Wood scores four in cup game victory
TOM WOOD was a four-goal hero as Bro Goronwy recorded an emphatic 11-0 win over St Asaph City Reserves to set up a home tie against Rhuddlan Town in the last 16 of the NWCFA Junior Cup.
Gwynedd League Bro hosted identical opponents in the same round of last season’s competition, on that occasion coming away with a 4-1 win.
Goronwy did more damage this time around, sending St Asaph back over the bridge smarting from a double-figure caning.
With Martin Jones taking sole charge of Bro for his first match, the new manager must have been delighted at what he saw from his side, applying the desire and hunger all over the pitch that the visitors could not handle.
Jac Thomas and Wood looked lively upfront from the first whistle as their pace threatened the visiting defenders. It did not take Wood long to start off the goal scoring spree.
Callum Thomas left the full-back for dead before some quick footwork gained the space to square across the goal for Wood to pounce on the follow up from close range.
St Asaph had the chance to level on 14 minutes, Aaron Elliott brought down in the box from a Jamie Jones challenge. The midfielder picked himself up to take the spot kick only for stopper Jonny Sweetser-Hawkes to excel in diving to his left to push the ball away to safety.
Jac Thomas made that miss pay as a double before the break gave Bro a comfortable lead before the floodgates opened after the interval.
Jamie Jones found centre half Dylan Jones’ marauding run, moving the ball on to Callum Thomas who flighted in an inviting cross for Jac Thomas to rise like a salmon and plant his header downwards past Sam Roberts.
Jac Thomas’ pace put Bro 3-0 up, racing on to Taylor Jones’ accurate through ball to apply a composed low finish.
St Asaph held Bro at bay before the deluge began with 25 minutes remaining, the Anglesey side battering in eight further goals without reply.
Liam Griffiths’ flick set up Wood’s chipped finish over Roberts before again Griffiths’ sheer work rate and pass picked out Andy Williams at the far post, the striker turning the defender this way and that before making it 5-0 with a low angled drive.
Wood deservedly completed his hat-trick after 75 minutes, blasting into the top corner as Bro reaped five goals in as many minutes.
Jamie Jones’ quick thinking in send- ing his shot from the halfway line soaring into the top corner proved the pick of the bunch before Andy Williams’ run set up Connor Jones’ close range finish.
Ross Mark came off the bench to plunder a double, sandwiched inbetween Wood’s fourth goal.
Mark won the race to the ball before the glovesman to slot home, before Wood was again on his toes to pounce after the keeper saved Williams’ shot to bring up double figures. Mark had the last say in finding the net again.
Bro goals: Wood 4, Jac Thomas 2, Andy Williams, Jamie Jones, Connor Jones, Ross Mark 2.
Tom Wood (stripes) closes down St Asaph’s Harry Langton