1st Team Match Reports 2007/08

 

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  1. 1 1st Team Match Reports 2007/08
    1. 1.1 Bow Street - 1 Vs 4 - Newtown Res 16/05/2008 League Cup Final
    2. 1.2 Bow Street - 5 Vs 1 - Llanrhaeadr 13/05/2008
    3. 1.3 Llanrhaeadr - 3 Vs 4 - Bow Street 10/05/2008
    4. 1.4 Bow Street - 3 Vs 2 - Caersws Res 07/05/2008
    5. 1.5 Llanidloes - 0 Vs 5 - Bow Street 05/05/2008 League Cup Semi Final
    6. 1.6 Waterloo Rovers - 2 Vs 6 - Bow Street 02/05/2008
    7. 1.7 Aberystwyth University - 3 Vs 2 - Bow Street 28/04/2008
    8. 1.8 Bow Street - 8 Vs 2 - Knighton 26/04/2008
    9. 1.9 Bow Street - 7 Vs 0 - Carno 23/04/2008
    10. 1.10 Bow Street - 6 Vs 0 - Presteigne 19/04/2008
    11. 1.11 Bow Street - 3 Vs 3 - Berriew 12/04/2008
    12. 1.12 Kerry - 2 Vs - 5 - Bow Street 05/04/2008
    13. 1.13 Bow Street - 4 - Vs - 3 - Presteigne - 24/03/2008
    14. 1.14 New Saints Res - 4 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street - 21/03/2008
    15. 1.15 Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 2 - Llanidloes - 08/03/2008
    16. 1.16 Llanfyllin - 0 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street - 01/03/2008
    17. 1.17 Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Four Crosses - 23/02/2008
    18. 1.18 Aber Res - 1 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street - 16/02/2008 (Cup)
    19. 1.19 Hay St. Mary's - 3 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street - 09/02/2008 (Cup)
    20. 1.20 Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Carno - 26/01/2008 (League Cup)
    21. 1.21 Llanfyllin - 2 - Vs - 3 - Bow Street - 12/01/2008 Senior Challenge Cup (After extra time)
    22. 1.22 Bow Street- 5 - Vs - 4 - Tywyn Bryncrug- 29/12/2007
    23. 1.23 Newbridge - 6 - Vs - 3 - Bow Street - 22/12/2007
    24. 1.24 Presteigne - 5 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street - 01/12/2007
    25. 1.25 Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 2 - UWA - 24/11/2007
    26. 1.26 Aberystwyth Reserves - 0 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street - 16/11/2007
    27. 1.27 Four Crosses - 1 - Vs - 3 - Bow Street - 10/11/2007
    28. 1.28 Bow Street- 2 - Vs - 3 - Newbridge - 03/11/2007
    29. 1.29 Bow Street- 4 - Vs - 0 - Waterloo - 27/10/2007
    30. 1.30 Knighton- 2 - Vs - 4 - Bow Street - 20/10/2007
    31. 1.31 Bow Street- 4 - Vs - 0 - Kerry- 13/10/2007
    32. 1.32 Berriw - 3 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street- 06/10/2007
    33. 1.33 Newtown Res - 4 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street- 28/09/2007
    34. 1.34 Bow Street- 1 - Vs - 2 - New Saints Res- 22/09/2007
    35. 1.35 Caersws Res - 1 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street- 15/09/2007
    36. 1.36 Llanidloes - 0 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street - 07/09/2007
    37. 1.37 Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 2 - Newtown Reserves - 01/09/2007
    38. 1.38 Bow Street - 2 - Vs - 3 - Aberystwyth Reserves - 29/08/2007
    39. 1.39 Carno- 1 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street- 25/08/2007
    40. 1.40 Tywyn Bryncrug- 3 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street- 22/08/2007
    41. 1.41 Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Llanfyllin - 18/08/2007
    42. 1.42 Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Rhaeader FC - 10/08/2007 (Pre-season friendly)
    43. 1.43 Bow Street FC - 0 - Vs - 4 - Wednesfield Town FC - 04/08/2007 (Pre-season friendly)
    44. 1.44 Newcastle Emlyn - 3 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street FC - 28/07/2007 (Pre-season friendly)
    45. 1.45 Penrhyncoch - 4 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street FC - 16/07/2007 (Pre-season friendly)

Bow Street - 1 Vs 4 - Newtown Res 16/05/2008
League Cup Final

Bow Street fell at the final hurdle in the League Cup as they lost 4-1 after extra time against Newtown in Llanidloes. The final scoreline doesn’t do the Magpies any justice whatsoever after they launched a stirring second half fightback to send the game into extra time. Not for the first time this season Street conceded within the first 5 minutes when Richie Evans capitalised on a defensive mistake to finish brilliantly. The rest of the half remained goalless but Newtown’s Dave Jones was certainly the busier keeper as he pulled off several decent saves to keep the Magpies at bay. Street signified their intentions early in the second half by introducing attacking midfielder Clint Middleton with almost immediate reward as Philip Evans was put through on goal only to fire narrowly wide. Dave Jones pulled off another fine save off a corner soon after but this spell of continuous Bow Street pressure finally resulted in a breakthrough when Middleton blasted the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards. The goal inspired Street who then went for the jugular by sacrificing defensive midfielder Peter James for frontman Gerwyn Loosley but despite being the better side for the rest of regulation time Street couldn’t get the all important second goal and had to endure a period of intense pressure form Newtown in the dying minutes to force the game into extra time. Unfortunately for Bow Street the extra 30 minutes proved the be a bridge too far as Newtown scored two early goals from set pieces and then caught the Magpies with a further sucker punch as Street pushed men forward in the hope of getting back into the game. Bow Street will be disappointed with the final scoreline but everyone who witnessed the game will have been impressed how far the small village club has progressed over their inaugural season at this level. Street manager Huw Bates had nothing but praise for his beleaguered troops “Gerwyn and I had a game plan tonight that very nearly worked but unfortunately at this level, nearly isn’t good enough. We started off quite defensively in the hope of keeping the game tight and then introducing some of our more attacking players in the second half to win the game for us. Unfortunately conceding so early wasn’t in the script but in the second half, and particularly after Clint came on we really took the game to them and deservedly equalised. On reflection we needed to polish things off in the 90 minutes but it wasn’t to be. I can’t fault any of the lads tonight and indeed over the whole season they have performed beyond the call of duty week in week out and both Gerwyn and I are extremely proud of all of them. Many congratulations to Newtown and also to Llanidloes for hosting a fantastic occasion.”. Street Captain Philip Evans was similarly impressed with his side’s efforts “We really couldn’t have put much more into the game today and on another day we may have had that bit of luck that would have seen us nick a winner in full time, but putting things in perspective, to finish fifth in the league and come runners up in the league cup is an excellent return in the Club’s first season and I’m very proud to have been a part of it.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, M. Evans (M. Williams 90), P. James (G. Loosley 78), M. Gornall, M. Evans (C. Middleton 53), D. Middleton, D. Davies, A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs P. Benjamin and G. Evans).


