Back to winning ways
Carl Ryan steps Down
In a poorly timed night game with a 18:30 kickoff, Barmouth were under pressure to get to Llanberis to make kickoff, and it would be the case that some of the players got to the Ffordd Padarn Gound 10 minuets prior to the scheduled kickoff time. The kickoff was then moved to 18:45 by Referee Robin Williams.
Prior to to kickoff Manager Carl Ryan informed his players of his decision to stand down with immediate effect. Carl commented that he didn’t take the decision lightly, but that the strain of Preseason and pressure he faced in the dugout was to much, and that he needed to take time away from match day activities. Carl will remain as part of the coaching setup, Paul Lewis will become Player Manager with Dave Harding his assistant.
Paul Lewis made his first change as manager in moving Jake Jones out wide, a move to give him more freedom.
Before the match a minutes silence was observed to remember Gareth Williams, who played in a successful Llanberis side of the 90’s.
From the start Barmouth looked a step in front of Llanberis, and tried their keeper within the first minute, Shane Jones coming close. It took only 5’ minuets for the deadlock to be broken, Geth Evans binging the ball down from a Adam Walters clearance, he would then find Joe Ephraim on the edge of the D, who fired the ball past the keeper to his right and into the goal, his second goal for the Magpies. Llanberis reacted immediately, coming close seconds after the restart, this was to be a warning to the Barmouth defence of what was to come, and on 13’ Llanberis would bring the score level, a wicked ball whipped in from the left was volleyed home by Llanberis veteran stricker David Jones. Barmouth pulled their socks up and went straight back at Llanberis, Joe Ephraim with an effort saved minuets later and the pressure paid on 28’, Paul Lewis with a delightful through ball to Shane Jones, who effortlessly took it in his stride, with one touch he placed the ball in front of his right foot and drove the ball into the back of the net. The home side tried to get level again before the break, Adam Walters forced to make a delightful save. The half ended 1-2.
The second half had a lot to live upto, and it didn’t disappoint. Both teams playing good football going forward and resilient in defence. It would be Llanberis who had the most of the possession overall, as the half went on Barmouth’s defence were subjected to wave after wave of pressure, Jono Harrison and Joey Jones working effortlessly in defence, holding tight and working as a unit with Ben Fisher and Llion Owen on either side creating a solid back 4. Jake Jones and Geth Evans had great performances on either side. On 60’ Andrew Papirnyk would come on to replace Lee Riches who hard worked tirelessly in front of the defence, Jake Jones was moved into the middle with Andrew out wide, and he had an instant impact, reviving the ball from Jake Jones on the edge of the box Andrew Papirnyk unleashed a thunderbolt of an flew millimetres past the post. Barmouth weathered the Llanberis storm and looked like getting a third late on, Llion Owen driving into the box was brought down, a dangerous tackle from the defender saw him loose control and went over the ball catching Llion on the follow through, the home side cleared the ball, Adam Walters collected the ball and put it out as Llion was clearly in distress, the Barmouth Physio saw to Llion Owen, the ball was with Llanberis for a throw in, and in a unsporting move they elected not to give the ball back but to use it as a attacking opportunity, something that was not missed by the Barmouth bench.
The game ended 2-1 to Barmouth, first win of the season on a difficult night for the players.
Jono Harrison was awarded Fans Man of the Match. An outstanding performance in defence, the vertran left everything on the pitch, you couldn’t ask for more from one of the most dedicated players in the squad. A mention has also got to go to Lee Riches who sat in front of the defence and was superb all night.