Freescoring Port Entertain Caersws At The Traeth

Porthmadog entertain Caersws at the Traeth and they are keen to continue their free-scoring exploits.

They have fired 12 goals in their last two fixtures, netting seven against Llandudno Junction and then winning 5-4 win at Rhyl.

Joe Chaplin marked his return with a hat-trick against Rhyl, while Sion Bradley and Sion Edwards completed their tally.

The two clubs have already met this season with Port travelling to Caersws in early September when they had an unusually comfortable 5-2 victory.

Caersws are having a surprisingly difficult season with only eight points picked up this season and are third from bottom in the Huws Gray Alliance ahead of FC Queens Park and Llandudno Junction.

Porthmadog’s hat-trick ace Joe Chaplin, a former Cardiff Metropolitan University student.

Denbigh Town visit Llandudno Junction for third time this season and are intent on avoiding a third successive defeat (2pm kick-off).

Junction knocked Denbigh out of the League Cup and Welsh Cup at the Flyover Ground.

Denbigh know they are facing a major test even though Junction have yet to win a league match. Holywell, Rhyl and Holyhead have battled to one-goal wins at Junction, while Penrhyncoch and Airbus earned draws.

It is thought bottom of the table Junction will not be playing in the Alliance next season no matter how they fare over rest of the season due to problems with the size of the pitch.

Manager Iain Bennett and top scorer Dean Seager have Junction, but Denbigh are bracing themselves for a difficult test.

Denbigh drew against Caernarfon in their last game and almost won. The league leading Cofis snatched a point thanks to a last kick penalty.

Eddie Maurice-Jones, Denbigh’s manager, says: “It says something when the team and supporters are disappointed that we only managed a draw against the league leaders.

“That shows the expectations we have raised as the season has progressed.”

Rhyl travel to play Caernarfon with new manager Matthew Jones intent on helping his team bounce back from a 5-4 home defeat against Porthmadog last time out.

Jones has taken on the management with Mark Connolly appointed director of football.

“I’m proud to be Rhyl manager,” said Jones. “I live in Rhyl and know how much the club means to people. This is a huge club and I relish the challenge ahead.”

Rhyl are now without midfield player Alex Jones, who won’t be playing first team football because of work commitments.

“Many thanks to those who supported me during my time with Rhyl,” said Jones. “I really appreciate it and can’t thank you all enough.

“I wish the club all the best for the future.”

Jones moved to Rhyl from Prestatyn to Rhyl 18 months ago, made an immediate impact during his debut season in the Welsh Premier League and was voted manager’s player of the year.

Alliance leaders Caernarfon has scored 63 goals in 17 matches this season and have a goal difference of plus 40.

They are still in the Welsh Cup and play Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints at home.

Striker Kevin Lloyd is back with Caernarfon Town, making the move from Welsh Alliance Division One leaders Conwy Borough.

Lloyd is manager Sean Eardley’s first signing since ht took charge.

“Kev gives us versatility and is a good addition to the squad,” said Eardley. “Most of the squad know what he is capable of and I’m sure he’ll get a great welcome from the Cofi faithful.”

Airbus Broughton, who travel to play Guilsfield on Saturday, have signed former Nantwich Town and Tamworth winger Curtis Strong.

The 22-year-old, from Flint, emerged through the youth ranks at Stoke City where he played for the Potters’ Under-21s before joining Tamworth in August 2015.

He can play at at left-back or on the left wing.

Alliance fixtures:

Saturday, January 13: Gresford Athletic v FC Queens Park (2pm), Llandudno Junction v Denbigh Town (2pm), Caernarfon Town v Rhyl (2.30pm), Guilsfield v Airbus Broughton (2.30pm), Holywell Town v Ruthin Town (2.30pm), Penrhyncoch v Flint Town United (2.30pm), Porthmadog v Caersws (2.30pm).

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