Disappointing performance from Town
Denbigh Town 1-3 Conwy Borough
Denbigh went into this game on the back of two defeats and were looking for a win to move up the table. Instead the outcome went in favour of the visitors who were much the better team and deservedly came out winners with their striker Corrig McGonigle claiming a hat-trick.
Several changes were made to the side which lost at Bangor with Tony Davies and Mark Roberts returning from suspension. New loan signing Damien Allen from Newtown went straight into the team in centre midfield. Allen has spent a large part of his playing career at Bangor City when they were in the Welsh Premier League and is a creative midfielder with a wealth of experience. Loan signing Allieu Sheriff retained his position after an impressive debut at Bangor.
On a cold dry winters evening the pitch passed an inspection in mid afternoon as there had been surface water on the pitch. However after some sterling work from the ground staff the game was deemed playable.
The early stages saw neither goalkeeper forced into action with the play concentrated around the centre of the pitch. Conwy had the first chance on 24 minutes when McGonigle’s volley went just over. Denbigh then had strong appeals for a penalty turned down by the referee as Mark Roberts was through goal only to be brought to the ground in a challenge Denbigh players and supporters all felt was a foul.
With Conwy settling better into the game and having more possession Denbigh’s chances were few and far between. Pat Hinchcliffe did well on the right wing and sent a high cross over which Sarnowski caught well under pressure.
On 30 minutes Conwy won a free kick some 20 yards out on the edge of the penalty area. McGonigle stepped up to take it and his low shot evaded everyone in the penalty area and flew into the back of the net to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Conwy continued to put the pressure on Denbigh and in the 37th minute Dan Lloyd did well to track back and make a vital tackle to thwart McGonigle as he was through on goal.
Denbigh’s best chance of the half came from a free kick on the edge of the Conwy box after Sam Downey was fouled. Lewis Sirrell and Pat Hinchcliffe worked a clever ploy which saw Hinchclfiffe take the kick which went just shy of the keeper’s right hand post.
After a stern half time talk in the Denbigh changing room Pat Hinchcliffe and Allieu Sheriff saw efforts on goal but Denbigh never found their rhythm and Conwy’s Connor Harwood had a great chance from a McGonigle free kick to double Conwy’s score but for a Craig Vernon save.
The second Conwy goal came on 58 minutes after Denbigh lost possession in their own half and the ball fell to the Conwy midfield who fed a great ball through the Denbigh defence. McGonigle ran onto it and was able to slide the ball past an oncoming Craig Vernon to give Conwy a 2-0 lead
Joint managers Dewi Llion and Matty Jones felt it was time for a change on 62 minutes and Curtis Langton and Sam Jones came on for Dan Lloyd and Allieu Sheriff. However 3 minutes later after a Mark Roberts foul on the edge of Denbigh’s area McGonigle stepped up once again to fire a superb shot past a despairing Craig Vernon to claim his hat-trick.
Conwy were now in control and stepped off the pedal a little as Denbigh enjoyed a better spell in the game. Sam Downey had a great shot which deserved a goal from 20 yards but it just clipped the crossbar(see photo). Jake Walker replaced Lewis Sirrell on 75 minutes and it was Walker who pulled a goal back for Town in the 90th minute but by then it was too late to really affect the outcome.
Next up for Denbigh is a trip to Penrhyncoch on Saturday 26th January with a 2.30pm kick off
Denbigh Town FC
Craig Vernon, Miles Todd, Dan Lloyd, Bailey Jackson, Tony Davies (Capt), Pat Hinchcliffe, Sam Downey , Lewis Sirrell, Damien Allen, Allieu Sheriff, Mark Roberts: Subs – Sion Jones, Chandon Gioacchini, Jake Walker, Sam Jones, Curtis Langton
Conwy Borough FC
Antoni Sarnowski, Nathan Williams, Gerwyn Jones, Iolo Hughes, Ant Marshall, Gethin Maxwell, Leigh Craven, Tom Creamer, Dean Seager, Corrig McGonigle, Connor Harwood. Subs – Sean Caffrey, Ben Heald, Cory Williams, Tom Cad, Jack Roberts
Attendance – 190