Nomads Do The Double Against Mold Town
The second 3-0 victory on the bounce see's Nomads stay top of the table for another week
After a couple of games being called off due to poor weather, Gap Nomads U18's were raring to go against Mold Town, on the 3G.
Mold are a very experienced and physically imposing side with some great technical players in the centre of the pitch, so Nomads knew that they would have to be sharp to take 3 points today.
Gap came out of the blocks very quickly and took control of the game, this was born from Mold's reluctance to press Nomads inside the home teams half of the pitch. George Coulthon, Ben Finnegan, Cameron Jones and Zach Williams were comfortable in knocking the ball around at the back, enticing Mold players to break from their shape. Owen Manley was picking up pockets of space and turning to get through the stout lines that Mold set up.
The young Reds were having lots of joy down the sides, through full-backs Jones and Williams, pairing with Liam Bruford, Luke Woolley and Dom Esley-McHugh (the latter were rotating between the 9 and the 7). Some resilient defending and poor finishing kept the score at 0-0 for the first 44 minutes of the game.
Unfortunately for keeper Jay Loyden, he was feeling unwell and had to come off, making way for Jack Wynne, who come to play after a last-minute call after Loyden became ill 5 minutes before kick off - massive respect to Jack for this.
Around the half hour mark, in-form Andrew Ely hit a crisp strike from 25 yards after a driving run through the centre, forcing the keeper to tip around the post.
On 44 minutes, Elsey-McHugh found the net. After some chaos inside the box, with shots being blocked, right, left and centre - the ball rolled towards the edge of the box, on the right. Elsey-McHugh hit a trademark thunderbolt towards the top corner that the keeper couldn't stop.
Half time talk from Woodward was just 'more of the same' - just being more clinical in front of goal.
The second half started how the first half ended. With Nomads comfortable and in control. Mold seemed to park 10 men behind the ball at all times, however, this was effective and Mold kept Nomads to half chances whilst trying to catch them on the break.
Cameron Jones, on his debut was very impressive and the winger than he was marking was a handful both physically and technically - The away team seemed to look for this particular player more regularly than others but Jones was up to the task and shut him out 99 times out of 100. Ben Finnegan and George Coulthon was the same on the cover if Jones and Williams were up joining the attack.
On 67 minutes, Nomads doubled their lead. Mold started playing a suicidally high line to compress the midfield and were caught out when one of their centre backs didn't step. Luke Woolley was released by Ben James, Woolley drove into the box and his cross-come shot deflected on its way in.
Just under 10 minutes later the same thing happened. Woolley broke the offside trap and raced down the right. Clever support from Jones allowed a 2v1 on the opposing covering player and a clipped cross found the head of Jack Foster who nodded home.
A very professional performance from the home team saw them gain another clean sheet and stay top of the table. Nomads are aware that the teams around them have many games in hand, however, they are doing all the can, to ensure that they finish as close to the top as possible - with 3 points each game they can.
Man of the Match - Cameron Jones
This was Jones' debut appearance and fist game against men in his career. Mold are one of the more physical teams in the league and Jones held his own against and impressive opposition player. He was tough in defence and added depth to the attack, even under pressure at the back with awkward balls, he made the correct decision each and every time - turning danger into getting us back onto the front foot. An excellent debut and one to definitely build on.