Bont have started the campaign strongly with some cracking wins against current league champions Bro Gornowy and most recently Bangor City. Peter Garlick has been busy over the summer months strengthening his Bont side and the additions of Steven Tindall and Aaron Parry
from Caernarfon Borough and the experience of Simon Kay and former Llan player Gareth Griffiths from Caernarfon Town has held them in good stead over the first few matches.
The match kicked off with Bont taking the Rhedyw Road End, but that didn’t seem to upset Llan too much as they quickly got into their passing game. That passing game was clear to see when Gavin Owen
released Aaron Hughes
with a delightful through ball that split the Bont defence only for the marksman to be denied by the post. However, as previously stated in match reports, mistakes are punished in this league. Confusion in the Llan box following a corner, closely followed by a poor attempt to a clearance allowed Sion Morgan a clear sight at goal and he smashed the ball home to give Bont the lead on 20 minutes.
Llan’s misery was doubled as Bont netted a second only minutes later. A wicked cross was whipped in by Bont winger Celt Iwan, Llan’s 16 year old custodian, Ben Tate
, came out for it only to misjudge the flight of the ball and Alun Gwilym Williams netted his first goal from only 5 yards on 22 minutes.
It would have been easy for Llan to resort to different tactics and to panic at this point, but they plugged away with their passing game. Terry Watkinson
and Aaron Griffiths
were having joy against the Bont full-backs and both combined with Aaron Hughes
on 29 minutes. A well worked move down the left flank between Aaron Hughes
and Aaron Griffiths
allowed Hughes to deliver a pin point cross for Terry Watkinson
to head home his first competitive goal for the club.
Llan were back in the game, but Alun Gwilym Williams had other ideas and restored Bont’s two goal advantage on 33 minutes. Williams capitalised on some confusion between the Llan back line and the keeper to sneak in and grab his second of the match and take Bont into the interval up by 3 goals to 1.
The mood in the Llan dressing room was slightly surprising as Craig Thomas
delivered his half-time speech in a calm and positive manner. There was no panic within the Llan ranks, they had played well during the first 45 and only individual mistakes had seen them go into the interval behind. With that, Llan went out for the second half full of confidence in their own ability and the tactics provided by the manager.
Llan picked up the pace early in the second half, and played some excellent football. Man of the Match Celfyn Roberts
finished off an excellent move by Llan which involved about 10 passes. The move finished with the returning Gavin Owen
linking up with Terry Watkinson
who played the ball towards Aaron Hughes
who in turn pulled the ball back to the outstanding Roberts on the edge of the box to rifle the ball hard and low for his first goal in Llan colours on 51 minutes.
Clearly on top, Llan were back on level terms on 55 minutes when Scott Hughes
drove into the Bont box from his midfield position to convert a Cynan Davies
cross with an excellent powerful header (yes header!) from 15 yards out. Buoyed by their ability to haul back a two goal deficit, Llan pressed on and were rewarded with a fourth goal. Leading scorer Aaron Hughes
finished off another excellent move to slot home his customary goal after some good work by full back Gavin Owen
on 72 minutes.
Alun Gwilym Williams then completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box to get Bont back on level terms. This would have knocked the confidence out of many teams, but not this Llan side. Not panicking, they kept to their passing style and were duly rewarded when Aaron Griffiths
provided Aaron Hughes
with a chance on 78 minutes. The marksman picked his spot and drilled home his seventh goal of the season.
Llan created further chances with Terry Watkinson
making the Bont keeper stretch to keep out his effort and Celfyn Roberts
hitting the post. Despite being in control, Llan gave away a needless free-kick 20 yards away from goal. Gareth “Bych” Griffiths stepped up and hit an excellent free-kick which was flying into the top corner only for Ben Tate
to make up for his earlier mistake with a superb diving save to his right. Celt Iwan was bearing down on the loose ball only for Tate to get up in the nick of time to clear the ball away. Bont’s cries for a penalty were in vain as the home custodian clearly played the ball. It must be said that given Tate’s shaky first half, his attitude and composure in the second was commendable. He played with confidence and assertiveness. People who understand the game know that goalkeepers of all ages make mistakes, but the way that Tate, given that he is only 16, composed himself and got back to his usual game must be applauded.
Soon after, the match referee Dewi Morris blew the full time whistle and Llan gained their first win of the league campaign. To come from behind in any match is always a tough ask, but to do it with the style of play Llan did last night was much-admired. Not at one point did Llan panic, they continued to play football the way it should be, full of movement and great passing and were duly rewarded for their efforts with three huge points that every player in the Llan squad must be proud of.