Super Berffro return to giant-killing form
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