Read all about our Foundation age groups who hosted Chester on Sunday.
Bala Town Under 11’s v Chester
We conceded a goal straight from kick without getting near them, which was a sign of things to come. They were a very good team but it was our lack of bite in the middle that is hitting us hard. Even though they were the better team we still created some clear cut chances, Dafydd having so much success down the right but we couldn’t finish. Owen P got a goal back with an overhead kick.
Better quarter, we had to move Dafydd to the center to give us a bit more steel but he lost his drive on the right especially with losing Owen P to injury. We conceded a couple after our failure to clear the lines especially after Sion had pulled off a string of saves. Again we created chances but failed to really test their keeper.
We were much better but also low on numbers with Deio coming up from the U10’s to put in a real shift on the right and again we created so many chances that we should be disappointed not to have scored more. Huw scored a goal after great closing down from Llŷr. After a period of pressure from us as a corner went straight through the middle and three of our players failed to get a touch they broke and scored. Our lack of options on the bench also cost us we finish with only 8 outfield players.
Man of the Match: Iolo
Bala Town Under 9’s v Chester
We started the game slow in tempo, we struggled to play against an unorthodox style from Chester and playing on the grass. At the beginning; defensively we were unable to hold and press, as we have done within previous weeks. However, attacking we quickly established counter attacks were available for us to play, our midfield finding brilliant passes to put through our striker 1v1 with Chester goalkeeper.
But, I believe against the play, Chester scored from a couple of corners and another from open play, as a result, of a wrong pass from one of our players, putting the Chester player 1v1 with our goalkeeper.
We bounced back though and ended the 20 minutes with a well worked attacking goal.
Bala Town Under 9’s showed a tremendous amount of grit in this 20 minutes, showing their commitment to work as a team and confidence that they can play together. From defence to attack they wanted the ball and support each other! Our attackers winning the ball high up the field gave us a couple of goals. But, similar to the first quarter we conceded goals due to the unorthodox style of Chester, their size of players were just at times difficult for our team to compete with in 1v1 battles.
Our goalkeeper was tested several times and kept us in the game.
The third quarter
Bala players were eager to get a goal to draw level with Chester and it would of been a well deserved goal! We played the style of football that has showed our development and confidence to score goals as of late! Bala were not allowing Chester out of their own half and when Chester were successful in counter attacking Bala were quickly successful in the defensive transition to prevent Chester playing any attacking football.
Bala attacking momentum led to several chances, which could of very well ended in the back of the net, one coming close by hitting the wood work, and several just narrowly wide. Unfortunately they did not score. Furthermore, to rub salt in the wounds Chester played a superb counter attack display that ended with them getting a goal in the final 20 minutes.
As team we have shown tremendous amount of development from the previous year playing Chester, and we are proud of how they played on Sunday.
Player of the match was Cadi – Absolute bundles of energy, her work ethic today was fantastic, her commitment to win the ball back for the team was world class! And she deservedly got two goals for it.