Captain Fantastic runs riot at Maes Tegid!
After an exhilarating game infront of the Sgorio cameras on the weekend (10th of October) having put five past Aberystwyth, it was Barry Town who we’d welcome next to Maes Tegid, however this time, there was one less goal but a clean sheet!
The game got underway with early pressure coming from Bala, and after 4 minutes, even Ramsay tried his luck from a free kick deep in the Bala half, as he saw his opposition goalkeeper off his line, he would attempt the spectacular, however his effort went over the bar.
It didn’t take long for the first goal however… on 6 minutes, the Captain, Chris Venables opened the scoring after a header from Lassana Mendes fell into his path in the box, and Venables hit a sweet strike on the half volley into the back of the net to give Bala an early lead.
A great start to the game for the Lakesiders nearly got even better, after a bit of pinball in the box, the ball fell to Will Evans who just couldn’t get his shot away in the box.
Some defending was needed on 25 minutes, as Sean Smith recovered well to block a shot on goal from Barry, conceding a corner as a result.
Venables was through on goal after a mistake from a Barry defender, although a good recovery tackle from the Barry defender directed the ball away from Venables, and into the hands of the Barry keeper.
On the half hour mark… Venables made it two! This time from a looping cross from Sean Smith to the back post, where our Captain leaped up and headed the ball past the keeper to grab his 2nd of the match to make it 2-0 to the Town!
Again, minutes later, Venables could have sealed his hat trick, but this time his header at the back post went over the bar.
As the game approached half time, Venables could smell his hat trick coming… and there it came! In the final added minute of the half, Venables would seal, sign and deliver his hat trick to put him at the top of the goal scorers in the Cymru Premier! Again, Sean Smith the provider, who pokes the ball into Venables’ path, and an easy tap in for him would seal his hat trick! 3-0 just before half time!
The referee would then put an end to the half, with Barry licking their wounds from a man on fire in Chris Venables.
If you haven’t seen our digital matchday programmes over on our Issuu Page there will definitely be a new #1 on the power rankings next time round…
The second half got underway, with Ramsay called into action, as he snatched the ball from the feet of a Barry forward.
After 7 minutes of the second half, Venables could have had his fourth! After the Barry keeper came out of his box to clear, he cleared straight to Venables, but his shot on goal was blocked well from the recovering defenders.
On the hour mark, Barry could have pulled one back through a header, but our luck was in, as a Barry player blocked the header off the line!
Will tried his luck from range, yet his shot was deflected and the power was taken out of it, an easy save made for the keeper.
Lassana Mendes was influential in the middle of the pitch, winning the ball back with a brilliant tackle, which allowed him to set Venables on his way, but the recovering defender put the ball out for a corner.
Minutes later, Mendes pulls off another brilliant challenge, but this time before getting back to his feet, he gave us a few press ups! We’re not joking..
The Lakesiders had the ball in the net, however Venables was deemed to be offside.
After being down injured for a few minutes, Will then gets back on his feet to make it 4-0! A brilliant driving run from Raul Correia down the right hand side, as he entered the box he put the ball on a plate for Will who tucked the ball into the corner to extend Bala’s lead!
The substitutions came in then for Bala as Will Evans and Lassana Mendes made way for Henry Jones and Liam Davies.
Then the final change of the night for Bala saw Llyr Morris come on for Raul Correia.
With a couple minutes to go, Bala were still giving 100% as Antony Kay looked to strike on goal, but his half volley went wide of the goal, and then minutes later put in a solid challenge on a Barry man to regain possession.
Llyr Morris would try to break away from the Barry defence, but a recovering defender came and cleared any danger.
The referee would whistle for full time, which would cap off a brilliant performance from the Lakesiders, to keep a clean sheet and score four goals! Which would lift the Lakesiders up to 4th with 2 games in hand over other clubs.
Focus will now turn to Saturday (17th of October) as the Lakesiders travel to Latham Park to face Newtown with a 2:30pm kick off