It's time for the 'Business End' of the season, as Phase Two gets underway for both Bala and Penybont this afternoon, as both teams look to stake their claim for European Football come end of the season. Just the one point separates the two sides heading into Phase Two, however with 10 crucial games left to go, anything could happen!
The Town come into today's match on the back of a 2-0 victory over Briton Ferry Llansawel in our JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final, while today's visitors also come into today's match after a victory in their JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final, having dumped Holywell Town out with a 96th minute winning penalty from Nathan Wood, giving the Bont a 2-1 victory.
Bala Town vs Penybont
Cymru Premier Phase Two
Maes Tegid, LL23 7UY
Saturday 11th of February, 2:30pm kick-off
We are very proud to announce, should Kieran Smith make any appearance in today's game, he will hold the record for the most appearances made for Bala Town in all competitions. Kieran will surpass Ashley Morris on 261 appearances and could make his 262nd appearance this afternoon. All the best to you this afternoon Kieran!
Insight into our opponents
(H) Holywell Town 2-1 - JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final
(H) Newtown 3-0 - Cymru Premier
(A) Gresford Athletic 0-2 - JD Welsh Cup Fourth Round
(A) Aberystwyth Town 0-3 - Cymru Premier
(H) Caernarfon Town 5-1 - Cymru Premier
(H) Airbus UK 2-0 - Cymru Premier
Nathan Wood – The 25 year old Forward is the leading goal scorer for the Bont this season, with seven league goals in 22 appearances to his name, while also netting four goals in the JD Welsh Cup. Wood has been in some good form recently, scoring three goals in his last six appearances, including a 96th minute penalty against Holywell Town in their JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final tie, sending the Bont through to the Semi Finals. Although, Wood is yet to score against the Lakesiders in all competitions, however there is no doubt he knows where the net is, and will be a threat up top this afternoon should he feature.
The Lakesiders have had mixed success against Penybont in recent meetings, with just three victories in our last eight fixtures. Today's visitors have been victorious in two of the last eight meetings, however they do have a penalty shootout victory to their name, as the Bont progressed through to last season's JD Welsh Cup Final after a 5-3 triumph on penalties. The most recent meeting saw Kostya Georgievsky put the Bont ahead at Maes Tegid, before Luke Wall equalised in the second half to earn the Lakesiders a point. Although, this season the Bont have the upper hand having won the opening game of the season against the Town, as Rhys Kavanagh netted a five minute brace to give the South Wales side the first three points of the season.
Referee - Aaron Wyn Jones
Assistant Referee 1 - Martin William Roberts
Assistant Referee 2 - Richard Luke Dolphin
Fourth Official - Andy Harms
Referee Observer - Mark Steven Whitby
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