Llanrwst Utd took on Pwllheli in a massive game at Gwydir Park. A win for the Rwsters would put them level on points with Pwllheli, with two more fixtures to go (LLangefni Town Away, Greenfield Away). A win for Pwllheli would virtually guarantee them Division One football next season, with one game left (Glantraeth at Home) due to their superior goal difference.
Llanrwst Utd went with the same starting eleven that drew at St Asaph two nights previous, whilst Pwllheli travelled with a strong squads, albeit missing Mark Jones, second highest goal scorer in the Welsh Alliance this season with 28 goals.
The game started with the Rwsters dominating possession but not really testing the Pwll keeper.
On 12 minutes, Sam Roberts was penalised for a foul on Rhodri Scott, Referee awarding a free kick, 25 yards out, but central to the goal. Luckily for the Rwsters, Jamie Underwood couldn’t test Christian Wright as he smashed the ball high and wide.
A fantastic effort came the Rwsters way on 26 minutes, a lovely corner from Captain Al Roberts wasn’t dealt with by Martin Smith, his poor header was met by Steffan Whiteley, a powerful header that was pushed out by the Pwll keeper, that fell to Paul Cassidy who hit the ball hard and low, this time John Gwynfor Jones through himself in font of it, the ball once again falling to the Rwsters, Sam Roberts effort was deflected over by Smith. Heroic defending and goalkeeping by Pwllheli.
On the stroke of half time, a cross from Kyle Goodfellow sailed over the Rwsters back 3, Jac Parry tried to intercept but the ball fell nicely to Scott, who took a touch and shot passed Wright in goal.
The Rwsters hand another chance to equalise, Parry jinking his way passed 3 defenders, he combined well with Aron Hughes, who set Paul Cassidy up for a shot, Cassidy was the fouled by John Gwynfor Jones in the box, but Referee Mike Gillam waved play on, much to the Rwsters annoyance and Pwll’s surprise. 0-1 HT
The second half saw Pwllheli change tactics and formation. A 4-5-1 formation with 10 players behind the ball and leaving goal scorer Rhodri Scott to chase any clearances and win free kicks etc.
With the Rwsters having all the possession, Cassidy and Luke Roberts had half chances but neither could find a way passed the impressive young keeper that Pwllheli had.
Al Roberts had a fine half volley from outside the area tipped over the bar but Pwllheli hung on to get the vital 3 points that will see them playing Division One football next year.
Pictures Courtesy Of Heath Roberts - LLanrwst