The Town are back in action!
The Lakesiders return to action having had a 13 day break, due to our fixture away to Aberystwyth Town last Friday being postponed due to COVID. Therefore the Lakesiders come into this game having beaten Penybont in a 4-1 win at Maes Tegid, and are looking to extend a run of 7 games unbeaten, which include 5 wins and 2 draws. The Town will also look to do the double over Newtown tonight, having seen out a 2-0 win away at Latham Park back in mid October, where Nathan Peate and Chris Venables grabbed the goals to secure the 3 points.
Newtown have been on a rocky road since the start of the season, having only won two in games against Flint Town and Cefn Druids. Since the 2-0 loss to the Lakesiders back in October, The Robins have only played two matches due to the National Lockdown in Wales for two weeks, and in those two matches they’ve picked up four points in their win against Flint Town and a draw against Barry Town. In their previous game against Barry Town, neither team were able to make a breakthrough, as the game ended in a 0-0 draw, which was The Robins’ 4th draw of the campaign so far, although each of the other three draws have seen goals.
As previously mentioned, the previous meeting between the two clubs, saw the Lakesiders pick up all three points in a 2-0 win at Latham Park. Throughout the first half, the home side looked the more threatening, however debutant John Rushton made two vital saves to deny the Robins the lead in the first half. It took until the 45th minute for the first goal of the game, as Nathan Peate headed home from a Henry Jones corner, despite the good start from the home side. Newtown came close to equalising midway through the second half, as a long range free kick looked to be going in, however the ball went just past the post. Ryan Pryce would make his debut after coming on to replace Raul Correia in the 83rd minute, and it didn’t take long for the debutant to make his mark, just two minutes after coming on, he put the ball on a plate for Venables to convert home from point blank range with a bullet header, and secured the three points for the Town! With minutes to go of the game, Newtown were reduced to 10 men after George Hughes took out Henry Jones twice in the space of two minutes, and picked up two yellow cards in quick succession.
The Lakesiders will look to keep up the chase with the league leaders The New Saints, who have created an 8 point gap at the top, with Connah’s Quay Nomads sitting in 2nd place with a 2 point gap over the Town. The Lakesiders will also look to extend their unbeaten run of 7 games to 8, and will look to do the double over Newtown. The Robins however will look to climb up the table, with just a 4 point gap between them and 5th place Penybont, who have a game in hand over the Robins. However with just a 6 point gap between the Robins and bottom placed Cefn Druids, Newtown will surely take any points that they can gain, to make sure they don’t slip down the table.
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead.