Match Reports 16/17

Mid-Wales Football League Div 2

Churchstoke v Borth United
E.R.Jenkins Cup - Semi Final
Saturday 22nd April 2017

Borth United gave a tremendous team effort in their semi-final tie of the above cup at sunny Camlad Park this afternoon and both teams had some good chances in the early exchanges, and Borth took the lead with an absolute worldie from Liam Berner from thirty yards after half an hour's play, but on the stroke of half time Neil Yapp equalized with a free kick from outside the penalty area to leave the teams level at 1-1 at the interval.

The early pressure from Borth brought its rewards early in the second half as Ryan Davies made progress down the right wing and crossed to the alert Liam Lewis to volley passed the keeper to put the visitors in front again, but Churchstoke soon replied as the prolific Joe Haycock scored the equalizer, and within minutes Ryan Davies was unlucky to see his low shot turned for a corner by the Churchstoke keeper as both teams made an all-out effort to settle the tie, but two late goals from Joe Haycock  to complete his well-deserved hattrick made the tie safe for Churchstoke and a match against Aberystwyth University in the final of the E.R.Jenkins Cup.

As this was Borth's final match of the 16/17 season, Ian, Hilly and the whole Borth squad can look back on what might have been only for the last week to quash the dreams of promotion and reaching a cup final, yet with renewed vigour we can look forward to challenge again for honours next season.

Final score: Churchstoke 4  Borth United 2

Borth United Reserves gave a strong team performance to beat Cambrian Tyres League Div 1 champions elect Bont 2-0 in the late game at Park Avenue, Aberystwyth with goals from Jake Bush and Tony Mainwaring.  

Robin Davies

Borth United v Dyffryn Banw
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Easter Saturday 15th April 2017

On a bitterly disappointing day for all concerned with Borth United Football Club the team were beaten by a single goal as Dyffryn Banw denied the hosts not only an outside chance of the title, but more importantly the runner's up spot that would have given Borth a place in the Spar Mid Wales League Div 1 next season, and little did we know at the time as when Alwyn Jones  weaved his way into the Borth penalty area and squeezed the ball passed Sean Gates after fifteen minutes that would be enough for the hosts to claim the three points, and though Banw missed some gilt edged chances to increase their lead the score stood at 0-1 at the interval.

Borth attacked in numbers as the second half progressed but on the whole the Banw defence dealt with everything that the hosts had to offer and sadly the game went away from Borth as full time neared.

The disappointment will be shared by the player's and supporters of the club on coming so close to promotion, but it would be unsporting not to congratulate Kerry on winning the League, and to Churchstoke who join them in Spar League 1 next season.

Borth can now look ahead to the semi-final tie of the E.R.Jenkins Cup away at Churchstoke next Saturday ko 2-30pm.

Final score: Borth United 0  Dyffryn Banw 1

Robin Davies

Kerry v Borth United
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 8th April 2017

Kerry and Borth United, the two top teams in the Spar Mid Wales League Div 2 at the start of play played each other at sun drenched Dolforgan Park this afternoon and with only three points separating the sides it was only natural that the teams made a cagey start to the match with both defences dominant, yet it took nearly thirty minutes play before the two goalkeepers were seriously threatened and Sean Gates made two fantastic point blank saves in the space of a minute from Hugh McGrath to deny Kerry taking the lead, and though both teams tried hard to break the deadlock the score stood 0-0 at half time. 

The glorious weather perhaps took its toll on the players as the second half progressed yet Borth created a few openings with Ben Jones squaring the ball from the bye line to Jamie Walker and his rising shot was only inches over the crossbar, soon followed by a penetrating run from Liam Berner who saw his rasping shot turned for a corner by the Kerry keeper, and as full time approached both teams seemed content with a point each which on balance of play seemed just about right.

Borth United will play their final league match of the season home against Dyffryn Banw next Saturday April 15th (venue to be decided) ko 2-30 pm.

Final score: Kerry 0  Borth United 0

Robin Davies

Borth United v Aberystwyth University
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Wednesday 5th April 2017

With this game being switched to Cae Baker in Penrhyncoch it was vital that Borth gained the three points to keep the pressure not only on league leaders Kerry but also on Churchstoke challenging hard in third place, and Borth made a nervous start to the match with some misplaced passes, yet the students backed by an enthusiastic band of supporters in the stand behind the goal gave a good account of themselves as the half progressed, but Borth were unlucky not to take the lead on thirty five minutes as Liam Lewis's superb shot hit one goal post and then the other before being cleared, and minutes later Jay Walker's shot was superbly saved by the students keeper, but with five minutes of the half remaining a college player handled the ball in the penalty area and Ryan Davies scored from the spot to give Borth a slender 1-0 lead at the interval.

The students raised their game as the second half got underway and following a free kick floated to the far post Tristan Harris was unlucky to see his header graze the Borth crossbar, but gradually Borth took control and following a slick move between Ryan Davies and Ben Jones leading into Liam Berner's path to score with a rasping right foot drive into the bottom corner of the net for the crucial second goal, and though Borth had chances to extend their lead in the latter stages of the match the three points were hard earned against a well drilled Aber students team.

An all-round team effort contributed to Borth's win which will need to be replicated for their crucial visit to league leader's Kerry this coming Saturday 8th April ko 2-30pm.

