Town’s 2018/19 pre-season campaign got underway on Tuesday evening as they welcomed a very strong Crewe Alexandra outfit to Maes Tegid.
Under the watchful eye of former Bala midfielder Kenny Lunt, he named a strong line-up against the Lakesiders with plenty of names with Football League experience such as Alex Nicholls, Nicky Hunt and Billy Sass-Davies to name a few.
It was a lively start to the game at Maes Tegid with no clear cut chances from either side until the sixth minute as Nicholls shot wide from 12 yards.
As expected, Crewe found their stride early on and started asking questions of the Lakesiders but Town held firm and were battling hard to match the League Two side.
Town had a decent opportunity when they had a freekick in a dangerous area but Garrett could collect prior to Hunt delivery a cross into the box which Morris denied Nicholls down the other end.
Our visitors had a decent spell of pressure around the half hour mark with Morris called into action on two occasions – one which he smothered comfortably and then tipping over a powerful effort from the edge of the box.
Venables and Smith combined for Town but Garrett came out to clear for the visitors.
Minutes before halftime, Crewe were awarded a penalty when Evan Horwood brought down Nicholls in the box. Jordan Bowery stepped up but Morris’ firm hand turned the ball around the left post to keep the score level at halftime.
The second half saw Bala play some very impressive football along the deck and cause problems for Crewe.
Mangan and Tames linked up but the move broke down on the edge of the box before Mangan’s effort was blocked by Sass-Davies.
The visitors were quick on the counter especially on the right but Horwood and Sean Smith dealt well with an attack from Hunt.
A header from Nicholls was brilliantly pushed over the bar by Morris who was having a Man of the Match display in the Town net.
Bala were mounting the pressure as Crewe’s forward line were becoming frustrated by Town’s solid backline.
Tames was picked out by Mangan but Garrett saved his instinctive effort before down the other end Lowery put a golden chance wide of the post from 4 yards out.
With just under 20 minutes left to play, Bala took the lead.
Sean Smith powered down the left wing, cutting into the area and turning three players in the process which allowed him to slot into the bottom corner from an acute angle from 7 yards.
A 20 yard low effort from Smith was saved before Horwood’s 18 yard freekick rattled the post as Town’s confidence grew.
Wintle, Kirk and Bowery had late chance for the visitors but Bala’s backline stood firm until the final whistle.
A solid team display especially at the back for the Lakesiders who also looked lively on the attack especially in the second half against an extremely strong Crewe line-up. Thank you to Crewe Alexandra for coming down this evening – we wish you well for the new season! Next up for the Town is Denbigh Town at home on Friday night.
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