Good form continues for Berffro away at Stymdwy
3-1 win away at tough Llanystymdwy
On Saturday we returned to league action following our heroic performance in the FAW Trophy where we knocked out Llanrug in a stunning win for the club. We faced a tough trip down to Llanystymdwy where we have always had tough battles and the games have never been easy. Last season we came away with a win in the Intermediate cup but were dealt a late blow on the league after leading 1-0 for most of the match we succumbed to a 2-1 defeat and came away with nothing. With that in mind, we knew full well of the difficulty of the task ahead of us but came into the game full of confidence and on a good run following the last few results.
The game started off at a slow pace as both sides struggled to find their passing range, not helped by the long grass. Stymdwy looked early for their big target man with the nippy Sion Parry looking to feed off any knock downs whilst we also looked to get forward quickly with Rich looking lively early on following his return to the starting eleven. The opening 15 mins flew by with no real chances to note but soon after we took control and the chances fell for us but we found the home sides keeper in fine form as time after time he thwarted us and kept the score at 0-0. Gaz Wyn had our first effort, striking low and hard from the edge of the box from a Rich lay off, however it was superbly stopped by the keeper who was quick to get up and smother the loose ball with bodies rushing in. Connor was starting to dictate the tempo of the match from midfield and was driving forward at every opportunity. Some good play down the right hand side between Rich and Ieu led to Connor being found just outside the area but again the keeper was equal to his left footed effort and Rich was just unable to get to the loose ball before the home sides defence. Again good play down the right a few minutes later saw Rich head over when in a good position following a pin point cross in from Connor. Stymdwy still looked threatening on the break but Iwan was tight to his man and Jenks rarely gave the dangerous Parry a sniff, one chance for home side fell from a long throw when the ball bobbled around the six yard box but Kenny was down sharply and bravely to thwart any danger. With half time approaching still we pressed on to break the deadlock and more chances fell but again we couldn't find a way through. Some good link up play between Nath and Rich resulted in a perfect cross from the latter which found Connor at the far post steaming in, his volley was struck sweetly but the keeper was down low to save and palm away for a corner and then the same combination linked up again, this time Connors downward header was tipped around the post. 0-0 half time
The message at half time was positive, we'd dominated for most of the half but we needed to be more clinical and take our chances, there was also the message that the home side would come out stronger in the second half and the need to be weary of this. With barely 10 minutes of the restart we had the breakthrough our play deserved. Connor again in the thick of things played a 40 yard ball over the top giving Rich something to chase, uncharacteristically the keeper hesitated as the ball bounced between him and Pdoing who needed no second invite and nodded the ball around him and slotted home into the unguarded net. With the deadlock broken we went in search of more to take the game away from the home side. Some good play between Al and Matty down the left created another chance as Matty broke free and drilled a cross-shot which was met at the far post by Connor whose header flew into the side netting. With the home sides back line tiring more gaps opened up that we looked to exploit and not long after we had our second. Gary Bolton, on as sub was sent clear from a pass in midfield, his shot was again brilliantly saved by the keeper, Ieu Lloyd follwing up from right back saw his effort rebound off the post and then turned it in to the bottom corner with his head. Stymdwy tried hard to find a way back into the game and with a few fresh legs up front they started to create some half chances. Jenks and Iwan were in superb form though and wernt about to let the lead slip, the home side were gifted a great chance to pull one back but with Kenny beaten, Iwan was on hand to pull off a great goal line block to keep the two goal lead intact. Kenny was then called into action from a corner and pulled off a good save from a point blank header. We went in search for a third, Billy's long deep free kick just needed a touch at the far post but evaded everyone but with 15 minutes left to play it was 3 with the goal of the game. Play started at the back with Jenks and some neat passing football led to Connor releasing Rich, his shot was again saved by the keeper but the loose ball was buried by Bolton running in form some 8 yards out. With little left to play we took our foot off the gas and Stymdwy were able to get a consolation when we switched off at the back for the first time in the match, and a cross from the byline was deflected and wrong footed Kenny at the near post. Full time 1-3 man of the Match Connor Rees.
A great result for us at a place where has never been a happy hunting ground for us. Our first league win at Stymdwy goes along way in showing the progress we are making and makes it 3 wins in 3, which on paper looked like 3 of the toughest test we would face this season, Boded home Llanrug home Stymdwy away. Some very good performances on the field again, the team worked hard in very humid conditions, Connor in particular never stopped working and his driving runs forward from midfield caused problems for the home side all game. A note also to the travelling contingent from Aberffraw, a huge thanks to you all for making the trip to watch the lads and it was great to see so many of you there. We now move onto Nefyn at home this Saturday.