Final score: Borth United 2  Aberystwyth University 0 

Robin Davies

Borth United v Newbridge-on-Wye
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 1st April 2017

Borth United and Newbridge gave a tremendous display of attacking football in this afternoon's match at Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, which was kindly sponsored by John Morgan Autoparts, and in a quite remarkable opening fifteen minutes of the match Jay Walker played a long ball into the Newbridge half and hesitancy between the defender and goalkeeper allowed Liam Lewis to nip in and score the opener, but Dafydd Powell soon lobbed the ball passed Gates for the equalizer, but Borth responded quickly with Ben Jones's through ball for Liam Lewis to score his second goal, and as the visitors attacked in numbers Aeron Powell equalized, and they again led as Alphie Stonefield scored with a header, but as half time approached Bryn Oliver and Ryan Davies combined to leave a through ball which allowed Liam Lewis to score his well-deserved hattrick, and leave the teams level 3-3 at the interval.

Surely even on the 3G surface the players couldn't keep up the fast tempo of the game as the half progressed but the goals kept coming as Lyndon Jones scored for the visitors to lead 3-4, but Borth raised their game and Ryan Davies scored with a cool finish for 4-4, and the hosts led again as Ben Jones's long ball evaded the Newbridge defence and Ryan Davies slid the ball passed the keeper for 5-4, yet Newbridge made it 5-5 as Aphie Stonefield scored from close in, and in a frantic finish Borth were unluckily denied a probable winner by the linesman's flag for offside.

Credit to both teams for a highly enjoyable contest, with Borth needing to regroup for another league match this coming Wednesday at home (venue to be decided) against Aberystwyth University ko 6-15pm. 


Final score: Borth United 5  Newbridge-on-Wye 5

Robin Davies

Builth Wells v Borth United
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 18th March 2017

On a bright afternoon Borth United were the visitors to Lant Field for their match against Builth Wells and none of us present expected a quite amazing start to the match as Liam Lewis lobbed the ball over the keeper to give Borth the lead in the sixth minute, only for Dave Thomas to equalize for Builth two minutes later, and as Borth pressed forward only a fine save by the Builth keeper denied Liam Lewis his second goal, but Liam Berner scored the goal of the match with a rasping shot from thirty yards for Borth to lead 2-1,and within three minutes Ben Jones extended Borth's lead with a cool finish, and the Borth goals kept on coming with Ryan Davies scoring from the penalty spot, but Builth were themselves awarded a penalty kick in the final minutes of the half and Dave Thomas scored from the spot to give a 2-4 score at the interval.

The goal just before the break gave Builth the impetus for an all-out attack as the second half progressed and Dave Thomas's goal and his well-deserved hattrick brought the hosts back into the match, but Liam Lewis was denied his second goal as the Builth keeper saved the striker's penalty kick, and the hosts completed a fine comeback with Gethin Jarman superb finish for the equalizer, but with the match in injury time Ben Jones's free kick into the Builth penalty area enabled Jay Walker to lob the keeper for the winning goal.

With no games next weekend due to the International break, Borth will be back in league action for a crucial match at Uppingham Fields against Newbridge-on-Wye on Saturday 1st April ko 2-30pm.

Final score: Builth Wells 4  Borth United 5   

Robin Davies

Dyffryn Banw v Borth United
E.R.Jenkins Cup 16-17 - Quarter final
Saturday 11th March 2017

Borth United travelled to Llangadfan in good spirits for this afternoon's cup tie and expected a tough match against Dyffryn Banw and the early exchanges proved that the hosts were also prepared for a tough contest but were unlucky to concede the opening goal as Ryan Davies fed the ball to Liam Berner and his shot took a wicked deflection into the top corner of the net, but Banw soon replied as Rhodri Davies cut in from the left wing and beat keeper Sean Gates with a right foot shot just inside the post, and the hosts took the lead with the ever dangerous Geraint Roberts scoring from close in as they held on to their 2-1 lead up to the half time interval.

It took Banw only five minutes of the second half to increase their lead with Jamie Huxley scoring with a neat finish, but Borth raised their game as the half progressed and reduced the arrears with Liam Lewis scoring with a right foot shot and Lewis made the Borth comeback complete by scoring late on to send the cup tie into extra time.

Borth keeper Sean Gates made a superb save to stop the lively Geraint Roberts giving Banw the lead as extra time progressed but Borth again led with Ryan Davies scoring from the penalty spot after a handball in the area, and as the hosts pressed forwards in search of an equalizer Borth made sure of winning the tie as Liam Berner crossed from the right wing to the far post and Ryan Davies scored to give Borth a semi-final match against Churchstoke.

Credit to both teams on an entertaining cup tie, with Borth resuming league duties with a crucial match away at Builth Wells next Saturday ko 2-30pm.

Final score: Dyffryn Banw 3  Borth United 5    

Robin Davies

Borth United v Llansantffraid Village
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 4th March 2017

With no significant improvement to the wet weather Borth United made a return to Aberystwyth Town FC's 3G playing surface as they welcomed Llansantffraid Village to Park Avenue for this afternoon's league encounter which was kindly sponsored by Mr. Chris Botting, and in a fairly even start to the match both teams made some good chances to open the score and the hosts took the lead after a quarter of an hour's play as the versatile Marcin Matyja cut in from the left wing and with help from Ben Jones squared the ball into the path of Liam Lewis and the striker made no mistake with a clinical finish, and though the visitors raised their game as the half progressed the Borth defence held firm to go in with a slender 1-0 lead at the interval.

To be fair Llansantffraid held the upper hand as the second half got underway and in the early exchanges were unlucky to see a header hit the crossbar, but generally a disappointing second half only served up some half chances for both teams, and Borth can consider it a hard earned three points that consolidates their second position in the league.

Borth United return to cup action with a Quarter Final tie in the E.R.Jenkins Cup away at Dyffryn Banw next Saturday ko 2-30pm.

