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Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 2 February.
CPD Porthmadog ... 2 Guilsfield ... 1
Gruff Williams 23 Will Thomas 80
Graham Boylan 33
At last it’s three points for Port. In fact, apart from one or two patches
in the first half, they probably did not play as well as they had during
two recent losing performances, but this time they put the ball into the
net, netting twice in a game for the first time since December 1st at the
Belle Vue. Port were very much in control in the opening half establishing
a two goal advantage but in the second half Guilsfield, who were on a good
recent run, upped their performance and once Will Thomas found the net 10
minutes from time Port were left with a tense finale to a scrappy second half.
Port dominated the opening half and after 5 minutes a good four man Port move
ended with John Owen firing wide and soon after a thumping low shot from Scott
Sephton whistled past the post. The home side continued to apply the pressure
with John Owen unlucky not to open the scoring, striking the bar with a header
following a Steve Kehoe corner. Despite Port’s recent goal shy performances a
goal appeared on the cards and perhaps the only surprise was that it took 23
minutes for it to come. When it came however, it was well set up by Rhys T
Roberts -on his home debut- and John Owen whose angled ball found Gruff
Williams in plenty of space on left of the box and the young player took his
goal firing low from 15 yards wide of Mike Barton’s left hand. Two former
Llanrug players having a hand in the goal! Rhys T Roberts was involved again
soon after teeing up a shot for Scott Sephton who struck it powerfully but the
wrong side of the post. Just after the half hour mark Port deservedly extended
their lead and John Owen, who had been a threat from the start, set up Graham
Boylan. A clever Owen run down the left of the box where he outwitted three
defenders before finding Boylan with a low cross which was converted from close
range. Richard Harvey was a spectator for most of the half but needed to be
alert 5 minutes before the interval when a Will Thomas corner was deflected
goalwards by one of his own players. A busy first half for referee Aled Jones,
who by my count dished out four yellow cards in a half which hardly threatened
the peace of the area.
The visitors returned to the pitch early for the second half, looking as though
there been some ear bashing in the changing room. If there had been it certainly
had a fairly immediate effect with Guislfield looking a yard quicker to the ball
than in the opening half. But Port were in no mood to capitulate and Graham
Boylan was not far from converting a Sephton cross with a header as he threw
himself toward it but the cross had a little too much pace. Guilsfield were up
for the challenge and showing more of the spirit which had lifted them to 8th
place in the table. Ten minutes into the half Ziemann, who scored a late winner
in the corresponding match at Guilsfield, rose well at the back post and was
unlucky to see his header strike the bar before being cleared. Four minutes later
there was a further scare in the Port box and it needed a last ditch clearance
from Steve Kehoe to keep out James Henderson’s effort. Gradually, following these
early scares, Port started to restablish some semblance of order though now they
rarely posed much of a threat to Mike Barton’s goal. Gareth Jones for the visitors
fired wide from distance and Will Thomas threatingly got on the end of Jonathan
Jones’s free kick. But it took until the 80th minute before the visitors were able
to cut the deficit. Inevitably it was their leading scorer Will Thomas who netted
with an angled chip to which Richard Harvey was only able to get a despairing hand.
But in spite of the exocet throws of Chris Catharal there were no more goals for
the visitors and Port held on for a deserved three points bringing to an end a
The second half was another busy one for referee Aled Jones as he added another
five yellows (I think!) to his tally. For Port it was a good day, any kind of win
would do but let’s hope that this one breaks the spell, and the tension of the last
few weeks can be be put firmly behind them so that players can show their true
ability between now and the end of the season.
Port: Richard Harvey, Steve Kehoe, Josh Banks, Ceri James, Rhys Roberts, Dan Pyrs,
Rhys T Roberts (Carl Owen 85), Scott Sephton (Phil Williams 62), Graham Boylan, Gruff
Williams, John Owen. Subs not used: Aaron Roberts-Evans, Gareth parry, Merfyn
Williams(gk). Yellow: Ceri James 22, Josh Banks 35, Dan Pyrs 39, Graham Boylan 59.
