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Lluniau Port v Rhuthun Photos
PORTHMADOG..........1 RHUTHUN TOWN........3

After the creditable performance of Tuesday night when they were able to
match Colwyn Bay in the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup there were high
hopes for a good win for Port against lowly Rhuthun Town this afternoon.
Port manager Viv Williams making his home league debut as Port's manager
only made one change from the team that played against Colwyn Bay, with
Steven Paul Williams returning to the team due to Richard Hughes being
unavailable. However it became apparent that the visitors were going to be
no push-over for Port, with Rhuthun taking the early initiative.
    Adrian Owen who didn't have one of his best games for Port had a few
chances early on and was very unlucky not to score on one occasion when his
powerful shot came off the bar when Nathan Pope had been beaten in the
Rhuthun goal. But from 19 minutes onwards it was all Rhuthun, following Neil
Davies' goal to put the visitors ahead. The goal came on the counter attack,
with Davies finding himself unmarked in front of the Port goal with only Ken
Dixon to beat. The visitors had further chances courtesy of Richard Cooke
Williams and their number 3.
    Most of Port's play during the first half was down the middle, with the
long ball a tactic constantly employed. When Port strayed from this tactic,
they seemed to pose far more problems for Rhuthun. One good example was when
they put a good string of passes together, with Steven Paul Williams, Chris
Banks and Nigel Barry combining well. Barry's attempted cross at the end of
the move to Mike Davies was disappointing, but at least the move showed what
Port could do if they depended less on the long ball.
    There was some controversy at the end of the first half as a penalty
each were awarded to both teams. The first after the referee adjudged that
Neil Davies was fouled in the box. However it seemed that Davies was not
totally without blame in the challenge that brought him down. The penalty
was converted with ease by number 3 to give Rhuthun a further lead. But it
wasn't close before Port had closed the gap once again thanks to a
questionable penalty decision after Chris Banks had been pulled down on the
side of the box. This decision resulted in protests from the Rhuthun bench
by manager Tim Dyer who approached referee Alan Alexander of Wrexham at the
end of half. There was no question, however about the outcome of the
spot-kick taken by Dafydd Evans, with the ball planted into the back of the
net. Rhuthun's lead at half time wasn't really under question after a
disappointing performance by the home team.
    The second half was very disappointing, lacking any excitement. One of
Port's best chances in the second half came after 8 minutes when the ball
was flicked on by Mike Davies to the path of Adrian Owen, whose shot was not
far off the mark. Rhuthun enjoyed most of the possession without creating to
many chances, and it seemed they were quite happy to sit on their lead,
which made the decision to replace Chris Banks with defender Lee Webber seem
more strange. One of Rhuthun's best chances came through Roger Beech, whose
shot was stopped after a good save by Kenny Dixon. But, 5 minutes from the
end, the result was put beyond any doubt as Rhodri Davies headed home after
a cross from the left by ex-Porthmadog player Llion Roberts.
    This was a very disappointing performance by Port after the promise of
the two previous game under the management of Viv Williams. The Port players
failed to string more than two passes together, especially during the second
half, which could lead to only thing - the end of the recent improved
performances. Rhuthun however continue their march away from the bottom
places - something which has been helped by achieving the double over Port
since the beginning of the year. Port will now have to look at changes in
the personnel on the field.

PORTHMADOG:
K. Dixon, C. Harrison, S. Flower, S. Williams, S.P. Williams (E. Jones), C.
Banks (L.Webber), N. Barry, G. Caughter, D. Evans, A. Owen, A. Jones (M.
Davies).

Iwan Gareth.
Lluniau Port v Rhuthun Photos
Porthmadog 1..... Colwyn Bay 4..........(after extra time  - 1-1 after 90
mins)
Few games could have had a scoreline which less reflected the pattern of the
play than this one.The scores remained level until 3 mins into the second
period of extra-time when Craig Lawton, with the Port defence stretched in
search of a winner, found himself in space on the left turned inside Richard
Hughes' despairing tackle and fired from 18 yds into the far corner of the
net.
    Until that point Port, looking comfortable with their 4-4-2 formation,
more than matched their Unibond League opponents. Indeed during the opening
half they created the better chances with the pace of Adrian Owen and Allan
Jones catching out the slower Bay defence on numerous occasions. Clear
chances fell to both of these players, sent through with only the keeper to
beat but they failed to find the net. Port could well have been two goals up
in the first 20mins.
    They paid the price for these missed chances, for when a Port attacking
move broke down after 31mins, McCosh broke down the left and crossed for
McIlvogue to find himself given space in front of goal.He did not squander
the opportunity and the Bay were a goal in front. Crossfield passes caught
out the home defence on a number of occasions with Limbert on the right a
particular danger.At half-time Bay led 1-0.
    The second-half started with both sides equally matched and, considering
the foggy and slippery conditions, an exciting skilful game was provided.
The introduction of Emyr Jones after 65 mins was the signal for a period of
intense Port pressure. First Nigel Barry supplied Adrian Owen only for his
shot to be forced away for a corner .Then after 76 mins, Emyr Jones forced
his way through on the left of goal, but his shot was just wide. Two mins.
later came the deserved equaliser when an Evans corner on the right was
headed in by Emyr Jones.
    Both sides had chances during the remaining period of normal time with
Viv Williams coming close to converting a far post cross for the home side
and McIlvogue shooting wide for the visitors when he had already rounded the
keeper. 1-1 at the end of normal time.
    During the first period of extra-time the home side came closest to
scoring when Martyn Roberts, in the Bay goal, dropped the ball twice in
quick succesion but Port failed to capitalise on the errors.Then came the
Lawton goal which sealed the game. It was unfortunate that as they struggled
to get back on level terms Port became overstretched at the back. Again they
were caught out by a crossfield ball and Limbert took full advantage. The
final goal was a simple tap-in for Caton following a Bay corner.
    Although disappointed at the final result, caretaker manager Viv
Williams will take heart from the performance over 90mins and the number of
good chances created by the midfield quartet.

Port: Dixon, Hughes, Harrison, Flower, Stuart Williams, Barry, Evans,
Banks(V. Williams), Caughter, Allan Jones(Emyr Jones), Owen. Sub not used
Steve P. Williams.

Colwyn Bay Martyn Roberts, Dave Norman, McCosh, Mooney, Caton, Donnelly,
Limbert, Gelling, McIlvogue, McGoona, Lawton. Subs Russell Jones, Alun
Evans.

Lluniau Llandudno v Port Photos
Llandudno 0.......Porthmadog 1

Caretaker manager Viv Williams was keen to follow up a win on Tuesday in the
Floodlit League with another 3pts -to continue the climb up the Alliance
table and to gain revenge for an early season defeat at the Traeth.A rather
quiet opening on the pitch and also strangely quiet on the
touchline -without the loud exhortations of former manager Colin Hawkins,
who had resigned his post during the week.
    Indeed the first half was a rather dreary affair and from the start it
became apparent that Port were lacking a wide player who would help to
spread the Llandudno defence. Nigel Barry did his best to make up for this
weakness but was missed from his more influential roll prompting in the
centre of mid-field.The first chance fell to Llandudno with a quick
clearance following a Port free-kick. It took a diving save by Dixon to keep
out Gary J Jones' shot. Port struck back immediately but Caughter shot wide
when well placed.
    Then after 29mins Andrew Davies came close to opening the scoring for
Llandudno, when he struck Dixon's left hand post with a good header
following a free-kick on the left.Three minutes later, Llandudno missed a
good opportunity with Dixon on the ground -but fired well wide.
    As half-time approached so Port produced several good chances. A good
cross by Adrian Owen was narrowly missed by Mike Davies. Then Davies
provided for Owen but his shot was deflected for a corner. The best of this
flurry of chances fell to Nigel Barry but his left foot shot was lifted over
the bar.Half-time was reached without a score.
    4 mins into the second period and Caughter was adjudged to have fouled,
in the area, by referee Owen of Waunfawr. This opportunity to open the score
was squandered by Llandudno's Lee Jones who put his spot kick wide of
Dixon's left hand upright.Three minutes later Caughter, who had put in a
good all round performance, made up for his defensive lapse when he cut
across the penalty area and, when no opening appeared in the Llandudno
defence, supplied Adrian Owen with an excellent pass from which Port's
leading scorer made no mistake.
  After 18 mins, it looked as though Port were to further punish Llandudno
when midfielder David Evans spotted goalkeeper Paul Walker well out of his
goal, but his 30yd lob rolled agonisingly towards the empty net only for it
to strike the inside of the far post and bounce to safety.
    There followed a 15 min period of sustained Llandudno pressure. A good
save by Dixon at his near post from a shot by Dwyfor Williams was followed
by a dangerous cross from the left which forced Simon Flower to concede a
corner. Despite their pressure, the Port defence held firm and looked
determined to register another clean sheet -only 1 goal conceded in their
last 4 away outings.
 With sub Chris Banks marshalling the centre of midfield, Port looked
dangerous on the counter attack. The pace of Adrian Owen was always a threat
and, when sent through by Mike Davies' neat flick, it took an excellent save
from Walker in the Llandudno goal to keep Port at bay. The closeness of the
scores meant that the tension mounted towards the end and manager Viv
Williams, by now on as sub for the limping Adrian Owen, was happy to hear
the final whistle which meant that he had opened his managerial account with
a victory, a victory which Port had narrowly deserved by virtue of the fact
that they had created the better chances. Llandudno will feel, however, that
their territorial superiority might well have earned them a point.

Port: Dixon, Steven P.Williams(Banks) Harrison capt. Flower, Stuart
Williams, Barry, Evans, Caughter, Hughes, Davies,(Allan Jones) Owen ( V
Williams)
Llandudno: Walker, Tidswell, D. Williams, Scott Jones, Owen R.Jones, AN
Other?, Sumner, Robshaw, Davies, Evans, GaryJJones,  Subs:Lee Jones, Alan
Jones.
Lluniau Llandudno v Port Photos
Porthmadog Res. ..........7 Deiniolen ..........0
As the first team were without a fixture this week we turn our attention to
the club's successful  young reserve team.This 1st round match in the
T.G.W.U. Cup was in danger of being overshadowed by the off-pitch news of
the departure of club manager Colin Hawkins. Despite being without regulars
Allan Jones, Emyr Jones, Stephen Paul Williams -ineligible through having
made too many first team appearances- and Richard Harvey -on under-18
international duty at Aberystwyth- the reserves turned in a highly efficient
performance.
    The game was only 2 mins old when Trystan Jones put the home team in the
lead. Port took control of the game from then on and after 12 mins they
produced a sweeping move which opened up the Deiniolen defence for Trystan
Jones to score his second goal. 10 mins later Trystan Jones became the
supplier with an excellent cross from the left which was matched by Anthony
Williams' header into the roof of the net.
    After 30 mins Paul Chunn put his name on the score sheet with a goal
directly from a corner on the right. Deiniolen survived several more near
misses but on the stroke of half-time Matthew Hughes shot on the turn
following a corner on the right to make the score 5-0.
    During the early part of the second-half Deiniolen came more into the
game with Port tending to rest on their clear first-half lead. After 69
mins, however, the game's outstanding player, Trystan Jones completed his
hat-trick by latching on to a long pass out of defence and confidently
placing the ball into the corner of the net. Jones with his good touch,
close control and movement gave the Deiniolen defence a torrid time and we
will surely see him making his first-team debut before too long.
     The scoring was completed in the 71 min when another long pass out of
defence found sub Gareth Pritchard who ran on to score.

