Gresford 2 - Ruthin 1
Ruthin fail to capitalise on chances
For the second game in succession Ruthin played some good football and dominated much of the game to get precious little for their efforts. It was Gresford, however, who could have got on the score sheet first when they had a good penalty appeal in the first few minutes when Tom Roberts seemed to foul his man in the box only for the referee, who took some stick later in the game, to waive play on.
Ruthin’s crisp passing gave them good possession. They pressed forward with both Ilan Hughes and Osian Davies playing well. It was a good quality game, if more open than manager Chris Williams would have liked, as Gresford themselves were able to attack the Ruthin back four quickly when in possession.
It was that man Llyr Morris who broke the deadlock with a wonder goal. Following good work by Garmon Hafal on the left Llyr controlled his cross onto his chest and in one movement volleyed the ball with his left foot into the top corner from 15 yards giving him his 15th goal in 13 league matches.
Ruthin were in control but still looked vulnerable to breaks from the Gresford midfield. It was one of these breaks that lead to the Gresford equaliser as play broke down on Ruthin’s right. Gresford moved the ball quickly from right to left finally crossing the ball for an easy header for striker Obi Anoruo just before halt time.
Ruthin tightened in the second half, protected the back four better, while still maintaining pressure on the Gresford defence. Frustratingly good chances were created, but not taken, and the Ruthin faithful were starting to worry about the outcome. Their fears were realised as the referee failed to see a foul on Will Owen allowing Tom Freeman to break down their left flank and hammer a left foot shot into the roof of the net.
This clearly lifted Gresford but with only 10 minutes left it was still Ruthin who missed further chances much to the frustration of the visiting manager who was clearly disappointed at the end of the game.