DENBIGH TOWN 2
AS results go, they do not get more vital than this one.
Denbigh Town moved one step closer to promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance with a thrilling victory over Llanfairpwll, writes DEAN JONES.
With this result, Richard Williams-Cooke’s men now move 19 points clear at the top of Division One of the Welsh Alliance and it would take a herculean effort from their rivals to claw back the deficit.
The Denbigh boss was thrilled with the character his side displayed throughout the game, a trait that has become synonymous with the club since the former Chirk manager took over at the helm.
He said: “It was a hard fought victory but one that we fully deserved.
“The character shown by every single one of the lads was immense. I have never seen a greater desire to win in any team I have been involved with and the team spirit is fantastic.”
Josh Davies spurned the best chance of the first half for the visitors when his fierce shot beat the keeper but hit the upright.
Credit to the home side, though, who were more than a match for the league leaders and on the stroke of half-time they were awarded a penalty.
Kelvin Fraser stepped up to confidently slot home his eighth league goal of the campaign.
Williams-Cooke said: “I told the lads at the break not to panic and that there were goals in this game for them despite being 1-0 behind.
“We were controlling possession and creating plenty of chances so I knew if they kept up to their work then we would get back into the game.”
Town came out with a renewed sense of purpose after the interval and began the half with a greater sense of urgency as they looked to avoid a first league defeat of
The visitors were level on 64 minutes when Owain Roberts’ shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection and flew into the top corner of the net.
Josh Davies once again hit the woodwork soon after the equaliser and Dave Macintyre also went close with a header as the leaders piled on the pressure.
Despite their dominance, the visitors had to wait until the latter stages of the game to get a crucial winner that could have huge implications on their fortunes at the end of the campaign.
In the last minute, Kristian Pierce delivered a superb diagonal ball into the penalty area and it was met by the head of Warren Duckett, who found the net from 12 yards to spark joyous scenes from the travelling Denbigh contingent.
Although they are comfortably clear at the top, Williams-Cooke is refusing to let complacency set in with so many big games on the horizon - starting with Saturday’s trip to Glantraeth.
He said: “Saturday will be the toughest game of the season so far.
"Glantraeth are undefeated at home and have won seven of the nine games they have hosted.
“Even though it will be tough, confidence is high and the lads are absolutely flying.”