Lakesiders heap on the pressure but come away sharing the spoils.

Football finally returned for the Lakesiders after three football-less weeks and it was a highly competitive and physical affair at Maes Tegid.

Bala began well considering they hadn’t kicked a ball in three weeks, as Steven Tames’ early effort was gathered by Perry after three minutes.

Town were mounting some pressure with Tames almost having the ball in the net minutes later but was deemed offside.

The pressure paid off on 16 minutes as Bala took the lead. A short Tames pass teed up Kieran Smith who nestled the ball into the bottom corner from around 12 yards.

However, Bala became complacent allowing Newtown to come into the game and the game became quite fiery with tackles coming in and fouls being committed.

Kieran Mills-Evans was unmarked and headed into the net at nearpost on 29 minutes following a freekick on the left flank.

Six minutes later they went ahead when Callum Roberts was picked out from a cracking cross and blasted in from close range to give the Robins a deserved lead at the interval.

Changes were made at the break with Venables and Burke making way for Sheridan and Horwood as Town set-up differently for the second period.

The Lakesiders should’ve been back level only a minute into the half when Henry Jones placed the ball centimetres wide at the right upright in an opportunity that was easier to score than miss.

Anthony Stephens’ fizzing strike took the paint off the crossbar before down the other end, Poyra Ahmadi’s dipping drive went narrowly over the woodwork.

Town were improving as they zipped the ball across the floor and had another great chance on 63 minutes as Kieran Smith looped the ball back in finding Tames and his touch being palmed over by Perry.

The sustained Bala pressure paid off as a superb passage of play was rewarded as Henry Jones connected perfectly to Evan Horwood’s delivery and popped the ball into the back of the net to bring the game to 2-2.

Bala were camped in the Newtown half for the remainder of the match as they piled on the pressure but the visitors backline stood strong with the Lakesiders unable to turn their chances into the vital goal required to notch the three points.

A tale of two halves at Maes Tegid with a much improved performance in the second half ahead of another quick turnaround of fixtures as we head to Connah’s Quay on Tuesday night.


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