JD Cymru Premier
They’ve done it!
After 32 previous failed attempts, Bala Town have claimed their first-ever Welsh Premier League victory over The New Saints!
The Lakesiders trailed at half time tonight, but battled back to win 3-1 at an emotional Maes Tegid.
Since entering the JD Cymru Premier in 2009/10, Colin Caton’s side’s record against the 13-time champions read: played 32, won 0 drawn 11 lost 21.
While Town had famously defeated the full-timers 2-1 in the 2016-17 Welsh Cup final to claim the biggest prize in the club’s history, that elusive W in league combat had cast a gloomy shadow over the black and whites.
But tonight the tables were turned.
Chris Venables struck the bar early for the hosts, but as the half wore on Saints steadily built up pressure and in the 31st minute Dean Ebbe put them in front with a back post finish.
Venables hit the crossbar again before the break and at the interval the home fans must have been thinking ‘not again’.
But this evening the Lakesiders faithful were to see history made, as Bala came out full of fire to claim a fully deserved three points.
Lassana Mendes missed narrowly before Stuart Jones’ header was tipped over by Paul Harrison.
Then in the 50th minute it was 1-1. Anthony Stephens headed on a corner and the predatory Venables pounced to score.
Three minutes later the hosts were in ecstasy as Louis Robles netted from a scramble to make it 2-1.
Town pushed for a third, but TNS remained a danger on the break and almost levelled with an effort which struck the woodwork.
However, five minutes from time that man Venables converted following a free kick and the points were sealed.
Da iawn Bala – true Robert the Bruce spirit.
Caernarfon Town held Connah’s Quay Nomads 0-0 at The Oval and it would have been even better for the Cofis had a Leo Smith penalty late in the first half not hit the post.
John Disney also struck the woodwork for Nomads in a game which saw both keepers – Town’s Alex Ramsey and Lewis Brass for the visitors – produce some fine saves.
Cefn Druids were delighted with the performances of their new signings in a 3-1 home triumph against Airbus UK Broughton.
Canadian Cody Ruberto, originally named as a substitute but who started after Tyrone Ofori was injured in the warm-up, took just six minutes to edge the Ancients in front.
Airbus responded well and Jordan Evans equalised at the second attempt after his initial shot was saved by Michael Jones.
However, Huw Griffiths’ side regained the lead before the break when Zimbabwe international Alex Mudimu scored from the spot.
The Wingmakers had Curtis Strong sent off in the second half before Nathan Peate headed in a decisive third for Cefn.
JD Cymru North
Two quickfire goals in the first half proved enough for Rhyl to edge a 2-1 win over promoted Llangefni Town.
Sam Molyneux and James Murphy handed the Lilywhites a two-goal interval lead before the floodlights failed during the break and put the rest of the game in doubt.
Thankfully the problem was solved and Cefni went on to perform well in the second half, Alun Roberts halving the deficit early on, but that was the end of the scoring.
Prestatyn Town romped to a 6-1 success at outgunned newcomers Corwen.
Rob Hughes converted a hat-trick of penalties for the Seasiders, with Jordan Davies, Jack Kenny and Danny Davies also on the mark.
Joe Williams had pulled Corwen level at one stage.
Mark Cadwallader scored the only goal as Flint Town United won 1-0 at Colwyn Bay, making it a grim return to Welsh league action for the Seasiders after a 35-year absence.
Results – Friday, August 23
JD Cymru Premier
Bala Town 3 The New Saints 1, Barry Town United 3 Aberystwyth Town 1, Caernarfon Town 0 Connah’s Quay Nomads 0, Carmarthen Town 1 Newtown 2, Cefn Druids 3 Airbus UK Broughton 1, Penybont 1 Cardiff Metropolitan 3.
JD Cymru North
Colwyn Bay 0 Flint Town United 1, Corwen 1 Prestatyn Town 6, Rhyl 2 Llangefni Town 1.
Lock Stock Welsh Alliance
Reserves Division: Denbigh Town 4 Prestatyn Town 1, Llangefni Town 2 Colwyn Bay 3, Llanrug Utd 2 Pwllheli 1, Nantlle Vale 1 Porthmadog 4, St Asaph City L Llanrwst Utd L.
Guy Walmsley Welsh National League
Reserves Division: Llay Welfare 0 Penycae 5.
Top Mark Uniforms North East Wales League
Acton 3 Brymbo Victoria 4, Mold Town United 1 Sychdyn 2.
Lucas Oil Anglesey League
Arriva Bangor 3 Bodorgan 3, Cemaes Bay 20 Holyhead Town Res 0.