Penybont are in Town!
The Lakesiders are back at Maes Tegid after just 7 days away, having battled against the league leaders The New Saints, in an enthralling matchup which saw both sides play out a 1-1 draw with two goals late on in the game. This time round, Maes Tegid plays host Penybont, who the Lakesiders have already faced off against back in September, as a trip down to the SDM Glass Stadium saw Bala pick up all three points in a second half onslaught, which saw Bala put a fair few goals past the hosts.
Therefore, our opponents, Penybont currently sit in 5th place, having gone on a great run since slumping to defeat against the Lakesiders back in September. The Bont have since won 4 out of 5, with their only loss coming at the hands of The New Saints, who put four past their hosts as Greg Draper and former Bala player Louis Robles both managed a brace, however the four goals wasn’t enough to compel a miserable day for the home side, as Nathan Wood and Kostya Georgievsky both received their marching orders just three minutes apart! So with four wins out of their last five, The Bont now sit on 14 points after 9 games played, having had a poor start to the season which saw them pick up just two points in their first four games, they’ve massively improved and have now made their home in the top half of the table with the four wins that followed their poor start.
As previously said, the last meeting between the two sides, saw a game best described as two halves! Early on in the game, Penybont took the lead following some sloppy defending from the Lakesiders, as Lewis Harling was allowed to poke home from a parried ball from Ramsay. Bala’s job got much easier just shy of the 30 minute mark, as Kane Owen was sent off for a reckless challenge on Kieran Smith, with the referee deeming the challenge a straight red for the Bont forward. The Lakesiders would turn the game on its head in the second half, as Will Evans latched onto a cross from Ollie Shannon and side footed it into the far bottom corner, with just two minutes gone. Just 10 minutes later, Bala took the lead as Will grabbed his second, with Will finishing a rebound off the keeper and managed to convert it home, even with a man on the line for the home side. It only took five minutes for the next goal, as Will turned provider on this occasion, with Venables grabbing his first goal of the game, with a tidy finish into the bottom left corner, and made it 3-1 to the Lakesiders. With 20 minutes left of the game, Venables was given the opportunity to finish the game off with a penalty following a foul on Will, and with no doubt, Venables slotted home to make it 4-1 to the Lakesiders. It didn’t take long for the Lakesiders to grab their last goal, as Kieran Smith got in on the act, this time receiving the ball from Sean Smith from the left and cooly placing the ball into the net from just the edge of the box to finish off a five goal demolision in the second half.
With Penybont now looking like a changed side, they will surely look to avenge the 5-1 thumping earlier on in the season, and will hope to put a dent into the Lakesiders’ hopes of closing down the gap between Bala and The New Saints, although with the position that the Bont are in, there’s no doubt they’re thinking of keeping up this good run of form and challenging for a European spot. However the Lakesiders will also look to keep up the chase with the league leaders, as a five point gap still stands after the clash last weekend at Maes Tegid ended in a 1-1 draw. The Lakesiders who have drawn three games so far this season will look to take all three points and learn from the draws against Haverfordwest and The New Saints in their previous two fixtures, with the only other draw coming against Connah’s Quay Nomads on Matchday 1.
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead.