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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