Bow Street - 5 Vs 1 - Llanrhaeadr 13/05/2008

Bow Street finished off their inaugural Spar Mid Wales League campaign with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Llanrhaedr to guarantee themselves at least 5th position in the league. On a beautiful evening at Cae Piod, Street started well with Andrew Carree and Tony Jones both impressing on the left hand side and good work from Jones saw Street win a corner in the opening minute. Mark Gornall then duly whipped the ball in to Gerwyn Loosley’s feet who made no mistake from close range to give the Magpies the perfect start. Street struggled to find their rhythm throughout much of the first half but Jones was a constant threat and with Mark “Truck” Evans controlling the defence, Street never looked likely to relinquish their lead which was doubled after 35 minutes by Darren Middleton’s low drive. Jones added a third with a powerful header just before half time and then made the game safe with a long range strike on the hour. Captain Phil Evans netted his 25th goal of the season just before the final whistle and despite a late consolation goal for Llanrhaedr, Street can be pleased with their evening’s work. Street manager Huw Bates paid his side several compliments after the final whistle “To be honest I’m running out of superlatives for the way the boys have performed this season. To rack up 66 points from 34 games in our first season at this level is without question a great achievement and to score over 100 goals along the way is a very nice bonus! It has definitely been a steep learning curve for us but in the past couple of months in particular we have really started to find our feet and have scored a lot of goals along the way.”. Bates added “I am very hopeful that all of the current squad will re-sign at the start of next season and I think that with 2 or 3 new signings we can at the very least consolidate our position in the table next year.”. Chairman Wyn Lewis was brimming with pride after his side’s latest victory “Huw, Gerwyn and the lads deserve all the praise they will get for their final league position this year. I don’t think many people expected us to come in the top half of the table, let alone in the top 5 and to make a cup final as well is superb. I’m looking forward to next season already!”

Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (P. Benjamin 72), C. Middleton, M. Gornall (M. Williams 59), T. Jones, D. Middleton, G. Loosley (G. Evans 78), A. Carree, P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs P. James and M. Evans).


Llanrhaeadr - 3 Vs 4 - Bow Street 10/05/2008

Bow Street secured another three points on their travels with a 4-3 away win to Llanrhaedr in their penultimate league game of the season. Street, who apparently travelled to the game in helicopters, made a decent start to the game but it was Llanrhaedr who opened the scoring against the run of play in the 7th minute after Nathan Bennett scored an unfortunate own goal. However, Street were level 3 minutes later when Andrew Carree volleyed home from the edge of the box and Street then took the lead when Tony Jones fired home from an almost identical position. Street went into half time 3-1 ahead after Nicky Smith went through on goal and coolly slotted home but having dominated the first half, the blazing sunshine started to take its toll on the Magpies as Llanrhaedr clawed their way back into the game during the second period and with 5 minutes left of the match they had managed to bring the scores level and it was the home side who looked more likely to take maximum points from the game. However, an intelligent through ball from Club Captain Peter James put Tony Jones through on goal who drilled the ball into the bottom corner to give Street a superb victory. A win against Llanrhaedr on Tuesday night will guarantee Bow Street 5th place in the league in what has been a truly remarkable debut season at this level. Asked about the helicopter rumour Street manager Huw Bates said “That is something between me and my players and was just a small thank you for the incredible amount of time and effort they have put into making this season a success. I would also like to thank Bob Williams and Llanrhaedr FC generally for the fantastic way in which they accommodated us today and my little project certainly wouldn’t have been possible without their support and cooperation. ”. Bates added “Today’s game showed exactly how far we have come in the past few months because at the start of the season we would have capitulated under the pressure Llanrhaedr put us under in the second half. I didn’t realise quite how tough the conditions were until I saw how exhausted the lads were in the dressing room afterwards and therefore I really can’t understate how proud they should be of themselves to grind out a victory like that which sets us up nicely for our final league game of the season on Tuesday night and the league Cup final on Friday night.”

Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones (D. Davies 46), M. Evans, P. James, M. Gornall, T. Jones, D. Middleton, M. Williams, A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: P. Benjamin, G. Evans and D. Lewis).


Bow Street - 3 Vs 2 - Caersws Res 07/05/2008

Bow Street followed up their league cup semi-final win with a hard fought victory over Caersws on Wednesday night. Tony Jones was the match-winner with two quality goals but ultimately it was Street’s versatility in defence that won them the game with regular strike partnership Phil Evans and Andrew Carree both starring in a rearguard action in the second half. Bow Street initially struggled to get organised in defence and fell a goal behind after Caersws broke the offside trap after Street failed to clear their lines. However, 5 minutes later Jones scored with a fierce strike from the edge of the box to level the match. Just before half time Darren Middleton met a Mark Gornall corner with a bullet header to give Street the lead and on the hour Jones scored a superb individual effort that appeared to have wrapped up the points for the Magpies. Caersws had other ideas and pulled a goal back from a late corner and hit the post in the last minute during a nail-biting finale. To the relief of the Street players and management the final whistle came before the visitors could equalise and on the whole the Magpies will feel that they deserved to be victorious. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly relieved to hang on to maximum points: “This is another big scalp for us today as Caersws are one of the four teams in this league with a side in the Welsh Premier League and on the whole I think we deserved the three points. I rested a couple of boys today and had to ask Phil and Andrew to play most of the match in defence and they didn’t let me down.”. Street stalwart Andrew Jones was also thrilled to bits with the result “We really had to dig deep today and it’s great to come away with the points. We’ve played a lot of games recently and we could all do with a break but if we keep working this hard in our remaining fixtures we’ll finish the season on a high.”. Street’s next fixture is on Saturday away to Llanrhaedr but rumour has it that they will just be making a flying visit.

Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, M. Evans, P. Benjamin (G. Loosley 46), M. Gornall, C. Middleton, D. Middleton (P. James 89), T. Jones, P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs: I. Evans, G. Evans and D. Davies).


