92nd minute freak finish defeats the Lakesiders.
As far as games go, Saturday’s will probably go down as one of the worst games of football in a very long time.
The major factor and man of the match (!) was the wind which caused havoc throughout the match and was instrumental in Cardiff Met’s winning goal in added time.
With the wind with them for the first half, Bala had a couple of decent early opportunities with Fuller denying Robles chance and then Burns’ 25 yard effort soared over the crossbar from distance.
Met had a chance to go ahead when Davies capitalised on Bala losing possession, drove forward and attempted a strike from 35 yards which flew out of play.
Bala were having a comfortable spell of pressure with an attack down the left leading to Leslie floating a cross over the woodwork prior to Jones and Smith playing a tidy one-two to delivery into Venables but Fuller saved.
Towards the end of the half, Bala had a series of corners but they weren’t able to capitalise on meaning play was level at the break.
The second half was very uneventful with neither team testing their respective goalkeepers and the majority of play being played in the middle third.
A cross from the right saw a Met chance flash across the face of goal before Tibbetts made a comfortable save from Evans’ effort.
Anthony Stephens’ delivery into the area was met by an unmarked Venables at the backpost but is lacked power and was collected by Fuller.
Bala did have the ball in the net in the 85th minute but it was denied for an alleged foul on the keeper.
As two minutes of injury time was about to end, Bala were dealt a massive blow as Will Evans’s cross into the box which was going out of play was caught in a gust of wind, deceived Town goalkeeper Josh Tibbetts and curled into the far post to give the Archers a valuable three points.
An absolute sicker for the Lakesiders in a game which neither team deserved to win in difficult playing conditions.
Town now host Cefn Druids next Saturday in the final game of phase one.
Match photos by Naomi Fflur can be viewed here.