a fine cross by Carey on the left flank was headed home powerfully by Dan Evans. Quite the worst time to concede but it had been coming. One –all at the break.
The second half looked worrying even before it started as Port Keeper Roberts was replaced by his deputy and namesake Bradley Roberts due to an injury. Port tried to press forward but created very little in terms of clear chances with Albion often looking dangerous on the break and it took another well-timed block by Sol Kempster to foil a seemingly certain goal. On 55 minutes, Matty Jones got on the end of a pinpoint cross by Rhys but his close range shot went over both the keeper and, unfortunately, the crossbar. A bad miss, in truth, in the context of this game which yielded few clear chances for the visitors. On 57 minutes, however, Port were given the nearest thing to a lifeline when they were awarded another penalty, the reason for which was rather unclear. Up stepped Matty Jones again, but this time goalkeeper Williams read it correctly and pulled off a fine one-handed save diving to his right. To make matters worse, a few minutes later, Albion were ahead again when a high, deep cross completely evaded Bradley Roberts. Ben Davies rose high to place a fine header into the middle of the goal. There then followed a lengthy spell of pressure by Port and in the middle of it all, Albion left back Jones was shown the red card for a second bookable offence as he fouled Dewi Thomas. Port did well in terms of retaining a high degree of possession during the final quarter, but ultimately, we did not look a big threat when going forward, and in this respect, you have to say that Llandudno Albion deserved to go through to the next round .
Next Saturday, we return to league action when we visit Brymbo where we will have to play a whole lot better than this.
Porthmadog :- Dylan Roberts GK(Bradley Roberts (45`), Gareth Jones-Evans, Josh Banks(John Littlemore 71`), Stuart Rogers, Sol Kempster ,Dewi Thomas, Nathan Craig (Paul Lewis 52`), Rhys Alun, Matty Jones, Marcus Banks , Julian Williams. Eilyddion eraill / Unused Subs: Cian Pritchard. Craig Papirnyk.
Yellow card :- A. Winstanley (63`) (Assistant Manager Porthmadog
Llandudno Albion :- W. Williams(GK), R. Vaughan (L.Jones88`),C. Jones, D. Roberts, J. Lloyd,D. Evans, J. Jones, L. Smith (R.Jones 77`), L. Stokes, J.Carey (A. Marshall 68`) A. Hold.
Red card:- C. Jones(64`) Yellow:- J.Jones 58`
Dyfarnwr/Referee:- William Andrew Peel
Torf /Attendance :- N.A.
9/10/21: Cynghrair Ardal Gogledd-Orllewin(Haen3)/ Ardal League North West (tier 3)
Noddwr/Sponsor:- Darlun , Porthmadog
Noddwr y bel / Match ball sponsor :- Pritchard and Griffiths , Tremadog.
CPD PORTHMADOG ....................... 0
DENBIGH TOWN .............................0
“Cometh the hour…..cometh the man!” and the man in question this afternoon was undoubtedly Port`s goalkeeper Dylan Roberts whose brace of fabulous first half saves, one of them from the penalty spot, ensured that this hard fought top of the table clash ended goalless, thus ensuring that Port remain top by a whisker.
Port started brightly as they so often do and as early as the fourth minute, missed a chance to open the scoring when Dewi Thomas found himself one on one with the keeper after a fine ball by Nathan Craig, but the keeper was out briskly to block his effort and a defender blocked Rhys Alun`s shot from the rebound. Indeed, Port were marginally on top for the opening twenty minutes, but this proved to be their only meaningful effort on target during the whole of the first period as they struggled to prise open a miserly Denbigh defence. Indeed as the first half progressed, it was the visitors who looked the more threatening outfit. On 28 minutes, Denbigh were awarded a penalty when a clever sortie into the Port box forced Ben Fisher to bring down the tricky Lee Davey. With hearts in their mouths, the Port supporters witnessed Jake Walker calmly striding in to take the spot kick. He duly blasted it hard and low to the keeper`s right but Dylan Roberts pulled off a remarkable save, parrying the ball out for a corner kick. “A moment to savour” as Cliff Morgan once said……..but not for the Denbigh supporters!.
