Kick off:15:45 Saturday, 14 Sept 2013
at Maes Tegid, Bala
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Brian James
Stuart Jones scored Bala's frst winner of the season
A second half bullet header from Stuart Jones was enough to give Bala their first points of the season in a tight affair at Maes Tegid.
Jones headed home early in the second half and that was enough, as despite a late onslaught from the visitors, Bala hung on.
The game was an end to end affair in the early exchanges as Sean Evans saw a long range effort sail over, before Mark Connelly hit wide with a free kick for the hosts. A cross from the left then nearly saw Bala take the lead but Mark Jones couldn’t find the target from the edge of the box.
Following this Newtown had the ball in the net and Luke Boundford thought he had given the Robins the lead as he charged down a backpass and headed the rebound home. But the referee judged the lunge from Boundford to be high as he charged down the back pass and he was booked.
Bala then had their best chance of the game as Connelly produced a great save from Chris Mullock on his Newtown debut as he dived to his right to tip the Bala winger’s free kick over the bar.
The Robins were playing some good football and a neat move down the right nearly led to Matthew Hearsey giving his side the lead but his tame shot was easily saved by Ashley Morris.
Evans was causing the Bala backline problems down the left and his mazy run saw him pull the ball back for Hearsey, his shot was blocked with Tom Goodwin was coming in, but his effort couldn’t beat Morris.
Connelly headed over before the break and a half chance for Ryan Wyn Jones was followed by him heading wide from close range after a teasing cross from the right as the sides went in deadlocked at the break.
The Robins started the second half the brighter as Hearsey went on a long run, but failed to hit the target with his effort and a Boundford was easily saved after good work from Goodwin.
Dave Morley and Ben Collins both had good chances for the lakesiders soon after but failed to test Mullock with both efforts.
But not long after it was Bala who did take the lead was Mark Jones floated in a corner and Stuart Jones powered a header home to give the Robins all the work to do in the last half an hour.
Sean Evans tried a cheeky effort to get Newtown back in the game, trying to chip Morris from long range but the keeper back peddled and just about kept the ball out.
Former Wrexham defender Ryan Valentine showed his quality for Bala as he then cut inside after some good build up play but fired his shot straight at Mullock.
Newtown came within inches of pulling one back as Craig Williams lofted a cross which was headed back across the box by Goodwin and the ball then fell to sub James O’Neill but his effort was saved by Morris.
It was end to end as Bala had three bites at the cherry in the same attack to kill the game off but Chris Mullock hooked the ball off the line and last ditch defending kept the score at 1-0 as Stephen Brown and Lewis Codling were denied.
James O’Neill then had a free kick blocked and Iain Edmunds had a shot brilliantly saved by Morris as the Robins just couldn’t break the Bala rear guard.
It became a nerve jangling final few minutes as Shane Sutton head a header hooked away in the box but as Newtown pressed, they left gaps at the back and Codling found himself one on one with Mullock who he beat, but Hearsey got back to clear off the line.
That was the last action as the hosts just hung on despite all Newtown’s efforts to record their first points of the season