Airbus v Bala

THIS Friday night clash at the Airfield presented the Wingmakers with another opportunity to win their first points of the season.

Visitors Bala Town would present a stern test with ex-Wingmaker Ian Sheridan spearheading their attack, and Wales international Mark Jones a major influence in their midfield. 

Within the first two minutes a good effort on goal from Ryan Wade was headed away from the Bala goal, as the Wingmakers looked to put the visitors under pressure from the start. Wade then curled another attempt wide and looked to be causing Bala problems.

Bala then enjoyed more of the possession but their only effort on target was a tame effort from Mark Jones on quarter of an hour. The Wingmakers made the breakthrough on 18 minutes when a half-cleared corner reached Steve Tomassen on the edge of the six-yard box and he rifled home, the on-loan Wrexham youngster making it 1-0. The Wingmakers deserved their lead, with Bala’s Mark Connolly booked in the aftermath.

The Wingmakers were well on top and Bala were struggling to keep them at bay. Going forward the Lakesiders appeared to be offering very little – though Mark Jones went close on28 minutes. Kenny Lunt received a yellow card for scything down Ryan Wade on half an hour.

The last significant action before the break saw Toby Jones clip a shot over with the Wingmakers in control, reducing the visitors to attempts from range. Their 1-0 lead was no less than they deserved. 

Airbus began the second-half as they began the first – in control and putting pressure on the Bala defence. However, Ryan Wade picked up a harsh booking on 50 minutes. On 56 minutes Bala made a change with Lewis Codling coming on in place of Ross Jeffries. The Wingmakers' first change on 64 minutes saw Glenn Rule replace Toby Jones.

Chances were few and far between for either side as the second-half progressed but the Wingmakers were generally on top. Ian Sheridan went into the book when he was late in the challenge on goalkeeper Ben Chapman.

Into the last 20 minutes Bala came into the game more but some resolute defending from the Wingmakers kept them out. Lewis Codling found the target with 12 minutes to go but Chapman was not troubled by his attempt. With 10 minutes to go Sheridan had a free header at the far post but missed a golden opportunity. Bala then replaced Stephen Brown with Ryan Jones and Glenn Rule picked up a yellow card for the Wingmakers.

With under five minutes to go Chapman had to be alert to save a low shot from Sheridan before the Wingmakers replaced Tom Field with Kyle Armstrong. The last few minutes saw Bala pile on the pressure but the Wingmakers dealt with it well and denied them opportunities. Ultimately the Wingmakers fully earned their first three points of the season with a very professional 1-0 win.

[Report by Rory Sheehan]

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