Bala made the trek up to Nantporth to face Bangor City Under 8’s for the early kickoff of 9.30a.m.
From the start Bala’s usual high energy was missing, the early kickoff clearly affecting energy levels. Bangor were set up to defend, which they did effectively. Bala were slow and lethargic to recover possession after conceding the ball after the breakdown in attacks, Bangor went ahead from a shot from halfway, which flew in over keeper’s head, although to be fair any keeper would have struggled to keep it out of the net. Bala were losing key battles in midfield, but gradually started to gain control as Jac, Robin and Caio started to attack repeatedly at Bangor. Robin capped off a positive run with a well taken goal to bring the game back level heading into the break.
Bala started the second game with a bit more purpose, the midfield trio of Jac on the left, Caio on the right and Robin in the centre were constantly running at Bangor’s defence, but couldn’t quite finish off the chances. Ioan and Llion in defence receiving the ball repeatedly from GK Jac Watkins, starting a lot of the build up play to our attacks. Elliot as CF was able to hold up the ball and was instrumental in laying off the ball for Robin to score his second of the day, to go in at the break ahead.
Bangor came out racing from the blocks for the third half, regaining control of the key areas of the field. Bala’s tempo was lethargic once more, losing possession in midfield too many times, allowing Bangor to score a couple of goals to go in at the third break ahead.
For the final game, the decision was taken to push Ioan to CM, Jac RW and Robin onto LW. Caio dropped into defence with Llion. Straightaway, Bala grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck winning every battle over the field, Elliot unlucky not to be rewarded with a goal for closing Bangor down repeatedly. Jac was rewarded after one of his runs, finishing clinically to bring the game back level. Bala kept attacking Bangor’s goal, but were unable to add to the scoresheet, the game ending in a draw. Not one of our best performances, but credit to the lads for battling back to recover the draw!
MOM – Llion Roberts, didn’t put a foot wrong all game.