Honours Even in the Gwynedd Derby!

The Lakesiders were back in action this past Tuesday night (1/12/2020) with a trip to Gwynedd Rivals in Caernarfon Town. Having handed Newtown AFC a 3-1 defeat just 4 days ago, the Lakesiders were in fine form having gone on an 8 game unbeaten run. This would be the first time both sides have faced each other this season, however the previous fixture saw Bala pick up all three points in a 2-1 victory at The Oval.

No changes were made to the side that faced Newtown just the 4 days ago, Gary Roberts made the bench having been announced as a Bala player once again ahead of the previous fixture.

The match got underway, with both sides seeing the ball, and as expected there were plenty of free kicks given early on!

Henry Jones was the first to take a shot on goal, but his effort from the right hand side went wide of the goal.

Lassana Mendes got his team up the pitch following a counter attack from a home side free kick, and was able to win a corner for his efforts.

Venables had a golden opportunity on 15 minutes, as a peach of a ball from Will Evans was in the direction of the Captain, but his header seemed to go backwards, as the home side cleared the danger.

Antony Kay picked up a booking just seconds after for a foul in the middle of the pitch.

The deadlock was broken on 20 minutes, as Caernarfon took the lead. Noah Edwards managed to squeeze a shot between Ramsay and the post from the edge of the area, to give the home side the lead. A poor goal to concede, but plenty of time left to go.

Only two minutes later, the home side should of doubled their lead, as a shot hit the post and rebounded into a crowd of bodies, which was pinballed between players, but the Lakesiders defence cleared the danger.

Chris Venables had another great opportunity to score, as he was put through on goal, but his shot was well saved by the home side’s keeper.

Ramsay had some work to do, as a header came close to making it two, but the Bala number 1 was able to tip the ball over the bar and out for a corner.

As the fourth official held up 1 minute of added time, the Lakesiders were handed a brilliant opportunity to go into the break on level terms, as the Caernarfon keeper brought down Will Evans in the box, and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.

The Captain Chris Venables stepped up to score his 13th of the season, as he calmly placed the penalty into the bottom left corner!

The halftime whistle went shortly after, with the score at 1-1, despite plenty of chances for either side.

A halftime substitution for Bala, as Gary Roberts replaced Henry Jones.

The second half got underway, with the Lakesiders almost taking the lead just two minutes in. As Will Evans put a ball into the front post, with both Venables and Ollie Shannon having shots blocked just yards from the goal, as the home side conceded a corner.

Compared to the first half, little happened in the second half, with a few half chances for either side.

Venables came close on 65 minutes, but his header from close range was saved well by the keeper.

Steve Leslie made his way onto the pitch, as he replaced Lassana Mendes.

Antony Kay had a pop from the edge of the area, but his shot sailed over the bar, as Bala were pushing for a winner.

Ryan Pryce having picked up a yellow card minutes earlier, was subbed for Raul Correia.

A Gwynedd Derby without atleast a scuffle? Impossible! On the 90th minute mark, the home side appealed for a soft penalty, which the referee waved away, however following the appeal both sides were involved in a minor scuffle, which resulted in Ramsay picking up a yellow card.

After 3 minutes of added time was announced, Will Evans should of given the Lakesiders the lead, but as he rounded the keeper, his ball across the box was again pinballed between players, and the home side were able to clear.

The fulltime whistle went, with both sides picking up a point, despite plenty of chances for both sides, it was only 1 goal a piece. A point in the end looked like a fair result, however it’s points dropped for the Lakesiders who slip to a 10 point gap between them and the league leaders in The New Saints.

All focus will now turn to Saturday (5/12/2020) as the Lakesiders travel to the Capital to face Cardiff Met, with a 2:30pm kick off scheduled.


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