Back again at Maes Tegid!
Following the abandonment of our previous fixture against The New Saints on Matchday 4 due to floodlight failure, we’re back at Maes Tegid after just 3 days out. This time, the Lakesiders welcome promoted side Haverfordwest County AFC to Maes Tegid with a 2:30pm kick off scheduled.
So far this season, the Bluebirds have played 4 games, and are yet to win a game, however have picked up a point against both Cardiff Met and Newtown, and have suffered defeats at the hands of Barry Town and Connah’s Quay. They are currently placed in 11th spot in the league table, with only Cefn Druids below them on 1 point.
The previous meeting between the two clubs came only 1 year and a half ago, when the two clubs met in the fourth round of the JD Welsh Cup. Although the game ended with a 4-0 away win, Haverfordwest didn’t make it easy for the Lakesiders, as the game had to go the full length of 120 minutes to determine a winner, to progress to the next round of the cup. After 90 minutes the game was poised at 0-0, however after 5 minutes of Extra-time, Bala were awarded a penalty following a handball in the box from the Bluebirds, as Steve Tames converted the resulting penalty to make it 1-0. Then only 2 minutes later Henry Jones got on the score sheet with a rifled shot into the roof of the net to make it 2-0, then only 4 minutes later, Bala were comfortable having scored a 3rd by Chris Venables who finished at the back post, and to complete the Extra-time demolishing, Kieran Smith dispatched a curling effort from the right hand side to make it 4-0 to the Lakesiders.
Since being promoted to the Cymru Premier, the Bluebirds have strengthened their squad by adding 5 new faces, with the likes of Corey Shephard, Kieran Lewis, James Loveridge and Alaric Jones all stepping up from the lower league of the Welsh Pyramid, including Wojciech Gajda who was signed from Polish side Stal Mielec II.
The Lakesiders who managed a great 1st half performance against The New Saints on Wednesday (30th of September) having scored 2 goals, will hope to learn from their 2nd half performance (before the light went off) and pick up their 3rd lot of 3 points of the season so far. However Haverfordwest will also look to pick up their first 3 points of the season, after a narrow defeat last time out against Barry Town.
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead.