The Lakesiders remain 2nd in the Cymru Premier following Friday night’s 3-2 win over Flint Town in a thriller at Maes Tegid.
Two Flint thunderbolts weren’t enough to salvage the visitors anything from Maes Tegid as the Lakesiders remain two points clear in 2nd of Newtown who sit in 3rd. Colin Caton’s front three contributed a goal apiece, with Will Evans the best of the lot as he was assisted by Alex Ramsay for our first of the night.
Ramsay assists Evans for the opener
Flint were on the front foot from the off at Maes Tegid and had two half-chances to take the lead early on. Michael Wilde with the first opportunity of the game as he flicked on a cross that went inches wide of the Bala goal. It was then Oliver Nugent who went close when he intercepted the ball in midfield, drove forward, before unleashing a shot from range that again went inches wide from scoring the opener.
Moments later, on Bala’s first attack, Evans provided the breakthrough. Ramsay with some quick thinking playing the ball long towards our winger who allowed the ball to bounce before coolly lobbing Ryan Woods who was caught in no man’s land.
Phillips’ free-kick brings Flint level
The Lakesiders lead didn’t last long however as just over a minute later the Silkmen were level. Jake Phillips sending a peach of a free-kick from just outside the area over the wall and past Ramsay to equalise with an instant response.
Lakesiders’ lead restored via Ebbe
The game continued to unravel into mania when Dean Ebbe got back onto the scoresheet on his return to the team minutes from kick-off. The striker ready to pounce on a deflected cross; whipped in by Calum Woods to head us into the lead once more.
Woods then looked to whip in another ball from the right himself not long later. This time looking to score his effort crept past the wrong side of the post in an honourable effort by the full-back.
Three in three for the Captain
Our new front three was missing only one goal scorer at half-time and it didn’t take the Captain long after the break to get his goal. Venables slotting home Evans’ cross two minutes into the second-half to give us some much needed comfort. The Captain’s third goal in three games since returning to the Lakesiders’ line-up.
Another Flint screamer cuts the deficit
Flint were certainly not out of the game despite the two-goal deficit as they continued to press hoping for a route back to level terms. Daniel Roberts provided the hope they needed as he scored a sensational volley from 25 yards out to bring the Silkmen to within one. Another screamer that left Ramsay with no chance to prevent.
Woods ensured the Lakesiders were unable to add to their advantage as we looked for a fourth in the last twenty minutes. The goalkeeper denying Evans his second of the evening with what would have been superb solo effort saved down to his right.
Caton’s men held on in the end as we secured three points that ensures we remain in that all important European spot with attention now being turned to a semi-final in the Welsh Cup next week.
A place in the Welsh Cup final will be at stake when we take on Penybont in the semi-finals at Park Avenue with kick-off set for 19:45 pm next Friday night.
Bala Town - Alex Ramsay, Calum Woods, Antony Kay, Nathan Peate, Sean Smith, Kieran Smith, Will Evans, Paul Rutherford, Dave Edwards, Dean Ebbe, Chris Venables
Flint Town – Ryan Woods, Jake Phillips, Ben Maher, Benjamin Nash, Kai Edwards, Alex Jones, Mark Cadwallader, Daniel Roberts, Conor Harwood, Oliver Nugent, Michael Wilde
Bala Town – Ollie Shannon > Dean Ebbe (81)
Flint Town – Jack Higgins > Conor Harwood (75), Samuel Duffy > Oliver Nugent (81), Joe Davis > Mark Cadwallader (92)