Maes Tegid under the floodlights, The Rematch!
Back at Maes Tegid for the first time in over three weeks, and what a game to come back to! The New Saints travel to Maes Tegid in the rematch following the abandonment of the previous fixture back in September, after floodlight failure in the last two minutes of the game, gave the officials no choice to abandon the game after attempts to get the floodlights back on were unsuccessful. With the game halted on 88 minutes with a score of 2-2, both teams will look to take all three points this time round!
Due to the national lockdown in Wales over the past two weeks, the majority of clubs in the Cymru Premier were forced to stop playing, however Bala Town, The New Saints and Haverfordwest County AFC were able to carry on playing. Fixtures were shuffled to suit the three clubs during the lockdown period, and therefore we have this blockbuster fixture again today!
Our opponents, The New Saints who are still unbeaten in the league after nine games played, almost had a scare in their first game of the lockdown period, as they welcomed Haverfordwest to Park Hall, with the score poised at 2-2 in the final minutes, The New Saints would capitalise on a mistake from the Haverfordwest keeper and snatched a goal in the final minute of the game to sway the three points to the home side. In the first nine games of the season, The New Saints have only conceded a total of four goals, however two that were scored from the Lakesiders back in September do not count towards that figure. They’ve also scored 31 goals in the opening nine games, with 10 of them coming against Flint Town at Park Hall at the start of October. The only team to have taken points from the league leaders, are Aberystwyth Town, who fought back to take the lead in the second half, however an 83rd minute goal from Ben Clark won the league leaders a point in the end.
The last meeting between the two sides, as previously mentioned was halted at 2-2 following floodlight failure at Maes Tegid, however at half way stage of the game, it looked good for the Lakesiders who were up 2-0 following goals from Chris Venables and an own goal from Jon Routledge. But as the second half got underway, the visitors looked for revenge, and revenge they got after 15 minutes played of the second half, as Leo Smith scored a worldie after beating a few of the Bala defenders, from range saw Ramsay off his line and curled it round our number 1, to pull his side back into the game. The New Saints were pressuring the defence of the Lakesiders for the majority of the half, and with all their hard work, it paid off with minutes to go, as a cross into the far post went into the direction of Ryan Astles who volleyed home to make it 2-2. However minutes after the restart from the goal, the floodlights on the far side went off, and following many attempts to get the lights back on, the officials abandoned the game after 15 minutes of unsuccessful attempts to regain power.
Therefore, both sides will look to take all three points this time round, hoping the floodlights don’t spoil the party on this occassion! Both sides go into the game on good form, however the Lakesiders trail by 5 points ahead of the game, after dropping two valuable points last weekend against Haverfordwest. The New Saints will move 8 points clear if they pick up all three points at Maes Tegid, however three points to the Lakesiders will close the gap to 2 points from the league leaders. It all looks set to be a cracking game! One you won’t want to miss…
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead. We also encourage fans to watch the game in the comfort of your own homes, instead of finding vantage points around Maes Tegid to watch the game, with Wales still being in a national lockdown.