Match Preview: Bala Town vs Penybont
A place in the Final of the Welsh Cup will be at stake when the Lakesiders take on Penybont in the first of two Semi-Finals in the competition this weekend.
The two sides are currently involved in a thrilling five-way battle for the 2nd place spot which guarantees European qualification, but focus will turn towards cup glory this Friday night.
Bala Town vs Penybont
Welsh Cup Semi-final
Park Avenue, SY23 1PF
Friday March 18th, 19:45pm
Insight into our opponents
(A) TNS 3-3 – Cymru Premier MD24
(H) Caernarfon 0-3 – Cymru Premier MD23
(H) Flint Town 1-1 – Cymru Premier MD22
(H) Taffs Well 3-2 – Welsh Cup
(A) Barry Town 0-0 – Cymru Premier MD21
(H) Barry Town 4-0 – Cymru Premier MD20
Nathan Wood – The 24-year-old was recently rewarded for his fine form with a call up to the Wales C squad which are set to take on England C on March 30th at The Oval. He has totalled 11 goals in all competitions this season with four coming in the Welsh Cup helping guide his team to take on the Lakesiders. The striker has played an integral part of Rhys Griffiths’ side which have been terrific this season. Wood has formed a powerful partnership with Sam Snaith who is also having a season to remember representing Penybont. If the Lakesiders are to make the final, they will need to ensure that their paring is shutdown at all costs on Friday night.
Penybont have had the better end of facing the Lakesiders this year as they remain undefeated both home and away against Colin Caton’s men. The most recent clash saw Penybont clinch a 1-0 win over Bala as Snaith’s first-half strike was all it took to beat us at The SDM Glass Stadium.
Penybont 1–0 Bala Town – 30/10/2021
Bala Town 2–2 Penybont – 14/08/2021
Bala Town 1-0 Penybont – 08/05/2021
Penybont 2-3 Bala Town – 13/04/2021
Bala Town 4-1 Penybont – 14/11/2020
Penybont 1-5 Bala Town – 26/09/2020
Penybont's Route to the Semi-Final
Similar to Bala Town’s journey in the Welsh Cup, Bont’s campaign opened with a one-way thrashing. They achieved a remarkable 7-0 score line in their victory over Undy Athletic to advance to the fifth round where they would face Cambrain and Clydach Vale. Penybont cruised through that round thanks to danger man Wood’s brace which helped them to a 3-1 away win. They would then face Cymru Premier opposition in the form of Caernarfon Town. The Cofis would take them to penalties following a 0-0 draw as former Lakesider Ashley Morris was the hero in the shootout saving three penalties, securing Bont’s place in the quarter-finals. It was JD Cymru South side Taffs Well who went closest to ending Bont’s journey in the cup.They lead 2-1 against them in the last eight heading into the dying minutes with Bont desperate searching for a leveller. Remarkably, Penybont got more then they wished for as they pulled off a dramatic late comeback with goals by Snaith and Dan Jefferies within a minute of each other seeing them turn the game around to send their side through to the Semi-Finals.
Referee: Thomas Owen
Linesmen: Lewis Ross Edwards & Johnathon Bebee-Bryant
Fourth official: Bryn Markham-Jones
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