Denbigh continued to probe with good passing movements and on 35 minutes, a clever one-two put M. Roberts ( I DO wish we could have full names on the app !) in a ‘must score’ situation and his blistering shot seemed deemed to hit the back of the net until Dylan again pulled off a truly wonderful save. HT:_0-0
The second half was barely a minute old when Port produced another half chance. Nathan Craig found Dewi Thomas with a fine pass down the left flank and his excellent cross was headed rather disappointingly off target by the hard-working Paul Lewis. Then, on 57 minutes, there occurred an incident which could have provided a turning point in the match. As Port pressed forward, John Littlemore was brought down and, a split-second later, William Holmes was adjudged to have stamped on him. Referee Arwyn Griffiths, without a glimmer of hesitation, showed the red card. Surely, this was now Port`s big chance to break the deadlock but it wasn`t to be. If anything, the second half petered out somewhat and it must be said that the absence of the creative duo of Julian Williams and Marcus Banks was sorely missed (enough said !) Moreover, credit must be given to Denbigh Town for defending well and for continuing to play positively up front.Port did have the ball in the net thanks to Rhys Alun who rounded the keeper before blasting home but was foiled by the unwelcome sight of the linesman`s flag.
It`s a long time since we last saw a goalless match at Y Traeth, but in the end, a draw was a fair result, and Denbigh , on this showing, will probably continue to be a hard nut to crack for the remainder of the season. The highest praise, however, is reserved for the unassuming but excellent Dylan Roberts, the man of the match by a country mile!
Next Saturday, Port will turn their attention to the League Cup when we visit Llandudno Albion. Daliwch i gredu!
Porthmadog :- Dylan Roberts(GK), Gareth Jones-Evans, James Morgan, Stuart Rogers, Sol Kempster ,Dewi Thomas (Cian Pritchard 93`), John Littlemore, Nathan Craig, Rhys Alun, Paul Lewis, Ben Fisher (Matty Jones 80`)
Unused subs: Craig Papirnyk (GK), Matthew Roberts, Callum Jones.
Yellow card :- Gareth Jones-Evans (76`)
Denbigh Town:- S. Griffiths(GK), S. Jones, W. Holmes, M. Barnett, S. Jones, K. Roberts, S. Tate, P. Fleming, Jake Walker (S. Jones), M. Roberts, L. Davey (M.Morris 62`)
Unused subs: Leigh Craven, Jacob Barratt, Kristian Pierce
Red card:- William Holmes (58`), Yellow :- Moses Barnett (11`)
Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Arwyn Griffiths
Torf /Attendance :- 322
(2/10/21) Cynghrair Ardal Gogledd-Orllewin(Haen3) / Ardal League North West (tier 3)
Noddwr / Match Sponsor: TANRONNEN INN, Beddgelert
Noddwr y Bęl / Match Ball Sponsor: Winnie Jones, Penmorfa.
CPD PORTHMADOG ................... 5
Paul Lewis 3, 38,
Julian Williams 21,
Rhys Alun 45,
Marcus Banks 79`
L. McBurney 82`
It`s tough at the top! Following last Saturday`s win at St.Asaph, Port went top of the league for the first time this season. However, Denbigh Town did us no favours on Friday night (1/10/21) when they beat visitors Saltney Town 4-2, meaning that Denbigh were on the top spot at the start of today`s game. Thus, today`s game, just like all the others in truth, became a “must win” affair.
Only three minutes had elapsed when Port, with their first meaningful attack, went ahead as a well-floated corner by Stuart Rogers was superbly headed into the corner of the net by Paul Lewis as he out-jumped the Rhostyllen defence. Shortly after, Rhostyllen came fairly close to an equalizer when Aykroyd Ducket was put through on goal but he was driven wide by the covering Nathan Craig and his tame effort was easily gathererd by Dylan Roberts. On thirteen minutes, a penetrating pass by Craig was headed on to the target by Rhys Alun but Christie pulled off a great save diving full length to his left. Then, on the 20` mark, Julian Williams` free header at the far post from a deep cross by Paul Lewis was again parried to safety. A minute later, however and Julian Williams made it 2-0 to Port after the ball bounced off the keeper from a Rhys Alun effort and Julian tapped home into the empty net from the edge of the box. Christie pulled off another great save after 28 minutes from a John Littlemore piledriver but Port went 3-0 up when a deep cross by Nathan Craig was headed in by Paul Lewis to complete a very fine double. Then, on the stroke of half time, the dominant home team made it 4-0. Marcus Banks put Rhys Alun through on goal and with the Rhostyllen defenders standing still as they waited in vain for an off-side flag, Rhys calmly placed the ball beyond Christie into the net. Half time.4-0 to Port. .
