Wood scores four in cup game vic­tory

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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.

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