FEBRUARY REVIEW 2023
DECEMBER/JANUARY REVIEW 2022/23
NOVEMBER REVIEW 2022
November was a very important for both teams, in different ways. The First Team sat at the top end of the table at the beginning of the month, with the prospect of facing four sides who would also consider themselves contenders for the league. However the Reserves were in the lower end of their table, but with the prospect of moving up the table and also moving into a semi-final of the Reserve Cup, if they gained positive results.
November Game 1 – 05.11.2022
The first game week of the month saw the First Team travel to Aston, whilst the Reserves hosted Llay Welfare Third Team.
The First Team won their game 5-0 and moved up to the top of the league, but the result was marred by a serious injury to star striker, Scott Nelson, who broke his ankle and put an end to his season. The game had been abandoned at around the 80th minute mark due to this, but by this time Scott had grabbed himself a hattrick with a man of the match performance, with the other goals coming from Matt Gilsenan and Nathan Swann-Jones. There was also a clean sheet for goalkeeper Kai Sutcliffe.
The Reserves also had a positive result, winning 3-1, moving them up the table. The side showed great character to turn the game around after going down 1-0 in the first twenty minutes. Goals from Lewis Roberts, Jack Smallman and man of the match Alex Woodhead were enough to claim all three points.
November Game 2 – 12.11.2022
Another massive game for the First Team. After moving up to first in the table in the previous week, they then hosted second placed Sychdyn. A win would put them four points clear, a loss would lose them top spot. For the high standards that had been set, this was a fairly poor game for the First Team, and with 25 minutes left on the clock, they found themselves 3-1 down. However, a fantastic come back saw goals from Ryan Davies, Harry Roberts and a brace from man of the match, Stephen Lee, to steal the points at the death and cement themselves in the top spot for the coming weeks.
The Reserves, once again, capped a good weekend for the club as they beat Lex Reserves 4-2 away. A goal for Ryan Bradley and a hattrick for man of the match, Jack Wakeman, claimed the points for Caerwys, moving them up to sixth position, with a three games in hand over most teams above them.
Stephen Lee In Action
November Game 3 – 26.11.2022
After a week of postponements, due to waterlogged pitches, the Reserves were once again without a game, so all eyes were on the First Team who travelled to Holywell United.
The squad was depleted due to injuries and illness as the good run of form and hard work began to catch up with some key players. The game was a cagey affair, but it was Holywell who broke the deadlock early in the first half from a corner. Caerwys responded a few minutes before half time when defender Matty Rees rose highest to meet a Connor Gorman corner. From there, the game was end to end, with neither team able to find the winner. Man of the match went to Matty Rees for getting a goal and being brilliant at the back. The First Team will be disappointed to drop points, but should be happy managing to remain unbeaten in the league for another month.
OCTOBER REVIEW 2022
First Team Recap
Alongside the cup competition, the first team have also had two very important league games against very strong opposition to contest with. Even at this early stage of the season, one slip up can be the difference between being promoted.
Game 1, 01.10.2022, League Game, CPD Gronant (A): The first of October’s fixtures was an away trip to newcomers CPD Gronant. This was also the first game that our new players had been eligible for, due to having to wait for league clearance. The starting lineup featured six new faces, with one more new signing on the bench.
The game got off to a great start when new signing Mike Guest linked up with another new signing, Matt Gilsenan, to put us ahead 18 minutes into the game.
The hosts were awarded a penalty early into the second half, which goalkeeper Jaedon Murie saved, but the rebound was followed up and the game was drawn level. The hosts then had a spell of possession which they put to good use when on 67 minutes, they scored another, making it 2-1 to the hosts.
Caerwys responded quickly, with centre back Nathan Swann-Jones responding fastest to a ball into the box to make it 2-2. The last 20 minutes was fiercely contested, but it was the visitors who scored the final goal, second half substitute Lewis Roberts rounding the goalkeeper and thundering the ball of the underside of the crossbar to secure the points on the 85th minute. A great victory that moved Caerwys up to 3rd in the league table before the break for the cup competition. Man of the match went to Nathan Swann-Jones for a commanding display and goal on his debut.
Game 2, 08.10.2022, Mike Beech Cup Game 1, Castell Alun Colts Reserves (H): A game that Caerwys were always going to be heavy favourites for. A commanding display it was too, with Caerwys in 4-0 leaders at halftime, with goal from captain Lewis Harrison, Josh Hughes, Connor Gorman and Mike Guest made it 2 goals in 2 games.
Caerwys continued where they left off after halftime, with Connor Gorman getting his second and Nathan Swann-Jones showing off his ariel dominance by adding another.
A positive 6-0 win, with Connor Gorman being handed man of the match whilst new goalkeeper Jake Jones getting a clean sheet on his debut.
Game 3, 15.10.2022, Mike Beech Cup Game 2, Mynydd Isa Spartans Reserves (H): Caerwys proved their quality and their ruthlessness, running out 9-0 winners. Mike Guest got his 3rd in 3 games, striker Scott Nelson broke his goal drought in magnificent style, scoring 5, top goal scorer Jack Smallman got 1 as did Matt Gilsenan and Harry Wood.
Man of the match went to Scott Nelson, but it was another positive display with another clean sheet for the defence and keeper Jake Jones.
Game 4, 22.10.2022, Mike Beech Cup Game 3, Lex XI (A): Having secured progression to the next stages in the previous two games, this was a game that neither team needed to win, but obviously Caerwys wanted to test themselves against a team who are currently in a position that they hope to be in themselves sooner rather that later, at the top end of the division above.
The game got off to a poor start, with Lex grabbing a goal after just 3 minutes. From the outside looking in, this would indicate the flood gates opening for the higher league opposition to run riot, but it was quite the opposite. The visitors more than held their own, and if more clinical on the day, could have walked away with the victory. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, and whilst throwing men forward to try and get something out of the game, Lex were able to break against a depleted defence in the 90th minute to make it 2-0. The result meant Caerwys finished second in the group. Man of the match went to Mike Guest who, although he never added to his tally, had a great game.
Game 5, 29.10.2022, League Game, Ruabon Rovers (A): This game was vitally important in Caerwys’ pursuit of promotion. Ruabon are arguably one of the favourites for the league this season, only narrowly missing out last season.
The game got off to a nightmare start with the hosts grabbing a goal after just two minutes. The visitors then responded a few minutes later when Stephen Lee set up Matt Gilsenan to tie the game level. Things then started to look good for Caerwys when Scott Nelson went through 1 on 1 and was hauled down by a Ruabon defender, subsequently earning him a red card and giving Caerwys a one man advantage. However, within three minutes of losing a player, Ruabon managed to grab another and take a one goal advantage into the halftime break.
The second half was all Caerwys as they began to mount the pressure on looking to take the points. The score was levelled after 57 minutes when Stephen Lee once again put Matt Gilsenan through on goal to make it 2-2. The visitors were given a huge boost by the arrival of our Reserve squad who all made there way over following their earlier game. Every pass, tackle and shot was met with a great reception and really helped bring the intensity and put the pressure on Ruabon as the minutes ticked on.
Caerwys were then rewarded for their hard work when Scott Nelson took them ahead in the game following an assist from Matt Gilsenan in the 78th minute. That goal turned out to be the killer blow and the game finished 3-2. Caerwys would have been disappointed to not win the game, after spurning multiple chances and having an advantage for nearly 60 minutes, but nevertheless, A huge victory for Caerwys who now become the only unbeaten team in the league, and move up to second.
Man of the match went to Matt Gilsenan who has been sensational since his debut earlier this month and his two goals and assist today, playing in an unfamiliar role.
Upcoming Fixtures (November) 2pm ko.
5th League Game, Aston Pk Rangers (A)
12th League League Game, CPD Sychdyn (H)
19th League Game, Saltney Ferry (H)
26th League Game, Holywell United (A)
Reserve Team Recap
Unfortunately, due to cancellations, the reserves only had the three games this month, all being Mike Beech Cup fixtures. In a league featuring two teams from higher leagues, it was always going to be a tough ask to progress.
Game 1, 15.10.2022, Mike Beech Cup Game 1, CPD Sychdyn (A): Sychdyn currently sit top of the Championship division, making them firm favourites for the game.
The hosts started the game strong and by 36 minutes, they were 2-0 ahead. Caerwys grew into the game and should probably have been at least level by halftime, but they only managed the one, with new signing Harry Roberts scoring, making the score 2-1 at the break.
Caerwys started the second half brightly, but received a sucker punch when Sychdyn grabbed a third at 50 minutes. Caerwys continued to press and were rewarded when Jonathan Birch sent a brilliant curling effort into the top corner at 78 minutes. A tense last 15 minutes really should have swayed Caerwys’ way had they been more clinical, but it was Sychdyn who finished the scoring, putting the game to bed at 85 minutes with a fourth to end the game 4-2 to the hosts.
Man of the match went to Kallum Roberts who pushed the team forward magnificently.
Game 2, 22.10.2022, Mike Beech Cup , Greenfield FC Reserves (H): Greenfield had been in inspired form, drawing with both Sychdyn and Queens Park’s first team. However, Caerwys had already beaten them once this season, 5-1, so it was always going to make for an interesting match.
Caerwys looked the more likely to score from the start of the game and were rewarded with their hard work when a last ditch challenge from a Greenfield defender ended up in his own net on the 27th minute. Ex-Caerwys player, Dion Davies was causing all sorts of problems, and was rewarded for his hard work when he drew the score level just over 5 minutes later. Greenfield were then awarded a very dubious penalty just before halftime, which was converted, but Caerwys responded even quicker than Greenfield had previously, Harry Roberts getting his second in two games, to make the score 2-2 at halftime.
Greenfield came out of the blocks quickly, and pushed forward. Another highly contentious decision went to Greenfield’s way after their third goal was allowed following a clear foul in the build up. After the third, the game swung heavily in Caerwys’ favour, always looking the more dangerous team, but a lot of that momentum was killed when, again, another strange decision was made by the referee to send off a Caerwys player for a trip on an opponent.
Even with 10 men, Caerwys still continued to push on and in the dying moments, struck the crossbar, but couldn’t find the finishing touch to get anything out of the game. The game finished 3-2 to Greenfield, who had done excellently over the course of the group stage, meaning the reserve team were out of the cup competition, but still faced a daunting trip to Queens Park to officially finish the group games.
Game 3, 29.10.2022, Mike Beech Cup Game 3, FC Queens Park (A): The hosts sit within the top half of the Tier 4 table, Caerwys had a thread bare squad due to work commitments and injuries. With the cup competition not allowing any rotation between squads, this was always going to be a tough day for the reserves.
The team lined up with multiple players asked to perform roles they have never done before, and the back three featured two 17 year olds. Queens Park got off to a fast start and by 15 minutes, were 2-0 up. Caerwys battled hard and began to grow into the game and had multiple chances of their own, before a Queens Park penalty was converted late in the second half to make it 3-0.
Caerwys came out the stronger side in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts when Harry Roberts slid in Kallum Roberts to grab a goal to make the game more interesting. Caerwys were then hit with a couple of injuries, but due to only having one sub, there was no option but to continue. Queens Park experience, and fully stacked bench of substitutes, began to show in the dying minutes as they scored another three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to finish the game 6-1 to Queens Park.
A result that was unfair on the Reserves who put on an extremely brave and positive performance in which they can take lots of positives. Man of the match went to young centre half, Alfie Matthews, who despite the result, was solid and assured in defence.
Upcoming Fixtures (November) 2pm ko
5th League Game, Llay Welfare 3rd(H)
12th League Game, Lex FC Reserves (A)
19th Reserve Cup, Mynydd Isa Res (H)
26th League Game, Ruthin Town Dev (H)
SEPTEMBER 2022 REVIEW
The first two weekends in September ended up with no fixtures.
September 17th was a very productive day for all the teams with three victories. At Overton the first team enjoyed a 2-1 win after trailing to an early goal, Josh Hughes levelled when he headed home a Harrison free kick on the stroke of half time. At the beginning of the second half Callum Prichard was sent off for retaliating leaving his side with ten men. After withstanding a spell of pressure from the hosts, Caerwys made several substitutions including Jack Wakeman and a good move down the right wing five mins from time saw Toby Hughes outpace the left back and his low cross was met by Wakeman who made no mistake.
The Reserves faced a tough match at Greenfield but they came away with a 5-1 win. Lewis Connolly and Dai Jones put Caerwys in the driving seat before ex-Caerwys player Ryan Jones pulled one back before the interval. Caerwys continued to dominate the match in the second half with a Ruari Wood (penalty) and two goals from Callum Price.
At home Caerwys Veterans enjoyed a very comfortable 6-0 win over new team Mochdre Sports
September 24th saw a return to Overton for the first team in theTwo Counties Cup. Despite a good start which saw Caerwys ahead by a single goal, things turned sour in the second half as they conceded three goals to go out of the cup at the first hurdle. The Reserves enjoyed a 4-0 win at Holywell Town Reserves in a friendly fixture.
AUGUST REVIEW 2022
The First Team played five games during August, three being league games and two being cup competitions. With two very tough cup draws and what is shaping up to be a very competitive league with lots of newcomers, here’s how they got on this month.
Game 1: Hawarden Rangers (H), FAW Welsh Cup 0-4 A new look Caerwys side hosted a very strong tier 3 side in Hawarden Rangers. The visitors showed a lot of respect and fielded a full-strength side, which proved to be too much for Caerwys as they fell to a 4-0 defeat. Although out of one of the cup competitions at the first stage, glimpses of quality shone through, proving that once this team gels, it will be a very exciting prospect. Man of the match went to centre back and new signing, Josh Hughes, who was playing against his former side and was dominant in the heart of defence.
Game 2: Acton FC (H), League Game 5-5 4 goals from new signing Jack Smallman and one from Elliot Williams had the team in control of the game at 5-3. Unfortunately, an unnecessary red card for the home side caused a frantic ending to the game with Acton snatching 2 goals late into injury time. lMan of the match went to Elliot Williams, who never put a foot wrong and managed to get himself on the score sheet, with what proved to be a vital goal.
Game 3: FC United Of Wrexham (A), League Game 8-0 A chance to bounce back from the previous weekends disappointing result, and the team grabbed the opportunity to do so with both hands. Jack Smallman added another three to his tally, Luke Williams also managed to get himself a hat trick. The opener came from Joe French and the final goal came from another new signing, striker Alex Pickering, from the penalty spot in a game that finished 8-0 to Caerwys. Man of the match went to Luke Williams, who opened his first team account for the season in great fashion and caused headaches for the opposition defence for the whole game.
Game 4: Brickfield Rangers (A), NEWFA Cup 3-4 Another cup competition, another tier 3 opponent. Brickfield sat in joint third position in the league 2 steps higher than Caerwys, only losing 1 of their opening 4 league fixtures. Caerwys trailed twice in the first half, but another goal from Jack Smallman and a first of the season for one of last season’s top performers, Toby Hughes, brought the sides in level at half time. Caerwys then struck early in the second half to go ahead in the game, another for Toby Hughes, to go 3-2 up in the tie. A dubious penalty call late in the game brought the game level again and the quality of Brickfield shone through as they managed to get another late on the end the scoring at 4-3. There were top performances across the whole squad, but a special shout out must go to local lad, Alex Woodhead, who at just 16 years old, made his first team debut, starting the game and playing most of it, not once looking out of place, and even adding an assist, in what was a hugely competitive game. Man of the match went to Toby Hughes for what was a fantastic performance and his well taken goals.
Game 5: Bellevue FC (H), League Game 6-0 From the first minute, Caerwys showed their dominance, and although the deadlock was not broken until late in the first half, the floodgates then opened, and the game finished 6-0 to Caerwys. A goal each for Toby Hughes, Ethan Farren and Steven Lee was added to by another three goals for Jack Smallman. These goals now take Jack up to 11 goals in 5 games in all competitions and rightfully earned him man of the match. A second clean sheet for the team and goalkeeper Kai Sutcliffe was another bonus. At the end of August, Caerwys finish in 5th position out of 12, with one game in hand over some and two in hand over others, meaning they are in a very strong position. September is a crucial month for the first team as they come face to face with some of the stronger opposition in the division, lining up some real six pointers.
September Fixtures (First Team):
03.09.2022, Castell Alun Colts (H), FAW Trophy
10.09.2022, Aston Park Rangers (H), League Game
17.09.2022, Overton Recreation (A), League Game
24.09.2022, Overton Recreation (A), NEWFL Two Counties Cup
The Reserve Team Their first game of the season, due to be played away to Greenfield Reserves was postponed which put them a week behind the rest of the league. With the fixtures for the end of August and the first couple of weeks of September looking particularly tough, a strong start to the season was important. Here’s how they got on this month.
Game 1: Coedpoeth United Reserves (H), League Game 4-1 Three goals in the opening six minutes had Caerwys 3-0 up half time. The goals coming from new signing, Alex Pickering, and two for Luke Williams. The game slowed after a rampant first half and Coedpoeth managed to get one back early in the second half. Any chance that this could have turned into a scrappy and nervous end to the game was stopped as Ruari Wood added a fourth with a thunderous volley form the edge of the box. Man of the match went to Keion Davies, who controlled the game from the centre of midfield.
Game 2: Penyffordd Lions Reserves (A), League Game 1-1
Looking to continue their good opening to the season, the reserves travelled to Penyffordd Lions for their second game of the season. On what was an awfully hot day, the reserve side were only able to take three subs due to low numbers and if that wasn’t enough of a disadvantage, Penyffordd were able to field several first team players due to them not having a game that weekend. This didn’t stop the reserves though who went 1-0 up halfway through the first half with a goal from Callum Price, just moments after a goal from Keion Davies was wrongfully ruled out for offside. Former Caerwys player, Lewis Evans, levelled the scoring for the home side not long after to make the game 1-1 going into the second half. Man of the match went to centre back Matty Rees who was willing to do all the hard work in the blistering heat, with some brilliant defensive work as well as driving the team forward with some mazy runs out from the back line.
Game 3: Mynydd Isa Spartans Reserves (H), League Game 2-3 The match started very poorly as Mynydd Isa went 2-0 up in the first two minutes. We know by now that this reserve side does not give up and will continue to fight and they proved that as they managed to claw the two-goal deficit back by half time. Goals from Dai Jones, who has made a regular return to playing first and reserve team football, alongside also playing for our Veterans, and a first competitive goal for another new signing, Lewis Connolly levelled the scoring. Mynydd Isa managed to find what proved to be the winner early into the second half as the home side worked tirelessly, but just couldn’t provide the finishing touch. Man of the match went to Callum Price who worked tirelessly all game in a number of positions.
Game 4: FC Queens Park Reserves (A), League Game 1-4 Caerwys started slow and went down early in the first half. The game proved to be a poor one considering the high standards that they had set themselves and the game finished in a 4-1 loss, with Kyle De-Lloyd grabbing the only goal. Man of the match went to Jack Cox who was returning after being away for a number of weeks but slotted straight back in to a very tough game and did all he could do keep pushing the team on. At the end of the month, Caerwys Reserves sit in 9th place, out of 12.They do have a game in hand over most of the teams in the league and have shown the quality they possess. Once the squad is settled, there is a rightful confidence that this squad can achieve this season.
September Fixtures (Reserves):
03.10.2022, Connah’s Quay Town Reserves (A), League Game
10.10.2022, Llay Welfare Third Team (A), League Game
17.10.2022, Greenfield Reserves (A), League Game
August Player Of The Month: Jack Smallman The first player of the month award for the season went to new signing Jack Smallman. Jack began to find his feet with his new club during pre-season but saved his best football for the competitive games, scoring 11 goals in 5 games in all competitions, (10 goals in 3 games in the league – putting him third top scorer in fewer games than those above him(, The management team would like to put on record their thanks to all committee members, volunteers and supporters of the club for trust that they have placed in them as well as the commitment shown to push this club as far as it can since coming in. We’d really like to form a connection with the local community and would be happy to hear any suggestions as to what the community of Caerwys would like to see from the club. Here’s to another successful month!
Sat 2nd Johnstown 2 Caerwys 1 – A surprise league defeat after a trip to the Wrexham area outfit. A late goal from Dion Davies was all that the first team could muster in a disappointing performance. Meanwhile there were goals galore at Caerwys where the Reserves fought back to draw 4-4 after being reduced to ten min after Richard Hughes handled a goal bound effort on the line with only half an hour gone. Caerwys had led 2-0 through Callum Price and Kallum Roberts before the sending off, then the visitors took control and were 2-4 ahead before Dai Jones pulled one back then right at the death sub Dewi Nicholson scored a deserved equaliser in injury time.
Sun 3rd – LEX XI Vets 1 Caerwys Vets 1 A Steve Hughes equaliser earned Caerwys a point at Stansty Park.
Sat 9th Caerwys Res 2 Queens Park Res 1 There weren’t many chances in this close match. Jack Swinnerton set up Luke Williams for a tap in after 3 mins before Swinnerton was sent off along with one of his opponents who’d retaliated after a rash challenge after only 20 mins. The visitors equalised soon after with a decent goal, before Lewis Harrison scored with a direct free kick on the stroke of half time. Queens Park shaded the second half but couldn’t breech a solid defence.
Tues 19th Caerwys 0 Rhewl 1 – Summer League returned after three years with Caerwys introducing a few youngsters into the squad.
Wed 20th Caerwys Vets 4 Nomads Vets 1 – Terry Jones 2, Dai Jones and Steve Hughes on target for the Veterans
Thurs 21st Nantglyn 2 Caerwys 1 – Unlucky goalkeeper Steffan Higgins broke a finger in the warm up and ended up in hospital. Deputising in goal, Will Owen gave a man of the match performance between the sticks to keep the score respectable. Richard Hughes netted for Caerwys.
Sat 23rd Caerwys 0 Penyffordd 4 – A game to forget for the first team in a very disappointing end of season team display which lacked any will to win, not helped by Callum Pritchard’s red card for retaliating after he was fouled early in the second half.
Caerwys Vets 1 Ruthin Vets 4 – Three valuable points dropped not helped by Terry Jones receiving another red card, not a great advert for vets football.
Sat 5th Caerwys 4 Borras Park Albion 2 – Toby Hughes bagged all four goals in his team’s bid to climb the league table, indeed it could have been a lot more in terms of goal difference.
Sat 12th Sychdyn 2 Caerwys 5 – An important away win against a physical side. With their games in hand Caerwys should finish in a healthy top four spot. Toby Hughes again on target with a hat trick with Callum Pritchard and Luke Williams also on target. Caerwys Reserves enjoyed a 3-1 home win over basement team Coedpoeth Utd Res. Ryan Anderson put Caerwys ahead before the visitors equalised. Late goals from Dan Singleton and Anderson sealed the points.
Sat 19th Caerwys faced Ruabon Rovers at home. The visitors proved too strong on the day not helped by some defensive clangers by Caerwys which gave them a 0-2 lead at half time. Caerwys did have their chances but couldn’t take them and a last minute goal from Ruabon rubbed salt into the wound.
Sat 26th The first team’s match at Brymbo Lodge was called off with news that the Wrexham area team has withdrawn from the league. This may benefit the first team’s league position but it’s a sad reflection on the league who recently lost another Wrexham based team Railway Rovers. Focus was on the Second Team’s home match against Ruthin Town Development. After 8 mins Iestyn Gadd was unmarked at the far post to head the visitors in front. Caerwys battled back and went close to drawing level before Shay Davies equalised after 32mins with a good strike, but within a minute hesitance in the Caerwys defence resulted in Robert Jones restoring the lead for Ruthin. Shay Davies turned villain when received a red card fom ref Shaun Edwards for a dangerous tackle leaving his team with a difficult task in the second half. For all their efforts the ten men couldn’t muster up an equaliser. Ryan Anderson went close with a shot which came back off the post but that was it.