Final score: Borth United 1  Llansantffraid Village 0

Congratulations and best wishes from us all at Borth United to Jay Walker and Lucy Hughes on announcing their engagement, and in a follow up to last week's match report my thanks to Femke Aufenkamp who brought a few slices of her 18th birthday cake, much enjoyed not only by myself but also to some of the hungry Borth supporters present at the match.   

Robin Davies

Borth United v Presteigne St. Andrews
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 25th February 2017

With storm Doris putting paid to the match being played at Uppingham Fields, this afternoon's match was switched to Aberystwyth Town's 3G playing surface and the rain held off as the match got underway with the lively Matt Jones leading the Presteigne forward looking in fine form, and it took him only five minutes to open the scoring as he cut in from the left wing and blasted a fierce shot passed Sean Gates via a slight deflection, but within minutes Borth were level as James Davies's lob led to Ryan Davies's low shot passing the keeper, and Borth went further ahead with a superb 35 yard shot from James Davies into the top corner, but Presteigne were reduced to 10 men as the half progressed and Borth capitalized with Ben Jones and Liam Lewis combining to set up Ryan Davies for his second goal, and as half time approached Sean Gates made a superb save from Matt Jones to preserve Borth's 3-1 lead at the interval.

To be fair Presteigne didn't lose heart as the second half got underway but Liam Lewis's hard work paid off as he scored Borth's fourth goal, and following a long punt from keeper Gates into the Presteigne penalty area Liam Lewis was able to lob the keeper for his second goal and to give Borth a resounding 5-1 win. 

A fine win for Borth, with Llansantffraid Village next the visitors to Uppingham Fields next Saturday 4th March ko 2-30 pm.
 
Congratulations and best wishes from us all at Borth United to loyal supporter Femke Aufdenkamp who celebrates her 18th birthday this coming Wednesday, and I hope there will be plenty of cake spare for the hardworking match reporter !!!!

Final score: Borth United 5  Presteigne St. Andrews 1

Robin Davies

Borth United Reserves v Machynlleth Reserves
Cambrian Tyres Aberystwyth League Div 1
Saturday 18th February 2017

After last weekend's 4-2 win against Aberdyfi, Borth Reserves's new management team were hoping for more of the same as they welcomed Machynlleth Reserves to Uppingham Fields this afternoon and the player's certainly responded by scoring twice in the first five minutes with Jake Bush netting from close in, and Christian Jones with a fine individual effort, but Mach got back into the match with a scorching drive from outside the penalty area from Cai Thomas, but Borth restored their two goal advantage with goals from Tony Mainwaring and Jake Bush, yet with five minutes remaining of the half Mach's Dez Roberts scored from the penalty spot to give a 4-2 scoreline at the interval.

In glorious sunshine it didn't take long for Borth to extend their lead with Scott Wilson scoring with a low shot, and Tony Mainwaring scored his second goal as Borth pressed forward, and Mainwaring crowned a fine afternoon for himself by scoring a penalty for his well-deserved hattrick, and as the match reached its conclusion two stalwarts of the club Steve Bailey with a cool finish, and Mikey Bailey with a header completed the afternoon's scoring. 

Final score: Borth United Reserves 9  Machynlleth Reserves 2

Robin Davies

Carno v Borth United
Central Wales Challenge Cup Rnd 4
Saturday 4th February 2017

As Carno's pitch was deemed to be unplayable the match was switched to the 3G surface at Latham Park in Newtown with a late evening kick off, and in a fairly even opening to the tie both teams had early chances with Gregg Brown going close with a snap shot for Carno, with Borth's Ben Jones and Liam Lewis also having chances to open the scoring, and Carno did score the opening goal with a superb shot by Gregg Brown from outside the penalty area on 35 minutes, but Borth responded well and Ryan Davies's pin point pass through the defence led to Ben Jones to coolly slide the ball passed the Carno keeper for the equalizer on 40 minutes, but with half time imminent Gregg Brown was unfortunate to sustain a serious knee injury and with the him in obvious pain play was suspended while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, and all good wishes go out to Gregg from all at Borth United for a swift recovery.

On the resumption of play Carno took the initiative and were unlucky to be denied a goal by an offside decision but they persevered and minutes later Peter Rees cut in from the left wing and his rasping shot beat keeper Sean Gates to give Carno the lead and despite both teams having late chances it was Carno who progressed to the next round of the cup.

Borth can be proud of their all-round display in a good and open cup tie, with a visit to Churchstoke next for the Crows in a League match next Saturday 11th February ko 2-15pm.

Final Score: Carno 2  Borth United 1         

Robin Davies

Abermule v Borth United
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 14th January 2017

Borth United returned to league action at Abermule this afternoon knowing that three points would keep the pressure on Kerry at the top of the league, but Abermule with the prolific Dave Anthony and fellow striker Connor Stacey in their team would give the Crows defence a difficult afternoon and so it proved with Anthony going close on numerous occasions with either the post or crossbar coming to Borth's rescue, and the pressure paid off as Tommy Jones scored with ten minutes remaining of the half, and yet the big question would Abermule rue the great chances they had to at least to go in with a good lead instead of a slender 1-0 half time score.

Sadly only ten minutes of the second half was played before a serious injury to Abermule's goalscorer Tommy Jones with the match being stopped while an Ambulance was called to treat the injury, and the thoughts of all at Borth United FC go out to Tommy for a speedy recovery.

On the resumption of play Borth seemed to take the initiative and lone striker Liam Lewis was instrumental in Borth's open play and with crosses coming in from both wings it seemed only a matter of time before Borth would level the scores and Liam Lewis duly obliged with a crisp drive past the keeper, and he did the same moments later to give Borth the three priceless points in their pursuit of the League title.

