The Lakesiders welcomed a strong Crewe side on Tuesday evening in sweltering heat to a roasting Maes Tegid.
With players such as Perry Ng and Billy Sass-Davies in the Crewe line-up, it was going to be a difficult evening for Bala and that was proven after two minutes of play when the Railwaymen took the lead when Charlie Kirk scored from a far post tap in.
Crewe who were managed on the evening by former Lakesider Kenny Lunt were playing very impressive quick counter attacking football and soon it was 2-0 when the visitors took advantage of Kieran Smith being down injured in the opposite box, broke forward and delivered a ball into Callum Ainley who added their second of the night.
Town were finding it hard to break down the Crewe backline but came close to scoring then Trialist D applied pressure and forced them into a mistake but Henry Jones wasn’t able to pounce on the loose ball.
On the half hour mark, Ryan Wintle made it 3-0 with a lovely finish into the far side of the net from inside the area.
Jones found Trialist D after a move down the left but Jaaskelainen made a comfortable save.
Prior to the interval, Crewe added a fourth when a quick passage of play arrived to Reilly who finished with a class strike.
The second half was better by Bala who grew into the game and started to cause some problems for the visitors.
A moment of controversy saw Trialist F get the ball in the net for Town but a Crewe centre half able to clear the ball of the line after it had crossed the line and the goal disallowed.
However a minute later it was 4-1 when Bala capped a fantastic move when Trialist D saw his strike from 10 yards pushed into the path of Venables who hammered the ball into the net.
Bala were having a solid spell of pressure and coming more and more into the game but were dealt a set back as Crewe scored a 5th with a rocket of a strike from around 12 yards from Ainley.
Town’s trialist shotstopper made a series of superb reaction saves to keep Crewe from scoring a sixth.
Hayes went one on one with the goalkeeper but saw his tame effort cleared by Ng before Bala scored another.
A header onwards by Trialist C arrived to Hayes who cooly lobbed the goalkeeper from 16 yards to make the score 2-5 five minutes from time.
It was a tough night for Town but a very useful runout against resilient opposition. Good luck to Crewe for the forthcoming season.