Match Report

Neath 2, Bala Town 0

Written by Hannah on Sun 12th February 12, 21:14

Town give good account of themselves at the Gnoll

With the rugby international dictating that this match had a lunchtime kick-off both teams had an equal share of the early play.

Mark Connolly had an early chance to score when he tested Kendall in the home goal with a 10th minute free kick. However it was deja-vu within a couple of minutes when Lee Trundle was fouled outside Town´s penalty area on 12 minutes and promptly got up and cooly placed the free-kick beyond McCormick´s reach into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to put the hosts one up.

The next action saw a lengthy stoppage for Conall Murtagh to receive treatment for an eye injury - Conall was unable to continue and was replaced by Stephen Brown. Neither keeper was severely tested for the next 20 minutes with both defences getting better of both sets of forwards. Mark Jones was kept pretty subdued and did not seem fully recovered after his recent bout of flu.

As the interval approached however chances fell to Bala to draw level - with two excellent opportunities being deflected for corners. 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.

Town came out well after half-time and looked the brighter of the two sides - however another individualistic piece of skill from Trundle on 52 minutes saw him swivel on the edge of the penalty area and get his shot away which again found it´s way into the bottom right hand corner of the net. 2-0 to Neath.

To their credit Bala, instead of throwing in the towel, took the game to Neath and were now creating the better chances - but with Matthew Rees in fine form at the heart of the Neath defence chance after chance was snubbed out by him.

With 20 minutes left Neath were reduced to 10 men when Chris Jones received a second yellow. The visitors then took off Byron, replacing him with Mason and went to a 3 at the back formation. From then on it was virtually one way traffic with chance after chance being created - the best of these a Sheridan volley which was cleared off the line.

However, as mentioned earlier, with Rees seemingly single handedly rebuffed the majority of crosses and attacks, the match ended with a 2-0 win for the hosts.

Our players however can hold their heads high and did us proud today after putting in an excellent shift and on another day we will play much worse than this and claim the three points.

Neath 2, Bala Town 0

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NEA
2 - 0
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The Gnoll, Neath

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