1st Team Match Reports 2014/15

Wednesday 20th August 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Bow Street 3 v 1 Aberaeron

Goals from Iolo ap Dafydd, Dafydd Caruthers and Dean Evans secured a comfortable victory for Bow Street in their opening game of the season against Aberaeron who forced a late consolation own goal, despite being down to 9 men at the time.

Street started brightly and nearly took the lead when Paul Keegan rattled the cross bar after a mazy dribble. Five minutes later the visitors were reduced to ten men when Sion Clarke pulled back Steff Davies whilst through on goal but despite the numerical advantage the game was goalless at half time.

The Magpies came out for the second half a completely different team and produced 40 minutes of decent football which ultimately sealed the victory although they will be disappointed with the way they took their foot off the gas in the closing moments despite having two more players after former Street striker Mattie Davies as sent off for violent conduct.

Street assistant manager Huw Bates said after the game: "To win in 3rd gear is never a bad habit to get into but against the top sides we'll need to start playing from the first minute rather than the 46th. However, three points is three points and we'll go into our next few games full of confidence.".

Team: Mark Evans, Neil Evans, Matt Pemberthy (Gwion Pugh-Jones 83), Steffan Richards, Ifan Burrell (Dean Evans 61), Lee Jones, Iolo Ap Dafydd, Tom Williams, Paul Keegan (Osian Thomas 76), Steff Davies and Daf Caruthers.

Saturday 23rd August 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Carno 3 v 3 Bow Street

Bow Street picked up an impressive point away at Carno on Saturday but will be kicking themselves that they didn't secure a victory having been 3-1 up with ten minutes to go.

Carno, widely tipped as one of the teams to beat this year, unsurprisingly started confidently on the back of two victories so far this season but it was street who opened the scoring through a low drive from Steff Davies and it was only a couple of unbelievable saves from the home goalkeeper that kept Street's lead to a solitary goal after a superb 45 minutes from the visitors.

However, Street's Achilles heel of conceding straight after the restart proved costly yet again after a Davies handball saw Carno equalise from the penalty spot. Despite this setback Street dominated for the next half an hour and goals from Ifan Burrell and a deflected Davies header saw the Magpies take a two goal lead. The turning point in the match came 15 minutes before the end when Dean Evans had a glorious chance to make the score 4-1 but he fired agonisingly wide from close range. This miss gave Carno one final chance to get something from the game and they took it with both hands as they scored two goals in quick succession and even had Street hanging on for a point at the final whistle.

Street captain Neil Evans said after the game: "if we'd been offered a point at the start of the day we would have taken it but it still feels like a loss as we did more than enough to secure a victory. Having said that, as long as we learn from this and use this disappointment to get us fired up for our next few games then it may well prove to be an invaluable point by the end of the season.".

Street: Mark Evans, Lee Jones, Neil Evans, Matt Pemberthy (Gwion Pugh-Jones 47), Iolo Ap Dafydd, Paul Keegan (Osian Thomas 74), Ifan Burrell, Tom Williams (Joe Williams 85), Steff Davies, Dean Evans and Daf Caruthers.

Wednesday 27th August 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Machynlleth 2 v 2 Bow Street

Two penalties from Dean Evans were enough to secure Bow Street's second away draw in a row but they will once again be kicking themselves after letting a lead slip in the latter stages of the game against a Mach side who will be much happier with their point than the Magpies.

Street were slow out of the blocks and struggled to deal with the pace and ingenuity of Richie Evans for large parts of the first half but were unlucky to fall behind to an Evans penalty after Mark Truck was wrongly adjudged to have committed a foul on the six yard line. However, to their credit Street fought back to equalise from Evans' first spot kick after Dafydd Caruthers was felled in the box and the home keeper was extremely fortunate to stay on the field after such a clumsy challenge.

Harsh words could be heard billowing from the Street dressing room at half time but the reaction from the players was immediate as another Caruthers run was thwarted illegally by the Mach defence and Evans made no mistake with his second penalty. At this stage it seemed certain that Street would pick up all three points especially after Mach were reduced to 10 men but they were punished for not clearing their lines when Sion Jones scored from a free kick with the help of a slight deflection off the top of Neil Evans' head. Street dominated the rest of the game but were unable to find the all-important breakthrough and Mach held on for a gritty point.