Sat 5th Caerwys 0 Connah’s Quay Town 5 The visitors showed why they are at the top with a strong performance against a weakened Caerwys team missing eight players. Keeper Tom Hooson had his work cut out in the opening half hour stopping several one and one opportunities. At the other end Jack Wakeman set up Toby Hughes who somehow blazed over an open goal from 10 yards. 34 mins gone and Hooson will be disappointed as he allowed a free kick from Kyle Amos from 25 yds out to beat him at his near post. John Coady (41) and Ryan Hewitt (45) gave the Quay a decent lead. Some harsh words at half time provoked a response and Hughes was again guilty of missing two great chances before Hewitt cleverly chipped the advancing Hooson on the hour. Great work by Wakeman set up Kyle Jones who shot over the bar from 18 yds and that summed up the finishing by the home team. Lee Rowlands scored late on to make it. Caerwys Vets enjoyed a 3-0 win at Shotton Steel in the Premier Division thanks to a superb heat-trick from Ant Wearden
Sat 12th Veterans Team enjoyed a 7-1 win on the astro turf pitch at Holywell against Connah’s Quay Nomads. Wearden was on target again with another hat-trick along with Dan Jones who also notched three goals with one from Terry Jones to send Caerwys through to the semi-finals of the Cup. Caerwys Reserves travelled to Lex XI Res and on a wet and windy day lost 0-2
Sat 19th Feb saw storms virtually wiping out the league programme but Caerwys Reserves went ahead at Holywell’s astro turf pitch with a match against Castell Alyn Reserves.
The game was going in favour of Caerwys up until 55 mins who were 3-1 ahead tahnks to an own goal plus a brace from Ryan Anderson, but the opposition were boosted by some first team players took advantage of some very poor defending and they ran out 3-5 winners by the end.
Sat 26th Feb and no home fixture as the Vets game against Buckley was called off due to no referee available. The First Team enjoyed a 9-1 away win at FC Utd of Wrexham to send them up the table, with still a few games in hand they could finish in the top three. Scorers were Callum Pritchard 3, Chris Price 2, Jack Swinnerton,Toby Hughes, Lewis Harrison and Kyle Jones. Caerwys Reserves suffered a 1-3 defeat at leaders Hawarden Rangers. Ryan Anderson had levelled midway through the first half but Caerwys never recovered from conceding two further goals before half time.
Dan Sands appointed as First Team Manager in December celebrated his first game in charge after a comfortable win over strugglers Bellevue. Had it not been for visiting keeper Martyn John it would surely have been double figures particularly in the first half after some top saves. Sands gave debuts to two new signings; keeper Tom Hooson and centre back Matt Rees. He also gave a start to Jack Wakeman who’d been in good form for the Reserves prior to the Christmas break. It was a good choice as Wakeman had too much pace for the visitors. Wakeman’s first goal was well worked down the left wing between Callum Pritchard and Dylan Pugh who crossed into the box and the no. 9 picked his spot from close range. Wakeman set up the second goal after 8mins when he outpaced his marker and his saved shot fell into the path of Ryan Anderson who made no mistake. For half an hour frustration grew as Caerwys squandered a number of chances in front of goal. Harrison hit the bar, Mattt Rees made a great run from his own half and with the goal at his mercy blazed over. The keeper denied three other goal bound efforts before Wakeman found the target after 39mins, when he latched onto a through ball and buried his shot into the corner of the net. Jack Mackie headed over from a corner before Jack Cox made it 4-0 on the stroke of half time after Callum Pritchard saw two attempts saved. Caerwys started strong after the break and Anderson got his second after 48 mins with a close range effort. He should have had another before Anderson set up Wakeman for his third after 55mins, then on the hour Wakeman was tripped in the box. His penalty spot kick was read by the keeper who got a foot to the ball and cleared his lines. Pritchard made it 7-0 after 64 mins with a far post tap in. The new boss was pleased with the overall team display and the clean sheet, ‘Yes it could have been a lot more but the pitch was bobbly and made things difficult for both sides. Match photos below. The 2nd team lost 0-2 at Llay Welfare 3rds.
22nd January – 1st Team drew 2-2 at Ruabon Rovers who came from behind to level in the second half after Toby Hughes and Lewis Harrison (pen) had Caerwys in the driving seat.
The Reserves lost 0-1 at home to Mynydd Isa Reserves in a close match. Tom De Prez hit the bar from 30yds out in the second half and a late goalmouth scramble almost produced an equaliser but Caerwys lacked any kind of killer instinct up front throughout the match.
Sun 30th January – VETS CUP Brickfield 1 Caerwys 7 – Ant Wearden gave Caerwys a 2-0 first half lead in Wrexham. New signing Marc Gunther also scored a brace after the break. This was added thanks to a deserved effort from Terry Jones who ran himself into the ground. Further goals came from Dai Jones and Daniel Jones who also put in a decent shift.
With no first team game on 4th December, the Reserves were due to entertain Cefn Mawr Rangers in the Mike Beech Cup Group fixture. Both teams were changed and ready to play but the match official failed to turn up. Caerwys Veterans suffered a shock 3-4 defeat at Holt & Farndon. On 11th December the club announced the appointment of Daniel Sands as the new First Team Manager. He will be assisted by Connor Richardson and Coach Jack Reynolds. On the same day Caerwys Reserves took on Llangollen Town Reserves in a League fixture. After a blank first half on a heavy pitch Caerwys controlled the next 45 mins and deservedly won the game thanks to goals from Kallum Roberts with two and a late effort from Ryan Anderson. The Vets match at Shotton was postponed.
There were very few fixtures this month. On Saturday 6th the Reserves enjoyed a 2-1 success at Ruthin Town Colts in the League Cup thanks to two strikes from Jack Wakeman. On 13th due to postponements the first team took on the Veterans team in a friendly which contained some reserve team players. The Vets won 5-0 convincingly against a very poor first team. The performance resulted in first team manager Eddie Barry resigning. The following Saturday the Reserves travelled to Queens Park Reserves for a league fixture and were unlucky to lose 3-4. On Sat 27th the First Team entertained Sychdyn see match report below. The Reserves went out of the League Cup in a close 1-3 defeat at Hawarden Rangers.
Match Report Caerwys 4 Sychdyn 2
A second half hat-trick from Ryan Anderson secured three points in this Flintshire derby on a freezing afternoon. Before the kick off Club officials were faced with the aftermath of Storm Arwen which required some attention before the match could take place. Caerwys stalwart Dai Booth was in charge of the team and his makeshift bare eleven containing a number of teenagers were never going to be favourites to win this match. Despite winning the toss Sychdyn surprisingly changed ends and elected to play into a fierce northerly wind. There were few chances at either end in difficult conditions but Brandon Jones for Sychdyn made some threatening runs and Caerwys keeper Ryan Williams made a good save from Keiye Williams. Caerwys were indebted to Dai Booth and Leon Hughes in the heart of the defence who dealt with everything comfortably. It was Hughes’ first game back after several months out through injury and he played a vital part in his side’s performance as did veteran Dai Jones and Lewis Harrison in midfield. Connor Thomas ran himself into the ground supporting Anderson up front and it was on the stroke of half time when Thomas latched onto a through ball from Dai Jones and beat Nathan Bowker with a low shot. After the interval Caerwys carried on attacking the opposition goal but against the run of play Sychdyn broke down the left and Williams was allowed space to shrug off some weak challenges to beat Rhys Williams from close range. Despite this setback setback Caerwys got back into the game and they enjoyed a purple patch with Anderson netting his three goals in a 10 mins spell. His pick of the three a delightful lob from thirty yards with Bowker off his line. Turner managed to pull one back for Sychdyn with a decent shot but realistically it could have been a lot more for Caerwys with better finishing. Team R. Williams 7, Pugh 7, Booth 9, Hughes 9, Goundrey 7, Harrison 8, Jeffery 8, Anderson 9, Thomas 7, Rowe 7, D. Jones 8.
