A match best described as a game of two halves!
Following our first 3 points of the season last weekend against Cefn Druids, the Lakesiders would travel down south to face Penybont in the third game of the campaign.
The game started with an early attempt on goal from Steve Leslie, but his effort sailed over the bar.
With only 4 minutes on the clock, Ramsay was alert to deny the home side an early lead, following 2 saves in quick succession.
However after just 10 minutes gone, Penybont took the lead following sloppy defending from Bala, as the home side were able to put a ball into the box, which Ramsay parried away into the middle of the box, as Lewis Harling then poked home to give his side the lead.
Minutes later, Bala were still on the back-foot with Penybont nearly grabbing a second, however a volley just outside the box went wide.
After 20 minutes, the Lakesiders were slowly getting into the game, when a good passing move ended with an over hit ball towards Venables, which went out for a goal kick.
Bala’s job got a lot easier on 28 minutes, when Penybont were reduced to 10 men following a red card to their captain in Kane Owen. The tackle on Kieran Smith was deemed a reckless challenge with a high foot which could of ended up a lot worse, however it was advantage Bala in terms of the number of players on the field.
Henry Jones was substituted after 38 minutes, with Raul Correia replacing him.
The first real chance for Bala came on in the 41st minute when Will met a corner from the right, but his header went wide of the post.
With a goal down, and a man advantage, the referee blew for half time, however it was a poor half by the Lakesiders with only a few chances created all half. Although the Lakesiders would have a full half to put things right with a man advantage over the hosts.
The second half got underway, and with only two minutes on the clock, Will Evans levelled the score! The goal started with Ollie Shannon on the right hand side of the box, where he took a shot which looked to be going wide, yet Will latched on to it and side footed the ball into the corner of the net. Game on at 1-1!
A couple minutes later, and Bala should of been ahead, after Raul entered the Penybont box and cut it back across the box, but no one got on the end of the ball to finish home, much better from the Lakesiders.
However after 10 minutes of the second half, Will was there again! A flick on from Raul set Venables on his way, as he flicked it over one defender, got the shot away which was saved by the keeper and rebounded to Will, which saw him stretch to side foot the ball into the net, and make the score 2-1 to the Lakesiders!
Only five minutes later, Bala were cruising! This time Will turned provider, after a mistake at the back from the hosts, Will got to the byline and set Venables on a plate, as he caressed the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it 3-1 to Bala now!
Ramsay was called into action after the hour mark following a long range effort, yet the shot was easily saved.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Bala were given the chance to further extend their lead, with a penalty given following a foul on Will. Venables stepped up to take the penalty… and secured his second of the game! 4-1 to Bala with 20 minutes still left to play.
The home side had a chance to claw a goal back, however the shot sailed over the bar.
Raul nearly got in on the goals, but following some great attacking play by the Lakesiders, Raul’s weak footed finish went over the bar.
If Raul couldn’t score, Kieran Smith could! A ball in from the left hand side from Sean Smith crossed the box into the path of Kieran, and he side footed it past the keeper and into the net. A Smith-Smith combination made it 5-1 to Bala with 10 minutes left of normal time.
After picking up two goals, Chris Venables was replaced by Andrew Burns.
With Will on a hat trick, he was pushing forward to grab his 3rd, however a long range shot was saved well by former Bala keeper Ashley Morris and went out for a corner.
A brilliant second half display by the Lakesiders came to an end following the fulltime whistle. A game of two halves saw the Lakesiders run out 5-1 winners in the end.
The Lakesiders will now prepare for a blockbuster game on Wednesday night (30/09/2020) when we face The New Saints at Maes Tegid, as Bala look to end TNS’ perfect start to the season.