Lakesiders earn plenty of admirers as they draw on Valentine’s Day.

Two changes were made to the Town line-up ahead of the Valentine’s Day clash against The New Saints with Steve Leslie and Ollie Shannon coming in for his full debut.

It was a perfect start for the Lakesiders who took an unexpected early lead. A freekick was awarded after a handball on the edge of the box which Henry Jones swung in a pin point delivery which Aeron Edwards met and headed in straight past Harrison for an own goal. 1-0 Bala!

As we expected, our visitors not happy to be behind and had long spells of pressure with Cieslewicz having a go from distance, Jamie Mullan was blocked twice by Burns and Spender’s cross was collected with ease by Tibbetts.

Town’s back four were putting in a tremendous shift with Tibbetts rarely tested regardless of the amounts of possession claimed by the visitors.

Bala were looking a threat themselves on the counter thanks to Mendes and Smith but the final balls into the box were just lacking the clinical finish but gladly took the lead into the interval.

The second half began with the visitors firing straight out of the blocks as they looked to get back on level terms and it didn’t take them long to do so.

On the hour, Shannon couldn’t get his arm out of the way quick enough which saw referee Dean John point to the spot for a penalty. Ryan Brobbel stepped up and blasted home to make it 1-1 with plenty to play for in the remaining half an hour!

The Saints almost went ahead minutes after the restart when Ebbe hit the post with a header which Brobbel drove over the crossbar.

Bala were weathering the storm with Shannon, Stephens, Burns and Smith putting their bodies on the line and keeping the threatening Saints forward line at bay.

Things started to take a turn as Bala took confidence from their blocks and solid clearances to challenge back, causing problems of their own to the Saints back four.

Sean Smith broke forward and dispatched Mullan off the ball and pick out an unmarked Kieran Smith who rocketed a strike from 18 yards towards goal but Harrison made an excellent save to deny him.

Scott Ruscoe’s men were begging to panic and Bala had another golden opportunity to sneak a winner as Mendes outstanding work set up Hayes ten yards out but he couldn’t get a clean strike on the ball and the chance went amiss in the closing stages.

Despite only 31% possession, it was an impressive defensive display and outstanding effort from the Lakesiders who did exceptionally well against difficult opposition.

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