Su­per Berf­fro re­turn to gi­ant-killing form

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RENOWNED gi­ant-killers Aberf­fraw were at it again last Satur­day as they recorded a 2-1 win at Bod­ed­ern Ath­letic in the Welsh Cup.

The Welsh Al­liance Di­vi­sion Two un­der­dogs, who have knocked out sev­eral higher league op­po­nents in ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions in re­cent years, pro­duced a superb per­for­mance to elim­i­nate their Di­vi­sion One hosts at the week­end.

Berf­fro set­tled the quicker and looked to be worthy of a penalty when Steve Jones ap­peared to be tripped from be­hind in the box, but the ref­eree was un­moved.

The vis­i­tors’ frus­tra­tion was soon put to bed as they took a de­served lead with a low and hard fin­ish from Richard Roberts.

Boded’s slug­gish start continued and be­fore long it was 2-0.

Con­nor Rees did well in win­ning pos­ses­sion in mid­field and found Roberts in acres of space and clean through on goal. The front­man stead­ied him­self be­fore whistling his shot across the face of goal, the ball hit­ting the in­side of the post and nestling into the back of the net.

Bod­ed­ern changed for­ma­tion af­ter the break, throw­ing on an ex­tra striker, and it worked ini­tially as James Burgess scored from a cor­ner on 55 min­utes.

The hosts now piled on the pres­sure, but Aberf­fraw de­fended hero­ically to claim the win.

Glantraeth were beaten 6-4 in ex­tra time by Pen­maen­mawr Phoenix.

Andy Clarke (2), Bryn Roberts and Tom Hadley struck for Glan, but the Welsh Al­liance Di­vi­sion Two vis­i­tors out­lasted their op­po­nents, Benn Lund­stram with a hat-trick, Al­fie Caldicott a dou­ble and Aaron Keat­ing a sin­gle.

Aml­wch Town were whipped 6-0 at home by Vale of Cl­wyd and Conwy League Premier Di­vi­sion side Llan­dudno Ama­teurs, Pen­traeth went down 2-0 at Prestatyn Sports and, de­spite putting up a good bat­tle, Gaer­wen were elim­i­nated 2-0 at Nantlle Vale.

Holy­head Town of Welsh Al­liance Di­vi­sion Two tri­umphed 3-2 at the ex­pense of Gwynedd League lead­ers Me­nai Bridge Tigers, who gave the Har­bour­men a great con­test.

Asa Thomas, Tom Roberts and An­thony Parry grabbed the goals for Craig Brodie’s side, while the Bridge hit back through Tom Parry and Shaun Lock.

Bridge have an­nounced that Kelvin Frazer, who has played at Welsh Al­liance and Huws Gray Al­liance level, has joined the club.

De­part­ing Holy­head Town is striker Tom Hadley, who has signed for Gwynedd League Glantraeth.

Hadley net­ted 31 goals in 2016/17 as Town won an An­gle­sey League treble, then scored 14 last term for the Har­bour­men, who were crowned Gwynedd League cham­pi­ons at the first at­tempt.

Richard Roberts (yel­low) scores for Aberf­fraw as Bod­ed­ern’s Casey Boy­lan at­tempts to close him down

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