Guilsfield: Mike Barton, Chris Catheral, Mark Davies, Andrew Ford, James Henderson,
Jonathan Jones, Gareth Jones, Martin Ziemann, Will Thomas, Ian Probert
(Danny Barton 64), Rob Cookson. Subs not used: Nathan Leonard, Mike Parry, Russ
adwallader. Yellow: Mark Davies 32, Andrew Ford 53, Will Thomas 88, Rob Cookson 90,
Danny Barton 90.
Referee: Aled Jones (Lampeter) Attendance: 88
Huws Gray Alliance -Wednesday, 30 January
Holyhead Hotspurs ... 1 CPD Porthmadog ... 0
Jay Gibbs 64 (pen)
In highly controversial circumstances Holyhead took all three points from a game
where they had been second best for much of the 90 minutes. On the evidence of
his linesman referee Scott Longley showed a red card to Grahame Austin for
alleged retaliation. The game had moved on for some minutes before this event but
to the amazement of all, following the dismissal, the referee brought the game back
and awarded a penalty to the Hotspurs. Jay Gibbs stepped up to take the kick but
Richard Harvey pulled off a good save diving to his right but following up Gibbs
slotted home the rebound.
The penalty and dismissal left Port with almost half an hour to play with 10 men
and they were to rue their failure to take advantage of a first half when they were
in complete control of the game. After only two minutes Port came close to taking
the lead when Leon Newell broke down the right, his cross took a deflection and Josh
Banks back post header was only inches over the bar. The game was very physical and
some beefy tackles were flying in. Minutes later a Ceri James lob drifted narrowly
wide. Leon Newell met a Dan Pyrs cross but his header from 15 yards looped over the
bar. There were a couple of clever runs from John Owen showing good close control and
from one of these he found Scott Sephton in the box but a low shot from 12 yards was
well blocked on the line. It was all Port with Steve Kehoe and Ceri James prompting
and Grahame Boylan doing the chasing and harrying. The islanders rarely broke into the
Port half and in fact Richard Harvey did not have a single shot to deal with throughout
the half. On 35 minutes Port came close to taking the lead. It followed on from a
Steve Kehoe free kick when the ball was played low into the box and Leon Newell’s shot
from 12 yards looked goal bound only to see Hotspurs keeper Ben Heald pull off an
outstanding save diving full stretcg to get a hand to the ball and push it to safety.
Half time was reached with the visitors left to wonder how they had failed to establish
a clear lead.
The wind was a factor in the game and Port would have to play into it in the second
period. Play was more even now but Port continued to push forward through Dan Pyrs
from midfield and Josh Banks along the left. The home side were beginning to look more
dangerous on the break with Mel McGinness, who had a very quiet first half, beginning to
exert more influence. He set up Mike Edwards down the right and the winger drew a good save
from Richard Harvey from 20 yards. Then came the incident which turned the game on its
head and left Port undeservedly one behind and down to 10 men. Hotspurs now mounted more
dangerous breaks but without really troubling Richard Harvey. The keeper punched away
Gareth Owen’s lofted free kick and Cronshaw down the right supplied Gibbs but again
Harvey was down to save well. Port despite being down to 10 men continued to show plenty
of attacking ideas and subs Gruffydd John and new signing Rhys Roberts were in the thick
of things. With 8 minutes left Holyhead break saw McGinness feed Cronshaw on the right
of the box but Richard Harvey was down well at his near post to save at the expense of a
corner. But with four minutes left Port could have earned themselves a draw. On the counter
attack John Owen was put away down the right he cut inside and Ben Heald did well to parry
away his angled shot but Graham Boylan racing in at the back post will be disappointed to
see his shot go the wrong side of the post.
Just as at Conwy, it was a case of Port more than matching top five opposition but not
getting their just deserts. One thing that cannot be doubted in this difficult period and
that is the 100% committment of the squad.
Port: Richard Harvey, Steve Kehoe, Josh Banks, Dan Pyrs, Rhys Roberts, Grahame Austin, Leon
Newell(Rhys Roberts 75), Ceri James, Graham Boylan, Scott Sephton (Gruff Williams 78),
John Owen. Subsnot used: Aaron Roberts-Evans, Carl Owen, Gareth Parry. Red: Grahame Austin 64.
Yellow: Rhys Roberts 13, Graham Boylan 17.
