Welsh League and Cymru Alliance wrap and results: West End go top after dramatic win; Rhyl maintain lead after late strike

MACWHIRTER WELSH LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
West End beat Haverfordwest County to pip AFC Porth and Cambrian & Clydach to go top of Division One on goal difference, on a day when all three sides could’ve reached the league summit with pacesetters Barry Town without a fixture.

The Townhill side took a 30th-minute lead through former County-man Dale Griffiths’ first-half penalty, with goalkeeper Peter Blain receiving a straight red. And it was a repeat incident which sparked the game into life in the final 15-minutes, when West End saw their Luke Martin dismissed for a not dissimilar offence, leaving Chris O’Sullivan to put Haverfordwest back level from the penalty spot. With the wind in their sails, the lively Ben Steele added a second late on, but County allowed the visitors back into the game as Griffiths took advantage of some generous defining to claim his second of the afternoon. Alex Chrysanthou’s effort from the edge of the box sealed a tense win at the death, with Haverfordwest reduced to nine-men when Andy Hill saw red for dissent. AFC Porth remain third after being held at home by Cwmbran Celtic . Rakesh Patel’s second-half penalty sealed a deserved point for Celtic, after Rob Thomas had given Porth an early lead. Pontardawe downed Cambrian & Clydach 2-1 at the Recreation Ground. Chris Allen grabbed in-form Ponty the winner as Cambrian slip to fourth.

Goytre United 2 – 0 Bridgend Town
AFC Porth 1 – 1 Cwmbran Celtic
Barry Town 1 – 2 Monmouth Town
Bryntirion Athletic 0 – 0 Aberdare Town
Haverfordwest County 2 – 3 West End
Pontardawe Town 2 – 1 Cambrian & Clydach
Tata Steel 2 – 1 Caerleon

HUWS GRAY ALLIANCE
It’s as you were in the Cymru Aliance with the top three all recording wins, although it was leaders Rhyl who were least convincing of the trio, needing an 82nd-minute goal from Steve Lewis to overcome high-flying Conwy Borough. Rhyl have a five-point lead over nearest rivals Cefn Druids who recorded their third-straight win as Mike Burke and Josh Dures each netted a brace in their comprehensive 6-0 win at mid-table Rhydymwyn. It is third-placed Caersws who are very much the league’s in-form team however. The Bluebirds made it seven wins on the bounce as they recorded a 3-0 win away to Rhaydaer, with Adam Jenkins, Mark Griffiths and a Dale Evans own-goal making the difference after a goalless first-half. Sam Jones’ netted Flint the only goal of the game against Guilsfield to keep the Silkmen in fifth spot. Porthmadog continue to climb the table after a 2-0 win at Penycae.

Buckley Town 3 – 0 Llandudno
Flint Town United 1 – 0 Guilsfield
Penrhyncoch 2 – 1 Llanrhaeadr
Penycae 0 – 2 Porthmadog
Rhayader Town 0 – 3 Caersws
Rhydymwyn 0 – 6 Cefn Druids
Rhyl 1 – 0 Conwy Borough
Ruthin Town 0 – 1 Holyhead Hotspurs

MACWHIRTER WELSH LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Goytre edged past Penrhiwceiber Rangers at home by a singe goal remain six points clear, Briton Ferry Llansawell recorded a 4-1 win over Newport YMCA to maintain the pressure on the league leaders. Ely Rangers recorded also recorded a 4-1 victory, over rivals Cardiff Corinthians, who have lost each of their nine of the games this season.

Ammanford 4 – 1 Caldicot Town
Briton Ferry Llansawel 4 – 1 Newport YMCA
Croesyceiliog 1 – 4 Caerau (Ely)
Ely Rangers 4 – 1 Cardiff Corinthians
Goytre 1 – 0 Penrhiwceiber Rangers

MACWHIRTER WELSH LEAGUE DIVISION THREE
Abertillery Bluebirds 3 – 0 Bettws
AFC Llwydcoed 3 – 2 Llantwit Major
Bridgend Street 1 – 2 Newcastle Emlyn
Cardiff Met University 7 – 2 Newport Civil Service
Llanwern 2 – 2 Chepstow Town
Tredegar Town 0 – 3 Pontypridd Town
Treharris Athletic Western 2 – 2 Risca United

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