A trip to Latham Park awaits the Lakesiders.
After a triumphant win in mid-week against Barry Town, the Lakesiders now go on their travels, and will face Newtown AFC at Latham Park at 2:30pm on Saturday 17th of October.
Our opponents, Newtown, have had a relatively poor start to their season, after playing 8 games so far, they are sat in 9th place with only 6 points. They’ve only won one match, drawn 3 and lost 4, with a goal difference of -2. The only 3 points so far this season came in a 4-1 defeat of Cefn Druids at Latham Park, having being behind for a small portion of the game, Newtown would end up scoring 3 in the second half to pick up their first 3 points. The defeats have included promoted side Flint Town, Caernarfon Town, The New Saints and Penybont, although every defeat has been by 1 or 2 goals, with TNS only putting 2 past the mid Wales side.
The previous meeting between the two clubs saw a clash at Latham Park, where on this occasion, the Lakesiders would come out on top against a tricky opposition on the day, and would end up winning 2-1. Bala would take the lead on the half hour mark following a Louis Robles goal, which was set up from Ollie Shannon after a cross into the box wasn’t dealt with, with allowed Robles to finish into the far corner of the net. Only seconds later, Bala doubled their lead, after Henry Jones’ 30 yard effort deflected off a Newtown player allowing Chris Venables to take advantage of the sleeping Newtown defence and score into an empty net after dancing past the keeper for an easy finish. The game entered the 69th minute with the ball in the net from Bala, but a goal that was ruled offside, gave Newtown the chance to counter attack, which they took advantage of and halved the defecit after a Mwande put Sheridan on a plate to score. Pressure came from the hosts, but Bala held out for the 2-1 win.
A busy transfer window for Newtown saw them pick up 8 new signings, including Tyrone Ofori from Cefn Druids and Tom Davies who was released from Football League side Shrewsbury Town. They also acquired the signatures of George Hughes, James Davies and Jamie Breese, without forgetting former Bala player, Jordan Evans, who’s important goal in the Welsh Cup Final got the Town back in the game, and we all know what happened next…
The Lakesiders will look to stay on this good run of form, having scored 9 in their past 2 games and only conceding 2, with the table now looking a bit more favourable, after The New Saints dropped point against Aberystwyth on Friday night, therefore the gap between the Town and the top is now 9 points, with 2 games in hand. A handful of new signings from Colin Caton before deadline day saw the squad strengthen in numbers after a busy period so far. Newtown on the other hand will look to kick start their season and get into the top 6 especially with the signings made, they will look to cause an upset and de-rail the Lakesiders’ title hopes.
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead.