Spar Mid Wales League – Division 1
A sizeable crowd witnessed an excellent match to kick off the season in Berriew, which ended in a notable away win for the visitors.
Berriew are many peoples favourites to win the Spar Mid Wales league this season after narrowly losing out to Rhayader last term, and their home record is exceptional each season. Bow Street who have retained all of last year’s squad and introduced four new players to their team – Llyr Hughes, Josh and Callum Ferreira and Ben Jones.
The first half was goalless but very exciting. Both teams created chances, and Ben Willis produced one excellent save to deny the hosts. The home goalkeeper then produced a miraculous save with his legs to deny Llion Jenkins.
Willis produced another great save at the start of the second period but soon after came the opening goal when Karl Seliaerts scored from a free kick. Seliaerts, who played for Bow Street for a period in 2011, was a constant threat to the visitors who did well for twenty minutes or so after the goal to stem the tide and remain in the game.
With six minutes remaining following a period of sustained pressure, Bow Street got a richly deserved when the ball broke to Mathew Evans who finished well. With two minutes remaining, came the winning goal. Pressure down the let hand side produced an opening for skipper Tomos Williams, who rounded the keeper and finished in a calm manner. This resulted in delirious scenes amongst the large contingent of away supporters, which were repeated a few minutes later when the referee blew for full time.
Delighted Chairman Wyn Lewis said, ‘That was a quality performance by the whole squad against top quality opposition. Berriew are quite rightly the favourites for the league, but this performance and deserved result proves that we are able to compete with the top teams. We have to maintain this level now as we face a busy schedule of 4 games in 14 days in August’.