Two goals conceded and a penalty missed was the story of a disappointing opening forty-five minutes for Glantraeth and despite increasingly frenetic pressure on the Guilsfield goal during the final half-hour the Bodorgan side just couldn’t claw back the deficit, going down to their first defeat of the season.
The visitors were ahead after just four minutes as following a throw-in on the right the ball broke to Wayne Austin on the edge of the area and he let fly with a rasping half volley into the roof of the net.
The Guils were looking the more dangerous side and a good driven cross from Austin on 12 minutes found Tom Reynolds unmarked but his header carried no threat and passed harmlessly over.
Glan came to life six minutes later as Corey Sinnott took advantage of a blocked clearance to test keeper David Littleford and had an even better chance a minute later as a long ball from Gareth Owen put him clear but his well struck shot passed narrowly the wrong side of the left hand post. It was better from the home side and Emyr Rowlands was the next to pose danger, breaking forward quickly only to see his final pass intercepted.
The Welshpool side continued to press forward at every opportunity with Craig Stevens shooting wide on 27 minutes and two minutes later a free kick from Austin caused all kinds of problems in the home defence as Gareth OJ Roberts at full stretch attempted to punch clear, the ball appearing to strike a Guils’ forward and deflect into the path of Emyr Roberts who was left with a simple tap-in.
Glan desperately needed some inspiration to get back into the game and it appeared to arrive with two minutes of the half remaining as Corey Sinnott was once more in a good position only to be chopped down by Littleford as he was poised to score. A penalty was awarded and the keeper was dismissed only to be replaced by player manager Mike Barton, himself a former Welsh Premier League keeper.
Gerallt Jones took the spot kick and Glan’s first half misery was complete as Barton dived to his left to save.
With hopes high that Glan could stage a recovery against the ten men of Guilsfield the second period began frustratingly with Sinnott sending a free kick well over from a good position and it was the visitors who went closer on 54 minutes with Tom Reynolds heading just wide and then Roberts fired in a good effort following a right wing corner.
With an hour gone the pressure was at last beginning to build on the Guilsfield goal. Sinnott and Tomos Jones both had efforts on goal then Paul Rowlands cut in from the right but his powerfully drive was straight at Barton. Sinnott again went close then Gareth Wyn Roberts hit a volley that again found Barton well positioned.
On 75 minutes Wyn Roberts’s cross found Paul Rowlands but once again the Guils keeper was in position to deny the home side. It was all Glantraeth now but they had a tremendous let-off on 76 minutes as a quick break upfield left Carl Lewis with only OJ Roberts to beat only for the keeper to pull off a fantastic reaction save and push the ball against the underside of the bar.
The ball was quickly switched up the other end where a Barry Jones free kick was headed over by Tomos Jones. With defender Gareth Owen now pushed forward the Guilsfield goal was now under permanent siege and it was Owen who came the closest yet to pulling a goal back on 82 minutes as a perfectly flighted pass from Sinnott over the defence found Owen but he got a little too much purchase on the ball and it looped just over. Three minutes later Sinnott blasted an effort inches wide as Glan desperately pushed forward and with three minutes remaining they finally got some reward for their efforts as Gareth Owen headed over the keeper with Kevin Roberts racing in to apply the finishing touch.
Owen’s presence up front was now posing a real threat to the visitors and he was on the end of a cross from Barry Jones in the last minute only for the ball to once again be attracted to Barton like a magnet.
Glantraeth: Gareth OJ Roberts, Craig Evans, Darren Jones, Darren Hughes, Emyr Rowlands (Tomos Jones 54), Gareth Owen, Barry Jones, Gerallt Jones (Gareth Wyn Roberts), Corey Sinnott, Kevin Roberts, Chris Evans (Paul Rowlands 54).