Llanidloes - 0 Vs 5 - Bow Street 05/05/2008
League Cup Semi Final

Bow Street have made it through to the final of the League Cup Final at the first attempt following a 5-0 victory over Llanidloes at Newtown on Monday evening. Street started poorly and only an excellent save from Nathan Bennett prevented Llanidloes from taking the lead in the opening exchanges and after a scrappy 35 minutes the match remained goalless. Five minutes later Bow Street were 4-0 ahead following four deadly free kicks from Mark Gornall which all resulted in a goal. Phil Evans netted his 24th goal of the season to open the scoring after an excellent far post header from Peter James and then Evans turned provider as he flicked on Gornall’s free kick to allow Darren Middleton to slot home. James then got on the end of another teasing Gornall cross to add a third before Clint Middleton scored the best goal of the game with a left footed volley from the edge of the box. Street managed to keep a clean sheet in the second half despite being down to ten men after Mark Evans received his marching orders for two bookable offences but with Darren Middleton ably slotting in at centre half alongside man of the match Andrew Jones, Street held firm to secure their passage into the final and even managed a further goal at the other end when Gerwyn Loosley unselfishly set up fellow substitute Martin Williams to score from close range. Street manager Huw Bates was overjoyed with his side’s achievements: “I don’t think it will sink in that we have made the final for at least a few days and obviously I’m extremely proud of what the lads have achieved today and throughout our first season at this level. We struggled to take control of the game today but Mr Gornall’s left foot and some clinical finishing saw us through and now the whole of the Club can look forward to a very prestigious Cup Final next Friday.”. Chairman Wyn Lewis was in equally high spirits: “If someone had offered me a top 6 finish and a cup final at the start of the season I would have bitten their hands off. It really is a dream start to what I hope is a very long stint in the Spar Mid Wales league.”. Street will play Newtown in the Cup Final at Llanidloes on Friday 16th May at 7.00pm." Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (N. Smith 62), M. Evans, A. Jones, P. James (G. Loosley 68), D. Middleton, M. Gornall, P. Evans (M. Williams 78), C. Middleton (Unused subs P. Benjamin and G. Evans).


Waterloo Rovers - 2 Vs 6 - Bow Street 02/05/2008

Bow Street bounced back from last week's defeat to the University with an emphatic 6-2 away victory at Waterloo. Not for the first time this season Street started slowly and were behind after only three minutes after a crisp drive into the top corner of the net to the disgust of keeper Nathan Bennett. Waterloo had further chances in the first ten minutes but failed to capitalise while they were on top and this proved costly as Tony Jones spent the rest of the match terrorising the Waterloo defence and had a hand in the majority of Street's six goals. Street equalised when Phil Evans met a Jones cross at the back post with verteran striker Martin Williams being in the right place to bury the rebound after the keeper could only parry Evans' effort into his path. Evans added a second with an accurate header before Mark Evans scored an excellent third with a low drive into the bottom corner. In the second half Williams completed his hattrick with two cool finishes which sandwiched Mark Evans' second of the game and despite a late consolation goal from Waterloo, Street will be generally happy with their night's work. Street manager Huw Bates was pleased with Street's overal performance but still expressed some concerns about conceding yet another early goal "Once again we conceded in the first 5 minutes and if i'm being honest we could have been two or three down before we woke up and got a grip of the game. When we score 6 at the other end it's not so much of a problem but one day a sloppy start is going to cost us and this really is something we need to address next season.". Bates added:"Despite the bad start, for an hour we played some lovely football and Tony Jones was at his brilliant best for much of the game. The two Mark Evans' were both superb today and have given me severe selection headaches for Monday's semi-final and what can i say about Martin Williams apart from that i hope he'll consider a few more guest appearances next season!" Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans, M. Evans, A. Jones, C. Middleton, D. Middleton, P. James (P. Benjamin 60), M. Williams (I. Evans 80), P. Evans, T. Jones (Unused subs: G. Evans and H. Bates).


Aberystwyth University - 3 Vs 2 - Bow Street 28/04/2008

Bow Street suffered their first defeat of the month on Monday night when they went down 3-2 to the University at Cae Piod. Street started slowly for the second game in succession and fell behind to a free header with only 10 minutes on the clock. Ten minutes later the University doubled their lead from the penalty spot after a foul in the area from Nicky Smith and although Street rallied for the remainder of the half the score remained 2-0 to the visitors at the interval. Street introduced Andrew Carree at half time and within 3 minutes had pulled a goal back through Gerwyn Loosley. Carree then drew the scores level with a lob over the Uni goalkeeper but almost immediately the University scored on the counter attack to make the game 3-2. Street threw everything at the University in the final stages but they held firm to secure victory. Street manager Huw Bates was in philosophical spirits after the match “Looking at the bigger picture we have a much bigger fish to fry when we take on Llanidloes in the semi-final of the league cup next week. However, there is no disguising the fact that we started incredibly slowly again and despite playing ok at the start of the second half we had left ourselves with too much to do. Full credit to the Uni as we didn’t really deserve to get anything out of the game but hopefully this defeat will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Davies, P. James (A. Carree 46), G. Loosley (M. Williams 61), C. Middleton, D. Middleton, M. Gornall, T. Jones, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: M. Evans, G. Evans and P. Benjamin).


Bow Street - 8 Vs 2 - Knighton 26/04/2008

Having scored 6 and 7 goals in their previous two games Bow Street went one better on Saturday when they dispatched relegation threatened Knighton 8-2 at Cae Piod. Phil Evans scored his second hattrick in 8 days to continue an incredible month for the Bow Street captain in which he has scored 8 goals in 5 games despite playing two of those games at centre half. Street started the match badly and were 1-0 down after only a minute following a catelougue of errors. It took Street over 15 minutes to draw level through a Peter James diving header and then took the lead through a back post bullett header through Evans but all in all Street were disappointing throughout the majority of the first 45 minutes. Fortunately for all Magpies supporters Street emerged from the dressing room a vastly imporved team and almost immediately extended their lead through a stunning goal from Darren Middleton. Evans scored his second with a left footed volley into the top right hand corner before Gerwyn Loosley snatched a fifth with a neat lob. More defensive indecision saw Knighton pull a goal back but shortly afterwards Evans completed his hattrick and Middleton scored his second and the team's seventh to put the game out of Knighton's reach. In the last minute Peter James added an eigth goal with a speculative effort from deep inside his own half to cap a great week for the Magpies in which they have scored 21 goals in three games. Bow Street Chairman Wyn Lewis was clearly delighted with another high scoring performance: "The past three home games have been a real treat for me and all other Bow Street supporters. The boys are playing some really good stuff at the moment and the goals are flying in. Whatever happens during the rest of this season I think I can safely say that our inaugral season at this level has been a success but if we can make the league cup final as well that would really put the icing on the cake." Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans, P. Benjamin (M. Williams 58), A. Jones, P. James, D. Middleton, M. Gornall (S. Harrison 77), T. Jones (G. Loosley 55), P. Evans, C. Middleton (Unused subs G. Evans and H. Bates)


