JD Cymru Premier
Connah’s Quay Nomads 4-2 Caernarfon Town
Caernarfon: Danny Brookwell 8′, Sion Bradley 57′
A long unbeaten league run for the Canaries came to an end on Deeside.
The opening moments saw Alex Ramsay keep out Michael Wilde at close range, while at the other end, Darren Thomas went close early on as his looping header went just over the bar.
The hosts soon went ahead as the Cofis’ defence failed to deal with a well-worked team goal, finishing with Wilde turning his marker. Barely a minute later, Danny Brookwell offered the perfect response as he slotted home home the equaliser.
Both sides settled down after a lively start with Ramsay denying Michael Bakare while the Cofis created a number of set pieces without threatening too much.
The hosts took control after the break with the early pressure paying off on 53 minutes, when Jamie Insall set up Declan Poole to retake the lead with a low finish. The away defence lapsed again two minutes later as Insall drilled home past Ramsay after some good build-up play.
Caernarfon needed another quick response and Sion Bradley was on hand as a mix up in the Nomads goal allowed him to shoot past keeper Lewis Brass and into an empty net.
Sean Eardley’s men were not going to give up a four-game winning streak easily as Leo Smith sent a shot over the crossbar. But as their efforts doubled to find a third goal, Insall chose his moment to pounce on the ball at close range and score his brace.
Smith threatened again when he hit the post, but the Nomads’ defence managed to frustrate the visitors throughout the closing stages.
Connah’s Quay go second in the Cymru Premier table with Caernarfon in fifth, having fallen to their first league defeat since their opening day loss to The New Saints in August.
Another trip to the North East awaits Eardley’s men on Friday night when they visit Cefn Druids.
JD Cymru North
Porthmadog 0-0 Penrhyncoch
There were few sparks at Y Traeth as Port missed out on a third straight league win.
A frustrating and scrappy encounter, which appeared destined to finish in a stalemate from the start, was held up for around five minutes when Port keeper Paul Pritchard needed treatment for a collision with Steffan Davies.
Jay Gibbs and Mel McGuinness offered the best of the few chances – Gibbs with a powerful 25 yard strike saved by away keeper Leigh Jenkins, while McGuinness broke clear but his shot went over the bar.
The midfield battle continued to dominate in the second half without a single shot on target recorded. Gibbs threatened again with a 30 yard free kick going over the bar, while John Owen pulled his shot wide from the edge of the box late on.
Port begin their Welsh Cup campaign on Saturday, when they look to avoid an upset at Welsh Alliance outfit Llanberis.
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd League
Bangor 1876 14-0 Bethesda Athletic
Bangor 1876: Dylan Summers-Jones 2’/73’/85′, Jamie Petrie 5’/23’/31’/49’/67′, Cian Williams 8′, Les Davies 10’/34′, Dion Jones 27’/41′, Cameron Barry 84′
Not for the first time in their inaugural season, the fan-owned Treborth club proved unrelenting as they stretched their 100% record to seven games.
Mel Jones’ side, who demolished Llannerchymedd 12-0 just a week before, were ruthless against struggling Bethesda as top scorer Jamie Petrie bagged another five goals – with Dylan Summers-Jones adding a hattrick in their biggest competitive win to date.
1876 remain third in the table, three points off leaders Trearddur Bay Bulls and with two games in hand, as attention turns to their Welsh Cup clash with Penycae on Saturday.
Pesda are second bottom in the table with just one win in their opening nine games. Their next league encounter sees a home clash with Llangoed on 26th October.
Before then, they take on Trearddur Bay Bulls in the first round of this season’s Bob Owen Memorial Shield on Saturday (2pm ko)