Long Road Home
By Shon Hughes
Magpies defeated away at Trearddur Bay
The 70 mile trek to Trearddur Bay is one of the furthest games on the calendar, and with the the sun shining much was expected from Barmouth’s visit, especially after the away win at Nantlle Vale earlier in the week.
In the warm up it was clear that things weren’t going to go to plan, young Llion Owen recovering form illness that ruled him out against Vale, still wasn’t 100%, and Several of the lads needing to use sun protection because of the soaring temperatures.
The game got underway and it was clear from the off Barmouth couldn’t play the football that has brought the success this season, the firm pitch and long grass consistently stopped the ball from being played along the floor. Paul Lewis would get the first of the opportunities putting an effort just wide after Daniel Griffith had put him through on goal with a delightful ball. The home side would take the lead minuets later when Hughes opened the scoring on 7” for the home side. Barmouth would struggle to get any clear chances during the first half, and would find themselves going two goals behind on 22” when Jones rose above the Barmouth defenders and flicked the ball over Tyler French into the goal. On 38” the home side would extend their lead further with Webb firing home a great solo effort from the right hand side of the box. The half would end with Barmouth receiving further frustration as Rich Darlison was booked after the Bay striker simulated a foul, Tyler French was then booked by the referee for decent, a decision that confused the player.
Carl Ryan decided the lads would stay out at half time due to the unconventional layout of the Away changing room, and this allowed him to communicate with all the players directly. The second half much better for the magpies and they got stuck straight in. Working hard all over the pitch, George Sutherns would be first to have an opportunity, and see his effort go just wide on 48”, this set the pattern for the second half. Chances would come for Adam Morris on 63”, when he saw his effort hit the post, and Paul Lewis’ effort that was saved on 81” were the best of the opportunities. Llion Owen was withdrawn on 56” minuets after receiving a knock to his ankle, he was replaced by Dave Inglis. Joey Jones was also substituted on 76” replaced by Daniel Gwyn. The match would end with the home side failing to get a clear effort on goal in the second half.
Carl Rayn after the game expressed his frustration at the match, and will look to put this game behind him ahead of Tuesdays clash with local rivals Penrhyndeudraeth who visit the Wern Mynach for a 18:30 kickoff. The club expect a large attendance for the derby, so come down and support the boys, if you can’t make it be sure to follow all the action across social media by searching @BDFCmagpies.