The Lakesiders get the job done at Latham Park!
Following mid-week’s win against Barry Town at Maes Tegid, where Venables would run riot grabbing a first half hat trick, The Lakesiders would travel to Latham Park to face Newtown on Saturday (17th of October) with Bala looking to extend a good run of games having scored 9 goals in their last 2 games.
Only one change was made to the starting eleven following the mid-week game, which was our new signing John Rushton who started in goal due to Alex Ramsay being unable to play. Both Rushton and Ryan Pryce were Deadline Day signing announcements from the Lakesiders, with Pryce starting on the bench.
We got underway at Latham Park, and within two minutes, tackles were flying in, with the ref restoring some order early on.
Leslie had the first effort on goal, but his left footed strike sailed over the bar.
Rushton was called into action early on his debut, with a great save having to get down low to keep a shot out with his feet.
Newtown were next to have an attempt on goal, but a volley from outside the box went over the bar.
Pressure was being put on the Bala defence, with Peate having to get back to intercept a pass into a Newtown forward, which may have resulted in a goal.
Sean Smith nearly picked out Venables at the back post with an identical cross to the game in mid-week, however this time Venables couldn’t direct the ball towards goal.
Rushton was called into action again on 20 minutes, with a brilliant reaction save down to his left, then got up and cleared the ball away from danger.
A sublime volley from a Newtown player nearly gave the home side the lead, but luckily for Bala the ball went wide of the post.
Lassana Mendes picked up a yellow card for a high boot, and was subsequently substituted off a couple minutes after the caution, and was replaced by Henry Jones.
Right on the verge of half time, Nathan Peate headed home! A corner came in from Henry Jones to the back post, where Nathan headed towards goal, the keeper pulled off a great save to put the ball onto the bar, but Nathan quickly reacted and headed the rebound home! 1-0 to the Lakesiders with minutes to go until half time.
The half time whistle went, with Bala holding a 1-0 lead, despite a couple of great chances for Newtown to grab a goal. The debuting John Rushton pulling off a couple good saves to hold on to a clean sheet.
The second half would get underway, with an early penalty shout for the Lakesiders, after Nathan Peate was bundled over in the box, but the referee saw nothing wrong.
Will Evans would try to pick out Raul with a teasing ball across the box, but Raul couldn’t reach the ball in time.
Chris Venables would pick up a yellow card for a foul in the center circle, after going up for a header with a Newtown defender.
Jonny Spittle would recover well to stop a Newtown attack, as he cleared the ball out for a throw in to the home side.
The game saw plenty of fouls, especially on our first half substitute in Henry Jones, who attracted fouls while dancing round the Newtown players.
An easy save for Rushton to make after a long range effort from Newtown went straight into the hands of our keeper.
Henry Jones was the next player to go into the referee’s book.
On the 70th minute, Newtown came close to an equaliser after a long range free kick looked to ripple the back of the net, however the ball hit the net behind the goal, giving Bala a goal kick.
Will Evans would come off for Liam Davies seconds later.
Antony Kay then went into the referee’s book after a foul in the Newtown half.
Venables nearly doubled the Lakesiders’ advantage after a cross from Raul reached our captain, but his effort on target was saved well by the Newtown keeper, and went out for a corner.
Some good attacking play from Bala lead to Henry Jones’ shot on goal being blocked from a Newtown defender.
With 8 minutes left, Jonny Spittle thought he’d sealed the win, but his fierce volley on goal hit the post behind the goal and a goal kick was given.
Ryan Pryce would make his debut for the club on 83 minutes, after he replaced Raul Correia.
It didn’t take long for Pryce to make an impact… minutes after he came on to make his debut, he confused the Newtown defence, got to the byline and dinked a lovely ball into the path of Venables who headed home to double Bala’s lead with only a couple minutes to go! What a start to Ryan Pryce’s Bala Town career, picking up an assist in the first three minutes of his debut!
Rushton was called into action late in the game, having to come off his line to block a shot on goal, and cleared out for a corner.
Henry Jones saw the Newtown keeper off his line and tried an audacious chip, but the keeper got back well to grab the ball out the air.
After an accumulation of fouls on Henry Jones, Newtown’s George Hughes was sent off for a second yellow card.
Into injury time, Liam Davies could of grabbed his first Bala goal, however a recovering defender got back to block his shot and out for a corner.
The referee would then blow the full time whistle, in what was a tough game for the Lakesiders, yet took all three points back to Maes Tegid to keep up with the top 3. The three points would keep the Lakesiders in 4th spot, with two games in hand over Barry Town and Connah’s Quay, and one game in hand over The New Saints on top.
Now focus will turn to mid-week again, with a re-scheduled game as the Lakesiders will travel to Flint Town on Tuesday night (20th of October) after a postponement of the previously scheduled match due to a waterlogged pitch at Flint.