Bala notch first league win since Boxing Day!

The Lakesiders earned themselves three hugely deserved points on Saturday evening in the re-arranged clash against Barry Town United. The 79 days without a win were worth the wait…

From the outset, it was apparent that Bala were at Jenner Park with only one aim – to go home with all three points.

It was an electric by the Lakesiders who could’ve been comfortably ahead with only ten minutes played as Venables saw his header collected by Lewis, Miley getting on the end of Jones’ teasing freekick but unable to capitalise before Venables once more forced a save out of the keeper.

Town were in full control and were having waves after waves of pressure. Evan Horwood sliced a chance wide after the ball fell to him from a freekick prior to Henry Jones rattled the crossbar with his long distance effort.

Bala got their deserved opener with 32 minutes played as Andy Burns unleashed a rocket from the edge of the 18 into the top corner giving Bala a 1-0 lead.

Minutes before the interval, Hayes had an opportunity to double the advantage when he drove through the midfield, turning two defenders but his low strike was turned around the post by the keeper.

The second half was just as good from the Lakesiders who dug even deeper and delivered a determined, passionate and strong performance and were growing in confidence.

Building a sustained spell of pressure, Town needed a second goal to kill the game off and they were creating plenty of chances with Venables seeing a chance blocked in the six yard box and then Burke’s follow-up fizzing inches wide prior to Jones unleashing a 30 yard strike over the crossbar.

On the 75th minute, Bala were awarded a penalty following a challenge from an edge of the box freekick, up stepped Chris Venables who powered down the middle making it 2-0 to the visitors.

From the restart it could’ve been 3 when Jones hit the base of the post from distance as Bala continued to ask questions of the Barry backline.

Venables struck the bar before Lewis was called into action again to keep the Town captain at bay.

With three minutes on the clock, Bala rattled the woodwork for a fourth time, again through Venables but it didn’t matter as Town cruised through to victory.

An outstanding 90 minutes by every Town player today and exactly what was needed to bring an end to Bala’s latest run of bad results.

Next? A trip to The New Saints.

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