Bow Street - 7 Vs 0 - Carno 23/04/2008

Bow Street secured their biggest win of the season last Wednesday night with a 7-0 thrashing of Carno. Having beaten reigning league champions Presteigne 6-0 in their previous fixture Street were keen to avoid complacency against their lowly visitors and the sizeable crowd which included "ground-hoppers" from as far afield as Stoke and Devon were not disappointed as Street produced a thoruoughly efficient display that keeps them in the hunt for a top 5 finish in their first season at this level. The Street management had packed the midfield with Peter James, Darren Middleton and Mark Gornall dominating proceedings in the middle of the park which freed up wide men Tony Jones and Clint Middleton who provided the crosses for top scorer Philip Evans and veteran James to give Street an early two goal advantage. Gornall put Street further ahead from the penalty spot after Jones was felled in the box and then Jones himself scored with a sweet strike on the turn to give the Magpies a four goal advantage at half time. Unlike their second half against Presetigne, Street refused to take their foot off the pedal in the second half and were rewarded with further goals from Darren Middleton, Nicky Smith and Paul Benjamin to seal a win which sees them break the 50 point barrier in the league. Street manager Huw Bates was understandably delighted with the result: "To win 7-0 at this level is obviously fantastic but I was more pleased with the fact that we kicked on in the second half and really killed the game off. In fairness we could have easily hit double figures but this performance certainly bodes well for the remainder of the season.". Street assistant manager Gerwyn Evans added: "We tried out a new formation this evening and it couldn't have worked much better. The midfield trio of James, Gornall and Middleton complimented each other brilliantly which allowed Tony (Jones) and Clint (Middleton) to terrorise the Carno defence. With Phil (Evans) working his socks off up front on his own and the defence keeping a second consecutive clean sheet I can't really ask for much more from the lads at the moment and long may it continue!" Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Davies, P. Benjamin, P. James, C. Middleton (G. Loosley 59), D. Middleton, M. Gornall (M. Williams 59), T. Jones, P. Evans (G. Evans 81), N. Smith (Unused sub: M. Evans).


Bow Street - 6 Vs 0 - Presteigne 19/04/2008

Phil Evans was the hero for Bow Street as his hattrick helped them secure an impressive 6-0 victory against reigning champions Presteigne. Street were always in control and were 2-0 up within 20 minutes thanks to a neat finish and an accurate header from Evans. Street went further ahead through Mark Gornall’s third penalty of the season after Tony Jones forced a handball in the box and then Evans completed his hattrick with a far post header from a Gornall corner. Mark Evans scored the best goal of the game just before half time when he rifled the ball into the top corner from long range after an accurate pass from Clint Middleton to leave Street 5-0 ahead at half time. Street were understandably lacklustre in the second half and could only add a solitary goal to their lead when Tony Jones scored a late penalty but all in all Street will be delighted to gain another three points in an ever more encouraging debut season at this level. Street manager Huw Bates was realistic about his side’s performance: “We were fairly pedestrian in the second half but in fairness the lads had got the job done within the first half hour and full credit to Phil for securing his first hattrick at this level.”. Unused sub Peter James was keen to ensure that Street kept up the momentum for the rest of the season: “With Newbridge having gone off the boil recently there is a little mini-league developing with 4 or 5 teams all fighting for the coveted fourth position and more importantly, fighting to end the season as the top side outside the big three Premier reserve teams. We’re on a decent run at the moment and if we can maintain our commitment to the cause there is no reason why we can’t end the season on a high.”. Street’s next match is at home to Carno on Wednesday evening. Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans, P. Benjamin, A. Jones (I. Evans 81), C. Middleton, D. Middleton (G. Evans 71), M. Gornall (G. Loosley 58), T. Jones, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: P. James and H. Bates).


Bow Street - 3 Vs 3 - Berriew 12/04/2008

Bow Street came from behind to secure a valuable point against in-form Berriw despite being down to ten men for over half an hour. Street were excellent going forward in the first half but two defensive howlers gifted Berriw two goals to leave the game delicately poised at two goals each at half time. Street’s goals came from a Berriw own goal after a delicious free kick from Mark Gornall and then through a brilliant long range effort from Darren Middleton following good support play from the hard working Tony Jones. However, although Street had been lacklustre in many departments in the first half they started the second half far more fired up and were unlucky to go behind after 51 minutes. Just over 5 minutes later Andrew Carree was sent off for an innocuous off the ball incident and were then forced to substitute Mark Gornall after he was clattered from behind by the Berriw midfield. Enter Bow Street legend and Club Captain Peter James. With the odds heavily in Berriw’s favour James took matters into his own hands and started dominating the midfield both in the air, in the tackle and with some accurate passing. At the back, team captain Philip Evans was in commanding form against a Berriw attack who had been in free scoring form in constant weeks but Evans, supported superbly by the rejuvenated Dafydd Davies, thwarted attack after attack and with 11 minutes to go Street forced a corner which James headed powerfully into the back of the net to bring the scores level. Bow Street clung on for a point thanks to a last minute wonder-save from Nathan Bennett to the delight of a large Cae Piod crowd. Street manager Huw Bates was overjoyed with the result: “At half time we had a major blood-letting in the dressing room and a lot of the boys got a few things off their chests but it turned out to be a very positive experience as it gave some of the lads the impetus and motivation to go out and grind out a well deserved point.”. Bates also paid tribute to his two Captains: “Both Pete and Phil were absolutely magnificent today and it is great to know that when the chips are down there are blokes like them in the squad who can produce such inspirational performances.”. Bow Street’s next game is against reigning league champions Presteigne on Saturday at Cae Piod. Kick off 2.30pm. Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (G. Loosley 54), C. Middleton, P. Bonner (P. Benjamin 74), T. Jones, D. Middleton, M. Gornall (P. James 61), A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused sub: G. Evans).


Kerry - 2 Vs - 5 - Bow Street 05/04/2008

Bow Street secured an important away win on Saturday against a lowly Kerry side fighting desperately to avoid relegation. Street struggled to adapt to the poor playing surface and found themselves 2-1 down after Kerry capitalised on two Bow Street mistakes to cancel out Clint Middleton's opener. However, the Magpies were leading 3-2 at half time after a Tony Jones double who capitalised on good work by Darren Middleton and Gerwyn Evans who was making his first start of the season. Street dominated the second half and ended up winning by 5 goals to 2 although the winning margain could have been a lot higher. Street's other goals came from Captain Philip Evans who headed home an Andrew Carree cross and then Carree also got his name onto the score sheet with a sweet free kick. Bow Street assistant manager Gerwyn Evans was delighted with his side's second half performance in particular: "On a personal level it's nice to have a run out but getting the three points was all that mattered today. It took us a while to get into the game but in the second half we really turned the screw and probably should have won by a few more goals.". Street manager Huw Bates was also pleased with his team's attitude and resolve in a fixture that could certainly have been described as a potential banana skin:"Preparations for today's game were far from ideal and i ended up having to play both of my regular centre forwards in defence. Having said that they still both managed to get on the score sheet!". Bates added "In games like today it's sometimes important to grind out a result rather than always looking to play fancy football and although it took some of the lads about 35 minutes to realise that today, in the end they all pulled together and secured a very important three points for the Club." Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, M. Evans, P. James, C. Middleton, T. Jones, D. Middleton, G. Evans (I. Evans 70), A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: M. Gornall and H. Bates).


Bow Street - 4 - Vs - 3 - Presteigne - 24/03/2008

Bow Street Vs Presteigne: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans, P. Benjamin (G. Loosley 46), A. Jones, C. Middleton, D. Middleton, P. James (M. Williams 78), A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith. Unused Subs: M. Gornall, G. Evans and S. Harrison.


New Saints Res - 4 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street - 21/03/2008

Bow Street suffered mixed fortunes over the weekend losing heavily to TNS on Friday night but reaching the semi-finals of the league cup on Easter Monday with an extra time victory over reigning league champions Presteigne. Street can have no complaints with their loss to TNS who used their artificial pitch to their advantage and notched up four goals with no reply over the 90 minutes. Street manager Huw Bates was in a philosophical mood after the game: “We were given a stern lesson today and TNS thoroughly deserved their victory. At the end of the game the lads were cut, bruised and exhausted after their first experience on the artificial surface whereas TNS just let the ball do the work and although I don’t think they were 4 goals better than us, I really can’t have any complaints about the result. This makes Monday’s game against Presteigne even more vital and I hope that the lads don’t let themselves down on such a momentous occasion.”. Bates certainly wasn’t disappointed on Monday after his side ran out 4-3 winners after extra time to set up a semi final against Llanidloes. Street were the better team for the first 15 minutes and deservedly went ahead when Mark Evans and Nicky Smith combined well down the right hand side with Smith producing a perfect cross for Captain Philip Evans to finish well with a diving header. Presetigne were level at half time after Street failed to clear their lines but Evans and Smith once again combined brilliantly 5 minutes into the second half with Smith again producing a pinpoint cross with Andrew Carree this time producing a good finish to put Street into the lead for the second time. Presteigne rallied and took the game into extra time but Street had one more trick up their sleeves and introduced veteran Martin Williams in the hope that he would use his experience to carry Street through to the semi-finals. The Street management and supporters could not have asked for more as Williams took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored a goal in each half of extra time to book Street’s place in the semi-finals. Presetigne managed a late goal and Williams was eventually sent off for two bookable offences but it was too little too late and it will be the Magpies who will be flying the flag for the former Cambrian Tyres League teams in the semi finals. Street manager Huw Bates was understandably thrilled with the result and also the fairytale ending inspired by the ageless Williams: “When Paul Bonner pulled out of the squad this morning I gave Martin a ring to see if he fancied benching for me and in fairness he jumped at the chance. The rest as they say is history and although he is almost 42 you’d still put your mortgage on him getting a goal in the big games and he didn’t disappoint today. Having said that, although Martin will deservedly get all the headlines I think special mention has to go to Mark and Philip Evans in defence who I though were both absolutely colossal today, especially when we had to change things around in the second half.”. Chairman Wyn Lewis was overwhelmed with his side’s achievement in their first year at this level “If at the start of the season anyone had offered me being 6th place in the league and in the league cup semi final at the end of March I would have bitten their hands off. Today is an absolutely monumentous day for the club and I just hope that Huw, Gerwyn and the boys can take us one step further and secure a spot in the cup final. If that happens I will definitely have to get my chequebook out!”. Street face Llanidloes on Monday the 5th May in Newtown at 6.30pm.

New Saints Res Vs Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, M. Evans, P. Benjamin, P. Bonner, C. Middleton (I. Evans 67), D. Middleton, P. James, A. Carree (G. Evans 80), P. Evans, T. Jones. Unused sub: M. Gornall.


Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 2 - Llanidloes - 08/03/2008

Bow secured an important three points on Saturday but were made to work extremely hard by a Llanidloes side fighting desperately to avoid relegation. In atrocious conditions Street went with the wind in the first half and were deservedly two goals up at half time thanks to a neat finish from veteran Peter James and a stunning long range effort from Darren Middleton. In the second half Llanidloes used the wind to their advantage and caused the Magpies continuous problems and were soon level after scoring directly from a corner and through an own goal. However, instead of capitulating in the driving rain Street found an extra gear with substitute Clint Middleton immediately giving the Magpies added impetus on the right hand side. James then reshuffled his midfield and pushed Tony Jones up front to partner captain Philip Evans and the two combined with just over ten minutes left on the clock to allow Jones to score the winner. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly relieved to come away with three points “In such abysmal conditions the only thing that mattered today was the result. I don’t think that there’s any doubt that we are a better side than Llanidloes but the weather can be a great leveller and to their credit Llani used the wind to their advantage and could easily have come away with a point and on a different day, a shock victory.”. Bates also gave special mention to man of the match James who rolled back the years in a dogged performance: “I’ve known Pete for many years and both of us take great pleasure in ribbing each other about how the sands of time have affected us! However, in fairness, he showed today that he’s still got a few miles left in the tank and I know that he will be fighting as hard as anyone over the next couple of weeks for a starting berth in our big quarter final clash against Presteigne on Easter Monday.”. Street’s next match is at home against Caersws at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon. Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (C. Middleton 66), P. Benjamin, P. Bonner, T. Jones, D. Middleton, P. James, A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: G. Loosley and H. Bates).


