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Under 18 (Youth) - Match centre

Hawkesbury Bell FC
GAP Connahs Quay
Full time
J Foster (67) (15', 23'), C Chisholm (37) (23'), O Manley (61) (35'), L Bruford (58) (65'), L Doran (65'), J Aitken (80'), L Woolley (65) (86')
Sat 28 Jan 14:00 - North East Wales Football League - Premier Division

U18's Hit Hawkesbury for 6 On The Elfed

6 goals and a clean sheet puts GAP 5 points clear at the top.

The young Nomads made the short trip from Connah's Quay to Buckley in the reverse fixture against Hawkesbury Bell, playing on a very soft pitch.

Woodward and Manley knew that the pitch would cut up and become almost unplayable within 30 minutes of the game starting so onus would be on the wide players to provide much of the magic today, as the centre of the pitch would be very difficult.

The start of the match was comfortable for Nomads, however, the surface could make a fool of even the best player and the Nomads centre backs of Ben Finnegan and Ben Waddilove knew that if they got caught with the ball over them it would be difficult to turn and recover. Nomads probed and the opposition keeper made some wonderful saves from Jack Foster and Luke Woolley in the opened stages.

On the break, Hawkesbury had their dangerous moments, but Finnegan and Waddilove were more than up for the test, sweeping up and playing out.

On 15' minutes Nomads had their breakthrough, wonderful work down the left between Craig Chisholm and Leon Doran saw a delicious cross to the back post, Jack Foster was on hand to side-foot volley the ball into the corner.

That wing play was to be the theme of the day, this time mirrored on the right through Luke Woolley and Liam Bruford. Some brilliant one-touch passes between the two put Woolley away and in space on the right, his lofted cross was nodded down by Foster; Craig Chisholm then smashed the ball past the keeper on the half volley from 10 yards.

10 minutes before the half it was to be the central midfielders who go involved in the goals this time. Great work on the right again saw Andrew Ely in space when the ball was pulled into the centre, his shot was slammed into the opposition centre-backs as they threw themselves in front of the ball. The loose ball fell to Owen Manley who drove the ball accurately through the crowd of players and into the corner.

Half-time was just a chance for Woodward and Manley to reiterate the importance working the ball out wide, quickly, on an ever deteriorating pitch.

5 minutes into the half saw the introduction of Ben James and Zach Williams who got into the action straight away. James was opening the play by finding passes into space and Williams marauding down the left.

Just past the hour mark, flying full-back Liam Bruford capped off a wonderful performance with a goal of his own. Excellent hold-up play and through ball by Leon Doran, now functioning in the 9 position, released Bruford who slotted the ball home coolly.

With 10 minutes to go Nomads hit twice again. On the 80' minute a corner was not dealt with by the away side, Ben Waddilove stabbed the ball towards goal and Jack Aitken reacted first to slam the ball past the keeper.

On the 86th minute, Owen Manley and Zach Williams teamed up excellently down the left. Williams put the ball on a plate for the in-form Luke Woolley to no the ball home.

The Reds made this their 3rd win on the bounce to cap off an unbeaten January. They sit at the top of the pile, 5 points clear. The teams below hold a number of games in hand and could peg the points back, however with teams in the top 10 all capable of beating each other, games in hand don't always mean points in the bag.

The most impressive thing today for the travelling team is that there was a clean sheet and 6 different scorers, showing that the young Reds have threats all over the pitch.

Scorers
Jack Foster (Assist Leon Doran)
Craig Chisholm (Assist Jack Foster)
Owen Manley (Assist Andrew Ely)
Liam Bruford (Assist Leon Doran)
Jack Aitken (Assist Ben Waddilove)
Luke Woolley (Assist Zach Williams)

Man of the Match - Liam Bruford
Fantastic performance again. He's been Mr consistent since Karters fine form took him to the 19's and today he was up and down the right tirelessly, him and Luke Woolley worked in tandem in with each other brilliantly causing all sorts of problems for Hawkesbury today.

Liam Bruford (58)

Player of the Match

Liam Bruford (58)

Key moments

15:00
Goal Jack Foster (67) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
23:00
Goal Craig Chisholm (37) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
23:00
Goal Jack Foster (67) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
35:00
Goal Owen Manley (61) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
65:00
Goal Liam Bruford (58) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
65:00
Goal Leon Doran scores for GAP Connahs Quay
80:00
Goal Jack Aitken scores for GAP Connahs Quay
86:00
Goal Luke Woolley (65) scores for GAP Connahs Quay

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben James (70) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Finnegan keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Player of the Match
Liam Bruford (58) is awarded player of the match for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jack Wynne keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jack Wynne keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Liam Bruford (58) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Leon Doran keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Leon Doran keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Waddilove keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Waddilove keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Owen Manley (61) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Owen Manley (61) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Liam Bruford (58) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Zachary Williams (39) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Zachary Williams (39) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Andrew Ely (41) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Finnegan keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jack Aitken keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Craig Chisholm (37) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Luke Woolley (65) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jack Foster (67) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
86:00 Assist
Zachary Williams (39) makes an assist for GAP Connahs Quay
86:00 Goal 0 - 8
Luke Woolley (65) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
80:00 Goal 0 - 7
Jack Aitken scores for GAP Connahs Quay
80:00 Assist
Ben Waddilove makes an assist for GAP Connahs Quay
65:00 Goal 0 - 6
Leon Doran scores for GAP Connahs Quay
65:00 Goal 0 - 5
Liam Bruford (58) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 0 - 4
Owen Manley (61) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
35:00 Assist
Andrew Ely (41) makes an assist for GAP Connahs Quay
23:00 Goal 0 - 2
Craig Chisholm (37) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
23:00 Goal 0 - 3
Jack Foster (67) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
15:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jack Foster (67) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
15:00 Assist
Leon Doran makes an assist for GAP Connahs Quay
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As it happened

  • Hawkesbury Bell FC
  • GAP Connahs Quay
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  • Jack Foster (67) Goal 15:00'
  • Leon Doran Assist 15:00'
  • Craig Chisholm (37) Goal 23:00'
  • Jack Foster (67) Goal 23:00'
  • Owen Manley (61) Goal 35:00'
  • Andrew Ely (41) Assist 35:00'
  • Liam Bruford (58) Goal 65:00'
  • Leon Doran Goal 65:00'
  • Ben Waddilove Assist 80:00'
  • Jack Aitken Goal 80:00'
  • Luke Woolley (65) Goal 86:00'
  • Zachary Williams (39) Assist 86:00'

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1. CPD Sychdyn 26 64
2. Mynydd Isa Spartans 26 58
3. Cefn Mawr Rangers 26 56
4. GAP Connahs Quay 26 53
5. Offa Athletic 26 53
6. Flint Mountain 26 49
7. Acton FC 26 39

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