St Asaph 1-1 Llanrwst Utd

April 26, 2017

LLanrwst United travelled to St Asaph for a 6.30 kick off knowing that they couldn't afford to lose. They were boosted with the news that the Club's Number 1 keeper, Christian Wright was back in the squad after missing the last few games through illness. Steffan Whiteley was also back after being rested against Glantraeth due to a tight calf. The Rwsters were dealt two blows within 24 hours, with the news that Matt Beach and Leighton Griffiths will miss the last four games of the season. Beach suffered a fracture to his right foot representing Sunday League outfit, Pengwern Fc & Griffiths was in hospital after a head injury against Glantraeth.

 

A change in formation from Saturday's 4-1-4-1 at Glantraeth, saw the Rwsters playing a 3-5-2 on St Asaph's narrow pitch. A pitch that was in a bad state after the recent weather and chaotic fixture list.

 

The opening few minutes seen no real action to note, as both teams were very cagey. St Asaph looked dangerous down the flanks with their pace but the Rwsters were having joy through the middle with Captain Alun Roberts and Sam Roberts winning the midfield battle.

 

The first chance of the game fell to youngster Aron Hughes, the 17year old timed his run to perfection and a perfectly weighted pass from Gwyn Jones to the path of Hughes, left him one on one but out came St Asaph's keeper to produce a fine stop.

 

St Asaph always looked dangerous on the counter attack, the prolific Jake Walker looking to add to his impressive goal scoring record but no real chance came as Gwyn Jones, Hedd Williams and Steffan Whiteley were winning the majority of first balls.

 

On the stroke of first half, Luke Roberts combined well with Matt Mullender but Roberts dragged his shot wide of the mark. 0-0 HT.

 

On the hour mark, Paul Cassidy lost the ball on the half way line as he tried to find Sam Roberts, but great ball by Si Fawcett to the feet of Jake Walker saw the burly striker jink his way in to the box before he slotted the ball in to the bottom corner. This was the only effort St Asaph had on target in the whole game. 

 

The Rwsters weren't to be denied as a few minutes later Roberts skipped passed Johnny Taylor in the area, Taylor left a leg out and over went Roberts. Referee Martin Trigg awarding a penalty. Up stepped Steffan Whiteley, he blasted the ball to the keepers right. 1-1.

 

The Rwsters pushed for a second goal, Roberts firing over and Hughes coming close after a great run down the left.

 

The best chance of the game fell to Cassidy in injury time, he powered his way through the defence but fired over.

 

The Rwsters did have another chance, Cassidy was tackled on the edge of the box and the ball fell to Chris Nicolson, but he delayed his pass to Hughes, Hughes then was waived off side by the linesman by the time he received the ball.

 

Man Of The Match - Gwyn Jones

 

 

 

 

 

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