Barry Town United 2-0 Llandudno
Barry Town United Scorers: Chris Hugh 30’, Kayne McLaggon 37’
It wasn’t the happiest of starts to life in the Llandudno dugout for Iwan Williams as his Seasiders travelled to Barry Town United and faced Gavin Chesterfield’s Dragons in the new manager’s first game for the club.
The opening exchanges of the match were quite cagey as both sides battled for dominance in midfield - Barry’s forwards stopped in their tracks early-on by Mike Williams and co., with the home side’s own defence doing very well to keep Llandudno quiet.
Chris Hugh was the star of the show for the home side, marauding at will up and down the left flank from his full-back position and it was him who opened the scoring after a great one-two with Kayne McLaggon down the left saw the left-back get in behind and shoot from close range to make it 1-0, beating Dave Roberts at his near post.
McLaggon made it 2-0 seven minutes later as The Dragons capitalised on a defensive error by the visitors to see the forward unleash a shot from distance that Roberts should have done better with.
This sparked Llandudno into life, who had been trying to make inroads towards the home goal in the first half and, up until the last 10 minutes, they struggled to do so, before Marc Williams, Toby Jones and Lee Thomas put Mike Lewis to work, but the keeper was equal to every effort and the home side maintained their lead into halftime.
McLaggon and Danny Hughes exchanged near-misses for their respective sides in the second half as they searched for the next crucial goal, but both were frustrated in their efforts. Both sides pushed hard to add to the scoresheet, and Sam Ilesanmi made a big contribution when he came on for Llandudno, but it wasn’t enough as Barry saw out the victory.
Prestatyn Town 0-2 Cardiff Met
Cardiff Met Scorer: Eliot Evans 41’, 79’
A very tricky trip presented itself to The Students this afternoon as they travelled up to North Wales to face Neil Gibson’s Prestatyn Town at Bastion Gardens.
As ever on the North Wales coast, the conditions were challenging for both sides, but it was Will Evans who had the ball in the back of the net for Met after just five minutes, only for the effort to be disallowed as the referee adjudged there to have been a foul in the build-up.
Still, the visitors took control of proceedings early-on, but were unable to create any real chances of note again in the half until the final five minutes when there were chances galore. Chris Baker smashed a strike towards Carl Jones from distance after 39 minutes, which the keeper could only fumble, but Met were unable to capitalise.
Eliot Evans - surprise, surprise - came up with the goods two minutes later though, as his speculative flick found the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors, before Adam Roscrow’s incredible run three minutes later, rounding Jones and all, could only hit the post and be cleared.
After an hour the home side created two huge chances to score, after Met failed to clear a cross and Noah Edwards struck over a separate effort, and it looked - despite the visiting team being ahead - that this was anybody’s game. Met weren’t finished though, as Evans bagged his brace with just over ten minutes to go as his strike that when in off the post finished off a breakaway and made it 2-0 to the visitors, who went top of the table with that win.
Carmarthen Town 0-2 Newtown AFC
Newtown AFC: Luke Boundford 82’, Neil Mitchell 86’
Two sides searching for momentum at the moment, The Old Gold and The Robins contested a fiercely competitive clash that was high on effort and endeavour but wasn’t matched by a cutting edge at times.
Liam Griffith squandered a huge chance early in the game for the home side as he found himself clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat, but Dave Jones did very well to deny the effort.
James Murphy caught a volley perfectly after half an hour in what was Newtown’s biggest chance of the half, but Lee Idzi produced an excellent save to keep the game goalless.
The second half also ran low on chances as both sides looked fearful of committing to any attacks in case they fell behind in such a big game, but late in the game Newtown went for it and got their rewards with two huge goals from Luke Boundford and Neil Mitchell in the last eight minutes to make it 2-0 to Chris Hughes’ side and give them a crucial three points.
Featured image courtesy of John Pickles