The Lakesiders returned to Maes Tegid on Saturday afternoon as they welcomed League One’s Accrington Stanley.

John Coleman named a strong Accy side with a mixture of first team players and trialists but it was the Lakesiders who impressed on Saturday afternoon.

Bala came flying out of the blocks and had a fantastic first half with possibly some of the best football that they have played for quite a few months.

It was Hayes who had the first chance of the game as he pulled a shot wide with Town playing with a very high tempo which saw them take full control of the game.

A corner by Jones came back out to him with his powerful low shot hitting the base of the post and the follow-up cleared by the under pressure Stanley backline.

Town’s pressure paid off when Mike Hayes spotted Savin off his line and lobbed him from around 20 yards to give the Lakesiders a thoroughly deserved lead.

The high intensity continued with Bala continuing to cause problems and looking very strong at the back keeping Stanley’s new signing Bishop very quiet.

A rare Stanley chance saw a freekick taken from the halfway line sent over the crossbar towards the end of the half.

Jones and Trialist C almost added a second when they forced a mistake in the backline but Hayes couldn’t make a clean connection with the loose ball.

Andy Burns was brought down in the box but saw his penalty claims waved away before Savin made a fantastic reaction save to stop Molyneux’s effort.

Before the interval, a brilliant move by Bala should’ve seen a second goal scored when Smith’s teasing cross narrowly missed the diving header of Hayes.

The second half saw Stanley come more into the game. Both teams rotated their squads but Bala still impressed with their quick breaks and solid defensive set-up.

The away side had a couple of opportunities to get back on level terms but their chances went wide of the far upright and a strike from the edge of the area was placed wide.

A stunning cross from Burns picked out Jones and Hayes but neither were able to get a touch on the delivery prior to a Town freekick being collected by the keeper.

With ten minutes left to play there were golden chances for both teams. Academy graduate Sion Sullivan set up Trialist E who’s cross found Venables but creeped centimeters wide before down the other end, Bala’s trialist keeper made a solid save to keep Town’s clean sheet.

An extremely impressive performance by the Lakesiders who looked confident, comfortable and worked incredibly hard against their League One opponents, thoroughly deserving the victory.

Many thanks to John Coleman and his team for facing us this afternoon – best wishes for the forthcoming season!

Match photos can be seen here.

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