A hard match but played in the right spirit throughout, and as Borth are level with Kerry tonight on top of the league every point is now crucial as we visit Builth Wells next Saturday ko 2-00pm.

Final score: Abermule 1   Borth United 2     

Robin Davies

Borth United v Bow Street
Central Wales Challenge Cup Rnd 3
Saturday 7th January 2017

In front of Borth's biggest crowd of the season here to witness this eagerly awaited local derby in the above cup but it was obvious from the start that the heavy playing surface would have a great influence on a good passing game, yet the teams did their best in the tough conditions with Dean Evans and Andrew Gittins prominent for the visitors as they tested the Borth defence, and Liam Lewis for Borth made some telling runs but the Street defence held firm, but on the whole the 0-0 half time scoreline just about summed up an even first half.

Bow Street began the second half the better team and Llion Jenkins was unlucky to see his towering header from a corner kick rebound off the crossbar, yet within ten minutes the outstanding Liam Berner played a superb ball from midfield and Liam Lewis outpaced the Street defence and rounded keeper Ian Evans to score the vital opening goal, but Bow Street to their credit showed great character in their play as the half progressed and with five minutes remaining the excellent Llion Jenkins rifled a superb right foot shot from outside the penalty area passed Sean Gates for the equalizer, and with time running out and extra time looming a Borth free kick floated into the penalty area was unluckily put into his own net by a Street player which proved to be the winning goal.

Both teams deserve credit for a hard but sporting match, but the hard work of Liam Berner and Ben Jones in midfield coupled by a competent display by the Borth defence deserves special mention as we return to league action away at Abermule next Saturday 14th January ko 2-00pm.

Final score: Borth United 2  Bow Street 1

Robin Davies

Dolgellau Athletic v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Boxing Day Monday 26th December 2016

An intriguing match was in prospect at sunny Dolgellau this afternoon with Dol hoping to preserve their unbeaten home record, and Borth in need of three points to keep pace with Kerry at the top of the League, and on a soft playing surface the early exchanges seemed pretty even with both teams having some good chances to score, but the visitors opened the scoring as Ryan Davies's cross from the right wing was dropped by the keeper and Liam Lewis was on hand to score after ten minutes play, but Dolgellau came more into the match and the lively Dominic Thomas was only inches wide with a low shot, but just as half time approached a Dol player was brought down in the penalty area and Dennis Bates scored from the spot to leave the score at 1-1 at the interval.

Dolgellau appeared to take the initiative as the second half got underway and Ieuan Brooks cut in from the right wing and scored with a blistering left foot drive into the bottom corner, and Dol virtually sealed the points moments later as Aron Burrough out-jumped the Borth defenders to head the ball passed Gates, and as the match reached its conclusion Dominic Thomas rounded Sean Gates and scored into an empty net to give Dolgellau the three points.

A bitterly disappointing result for the Crows on the day, yet they lie second in the Spar League 2 at the end of 2016 and can look forward to a real challenge for promotion as we enter the New Year.

As this is the last match report of 2016, may I wish all at Borth United Football Club a very Happy and Prosperous New Year, it's then back to business as we eagerly look forward to the first match of the New Year with a local derby against Bow Street in the CWFA  Cup Round 3 at Uppingham Fields on the 7th January ko 1-30pm.

Final score: Dolgellau Athletic 4  Borth United 1

Robin Davies

Newbridge-on-Wye v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 10th December 2016

Borth United travelled to Newbridge-on-Wye this afternoon for their last League encounter before Christmas and only required a point here to keep Kerry off top spot on Christmas Day, but the hosts had different ideas to combat the visitors and effectively ended all Borth hopes by scoring three goals all in the space of the opening ten minutes with Matthew Aubrey with a low shot, Lyndon Jones also with a fine finish, and Alphie Stonefield with a header shocked not only the Borth team but the visiting supporters in the stand, and it could have been worse as Newbridge relentlessly pressed forward with Aled Jones hitting the post, and with Borth only having a snap shot from Ryan Davies to show for their first half efforts the hosts remained in firm control to half time.

A highly impressive Newbridge team continued to hold the upper hand as the second half progressed and it was no surprise to see them extend the lead with Ollie Woods scoring from close in, but Borth at least made the score more respectable as Liam Lewis scored with a superb low shot into the bottom corner, but as the light started to fade and the rain fell heavier the teams played in near darkness the final minutes of the match.

Newbridge on today's display have the nucleus of a well-organized team with a resolute defence coupled by a fast raiding forward line that will surely do well as they enter the New Year. A strangely off form Borth team can have no complaints about the result but can regroup for another tough trip to Dolgellau on Boxing Day ko 2pm.

A Merry Christmas to you all at BUFC.

Final score: Newbridge-on Wye 4  Borth United 1

Robin Davies

Borth United v Churchstoke
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 3rd December 2016

Borth United were prepared for a tough match as they welcomed Churchstoke to a sunny but chilly Uppingham Fields this afternoon with the visitors boasting a twin strike force of Joe Haycock and Max Mclaughlin that is as prolific as any other in this league, but the early exchanges were on the whole evenly balanced until Ryan Davies raced on to a through ball and rifled a right foot shot into the top corner of the net to give the hosts the lead, but Churchstoke quickly equalized with Josh Mcglynn scoring with a superb free kick into the top corner of the net and within minutes a tremendous one handed save by Sean Gates from a Joe Haycock shot kept the scores level, but with half time imminent Liam Berner scored from close in to give Borth a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Without question Churchstoke held the upper hand in the opening quarter of the second half and despite wave after wave of good quality attacks the Borth defence held firm and Sean Gates again saved a point blank shot to deny the visitors but with the match going into the last ten minutes Churchstoke were open to a Borth counter attack and Ryan Davies ran through a non-existent defence and squared the ball for James Davies to score into an open goal, and in injury time Ryan Davies was again on hand to square the ball for Liam Lewis to score at the far post to complete the scoring for the afternoon.

