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Caersws
Conwy Borough
Sat 1 Apr 14:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Full time Attendance 88

Tangerines Made to Pay for Missed Chances

The Tangerines went down to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Caersws on Saturday.

The Tangerines went down to a disappointing defeat at Caersws on Saturday leaving Brian Pricthards side needing to win the final league match at home to Mold Alex (Saturday 15th March, KO 2.30pm) and depending upon the outcomes from elsewhere to stand any hope of escaping the drop.

Conwy started the game with purpose and should of been well ahead early into the half. Tom Quinn who was pushed into midfield, released Joe Chaplin through on goal but his shot was straight at the onrushing keeper. More Conwy pressure led to a corner which was met by Neil Harvey’s header which just cleared the bar. Ben Glover then had a chance going through down the left hand side but his shot hit the side netting.

The home side began to come into the game as the half progressed with Josh Cook forced into making a save from a shot inside the box. Another glorious chance went begging for the Tangerines as Titchiner spun his defender inside the box but his shot found the side netting with only the keeper to beat.

Conwy again started the second half quickly forcing a corner almost straight away but it was cleared. The Tangerines were made to pay for missed chances as Caersws took the lead. A corner fell to Josh Hartrick on the edge of the box and he smashed his shot into the bottom corner on 57 minutes.

Conwy increased the pressure but more chances went begging as Harvey sliced his volley wide inside the box from a Rowntree knock down, Glover and Titchiner both had shots blocked. More dismay was to follow for the visitors as Caersws doubled their lead on 81 minutes.

A counter attack broke out down the right through Sean Evans who raced inside the box and squared the ball to Iwan Lewis who slotted the ball in from close range.

The Tangerines didn’t give up and Titchiner found the net on 86 minutes, with probably his most difficult chance, as the ball broke free on the edge of the box he planted a shot which landed right in the top corner of the net.

The introduction of Steve Foster up front added further impetus to Conwy attacks and the substitute striker had the ball in the net on 88 minutes but was adjusted to be offside.

The game ended on a sour note with a serious injury sustained to Caersws striker Josh Hartrick, who was brought down by Chris Rowntree in an awkward challenge not helped by the difficult surface. Referee, Mike Gray, who had a poor game overall, seeing the resulting injury then showed a straight red to Rowntree, which was very harsh. Everyone at Conwy Borough FC send their best wishes to Josh for a speedy recovery.

With Llanfair the only team in the bottom five to pick up points, the defeat leaves Conwy in 14th place. A final placement of 12th, and guaranteed safety, is still mathematically possible providing the Tangerines beat Mold in the final game. However, it is looking more likely that a place in the bottom four and awaiting the outcome of promotion and relegation in the other leagues will decide Conwy Borough's destiny for next season.

Team selection

Cook, Josh Cook, Josh
Morris, Tom Morris, Tom
Quinn, Tom Quinn, Tom
Rowntree, Chris Rowntree, Chris
Harvey, Neil Harvey, Neil
Breeze, Jonathon Breeze, Jonathon
Fraser, Dean Fraser, Dean
Cross, Daniel Cross, Daniel
Chaplin, Joe Chaplin, Joe
Titchiner, Alex Titchiner, Alex
Glover, Ben Glover, Ben

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Denbigh Town 30 38
11. Ruthin Town 30 33
12. Penrhyncoch 30 31
13. Llanfair United 30 25
14. Mold Alex 30 25
15. Conwy Borough 30 24
16. Buckley Town 30 22

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