Cymru Alliance
1 September 2007
Bala Town 2 Glantraeth 1
Match report by Stan Strickland

There was little sign of the controversy to come during a first period in which Bala had the lionís share of possession. Glan had to defend six corner-kicks in a hectic opening five minutes and the corner count in favour of the home side soon reached double figures but with Glantraeth defending solidly it was the 24th minute before a real threat of note on their goal as Llion Davies made a last ditch tackle on Neil Fisher to prevent him breaking clear. Three minutes later Marc Griffiths volleyed over then Neil Fisher had a shot deflected wide as Bala continued to push forward. With the wind against them Glan were having to dig deep and had a let-off on 33 minutes as a free kick from the left was headed on top of the bar by the dangerous Griffiths. Five minutes before the break the pressure finally paid off as Griffiths took advantage of a mis-directed header by Emyr Rowlands to run on and give keeper Gareth Hughes no chance.

It was a different looking Glantraeth side that emerged after the break with new signing Paul Tilbury taking his place in centre midfield. With the elements now in their favour there was more purpose about the visitors and within three minutes they were level as a fine move down the right ended with Llion Roberts under pressure from Gerallt Jones heading an Emyr Rowlands cross past his own keeper.

Four minutes later all the good work looked like being undone as a trip by Gareth Owen resulted in a penalty only for the experience of keeper Gareth Hughes to show through as he read Neil Fisherís spot kick perfectly, diving to his left to pull off a fine save.

The visitors came within inches of taking the lead on 62 minutes as Rob Williams broke down the right before pulling the ball back for Gerallt Jones to let fly with a shot just the wrong side of the post.

Four minutes later the outcome of the game probably swung on a decision by an assistant referee that left everyone on the ground bewildered, not least Paul Tilbury, who was dismissed by the referee on the say-so of his assistant indicating that he had used an elbow during some innocuous jostling on the edge of the area. Such was the sense of injustice that the Glantraeth club look certain to appeal.

Despite being reduced to ten men Glan continued to look for a winner and almost got it on 75 minutes as Chris Saxon, not for the first time, won the ball in the air to head against the crossbar following a throw-in by Jason Thomas.

After all Glanís hard work the winner for Bala was hard to take as two minutes later we had an almost identical reprise of Holyheadís second goal last Wednesday as Marc Griffiths stole in to score as Llion Davies tried to shield the ball back to keeper Gareth Hughes, the lesson surely crying out to be learned is when in doubt just hoof the ball out of the ground!

The win took Bala to the top of the league and while a case could be made that their first half performance deserved the points a gutsy second half display by Glantraeth and the feeling the Anglesey team were the victims of a major error by a match official left a sour after-match taste.

Glantraeth: Gareth Hughes, Jason Thomas (Alan Jones 82), Darren Jones, Llion Davies, Gareth Owen, Richard F Owen, Rob Williams, Chris Saxon, Gerallt Jones, Emyr Rowlands, Nigel Barry (Paul Tilbury 45).