Llanfyllin - 0 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street - 01/03/2008

Bow Street could only manage a point from their trip to lowly Llanfyllin but at the final whistle a goalless draw was probably a fair reflection of a poor quality game between sides which can both play a lot better. Despite a decent start Street’s final ball was substandard for the majority of the first half with only Andrew Carree’s long range shot on the turn testing the Llanfyllin goalkeeper. At the other end Llanfyllin spent long periods in the Street half but centre halves Paul Bonner and Paul Benjamin were dominant in both the air and the tackle and without them Street could quite conceivably found themselves behind at half time. The Magpies played better in the second half as the frustration shown in the first half subsided and they fought as a team to break down a resilient home defence. Street could have won the game with 20 minutes to go but Philip Evans’ shot hit the woodwork and Clint Middleton’s rebound looped just over the bar. Llanfyllin forced a series of corners in the dyeing minutes but Street held firm to secure what may turn out to be a valuable point in their quest to finish as high up the table as possible. Street manager Huw Bates was realistic about obtaining a point away from home “We didn’t play well today and in the first half we spent far too much time getting frustrated with each other rather than knuckling down to grind out a result. Things certainly improved in the second half but all the lads know that we will need to play a lot better over the next few weeks if we are going to progress in both the league and the league cup.”. Despite the lacklustre performance, Bates was keen to pay special mention to his two centre halves “I thought the two Pauls were fantastic today and if we could all have shown the same grit and determination as them I have no doubt that we would have come away with three points. “. Street’s next game is against Llanidloes at Cae Piod on March 8th. Bow Street: N.Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (M. Evans 15), P. Benjamin, P. Bonner, C. Middleton (A. Jones) 68, D. Middleton, P. James, A. Carree, P. Evans, T. Jones (G. Evans 86). Unused sub: H. Bates.


Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Four Crosses - 23/02/2008

Bow Street consolidated their position in the upper echelons of the Spar Mid Wales league with a 3-1 victory against Four Crosses on Saturday. Having beaten Aber Reserves in their last outing Street were keen to avoid complacency but were outplayed in the first 5 minutes of the game and realistically could have found themselves two goals behind were it not for some wayward finishing from the Crosses forwards. For the remainder of the first half however Street played some magnificent football and could have been several goals ahead as Tony Jones and Andrew Carree in particular tore the Crosses defence apart. Street were two goals up at half time through a brace from top scorer Philip Evans who rose like a salmon to head his first into the roof of the net and then coolly finished a slick move involving Mark “Truck” Evans and newly engaged Darren “Cheezy” Middleton. In the second half, proceedings got decidedly scrappy and both sides knew that the next goal would be absolutely crucial. Fortunately for the Magpies they scored an all important third which effectively killed off the match when Carree pulled off a sweet nutmeg and delivered a delicious ball with the outside of his left boot straight onto the head of Darren Middleton who bagged his ninth goal of the season. For Crosses continued to battle hard and got a deserved consolation when Nathan Bennett in the Street goal was beaten by a 30 yard wonder strike but this did little to dampen the Street’s spirits. Magpies manager Huw Bates was jubilant after the game: “It was crucial that we got ourselves fired up for today as there is always a danger after a victory against Aber Reserves of being complacent against lesser opposition. In fairness to the lads their attitude was exemplary today and in the first half we played some of the best football we have played since I have been at the club. I thought there were some massive performances out there, in particular from Paul Benjamin in defence, Tony Jones in midfield and Philip Evans up front but I should give special mention to Andrew Carree as the third goal was absolutely crucial and it took a special bit of skill to unlock the Crosses defence for the third time.”. Street’s next game is Llanfyllin away and a victory will see them hit the 40 point mark in their first season at this level. Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (M. Evans 78), P. Benajmin, P. Bonner, C. Middleton, D, Middleton, M. Gornall (G. Loosley 17), A. Carree, P. Evans, T. Jones (Unused sub: H. Bates).


Aber Res - 1 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street - 16/02/2008
(Cup)

Bow Street are through to the quarter-finals of the Spar Mid Wales league cup after beating Aberystwyth at Park Avenue for the second time this season. Due to various players being cup tied Aber had to field a very young side although Street too were without Nicky Smith, cup-tied Tony Jones and injured Dean Evans. Street started brightly as they sought to take advantage of their superior size and strength but to their credit Aber outplayed Street for the majority of the first half and deservedly took the lead when Sion Jones finished neatly in front of the Dias Stand. Street were back in the game less than 5 minutes later when centre half Paul Bonner finished under pressure to make the scores level at the interval. Bonner, who lifted the Emrys Morgan Cup at Park Avenue in 2006 was in commanding form in defence and he and Andrew Jones had to be at their best to stifle the Aber forwards and were ably assisted by debutant Mark Evans whose strong tackling and accurate passing must have been a welcome boost for the Street management only a week after losing youngster Dean Evans for almost certainly the rest of this season. In the second half Street dominated proceedings in midfield with former Town players Peter James and Mark Gornall dictating matters in the middle of the park and Middleton brothers Clint and Darren working tirelessly in both attack and defence. Street’s persistence finally paid off after good work from Clint Middleton down the right saw the ball land at the feet of striker Philip Evans (incidentally another former Aberystwyth Town player) who put a right foot shot passed the outstretched arms of Aber keeper Llew Hughes to give Street the lead with what proved to be the winning goal. In the dyeing seconds Aber pushed Bow Street all the way and almost sent the game into extra time but were denied by a goal-line clearance from Peter James. Magpies Assistant manager Gerwyn Evans was thrilled with the result: “To beat Aber once at Park Avenue in our first season at this level was fantastic but to do it twice is a dream. We took a bit of a gamble in midfield going for experience and grit ahead of pace down both flanks but I think in the second half this extra experience was what tipped the game in our favour and me, Huw and all the lads are really chuffed at what we’ve achieved today.”. Despite being overjoyed with the victory, second half stalwart Peter James was quick to compliment the performance of such a young Aber side “This has been a good ground for us over the past few seasons and today’s victory is incredibly important for the impetus of our season as a whole. Having said that, the Aber fans and management can be very proud of their lads today as despite a lot of their players being only 16 or 17 they pushed us all the way and gave us a big scare, especially in the first half.”. Street will play Presteigne in the quarter finals on Easter Monday at Cae Piod, Bow Street. Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. D. Davies, M. Evans (M. Evans (46), P. James, P. Bonner, D. Middleton, M. Gornall (G. Loosley 68), A. Carree, P. Evans, C. Middleton (Unused subs P. Benjamin and G. Evans)


Hay St. Mary's - 3 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street - 09/02/2008
(Cup)

