Lakesiders extend winning run against gutsy Carmarthen.

Saturday saw the Lakesiders notch their fourth consecutive win with a 2-1 win against Carmarthen at a rainy Maes Tegid.

The first half didn’t see too many efforts on goal with both teams moving the ball well but the two backlines were resilient and keeping each other at bay.

Bala started well and were applying pressure early on and with thirteen minutes played, they went ahead.

A fantastic run into the area by Sean Smith saw him dance past three players and as he came into the area, looking as if he was about to unleash the trigger he picked out Robles who fired past Idzi.

Carmarthen didn’t sit back after Town went ahead and much to their credit, didn’t play like a side that haven’t won a game this season.

The visitors were awarded a freekick 40 yards which didn’t lead to anything but midway through the half, were back level.

After a break down the right hand side, a low cross was delivered into the box which Bull drove into the net making it 1-1.

Carmarthen could’ve gone ahead on 36 minutes when Morris was called into action and instinctively blocked a goalbound effort with his feet from close range.

However, Bala went back ahead from the next passage of play as Sean Smith yet again broke down the wing and laying the ball into Robles who swung the ball into an unmarked Venables on the penalty spot who rocketed the ball home to restore Town’s lead.

Before the interval, Robles had an excellent opportunity to add another but placed the ball wide of the upright.

The second half saw further opportunities for the Lakesiders which should’ve seen them extend their lead.

An attack saw Kieran Smith go through on goal but deemed offside before down the other end a free header at the backpost by the Old Gold narrowly soared over the crossbar.

Smith and Jones combined on the left which allowed Jones to loop a cross towards the backpost but Idzi could gather prior to Robles driving forward and allowing Jones to unleash a shot over the bar.

Once again, Jones put an effort into the side netting before Morris was called into action to deny Morgan.

With 15 left to play, Sean Smith was clattered in the box but saw his penalty claims waved away before Kieran Smith was fouled but advantage was allowed but he struck the ball wide.

Town were finishing strong as Carmarthen sent their big defenders up front as they hoped to earn themselves a point.

Venables flicked header from a freekick lacked power and was saved by Idzi before the move of the match between Jones and Robles was tipped over by the Carmarthen shotstopper on the 88th minute but Town’s three points were safe.

A solid team display from the Lakesiders who coped well with Carmarthen’s physicality and threat to earn themselves a fourth win in all competitions to jump up to third in the table.

Match photos can be seen here.

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