FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST 2016
HUWS GRAY ALLIANCE
PRESTATYN TOWN 7-1 RUTHIN TOWN
The Seasiders punished their Denbighshire neighbours upon their return to the second tier with a nigh on-dominant performance at Bastion Gardens, spoiled only by a red card for Mike Parker.
James Stead claimed the very first goal of the Huws Gray Alliance campaign after just five minutes, before Jordan Davies packed away a penalty 15 minutes later. He took all of five minutes to grab his second, as the ball rebounded off the back post.
Dave Hayes continued the rout three minutes after the break, turning in Stead’s corner after a goalmouth scramble. Jack Kenny had an effort ruled offside during the first half, but finally made it count on 55 minutes. Ruthin finally pulled a goal back with a quarter of an hour left, but Prestatyn once again bossed the closing stages. Alec Williams struck in the 89th minute and Davies rounded off his hattrick in stoppage time.
LOCK STOCK WELSH ALLIANCE
LLANDYRNOG UNITED 4-0 ST ASAPH CITY
Llandyrnog and their new manager, Ryan Harden, rung the changes after being spared relegation by the demise of Gwalchmai. St Asaph had also spent the summer rebuilding themselves – but on account of this Denbighshire derby, Dyrny’s turn in fortunes inspired them to one of their best performances for a long time.
Liam Jones – fresh from Ruthin Town – broke the deadlock on 35 minutes with a left footed finish into the bottom corner. Mark Roberts and Dan Porter were among the scorers after the break as the Saints were left in the lurch at Cae Nant.
DENBIGH TOWN 5-1 LLANRWST UNITED
Ahead of the first team’s opener at Llanfair, Andy Thomas’ brace set Town on their way towards a comfortable start to the season. A 34th minute penalty was followed up by a cool solo finish from Thomas soon after the hour.
The Rwsters replied on 72 minutes, but back came Jamie Clayton to slide home Denbigh’s third at the far post after a free kick. Sean James drove home a low shot just two minutes later, but probably the pick of the goals belonged to William Holmes’ 18 yard-screamer in the 88th minute.