JD Cymru North round-up | Holywell and Flint take title race to final week

After dropping points for the first time in four months last weekend, JD Cymru North leaders Holywell Town returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory away Guilsfield on Saturday evening. 

After a goalless first half, the Wellmen were gifted the opening goal six minutes after the break as Guils goalkeeper Robbie Williams failed to clear the ball from inside his own box, which allowed Jamie Breese to intercept, go around Williams and slot home from close range. 

Holywell doubled their lead in the 74th minute as Breese turned provider with a cross for captain Danny Andrews, who calmly placed his header beyond Williams. Four points from their final two games will see Johnny Haseldin’s side clinch the league title.

Flint Town United moved up to second in the table by triumphing 3-0 away at Llanidloes Town to make it seven consecutive league wins. 

There was just 10 minutes on the clock when Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro’s blocked effort fell kindly for Ben Hughes, whose squared ball was tapped home by Elliott Reeves for the forward’s 31st league goal of the season. 

Despite being held at bay by the Daffs for almost an hour, Flint eventually got their second through Sol Forde, who connected with Jake Phillips’ corner and headed home his third goal in two games. The Silkmen wrapped things up in stoppage time as Mikey Burke scored his first goal for the club with a calm finish. 

Ruthin Town continued their impressive recent form as a first half blitz saw them defeat high-flying Mold Alexandra 3-0 at Alyn Park. 

Mold defender Steve Watkins was shown a straight red card after just three minutes of play for his foul inside the box and Sam Jones converted the resulting penalty to give Ruthin the perfect start. 

The visitors continued to make the most of the numerical advantage as Joel Giblin rounded Alex Swindell and slotted into an empty net for Ruthin’s second after 22 minutes. 

Mold’s afternoon went from bad to worse as Ruthin stormed into a three-goal lead just before half-time when teenager Harry Martin popped up with a superb header to continue his fine form in front of goal. Victory confirmed a top half finish for Ruthin. 

Caersws remain in with a chance of finishing in the top half themselves as they survived a late scare to triumph 3-2 away at Llandudno. 

The Bluebirds took the lead inside just three minutes as Jamie Jones’ cross-turned-shot caught out Llandudno goalkeeper Mike Jones, who was unable to stop the ball from crossing the line. 

Buoyed by an early lead, things got even better for Caersws as Craig Williams added a second after 12 minutes before Jones completed his brace just before the half hour mark. 

In-form Llandudno striker Harvey Bennett gave his side a glimmer of hope with two goals in the space of six minutes in the closing stages, but Caersws held on for all three points. 

Buckley Town extended their unbeaten run to four matches as Adam Smith’s stoppage-time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw against Gresford Athletic. 

Max Moore gave the Bucks a dream start as his strike into the bottom corner broke the deadlock after just six minutes, but two stunning second half efforts saw Gresford come from behind to lead with ten minutes to go. 

Charlie Mann scored his first goal of 2024 as he curled a fantastic free kick beyond Ryan Goldston before Harvey Ellis came off the bench to put Gresford ahead as the substitute found the target with a superb effort from 25 yards out. 

Just when it seemed Gresford would earn yet another win on the road, up stepped Smith, whose deflected effort in stoppage time rescued a point for the Bucks. 

JD Cymru North results 

Llandudno 2-3 Caersws
Llanidloes Town 0-3 Flint Town United
Mold Alexandra 0-3 Ruthin Town
Buckley Town 2-2 Gresford Athletic
Guilsfield 0-2 Holywell Town

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