Bow Street crashed out of the Central Wales to Mid Wales South League side Hay Saint Mary’s but will be more concerned about an injury to youngster Dean Evans who dislocated his knee in the 37th minute of this scrappy cup tie. Street dominated the first half an hour and should have led comfortably after several missed opportunities. A goalkeeping error allowed Andrew Carree to net his 11th goal of the season mid way through the first half but with Street failing to extend this lead, Hay were always in with a chance of causing an upset. Perhaps the turning point in the game was Evans’ injury and the break in play while an ambulance was called certainly did not help the concentration levels of the Street players but a stirring fight-back from Hay in the second half was rewarded with three goals that see the Emrys Morgan semi-finalists progress to the next round. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with his team’s performance: “In a big cup tie such as this it is crucial for a team to be in the right frame of mind. We never got ourselves up for today’s game and although we probably still should have won, I have no complaints with the result as the Hay players and crowd were both fantastic in the second half. The result pales in significance to Deano’s injury which is a huge blow to both him and the team as he has been having an excellent season, especially bearing in mind he is still only 17 years of age. We all wish him a speedy recovery and hope to have him back firing on all cylinders in the very near future.”. Street next face Aberystwyth Reserves on Saturday in the last 16 of the league cup and Bates is under no illusions about the importance of this fixture: “Saturday is without doubt our biggest game of the season and we are all very much looking forward to another opportunity to play at Park Avenue. We have managed one victory there already this season and it would be a dream to complete a prestigious double although we will certainly not be underestimating our esteemed opponents. Whatever happens I really hope that plenty of supporters of both teams will come and watch as if the last meeting between the teams is anything to go be it should be a very exciting afternoon.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (G. Evans 84), P. James (P. Bonner 68), A. Jones, D. Evans (P. Evans 37), D. Middleton, M. Gornall, A. Carree, C. Middleton, T. Jones.


Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Carno - 26/01/2008
(League Cup)

Bow Street will meet Aberystwyth Reserves in the last 16 of the Spar Mid Wales League Cup after overcoming form side Carno by three goals to one at Cae Piod on Saturday. In blustery conditions Street fared well against the wind in the first half with Mark Gornall dictating proceedings in the middle of the park and Paul Bonner and Dafydd Davies impressing on the defensive front. Street would have been happy to go in at half time on level terms knowing that they would have a strong wind behind them in the second half but they would have enjoyed their half-time cup of tea even more after taking the lead ten minutes before the break after flying full-back Davies crossed brilliantly for Andrew Carree to net his ninth goal of the season with a diving header. Street started the second half positively and adapted well to the difficult conditions although in fairness Carno always looked dangerous on the break. Nevertheless after a sustained spell of pressure Street scored the all important second goal when Gornall dispossessed the Carno centre half and before placing an accurate shot that the Carno keeper could only parry into the path of Carree who made no mistake from six yards. Street made the game safe when Clint Middleton scored with a sweet strike from at least 35 yards and although Carno scored a consolation goal deep into stoppage time it will be Street who will play Aber at Park Avenue on the 16th February. Street manager Huw Bates was understandably pleased with his team's performance: "I had no difficulty in getting the boys fired up for this one as we all knew that a win would give us another chance to play Aberystwyth at Park Avenue which for me, is the ultimate fixture at this level of football. We played some decent football today in fairly ghastly conditions and certain individuals such as Messrs Gornall, Davies and Bonner were in splendid form today.". Bates was also complimetary of two goal Andrew Carree who took his season's tally into double figures "Andrew was arguably lucky to be starting today having been suspended for our last game but he repaid me with a couple of good goals and probably should have had a couple more!". The Street players and management will now be hopeful that a large crowd will gather at Park Avenue on the 16th Feb to cheer on the Magpies as their fledgling season continues to surprise those who tipped them to struggle at this level. Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, M. Evans, D. Davies, P. Bonner, C. Middleton, D. Middleton, M. Gornall (P. James 68), A. Carree, P. Evans (S. Harrison 82), G. Loosley (D. Evans 65). Unused subs: G. Evans and H. Bates.


Llanfyllin - 2 - Vs - 3 - Bow Street - 12/01/2008
Senior Challenge Cup (After extra time)

Bow st eventually emerged worthy winners from this 3rd round tie at llanfyllin by 3 goals to 2, but it was llanfyllin that drew 1st blood when a swift counter attack saw the hosts go one up after ten minutes. Five minutes later Bow st were awarded a penalty when debutante Tony Jones was upended and Mark Gornall duly dispatched the resulting penalty sending Llanfyllin goalkeeper Wyn Evans the wrong way. Two mins later Phil Evans hit the woodwork from a speculative effort, and with Bow St dominating possession there looked like there would be only one winner. Five minutes into the second half saw the best move of the match; good work by Tony Jones saw Clint Middleton cross for brother Darren to slide his shot in from an acute angle. Bow St then showed their inability to finish a team off and conceded a late sloppy goal thus resulting in extra time. Play flowed from end to end and with penalties looming up popped big Phil Evans with a left foot wonder strike from the edge of the penalty box into the top right hand corner to send Bow Street into the fourth round with a tough tie against Hay St Marys. Bow Street: N Bennett, M Evans (N Smith105), A Jones, P Bonner, D Davies, C Middleton, D Middleton, M Gornall, D Evans (G Loosley70), M Gornall (P James98), P Evans, T Jones.


Bow Street- 5 - Vs - 4 - Tywyn Bryncrug- 29/12/2007

Bow Street bounced back from two successive defeats in the Spar Mid Wales League as they avenged an early-season loss to old adversaries Tywyn/Bryncrug with a 5-4 win. Following defeats on their travels against Presteigne and Newbridge, Huw Bates' side were determined to get their campaign back on track, in their first season at this level. On a blustery day at Cae Piod, the hosts quickly took charge against their former Aberystwyth League rivals as they went four goals-up inside the opening 20 minutes. Darren Middleton opened their account after just two minutes, before a quick-fire double from Phil Evans and a close range effort from Peter James stunned the visitors. However, having leaked 11 goals in their previous two matches, Bow Street were once again caught napping in defence as a hat-trick from Andy Roberts, including a hotly-disputed penalty, brought Tywyn back into this encounter. With half-time looming, Spar Mid Wales League Player of the Month, Dean Evans, restored Bow Street's two-goal cushion, as he unleashed a superb shot from fully 35 yards into the top corner of the net to dampen Tywyn's spirits. The second half was a much tighter affair, with resolute Bow Street defending deeper against the never-say-die visitors. Tywyn did manage to reduce the deficit from the penalty spot, with home keeper Adrian Evans unable to keep out Paul Grant's attempt, despite getting a hand to it. Bow Street had chances to cement the victory in the dying minutes, as they held on to a satisfying derby victory. This weekend, fifth-placed Bow Street will be looking to maintain their momentum when they take on Llanfyllin in the Central Wales Senior Challenge Cup, although Huw Bates' men will be very eager to tighten up defensively. Bow Street: N Bennett, D Davies, M Evans, P James, S Harrisson (A Jones 46), D Evans (G Loosley 70), D Middleton, M Gornall (Ian Evans 88), A Carree, P Evans, C Middleton.


