AN early strike from Jonathan Evans proved enough to give Penrhyncoch a crucial 1-0 victory over basement rivals Conwy Borough, to boost hopes of Huws Gray Cymru Alliance survival.
After winning 2-0 at Llanfair United in their last league action just after Christmas, the Roosters followed it up with another vital result, to climb up one place to fifth from bottom in the table.
They are five points above the three teams in the drop zone but, with the table so tight, boss Gari Lewis knows there is plenty of work ahead as his side prepares for Saturday’s trip to Mold, who are just one point above.
The Roosters’ chief was delighted at a strong, determined display to clinch points against Conwy, who battled throughout to force a tense finish.
“The boys were magnificent, they have worked hard in training and are looking strong and fit,” said Lewis.
“We should have gone two or three up goals to give us a bit of a cushion, and when you’re just 1-0 ahead you know the game’s never finished.
“Conwy were playing down the slope in the second half. They went for it in the last 20 minutes and pushed three men forward. It got a bit nervy, but we were very professional and held on for a great win.”
He added: “We’re having a good spell at the moment, but I always said it would make a big difference getting everyone fit, which we have now.
“It’s incredible how things quickly change, but I don’t get carried away whether we win or lose as I know that there is still a very long way to go.
“We’ve also got a better goal difference than the other sides which is like having another point, but we just need to keep ticking away, and we have got to keep picking up points.
“I’m also thankful for all the support we’re getting at our games. People are turning out to support us, which makes a big difference.”
Penrhyn bagged the only goal of the game after 11 minutes when Evans latched onto a pass and outpaced his marker to fire into the bottom corner.
They threatened to add a second before the break, while subs Gareth Mansell and Daf Carruthers both put efforts wide in the second half, before the hosts had to soak up late pressure.
The Roosters are now heading for Mold Alex on Saturday, another potentially tough looking assignment against fellow basement rivals.
Mold were hammered 7-1 at Cae Baker back in August, but are now a totally revamped team and will prove far sterner opponents as they also battle for Cymru Alliance survival.
Last night (Tuesday) Penrhyncoch were due to host Spar Mid Wales League division one side Welshpool in the third round of the Central Wales Senior Cup, with Antonio Corbisiero now set to feature after injury.
PENRHYNCOCH (v Conwy Borough): L Jenkins, M Mousley, S James, J Foligno, M Gornall, L James ( D Carruthers 70), O James, J Shaw (S Meredith 85), E Evans, L Doherty (G Mansell 76), J Evans. Substitutes not used: A Lemon, L Jacques.
PENRHYNCOCH eased into the fourth round of the Central Wales Cup with a comfortable 3-0 passage against Spar League division one side Welshpool on Tuesday night at Cae Baker.
The Roosters dominated possession throughout in tough conditions underfoot with their visitors seeing deep, and took the lead with a deflected strike from Harri Horwood.
Jon Foligno then doubled the advantage with a header before the break and Horwood completed the scoring with his second after the interval with a right foot volley.