Despite this defeat Churchstoke look a well organised team and should do well as the season progresses. Borth United will try to hold on to their three point lead at the top of the league with a visit to Newbridge-on-Wye next Saturday ko 2pm, which will be their last league game before Christmas. 

Final score: Borth United 4  Churchstoke 1

Robin Davies

Borth United v Four Crosses 
E. R. Jenkins Cup 16/17 - Round 1
Saturday 26th November 2016

Borth United progressed to the next round of the above cup with a fine win against Four Crosses at a sunny Uppingham Fields this afternoon, yet the match might have had a different story if the visitors had taken an early goal scoring chance with their striker being denied on a one to one by keeper Sean Gates, and Borth made them pay as the excellent Liam Lewis made inroads into the defence, rounded the keeper and squared the ball for fellow striker Ryan Davies to sweep the ball into the net after twenty five minutes play, and though both teams made some good chances as the half progressed Borth held on to their lead up the half time whistle.

On the whole the early period of the second half was evenly poised as Four Crosses strove for the equalizer but fell further behind with Liam Berner scoring with a low drive at the near post, and with nothing now to lose the visitors made an all-out assault to try and salvage the tie, but on the hour newly-wed James Davies played a superb ball from midfield to Ryan Davies who outsmarted the defence and scored with a neat chip over the keeper to complete the scoring and a 3-0 win for Borth. 

Borth return to league action next Saturday with a home match against Churchstoke ko 2pm.

Congratulations from us all at BUFC to James Davies or J.D. on his wedding to Charlotte in Las Vegas during the past week.

Final score: Borth United 3  Four Crosses 0   

Robin Davies

Borth United v Penybont
Spar Mid-Wales League 2
Saturday 19th November 2016

On a cloudy afternoon Borth United welcomed Penybont to Uppingham Fields with the home team hoping to retain their pole position in the Spar League 2 and they made a great start to the match with a long ball from defence for Liam Lewis to beat the Penybont keeper with a cool finish at the far post,but Penybont to their credit had good chances to equalize as the half progressed, but with half time imminent a lapse in the Penybont defence allowed the alert Ryan Davies to run through and slide the ball passed the keeper for 2-0, but Penybont soon replied and following a corner kick Jake Bufton rose above the defence and headed the ball passed keeper Gates to give a 2-1 scoreline at the interval.

The goal just before the break seemed to galvanize the visitors and the Borth defence had to be alert as Penybont threatened with some good openings, but fifteen minutes into the second half Ryan Davies weaved his way into the visitors defence and slid the ball passed the keeper for 3-1,yet Penybont kept going and saw a superb volley from point blank range brilliantly turned for a corner by Sean Gates,and as the match reached its conclusion Liam Berner scored with a low shot into the bottom corner for a 4-1 win for Borth.

Before the match Mr. Richie Jenkins, Chairman of the Spar Mid Wales League presented Ian Lewis with his award as Spar League Div 2 Manager of the month for October, and to Ryan Davies his award as Spar League Div 2 Player of the month for October. 

Final score: Borth United 4  Penybont 1    

Robin Davies

Aberystwyth University v Borth United
Spar Mid -Wales League Div 2
Saturday 5th November 2016

Aberystwyth University students played host to Borth United at a sunny Vicarage Fields this afternoon and the omens looked good for the visitors as the match got underway with Ben Byrne weaving his way into the Uni defence but his shot narrowly missed the post, soon followed by Ryan Davies's shot hitting the crossbar, and as the visitors put pressure on the Uni defence Liam Lewis's volley hit the inside of the post before being cleared, and despite some half chances for both teams the score remained goalless at the interval. 

Borth threatened to open the scoring as the second half got underway with Ryan Davies's rasping shot being turned for a corner kick by the Uni keeper, yet within ten minutes the students had taken complete control of the match with three great goals as Sean Roberts scored with a header from a corner kick, George Jenkins with a superb shot and Henry Nicholson's cool finish stunned the Borth team defending their proud unbeaten start to the season, and to be honest didn't threaten the Uni keeper as the second half progressed and the Uni defence did well to contain the Borth forwards thereafter as the visitors tried to reduce the deficit, but take nothing away from the students who deserved their win on the day.

Despite their loss Borth still hold a three point lead at the top of the Spar League Div 2, and with no game next Saturday will return to league action on November 19th with Penybont the visitors to Uppingham Fields ko 2-15.

Final score: Aberystwyth University 3  Borth United 0

Robin Davies

Presteigne St. Andrews v Borth United
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 29th October 2016

On an overcast afternoon at Llanandras Park in Presteigne with Borth United hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and in a tense opening period both teams could have opened the scoring with Borth's Liam Lewis only inches away with a header past the post the best chance, but Borth took the lead on fifteen minutes with Ryan Davies's perfect pass to the feet of Ben Jones to slide the ball passed the onrushing keeper, but to their credit Presteigne pressed forward and Adam Crowe should have equalized but headed over the bar with only keeper Sean Gates to beat and the home team were to rue that miss as Borth capitalized with Sam Middleton's long ball from defence found Ryan Davies wide on the left wing who beat a defender and unleashed a low shot passed the keeper for 2-0,a lead they held up to the half time interval.

Without question Presteigne held the upper hand in the opening exchanges of the second half and the Borth defence had to be alert as their forwards made some good openings with lively centre forward Kieron Lusher in fine form but generally their finishing was rather disappointing, and as the match reached its last ten minutes Borth made sure of the three points with Liam Lewis scoring with a cool finish passed the Presteigne keeper for a hard earned 3-0 win.

Presteigne Manager Tom Ammonds graciously conceded that his team had been beaten on the day by the best team they had played so far this season in a match enjoyed by a good crowd boosted by Borth supporters who travelled down with the team and celebrated with from what I could see with some light refreshments on the way home (perhaps Rhayader will tell a different story !!!!

With Borth in this fine form and top of the league by three points and a game in hand the team can look forward to the next match against Aberystwyth University at the Vicarage Fields next Saturday ko 2-15.

Final score: Presteigne St. Andrews 0  Borth United 3

Robin Davies

Borth United v Builth Wells 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 22nd October 2016

Borth United welcomed Builth Wells to sunny Uppingham Fields this afternoon in a top of the table match and the opening exchanges showed  promise for an exciting game with Borth creating some good chances and they took the lead within ten minutes play as Ben Jones unleashed a superb shot from twenty five yards giving the Builth keeper no chance of saving, and Borth kept up the pressure with a swift ball out of defence to Ryan Davies on the right wing and his pinpoint cross was met by Liam Lewis to score with a cool finish, and minutes later Lewis was unlucky with a lob that just missed the post in a dominant first half for the hosts, yet the score somehow remained at 2-0 at half time.

As we have learned to our cost in past matches Builth can come back from worse deficits and they created some half chances early in the second half but on the whole the Borth defence kept them at bay, and Borth extended their lead with Ryan Davies's long range shot hitting the crossbar only for the alert Gareth Kelsall-Hughes to volley the rebound into the net, and in the closing minutes substitute Mike Straw was upended in the penalty area and Ryan Davies scored with the spot kick to give Borth their first ever win against Builth Wells.

A comprehensive win and the League table will gladden every Crows supporters eyes tonight as we proudly lead the Spar League Div 2 with games in hand on the other teams, as we look forward eagerly to our next league match away at Presteigne St. Andrews next Saturday ko 2-30.

All of us would like to wish our Treasurer Trudie Willcox a Happy Birthday today and thanks for the delicious Bara Brith richly enjoyed by us all. Also best wishes to our Secretary Claire Lewis who celebrates a special birthday this coming Wednesday. 

Final score: Borth United 4  Builth Wells 0      

Robin Davies

Borth United v Abermule
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 15th October 2016

Borth United and Abermule played out a classic encounter at Uppingham Fields this afternoon and little did we know that after a rather scrappy start that the two teams would give the spectators their money's worth with exciting end to end play, and Borth took an early lead with some fine run up play resulting in Ben Jones sweeping the ball over the Abermule keeper, but almost immediately the ever dangerous Dave Anthony scored with a cool finish past Sean Gates, and to keep the pressure on Dave Anthony scored again to put Abermule ahead, a lead they held up to the half time whistle.  H T 1-2.

As the second half got underway Abermule extended their lead with Tommy Jones scoring with a header into the top corner after Dave Anthony's shot hit the bar, but following some astute substitutions by Borth manager Ian Lewis that seemed to galvanize his team with immediate effect as Ryan Davies's cross was pounced on by Liam Lewis to slide the ball passed the keeper, and with the visitors reeling Ryan Davies again created an opening and Ben Jones squeezed the ball between the keeper and the post for the equalizer, yet Borth weren't finished as Ryan Davies outsmarted the Abermule defence and placed the ball passed the keeper for the winning goal.

To their credit Abermule can be thanked for their contribution for their part in a highly entertaining match, and with Borth unbeaten and joint top of the League tonight the supporters can look forward to hopefully another action packed match against Builth Wells at Uppingham Fields next Saturday ko 2-30.

Final score: Borth United 4  Abermule 3

Robin Davies

Borth United v Machynlleth
Spar League Cup 16/17 Round 1
Saturday 8th October 2016
                                                                                       
Borth United welcomed Machynlleth to a pleasant Uppingham Fields this afternoon in the 1st round of the above cup and in a tense start both teams made some good openings with Ben Jones sliding the ball wide of the post, and Liam Lewis with a deft lob that was only inches over the bar the pick of the chances for Borth, and yet Mach made some good chances as well as the half progressed but overall the 0-0 score at half time seemed just about right.

Without doubt Machynlleth held the upper hand in the early stages of the second half and their pressure paid off with Callum Roberts's header from a corner kick passing Sean Gates in the Borth goal for the opener, but Borth to their credit upped their game and grabbed an equalizer as Ben Jones crossed the ball from the left wing and Liam Lewis's header was credited to have crossed the goal line by referee Aled Jones despite Mach's protests, and as the tie reached its final minutes Dave Jones's low shot from outside the box evaded Gates and looked to have won the tie for Mach, but in a last gasp chance for Borth, Ben Byrne's left wing cross was met by Sam Middleton only for his header to hit the post. In a closely fought tie that could have gone either way, good luck to Machynlleth as they progress to the next round. 

Borth's excellent unbeaten start to the league season was deservedly recognised in midweek with Gwion Pugh - Jones being named as the Spar League player of the month for Aug/Sept.   Borth resume league action next Saturday with a home match versus Abermule ko 2-30.

Final score: Borth United 1  Machynlleth 2

Robin Davies

Penybont v Borth United
Spar-Mid Wales League Div 2
Saturday 1st October 2016

The Racecourse ground in Penybont was the venue for this afternoon's match, with the home team seeking their first win of the season, and Borth hoping to extend their unbeaten start to the season, and on a good playing surface despite the heavy overnight rain both teams played an open game as the half progressed and Borth duly opened the scoring on twenty five minutes with Ryan Davies's curling free kick into the bottom corner of the net, and almost immediately the same player was put through on goal but his shot hit the post, but in the next attack he wasn't to be denied his second goal as he evaded the Penybont defence and placed a shot past the keeper, and he completed his deserved hattrick moments later with a sublime lob over the keeper into the empty net to leave Borth with a handy
0-3 lead at the interval.