Street scorer Evans said after the game: "We never really got going today and so only have ourselves to blame for only picking up a point but on the bright side we remain unbeaten and I am sure all of the boys will be looking forward to making things right on Saturday against Llansaintffraid.".

Street: Mark Evans, Lee Jones, Neil Evans, Gwion Ap Dafydd, Steffan Richards, Iolo Ap Dafydd, Ifan Burrell (Adam Thomas 82), Tom Williams (Paul Keegan 71), Steff Davies, Dean Evans and Daf Caruthers. Unused sub: Osian Thomas.

Saturday 30th August 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Bow Street 1 v 1 Llansantffraid Village

Bow Street remain unbeaten after four games in this year’s Spar Mid Wales league campaign but for the third match running will be kicking themselves for not converting one point into three as they were held to a battling draw by Llansaintffraid at Cae Piod.

Despite an energetic start Street suffered a major setback after 5 minutes when mark Evans was beaten by a superb free kick from all of 35 yards and although Street equalised through a towering Steff Davies header 5 minutes later, the remainder of the first half was a fairly drab affair with neither side creating many chances.

Street dominated the second half and Daf Caruthers almost won it for the home side with ten minutes to spare but Street had to settle for a share of the spoils and will now go into their next home game against Four Crosses desperate for a victory.

Man of the match Iolo ap Dafydd said after the game: “It’s encouraging that we are competing in every game we play but at the same time we are all well aware that we should have a lot more points on the board after letting the last three games slip through our fingers. However, team spirit is at an all-time high and I’m confident we can turn things around over the next few weeks.”.

Street: Mark Evans, Neil Evans, Lee Jones, Iolo Ap Dafydd, Gwion Ap Dafydd, Osian Thomas (Paul Keegan 68), Tom Williams (Adam Thomas 77), Steff Davies, Dean Evans, Ifan Burrell and Daf Caruthers. Unused subs Gwion Pugh-Jones and Huw Bates.

Saturday 6th September 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Bow Street 2 v 2 Four Crosses

Match report unavailable.

Saturday 13th September 2014

Welsh Cup - Qualifying Round 2

Bow Street 1 v 2 Waterloo Rovers

Bow Street were knocked out of the Welsh Cup on Saturday by high flying Waterloo in a closely contested match at Cae Piod but will be encouraged by their performance, especially given that they were missing no less than five players from their starting line-up.

Waterloo came flying out of the blocks and took the lead after only five minutes to a wonder-strike from the edge of the box and they proceeded to dominate the opening quarter of an hour. However, instead of buckling under the pressure, Street gradually started to get a foothold into the game with Tom Williams pulling the strings in midfield and veteran Peter James holding the ball up brilliantly despite close attention from a well drilled defence. Street got their reward on the half-hour mark when Ifan Burrell was felled in the box and Williams made no mistake from the spot. For the remainder of the half Street keeper Ian Evans was literally a spectator as the Magpies kept Waterloo camped in their own half but despite two good chances for Daf Caruthers Street failed to take the lead and ultimately this proved to be costly.

The second half was fairly even and either side could have bagged a place in the second round but Street were punished for switching off momentarily with 15 minutes to go and despite pressing for an equaliser in the closing stages their efforts were in vain.

Bow Street assistant Huw Bates said after the game: “Waterloo are probably the best side we've faced all season and so it was always going to be tough to start the game without pretty much the spine of the team. However, I have to say that the boys did themselves proud today and I couldn’t have asked any more. Yes we came up slightly short but it shows what we are capable of and once we are back to full strength we will give most teams at this level a run for their money.”. Bates added: “There were some excellent performances out there today but the best player on the pitch was Tom Williams. He hasn’t had the best start to the season after picking up a nasty injury in our final friendly but today he showed everyone just how good he is and hopefully he can keep up that level of performance for the rest of the season.”.

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Lee Jones, Stefano. Antoniazzi, Steffan. Richards, Iolo Ap Dafydd (James Albrighton 82), Tom Williams, Ifan Burrell, Pete James (Osian Thomas 68), Daf Caruthers and Paul Keegan. Unused subs: Gwion Pugh-Jones, Huw Bates and Gwion Ap Dafydd.

Saturday 20th September 2014

FAW Trophy - Round 2

Bow Street 6 v 1 Presteigne St Andrews

Bow Street made it safely through to the next round of the FAW Trophy with a comfortable 6-1 home win against former Spar Mid Wales League Champions Presteigne.

The Magpies were firm favourites going into the game with Presteigne having dropped to the second division in recent seasons but it was the visitors who almost took the lead after 10 minutes when Street failed to clear their lines. However, After twenty minutes order was restored and Street when into a two goal lead after Dean Evans converted from the spot after Daf Caruthers was felled in the box and Steff Davies finished off a flowing Street move to double their advantage. A further Evans penalty seemed to have made the game safe but Presteigne pulled a goal back just before in the interval to make it interesting, only for Caruthers to restore the three goal advantage immediately afterwards.

Street could have scored a hatful in the second half but settled for Evans completing a hattrick of penalties and Caruthers netting his second. Hattrick hero Dean Evans said after the game: "This was a potential banana skin and although we weren't at our best we did enough to get our name in the hat for the next round.".

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Stefano Antoniazzi, Lee Jones, Steff Richards, Steff Davies, Mathew Pemberthy (Ifan Burrell 70), Tom Williams, Dean Evans (Paul Keegan 75) and Daf Caruthers (Osian Thomas, 78). Unused subs: Gwion Pugh-Jones and Joe Williams.

Saturday 27th September 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Berriew 0 v 2 Bow Street

Bow Street produced their best performance of the season on Saturday to secure three crucial away points at well drilled outfit Berriew. Having lost to the same opponents in last year's league cup final Street seemed determined from the first whistle to prevent Berriew from getting into any kind of rhythm and midfield maestro Steff Davies was instrumental in breaking up play throughout the first half. One of those headers gave the Magpies the lead after 25 minutes direct from a wicked Tom Williams cross and street took this slender lead into the break.

In the second half Street were equally dominant with Stefano Antoniazzi and Neil Evans imperious in defence, superbly protecting Ian Evans between the sticks. Street came close to doubling their lead from a Lee Jones long throw but Daf Caruthers' lob was tipped over the bar to the relief of the home support. However, five minutes later Caruthers forced an own goal to seal Street's impressive victory.

Goalscorer Davies said after the game: "It doesn't really matter who scores but it's always nice to bag one, especially when it secures a well-deserved victory.".

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Steff Richards, Stefano Antoniazzi, Mathew Pemberthy (Gwion ap Dafydd, 65), Iolo Ap Dafydd, Tom Williams (Osian Thomas, 85), Dean Evans (Paul Keegan, 85), Daf Caruthers and Lee Jones.

Saturday 4th October 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Aberaeron 2 v 3 Bow Street

Bow Street moved quietly and unspectacularly into fourth place in the league with a hard fought 3-2 victory against Aberaeron on Saturday thanks to goals from Dean Evans, Tom Williams and Steff Davies.

Street dominated the first twenty minutes and roared into a two goal lead thanks to close range efforts from Evans and Williams but failed to capitalise on their dominance and took a precarious two goal lead into the break.

A fired up Aberaeron reduced the deficit within minutes of the re-start after some poor Bow Street defending from a corner. Aberaeron could have equalised but for a fine save from Ian Evans and the thwarting of countless Aberaeron attacks by a solid Magpies back line of Lee Jones, Stefano Antoniazzi, Neil Evans and Steffan Richards. However, Aberaeron's bravery was to no avail and a quality left footed strike by Davies sealed the points for the visitors despite an injury time consolation goal from Aberaeron.

Man of match Steff Richards said after the game: "We didn't play particularly well today but after our win up in Berriew last week it was crucial to keep the momentum going and we just about hung on for a massive three points.".

Street: Ian Evans, Lee Jones, Neil Evans, Stefano Antoniazzi, Steff Richards, Iolo ap Dafydd (Paul Keegan, 37), Gwion ap Dafydd (Nick Smith, 80), Tom Williams, Dean Evans (Ifan Burrell, 85) Daf Caruthers and Steff Davies.

