|12th July 2017||7:45 pm||Other||2017/18|
Useful test for Lakesiders against youthful Wolves outfit.
Town welcomed Wolves U23’s to Maes Tegid on Wednesday evening as the Lakesiders returned to their pre-season following the end of our Europa League campaign.
It was a decent start by the Lakesiders which saw Hayes see his shot take a deflection and turned out for a corner before Wolves tested Vernon who pushed the shot out of play.
Wolves took the lead after 7 minutes when Will Bell was pushed off the ball for Niall Ennis to turn the ball past Vernon and give the away side the lead.
Even though Wolves had large spells of possession in the first half, Town had chances themselves – Kieran Smith curled wide and Hayes was bundled over in the box but his penalty claims were waved away.
The play from the visitors was slick and quick and they doubled their lead after 22 minutes as a counter attack down the right flank saw Randall cut in towards the D and unleash a daisycutter into the bottom left hand corner.
Vernon was the busier of both keepers but was doing well as he saved a low effort before parring away a stinging effort from inside the 6 yard box.
Town ended the half well, a superb move between Venables and Hayes saw the latter driving a chance inches wide into the side netting prior to another Hayes chance being dragged wide of the upright whilst one on one with the goalkeeper after Toner’s throughball.
The ball was in the net 3 minutes before the interval following a freekick but it was deemed offside.
During the interval, Wolves changed their full outfit but it was a much improved performance from the Lakesiders.
A dipping volley from Valentine went narrowly wide of the far post, Venables’ cross in caused problems for the Wolves backline – Bala were asking far more questions in the second period and got their rewards.
A cross from the right was not dealt with by Wolves and fell to Sheridan at the backpost who smashed the ball into the net to half the defecit to 2-1.
Vernon was tested following the goal and made three fantastic saves to deny the visitors.
In the final 5 minutes, Wolves added their 3rd when Ryan Rainey’s low strike from distance found the bottom corner which was slightly harsh following the Lakesiders’ excellent second half.
Many thanks to Wolves for coming down this evening – all the best for the season!
Match photos by Naomi Jones