The first XI started October on the right foot with an emphatic 9-4 league win away at Belle Vue on a rain soaked afternoon. Goalscorers were Dylan Mackie 2, Shay Davies 2, Callum Pritchard, Kye Jones, Thomas Anderson, Lewis Harrison and Jack Cox. This was followed by a 3-0 home win in the Mike Beech Memorial Cup Group game against Lex XI Reserves. Caerwys Reserves only managed one fixture in four weeks due to no match officials and it ended with a 2-11 hammering at level 4 outfit Coedpoeth Utd in a Mike Beech Memorial Group game. The First XI lost at home to level 4 team Castell Alyn 1-4 in the same competition. Caerwys Veterans enjoyed an 8-1 win at Buckley Town, followed a fortnight later with a 3-0 win over Connah’s Quay Nomads to remain joint top of the league with Ruthin Town who have a superior goals difference.
On the pitch the First Team suffered two 0-1 home defeats to Railway Rovers and then Sychdyn before they turned things around with an emphatic 7-1 home win over Brymbo Lodge. Promoted from the Reserves, striker Ryan Anderson scored a hat-trick. Caerwys Reserves only managed one game in September, a 1-5 loss at Ruthin Colts. Jack Wakeman on target for Caerwys. Other scheduled matches for all the teams including the Vets were postponed mainly due to no match referee being available, a sorry state of affairs in football at this level!
August wasn’t a great month for results. Sat 7th saw the 1st team lose 1-4 at Borras Park Albion whilst the 2nd team were unlucky to lose at home 0-1 to Hawarden Rangers Reserves. The following Saturday the 1st team suffered a heavy 0-6 defeat at Connah’s Quay Town but better news with the 2nd team managing a 2-2 at home with Llay Welfare 3rds. Ruari Wood and Chris Hoey on target for the Reserves. The following weekend there was happier news when both teams collected maximum points. The 1st team beat FC Utd of Wrexham 9-3 at home. Modestas Hrukonis scored 3 with Josh Robertson, Jack Swinnerton, Callum Pritchard, Shea Harding, Lewis Harrison plus an own goal to add to the tally. The reserves beat Llangollen reserves away 4-2 thanks to goals from Jack Wakeman 2, Dai Jones and sub D. Davies. The reserves ended the month with a 0-6 midweek defeat at Mynydd Isa Reserves. who fielded a strong side.
The First Team didn’t
have the best of starts to the
new season which kicked off a
month early in July. New
Manager Eddie Barry has a small squad of
players and took over only a week before the
first match at Penyffordd Lions which ended
in a 1-5 loss. The next three matches were
all at home and ended in defeats, Llanelwy
Ath in the Welsh Cup 2-4, Flint Mountain/
Halkyn in the Welsh Trophy 1-3 then
Greenfield 0-2 in the North East Wales FA
Cup. The last two fixtures were against
higher opposition and looking back on these
matches, Caerwys will be kicking themselves
for giving away some soft goals and not
taking their own chances. The team got their
act together at the end of July with a 5-1
home win over Jonhstown in a league fixture.
Ryan Jones 3 & Dylan Mackie 2 on target.
Caerwys Reserves on the other hand lost
narrowly 1-2 at Cefn Mawr Rangers
Reserves but followed this up with an
emphatic 5-2 win at Castell Alyn Colts. On
target for Caerwys were Jake Spencer 2,
Kyle de Lloyd, Nick Voyle and Declan
Brimage. To go one better, the Reserves
won 9-0 at Coedpoeth Reserves the following
weekend, Thomas Anderson 4, Ruari Wood
3 and Chris Hoey 2 on target.e First team got their act together at the end of July with a 5-1 home win over Jonhstown in a league fixture. Ryan Jones 3 & Dylan Mackie 2 on target. The Reserves had an emphatic 5-2 win at Castell Alyn Colts. On target for Caerwys were Jake Spencer 2, Kyle de Lloyd, Nick Voyle and Declan Brimage. To go one better, the Reserves won 9-0 at Coedpoeth Reserves the following weekend, Thomas Anderson 4, Ruari Wood 3 and Chris Hoey 2 took the second string into second spot in the league.
17.7.21 Caerwys 1 Flint Mountain/Halkyn 3 Welsh Trophy Round 1
Caerwys bowed out of the Welsh Trophy at the first hurdle. As expected the visitors who play at level 4 asserted pressure on a cautious Caerwys defence which looked vulnerable when pressed. It wasn’t long before Tom Carney scored after 4 mins when he was quick to pounce on a loose ball from close range. Caerwys managed to soak up the physical presence of the visitors and an equaliser looked on the cards when Josh Robertson had the goal at his mercy but he decided to square the ball to Ryan Jones who was deemed to be offside. Terry Jones made it 0-2 after 43 mins when Caerwys failed to clear the ball, but moments later they had a great chance from the penalty spot but Robertson’s tame effort was easily saved by Stanton. After the break Caerwys had several attempts on goal but Ryan Jones lacked support. Jones had a couple of efforts saved by Stanton before a Lewis Harrison free kick took a deflection as it whistled into the net. The visitors looked rattled but sub Luca Cruse sealed the tie with a far post finish after Caerwys were caught out at the back.
10.7.21. Caerwys 3 Llanelwy Ath 5 Welsh Cup Pre-lim Round 1
A disappointing result for a new look Caerwys. The visitors took advantage of some poor defending to go 0-3 up when Caerwys were slow to move the ball and close the opposition down. There were ample shooting opportunities for Caerwys and getting good balls into the box but numerous deliveries from the ring wing were poor. Dylan Mackie worked hard but lacked support. The second half display from Caerwys was much improved and Callum Pritchard reduced the arrears after a good free kick by Harrison. Caerwys hit the post moments later but a breakaway resulted in a goa against the run of playl from Porter. The introduction of veteran Richard Hughes had a major impact for Caerwys with Nick Voyle thrown up front in the last 20 mins and this paid off with goals from Keion Davies and Ethan Farren as Caerwys threatened a fightback and Voyle’s far post header would have been just reward but went agonisingly over the bar. Ryan Jones had a couple of chances but was thwarted by the Llanelwy keeper and in the closing stages Price scored again for the visitors to seal the tie. This was a much improved performance from the previous match and Manager Eddie Barry was pleased with the second half effort.
10.7.21. Cefn Mawr Rangers Reserves 2 Caerwys Reserves 1
Manager Andy Price said this was a tough start to the season away against a strong Cefn Mawr team. Caerwys went behind to a controversial early goal which looked offside then they scored a second against the run of play. Caerwys were on top for most of the game, had plenty of chances, but just couldn’t find the target.
David Jones managed to pull one back for Caerwys mid way through second half but they just couldn’t find an equaliser.
Price said that they were against it from the first minute due to a very poor performance from the ref! We had enough chances to win the game, just wasn’t our day.
First Team News – November proved to be a difficult month with three successive defeats in the league starting with a narrow 2-3 loss at home to Chirk Town. Dylan Mackie had put Caerwys ahead but the visitors took advantage of a young inexperienced goalkeeper who had stepped in to help out with Seb Czubaj apparently signed by level 2 club Corwen. It is fair to say the young Caerwys team were intimidated by their opponents as Chirk had seven players booked as a result of their win at all costs tactics. Mackie managed a late consolation but the game was already lost. It was a similar story the following weekend as Caerwys lost 0-2 at home to Acton, who were stronger and slightly the better team on the day. One wonders though what the outcome would have been if Czubaj had been in goal ? After a postponement at Mold, Caerwys returned to action on 23rd with an away fixture at Penyffordd, the game was switched to Leeswood due to their changing rooms being refurbished. Czubaj returned in goal as it turned down he’d missed the transfer deadline to move to Corwen, but there was no Josh Richardson, Jon Edmonds or Elgan Hughes available, so Caerwys offered little threat going forward. Czubaj had no chance to first half goals from Davies and Gallagher and the result was about right. Caerwys v Sychdyn on 30th was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Caerwys Veterans went to the top of the league following an emphatic 8-0 win over Rhyl at Belle Vue last month. Amongst the goal scorers for Caerwys were Dale Adamson, Chris Geary, Anthony Weardon and Daniel Jones. Caerwys enjoyed a 9-1 over Hawarden Rangers in a last minute friendly held on Friday 29th November.