Lluniau Fflint v Port Photos
Flint Town United..........1 Porthmadog..........2

Manager Colin Hawkins commented in last week's match programme that Port
weren't making the best use of their set-pieces and by this week it seemed
that lessons had been learnt with goals coming from set-pieces - a corner
and
a free-kick. This was also Port's best performance for some time and were
well worth the win, in a game where they should have put more than two goals
past their opponents. For Flint, this was a big set-back to their weakening
hopes of returning to the League of Wales.
    Two of Port's best performers on the afternoon were strike-partners Mike
Davies and Adrian Owen who had a string of near-misses. Another change for
the better in the team was the inclusion from the start of Gareth Caughter,
who added pace to the mid-field. The mid-field was also strengthened by a
good performance by Dafydd Evans, with Nigel Barry playing to his usual
standard. The first half was controlled by Port who had most of the
possession and had their first real chance on goal after 7 minutes when
Adrian Owen unleashed a superb effort from 20 yards that came off the post
after Flint goalie Paul Smith had been beaten.
    During early exchanges Flint had to rely on mistakes by Port and
counter attacks. This is what led to Jamie McNeil's attempt on goal after
quarter of an hour when Campbell Harrison miss-judged a pass which, thanks
to the uneven surface, went straight to McNeil. But despite Port's superior
possession, it was Flint who took the lead , after a clearance from one
side of the pitch to the other following a Port corner. The scorer was Jamie
McNeil, who passed two defenders before sending Kenny Dixon the wrong way
and placing the ball into the corner of the net.
     This goal, against the run of play spurred Port on to put even greater
pressure on the host's goal, and Mike Davies, Adrian Owen, Viv Williams and
Nigel Barry combined well on more than one occasion to create chances, but
Adrian Owen was denied on more than one occasion . But it
wasn't until five minutes before half-time that Port equalised to go in at
half time on level terms following a half they had dominated. It came,
following a Dafydd Evans corner from the left which reached Simon Flower who
flicked on to Gareth Caughter who scored his second in two games for the club. The
question therefore at half time was would Port be made to pay for they're
failure in the first half to convert their chances.
     The second half was definitely a very different affair, with Flint
enjoying the lion-share of the possession, but just as Port had in the first
half they found that converting that possession into chances on goal was not
as easy. Despite having to depend more on breaks it was Port
who had the majority of the chances in the second half, with Mike Davies and
Adrian Owen coming close on more than one occasion, Dafydd Evans also had a
shot that went just wide. But the breakthrough finally came after Mike
Davies was fouled on the left side of the box by Neil Salathiel. The goal
was a
well worked out free-kick, taken by Dafydd Evans, proving that the work on
the set-pieces during the week had paid off. However the goal was assisted
by
the sun which resulted in Paul Smith dropping the ball over the line after
getting his hands to it.
    The final quarter saw Flint puttiing a lot of pressure on
the Port goal, only to be denied by a string of good saves by Kenny Dixon.
Proof of the amount of pressure was a period of less than five
minutes which saw five consecutive Flint corners. We saw excellent saves by
Kenny Dixon from
Terry Berghall, Steve Williams and Darren Williams. There were also
a few chances by Mike Davies and Adrian Owen to put the visitors even
further ahead but they failed to hit the mark. The Porthmadog fans' hearts
stopped in injury time when Dean Early's shot was only saved on the line by
Kenny Dixon and put a huge dent in Flint's hopes of gaining
promotion at the end of the season.

Porthmadog:
K. Dixon, S. Williams, P. Dixon, C. Harison, S. Flower, V. Williams, N.
Barry, G. Caughter, D. Evans, M. Davies, A. Owen.
Subs: S. P. Williams, C. Banks, E. Jones.

Flint Town United:
P. Smith, K. Jones, J. Carberry, S. Appleton, D. Lovatt, T. Lee, S. Hughes,
S. Williams, J. McNeil, T. Berghall, D. Early.
Subs: N. Salathiel, S. Buxton, D. Williams.

