Lewis rallies Penrhyn for final push

By Adam Hughes in Football

A LATE Dafydd Carruthers strike gave Penrhyncoch a vital 1-0 win away at relegation rivals Mold Alex to boost hopes of Huws Gray Cymru Alliance survival.

After a tough spell that has seen a three-point deduction, some late heartbreak in several games and a string of injuries, the Roosters drew on all of their resolve to return with a crucial three league points.

Boss Gari Lewis was full of praise for his side, who picked themselves up from their disappointing midweek Central Wales Cup semi-final exit against Aberaeron, for their biggest win of the season.

Survival now looks to be in their own hands as they prepare for their last league action of the season at home to Porthmadog this Saturday, while the pressure is now firmly on their basement rivals.

“It’s been a really tough few weeks,” said Lewis. “We have been a broken side at times, so to put in a performance like that against Mold was a massive effort.

“We had eight or nine players who did not perform for us against Aberaeron, so I couldn’t be prouder at the way we bounced back from the midweek defeat.

“The whole team deserves a lot of praise. It was a great effort, and Owain James really led from the front in the midfield.

“He won every ball and every tackle and covered miles, and we also had players out there today playing with injuries.

“We changed formation a bit, tried to take the pressure of the lads, and I felt we were more composed during the game.

“It’s never nice when you’ve got two sides fighting relegation. The game becomes edgy, but I felt they were more nervous, and we fully deserved the win.”

Penrhyncoch made the trip with plenty of injury concerns, with Antonio Corbisiero joining the casualty list after suffering a calf strain sustained against Aberaeron.

Sion Meredith was out with a broken and dislocated arm, while Liam James was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Others were playing with knocks, while Liam Doherty - playing up front along with goal scorer Carruthers - picked up a foot injury late in the game against Mold.

A priceless win was secured in the last minute when substitute Gareth Mansell played in Carruthers, who twisted and turned in the penalty box before firing a sweet shot into the back of the home net.

Before then, Penrhyn keeper Lee Jenkins had pulled off a terrific save in the second half to keep the visitors on level terms.

The victory means that Penrhyn are four points clear of the drop zone, with Buckley and Conwy United now relegated.

Mold need to win their last two games, and Llanfair require seven points from their three games - even if Penrhyn do not pick up any points in their last outing.

Lewis, however, is calling for one last effort on Saturday as he looks to pull off league survival, which he says would be his biggest managerial achievement yet.

PENRHYNCOCH (v Mold Alex): L Jenkins, M Mousley, S James, J Foligno, E Evans, J Shaw, M Gornall, O James, J Evans, L Doherty (G Mansell 76), D Carruthers. Subs not used: H Horwood, L Jacques, A Lemon, A Thomas.

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