To be fair Penybont didn't let their heads drop as they attempted to reduce the arrears but the Borth defence and the safe handling of keeper Sean Gates kept their attacks in check, and in the last quarter of the match Liam Lewis scored with a cool finish from a Ryan Davies pass, and the two strikers combined soon afterwards with Lewis's pass for Davies to score his fourth goal of the afternoon for a comprehensive 0-5 win for Borth.

Borth's all-round team effort was complimented afterwards by delighted managerial duo Ian Lewis and Paul Hill, and puts the team in good heart for their Spar League Cup 16/17 Round 1 home match against Machynlleth next Saturday ko 2-30. 

Final score: Penybont 0   Borth United 5

Robin Davies

Borth United V Four Crosses
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 24th September 2016

Borth United welcomed Four Crosses to a breezy Uppingham Fields this afternoon hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and in a fairly even opening to the match both teams created some good chances but the windy conditions made it difficult to keep the ball under control, but midway through the half Borth's Liam Lewis who appeared to be onside was denied the opening goal by a linesman's flag, so the score remained 0-0 to half time.

With the wind in their favour as the second half got underway Borth made some telling runs especially down both wings with some good crosses to the forwards, yet Four Crosses also threatened on the counter attack but any danger was competently dealt with by a resolute home defence, and fifteen minutes into the half a quick ball from defence found Ben Jones on the right wing and his pinpoint cross was met majestically by Liam Lewis at the far post to put Borth into the lead, and though chances came and went for both teams Borth held out for a valuable 1-0 win and remain unbeaten so far this season.

Borth United travel away to Penybont next Saturday for a League match ko 2-30,while Borth Reserves entertain Ceredigion League team Newcastle Emlyn in the 1st Round of the Dai ' Dynamo ' Memorial Cup ko 2pm.

Final score: Borth United 1  Four Crosses 0 

Robin Davies

Borth Utd Vs Welshpool Town
FAW JD Welsh Cup Qualifying Round 2
Saturday 10th September 2016

Borth Left Frustrated

Borth United welcomed Welshpool Town for the 2nd qualifying round of the Welsh Cup.

Borth started the game brightly, putting their opponents under pressure from the kick off. Even though they had a lot of possession they didn't really create clean cut chances.

Then on 28 minutes against the run of play Welshpool took the lead. Some poor defensive marking by the home team let Welshpool in for a 0-1 lead. The home team didn't drop their heads and continued to press the away team. 

Welshpool then had a period of pressure and got their rewards on 36 minutes when some good work by the Welshpool winger crossed and a mix up between Sean Gates and Lee Crumpler let them in for 0-2 lead.

Again Borth rallied a through ball from Gwion Pugh-Jones put Liam Lewis in on goal and he was bought down for a penalty, resulting in a yellow card for the keeper. The attacker took the spot kick but was well saved by the Welshpool keeper. Then on 42 minutes Borth got their reward for all the pressure and from a corner Ben Byrne rose to head home.

The second half started with Borth continuing to take their opponents and had several opportunities to get the equalizer, Ben Byrne had 2 good chances with his head, but put them wide and Lee Crumpler rose well from a free kick but headed over.

With time running out Ian Lewis bought on a new signing Osain Thomas and Tony Mainwaring, who both made an immediate impact. With just 8 minutes remaining, Liam Lewis was again bought down for another penalty by the Welshpool keeper and much to the surprise of Borth supporters was not shown a second yellow card. From the resulting spot kick, Ben Byrne put it to the keeper’s right but again was denied with a fine save.

In the last minute of injury time Welshpool broke away for the third goal, making the score-line very flattering for the away team. Borth should be proud of the way they played against a higher opposition.

Final score: Borth United 1 Welshpool Town 3

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Borth Utd Vs Kerry
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 27th August 2016

Borth Maintain Unbeaten Start

Borth United welcomed Kerry for their 4th league game.  

With Kerry being one of the favourites to win the league this season, the management team of Ian Lewis and Paul Hill were expecting a hard game.
  
Borth started brightly, passing the ball around with confidence.  Borth had the initial early chances when a great cross from Liam Lewis was met by Ben Byrne to head over the bar.  Liam Lewis tested the keeper with a stinging shot, but for all their possession the home side couldn't make the breakthrough.  Kerry looked dangerous at set pieces, the first half ending 0-0.

Kerry came more into the game in the second half and from another set piece, Sean Gates made a great save to deny them.  Borth continued their high tempo passing game with Marcin Matyja (Mash) and Gareth Kelsall-Hughes causing Kerry defence all sorts of problems, with their pace, the breakthrough came after 76 minutes, Gareth Kelsall- Hughes being brought down on the edge of the penalty box.  From the resulting free kick Gwion Pugh-Jones back heeled into the net for a 1-0 lead. 

Borth continued to press, but some dodgy decisions by the Kerry linesman, denied and frustrated Borth.  But their patience paid off on 88 minutes when Liam Lewis broke the offside trap and pulled the ball back for Jamie Morris to tap in and still the Kerry linesman flagged for offside, only to be overruled correctly by the referee.

With minutes of injury time remaining, Kerry had a corner, which was punched clean by Sean Gates but unfortunately fell straight to a Kerry player to fire home to make it 2-1.  Borth saw out the final couple of minutes for a well-deserved win.

