Radnor Valley saw their five-match Lock Stock Ardal North East winning run come to an end on Saturday afternoon when they were defeated by hosts Llanuwchllyn 3-1 at Cae Llan.


The Goats had suffered three consecutive league defeats during January but had bounced back in style to maintain second position behind leaders Penrhyncoch. Llanuwchllyn, meanwhile, had suffered just one league reverse all term and held games in hand on the teams above them in the table due to their run to the latter stages of the FAW Amateur Trophy.

The hosts came very close to opening the scoring in the third minute of the match when Will Owen rounded Radnor Valley keeper Will Fowden but defender Tim Office managed to scramble back and clear the ball before it crossed the line. The New Radnor men looked to respond within 60 seconds when Tom Edwards drove towards the penalty area and narrowly fizzed a shot over the crossbar.

Joey Price latched on to Fowden's sixth minute clearance but was unable to apply enough power into his header to beat Llanuwchllyn keeper Rob Dascalu. Price tried his luck again just a minute later but was denied by Dascalu when he was put through on goal by Lewis Morris.

But the Merionethshire club broke the lead after just 10 minutes when Owen squeezed the ball through to Meilir Williams to fire past Fowden from close range.

Llanuwchllyn then came close to doubling their lead afterwards when Williams headed wide from close range following Owen's cross delivered from the left side of the penalty area.

The Goats were forced into a substitution when an unwell Office was replaced by Aled Preece as Llanuwchllyn were now creating the better goal scoring opportunities.

The Radnor Valley management team knew that they would have to dig deep in the second-half given that talisman Joey Price had to be replaced by Charlie Beaumont during the interval.

Llanuwchllyn had to wait until the 67th minute to double their advantage when Ilan Hughes' free-kick from near the left touchline beat Fowden at his near post.

The Goats halved the deficit seven minutes later when player/manager Matt Croose was on hand to convert Lewis Morris' deep free-kick played into the host's penalty area at the far post.

But Llanuwchllyn quickly re-established their two-goal buffer within two minutes after the restart when Kyle Jones curled a shot into the far corner of the net after being picked out by Iolo Jones.

The hosts came close to extending the advantage further within 60 seconds of the restart, when Davies fired narrowly wide of goal from 25 yards. Matthews was denied by Dascalu after an 85th minute free-kick was played into the host's penalty area.

The Goats' hopes of claiming something from the match when Elliot Morris was shown a red card by referee Neil Bayliss with four minutes remaining on the clock as their winning came was finally brought to a halt besides the Bala Lake Railway.