Cymru Alliance
20 Dec 2008
Glantraeth 1 Denbigh Town 2
Report by Stan Strickland

Once again Glan can point to having just as much possession as their opponents but for the third successive game went down to defeat by a single goal margin.

There were fifteen minutes gone before the first real goal chance arrived as Gerallt Jones picked out Kevin Roberts but the Glantraeth forward couldnít get his shot on target and two minutes later Denbigh took the lead as a well delivered free kick from Jamie Hobson was met at the near post by Gareth Martin and his glancing header found the far corner.

The home side replied on 22 minutes with a fine move worthy of an equaliser, Corey Sinnott swinging in a cross that Gerallt Jones cleverly laid off for Chris Evans to strike a tremendous right foot shot that was inches too high.

David Hughes and Gerallt Jones linked up well nine minutes before the break finishing with a shot on goal by Jones but he failed to get any real power on the ball and Hulse was left with an easy save.

With the first period entering added time the visitors delivered a killer blow as Ian Evans battled well for the ball out on the left before crossing for Chris Williams to meet with a powerful header that gave home keeper Marc Newbould no chance.

Glan could have few complaints about the scoreline at the interval the visitors always looking the more likely scorers but the Bodorgan side came out for the second period looking in determined mood and came close to pulling a goal back within a minute of the restart as Gerallt Jones set up a shooting opportunity for Sinnott but with Denbigh defenders closing in fast the Glan forward drove the ball wide.

This was better from Glantraeth as they continued to press but for all their endeavours Denbigh keeper Hulse was largely untroubled and it was again the visitors who came nearest to a further goal just past the hour mark as Kenny Burgess broke clear but was forced wide under pressure and three minutes later the home side almost conceded again as a poor kick from Newbould went straight to Ian Evans and the Glan keeper had to go full length to rescue the situation.

With twenty minutes remaining Town should have gone three up, Jamie Hobson clipping the woodwork when it looked easier to score after coming in unmarked at the far post to meet a Burgess cross from the left.

With central defender Gareth Owen now pushed forward Glan finally got some reward for an improved second half performance in the 75th minute and Cae Trefdraeth has seen few better strikes than the beautifully timed half volley from Kevin Roberts that dipped just under the bar with keeper Jamie Hulse helpless

The home side sensed they were now in with a real chance of retrieving something from a game that was beginning to look out of reach. The sheer physical presence of Owen up front, something Glan have so badly lacked, was making a real difference and Denbigh were holding on during the closing stages and had a remarkable let-off four minutes from time as keeper Hulseís clearance crashed against a defender and only a desperate saving tackle prevented Tom Wyn Roberts sliding the ball home into the unguarded goal.

Denbigh were getting plenty of bodies behind the ball and despite constant pressure on their goal as the final whistle approached held on for the points.

Glantraeth: Marc Newbould, Bryn Jones (David Alan Jones 45), Adam Jones, Andy Tower, Gareth Owen, Darren Jones, David Hughes, Gerallt Jones, Corey Sinnott (Tomos Wyn Roberts 80), Kevin Roberts, Chris Evans