2019–20 Cymru North

The 2019–20 Cymru North was the inaugural season of the Cymru North, which is in the second level of the Welsh football pyramid.The season had been scheduled to finish on 25 April but due to the COVID-19 pandemic no games were played after 7 March. In May 2020 the Cymru North was officially ended after consultation between the Football Association of Wales and the clubs.[1] Prestatyn Town were confirmed as champions but because they failed to gain a Tier 1 licence, runners-up Flint Town United were promoted to the Cymru Premier. Porthmadog, Corwen and Llanfair United were relegated.

Cymru North
Season2019–20
Dates16 August 2019 – 7 March 2020
ChampionsPrestatyn Town
PromotedFlint Town United
RelegatedPorthmadog, Corwen, Llanfair United
Matches played200
Goals scored671 (3.36 per match)
Top goalscorerCorrig McGonigle Conwy Borough (24 goals)
Biggest home winFlint Town United 7–0 Llangefni Town
(21 September 2019)
Prestatyn Town 7–0 Bangor City
(27 September 2019)
Flint Town United 7–0 Ruthin Town
(15 October 2019)
Prestatyn Town 7–0 Llanfair United
(16 November 2019)
Biggest away winConwy Borough 0–7 Prestatyn Town
(11 September 2019)
Highest scoringFlint Town United 5–3 Conwy Borough
(27 August 2019)
Corwen 2–6 Gresford Athletic
(28 September 2019)
Colwyn Bay 4–4 Conwy Borough
(17 December 2019)
Rhyl 3–5 Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
(1 January 2020)
Rhyl 7–1 Llanfair United
(18 January 2020)
Gresford Athletic 7–1 Porthmadog
(1 February 2020)
2020-21
All statistics correct as of 7 March 2020.

The league consisted of seventeen teams with the champions promoted to the Cymru Premier and the bottom four teams relegated to a regional division of FAW League One.[2]

The season commenced on 16 August 2019 and had been scheduled to conclude on 25 April 2020.[3]

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

On 13 March 2020, all games were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and no further games were played in the campaign. On 19 May 2020, the league was cancelled. Prestatyn Town were declared the champions.

TeamsEdit

The inaugural season consisted of twelve teams from the now defunct Cymru Alliance, which are Bangor City, Buckley Town, Conwy Borough, Flint Town United, Gresford Athletic, Guilsfield, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Penrhyncoch, Porthmadog, Prestatyn Town, Rhyl and Ruthin Town.

Joining them were Llandudno who were relegated from Cymru Premier, Mid Wales Football League champions, Llanfair United, Welsh Alliance League champions, Llangefni Town and Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) runners-up, Corwen.

In addition and after a 35-year absence, Colwyn Bay rejoined the Welsh football league and were placed in the Cymru North.[4]

On 5 August 2019 Bangor City were suspended from playing competitive matches pending an arbitration hearing on 16 August following allegations that they fielded an ineligible player the previous season.[5] On 16 August 2019, Bangor City won their appeal against the FAW in Birmingham and were reinstated the 21 points that were originally deducted from them in the 2018–19 Cymru Alliance season [6] and were cleared to start the season in Cymru North.

Grounds and locationsEdit

Team Location Ground
Bangor City Bangor The EUROGOLD Stadium
Buckley Town Buckley Globe Way
Colwyn Bay Old Colwyn 4 Crosses Construction Arena
Conwy Borough Conwy Y Morfa Stadium
Corwen Corwen War Memorial Ground
Flint Town United Flint Cae-y-Castell
Gresford Athletic Gresford Clappers Lane
Guilsfield Guilsfield Guilsfield Community Centre
Llandudno Llandudno The Giant Hospitality Stadium
Llanfair United Llanfair Caereinion Mount Field
Llangefni Town Llangefni Bob Parry Field
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant The Recreation Field
Penrhyncoch Penrhyn-coch Cae Baker
Porthmadog Porthmadog Y Traeth
Prestatyn Town Prestatyn Bastion Road
Rhyl Rhyl Belle Vue
Ruthin Town Ruthin Memorial Playing Fields

League tableEdit

The Cymru North table as it stood after the league was halted in early March, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Prestatyn Town 26 22 2 2 84 19 +65 68
2 Flint Town United 24 16 4 4 61 24 +37 52
3 Colwyn Bay 25 15 5 5 47 30 +17 50
4 Guilsfield 22 14 4 4 47 27 +20 46
5 Bangor City 23 11 7 5 29 26 +3 40
6 Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 23 11 3 9 41 38 +3 36
7 Conwy Borough 24 10 6 8 45 45 0 36
8 Penrhyncoch 25 11 3 11 30 32 −2 36
9 Rhyl 25 11 2 12 45 38 +7 35
10 Llandudno 23 8 4 11 35 38 −3 28
11 Gresford Athletic 24 8 5 11 37 38 −1 29
12 Ruthin Town 25 7 7 11 32 40 −8 28
13 Buckley Town 21 7 3 11 25 45 −20 24
14 Llangefni Town 26 5 7 14 23 49 −26 22
15 Porthmadog 24 4 6 14 28 47 −19 18
16 Corwen 23 3 5 15 26 55 −29 14
17 Llanfair United 23 2 3 18 26 68 −42 9
Updated to match(es) played on 7 March 2020. Source: Cymru North
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Matches won; 5) Play-off.

Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132
Prestatyn Town61111111111111111111111111
Flint Town United12102222323532222222222222
Colwyn Bay111413111214111010883334453335533
Guilsfield14161510791087778665567763344
Bangor City913878879119991010101088888875
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant1383333432457887634444456
Conwy Borough2310645554246456776656687
Penrhyncoch495897665665778899999998
Rhyl526464246324543345577769
Llandudno11149101387911111199991011101111111010
Gresford Athletic16512131410131312121212121212131314141313121111
Ruthin Town8475569118101010111111111110111010101212
Buckley Town10611141311121213131313131313121213131415141413
Llangefni Town379121112141414141414141414141412121212131314
Porthmadog171516161716171717151515151515151515151514151515REL
Corwen151717171617161516171716161616161616161616161616REL
Llanfair United712141515151516151616171717171717171717171717171717RELREL
Promotion to Cymru Premier
Relegation to FAW League One
Updated to match(es) played on 18 February 2020. Source: Cymru North

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAN BUC COL CON COR FTU GRE GUI LND LFU LGT LYM PRC POR PRE RHL RUT
Bangor City 3–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 1–0 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–0
Buckley Town 0–3 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–3 2–4 1–0 3–2 0–5
Colwyn Bay 1–1 4–4 2–0 0–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 4–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–1
Conwy Borough 0–0 2–3 1–3 2–2 1–2 3–3 4–0 3–0 2–2 0–7 2–1 1–1
Corwen 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–6 2–2 3–0 1–2 1–2 1–3 1–6 0–2
Flint Town United 1–0 3–0 1–2 5–3 3–1 7–0 3–1 3–1 2–3 1–2 7–0
Gresford Athletic 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 7–1 0–3 1–3 1–0
Guilsfield 4–2 3–3 1–3 1–0 3–2 6–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–3 1–1
Llandudno 0–2 0–1 2–3 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–4 1–2 4–0 4–1 1–4 2–0 1–0
Llanfair United 2–3 1–3 2–2 0–3 0–3 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–3 2–3 1–1
Llangefni Town 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–5 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–3 0–3 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–1
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 0–3 1–2 4–2 2–1 2–2
Penrhyncoch 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–3 3–1 2–0 0–2 3–2 2–1 1–2
Porthmadog 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–0
Prestatyn Town 7–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 4–1 5–1 1–0 7–0 2–0 5–0 2–2 1–0
Rhyl 1–2 4–1 0–3 4–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 7–1 2–1 3–5 0–0 2–1 4–2
Ruthin Town 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 3–1 1–4 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 7 March 2020. Source: Cymru North
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Corrig McGonigle Conwy Borough 24
2 Mark Cadwallader Flint Town United 23
3 Rob Hughes Prestatyn Town 17

Final League tableEdit

On 19 May 2020, the league was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an unweighted points per game method was applied to determine the final standings. The Football Association of Wales said a decision on promotion and relegation between leagues would be made in due course.

Prestatyn Town were refused a Tier One licence in April 2020 to allow them to compete in the Cymru Premier for season 2020-21 and their subsequent appeal was unsuccessful. Flint Town United were awarded Tier 1 Licence following a successful appeal.

Flint's promotion to the Cymru Premier was confirmed by the FAW on 16 June 2020. It was also confirmed that Porthmadog, Corwen and Llanfair United would be relegated to Tier 3.[7]

Rhyl entered administration in April 2020 after failing to find a £175,000 investment, with the club's directors cited the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for entering administration and the club's results were expunged.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG Promotion or relegation
1 Prestatyn Town (C) 24 21 2 1 84 18 +66 65 2.71
2 Flint Town United (P) 22 15 4 3 59 22 +37 49 2.23 Promotion to Cymru Premier
3 Guilsfield 21 13 4 4 44 26 +18 43 2.05
4 Colwyn Bay 24 14 5 5 44 30 +14 47 1.96
5 Bangor City 22 10 7 5 27 25 +2 37 1.68
6 Conwy Borough 23 9 6 8 43 44 −1 33 1.43
7 Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 21 9 3 9 35 34 +1 30 1.43
8 Penrhyncoch 23 10 2 11 29 35 −6 32 1.39
9 Ruthin Town 23 7 7 9 29 34 −5 28 1.22
10 Buckley Town 20 7 3 10 24 41 −17 24 1.20
11 Gresford Athletic 22 7 5 10 34 34 0 26 1.18
12 Llandudno 21 6 4 11 32 38 −6 22 1.05
13 Llangefni Town 24 5 6 13 22 47 −25 21 0.88
14 Porthmadog (R) 23 4 6 13 28 46 −18 18 0.78 Relegation to FAW League One
15 Corwen (R) 22 3 5 14 26 51 −25 14 0.64
16 Llanfair United (R) 21 2 3 16 23 58 −35 9 0.43
Updated to match(es) played on 7 March 2020. Source: Cymru North
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Matches won; 5) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52726498
  2. ^ "Transitional Regulations for the Pyramid League System for seasons 2018/19 and 2019/20" (PDF). Football Association of Wales. Football Association of Wales. Retrieved 22 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "FAW Tier 2 North League 2019-20 Fixtures" (PDF). Cymru Premier. Cymru Premier. Retrieved 2 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Colwyn Bay accepted into FAW pyramid". Football Association of Wales. Football Association of Wales. Retrieved 22 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "FAW suspends Bangor, Holywell and Llandyrnog pending hearing decision". BBC Sport. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Foster, Elliot (16 August 2019). "Citizens successful in appeal". Bangor City Football Club. Retrieved 20 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ https://www.faw.cymru/en/news/faw-board-decision-promotion-and-relegation/?back=/en/news/&pos=1