The second half was a relatively disappointing affair, not helped by the driving rain in fairness. Rhostyllen, to their credit raised their game considerably and gained a lot more possession than in the first period. They also created a few half-chances. One of these was a fine long distance effort by substitute S.Jones which was well held by Dylan Roberts from under the cross-bar. In truth, when Port`s fifth goal arrived, it was somewhat against the run of play and, defensively, it was an unfortunate goal for the visitors to concede.Nathan Craig sent Julian Williams off on a great run down the left wing and his deep left foot cross was met by a fine volley by Marcus Banks which was spilt by Christie when he seemed to have it well covered. 5-0 to Port. On 82` minutes, however, the visitors earned a deserved consolation when a corner from the left was spilt by Dylan Roberts and McBurney was on hand to tap home. The final score then was 5-1 to Port at the end of a solid performance under very difficult conditions. .
Next Saturday, we face a real “six-pointer” when we welcome the as yet unbeaten Denbigh Town to Y Traeth. Yes, it will be 1st v 2nd and we must get a favourable result from it.
Porthmadog :- Dylan Roberts(GK), Gareth Jons-Evans, Josh Banks(Sol Kempster 58`), James Morgan, Stuart Rogers, John Littlemore, Nathan Craig, Marcus Banks, Rhys Alun (Ben Fisher 71`),Julian Williams, Paul Lewis (Cian Pritchard 66`. Eilyddion / Unused subs: Brad Roberts (GK), Callum Jones
Yellow card :- James Morgan.
Rhostyllen:- L. Christie, A. Hughes ( S. Chesters 66`), R. Richards, A. Williams, D. Jones, J.Garner (S. Jones 67`), W. Nevitt, L. Mc Burney,T. Douglas (A. Bithell 65`), Aykroyd-Ducket , S. Allman
Yellow card:- A. Williams
Dyfarnwr/Referee:-William Andrew Peel
Torf /Attendance :- 115
25/08/21 Cynghrair Ardal Gogledd-Orllewin(Haen3)/ Ardal League North West (tier 3)
ST ASAPH CITY ……………………………… 3
Andy Booker 6'
Liam Grayson 19', 46'
CPD PORTHMADOG …………………………8
Rhys Alun 10'
Paul Lewis 28'
John Littlemore 33'
James Morgan 36'
Marcus Banks 53'
Sol Kempster 78'
Julian Williams 79'
Cian Pritchard 88'
A prominent feature of the Ardal Leagues is the picturesque nature of many of its grounds and Roe Plas Meadows is certainly one of those with the inspiring sight of a turret of the 6th century St. Asaph cathedral peeping prettily over the ground just above the treeline.
As for today`s game, it will be remembered as a thoroughly entertaining game which yielded eleven goals scored by ten different players. One wonders whether this will stand out as a record at the end of the season. .
Port started rather sluggishly and the home team opened the scoring on six minutes from a corner on the left which was headed across from the back post to the near where Andy Booker was waiting to head home. A well-worked goal and 1-0 to the Citizens. Three minutes later, Port came close to finding an equalizer when a Julian Williams drive was parried by keeper Jones and Rhys Alun`s follow up shot was just wide of the mark. A minute later and Port were level when Rhys Alun latched on to a weak attempted clearance and calmly sidefooted the ball along the deck into the corner. 1-1.Shortly thereafter, the same player impressively beat two defenders with pace and unleashed a tremendous shot which crashed against the crossbar.Then, on nineteen minutes St. Asaph produced another well-worked goal when, after Ifan Emlyn lost possession on the edge of the hosts` box, the ball was relayed to the left flank and a pin-point cross by the pacy Williams was put away with a determined sliding shot by Liam Grayson. 2-1 to St.Asaph. .
There followed a ten minute passage of pressure on the St.Asaph goal before Paul Lewis kept his composure to crash a close range left footer home over the keeper to make it all square at 2-2. At last, Port appeared to have regained their rhythm after a somewhat tentative start in which too many passes went astray and shortly after the half-hour mark, the visitors were ahead for the first time in the match when, after a patient interchange of passes between Ifan Emlyn and Marcus Banks on the edge of the box, the ball found John Littlemore who, with his back to goal, turned smartly and lifted the ball high over the keeper to find the target just under the crossbar.2-3 in Port`s favour. Three minutes later and the ding –dong first half almost produced a spectacular equalizer for the hosts when a 25 yard thunderbolt by Dan Williams was magnificently saved by Dylan Roberts diving full-length to his right. However, it was Port who had the last say in an incident packed first half when James Morgan got on the end of a free header from close range from a Paul Lewis corner. 4-2 to Port then at half –time. .
