Bangor City 1
The New Saints 3
It was a shame that the game was slightly blighted by the little outbreak of crowd trouble just before half time - but I thought the stewards did well to quickly smooth things before it got out of hand.
Also in Wales, at the following:
Hop game at Aberystwyth University.
Att: about half of the claimed figure, Laurence counts, Charlie counts then they add them together. Foolproof (ish).
Thought it was a decent game, home side despite being down to 10 men dominated the 2nd half. Bow Street, with their keeper producing several saves won it with a fine controlled volley late in the game. Smash and grab.
The plan was then to go to Conwy, we knew that the schedule was tight, the first game overrunning by 5 minutes wasn't part of the plan. A white knuckle ride followed and despite at one point being the best part of 10 mins behind schedule, this had been whittled away to arriving in time for the kick off. However we then encountered a set of roadworks where all traffic had to be convoyed - at least there were people working the site at the time. A further 10 minute delay meant that Conwy was now impractical. So plan B was, Welsh Alliance League Division One @ Gwydir Park
Llanrwst Utd 2 Holywell Town 4
Att: 100 allegedly, I will stick to a h/c of 53.
Prog £1 (and a lot better than the poor effort from morning's game, so I was told)
Coffee 60P Hot Dog £1.50
Strugglers hosting League leaders, in the first half it was hard to tell them apart. HT 1-1
Holywell hardly bothered with a break, they came out after 5 minutes a lot more determined than in the opening half. Pretty soon the score was 1-3, it could easily have been 1-7 but for fine keeping and poor finishing. Despite their dominance Holywell found themselves pegged back to 2-3 before a late flourish concluded the scoring. FT 2-4.
A pleasant venue, smart clubhouse set back from the pitch. Spectator facilities consist of a reasonable sized stand with room for both sitting or standing. On a day like this the setting was particularly agreeable with hills/woods as a fine backdrop.
The 3rd game of the day was the Bangor V TNS match. Again what should have been a comfortable journey there was again hampered by another "convoyed" set of roadworks. We arrived at 17:10 with the car park gates shut. Still we found a space to abandon the Maybach on the street just outside the ground.
Agree that the game was excellent, a fine 2nd half fightback by the hosts. Not sure about the ground, okay but a long way from being impressive.
As for the crowd trouble, well Danny Dyer may have wanted to talk it up, but we were at that end and the reality was that about 15 locals who had just about reached puberty decided to stand near the TNS fans and start chanting. As you say the stewards got between them but to put into perspective how menacing
they were at HT the visiting supporters walked around the ground that way, quite a few just going straight through the posturing group of children. We were in far more danger of being trampled underfoot by all the kids wanting photographs and autographs with/from John Hartson and Chris Coleman. Indeed good to see them at a local domestic spat rather than attending a gme over the border.
Accompanied throughout by the enjoyable company of LS8, with thanks for him taking on most of the driving duties. Wit and charm left to me.