Iwan Gareth.
Lluniau Fflint v Port Photos

Lluniau Port v Rhydymwyn Photos
Porthmadog..........2 Rhydymwyn..........2

    Port met Rhydymwyn for the 3rd time this season on a cold day at y
Traeth - the home side having had the only win in the previous two meetings.
    The first half was a poor advertisement for the Cymru Alliance league,
with the first real action coming after 10 minutes when referee, Mr A
Alexander, was floored by a rasping shot which hit him right in the face.
Luckily he was able to continue after a few minutes recuperation. Five
minutes later, the Port defence probably wished that he had stayed down when
a penalty was awarded for a trip in the box by Simon Flower. A missed
clearance by Phil Dixon left the Rhydymwyn number 7 with a clear run on
goal, and from the resulting penalty, Mike Lewis coolly struck home.
    Most of the rest of the first half was played in the middle of the
pitch, with neither team causing serious problems up-front. For Port - half
chances fell to Gareth Caughter and Adrian Owen - Caughter seeing his shot
from a Simon Flower long throw saved by keeper Porter. Grant Montgomery came
close for Rhyd, but his shot was saved by Kenny Dixon. It was the final
minutes of the half before the game saw some real excitement - the Rhydymwyn
number 7 again causing problems for the home defence and from the resulting
corner, Dixon was glad to tip the ball over the bar. There then followed a
sequence of Rhydymwyn corners, which finally resulted in Rhydymwyn extending
their lead through a header from their number 5. Atrocious marking could
have led to another Rhyd goal, but Port will have to thank Dixon in goal for
an excellent save.
    The second half was a much more entertaining affair (especially from the
Porthmadog point of view!). Nigel Barry nearly opened the scoring after only
4 minutes, but his fine volley from a clearance went just past the post. It
was only a matter of time before Port opened their account, and on 59
minutes Gareth Caughter did just that. Adrian Owen received the ball on the
edge of the box and skilfully flicked the ball over the defender's lunge
into the path of Caughter, who slotted the ball past the keeper.
    Adrian Owen had a few good efforts, with his curling shot on the hour
only just creeping past the post.On 63 minutes, following good work by sub
Viv Williams on the right, Owen was again unlucky after a good turn and shot
was excellently parried by Porter in goal. Owen must have thought it was not
going to be his day when, a minute later his blasting shot came back to him
off the bar and his subsequent shot was parried off the line by the keeper -
at least that's what the Rhydymwyn players thought! Rhydymwyn must have
though that the referee was still concussed from his earlier accident as he
promptly gave Port a penalty for hand ball against John Sharples who
received a yellow card. Dafydd Evans, however, was not complaining as he
bought his team level from the spot kick.
    The game then reverted to the pattern of the first half, with neither
side making much of an impression. Nigel Barry, who had another busy game,
was in the thick of things - on 84 minutes seeing his effort from a poor
kick by the keeper being saved, and then in the final minutes clearing the
ball after a scramble in his own penalty box.
    In all this was probably a fair result, however, Rhydymwyn will probably
leave the Traeth feeling aggrieved at a referee's decisions for the second
time this season. (they had 2 players sent off in a League cup clash)

PORTHMADOG:
K. Dixon, Stuart Williams, C. Harrison, P. Dixon, S. Flower, Steve Williams
(V. Williams), G. Caughter, N. Barry, D. Evans, M. Davies (E. Jones), A. Owen,