The second half was barely two minutes old when Jason Foulkes outpaced Josh Banks down the right wing and his great cross was headed home with unerring accuracy and power by Liam Grayson to complete a fine double for the afternoon. 3-4 and much more to come! This goal stung both teams into determined action but it was Port who scored next with a well-placed header by Marcus Banks from a cross by John Littlemore after excellent work by Ifan Emlyn on the right flank. Ifan Emlyn then blazed wide with a left-footer when well-placed to score and a far post header by Julian Williams went narrowly wide. On 78 minutes, however, Port made it 6-3 with a thumping, marvellously controlled low volley by substitute Sol Kempster when the ball fell to him from a great height off a City defender. Next, it was Julian Williams` turn making it seven with a lovely well-placed left-footed drive into the corner of the net.7-3 now, and on 88` minutes, 16 year old Port lad Cian Pritchard (substitute) scored his maiden first team goal to cap off a fine interchange of passes with James Morgan to the delight of his team-mates and the travelling Port faithful. .
The game ended 8-3 to Port. The victory was well-deserved with Port showing just that extra bit of quality, although the final scoreline very slightly flattered us in the end. The win places Port on top of the league whilst St.Asaph, rather surprisingly on this showing, find themselves rooted to the bottom. Many congratulations to today`s three substitutes for Port, with all three of them being reserve team regulars.... But not for long! Ardderchog, hogia. Daliwch ati! .
Next Saturday, Port will welcome Rhostyllen to Y Traeth in a re-arranged league encounter. .
Porthmadog :- Dylan Roberts(GK), Ben Fisher(Mathew Roberts 82`), Josh Banks , Gareth Jones-Evans,James Morgan, , Ifan Emlyn (Sol Kempster 75`), John Littlemore (Cian Pritchard 65`),Marcus Banks, Rhys Alun, Julian Williams, Paul Lewis. .
St. Asaph City:- L. Jones (GK), C. Lyons (A. Brewerton 45`), D.Williams, A. Parsonage, L.Jones, E. Blench, L.Grayson,J.Williams,J.Foulkes, C. Murphy, A. Booker (C. Murray 74`).
Torf /Attendance :- 60
18/08/21 CYNGHRAIR ARDAL NORTH WEST LEAGUE
Noddwr / Sponsor: TANRONNENN INN Beddgelert
Y Bęl / Match Ball: Bleddyn Evans Nefyn Trydanwr / Electrician
CPD PORTHMADOG ……………………………… 5
John Littlemore 4'
Marcus Banks 12', 48, 58'(p)
Paul Lewis 72'
BRICKFIELD RANGERS ……………………………1
Owen Jones 64’
“Who dares wins”. This afternoon, Port, as is their custom, dared to play their usual one-touch passing game so beloved of the Traeth faithful and such an approach paid off generously. However, the outstanding feature of the game for many will be an excellent hat-trick achieved by the promising and daring Marcus Banks.
Port were quickly into their stride against unfamiliar opposition and took the lead on a mere four minutes. A long ball by Nathan Craig was chased with great determination by John Littlemore and although his initial shot was well saved by the onrushing Griffiths in goal, he made no mistake with the rebound to score his first competitive goal of the season. 1-0 Port.
A minute later, a good-looking left footer from just outside the box from Ifan Emlyn went narrowly past the post. Then, a jinking run by Rhys Alun, evading three defenders, culminated in a shot into the side netting.On 12 minutes, however, Port doubled their advantage when Marcus Banks coolly lifted the ball into the roof of the net following a cross by Nathan Craig. This was followed by Rhys Alun blazing over the bar when he could probably have brought the ball down before shooting from close range. On the stroke of half time, Marcus Banks produced a splendid diving header which was superbly parried over the bar by the keeper.
Port had a very generous share of possession for nearly all the half, although Brickfield grew more and more into the game as the half wore on and came close to scoring on two occasions with a couple of half chances from just outside the box. Half time……2-0 Port.
The second half was barely three minutes old when Port made the game safe. A well-placed cross by Stuart Rogers presented Marcus Banks with a header from virtually on the goal-line. 3-0 Port. On 56`, a bullet header by Josh Banks from a Paul Lewis corner went narrowly over the crossbar. Two minutes later, Port were awarded a penalty when a Port attacker was brought down with only the keeper to beat. Up stepped Marcus Banks to score past Griffiths outstretched right hand and send himself into Hat-Trick Heaven. 4-0 Port.
Shortly thereafter, we were treated to the best goal of the game from Brickfield`s Owen Jones as he sent a daisy cutter into the corner of the net, leaving Dylan Roberts in the Port goal with no chance following an assist from substitute Ozlu. A superb goal and an absolute masterclass in how to shoot low past the keeper. 4-1.
The scoring for the afternoon was completed on 72 minutes when Paul Lewis worked himself into a good position to score after two bites at the cherry. An entertaining game in which both teams attempted to play attractive football and the scoreline was a fair reflection of Port`s superiority on the day.
Next Saturday, we shall again be in league action when we travel to strugglers St. Asaph City who today earned a creditable draw at Felinheli. Be there or be square!
Porthmadog :- Dylan Roberts(GK), Ben Fisher (G. Jones-Evans 57`), Josh Banks, James Morgan , Stuart Rogers (Lewys Turner 57`), John Littlemore (C. O`Hara 81`)Ifan Emlyn, Nathan Craig, Marcus Banks (Guto Gruffudd 88`),, Rhys Alun, Paul Lewis. Sub not used :-B. Roberts (GK)
Brickfield Rangers :- J. Griffiths(GK), M. Derosa,(H. Massey 57`), C. Dixon, A. Jones, Silva Neto, Lima Teixeira,O.Jones,A. Vale, N/A !!, L. Parry.(H.Ozlu 50`) Unused Sub:- H.Cook
Dyfarnwr / Referee: Arwyn Griffiths
Torf / Attendance:- 181
11/09/21 Tlws Amatur CBDC Rd 4 / FAW Amateur Trophy Rd 4
CEFN ALBION ………………………………2
Alex Williams 50’, 65’
CPD PORTHMADOG ……………………..0
Our visit to The Crick, Brymbo FC will not live in the memory for Port supporters; as a match lacking in quality and chances went the way of a tough Cefn Albion side for whom Alex Williams scored twice in the space of 15 second half minutes.
The Albion, holders of the FAW Trophy, entered the 5th Round of this year’s competition while Port exited a Cup competition for the second successive weekend and their attention will now need to turn to making significant progress in the League.
The match started quite evenly without either goalkeeper being tested, but gradually Port had more possesion but with chances few and far between. On 16 minutes Matty Jones had an effort from the edge of the box well saved by Albion goalkeeper Josh Roberts. Dylan Roberts pulled off a superb save from an Alex Williams shot on 25 minutes. On 34 minutes a Josh Banks effort, from an Ifan Emlyn cross, went just past the post and a Sol Kempster header went agonisingly close. The 1st half finished with more chances for Cian Pritchard, -the 16 year-old making his first start for the senior team- Matty Jones and John Littlemore, but on the stroke of half time Albion came closest to scoring with an effort from Callum Mannion who struck the bar
0-0 half time.
Cefn Albion came out for the 2nd half on the front foot and took the lead on 50 minutes as Alex Williams scored from close range and was on target again on 65 minutes as he spun round and shot into the far corner. James Morgan was forced off with an injury and replaced by Matthew Roberts on 74 minutes. On 88 minutes John Littlemore had a shot fumbled by the Albion goalkeeper and from the resulting corner Albion nearly scored an own goal but it wasn’t to be Port's day.
Best of luck to Cefn Albion in the next round.
We are back in league action next Saturday as we host Brickfield Rangers at Y Traeth k.o.2.30pm. Hopefully we will by then see some of the 8 senior players missing today, for a variety of reasons, back in the matchday squad.
Porthmadog: D.Roberts, J.Banks, J.Morgan (M.Roberts), S. Kempster, I.Emlyn, C. Pritchard, M.Jones, J.Littlemore, M.Banks, J.Williams, P.Lewis.
Eilyddion / Unused subs: B.Roberts, C.Papirnyk, J.McDaid, G.J.Evans
Yellow cards: Julian Williams 27'
Cefn Albion: J.Roberts, J.Valentine, J.Williams (D.Gibbins), N.Williams, N.Jones, J.Millington, R.Kershaw, K.Morris, M.Latham, C.Mannion, A.Williams.
Eilyddion / Unused Subs: T.Gunson, J.Jones, T.Wilkinson.
Cardiau Melyn / Yellow cards: Jordan Williams 27'
Dyfarnwr / Referee: Graham Hannah