As they say, football is one funny old game at times….
Three chances and three goals saw Cefn Druids seal all three points against the Lakesiders at a rainy Rock on Friday evening.
Chris Venables, Lewis Short and Stuart Jones all missed out tonight’s game through various injuries meaning Town had a bit of a reshuffle to the side.
The game was high tempo throughout with Bala playing excellent football in the first half.
In the opening 15 minutes, a freekick by Evans was fired into the area but went begging when no Town shirt could reach it and an early freekick curled over the bar by Burke.
Bala were having plenty of possession with Smith heading over from a Rule cross prior to Smith being picked out by Horwood but he laid the ball off rather than taking the opportunity instinctively.
Matty Owen tested Morris and down the other end, Pearson shot wide from a Town corner kick.
The home side took the lead against the run of play in the 23rd minute when Piskorski fired home from 12 yards after beating the offside trap.
Bala kept their chances coming – Evans’ strike went high and wide over the woodwork but their perseverance paid off on 34 minutes.
A powerful wonderstrike from Nathan Burke was unleashed from 25 yards out was fired pinpoint into the top right hand corner leaving Jones a spectator in the Druids net.
Town were finishing the half strongly and should’ve been further ahead when Burke was clear on goal but sliced his opportunity wide prior to Stuart J Jones heading wide from a corner.
In the second half, Bala had the ball in the net after only four minutes when Hayes lobbed the ball over the defender and tidily slotted home for it to be ruled out for an alledged foul.
Horwood broke down the left, passing to Smith who had a 1-2 with Evans but was unable to capitalise on the chance.
Bala’s missed chances proved costly when Druids added a second goal to their tally. The initial chance was blocked by Bala but the rebound came out to Matty Owen who slid the ball into the net at the backpost.
Even though they were trailing, Bala were the better side and kept coming with their waves of pressure and crosses into the area but weren’t being clinical enough infront of goal.
A chance from Hayes was pulled back towards Jones but he headed inches over.
Midway through the half, newly introduced Les Davies and Andrai Jones accidently collided into each other with Andrai taken to hospital only 30 second after entering the field of play and a lengthy stoppage.
Once back underway, Davies flicked the ball on brilliantly to Smith who got to the end of the chance but keeper Jones was able to get a crucial touch to push the ball away before Sheridan pounced on an error at the back by Druids but his strike was tame and collected by the keeper.
Kieran Smith was next to test when he brilliantly beat the offside trap but his header landed on top of the goal net.
With 9 minutes of injury time shown, Town were pushing up as they looked to get back on levele terms and they had a boost when Mudimu was shown a red card meaning Druids finished with 10 men.
However with Town playing with such a high-line they were punished in the 99th minute when Druids went on the counter attack allowing for an unmarked Pritchard to fire into the net and seal the win.
A faultless effort by the lads but their missed chances proved extremely costly with their lack of goals proving the difference once again this season.
The Lakesiders have a week off next week but return to action against The New Saints in two weeks time.
Match photos by Naomi Jones