Brilliant Bala beat Quay on Boxing Day.
Town’s Christmas present to the home supporters came on Boxing Day afternoon when they delivered a performance to be proud of against league leaders Connah’s Quay.
The Lakesiders started well exactly like they did at Llanelli last time out with Henry Jones and Steven Tames causing problems in the opening minutes.
Seven minutes on the clock and Town took the lead when Sean Smith showed plenty of determination to nick the loose ball from a misplaced Quay pass and fired low from around 10 yards out.
Jones’ hit the side netting after a brilliant break on the left between himself, Smith and Sheridan.
It was 2-0 after 15 minutes when Danby sliced a clearance, coming out to Sheridan and delivered back into the area which was scrambled over the line from about a yard out by Henry Jones.
Town were having a fair share of the possession and they should’ve been further ahead when Tames was bundled over in the box for a penalty to be awarded but Jones’ kick was pushed away by Danby after 23 minutes.
Quay started coming more into the game and ten minutes from the break, halved the defecit when a cross from the wing was headed into his own net by Nathan Burke.
In the second half, the game hotted up with chances for both sides.
Tames’ shot was blocked from inside the box and blocked out for a corner with the resulting kick headed over by Venables.
Quay had the ball in the net through Owens but it was deemed offside as they looked to get level.
However, Bala’s pressure was mounting with Burns’ strike from around 25 yards landed on the roof of the net prior to Miley’s header saved on the goalline by Danby.
The visitors rattled the crossbar through Horan’s header before Morris made a solid low save to deny Wignall from eight yards after a freekick.
As always against Quay, the game was tight and cagey with Bala having to dig deep and keeping the Nomads at bay and doing a superb job of doing so.
10 minutes from time, the visitors should’ve level when they had a huge goalmouth scramble with Bala putting bodies on the line to block out the shots.
Town were finishing strongly with Jones seeing numerous attempts saved by Danby and should’ve seen Bala extend their lead.
Prior to injury time, Steven Tames was sent off for a second yellow card with Bala needing to end the match with 10 men.
It was a nervy ending with Andy Owens’ chance headed onto the roof of the net and Hughes’ shot caught by Morris.
An impressive performance from the Lakesiders who coped well with Quay’s physicality and thoroughly deserved the three points.
Match photos by Naomi Jones