Rich hat trick sparks second half comeback!
4-3 win after falling 3-1 down early in the second half
After 3 wins on the bounce we faced another tricky encounter in Saturday when Nefyn travelled to Cae Cynlas for a Gwynedd league match. Since our promotion to the Gwynedd League we'd failed to beat Nefyn at home with the visitors winning 2-3 and 1-2 in the past 2 seasons . We were aware of how difficult the game would be as Nefyn are always hard working, well organised and never give in at any moment in games.
The opening 20 minutes of the match saw us dominate as we were first to every loose ball and the confidence in our play reflected our recent run of form. We looked assured in possession and played out from the back comfortably with Jenks, Gaz and Iwan looking to build attacks from defence and feed quick passes into midfield. Rich and Andrew looked sharp up top early on and linked well, and the duo fashioned our first half chance early on with Andrew showing great technique and touch to take down a ball dropping from the sky and in the same move send a searching ball looking for Rich whose pace got him there but Nefyn were able to scramble clear for a corner. We applied a lot of pressure from some early set pieces aswell with Gaz and Billy delivering some dangerous corners and the Nefyn custodian looking wobbly between the posts. The visitors slowly settled into the match and looked to utilise the pace of their tricky wingers and Al Llan certainly had his hands full down our left against a very lively opponent but he stuck to his task well. On the opposite flank Ieu Lloyd gave little to his opponent and was able to push on and join in the attacks. Despite our early dominance we lacked the goal to show for it and Andrew went close to breaking the deadlock when his pace took him away from his marker but the keeper pulled off a good double save to thwart us. We didn't have to wait too long however as just passed the half hour mark we took the lead, Andrew did really well to reach a long ball into the box and cut it back perfectly from the byline where Pdoing was waiting and did the rest, burying his shot low into the net. We now pressed for a second before half time, with Connor and Matty finding spaces further up the pitch but as we approached half time it was the visitors who struck. We struggled to cope with a long hopeful ball over the top and it resulted in a penalty being awarded which was duly dispatched. 1-1 half time.
Despite dominating the half, Nefyn had managed to claw their way back into the game, and the match now had a similar feel to those previous encounters where the visitors had pushed on in the second half and gone away with all 3 points. Within a minute after the restart they had the lead, we were caught cold and allowed their number 10 the space to run through the middle of the park with Iwan the unfortunate man who brought him down, the referee deemed it to be just inside the box and up stepped their number 9 again who made no mistake and put them 1-2 up. If we expected the goal to be our wake up call it proved the total opposite as just minutes later we were caught napping again as a free kick from wide on the right was flicked on at the near post with 3 Nefyn players lining up to nod home at the far post, their centre half duly did so and made it 1-3. Now it was time to roll up our sleeves and dig deep to find a way back into the game. Nefyn looked dangerous from set pieces and continued to push for more but with the hour mark approaching we started to settle down and saw more of the ball in midfield. Nefyn were taking the sting out of the match and looking comfortable before we were given a lifeline and a way back into the game through a fantastic free kick from Billy, some 25 yards out which flew into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. The goal spurred us on and now we upped the tempo. Andrew thought he'd got the equaliser soon after Billy's effort but with everyone turning away to celebrate, the visitors keeper had other ideas as he pulled off a magnificent one handed save down low to his left. Nefyn's keeper was being kept busy now as we mounted attack after attack and he could do little to prevent the equaliser on 70 minutes, some good football down the left hand side between Earnshaw and Connor led to Andrew being released, he did well to beat his man and from a tight angle squared again for Rich who was left with a simple tap in. Knowing a point was no good to us we threw caution into the wind and continued to press for a winner. The front two were stretching the tiring backline at every opportunity and a few half chances were created for Matty and Connor on the egde of the box but came to nothing. With little over 10 minutes remaining the comeback was complete and that man Pdoing had his well deserved hatrick. Jenks was quick and sharp into a tackle and won possession from the Nefyn target man and the ball was moved quickly into midfield where Matty was able to pick his head up early and feed a ball from left to right, Rich took a touch to his right and gave himself a yard of space before firing a powerful effort across the face of goal and watched as it nestled into the far bottom corner. Nefyn now found themselves behind again in the match from a seemingly winning position and pushed bodies forward in an attmept to salvage anything from the game. Gav had to show good handling and was brave on a couple of occasions late on to come and collect some deep crosses as the away side threw everything at us but the backline held firm to hold on for an invaluable 3 points. Full time 4-3, Man of the Match Rich Pdoing.
A first win over Nefyn at Cae Cynlas and a very hard fought 3 points after dominating the opening 45. We were caught sleeping for the opening 10 minutes of the second half and were made to pay but it must be said the team showed great fighting spirit to claw a way back into the game and then push on and take all 3 points. The run continues with now 4 wins from 4 and only 1 defeat so far this season. Next up is another tough Anglesey derby as we travel to Cae Nerys to face Gwynedd League newcomers Bro Goronwy.