Cymru Premier Football is back!
After an 11 day absence from the Cymru Premier, the Lakesiders are back again, with a trip down South to face promoted side Haverfordwest County AFC at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.
Due to the Welsh Governments’ announcement of a national two week lockdown in Wales, football looked to be halted for the time being. However the FAW announced that clubs who could meet a new criteria were allowed to continue playing against each other, therefore Bala Town, Haverfordwest AFC and The New Saints were able to meet the new criteria and play against each other. The previously arranged fixture between Bala Town and Haverfordwest AFC at the Bridge Meadow Stadium was scheduled for the 19th of December.
Our opponents, Haverfordwest County AFC have been on a rocky road since being promoted to the Cymru Premier, as they currently sit in 8th place having played nine games. The Bluebirds have racked up a total of 9 points in their first 9 games, having won two, drawn 3 and lost 4, with a goal difference of -6, having scored 11 and conceded 17. Although, one of the Bluebirds’ wins came at Maes Tegid, after a last minute winner from Jack Wilson snatched all three points for his team, which handed the Lakesiders’ only loss of the season so far. The Bluebirds also came close to toppling the league leaders last weekend, as they travelled up to Park Hall to face off against The New Saints, however with the score standing at 2-2 in the final moments, TNS would end up grabbing all three points as Blaine Hudson poked the ball home in the 91st minute.
As previously said, the last meeting between the two clubs came just 4 weeks ago, as the Bluebirds travelled up to Maes Tegid on Matchday 6. At a wet and windy Maes Tegid, Haverfordwest would cause an upset by handing a 2-1 defeat to the Lakesiders, as Jack Wilson scored a last minute goal to take all three points back down to South Wales. Although the match started with the Town on top, even taking the lead on 25 minutes, as a penalty was awarded after Scott Tancock was deemed to push Chris Venables in the back which left our Captain crashing into the post and earning a spot kick. Venables would stroll up to the ball and cooly placing the ball into the top right corner of the net to give the Lakesiders the lead. However it didn’t take long for the visitors to get back level, as Danny Williams latched on to a pinpoint pass from Dan Summerfield to head the ball over Ramsay in goal to make the score 1-1. Another 45 minutes was played, with no goals for either side, however deep into added time, Kieran Lewis would lead a counter attack for the visitors, with a 3 on 2 attack, Lewis pass the ball into the feet of Jack Wilson, who composed himself, beat a Bala defender and curled his effort past Ramsay to give the visitors all three points. A disappointing performance for the Lakesiders, who will look to take revenge on their loss this time around.
The Lakesiders will look to keep their good run of form going, as they’ve stayed on an unbeaten streak since the loss to the Bluebirds just four weeks ago. Bala have since played Aberystwyth Town, Barry Town, Newtown and Flint Town which has pushed the Town up to within a point of 2nd placed Connah’s Quay Nomads, with a game in hand, therefore a win today (31st of October) will give Bala a two point lead over Connah’s Quay, and within three points of The New Saints who sit in top spot. Haverfordwest will surely be hoping to do the double over the Lakesiders in the league this season, and will look to banish any hopes of catching the league’s front runners. The Bluebirds will also surely take any confidence they gained from their performance last weekend at Park Hall, which saw them hold The New Saints until the final moments, despite a good performance against the league leaders they picked up no points.
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead.