Coedpoeth Utd Reserves vs Rhydymwyn Reserves
Welsh National Reserves & Colts League
This was always going to be a tough game against a team top of the league but the Rhydymwyn lads had worked hard all week in training and they were in a positive frame of mind to bounce back from our last game.
Saturday turned out to be a warm day, lucky for both teams as due to a mix up with the changing room keys, all the lads got changed next to the pitch.
Due to the unavailability of a few lads the team setup had to be changed, but this did not seem to effect the lads as they soon took a hold of the game and played some really decent football. Coedpoeth defence were solid and commanding which told the tale for the rest of the game.
Throughout the first half both teams created chances but it was Rhydymwyn who remained in control, Luke Wilson hitting the cross bar from 25 yards and a defence splitting ball from Mike Reid to Jack Smallman should have led to our first goal but for a dubious offside decision being given by the referee. Coedpoeth continued to play football, at times causing Rhydymwyn to defend well but it always looked like Rhydymwyn would take the lead however another dubious referee decision gave Coedpoeth a free kick just outside the penalty box. It was a decision that proved decisive for the game, Coedpoeth striking a decent shot at goal and although Joe Ross got a strong hand to the ball, it was not enough to keep it out 1-0 to Coedpoeth.
There were so many positives to take out of the first half the half time team talk was just simply keep playing the same but take our chances. The second half brought out in Rhydymwyn some superb possession football and the chances continued, gary mcnaught heading just wide from a corner and then came two glorious chances for Rhydymwyn, Jack Smallman breaking clear of the defence, one on one but the keeper remained big & strong to keep Coedpoeth in the lead. Changes were made, Ryan Sharples coming on for Mike Reid and Jack Sullivan for gary mcnaught, this reinforced the already building pressure on Coedpoeth with Charlie Bradley again breaking clear of the defence but again the keeper denied Rhydymwyn there deserved equaliser. With 15 minutes remaining a further change brought Rossi Hughes into the game for Charlie Bradley and the football continued to flow but no end product.
This was a difficult defeat to take, both teams played football but it was Rhydymwyn who dominated most of the game with no reward. Jordan Jackson was superb throughout the game, dominating the midfield and giving the commitment we strive for, gaining him a well deserved MOM. Coedpoeth were resolute in there defending which saw them do enough to hold onto there lead. Well done.
There were many positives for Rhydymwyn and if they continue to play in this way the results they deserve will come.