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Nomads fail to see off Bala

by Mark Rowlands

Team Callum Glover

Richard Hughes Jobe Urquhart Alex Peters Ciaran Allman

Aron Williams Abe Dobson Hayden Hughes Andrew Hannaby

 

Aaron Davies

Sam Jones

Subs

Tyler Roberts

Sam Woodward

Joe Robinson

Mario Sciarrillo

James Freel

Our game against Bala was game in which missed chances cost us a win. We created numerous chances and again totally doninated the first half but had only a one all draw to show for it.

We started very sharp and from the Bala kick off we pressed and won the ball back and Aron Williams ran at the defence down the right wing, he turned the Bala left back inside out and as Aron was about to cross he was closed down well and the chance was gone.

On 2 minutes Sam Jones collected the ball on right edge of the box, he went past the defender but he dragged his shot wide.

Minutes later Aaron Davies had his effort cleared off the line as his shot went under the keeper. We made our pressure count on 8 minutes when a dangerous ball in by Hayden Hughes was defended out for a corner, Abe Dobson curled a great ball in and it was Hayden Hughes who headed home to put us 1 - 0 up.

Left back Ciaran Allman overlapped and was found with a great pass by Abe Dobson, Ciaran crossed to Aaron Davies at the back post who set up Andy Hannaby with a great lay off but Andy Hannaby couldn't keep his shot down and fired over the bar.

Richard Hughes was also getting in on the act overlapping and his great low cross was well collected by the Bala keeper. We were in total control for 30 minutes and made several changes but this seemed to upset our rhythm and Bala got a foothold on the game playing long balls which caused our usually solid defence all kinds of problems and we started to panic. on 35 minutes we gave the ball away in midfield and as our defence tried to squeeze out we didn't keep a good line and played the Bala forward onside, Bala midfield played a good ball behind us and the forward raced clear, his shot was well saved by Callum Glover pushing the shot away from goal but our defence were slow to cover back and the striker got to the rebound and scored into the open goal. Nomads 1 - 1 Bala

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Shortly after Bala nearly took the lead when again we failed to clear and Bala shot was saved well again by Callum this time with his feet. We had to deal with this pressure and gradually we started to play some good football again. Another attack by Nomads seen the ball fall to Aaron Davies with his back to goal and Aaron tried an overhead kick but his effort went over the bar. Just before half time we had the best chance to go into the break ahead when the usually deadly Hayden Hughes somehow sidefooted over the bar from 10 yards out after James Freel went past the defender and pulled a great ball back to Hayden.

Half Time 1 - 1

Second half we again started well and within three minutes Aaron Davies seen his shot saved. It wasn't long before Aaron Davies got his reward for his efforts as a low cross from Jim Freel was fumbled by the Bala keeper and Aaron was in the right place to tap the ball home. Nomads 2 - 1 Bala

Our lead didn't last long after we gave a needless free kick away just outside our box and despite Tyler Roberts getting two hands to the free kick he couldn't keep out the curling shot. Nomads 2 - 2 Bala

We continued to create chances when Hayden and Aaron linked up well only for Aaron to blast well over the bar. Then we conceeded a penalty with ten minutes to go after a mix up between Tyler Roberts and Ciaran Allman allowed in the striker with Tyler opting to stay by his line when he should have dealt with the ball played in and Ciaran tried to make the tackle but brought down the Bala player instead. Bala scored from the spot giving them a shock lead they never really deserved but it was all our own doing. Nomads 2 - 3 Bala

We pushed for an equaliser by playing three at the back now and pushing Jim Freel up front playing 3 - 4 - 3 and within five minutes we got our goal to level the game. Hayden Hughes ran forward from midfield and had three runners to choose from, Sam Jones, Aaron Davies and Jim Freel. Hayden clipped in a ball for Jim Freel who raced clear and drilled a shot into the bottom corner to make it Nomads 3 - 3 Bala

We pushed and pushed for a winner but we just couldn't get the ball in the net and the score finished level at 3 - 3

Even though we drew the game it felt like a defeat after being in control for most of the game. We failed to take chances and we got punished for some poor defencive play.

Man of the Match Abe Dobson