CONNAH’S QUAY NOMADS continued their resurgence on Friday night (Nov 5) as they thumped Bala Town 4-0.
The Nomads come into this game on the back of an impressive 4-0 home victory against Cefn Druids which gave them a boost in continuing to pursue a place amongst the top six and trying to boost our European hopes.
Bala Town came into this game on the back of a 1-0 loss to top six rivals Penybont as their league form has not been the best in recent weeks as they lost a three goal lead to Barry Town and have also drawn 1-1 at home to bottom placed Cefn Druids.
However, just like The Nomads, both sides have had an impressive set of results in the domestic cups as Bala secured their place in the semi-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup with a comfortable 3-1 win against Newtown and also progressed in the JD Welsh Cup with a 3-1 win against Haverfordwest.
The Nomads got off to a flying start in this game as The Nomads got a penalty as Nathan Peate slid in on Aeron Edwards and with no hesitation, Referee Huw Jones pointed straight to the spot.
Callum Morris placed the ball onto the spot, stepped up and calmly slotted into the bottom right hand corner, sending Bala goalkeeper Alex Ramsay the wrong way to put The Nomads 1-0 up.
The Nomads then controlled possession for the next 15 minute period but offsides stopped them in their pursuit of a second goal.
Bala then looked to create through Chris Venables and David Edwards but offsides also stopped them in their tracks.
Free kicks were given to both sides in dangerous areas as we reached the 30-minute mark but both teams defence stayed strong and The Nomads were still 1-0 up.
Shortly after however, The Nomads did make it 2-0 thanks to a well worked team goal. The move began with John Disney who did well to play Declan Poole in down the line and as Poole escaped his man, he played a low cross into Craig Curran who tapped home for 2-0 inside 35 minutes.
Minutes after that goal, The Nomads almost made it 3-0 as Curran and Mullan played a lovely pass and go move which was cleared by Anthony Stephens but only fell to Aeron Edwards who’s low drive was saved by Ramsay.
There were Bala shouts for a penalty as John Disney collided with David Edwards but referee Huw Jones decided against the appeals.
As we reached half time with The Nomads two goals to the good, Bala goalkeeper Alex Ramsay was booked for dissent. The Nomads now looked to see out the second half like they did in the first and continue to dominate.
Early into the second half, the 52nd minute saw the goal of the night as The Nomads went 3-0 up. Jamie Mullan laid the ball off to Ryan Harrington who came into the starting eleven in place of Kris Owens, looked up and fired a 30 yard strike into the back of the net sending The Nomads on their way to all three points.
The Nomads were then handed an extra advanatage as Bala captain Chris Venables saw two yellow cards in quick succession go his way. The first was for a foul on Jamie Mullan and the other was for dissent, so it went from bad to worse for Bala.
The Nomads scored their fourth goal shortly after this red card through Callum Morris who bagged his second of the night. The goal came from a Ryan Harrington through ball to Jamie Mullan who slotted across the six yard box to leave Callum Morris with a simple finish putting the game to bed.
Substitutions came for both teams as we reached the 70 minute mark as Neal Eardley was taken off for Paulo Mendes to ensure Eardley didn’t pick up a second yellow. For Bala, Walker-Rice and Southern were introduced in place of Shannon and Leslie.
The second Bala red card came in the 73rd minute as Jamie Mullan looked to be through on goal but Kieran Smith brought him down and a straight red card was shown for denial of a goal scoring opportunity.
The next two Nomads subs saw Aron Williams and Byron Harrison come on for Declan Poole and Craig Curran as The Nomads looked to control the game and keep a clean sheet.
The final big chance of the game came for The Nomads as John Disney waited for the run of Danny Holmes before playing him in down the line and as Holmes’ cross reached Aron Williams, his touch rattled off the crossbar and Bala cleared.
This was the final action of the match and so The Nomads picked up our third consecutive 4-0 victory in all competitions – something never achivevd before at the club. The Nomads comfortably prevented Bala from creating any big chances and picked up a deserved win.
Match report by Adam Angerer