Saturday 11th October 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Bow Street 2 v 1 Welshpool

Bow Street produced their best performance of the season on Saturday to defeat former Welsh Premier League outfit Welshpool with a dramatic injury time winner from Dean Evans.

Street manager Phil Evans opted to shuffle his pack before the game and gave starts to Paul Keegan, Matt Pemberthy and Ifan Burrell which saw the Magpies name one of the strongest benches in their history but this brave call from the manager paid off as Street took a one goal lead into the break thanks to a brilliant Lee Jones free kick from 25 yards.

In the second half Street withheld the anticipated reaction from the visitors until the 70th minute when Welshpool equalised and at this point it was anyone's game. However, Welshpool's eighth booking of the game proved to be costly as they were reduced to ten men and for the remaining 15 mins Bow Street set up camp in the visitors' half and eventually found the break through when Evans fired home from close range to spark wild celebrations from the home crowd, players and management.

Street assistant manager Huw Bates said after the game: "This is my seventh season as part of the first team management and I'd go as far as to say as this is going into my top five victories during that time. I thought the manager got his selection and substitutions spot-on and the players delivered the game-plan perfectly. It's not every week that things all slot into place but today was just one of those days.".

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Stefano Antoniazzi, Lee Jones, Steffan Richards, Matt Pemberthy (Gwion ap Dafydd, 61), Steff Davies, Tom Williams, Paul Keegan (Iolo ap Dafydd, 75), Ifan Burrell (Daf Caruthers, 70), Dean Evans.

Friday 17th October 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Penrhyncoch 1 v 0 Bow Street

Penrhyncoch came out on top in the biggest local derby seen in Aberystwyth in recent times with over 300 people witnessing Josh Shaw's late strike securing a narrow victory against near neighbours Bow Street. The match itself was a fairly scrappy affair with neither side playing to their maximum potential but both sides would have to agree that the Magpies were unlucky not to get something out of the game.

Street had the better chances throughout the 90 minutes but found their former keeper Leigh Jenkins in superb form and he produced a string of top saves to keep Bow Street at bay.

The match turned on a series of events during a 10 minute spell deep into the second half during which Street missed two glorious chances, top scorer Dean Evans was sent off and veteran Aneurin Thomas was brought on for Penrhyn and it was his presence that created the opportunity for Shaw to fire home with less than 15 minutes remaining. Street fought hard for an equaliser but despite forcing no less than 6 corners in injury time and Tom Williams hitting the bar from a free kick, the Roosters held on for a vital three points.

Street assistant manager Huw Bates said after the game: "That's probably one of our poorer performances in recent weeks but despite that I thought we more than matched an experienced Penrhyn side in all aspects apart from the all important goals scored column. If I had to put the defeat down to anything I would call it a lack of big-game experience but as long as learn from it then there are plenty of positives we can take from the game.".

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Steff Richards, Stefano Antoniazzi, Lee Jones, Steff Davies, Matt Pemberthy (Tom Williams, 46), Iolo ap Dafydd (Ifan Burrell, 59), Daf Caruthers (Paul Keegan, 80), Gwion ap Dafydd and Dean Evans.

Satruday 25th October 2014

FAW Trophy - Round 3

Bow Street 4 v 2 Berriew

Four second half goals including a wonder-strike from veteran Nicky Smith saw Bow Street through to the next round of the FAW Trophy as they saw off Berriew 4-2 at Cae Piod.

Street were missing five members of their starting line up from their previous game for a variety of reasons and this was apparent in the first half as Street struggled to gel in the blustery conditions. Steff Davies had a good chance to break the deadlock but Street found themselves losing at half time after a fairly abject display.

The voices of Phil Evans and Huw Bates could be heard bellowing from the home dressing room at half time and whatever was said seemed to have the desired effect with Street putting their bewildered opponents to the sword in a ruthless 45 minutes of attacking football.

