Caernarfon Town 3
Wrexham Youth XI 3
Youth Friendly

Caernarfon T. 

3 - 3
HT: 1-1

Wrexham Youth XI

Youth Friendly
Saturday, July 22nd, 2023
The Oval, Caernarfon
Attendance: 200
2:30pm kick-off

Rhys Alun Williams (41)
Sion Bradley (53)
Darren Thomas (54)
Jake Bickerstaff (9)
Scott Butler (71)
Mikey Hayman (78)

Team Managers
Richard Davies Martin Hunter

Starting Eleven
13. Ryan Woods
2. Iwan Cartwright
14. Phil Mooney
5. Ryan Austin
21. Rhys Alun Williams
8. Danny Gosset
17. Marc Williams
10. Darren Thomas
9. Adam Davies
20. Cai Powell-Williams
7. Sion Bradley
Jack Pilkington .1
Dan Wright .2
Tom Kelly .3
Scott Butler .6
Callum Edwards .7
Owen Cushion .8
Jake Bickerstaff .9
Alfie Lussey .10
Harry Ashfield .11
Regan Nicholas .15
James Rainbird .19

1. Tom Pritchard
3. Ben Maher
11. Louis Lloyd
18. Ben Wynne
19. Trialist
15. Aaron Simpson
22. Harry Hughes
Harry Dean .5
Alex Moore .12
Bryn Owen .13
Mikey Hayman .14
Hari Roberts .16
Keane Hazeldine .18
Anton Connolly .22
Jake Roberts .23
Max Hayes .24
Rio Owen .25

Aaron Simpson for Ryan Austin (60)
Harry Hughes for Cai Powell-Williams (60)
Ben Wynne for Danny Gosset (60)
Ben Maher for Darren Thomas (60)
Louis Lloyd for Rhys Alun Williams (60)
Trialist for Adam Davies (60)
Tom Pritchard for Ryan Woods (66)
Max Hayes for Dan Wright (46)
Harry Dean for Regan Nicholas (46)
Jake Roberts for Tom Kelly (46)
Alex Moore for Alfie Lussey (46)
Keane Hazeldine for Harry Ashfield (46)
Rio Owen for James Rainbird (46)
Anton Connolly for Callum Edwards (46)
Hari Roberts for Owen Cushion (57)
Bryn Owen for Jack Pilkington (60)
Regan Nicholas for Scott Butler (72)
Mikey Hayman for Jake Bickerstaff (72)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mark Petch (Referee)
Tomas Jones & Jade Plumley (Assistants)

Photography by Paul Evans

Match Report

A young Wrexham side fought back from two goals down to earn a deserved share of the spoils in an entertaining pre-season friendly with Caernarfon Town. The Reds starting XI, which included six second-year and two first-year scholars, was boosted by the inclusion of Scott Butler, Owen Cushion and Jake Bickerstaff with all three professionals turning in fine displays in a six-goal thriller at The Oval.

With several former Wrexham players in their ranks, Caernarfon started with Ryan Austin, Iwan Cartwright and Marc Williams whilst Louis Lloyd came on as a second-half substitute. Manager Richard Davies was also able to call upon the services of Wales C International Danny Gosset and it was the former Oldham, Stockport and TNS midfielder who came close to opening the scoring on seven minutes with a right foot shot that flew just over.

The deadlock was soon broken three minutes later when Bickerstaff combined well with Alfie Lussey to side foot home past Cofis keeper Ryan Woods. His Wrexham counterpart Jack Pilkington then made a fine one-handed save to deny Marc Williams an equaliser before the former Racecourse favourite saw another effort hit the post and rebound into the arms of a relieved Pilkington.

With Cushion controlling the midfield, Bickerstaff nearly doubled his tally with a fine run and shot which whistled over the bar. The woodwork again came to Wrexham’s rescue when Sion Bradley ‘s corner was met powerfully by Darren Thomas but his header bounced up and onto the crossbar. A surging run from James Rainbird then ended with the left-sided Reds’ midfielder curling a shot narrowly wide of the target.

Parity was restored four minutes before the interval when Adam Davies broke down the right wing and centred for Rhys Alun Williams to calmly net at the far post. Whilst the goal came against the run of play, there could be no denying that Caernarfon were worthy of their 3-1 lead inside the first ten minutes of the second period.

With Wrexham having made seven half-time changes, the Cofis quickly took control of the game with two goals inside two minutes. The first on 53 minutes came direct from a Bradley corner which eluded Cushion at the near post before bouncing past substitute custodian Bryn Owen and almost immediately from the restart Marc Williams set up Thomas who shot low into the corner of the net. The visitors were dealt a further blow when Cushion was forced off with a contact injury after a challenge with Williams.

With Caernarfon opting to make several substitutions themselves on the hour mark, the game gradually swung back in Wrexham’s favour and a superb flick and volley from Anthony Tierney from the edge of the penalty-area almost embarrassed Cofis goalkeeper Tom Pritchard. The substitute stopper was beaten on 71 minutes however when Butler rifled home a 25-yard free-kick and Pritchard’s afternoon got worse 12 minutes from time when he fired a clearance straight into Wrexham striker Mikey Hayman, the ball rebounding into an empty net for a deserved equaliser.

Manager's Programme Notes