With Bala having settled into their Radisson Blu Hotel Olumpia accommodation in the city centre, ahead of today's UEFA Europa League first round, second leg tie against Levadia Tallinn, Bala’s Director of Football Colin Caton, provided his thoughts, as he prepares for his debut experience on foreign soil of a major European competition.
Speaking with Welsh Premier League reporter Robert Clement at the hotels conference facilities following a sixty minute pre-match work-out at the Kadriorg Staadion, Caton responded to the situation of it being an exciting experience.
“I’ve won a series of trophies in my career, before and since arriving at Maes Tegid, but what’s gone is gone and what’s ahead of us is so important for myself and everybody involved at Bala Town football club”.
“It’s been an excellent bonding session, travelling here from Manchester via Copenhagen, and the trip is doing us good”.
With Caton having guided Bala Town football club to fairytale success in a decade, he spoke about the facilities at the Kadriorg Staadion following the earlier training session.
I’ve won a series of trophies in my career, before and since arriving at Maes Tegid, but what’s gone is gone and what’s ahead of us is so important for myself and everybody involved at Bala Town football club
“The stadium has a running track around it, and I’m not sure that it’s great for football, but the dugouts are situated well away from the spectators, where as Welsh grounds have a different type of atmosphere which we are more accustomed to”
Bala Town club secretary Ruth Crump, then remarked on the experience of planning for the major football tournament.
“Since qualifying for the competition in May, I’ve learnt a few lessons, but I think that we’ve come across any difficulties quite easily, and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved”.
She added, “I can’t thank the Tallinn people enough where we staying, it’s such a beautiful city and it is really relaxing”.
Lavadia Tallinn: Roman Smisko (capt), Artjom Artjunin, Ilja Antonov, Igor Subbotin, Maksim Podholjuzin, Aleksandr Kulinits, Aleksei Jahhimovits, Artur Pikk, Marek Kaljumae, Andreas Raudsepp, Rimo Hunt, Kevin Ingermann, Artur Rattel, Ingemar Teever, Andero Pebre, Priit Pikker.
Bala Town: Ashley Morris, Ben Collins, Stuart Jones, Ryan Valentine, Conall Murtagh, Mark Connolly, Mark Jones (capt), Ian Sheridan, Tony Davies, Stephen Brown, Kenny Lunt, Steffan Edwards, Edwin Renaud, Lewis Codling, Paul Lewis, Ryan Jones, Matthew Boswell, Kristian Pierce.
Referee: Dumitri Muntean (Moldova).