The game was barely a minute old when Conwy right-back Dave Swanwick swung in a long cross to the back post. The ball went beyond keeper Michael Platt
and Dean Canning rose to beat Phil Fitzpatrick to the header, 1-0 to Conwy.
Conwy maintained the pressure and were only prevented from scoring a second goal on 20 minutes by a good clearing header by Tim Manuel
. He wasn’t to know, but the linesman had already flagged for an offside decision against Conwy.
Ten minutes before the break the home side were caught out by another long ball. Defenders weren’t tight enough on their opposite numbers and Conwy scored with a glanced header which caught the advancing keeper Platt in no man’s land as it floated over his head into the net. 2-0 to Conwy.
The second half was much of the same with Penycae surrendering possession far too easily and far too often. Just two minutes in and the ball was lost in midfield, releasing the Conwy players on a counter attack which ended with a good finish by Steve Aspinall. 3-0 to Conwy and virtually game over.
On 49 minutes it could have been 4-0 if it wasn’t for a good save from Michael Platt
who managed to parry a shot from six yards out.
After 55 minutes Paul Connolly suffered yet another recurrence of his injury and was replaced by Tom Dodd
, with RICHARD PIERCE
slotting into the middle of defence, and Dodd taking the role in midfield. A minute after joining the game, Tom Dodd
had a good opportunity to pull one back for the home side. Mike Latham put a good cross in from a free kick, but Dodd failed to hit the target.
On the hour mark Andy Stockton was caught on the wrong side of the Conwy right midfielder, who put in a whipped cross for the Conwy forwards to attack. Although the ball ended up in the net it was disallowed for offside.
From then on Penycae offered little threat going forward and were forced into virtually permanent defence. With just 15 minutes to go Conwy went on another quick break with substitute Leigh Craven driving into the inside right channel. He whipped another good cross in for Dean Canning to meet at the back post for his second goal of the game. 4-0 to Conwy.
The only other chance for the home side came on 80 minutes when the Conwy keeper made a good double save first from Mike Latham and then from Ian Andrews
There were some bright spots with Tim Manuel
turning in a good performance in the centre of defence, well supported by RICHARD PIERCE
. Scott Roberts worked hard in midfield to pick up all the bits and deserfved his nomination as man of the match.
With a tough run in over the next five games Penycae will need to try to win some points or hope that the teams around them continue to perform badly. Time will tell.
Final score Penycae 0 Conwy United 4
Penycae Man of the Match - Scott Roberts