Wed 4th September
NEWFA CUP Round 2 CEFN DRUIDS 3 CAERWYS 0
Caerwys faced a daunting trip away to Cymru Premier side Cefn Druids on Wednesday night in the Second Round of the NEWFA Cup. Druids sit 7th in Wales’ top flight, five levels higher, and named a full strength team to face Caerwys. Keeper Seb Czubaj, Rob MacKenzie and Elgan Hughes returned to the starting line-up for the visitors.
As expected, Druids started on the front foot and saw a lot of the ball as the lively Tyrone Ofori, Arek Piskorski and Joe Faux looked to stretch the Caerwys backline and get in behind. The Caerwys backline, marshalled by Kieran Smith, held firm to the initial onslaught with the midfield keeping the hosts at bay. Druids’ extra quality opened up the Caerwys defence in the 11th minute as a smart through ball was squared by Faux for Ofori to slide in and smash the ball into the back of the net. Druids looked to increase their lead with on-loan TNS playmaker Joash Nembhard looking to pull the strings, Nembhard set up Matty Owen who blasted goalwards from 20 yards, forcing Caerwys stopper Czubaj into a superb acrobatic save.
Jaroslaw Sakowicz and Theo Woolford continued to frustrate Druids’ attacking midfielders as Josh Richardson and Ryan Edge forced Druids to look to play out wide. Piskorski looked to create from the right, but was frustrated by Matty Palin and MacKenzie as his cross was cleared. Owen sent another effort wide before Ofori hit the side netting. With half time approaching Caerwys had their best attacking move of the half as Edge surged forward and combined well with Palin before the attack petered out in the Druids box. Druids broke with pace and a wayward pass from the visitors was intercepted by Faux who played a wicked through-ball for Ofori to double the Cymru Premier side’s lead in the third minute of added time.
Caerwys started the second half brightly with Hughes and Edge looking dangerous on the counter. Sakowicz and Woolford were doing a superb job of frustrating the hosts before Ofori forced Czubaj into a good save from close range. Caerwys started to see more of the ball as the half wore-on with Alex Harrison-Smith looking to combine with Edge down the right. Caerwys’ dogged display frustrated Druids, who remained patient and looked for Nembhard to get on the ball whenever possible. Druids looked for a change up top as ex-Blackburn Rovers prospect Dean Rittenburg entered the fray. Ex-Wrexham star Neil Ashton looked to make a breakthrough down the left for Druids, but was well matched by Harrison-Smith. In the 75th minute the impressive Nembhard teed up Owen for another long range effort which was caught perfectly from 25 yards out and was too powerful for Czubaj who got a hand to it but was unable to prevent the effort flying into the top corner. Caerwys substitute Ruari Wood came close to capitalising a mistake from the Druids backline but ex-Wrexham keeper Michael Jones was quickly out to snuff out the danger. Caerwys continued to battle hard and the referee’s whistle blew for a 3-0 home win.
Caerwys Joint-Manager Ethan Jones said, “I’m delighted with the performance. We had a game plan and stuck to it, we fought hard for everything and put in a very disciplined performance. Maybe it wasn’t one for the purists, but we’ve come here as a fifth tier side against a team that are established in our country’s top league and we’ve made sure they know they’ve been in a game. We didn’t make it easy for them and made them work hard for the win, which is all I could have asked for. We charge our lads £3 to play and we’ve pushed a semi-professional team hard for 90 minutes. We’ll take a lot from tonight and it can only benefit us as we look to win our league. Credit to Huw Griffiths who showed us a lot of respect with his team selection and welcome, I wish Cefn Druids all the best for the season and hope they challenge for European qualification.”
Sat 31st August
Welsh Cup PENYCAE 6 CAERWYS 0
Caerwys were without a recognised goalkeeper and two main strikers, so it was always going to be an uphill task against a useful outfit. Jaroslaw Sakowicz deputised in goal and will be disappointed with the first goal which went through his hands with just ten mins gone, but nobody can fault his performance as he pulled off a number of decent saves to keep the score down. Penycae’s second took a wicked deflection off a Caerwys defender and three more before the break sealed the tie. A battling second half performance from the visitors and some spectacular stops from Sakowicz restricted the hosts to a late goal despite offside appeals. Caerwys travel to Cefn Druids on Wed 4th Sept for a NEWFA round 2 tie against the cup holders. Seb Czubaj is set to return in goal with Tom Cumming and Elgan Hughes hopefully returning to lead the attack.
N.East Wales Vets Prem Div FC NOMADS 3 CAERWYS 3
From the outset you could tell this was going to be a tough and feisty game!! FC Nomads struck first blood with a goal from ‘Marnie’ in the 6 yard box after Caerwys failed to clear their lines. A second goal game shortly after when a free kick struck the shin of Caerwys full back Ralph Gallagher and ended up in the back of the net.Caerwys pulled one back after Stephen Hughes drilled a cross from outwide with Nick Voyle volleying in to the bottom corner.
Celebrations were cut short as FC Nomads were awarded a penalty after a challenge in the box from Caerwys midfielder David Jones. A well converted penalty meant FC Nomads led at the break 3-1.
After a change of formation and a shuffle of the pack, Caerwys came out a different team second half. Shortly after the break they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which was drilled low in to the bottom corner by Tino Ainsworth.The Vets equalizer came from former FC Nomads player Dean Hughes who received the ball 25 yards out and floated it in to the top corner.
The change in formation suited Caerwys and they dominated possession in the second half but couldn’t find a way through FC Nomads defence.
Tues 20th August 2019 SYCHDYN 0 CAERWYS 1 League Fixture
It was Caerwys who came away from Sychdyn with the 3pts following a keenly fought local derby. A healthy crowd witnessed a full blooded affair with a Tom Cumming goal on the stroke of half time proving pivotal.
Caerwys started brightly with Elgan Hughes looking threatening and combining well with Luke Williams and Jon Edmonds. Edmonds went close to opening the scoring early when he beat his marker and fired into the side netting. In the 20th minute a smart through ball from Hughes saw Williams released down the right, only to be denied by some good sweeping from the home keeper. Tom Cumming went close shortly after with an effort from close range, firing narrowly wide. Edmonds had to be substituted on the half hour following a dangerous tackle, which prompted a tactical change with Jarek Sakowicz replacing Edmonds. Sakowicz and Theo Woolford kept control of the midfield as Mark Weir sent a ranged effort high and wide of Seb Czubaj’s goal. A succession of freekicks from the home side were defended well and in the 45th minute Caerwys were able to launch a counter attack, with Williams playing in a dangerous ball for Hughes who beat the home keeper to it and clip an effort goalwards, which was headed home by the on-rushing Cumming to ensure Caerwys held a deserved lead at the break.
Sychdyn came out of the blocks all guns blazing for the second half. Terry Pughe and Ryan Williams looked to create for the hosts, but the Caerwys midfield and backline held firm to deny any clear chances. Czubaj wasn’t troubled in goal but commanded his area well to claim several high balls into the box. A Pughe effort went wide before there was a lengthy pause following a robust tackle on Caerwys’ Kieran Smith. Caerwys still remained a threat and could have extended the lead further following a good ball from Josh Richardson, but the chance went begging. With time running out Deiniol Bower entered the fray for the impressive Hughes, and Bower was quick to make an impact as he released Williams down the right whose effort went wide. The hardworking Williams was replaced by Ruari Wood with fulltime approaching and it was Wood who could have killed the game off following a quick counter attack, but his effort was held by the Sychdyn keeper. After a lengthy period of injury time the fulltime whistle went and Caerwys were able to celebrate the 3 points and a good derby victory.
Caerwys Joint-Manager Ethan Jones said, “we were made to battle hard for the 3 points and I couldn’t be happier with the result. The lads responded well after Saturday’s disappointment and won their individual battles. Sychdyn are rightly fancied as title contenders this season, so to get the 3 points at their place is even better. It was good to see a decent crowd, with it being a local derby, and great to see good numbers there from Caerwys midweek. It’s early days but we’ve had a perfect start and we all know there’s a lot of hard work ahead to maintain this form, but this team is more than capable.”
Sat 17th August 2018 CAERWYS 2 NEFYN UTD 3 FAW TROPHY ROUND 1
Caerwys go out of the FAW Trophy at the first hurdle following a lacklustre performance against Nefyn United.
It was the Gwynedd League visitors who capitalised on a shaky start from the home side, squandering a great chance before Seb Czubaj was called into action with several fine saves. Caerwys began to grow into the game and took the lead in the 34th minute when an Alex Harrison-Smith corner was headed home by Jon Edmonds, despite being on the back foot for most of the half Caerwys led 1-0 at the interval.
Caerwys started the second half brightly and threatened to extend the league as an Edmonds effort was headed off the line for a corner. From the resulting corner a Harrison-Smith delivery was met by Theo Woolford with a bullet header to double the Caerwys lead in the 55th minute. Minutes later Nefyn capitalised on a missed clearance which saw their striker fouled in the box following a last ditch challenge from Matty Palin, Czubaj was close to getting a hand to it but the penalty was despatched into the bottom corner.
Nefyn were reduced to 10 men shortly after following a dangerous lunge. The sending off galvanised Nefyn and they were soon level when a hopeful punt over the top wasn’t cleared and the visiting winger finished with a fine strike from 20 yards out. Caerwys went close to restoring the lead as Ryan Edge hit the post and a Tom Cumming header was cleared off the line. With 10minutes remaining a short corner from the visitors saw a wicked deflection wrong foot Czubaj and find the corner of the net.
Joint-Manager Ethan Jones said, “we’ve only got ourselves to blame after going 2-0 up. We should have seen the game out but conceded a penalty which proved pivotal. They took their goals well, so credit to them, but all three have come from very avoidable errors. We never got going and wasted too much possession, but having said that I thought we’d done enough to edge it. A big response is needed on Tuesday away at Sychdyn.”
Sat 10th August N.E.WALESLEAGUE CAERWYS 2 PENYFFORDD LIONS 1
Following the midweek NEWFA Challenge Cup win at Bala which lasted over two hours, it was evident that the cup tie had drained many of the Caerwys players as a somewhat lack lustre performance summed up the first half performance against a physical Penyffordd team who were certainly up for the game. Without hat-trick hero Ryan Edge and striker Elgan Hughes, there were few opportunities in front of goal, the best falling to Ruari Wood who squandered a couple and livewire John Edmonds hit the post just before the break. Penyffordd threatened at times with their aerial superiority creating several corners but didn’t really test keeper Kirk Russell until the second half. After the interval Wood soon atoned for his earlier poor finishing when he got on the end of a John Edmonds cross to put Caerwys ahead after 46 mins. Edmonds by far the best player for Caerwys was a constant menace to the opposition with his driving runs down the left flank but at times lacked support up front. After a spell of pressure from Penyffordd which saw Drew Davies miss a sitter, Dai Booth cleared one off the line, then Russell made two point blank saves but could do nothing about Brad Cotton’s equaliser when the sub latched onto a ball played over the top and was quick to react and fire in the equaliser from 12yds out with 12 mins left. Russell was again called into action to deny the opposition with a decent save at close range before his long clearance found the unmarked Tom Cumming who calmly lobbed keeper Nick Owen with two mins to go. Caerwys face Nefyn Utd next Saturday in the Welsh Trophy k.o . 2.30 It will be their first meeting in over twelve years when both clubs were in the Welsh Alliance.
Wed 7th August N.E.WALES CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 1
Bala Town 2 (Cai Aykroyd, Tom Lloyd) Caerwys 5 (Ryan Edge 3, Tom Cumming, Deiniol Bower)
Caerwys made the long trip to Bala for their first visit to Maes Tegid. Only Dai Booth was missing from a strong squad named by Ethan Jones and Jordan Hadaway. Caerwys put the hosts under pressure from the start and should really have been 4-0 after 20 mins, however they did manage to go ahead in the 10th minute after Alex Harrison Smith did well to get a low ball into the box which fell nicely to Tom Cumming who buried his low shot into the corner of the net. John Edmonds and Ryan Edge were causing havoc down the flanks and the Bala defence lived a charmed life as chances went begging in front of goal but you should never under the estimate the opposition and they equalised through Aykroyd on the half hour with their first attack. Ten mins later they went ahead when a long ball into the box wasn’t cleared and Tom Lloyd’s decent strike from 20yds was too strong for Czubaj as it nestled in the top left hand corner despite the keeper getting a hand to it. As expected Caerwys came out all guns blazing in the second half and lay siege on the Bala goal. Edmonds and Edge supported by full backs Matty Palin and Harrison Smith who were in great form on either wing and supplied some great balls into the box, but the chances of an equaliser seemed to be fading away even with Bala reduced to ten men after 75 mins. Bower, Edmonds and Edge all went close to scoring then with 10 seconds of the match remaining Caerwys were awarded a penalty following a blatant foul. Up stepped Edge who coolly finished from the spot. Extra time was tense as Caerwys piled on the pressure and neither side could hit the target in the first period. In the second period Deiniol Bower broke the deadlock when he dispossessed a defender, beat two more before finishing well. Edge added two more before the end to seal the tie and a trip to another Welsh Premier outfit Cefn Druids. Man of the match was a difficult choice. Kieran Smith was impressive at the heart of the defence, Matty Palin had his best game in a Caerwys shirt for several seasons, new signing Tom Cumming tormented Bala all night but Josh Richardson was excellent in midfield and was the main creator with his distribution and clever football which was a delight to watch, so he was the pick of a very good bunch of players.
Sat 27th July
Caerwys continued their pre-season with a short trip to Cae-y-Castell to face Flint Town United’s U19 Academy side.
The game started at a fast pace and it was the young Flint side that started the brighter of the two, moving the ball around well and enjoying plenty of possession. However Caerwys did a very good job of containing Flint and weren’t really threatened in the opening 15 minutes with Deiniol Bower, Josh Richardson and Jarek Sakowicz doing a good job in central midfield. First chance of the game went to Caerwys with Ryan Edge firing wide from outside the box. Soon after Flint won a freekick 20 yards out, which was well hit and equally well saved.
Kieran Smith and, new signing, Rob MacKenzie were putting in a commanding display in the centre of defence which resulted in no further chances for Flint in the first half. Midway through the half a great diagonal ball from the impressive Alex Harrison-Smith released Jon Edmonds who shot at goal from just outside the box, the Flint keeper spilled the ball and was nearly punished by the onrushing Eyan Edge but the keeper managed to recover at the last second. Harrison-Smith combined well with Ruari Wood down the right but the Flint backline held firm as the sides went in at half-time goalless.
A tactical change at half-time saw Tom Cumming and Seth Geary come off the bench and they made an instant impact, Cumming had been a handful since coming on and released Edmonds down the left before he was hacked down just inside the area. Edmonds picked himself up to confidently slot home the penalty and give Caerwys the lead. Cumming again threatened soon after, as his looping header went narrowly wide with the keeper beaten.
Flint settled quickly and kept asking questions of the Caerwys defence with Harrison-Smith and Matty Palin keeping Flint’s wingers under control. However in the 60th minute Flint won a freekick just outside the area and their talented central midfielder placed a perfect freekick into the bottom corner, an inch inside the post, to level the scores. Flint grew in confidence and began to pile on the pressure with stand-in keeper Ethan Jones having to sweep well behind his defence as Flint probed for a way through.
However, Caerwys regained control of the midfield whilst Edmonds and Geary threatened out wide with Geary’s good run resulting in a corner. Harrison-Smith delivered a promising ball which was half cleared by the Flint defence only to be gathered by Kieran Smith on the edge of the box, Smith cut the Flint backline with a neat ball and Richardson was able to blast the ball into the roof of the net at the second attempt to restore the Caerwys lead with 15 left to play.
Caerwys tried to manage the game as Flint searched for the equaliser which nearly came in the 85th minute. A good through-ball released the Flint right winger who cut inside and fired a powerful shot goalwards from 10 yards out, Jones got down well to his right and recovered the loose ball before the onrushing Flint striker could tap home. Caerwys were still looking for the killer goal and some promising build up play was cut short as Sakowicz appeared to be fouled, however play continued and Flint broke with purpose, deep into injury time. Another through ball released the Flint striker whose shot was charged down by Jones before it fell kindly to the feet of the on-rushing Flint winger who hit it first time but Jones managed to get a good hand to it and deny Flint an equaliser. Smith hacked away the loose ball and the ref blew for full time and a deserved 2-1 victory for Caerwys.
Frid12th July 2019
Cefn Druids U 19’s 0 Caerwys 2
Caerwys came away with a convincing victory against a well organised outfit at the Rock. After a blank first half Caerwys took the lead through Kieran Smith with a good header on 50 mins after there had been a succession of corner kicks. The hosts were awarded a penalty shortly after which seemed a bit harsh on keeper Seb Czubaj who looked to have been fouled but the Polish stopper produced a fine save to keep a clean sheet. John Edmonds added a second for Caerwys on the hour and Josh Richardson hit the bar. Jordan Hadaway said ‘ We played against a good, strong team tonight. We were disciplined and organised and ghot our result in the end ‘
CERRIGYDRUDION 0-4 CAERWYS Sat 29th June 2019 Pre season friendly
New-look Caerwys made the short trip to Ruthin for a morning kick-off against Cerrigydrudion of the Vale of Clwyd/Conwy Premier Division.
Cerrig made a bright start and 16 year-old Lewys Thomson was called into action straight away in the Caerwys goal, as he made a great save down to his right after a defensive mix-up. Caerwys were starting to threaten when Elgan Hughes was brought down on the edge of the Cerrig box, up stepped Deiniol Bower to blast the freekick into the top corner of the net 7 minutes in. Hughes was causing the Cerrig backline a host of problems and some intelligent hold-up play allowed Hughes to release Matty Palin down the left, Palin delivered a pin-point cross for Bower to volley home from close range in the 12th minute.
Josh Richardson and Theo Woolford were starting to assert themselves in midfield and a good switch from Woolford played in Ruari Wood down the right wing, Wood cut inside and squared the ball for Hughes to tap in his first goal of the day in the 15th minute. Hughes was almost on the scoresheet again 2 minutes later as a through-ball from Bower split the Cerrig defence, Hughes rounded the keeper to shoot from a tight angle only to see his effort superbly cleared off the line by a backtracking Cerrig defender. Hughes didn’t have to wait much longer for his second goal, as a well timed run from Richardson allowed him to square the ball for Hughes to slot a well placed effort into the bottom left corner of the net in the 38th minute. Jon Edmonds went close to extending Caerwys’ lead just before the interval but his shot went inches wide.
The second half saw Cerrig start the better of the two teams, with them seeing more of the ball and a well struck shot from distance was comfortably dealt with by Thomson in the Caerwys goal. Murray Hughes, making his first appearance for Caerwys, was looking to make things happen but the impressive Elias Jones in the Cerrig goal was quick off his line and dealt with several promising through-balls. Palin was in fine form and some good footwork on the edge of the box saw him beat two men before rounding the keeper to fire his shot goalwards, but was denied as a Cerrig defender hacked the ball off the line. Wood was unlucky not to add another goal for Caerwys.
Joint Manager Jordan Hadaway said; “we were very impressed with the performance, we showed signs of improvement from last week’s game v Lex XI. It was good to have four U19s in our squad too, who all performed very well. We were disciplined and fought well. I am very impressed with how we have started pre-season, in both games we have showed principles that we want to see in our team.”Caerwys in the final minutes as his effort went narrowly wide.
Caerwys 2 LEX XI 0 Pre-season friendly Sat 22nd June 2019
Ruthin Town pounced on a through ball to shoot home from a tight angle 12 yds out. LEX XI are rebuilding after resigning from the Welsh National League midway through last season. Their best player was Dan Jones a livewire down both flanks but they lacked a finisher. Seb Czubaj was rarely troubled in the Caerwys goal but he had to be replaced after 30mins when he went over on his ankle taking a goal kick. His deputy was young Lewys Thomson who was well protected by his defence. Another new signing Kieran Smith ex -Cefn Druids looked very composed at the heart of the defence with little getting passed him and his centre back partner Shaun Thomson. Josh Richardson and Deiniol Bower were pulling the strings in midfield for Caerwys with some great balls and another newcomer Theo Woolford went the closest to increasing the lead with a rasping drive from the edge of the box. Richardson shot wide from a good position before Scott Evans had a good chance for LEX but he too shot wide from close range. Caerwys also gave debuts to Robbie Lewis, Jon Edmonds, Alex Harrison-Smith & Jarek Sakowicz who all gave good accounts of themselves. Caerwys continued to control the match and missed several good chances to settle the game before Bower latched onto a through ball after 75 mins to slot the ball home from 18 yds.
Manager Ethan Jones said ‘We were really pleased with the performance, especially seeing as it was our first game together after only one training session. It’s been important to start this early, maybe a week or two ahead of most other teams, due to the amount of new players we have brought in. It’s vital that the team gels as soon as possible so that, by the time the first competitive fixture comes around, we are fully prepared. I was impressed with the whole group, we didn’t have any passengers and everyone worked hard for each other. It was also really good to have four under-19s in the squad with all having at least a half each. We were structured and disciplined, which is what we are all about. We attacked well and we were excellent off the ball, I was pleased with the amount of chances we created and how we always looked to play. There’s a lot to work on in training and our remaining pre-season games, it is only going to get better’.t 15th June 2019
CAERWYS ALL STARS 3 WREXHAMLENEGENDS 3
A crowd of over 200 turned up on a dry/sunny Saturday afternoon for a charity match held at Caerwys FC. Caerwys turned out an older team in the first half, many ranging in the 44 – 55 age bracket, featuring Joe Griffith, John Haseldin, Ben Williams, Ben Temple, Rob Griffith, James Griffith, Shaun Davies, Will Hebson, Adam Phillips Geraint Roberts, Bryn Roberts, Simon Rose, Ian Greenough, Neil Greenough, Graeme Geary, Gareth Davies and Gaz Rush. Half of the team hadn’t played for over fifteen years but having put some training in under their old boss Jack Phillips, they gave a good account of themselves. The Wrexham team contained some of the popular faces from the 90’s including David Walsh, Robin Gibson, Steve Roberts, Gareth Owen, Bryn Law, Steve Watkin, Karl Connolly, Andy Griffiths, Rob Morris, Kevin Jones and Stephen Thomas.
Wrexham started the stronger with Sky tv presenter/commentator Bryn Law finding himself in good positions, putting in some decent balls into the box. Gareth Owen, Steve Watkin and Karl Connolly all threatened but found the Caerwys defence well marshalled by Rob Griffith & John Haseldin. Robin Gibson had their best chance but blazed well over the bar. At the other end Si Rose and Geraint Roberts linked up well, supported by Adam Phillips on the right wing. It was Phillips who put Caerwys ahead after 20 mins when a move started by Bryn Roberts found Phillips in the right place to drill the ball in off the far post from 18yds. The crowd were soon cheering again when Neil Greenough made it 2-0 on the half hour with a decent strike.
Caerwys Veterans who compete in the North East Wales Vets League turned out after the interval. This team included :- Joe Griffith, Andy Price, Dai Booth, Lee Jones, Ralph Gallagher, Gavin Hughes, Nick Voyle, Dale Adamson, Dai Jones, Chris Geary, Dougie Hughes, Steve Hughes, Richard Newsome, Gary Thomson & Mark Baker. Wrexham soon found themselves 3-0 down when Steve Hughes volleyed home from ten yards out following a goalmouth scramble. As the game wore on the Legends started to up their game and after reducing the arrears on the hour, a fight back was on with ten mins left when Karl Connolly found himself unmarked in the box and his precision lob from a tight angle beat Joe Griffith. In the 89th minute referee Dave Williams had no hesitation pointing to the spot after a blatant foul by the Caerwys keeper. Steve Watkin remembered for his match winner in the FA Cup against Arsenal in 1992 stepped up and his low shot just found the net for the equaliser.
The match was a great advert for veterans football, played in great spirit and in the right manner. In the region of £800 was made to be shared by the local school Ysgol yr Esgob and Caerwys in Bloom. This included match day takings and a generous donation from the Royal Oak.
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