Hotspurs: Ben Heald, Dean Garmey, Tom N Edwards, Chris Saxon, Alex Jones, Gareth Owen,
Jason Owen (Curt Williams), Mike Cronshaw, Mel McGinness, Mike Edwards. Subs: Luke Roberts,
Rory Courlander, Kenleigh Owen.Yellow: Mel mcGinness, Alex Jones, Jay Gibbs.
Referee: Scott Longley (Meliden) Attendance: 102
Huws Gray Alliance -Tuesday, 15 January
Conwy Borough ... 3 CPD Porthmadog ...1
Lloyd Ellams 80, 82 90 Scott Sephton 70
A brilliant Lloyd Ellams hat-trick in the last ten minutes of the game snatched
a victory for the home team in a game, which up to 80th minute, had looked like
yielding the elusive three points for Port. In a game disrupted by floodlight
failure five minutes into the second half, Port had deservedly gone ahead in the
70th minute when Scott Sephton scored minutes after making his sub appearance. A
relatively quiet first half, when one of the more controversial moments was
referee Andrew Harms’ decision to refuse Port a penalty when debutant John Owen
appeared to have been brought down in the box, then gradually increased its tempo
as the match wore on.
It was a very quiet opening to the game with neither side able to impose themselves
on the game. The first real danger of the game came after 19 minutes when a quickly
taken free kick allowed Graham Boylan to find Rhys Roberts in the box but the shot went
over the bar. Conwy responded with a break down the right and a good Scott Beckett
cross found Mark Jones in the box but the foward failed to get his shot away and it
rolled to Richard Harvey. The best move of the first half came minutes later when
Graham Boylan spread the ball wide and Steve Kehoe’s fine through ball enabled Leon
Newell to race behind the home defence going past keeper Terry McCormick but fired
his angled shot into the side netting. There were few if any clear cut chances for
the remainder of the half but Richard Harvey needed to pull off a good save to keep
out Scott Beckett’s dipping 25 yard free kick and a minute before the interval there
was controversy when a strong shout for a Port penalty was turned down.
Five minutes into the second half and the ground was thrown into partial darkness
when the floodlights failed. When play resumed it was with less than full lights and
spotting who did what became something of a nightmare. But in the gloom the game
sparked into life. Conwy applied more pressure than they had previously with Simm
firing across the face of goal and a minute later Lloyd Ellams rattling the Port cross
bar before the ball was scrambled to safety. Then it was Port’s turn and after a break
down the left Leon Newell cracked a low shot from 18 yards against the post and keeper
Terry McCormick pulled off a good save diving to his left as Graham Boylan went in for
the rebound off the post. Both sides now upped their game and the quality of the
passing improved greatly as both sides searched for a goal. With Ceri James prompting
from midfield and strong runs from skipper Rhys Roberts Port were now more than matching
their opponents. It was hardly a surprise when they went ahead. It came after 70 minutes
when Ceri James lifted a quality free kick from wide on the left and Scott Sephton rose
well to direct his header beyond Terry McCormick. Port now looked in control as they
pushed to add to their one goal. But with 10 minutes left Lloyd Ellams took the game by
the scruff of the neck and snatched away the points. His first was a great indidvidual
effort as he cut along the box with great control looking for a chance get his shot in.
He did so with a low effort from 18yards. Two minutes later and Ellams put Conwy ahead,
this time cutting in from the right and lifting his shot over the diving Harvey. Port
tried desperately to find an equaliser which was the very least their play deserved. But
it was Lloyd Ellams who had the last word turning his marker on the edge of the box and
giving Richard Harvey no chance with a cracking low shot.
A disappointing end for Port on a night when their determined and committed play deserved
so much more. A promising debut for John Owen who lead the line well with the Port team to
a man battling hard from beginning to the end. Disappointing to see Grahame Austin having
to leave the field injured after a storming performance at the back after 68 minutes as
this probably affected the final outcome.
Port: Richard Harvey, Steve Kehoe, Josh Banks, Dan Pyrs, Rhys Roberts, Grahame Austin
(Scott Sephton 68), Phil Williams (Gruff J Williams 75), Ceri james, John Owen, Leon Newell
(Carl Owen 85), Graham Boylan.Subs not used: Gareth Parry, Merfyn Williams(gk) Yellow:
Rhys Roberts 90.
