|24th November 2017||7:45 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017/18|
Town slump to 5-0 defeat.
With both Stuart Jones’ missing due to injury, Evan Horwood and Will Bell started as centre halves for the Lakesiders with the injury hit Town with only two fully fit players on the bench it was going to be a difficult night but one that didn’t reflect the harsh 5-0 scoreline.
The game started brightly but City took the lead after 13 minutes when Luke Wall’s delivery into the area was tapped in by Gary Taylor-Fletcher from around 5 yards out.
City’s second game on 21 minutes when Wall picked out Hewitt who sent a looping header over Morris.
However Bala didn’t let their heads fall as the half continued – Davies could’ve got a goal back on 35 minutes when Hayes found him and Hall made a cracking save to push the ball away.
Jordan Evans tested next when his effort from outside the area was caught by Hall.
Two minutes before the interval, Paul Connolly came to the rescue on the line to head away Hayes’ goalbound chance before Chris Venables had the ball in the net a minute later but it was denied after an alleged foul.
The second period saw further Town opportunities – a freekick taken by Horwood on the edge of the D was palmed around the post by Hall on 47 minutes.
A pull back by Evans found an unmarked Hayes but he put it wide from 4 yards before another Hayes opportunity was headed over the bar. Bala were creating plenty but just not being clinical enough!
Nathan Burke sent a stunning defence splitting ball towards Hayes but the chance went begging past the far post.
After all Town’s pressure and chances, City hit back with two goals in five minutes. The first came from Rittenberg as his curling effort found the top corner prior to Luke Wall’s lob over the keeper.
Bala tried their best to get back into the game. A Will Bell bullet header was solidly pushed out by Hall who delivered a man of the match display in the City net but before they knew it, City added a 5th when Wall drilled home into the top corner on 87 minutes.
Town’s Josh Jones was handed his first team debut in the closing stages.
A strange evening for the Lakesiders who created chances but weren’t clinical enough infront of goal and were punished down the other end of the pitch by the lively City forwards.
Onto the Welsh Cup next week away at Aberystwyth.
Photo courtesy of Andre Pepper – Event Photo Wales.