A day to forget for the Lakesiders.

After the abandonment of our mid-week game against The New Saints, the Lakesiders were back at Maes Tegid just 3 days later, as we welcomed Haverfordwest County AFC on Saturday (3rd of October)

The Lakesiders started the game with a succession of corners, with the closest chance coming from Will Evans, but his header would go over the bar.

Ollie Shannon then came close, as Nathan Peate headed back across the box from a corner, as Ollie hit a curling shot on to the crossbar.

After just 10 minutes, the visitors had the ball in the Bala net, however the linesman called for offside.

Venables also came close after a Ollie Shannon cross went to the far post, as Venables headed towards goal, but the keeper got across to deny Bala the lead.

It took until the 25th minute for a goal, and it came following a penalty to the Lakesiders. Sean Smith put in a teasing cross towards Venables, however a shove on the back of Venables from Scott Tancock led to the referee pointing to the spot. Venables strolled up to the ball and cooly placed the ball into the top right corner, 1-0 to the Lakesiders after 25 minutes!

Following the penalty, the visitors put some pressure of their own on the Bala defence, however their only big chance was an effort inside the box that went over the bar.

However a minute later, the Bluebirds levelled the score with a pinpoint pass from Dan Summerfield onto the head of Danny Williams who loops Ramsay in goal and makes it 1-1 with 10 minutes of the first half left.

The last 10 minutes of the half saw little action, although right before half-time Venables had a free kick in a good area for Bala, but his shot on goal was blocked by the wall.

The half-time whistle went with a goal a piece, with little goal scoring opportunities in the first half.

Bala then started the second half with a great chance to take the lead, after miscommunication between the defence of the Bluebirds, however Venables couldn’t take advantage of the mistake, and the visitors were able to clear.

The visitors made their first change of the game after an hour played, with Jack Britton replacing Kurtis Rees.

Bala then also made their first change with Henry Jones replacing Kieran Smith.

The visitors had a good chance to take the lead after the hour, but Sean Smith was there to block the shot.

Bala were awarded a free kick after a handball from Sean Pemberton, as Henry Jones took the set-piece, his ball towards the back post was missed by everybody and went out for a goal kick.

With 25 minutes left, both managers made a change with Anthony Stephens making way for Steve Leslie for Bala, and Ben Fawcett made way for Jack Wilson.

Jonny Spittle went into the book for a foul in the Bala half.

The Bluebirds tried long range efforts to beat Ramsay, yet none were on target.

With 10 minutes left of the match, the Lakesiders went looking for a winner, although the visiting defence stood strong and held out the pressure.

Haverfordwest made their last substitution as Marcus Griffiths replaced Danny Williams.

Bala were awarded a free kick in a good position for a cross, with Leslie taking the set-piece. His cross into the box was low, and bounced off a Haverfordwest player, but the ball trickled into the hands of the keeper.

Colin Caton made his last change of the game with 5 minutes to play, as Raul Correia would come off for Llyr Morris.

Will had a good chance to take the lead with minutes remaining, but his header from Leslie’s cross went wide of the post.

The fourth official held up 4 minutes of added time, with both teams looking like they could snatch all 3 points.

After 2 minutes of added time, the visitors came close to the winner, but a shot from the edge of the box was dragged wide of the post.

Although with seconds remaining, Haverfordwest had a counter attack with a 3 on 2 break away, as Kieran Lewis led the attack, and ended up passing to Jack Wilson who cut back inside on his right foot and curled an effort past Ramsay in goal. Joy for the visitors who looked to pick up their first 3 points of the season, but dispair for the Lakesiders who were just not good enough.

The referee then blew the whistle for fulltime, leaving the Lakesiders disappointed after a poor performance, but joy for Haverfordwest after picking up 3 points away from home.

 

All focus will now turn to Tuesday night (6th of October), as the Lakesiders travel to Flint Town looking to put things right and to get back to winning ways.


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