Kick off:19:30 Friday, 17 Aug 2012
at Maes Tegid, Bala
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Nick Pratt
There were eight goals in a sensational match at Maes Tegid as Newtown, who once led 3-0, scored a dramatic equaliser to claim a point in injury time.
The Robins got off to a flying start on the opening night of the season and bagged the first goal of the 2012/13 campaign. Striker Luke Boundford scored with just seven minutes played to claim that bragging right. It was 2-0 just two minutes later as Craig Whitfield scored on his return to the club to leave the hosts shell-shocked. The best of the opening trio was yet to come and just before the half-hour mark, Shane Sutton struck an incredible goal from the half-way line at Maes Tegid.
Bala then responded with a goal of their own through Mark Connolly on 36 minutes and after Ian Sheridan had one disallowed for offside, he did pull a second back in an enthralling opening half.
The Lakesiders brought last season's Welsh Premier League Player of the Year, Mark Jones off the bench in the second-half for Steve Brown. The Wales International was not passed fully fit to start the game, but had a positive effect on the hosts as Sheridan scored his second of the match on 72 minutes to restore parity. Things could have gone against Bala shortly afterwards when striker Lee Hunt was red-carded, but Sheridan had other ideas and the ex-Airbus forward completed a memorable hat-trick with two minutes to play. That strike looked like it would complete an incredbile comeback for the hosts, but there was one final twist as Newtown defender Andy Jones equalised in the dying seconds to salvage a point, which seems a fair outcome for incredible entertainment.