Final score: Borth Utd 2 Kerry 1

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Presteigne St.Andrews V Borth Utd
FAW JD Welsh Cup (Preliminary Round)
Saturday 20th August 2016

Late Fight Back by Borth

Borth Utd progressed through to the next round of the Welsh Cup after a hard fought tie away at Presteigne. Manager Ian Lewis had to re-juggle his team after losing Ryan Davies to Bow Street in midweek.  

Borth started the first half slowly and it was no surprise that Presteigne took the lead on 35 minutes. A mistake by Captain Sam Middleton, allowed the Prestiegne striker an open goal. Manager Lewis made some tactical changes at half time and Borth looked much better.  

With only 3 minutes’ left of the second half gone Liam Lewis drove into the bottom corner to equalise. Borth were then on top, but against the run of play Presteigne broke through the Borth defence, the initial danger was cleared but a lively Presteigne forward turned Lee Crumpler in the box to fire one for a 2-1 lead. 

To Borth's credit they didn't let their heads drop and the manager introduced 2 subs and changed the formation. This seemed to work as on 83 minutes Liam Lewis again broke through the Presteigne defence for his 2nd and Borth's equaliser.  

With the game looking like it was going to extra time, Ben Byrne controlled the ball on the edge of the box turned his marker and hit a thunderbolt into the top corner for the winner. 

Special mention goes to James Davies for his man of the match performance and to all the Borth players for there never say die attitude.

Final score: Presteigne 2 Borth Utd 3

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Borth United v Dolgellau Athletic
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Wednesday 17th August 2016

Borth United welcomed Dolgellau Athletic to Uppingham Fields tonight for their first home game of the 2016/17 season and in a fairly even start to the match with both teams going close for the opening goal, and Borth did so on 20 minutes with Liam Lewis scoring with a superb volley converting a Gwion Pugh-Jones cross, and Ryan Davies nearly doubled the score with a chipped ball over the keeper but the ball grazed the crossbar to leave Borth with a slender 1-0 lead at the interval.

The second half began with both teams as in the first half having some good chances and Liam Lewis was unlucky as he weaved his way into the Dol penalty area only to see his shot graze the far post, but Dolgellau gradually got more into the match and Dave Edwards curled a superb shot into the bottom corner for the equalizer, and with time running out Dave Edwards missed his penalty kick that would have surely given Dolgellau the points, but to be fair the 1-1 draw was the right result on the night.

Final score: Borth United 1   Dolgellau Athletic 1

Borth United travel to Presteigne St. Andrews on Saturday for a FAW  Welsh Cup (Qualifying Round) tie, and Borth Reserves welcome Llanilar to Uppingham Fields for their first home match in the Cambrian Tyres League Div 1 for the 2016/17 season.  

Robin Davies

Llansantffraid Village v Borth United
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Saturday 13th August 2016

Match report compiled by Mike Willcox (Chairman B.U.F.C)

Borth United FC arrived to superb facilities for their first ever game against Llansantffraid, and from the kick off the home team were on top with early exchanges rewarded by a goal on 15 minutes slotted to the Borth keeper's left by   Nathan Prodger. This sparked Borth into life who gained confidence by enjoying the majority of possession, and Liam Lewis ran onto a beautifully through ball, rounded the keeper and casually rolled the ball into the empty net for the equalizer on the half hour. Borth kept up the pressure and after some intricate passing in midfield, the ball reached Ben Jones to curl in a superb low shot to the keeper's left for Borth to lead 1-2.  On 45 minutes the ever lively Prodger headed the ball home from a throw in to equalize, yet immediately afterwards Borth were denied a Liam Lewis strike from fully 30 yards with the keeper rooted to his line as the referee had whistled for half time before the ball hit the back of the net to the frustration of the Borth players and supporters.

The second half began with the home side in firm control with Borth's passing going astray, and Llansantffraid broke down the right wing and the cross was met by Nathan Prodger to calmly score his deserved hattrick on 53 minutes. Borth gradually worked their way into the game again and after some sustained pressure were rewarded by Josh Ferreira turning in a Ryan Davies cross for a well-deserved equalizer with 8 minutes remaining of the match.

Both teams had opportunities to win the match in the closing stages but a 3-3 draw was a fair result after an entertaining game of football.

Final score: Llansantffraid Village 3  Borth United 3


Dyffryn Banw v Borth United
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 2
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Borth United were the visitors to Dyffryn Banw this evening with both teams playing their first game of the season in the Spar Mid Wales League Div 2 and on a superb playing surface the teams were evenly matched as the first half progressed, but Borth took the lead after fifteen minutes with Gwion Pugh-Jones scoring with glancing header from a Ryan Davies corner kick, and on the stroke of half time Liam Lewis scored with a superb drive from twenty five yards to give Borth a handy two goal lead at the interval.

Banw came out with every intention to reduce the deficit early in the second half and held the upper hand as their midfield began to take control and supply the ball to lively striker Geraint Roberts but overall his forays into the Borth defence were competently dealt with by a resolute back division with Lee Crumpler, Sam Middleton, Josh Ferreira in outstanding form, and to cap a tremendous team performance a slick move from defence allowed Gwion Pugh-Jones to feed the ball out wide to Ryan Davies who cut in and chipped the ball over the Banw keeper for a 3-0 lead, and though Banw hit the crossbar in the latter stages Borth held out for a resounding win.

Borth's playing style was commended by an elderly Banw supporter at the end of the match as the best he had seen from a visiting team there for many seasons, and the whole squad can be proud of their effort tonight with more of the same when we visit Llansanffraid Village this Saturday ko 2-30pm.

Final score: Dyffryn Banw 0  Borth United 3

Robin Davies