Lluniau Port v Rhydymwyn Photos

Porthmadog 1.......Lex XI........0

It was League Cup duty for Porthmadog -the Cup holders- on Saturday.From
their point of view the only two positive things that can be said are that
this was a win and that a third consecutive  clean sheet was achieved. Kenny
Dixon will be well pleased at least!
    Apart from a 10 minute spell fairly late-on in the second-half this was
another disappointing performance by the home team. Port had the better of
the early stages but failed to make the most of the opportunities which they
created. This allowed Lex to come more  into the game, but even so there was
little to enthuse about and half-time was reached without either side
seriously threatening to score.
    The second-half opened in the same vein -a couple of good crosses by
Owen on the left for Lex and a few determined runs by Emyr Jones for Port,
but no shots on target.A good crossfield ball by Nigel Barry, after 65 mins,
opened the way for Adrian Owen but the shot was disappointing and no threat
to the visitors goal. Things did not change until the last 20 mins when Port
brought on their three substitutes -Steve Williams, Gareth Caughter and
player-coach Viv Williams. This allowed them to move, leading scorer, Adrian
Owen into a striking position.
    At last Port started attacking down the wing through Steve Williams and
Evans and there was far more movement in forward positions from Owen and
Caughter. A spectacular attempt from Owen, after 80 mins, following Evans'
right wing cross, went just wide.Then a minute later came the game's only
goal, following an excellent through ball by Viv Williams and latched on to
by Adrian Owen who coolly placed the ball inside Penlington's near post.
    Good work again by Caughter, Steve Williams and Evans threatened the Lex
goal. Then, just as it looked that Port would belatedly take charge, Lex
were very unfortunate not to score an equaliser. The Port defence, for once,
was caught napping and from a central position Kendrick neatly lobbed the
ball over the advancing Ken Dixon. It looked a certain goal, then, with the
Lex supporters preparing to celebrate, the rolling ball became stuck in the
mud in front of goal!
    Lex applied more pressure in the closing minutes but could not find that
elusive equaliser. The solitary goal was enough to secure a semi-final place
and Port can thank a defence in which Lee Webber gave a solid performance.

Porthmadog: K. Dixon, P Dixon, C Harrison, L. Webber, Stuart Williams, C.
Banks (Steve Williams) N. Barry, D. Evans, A Owen, M. Davies (V Williams) E.
Jones (G. Caughter).

HOLYHEAD HOTSPURS..........0 PORTHMADOG..........1
        Being my usual organised self, I arrived at Holyhead's ground at 2:20,
only to realise that the kick-off was actually at 2:00! So, this report is
an account of the last 70 minutes of the game. The man at the gate assured
me that Holyhead had dominated the opening minutes, but score remained 0-0.
        His account seemed quite close to the mark if the rest of the first half
was anything to go by. Holyhead, with the strong wind at their backs,
dominated most of the possession and should really have gone ahead after 25
minutes. A long range shot was pushed out by a fine diving save from Kenny
Dixon, and from the resulting corner Dixon had to save well from a header.
It was not all Holyhead though - Port had a couple of good chances which
fell to Nigel Barry and Adrian Owen. Owen, who was constantly reminded by
the home crowd that he used to play for Hotspurs, saw his header go
straight to the goalie after good interplay with Dafydd Evans.
        Holyhead's frustrations at not capitalising on the advantage of having the
wind at their backs came to a head after 41 minutes when they were denied a
"blatant" penalty. The number 8 had a good run - passing 4 Port players -
and laid the ball to Richard Jones. His run into the penalty area was
halted when he stumbled on the uneven pitch, and claims that Dixon had
tripped him came to nothing.
        The second half was the exact opposite of the first, with Port dominating
possession, and Holyhead confined to a few attacks on the break. Emyr Jones
nearly opened the scoring after only 6 minutes, but his shot, after a
goalmouth scramble, was cleared off the line. There then followed a period
of sustained Port pressure, with Dafydd Evans nearly scoring direct from a
corner. Mike Davies, who had had a quiet game up to then, scored after 55
minutes. The 3rd in a series of corners was driven in allowing Davies to
head the ball down and into the net.
        Port's lead should have been doubled only a minute after the re-start.
Nigel Barry finished off his run down the right with a venomous shot which
was fantastically saved by the goalkeeper.
        With only ten minutes left in the game, Holyhead knew that they had to
attack. Kenny Dixon saw some of his first action of the half when he had to
save well directly from a corner. Within 3 minutes he had to do well again
to save the ball on the line after number 8 had a free header from a
corner. Many of the Holyhead supporters behind the goal claimed that it had
gone in, but the referee ignored their protests.
        That was the last of Hotspurs attacks, and Port held on through 5 minutes
of injury time to collect the 3 points. The game as a spectacle was spoilt
by the wind, although Porthmadog manager Colin Hawinks will not be
complaining at 3 points in the bag.

PORTHMADOG:
K. Dixon, S. Williams, S. Flower (L. Webber), C. Harrison, P. Dixon, C.
Banks, A. Owen, N. Barry, D.Evans, E. Jones (G. Caughter), M. Davies (V.
Williams)

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