Denbigh u15s 3 Hearts Wanderers u16 8
Denbigh u15s continue to struggle against the older teams but even so they could do without giving away two goal leads as they did against Rhyl Hearts Wanderers on Saturday.
The Reds started brightly enough until a disastrous mix up in defence gave Wanderers an easy chance to prod home and make it 1-0. Within ten minutes it was 2 - 0 after another error at the back. Gruff Roberts who had being playing left back instead of the injured Ynyr Clwyd was then pushed up to try and cause some problems the other end. The impact was immediate. Roberts took a pass on the wing and turned the full back inside out before firing an unstoppable shot. Shortly afterwards he hit the bar with a free kick and Denbigh thought they were back in the game but Wanderers are a very strong team and were having none of it. By half time sorry Denbigh trudged off with a 6 -1 deficit with only their pride left to play for.
The home side seemed to rally then and lined up first ready for the second half. They were determined to at least keep the score line down and hopefully hit Rhyl on the break. Although the football was not pretty the long balls to the battling front men began to have an effect . Daniel Whitfield worked hard on the right wing and began to see more of the ball . The tough forward Corey Wynne was clattered hard fifteen minutes in but rather than go down he fed Ifan Jones who beat his marker and smashed the ball into the net. 6-2. Ashley Andews who suffered a nasty, but accidental, knock under his eye earlier also showed he also has some metal as he fought hard in the middle of the park. He made some very strong tackles and won important balls in the air in the middle of the park as he tried to set up one or two chances. Rhyl still looked the better team though and they scored another with ten minutes left. There was still time for a second Ifan Jones goal before Rhyl made it 8 - 3 as the final whistle neared.
A much better second half for the Reds and despite the scoreline there was some decent performances put in. As well as those previously named; Aled Douglas, Bongi Mashaba and Sam Lyon fought hard, particularly in the second period. Whitfield was named as Man of the Match by the opposition manager.