Parry double boosts Citizens’ top-four hopes
Hard-working team effort knocks Flint off stride
BANGOR City gave themselves some timely cheer in the Huws Gray Alliance after pulling off a 2-1 win over Flint Town United in their last action of the season at Nantporth, writes John Bridgwater.
Victory, courtesy of a brace from Robbie Parry, his second from the penalty spot, was built on a hardworking team display from the young Citizens.
It halted a three-match losing run, and sees City remain fifth in the table, and still in with a chance of a fourth place finish.
Mark Cadwallader replied for a Flint side that, while chasing runners-up spot, struggled to get into their stride for much of the encounter.
Already relegated Holyhead Hotspur succumbed 2-1 at home to Ruthin Town, who finished in a creditable seventh spot.
Top scorer Llyr Morris scored twice for the visitors, his second a penalty, either side of a reply from the Anglesey men.
Porthmadog boss Craig Papirnyk ended his fiveyear period in charge at the Traeth on a disappointing note after his side slumped 2-0 at home to Guilsfield.
Port could still finish runners-up, though, but only if Flint fail to win their remaining game against Prestatyn Town.
First half goals from Luke Francis, with a crisp strike on seven minutes, and seasoned striker Danny Barton close to half-time, earned the depleted Guils a third straight win that lifted them up to sixth in the table.
Cory Williams fired a hat-trick as Conwy Borough
swept aside Rhyl 5-0 at Belle Vue, with Corrig McGonigle and Gethin Maxwell also on the mark.
It was a poor finish to the season for the Lilywhites, but Conwy never looked back once they were ahead on nine minutes when leading scorer McGonigle dispatched Williams’ cross.
Williams then opened his account following a defensive mistake on 13 minutes, then added a second from a corner on 27 before Maxwell increased the margin with a fine strike from outside the box seven minutes into the second period. Williams completed his hat-trick with a penalty on 65 minutes, before Ben Heald saved Mike Pritchard’s spot kick at the other end moments later.
Denbigh Town ended a run of five straight defeats with a 3-1 home victory over Llanrhaeadr – but they require their basement rivals Penrhyncoch and Holywell Town to drop points in their remaining games if they are to stay clear of the drop zone.
Mark Roberts led the way following a defensive mixup, before completing his hat-trick with two more goals before the break; the second a powerful header before racing clear to notch the third.
The Mid Wales villagers improved after the break, and Khyam Wyton reduced the arrears with a 73rd minute penalty after being brought down in the box.
Despite the defeat, Llanrhaeadr are now safe from relegation after results elsewhere went in their favour.
With two games left, Holywell’s relegation fate remains in their own hands despite being pegged back by Stef Davies’ injury time strike in their 3-3 draw at basement rivals Penrhyncoch.
The Wellmen had led on three occasions through Sam Jones, Damien Ketley and Mark Winslade, but Penrhyn again showed their battling qualities to hit back through Jon Foligno and Cledan Davies before Steff Davies levelled a third time a minute into stoppage time.
Cefn Albion lifted the FAW Trophy after beating Pontardawe Town 4-0 in the final at Aberystwyth’s Park Avenue.
Robbie Parry (blue) hit a double for Bangor against Flint