PENTRE U-15s 2


JAMES Thomas struck twice, but he was left disappointed as an understrength Denbigh Town Rhinos U-15s were held to a 2-2 draw by a lowly - but determined - Pentre side.

Sluggish Denbigh, who also had two goals chalked off in the game, fell behind after poor defending let in Pentre to fire beyond stand-in keeper Tomos Jones.

It wasn't until the 20th minute that the away side started to play and when they did, the build-up play from Iwan Moores and Finn McCoole presented James Thomas with a chance.

He obliged by lifting his shot over the keeper for the equaliser.

Thomas - who returned to the club in the Summer after two seasons with Henllan - started to show the form that had made him top scorer before leaving and it was an audacious long range effort that caught Pentre's keeper off his line to give Denbigh the lead.

Chances were few and far between in the second half, with efforts from Lewis Devine and Cian Evans narrowly missing the target, before controversy saw Pentre net their equaliser. Denbigh wanted the ball kicked out for a facial injury sustained by defender Gruff Mars-Jones, but play continued and Pentre were awarded - and converted - a late penalty to the dismay of the away side.

The game ascended into a niggly affair as frustrations rose, but the home team were worth their point against a Denbigh side lacking in rhythm again.