Match Preview: Bala Town vs Newtown
For the first time since December 3rd 2021, the Lakesiders are back at Maes Tegid! Newtown are the visitors for the second time this season, after both sides played out a Nathaniel MG Cup Fourth Round tie at Maes Tegid in October last year, where the Lakesiders swept aside the Robins with a 3-1 win to progress to the Semi-Final.
With Phase 1 coming to a close very soon, the top six could not be closer with only The New Saints having confirmed their top six finish. Tonight's game could either cement Newtown's place in the top six, or it could throw everything wide open with a Bala win. It could not get any bigger!
Bala Town vs Newtown
Cymru Premier MD19
Maes Tegid, LL23 7UY
Friday 28th January, 7:45PM KO
Our Matchday Programme will be available to purchase at the gate tonight for £3. Alternatively, the Digital Version of our Programme will be available on our Issuu page at https://issuu.com/balatownfc ahead of kick-off.
Insight into our opponents
(H) Haverfordwest County 1-1 - Cymru Premier MD18
(H) Flint Town 2-0 - Cymru Premier MD17
(A) Aberystwyth Town 2-4 - Cymru Premier MD16
(H) Barry Town 2-1 - Cymru Premier MD15
(A) The New Saints 2-0 - Cymru Premier MD14
(H) Bala Town 3-3 - Cymru Premier MD13
Aaron Williams - It's been a great season for Williams so far, having had 15 goal contributions in 17 league appearances for the Robins, not forgetting his nine goals in five domestic cup competitions! The Robins' talisman is currently chasing Declan McManus at the top of the goalscoring charts, with the TNS man currently on 18, while Williams is on 13 with the Flint duo of Jack Kenny and Michael Wilde hot on his heels. Williams has returned to Cymru Premier action following the recent break with a goal against Haverfordwest County, as he converted a 76th minute penalty to snatch a point against the South Wales side. He will be hoping to make the same impact he has all season here at Maes Tegid tonight!
Our previous meeting with the Robins was back in November, as we travelled over to Latham Park on a cold Tuesday night to witness an absolute goal fest of a second half! The score at half-time was a dull and boring one at 0-0, but the second half definitely warmed the crowd up, as we saw SIX second half goals. Nathan Peate put the Lakesiders ahead just five minutes into the second half, only for Jordan Evans to cancel it out with a goal two minutes later. Lassana Mendes then replied just four minutes later with a cross-like shot to put us back in the lead. It took Newtown almost twenty minutes to reply, as Nick Rushton drew his side level to make it 2-2, until Jordan Evans grabbed his second of the match on 80 minutes. It looked like the Town were down and out, but in came Nathan Peate again to strike a header into the Robins net to draw us level at 3-3, and that's how it would end!
Referee: Nick Pratt
Assistant Referee's: Johnathon Bebee-Bryant & Harry Hendricks
Fourth Official: Cheryl Foster
Referee Observer: Paul Morgan
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