Conwy: Terry McCormick, Steve Cunningham (Lee Roberts 63), Chris King, Arron Simm, Matty
Singleton, Josh Griffiths, Scott Beckett (Leigh Craven 75), Danny Desmoreaux, Mike Jukes,
Lloyd ellams,Mark Jones (Warren Roberts 71) Subs not used:John Keegan, Steve Connor.Yellow:
Scott Beckett 27, Mike Jukes 86.
Referee: Andrew Harms (Prestatyn) Attendance: 80
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 12 January
CPD Porthmadog ... 0 Cefn Druids ... 2
Warren Duckett 64
Mike Pritchard 81
Two second half goals gave Cefn Druids the points as Port’s dismal home form
continued. After an even first half Warren Duckett put the visitors ahead and
though Port enjoyed plenty of possession they failed to turn their periods of
pressure into goal opportunities and late on the Druids punished them, with
Mike Pritchard capitalising on a misplaced clearance with a clinical finish.
In the opening stages Port looked lively and forced an early corner but in a
swirling wind the visitors looked dangerous on the break and there were early
efforts on goal from new signings Blenkinsop and Allen and a header over the
bar from Darlington following a good cross by another new signing Matty Owen.
Steve Kehoe came close for Port when he almost caught out keeper Gareth
Pritchard with a 40 yard effort which fell only narrowly over the bar. Leon
Newell after 15 minutes got in behind the Druids defence racing on to Boylan’s
flick but hurried his shot slicing wide. Newell with clever control broke into
the box finding Boylan whose shot was straight at keeper Pritchard. Typical of
Port’s current fortune when referee Gwyn Vaughan awarded them a penalty the
decision had to be reversed in favour of a linesman’s offside decision. Steve
Kehoe who was having a good game at right back and cut in from the right but
again his shot went narrowly over the bar. But after this the Druids enjoyed a
period of sustained pressure when they came to close to making their extra inches
pay as they forced a series of corners and with Hesp hurtling in his long throws.
On the half hour mark Hesp met a Pritchard corner and it needed a good save from
Richard Harvey to keep the header out. A minute later it took a goal line
clearance from Kehoe to prevent a goal. A shot from Blenkinsop went across the
face of goal and there were other efforts from Allen and Duckett. But with half
time approaching Port had their best chance on goal when Leon Newell put Darren
Thomas in but his angled shot was well saved by Pritchard at his near post. All
square at the interval which was a fair reflection of the first half.
Boylan threatened twice for Port early in the second period. Put through by Scott
Sephton he fired wide of the target and two minutes later his 20 yard shot went
the wrong side of the post. But despite this early pressure from Port it was the
visitors who broke the stalemate. Following a long throw from Hesp, which was only
partially cleared, a low ball into the box found Warren Duckett who used the space
in the box to find the net with a clean strike from 12 yards. The game then became
rather untidy with neither side able to create much and on the one occasion that
Port were able to open up the Cefn rearguard they were unable to apply a finish.
With the game surprisingly drifting towards a 1-0 result in a disappointing second
half, Druids were twice gifted opportunities on goal. The first of these came
thanks to a misplaced defensive header which allowed Darlington through but he
blazed his shot over the bar. But only a minute later an under pressure clearance
went straight to Mike Pritchard who finished in style with a 25 yard shot into an
untended goal. With 9 minutes of the game left Cefn Druids were now comfortably
placed to claim all three points.
It was a disappointing end from a Porthmadog point of view, in a game where they
had started well showing plenty of determination and effort The decision to play
Leon Newell up front with Graham Boylan worked well but despite this in the end
failed to produce a goal.
Port: Richard Harvey, Steve Kehoe, Josh Banks, Dan Pyrs, Rhys Roberts, Grahame
Austin, Darren Thomas (Carl Owen 76), Ceri James, Graham Boylan, Scott Sephton
(Phil Williams 87), Leon Newell. Subs not used: Gruff Williams, Mike Foster,
Gareth Parry. Yellow: Graham Boylan 45.
Cefn Druids: Gareth Pritchard, Mark Harris, Rees Darlington, Adam Hesp, Gareth
Edwards, Robbie James, Tom Allen, Matty Owen, Steve Blenkinsop, Mike Pritchard
Warren Duckett (Tom McElmeel 84).Subs: Ryan Jones, Lewis Jon
Referee: Gwynne Vaughan (Abergele) Attendance: 134.