BALA TOWN 1 - 2 CITY
SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2011
MIKE SMITH'S MATCH REPORT
With Peter Hoy making his 179th WP start for the club at rightback - the injured Shaun Pejic watched from the touchline - Bangor were otherwise changed from the Newtown match the weekend before. City kicked off attacking the trees.
Both sides had early chances as Les Davies sliced wide after loud shouts for a blues penalty, then Mark Connolly shot low on goal but Lee Idzi saved at full stretch. Peter Doran ran crossfield from the left but dragged his shot wide before City took an eleventh minute lead. Peter Hoy crossed from the right, Chris Jones controlled, turned and shot and Les Davies slid home the rebound with Terry McCormick unable to respond in the Bala goal.
Jones and Peter Hoy were enjoying some freedom down the right as leftback Edwards, once of Gresford and perhaps destined to renew old acquaintances, had a torrid time and got precious little protection from former Nomad Doran.
Connolly went close from distance again, Mark Smyth saw his shot cleared off the line, then Jamie Brewerton had a looping header held. Connolly went one better as his freekick hit the post before Mark Smyth also went close on the half hour and again five minutes later with what apppeared a sliced lob which drifted narrowly wide after good work from Les Davies and Alan Bull.
Moments later Bala rightback John Irving shot well wide from long range.
As Bala threatened Michael Johnston kept a close watch on Lee Hunt, whilst Lee Idzi's willingness to come off his line also made decision making much simpler.
One moment Chris Jones was blocked by Irving in the righthand corner flag, but next on 47 minutes Jamie Brewerton was yellow carded for a trip on Lee Hunt in the box, the penalty duly spotted and converted by the former blue to level the scores. Referee John played an impressive four minutes of added time before blowing for the customary break.
HALF TIME 1-0
At the interval leftback Steff Edwards was replaced by former Wrexham veteran Danny Williams.
Les Davies charged into the left corner but his low shot flashed across goal, then Mark Jones fired on target from 30 yards but Lee Idzi held high above his head. In an open, end to end, spell Chris Mason and Alan Bull both had chances but fired wide and ten minutes after the restart City forced four successive corners but could not score. Not withstanding though McCormich was busy keeping out a Peter Hoy header and shot from Alan Bull who looked menancing throughout. The fourth corner was half cleared, City won a freekick but Mark Smyth fired over.
On 65 minutes Bala replaced the shaven headed and frequently perplexed Peter Doran with former Marine and Burscough winger Steve Brown. On 67 minutes things got better as Mark Smyth chased Jamie Brewerton's on down left to beat McCormick with a drive into the far corner.
Moments later Chris Jones was in on the right but could not beat the goalkeeper. Lee Hunt joined the legion of the carded following a mid air collision with Lee Idzi on the edge of the Bangor box. Sion Edwards came on for the closing sixteen minutes in place of goalscorer Smyth.
With ten minutes left on the clock Chris Jones crossed from the left but Craig Garside could not direct his diving header on target and Bala escaped. Bala had concerns over the state of Danny Williams who had suffered a head injury but he played on after some treatment for blood on his face.
In the closing minutes Alan Bull was close twice in as many minutes and Sion Edwards' goalbound charge was only halted by a cynical trip from rightback Irving. The freekick came to nothing but Irving became the ninth name in Mr Johns little black book.
In a report sometimes it is easy to overlook individuals who do the unspectacular well time after time, and on this occasion left back Chris Roberts, centrehalf Jamie Brewerton plus midfielders Craig Garside and Neil Thomas fit that bill as City battled to an important win.
As ninety minutes ended Kyle Wilson replaced Alan Bull and four minutes later the final whistle blew, the majority of the 550+ crowd celebrated noisily and City celebrated another three points.
1 October 2011