Dolgellau dent Borth's title hopes

By Adam Hughes in Football

BORTH United dropped crucial points in the race for the Spar Mid Wales League division two title race as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Dolgellau on Boxing Day.

A Dennis Bates penalty and goals from Ieuan Brooks, Aron Burrough and Dominic Thomas saw Dolgellau hit back to maintain their unbeaten home record.

After their 4-1 defeat at Newbridge, the Crows had started brightly, with Liam Lewis testing keeper Darren Andrews, before opening the scoring on 10 minutes.

A cross from the right by Ryan Davies was spilled by Andrews to the feet of Lewis, and he coolly slotted home from six yards out.

Dolgellau’s Dominic Thomas saw his chip go wide, after latching onto a clearnace by keeper Sean Gates, and on the half hour David Edwards played in Thomas, whose low shot went narrowly wide of the far post.

Borth’s Ryan Davies tested Andrews from an acute angle, but when Edwards was brought down by the keeper at the other end, Dennis Bates converted Dolgellau’s equaliser from the spot.

Within 10 minutes of the re-start second half, the home team were ahead as Ieuan Brooks burst through two challenges and he fired home from a tight angle.

Borth tried to gain a foothold in the game, but Dolgellau remained resolute, with the back three of Dafydd Meirion, Jon Sutton and Parry being hardly troubled.

Ryan Thomas set up Brooks, but he sliced wide at the near post, before Dolgellau extended their lead.

Brooks’ floated free kick was headed home by substitute Aron Burrough from eight yards to make it 3-1.

Then, when a Borth corner was cleared upfield, Dominic Thomas pounced onto the ball, rounded Gates and slotted into the empty net to seal the game for Dolgellau.

Edwards then set up Ryan Thomas, but he scuffed his attempted lob and, with time running out, a cross from Ben Van Gucci saw Burrough again with a free header, but from close range he was just wide of target.

Title rivals Kerry took their chance to open up a three-point lead at the top of division two as a brace from Luke Mumford sealed a 2-0 win at local rivals Abermule.

Goals from Aeron Powell and Alphie Stonefield meanwhile earned Newbridge a 2-0 win away at Builth Wells.

Damon Massey, Rhodri Davies and Jamie Huxley were on target as Dyffryn Banw notched a 3-1 win over Churchstoke, with Joe Haycock netting the reply.

Four Crosses completed a league double over local rivals Llansantffraid Village as goals in each half from Gaz Jones and Jake Edwards sealed a 2-0 home success.

Matt Strangwood’s equaliser earned Presteigne St Andrews a 3-3 draw against Penybont, after they had twice taken the lead through a Josh Gardner strike and a header from Alan Stocker.

Penybont responded with a Jake Bufton goal and two penalties against his former club by Josh Evans, before Strangwood popped up to secure Presteigne a point.

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