Dafabet Welsh Premier
Bala Town 1
NEWTOWN’S brave display in the quagmire of Maes Tegid saw them earn a battling point against Bala Town.
Once again the Robins were faced by a Bala Town side on their infamous bog like pitch which was soon unplayable and made for a scrappy game low on quality.
Early chances for both sides from distance saw Sean Evans lash over for Newtown while Rob Pearson went close at the other end.
Bala dangerman Lee Hunt fired a warning shot on 20 minutes, volleying over after latching onto a David Thompson cross field pass.
Newtown looked to have broke the deadlock seven minutes later when Kieran Mills-Evans’ headed onto the post from Steff Edwards’ deep left wing cross but referee Tom Williams ignored claims the ball crossed the line in the ensuing melee.
Williams was back in the spotlight five minutes later when an x-rated challenged from Mark Jones on Mills-Evans failed to yield the dismissal warranted, much to the anger of the travelling Robins faithful.
Bala ended the half on top with Hunt testing goalkeeper Dave Jones while Anthony Stephens also went close.
The second-half began as rain continued to pour down on an already sodden Maes Tegid which was now totally unplayable.
Still the two sides battled on in ankle deep mud with Hunt underlining his continued threat by testing Jones who also saved a Ryan Valentine free-kick.
However on 65 minutes it was the Robins who led when Matty Owen’s dipping 20 yard shot left goalkeeper Ashley Morris rooted.
Newtown looked to cement their lead with Jason Oswell twice going close while the home side looked to have run out of ideas with their chief threat long balls bombarded into the Robins goalmouth.
However with 10 minutes remaining a scuffed goal kick from Jones went straight to Hunt and forced debutant Rob Williams into a desperate and rash challenge which earned him a second caution and a dismissal.
Bala were buoyed and sought to capitalise on their numerical advantage only to be denied by Jones who pulled off fine saves to deny Mark Jones and Mark Connelly.
Bala pressed their claim to the dying seconds when Pearson’s chipped ball into the goalmouth was met by Hunt who steered past Jones from close range to salvage a point with the final kick of the game.
NEWTOWN: Jones, C Williams, Mills-Evans, R Williams, Edwards, Cook, Owen, Boundford (Tolley), Evans (Wells), Oswell, Mitchell. Subs: Price, Ryan, Perry
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