Massive three points for the Lakesiders at Park Avenue!
The Lakesiders were back in action on Wednesday night (9/12/2020) with a trip to a wet and windy Park Avenue, to face Aberystwyth Town. Bala would come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Cardiff Met, with an injury time equaliser from Henry Jones, salvaging a point for the Lakesiders. Despite a long unbeaten run, stretching to the start of October, results were lacking with three draws in their last five fixtures, while the front runners, The New Saints and Connah’s Quay Nomads continued to rack up the points, creating a gap between themselves and the Lakesiders. However a win at Park Avenue would be massive for the Lakesiders, heading into the the last two fixtures of the year.
Three changes were made to the side that started against Cardiff Met on the weekend, with both Nathan Peate and the Captain Chris Venables unavailable due to suspension, and Raul Correia who was out due to an injury he sustained against Cardiff Met. Henry Jones, Jonny Spittle and Lassana Mendes would come into the starting eleven, with Antony Kay being made captain for the night. Andrew Burns, Shaun Kelly and Llyr Morris returned to the bench having not been selected in previous fixtures.
The game got underway at a wet and windy Park Avenue, with Bala on the front foot, as an early cross into the box from Pryce tested the handling of Aber keeper Connor Roberts.
Minutes later, another great cross from Pryce into the danger area, as Will Evans misses the ball, it lands to Henry Jones who strikes towards goal, this time Connor Roberts gets down well to stop the shot, and then the rebound from Lassana Mendes is again saved from point blank range.
It didn’t take long for the first goal, and it was the home side that got it. A free kick given away by Pryce on the left hand side was put into the middle of the area, where Rhys Davies leaped between all the bodies and headed the ball past Ramsay in goal. An unexpected goal, but one the Lakesiders would have to bounce back from!
And bounce back they did! A penalty was awarded from the referee after Will Evans was tripped inside the box, despite the protests from the home side, the penalty was given! Gary Roberts would step up to take the spot kick in the absence of Chris Venables, and as cool as you like he placed it into the bottom left corner, despite the hand of Connor Roberts getting to the ball, to make it 1-1 after just 13 minutes! Also the first goal for Gary Roberts since returning to the Lakesiders!
Just a minute later, the home side had shouts for a penalty of their own, as the ball looked to strike Anthony Stephens’ hand, yet the referee waved away the protests.
The first caution of the game went to Aber’s Matthew George for a foul on Gary Roberts.
Just after the 20 minute mark came a nasty collision between Will Evans and Connor Roberts, as both players went for the ball in a 50/50 challenge, thankfully both were able to carry on.
Henry Jones whipped in a brilliant ball into the box, however the ball was cleared from an Aber head, with Bala receiving a corner from the clearance.
Just a minute later, and Bala took the lead! Another assist for Sean Smith, as his perfectly weighted ball into the box found Lassana Mendes with plenty of space, as he headed into the bottom right corner, out the reach of Connor Roberts and gave Bala a 2-1 lead after half an hour!
Despite a frantic start to the game, the last 15 minutes of the half saw little action.
The halftime whistle went, with the Lakesiders going into the dressing room with a 2-1 lead at the break. All in all, a good performance from the Lakesiders, after going behind early in the half, the response from the players was good, with a penalty from Gary Roberts and a header from Lassana Mendes giving the Town the lead after half an hour played.
The second half got underway, with the wet and windy weather conditions worsening at Park Avenue. It took a while for either side to carve open an attack, however it was the Lakesiders who had the first chance of the half, as Will Evans’ point blank header was well saved by Connor Roberts, after a brilliant ball in from Henry Jones to find his team mate.
Some brilliant defending from Antony Kay after 65 minutes, as he gets his head to a cross to divert it away from the initial danger, and out for a corner.
Ollie Shannon pulled off a brilliant block to deny an Aber forward, as he rushed out to the edge of the box and blocked the ball out for a throw in.
With 15 minutes left to play, Gary Roberts tried his luck from a tight angle, but his effort sailed over the bar.
Will Evans had a good chance to finish the game off just minutes later, but the forward swiped at the ball, and the his effort went wide of the goal.
Seconds after Will’s half chance, the home side almost levelled the game, as a ball over the top, caught the Bala defence out, but Marc Williams’ effort on goal was saved well down to Ramsay’s left.
Anthony Stephens was booked for what seemed like dissent.
With 10 minutes to go, Llyr Morris was introduced into the game, as he replaced Gary Roberts.
Immediately after coming on, Llyr Morris got onto the ball down the left, as he travelled into the box, but his ball across the box went into the goalkeeper’s hands.
As Bala looked to see the game out, Aber had the ball in the net… But Marc Williams was deemed to hand the ball into the net, and subsequently was yellow carded.
Llyr Morris would pick up a yellow card for a foul deep in the Aber half, with just a minute to go.
Despite there being three minutes of added time, Bala saw the game out, in what was a much needed three points for the Lakesiders, after dropping points in recent fixtures. After going behind early in the game, a penalty from Gary Roberts and a header from Lassana Mendes would complete the comeback in the first half, which gave the Lakesiders all three points.
The Lakesiders will now turn their focus to the weekend, as Cardiff Met travel up to Maes Tegid in the return fixture from last weekend (5/12/2020)