Tier five: Bethesda Rovers’ first-ever win, great win for 9-man Rangers and Medd stay top!

PICTURE by Trevor Owen shows Bethesda Rovers (yellow and black) in action v Caergybi earlier in the season.

IT WAS an afternoon to remember for Bethesda Rovers today as they picked up their first-ever three points as a club.

Tristan Walker’s side picked up a win at the 11th attempt in North Wales Coast West Division One as they beat CPD Y Fali 2-1 at home.

Connor Tilbury Jones fired Rovers in front on 37mins via an Osian Price assist before a penalty from top scorer Tom Davies (in black and yellow below) made it 2-0 before the break.

PIC: Trevor Owen

There was a late scare for Rovers when Y Fali debutante Nathan Harris, who recently arrived from Glantraeth, scored with four minutes left on the clock via a Haydn Dean assist.

But that goal from the former Llandegfan man wasn’t enough to put the dampeners on Rovers’ day as they hung on for a historic victory.

That closes the gap between them and Holyhead Town to just three points and Y Fali themselves are just four points ahead of Rovers on 7pts also, as are Llangoed and Bodorgan.

Can the Rovers now go marching on in tier five? PIC: Trevor Owen

Can Walker’s side now maintain that sort of form when they go on to play Llangoed next weekend?

In the tier five top-of-the-table clash, Bethesda Athletic and Llanerchymedd played out a 1-1 draw.

As anticipated, the match was a closely-fought encounter. With nothing much to talk about in the first half, it was the second 45mins which would prove to be lively.

Medd defender Lewis Connor was dismissed almost immediately after the restart before Joe Todd scored his 11th goal of the season for Pesda moments later to hand them the lead.

A win for the home side would’ve put them top and above Medd, but it wasn’t to be as the 10-man visitors battled back well and drew level just after the hour-mark through Chris Bennett (below).

Bennett has been great for Llanerchymedd. PIC: John Elfryn Owen

That result keeps Medd top of the league on 31pts with Athletic still in 2nd on 29pts.

Elsewhere, Talysarn Celts failed to capitalise on Athletic dropping points and missed out on the chance to go second, despite a good fight back at Waunfawr, where the match ended 2-2.

Goals from Josh Williams and Rhys Roberts had put the Beganifs 2-0 up in the first half-hour of the game.

But the Celts produced an excellent comeback before half time through Luke Baum’s 17th strike in all competitions this season and a Glyn Hughes-Thomas goal. That half ended with a red card for Waunfawr manager Steven Hughes, who was also dismissed whilst playing in the 3-3 draw with Llanfairpwll last week.

Baum was on target again for Talysarn. PIC: Wynne Evans

Llanfairpwll made the most of the Celts dropping points (27pts) to move up to third in the table on 28pts, although they have played 2 more matches than them.

Gwyndaf Hughes’ side beat Bodorgan 2-0 away with Jay Finter once again the hero. The 19-year-old attacker scored his 14th and 15 league goals of the season to make it 9 wins from 13 for Llanfair in the league so far.

9-man Mountain Rangers picked up a massive 3-1 win over a Caergybi who have now lost 3 games in a row in all competitions.

Alex Philp’s side found themselves 1-0 down 21mins in when experienced goal-getter Gary Jo Owen fired Cybi in front. But the in-form Aled Rice brought Rangers level before half time.

Rangers then went down to 9-men with Jason Taylor and Irfon Hughes dismissed within a minute of one another on the hour-mark.

But it still proved to be the home team’s day as a Stuart Cooke goal and a second from Rice late on secured the win for Rangers over Cybi, who had Shaun Jones sent off in stoppage time.

Finally, Cefni moved up onto 10 points in the league with a 3-0 victory at struggling Holyhead Town, who remain 15th.

Macauley Lewis’ first goal of the season set the visitors on their way at Millbank before Town goalkeeper Mike Bentley was sent off and captain Ben Wright doubled Cefni’s lead before the break.

Striker Luke Allaway, who recently arrived from Bodorgan where he had been so influential previously, made it 3-0 on 68mins, scoring his first goal for the club.

Allaway in Bodorgan colours previously. PIC: Wynne Evans.

League standings

  • 1. Llanerchymedd – 31pts
  • 2. Bethesda Athletic – 30pts
  • 3. Llanfairpwll – 28pts
  • 4. Talysarn Celts – 27pts
  • 5. Cemaes Bay – 26pts
  • 6. Caergybi – 23pts
  • 7. Waunfawr – 23pts
  • 8. Llanystumdwy – 22pts
  • 9. Bontnewydd – 13pts
  • 10. Cefni – 10pts
  • 11. Mountain Rangers – 10pts
  • 12. Bodorgan – 7pts
  • 13. Llangoed – 7pts
  • 14. Y Fali – 7pts
  • 15. Holyhead Town – 6pts
  • 16. Bethesda Rovers – 3pts

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