Ifan Burrell was like a man possessed in the second half and he equalised with a fine header within minutes of the restart and although Street were pegged back thanks to a superb strike from the Berriew centre forward, Street equalised again through Smith's fine curler. Tom Williams gave Street the lead with 10 minutes to go after Burrell was fouled in the box and with 5 minutes left on the clock Davies completed the victory after he rounded the keeper.

Bates said after the game: "Phil and I usually play the good cop/bad cop roles but today we were so appalling in the first half that the lads had a double dose of bad cop at half time! However, in fairness they all took it on the chin and to a man, especially Ifan Burrell, were all superb in the second half and I thought we thoroughly deserved our victory.".

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Steff Richards, Lee Jones, Matt Pemberthy, Gwion Pugh-Jones (Neil Evans, 59), Tom Williams, Gwion ap Dafydd, Nick Smith, Paul Keegan (James Scarratt, 76), Steff Davies and Ifan Burrell (Huw Bates, 86).

Saturday 1st November 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Bow Street 1 v 5 Llanfair United

Bow Street's excellent start to the season was stalled on Saturday after league leaders Llanfair put in a ruthless second half performance to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. For the third time this campaign Street were without five of their starting eleven and as a result reserve team stalwart James Scarrat started in midfield and the Magpies' bench was made up of promising youngsters Osian Burrell, Tomos Wyn Roberts and Joe Williams.

However, despite not being full strength Street more than matched their opponents in the first half and deservedly took the lead through a well worked free kick which ended in Lee Jones scoring from just outside the box. On the verge of half time Street thought they had doubled their lead when Dean Evans fired home from close range but was adjudged to have been off side and almost immediately the visitors equalised after Street failed to clear their lines.

Bow Street started the second half positively and with over an hour gone in the match looked set to keep their unbeaten home run going but two catastrophic defensive errors saw Llanfair score two goals in quick succession although Ifan Burrell tested the keeper late on, two further late goals rubbed salt into the Magpies' wounds.

Street assistant manager Huw Bates said after the game: "Sometimes you just have to recognise that you've been beaten by a better side and that is definitely what happened today. Obviously missing a few players coupled with a few really poor decisions in defence didn't help but overall we just can't complain about the result and are already looking forward to our next game.".

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Steff Richards, Stefano Antoniazzi, Lee Jones, Tom Williams (Joe Williams, 46), James Scarrott (Osian Burrell, 67), Matt Pemberthy (Tom Wyn Roberts, 79), Ifan Burrell, Dean Evans and Gwion ap Dafydd.

Saturday 8th November 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Rhosgoch 3 v 2 Bow Street

Bow Street slumped to their third league defeat in a row on Saturday as they went down 3-2 to high flying Rhosgoch.

Street played well during the first half in blustery conditions and took a slender lead into the break courtesy of a Iolo ap Dafydd goal.

However, in the second half it was a different story and in an unusual twist of fate, ap Dafydd was forced to don the gloves shortly after Rhosgoch’s equaliser as keeper Ian Evans was forced off the field for a much needed comfort break. Evans returned ten minutes later and pulled off a couple of excellent saves but two late goals sealed the home side’s victory despite a late fightback from the Magpies which saw Joe Williams net his first goal of the season.

Street assistant Huw Bates said: “This is the fourth game this season where we have been without at least four of our starting eleven. We have lost three of those games and that just about sums it up. We have a tough winter ahead but I’m confident that if the lads stick together and dig their heels in we can quickly turn things around and start to climb the table again.”.

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Steff Richards, Lee Jones, Stefano Antoniazzi, Iolo ap Dafydd (Connor Murphy, 68), Gwion ap Dafydd, Tom Williams (Joe Williams, 76), Paul Keegan (Nat Burrell, 81), Ifan Burrell and Nick Smith

Saturday 15th November 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Bow Street 2 v 0 Montgomery

Bow Street secured a crucial 2-0 victory on Saturday at home to Montgomery despite having lost key players Steff Davies and Gwion ap Dafydd to Haverfordwest and Llanidloes respectively only days beforehand. With Iolo ap Dafydd, Nicky Smith and Daf Caruthers missing through injury or trips to Belgium to watch Wales play, Phil Evans called up veteran Stephen Harrison into the squad and recalled Mark Evans in goal in order to free up Ian Evans as an outfield player.

Although Street were the better side in the first half, Monty defended resolutely and the match was goalless at half time.

The pattern of the game continued into the second half but the deadlock was broken when Ifan Burrell outmuscled the visiting defence to curl a well-placed shot around the keeper to make the important breakthrough. Street rode their luck for the rest of the game as Monty pushed hard for an equaliser but a sweet Paul Keegan free kick sealed the victory in the closing minutes.

Matchwinner Keegan said after the game: "I haven't been firing on all cylinders recently but hopefully today represents a turning point in both my season and the team's season as we look to climb the table."

Bow Street: Mark Evans, Neil Evans, Stefano Antoniazzi, Steff Richards, Tom Williams (Joe Williams, 63), Matt Pemberthy, James Scarratt (Stephen Harrison, 78), Paul Keegan, Dean Evans (Ian Evans, 73) and Ifan Burrell.

Saturday 22nd November 2014

FAW Trophy - Round 3

Bow Street 4 v 5 Glantraeth

Match report unavailable.

Saturday 29th November 2014

Spar Mid Wales League - Division 1

Waterloo 2 v 3 Bow Street

Bow Street secured a vital victory on the road on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Waterloo and move up into 7th place in the league.

Street were the better side during the opening 30 minutes but sloppy defending from a corner saw them go into the interval 1-0 down.

However, Street came out in the second half full of life and with veteran Nicky Smith marshalling the defence and Adam Thomas dominating the middle of the park the Magpies gradually started to crank up the pressure on the home side. The deadlock was broken just before the hour mark when Thomas rifled home a thunderbolt from 25 yards. Street quickly regrouped and took the lead five minutes later when Ifan Burrell capitalised on a defensive error to run from the half way line to slot home. The game then took a farcical turn when Burrell again found himself through on goal only to be felled by Waterloo's full back. With the linesman flagging furiously the Waterloo player started trudging off the pitch to await the inevitable red card but to everyone's amendment the referee took no further action other than a free kick. Still, Street continued to persevere and a perfect through-ball from Tom Willliams put Burrell away for the third time and he made no mistake to seal the victory, despite a late consolation for the home side.

Captain for the day Dean Evans said after the game: "We never really got out of third gear in the first half but we had a good chat at half time and then cranked things up a notch in the second half which helped gain us a really important three points. I thought most of the lads did great today but a special mention has to go to Adam Thomas who hasn't played much this year but he showed today why he's such an important part of the squad.".

Bow Street: Mark Evans (Ian Evans, 46), Steff Richards, Lee Jones, Matt Pemberthy, Nick Smith, Tom Williams, Adam Thomas, Iolo ap Dafydd, Paul Keegan (Joe Williams, 73), Ifan Burrell (Gwion Pugh Jones, 80), Dean Evans.

Saturday 6th December 2014

Spar Mid Wales League Cup - Round 1

Borth United 0 v 6 Bow Street

Bow Street made light work of a potentially tricky tie against Borth in the first round of the League Cup as they notched up a comprehensive 6-0 away victory.

The match was effectively over as a contest within half an hour as the Magpies raced into a three goal lead courtesy of a Paul Keegan strike which was sandwiched by Dean Evans' opener and a later penalty after Ifan Burrell was poleaxed in the box.

Street took their foot off the gas for the remainder of the first half but were unstoppable in the second period and added further goals from Iolo ap Dafydd, Burrell and man of the match Tom Williams.

Street assistant manager Huw Bates said after the game: "There had been a lot of talk about a major upset before the game and in fairness to the lads they treated Borth with the utmost respect and as a result did a thoroughly professional job to see us through to the next round. There were a lot of good performances out there but Tom Williams absolutely ran the show from start to finish and I'll be expecting a lot more games like that from him between now and the rest of the season."

Bow Street: Ian Evans, Neil Evans, Tom Wyn, Matt Pemberthy, Tom Williams, Joe Williams, Iolo ap Dafydd (Gwion Pugh-Jones, 75), Paul Keegan (Stephen Harrison, 71), Dean Evans (Osian Burrell, 82), Ifan Burrell.