Will Evans was the star of the show at the SDM Glass Stadium as he continued his fine form to score a hat-trick in a 5-0 Lakesiders win against Penybont.
Two goals in two minutes from Evans set Bala well on their way to victory before Chris Venables added the third heading into half-time. Evans then completed his hat-trick from the spot following the break while Dean Ebbe added further misery on the hosts with his added-time goal.
Will Evans scores two in two minutes!
On the back of a brace scored in mid-week, Evans entered the six-pointer against Penybont with sky-high confidence. This was on full display when he aimed a curled effort for the top corner early on, but the ball went just past the wrong side of the post.
It didn't take him long to get his goal however as the Wales international played a one-two with Ebbe before firing the ball right into the bottom corner. Straight after the restart, he made it two. A mistake at the back seeing Kane Owen head the ball into the path of Evans who had the simplest task of finding the net as he grabbed a two-minute brace.
Ramsay denies Snaith from close range
It was then our other Wales international’s turn to show off his capabilities as Alex Ramsay pulled off a great save to deny Sam Snaith’s powerful header from six yards out.
The Lakesiders were in dreamland thirty minutes in as Venables made it three to the good for Colin Caton’s men. The captain anticipating a cross which the Bont defence failed to deal with as he patiently controlled the ball before planting it home in his usual fashion. Half-time shortly arrived not long after a few more dangerous attacks with a three-goal advantage to show for Bala’s dominant first-half display.
Will Evans is a hat-trick hero
Not long after the break, Evans received the opportunity to complete his hat-trick from the spot. The penalty was awarded against Owen who handled the ball with his arm in an unnatural position. Our number eight stood up and found the back of the net with his shot having too much power for the palms of Ashley Morris. A first senior hat-trick for Evans to complete an unforgettable week for the 24-year-old.
Unbelievably, it was almost four for Evans minutes later as he had an effort saved from close range by the former Lakesiders goalkeeper.
Again, Bala looked to draw more blood. This time off the bench Ollie Shannon wanted to add his name to the scoresheet with a powerful effort from range which stung the palms of Morris before Ebbe was unable to convert the rebound.
Ebbe makes it a FIVE-star performance!
The pair then combined in added time to complete a perfect performance as Ebbe added to his account for the season with a goal assisted by Shannon. Some great link-up play in the build-up to create the chance that secured our biggest league win of the season.
The Lakesiders remain second but now go six points clear of Penybont. Five games remain with the league leaders up next for Bala.
Tuesday night football returns to Maes Tegid on April 5th as TNS visit to take on Bala with kick-off set for 19:45pm.
Bala Town – Alex Ramsay, Oliver Southern, Nathan Peate, Antony Kay, Sean Smith, Kieran Smith, Dave Edwards, Paul Rutherford, Will Evans, Dean Ebbe, Chris Venables
Penybont – Ashley Morris, Liam Walsh, Kane Owen, Daniel Jeffries, Lewis Harling, Billy Borge, Lewis Clutton, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Snaith, Nathan Wood, Ben Ahmun
Bala Town - Ollie Shannon > Chris Venables (45), Lassana Mendes > Will Evans (72), Brad Bauress > Paul Rutherford (73), Jonny Spittle > Oliver Southern (77), Anthony Stephens > Kieran Smith (87)
Penybont – Tom Tweedy > Ben Ahmun (45), Kostya Georgievsky > Liam Walsh (71), Luke Florence > Lewis Harling (79)