WPL Round-Up: Matchday 9
Bala Town 1-1 Bangor City
The spoils were shared on the official opening of the new 3G pitch at Maes Tegid.
Dan Nardiello scored the first ever goal on the new synthetic pitch, following great work from Rodrigo Blanco and Christian Langos. Bala drew level on the 80th minute when Mike Hayes stroke home to secure a point for The Lakesiders. Bala were reduced to ten men shortly after when Tony Davies received his second yellow.
Bangor remain in third, whilst Bala drop down to seventh.
Newtown 2-4 Airbus UK
Airbus move to the top six for the first time this season after a fine display against Newtown.
Ryan Edwards’ brace put the Wingmakers two up at the break. Shortly after Alex Fletcher pulled a goal back for The Robins, but were undone again when Tony Gray scored his sixth goal of the season. Newtown pulled a goal back through Jason Oswell, but wasn’t enough as Airbus scored their fourth with practically the last kick of the match through Jamie Menagh.
Airbus move up to sixth, but Newtown drop down to the relegation zone.
Cardiff Metropolitan University 1-0 Aberyswyth Town
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Cardiff Met were the victors in front of the Sgorio cameras, courtesy of a magnificent strike from Chris Baker, stretching Met’s unbeaten run to three.
Aberyswyth were dealt with an early blow as Geoff Kellaway who performed well in midweek had to be replaced by Blake Davies after picking up an injury. Vocal leader and captain Luke Sherbon had a shot that cannoned off of the crossbar with a volley.
Chris Baker would open his account in the second half as Baker would await the throwing to bounce to allow him to score with a volley looping over the keeper Mullock.
The win puts Met into 5th place, a remarkable turnaround considering the capital based side were bottom a couple of weeks ago.
gap Connah’s Quay Nomads 2-0 Rhyl
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The Nomads ended Rhyl’s recent run of good results with a 2-0 win at Deeside on Sunday. Les Davies opened the scoring in the 19th minute, with Michael Wilde confirming his side’s victory in the 82nd minute.
The game saw an under strength Nomads claw out a win, with an extensive injury list forcing Andy Morrison to field a makeshift defence consisting of natural midfielders John Disney and Jay Owen. The likes of Carl Lamb and Toby Jones went close for Rhyl in the first half, before Rob Hughes caused concern for Nomads on the wing in the second.
The result will not have huge implications for Rhyl who remain fourth in the table, whilst Nomads are still unbeaten after nine games this season.
Llandudno 0-0 Cefn Druids
Llandudno and Cefn Druids shared the spoils in a feisty encounter at Maesdu Park. Llandudno dominated for large periods of the game, but were left frustrated after some great Druids’ defending. The likes of Marc Williams, John Owen and Lewis Buckley came close for the home side but came to no avail.
It was Tudno’s second draw of the week which keeps them in the top half. Druids drop down to the relegation zone after back-to-back draws.
TNS 2-1 Carmarthen Town
Greg Draper’s brace was enough to keep TNS’ 100% in tact, but had to fight off some brave Carmarthen resistance. Carmarthen had levelled through Ceri Morgan, but Draper’s goal minutes after the second-half restart was enough to secure the points for The Saints. TNS escaped a late scare when Simon Spender’s loose ball was latched on by Matthew Thomas, but Paul Harrison came to the rescue with a fine stop.
TNS have an eight point cushion at the summit, while Carmarthen sit just above the dropzone in ninth.