Rhayader stay top as Hay St Marys' poor run continues

By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Football

SPAR MID WALES LEAGUE DIVISION 1

Rhayader Town remain top of the Spar Mid Wales League first division despite falling to only their third league defeat of the season. The Red Kites paid the price for a poor all round performance as Aberaeron left The Weirglodd with a 1-0 victory under their belts- James Hemming getting the all important goal.

Rhayader had some solace in the fact that Carno and Berriew, third and second respectively also dropped points in a 1-1 draw. Peter Rees gave Carno the lead early in the second half but Matt Bumford levelled for Berriew who admitted they were hanging on during the last quarter of an hour when Carno saw chances go begging.

Hay St Marys saw their poor run continue with a 5-2 defeat at Llanrhaeadr. The Saints battled well during the opening 35 minutes and although Llanrhaeadr were on top, hay looked comfortable. But that all changed when a mistake at the back allowe Iain Edmunds to score for the hosts. Edmunds hit a second with a superb long range strike and when Tommy Evans charged down a clearance it was 3-0 to Llanrhaeadr. Iwan Matthews increased the lead before a cross from Matt Croose led to an own goal at the other end. Matthews bagged his second and Llanrhaeadr’s fifth before Jack Biggs gained a consolation for Hay in the very last minute.

Elsewhere, Welshpool Town won for only the third time this season with goals from Ricky Lichfield and Will Pritchard securing a 2-0 home success against Bow Street

Llanidloes Town booked their place in the last eight of the Central Wales Cup with a 3-1 win at Dolgellau. Dominic Thomas gave Dolgellau an early lead but Llanidloes hit back through Matt Savage, Rhys Evans and Joe Evans. Radnor Valley’s tie against Tywyn Bryncrug was postponed for a second time.

SPAR MID WALES LEAGUE DIVISION 2

Builth Wells made a timely return to winning ways with a 4-2 success over Penybont on The Lant Field. The Bulls forged a four goal lead by half-time with an own goal settting them on their way followed by strikes from Liam Ryland, Brad Rollinson and Will Cleaton. Builth player-manager, Shane Claridge said “We were far better than them and I felt we could put a big score past them but I was proved wrong”. Penybont hit back with two goals from Dom Owen and nearly got a third but Builth hung on for their first win min ten.

Presteigne were unable to halt Kerry’s march towards the first division as they were beaten at home by the league leaders. It ws Kerry’s eleventh straight league win and although the better side, they knew they had been in a game against a determined Presteigne who had led through a scrambled effort from Owen Williams. Luke Mumford levelled from the penalty spot before half-time and Kerry’s second half pressure was finally rewarded with Daryl McWatt grabbing a late late winner

Second placed Borth United crashed to a 4-1 defeat at in-form Churchstoke whose Joe Haycock bagged a hat-trick. Max McLaughlin was also on target with Lee Crumper scoring for Borth.

Goals from Tristan Harris and Liam Powell earned Aberystwyth University a 2-0 home win against Four Crosses while Dyffryn Banw’s revival continued. Alwyn Jones (2), Alan Williams and Geraint Roberts contributed to their 4-3 win at Abermule whose goals came from Charlie Humphreys (2) and Dave Anthony.