Date: Sat 13 Aug 2016

Robins and Lakesiders draw blank

No goals at Paveaways Latham Park. The home side came closest to scoring but debutant Bala keeper Alex Lynch saved Neil Mitchell's second half spot-kick.

CHANCES went astray as the Robins coulnd't find that killer touch to hand themselves a deserved opening day victory against Bala Town.

From the off, the Robins were the side creating all the chances, and had the ball in the net after two minutes, but Luke Boundford had a header chalked off for a foul.

Neil Mitchell saw a penalty saved just after half time by debutant Alex Lynch, and despite the Robins creating numerous chances, they couldn't find that final touch.

It was nearly a dream start to the season for the Robins as Boundford had the ball in the Bala net inside two minutes.

New signing Alex Fletcher fired a delightful cross into the box and Boundford beat Alex Lynch to the ball to head home, however Bryn Markham Jones had other ideas, chalking the goal off for a foul.

The opening exchanges were all Newtown, as a penalty shout against Tom Goodwin was waved away by the ref, before Mitchell squandered a great chance on the quarter hour mark.

Boundford cut in from the right, found Jason Oswell who laid to ball off for Mitchell, but the striker dragged his shot narrowly wide.

Last year's runners up began to settle with Mark Connolly and Ian Sheridan firing over, before skipper Conall Murtagh failed to get any power behind an effort to beat Dave Jones.

Shortly after the half hour mark, another glorious chance went astray for the Robins.

A cross field ball was beautifully taken out of the sky by new boy Craig Williams, whose touch saw the ball fall into the path of Boundford, but he could only head into the side netting on the angle from six yards.

Kieran Mills-Evans came close to a rare goal moments before the break, heading Williams' corner wide, with David Thompson glancing past the post at the other end.

Similar to the first period the Robins should have been in front within the opening seconds of the half.

A corner in saw Shane Sutton head down with the ball striking the hand of a Bala defender, before Bryn Markham-Jones pointed to the spot.
However the ever reliable spot kick taker Mitchell saw his penalty saved by debutant goalkeeper Lynch to deny the Robins the lead.

But Newtown remained on top in the opening exchanges, as Boundford's effort from a Mitchell pull back was blocked, before the striker rifled a shot just over the cross bar.

Newtown were looking dangerous going forward, as Oswell produced a super save from Lynch after being played in by Boundford.

The wide man then saw a header come back off the cross bar, with Sutton also nodding wide from a cross.

It was all Newtown, but they just couldn't find that killer touch, as Oswell was denied again by Lynch shortly after the hour mark.

Chris Venables, who had been quiet throughout came close to converting a Ryan Edward cross in a rare chance for the visitors, before Williams produced a save out of the impressive Lynch at the other end.

Newtown's two debutants departing after sterling opening displays, and one of the new boys produced from the bench nearly grabbed the headlines with ten minutes to go.

The Robins broke and Mitchell crossed the ball into the path of Ryan Kershaw, who was about to pull the trigger when Anthony Stephens produced a goal saving tackle.

Newtown pushed again with a late free kick for Williams, after Thompson upended Kershaw and saw a second yellow card.
Bala did pump a few long balls into the Newtown box late on but to no avail.

It was a frustrating afternoon for the Robins, who in the end had to settle for a point, but it could have been much more.

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