On the road again!
Following last weekend’s resumption of the Cymru Premier League season, The Lakesiders are back on their travels with a trip to The Rock to face Cefn Druids this afternoon. The Town come into this game having battled out a 0-0 draw against table toppers The New Saints last weekend, and despite the hosts having a rather busier ‘pre season’ schedule, The Lakesiders put on a valiant effort to be the first team to take points away from The Saints at Park Hall.
However today, The Lakesiders face a different challenge, in relegation threatened Cefn Druids. The Ancients currently sit in last place with just 12 points, and to make matters worse for Druids, this week they saw their Manager Bruno Lopes part ways with the club, as did First Team Coach David Taylor. Therefore the club’s Head of Coaching, Jayson Starkey has taken temporary charge of team affairs. With just four games to go of Phase 1, Druids will surely look to finish Phase 1 on a positive note heading into Phase 2.
The Ancients record this season is not a good one, with an average of 2.3 goals conceded per game and an average of 1.05 goals scored per game. Druids have managed to pick up three wins in their 18 games so far, with wins coming against Caernarfon Town, Haverfordwest County and Flint Town, while also taking points from Penybont and Cardiff Met.
Following the continuation of the Cymru Premier League season last week, Cefn Druids have already played two games, with two home games against Barry Town and Newtown. The Ancients fell to a 1-0 defeat by Barry Town, with a David Cotterill penalty being the difference in that game, however, Druids would fall to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Newtown, with all six goals coming in the first half!
The previous meeting between the two clubs was on Matchday 3 back at the end of September, with a former Druids player stealing all three points for The Lakesiders in what was an action packed match of Football! Will Evans put The Town infront on 29 minutes, latching onto an Andy Burns cross inside the box, and side footed the ball into the far left corner of the net. The visitors managed to grab a goal back midway through the second half, as Naim Arsan hit a piledriver into the net from the edge of the box. Then came some drama… Antony Kay was handed his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards for dissent, just on the stroke of added time. However… just a minute into added time, Nathan Peate bundled the ball home against his former side to give The Lakesiders a 2-1 lead! Although just minutes after grabbing the winning goal, Peate was taken out by Aaron Simpson with a clash of heads on the Bala byline, leading to Nathan needing treatment off the pitch, however it would see Simpson pick up a second yellow for the reckless challenge, and both teams finished the match with 10 men, but it would be Bala claiming all three points!
A tough test for both clubs, with different objectives at both ends of the table. However, with the news coming out of Druids this week that both club Manager and First Team Coach parted company with the club, The Lakesiders will most likely be facing a different side mentally to what they faced back in September of last year, whether that be a good or bad thing for The Town, we shall wait and see!
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead.