JD Cymru North round-up | More Llandudno late drama sees Seasiders climb the table

There was no shortage of late drama in the JD Cymru North on Saturday as Llandudno triumphed 3-2 away at Guilsfield. 

Iwan Matthews scored his 13th league goal of the season to put the Guils in front in the 35th minute, but his opener was cancelled out by Ethan Roberts on the stroke of half-time.

Fabrizio Murtas put Llandudno ahead nine minutes into the second half, but they were pegged back in the 84thminute by Jamie Hyne, who thought he had rescued a point for the Guils only for Danny Holland to convert a 90th-minute penalty to restore the visitors’ advantage. 

Guilsfield had the chance to make it three apiece in the seventh minute of stoppage time when they were awarded a penalty of their own, but teenager goalkeeper Joe Angus saved Matthews’ spot-kick to secure the three for the Seasiders, which saw them leapfrog Guilsfield, who are now on a six-game winless run. 

Craig Lindfield’s double steered JD Cymru North leaders Airbus UK Broughton to a 3-1 win over Denbigh Town at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium. 

Airbus made the breakthrough in the 24th minute as Denbigh goalkeeper Aaron Jones could only parry James Davies’ effort straight into the path of 17-year-old Kaiden Cooke, who made no mistake finding the target from close range. 

The visitors hit back five minutes later through TNS loanee Owen Davies, who broke in behind the Airbus defence before calmly slotting past Mitchell Jones for his fourth goal in as many games. 

However, Mark Allen’s side quickly restored their lead as Lindfield poked the ball home from Cooke’s cross to put his side ahead at the break. Lindfield grabbed his second of the afternoon on the hour mark as his free-kick evaded everyone and nestled in the net. 

Fellow title challengers Flint Town United also showed no signs of any slip ups as the Silkmen defeated Caersws 2-1 thanks to Ben Hughes’ sublime double. 

Hughes netted the opener on 14 minutes with a sweetly struck effort from 25 yards out before the youngster doubled his tally at the start of the second half after tapping home Jake Phillips’ cross at the back post. 

Caersws’ talisman Rhys Hesden gave his side a late lifeline in the fifth minute of stoppage time, but it proved to only be a consolation for the Bluebirds. 

Chirk AAA’s relegation from the JD Cymru North was confirmed on Saturday after the Colliers were beaten 4-1 by Mold Alexandra. 

Mold captain Rhys Nash headed home the opening goal from Danny Warren’s corner early on, but Max McLaughlin levelled the scoreline from the penalty spot just ten minutes later.

However, Mold opened up a two-goal lead at the interval thanks to quickfire goals from Steve Watkins and Josh Watkin, before Jake Roberts’ first goal of 2024 wrapped up the win after the break. 

Charley Edge scored a stunning 87th-minute free kick as Gresford Athletic narrowly defeated Porthmadog 1-0 at Y Traeth. 

With both sides deadlocked at 0-0, the match required a moment of magic and up stepped Edge, who sent a thunderous free kick into the top corner to earn the Colliers a win which moved them up into the top half. Port remain in the relegation zone following defeat. 

Bangor 1876 drew for the first time in the JD Cymru North this season after Ruthin Town held them to a goalless stalemate at Nantporth. 

The visitors had the best chance of the match as Josh Giblin’s low cross somehow wasn’t turned home by Charlie Williams, who fired over the crossbar from just seven yards out. 

JD Cymru North results 

Bangor 1876 0-0 Ruthin Town
Caersws 1-2 Flint Town United
Chirk AAA 1-4 Mold Alexandra
Porthmadog 0-1 Gresford Athletic
Airbus UK Broughton 3-1 Denbigh Town
Guilsfield 2-3 Llandudno

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