Newbridge - 6 - Vs - 3 - Bow Street - 22/12/2007

Bow Street suffered an acute case of déjà vu on Saturday as Newbridge scored three times in the final twenty minutes to complete an important double over the Magpies. Street manager Huw Bates had informed the referee before the match that he did not believe the pitch was playable due to large parts of the ground being frozen solid but after the referee insisted that the game should go ahead, Street tried their utmost to defeat high flying Newbridge who must now be strong candidates for the league title. Having gone 2-0 and 3-1 down Bow Street did well to bring the scores level at three each and looked the more likely to go on and snatch a victory. However, after Newbridge had scored from a corner to make the score 4-3, any hopes of a Bow Street comeback were dashed when Nathan Bennett was adjudged to have handled the ball outside the box and was duly sent off. Newbridge scored from the resulting free kick and went on to score a sixth goal in the dyeing minutes to rub salt into the Bow Street wounds. Manager Bates fought hard to bite his lip after a sterling fight-back from his side was cut short by the decisions of the officials “I still can’t quite believe what I’ve just witnessed but fortunately there a still a lot of positives upon which I can concentrate today rather than talk about abject refereeing decisions. Both of my centre halves were excellent despite having limited chances in recent weeks and Clint Middleton’s first game back since serious injury was a huge success. We also scored three good goals through Dean Evans, Darren Middleton and Andrew Carree with Dean’s in particular showing why he was recently awarded the player of the month award for November. At 3-1 down things looked bleak at half time but the lads never stopped believing we could get something out of the game and if we’d converted one of our two good chances at 3-3 I have no doubt we would have gone on to win the match. Promotion to this league continues to be a very steep learning curve for us but days like today will only make us stronger for the rest of this season and seasons to come.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (G. Evans 82), P. James, S. Harrison, D. Evans (G. Loosley 73), D. Middleton, M. Gornall, C. Middleton, A. Carree, P. Evans (Unused Subs: N. Smith and I. Evans).


Presteigne - 5 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street - 01/12/2007

Bow Street suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday when they were beaten by 5 goals to nil by reigning champions Presteigne. Street started badly and soon went behind but miraculously were only trailing by a solitary goal at half time. However, 5 minutes after the restart the Magpies scored an unfortunate own goal and thereafter the flloodgates opened. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed but quick to defend his beleagured troops: "That was one of the most abject performances by a Bow Street side i have ever seen but it is incredibly hard to criticise a set of players who have won 6 of their previous 7 games. The only positive i can take from today's game is that i know we will bounce back from this next week and i am hopeful that we will see a few new faces at Cae Piod on Saturday to give the boys some support in what could prove to be a very awkward fixture against Llanidloes." Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies (G. Loosley 33), M. Evans, P. Benjamin (S. Harrison 64), P. Bonner, D. Evans (C. Middleton 68), D. Middleton, M. Gornall, A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs I. Evans and G. Evans)


Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 2 - UWA - 24/11/2007

Bow Street secured their tenth victory of the season on Saturday with a 3-2 home win against UWA. Street will be concerned about almost letting a three goal lead slip but will be delighted to secure their third win on the bounce against a decent University outfit. In difficult conditions both teams started the game at a frantic pace but Bow Street were clinical in front of goal which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides. In form strikers Andrew Carree and Philip Evans both found the back of the net with sweet strikes and Darren Middleton appeared to have made the game safe when he finished coolly from close range. However, a second half fight back from the University set up a tense final ten minutes but Street just about managed to see the game out and claim the three points. Magpies manager Huw Bates was relieved to have come away with a victory: “It was always going to be tough to emulate the kind of performance the lads produced at Park Avenue last week but in fairness they stuck to the task and just about held on at the end to bag us a very important three points.”. Street scorer Darren Middleton was thrilled to cap off an excellent month for the Magpies “Today was all about the result and I’m just glad we held on at the end. It was never going to pretty today due to the conditions and the fact that this was a local derby but we managed to score three good goals which proved to be enough in the end to secure an extremely important victory.” Street: N. Bennett, M. Evans, D. Evans, P. Benjamin, P. Bonner, G. Loosley (C. Middleton 71), D. Middleton, M. Gornall, A. Carree (G. Evans 64), P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: S. Harrison, P. James and I Evans.)


Aberystwyth Reserves - 0 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street - 16/11/2007

Bow Street produced what surely must be the shock of the season on Friday night when they defeated league leaders Aberystwyth by two goals to nil at Park Avenue. A sizeable crowd had turned up to watch this eagerly anticipated local derby and despite the miserable conditions, supporters of both teams were treated to a quality game of football although even the most ardent of Aber supporters would have gone home agreeing that Street fully deserved the three points on the night. The opening exchanges belonged to Aber as Street took a while to settle with a new look back four including former Padarn stalwart Paul Benjamin. However, Street always looked dangerous on the break with Gerwyn Loosley and Nicky Smith a constant threat down the flanks and if it wasn’t for first team regular Richard Morgan between the sticks Bow Street would have gone into the interval in the lead but the scoreline remained goalless at half time. Street started the second half well and took the lead on 49 minutes when Dean Evans scored from the penalty spot following a handball spotted by linesman John Davies. Aber tried desperately to get back into the game but were constantly thwarted by the Bow Street back line and this resilience then provided the platform for Street to score the all important second goal. Captain Philip Evans held the ball up well deep into the Aberystwyth half and found Nicky Smith down the right wing with a pinpoint pass. Smith cut inside and laid the ball off to Dean Evans who eventually found Mark Evans on the by-line. Evans skipped past one player then produced an exquisite cross with the outside of his right boot which Darren Middleton met with a firm header to score past the stranded Morgan. Despite a frantic last 15 minutes Street managed to hold on to secure a historic win. Street manager Huw Bates was brimming with pride after the match: “Nothing surprises me about this squad any more but I think tonight will certainly have shocked a few people who didn’t give us much hope of doing well in this league at the start of the season. Some of the performances out there tonight were nothing short of magnificent and I cannot praise the lads enough for what they have done for me, each other and Bow Street football club as a whole this evening.”. Bates’ assistant Gerwyn Evans added “A performance like this has been coming for a while and it’s just nice to produce it on a stage such as Park Avenue. This is a massive result for us and hopefully we can use it as a benchmark to help us keep up that level of performance for the rest of the season.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, M. Evans, P. Benjamin (C. Middleton 71), D. Davies, D. Evans (S. Harrison 86), D. Middleton, G. Loosley (Ll. Roberts 78), A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs G. Evans and I. Evans).


Four Crosses - 1 - Vs - 3 - Bow Street - 10/11/2007

Bow Street bounced back from their defeat against Newbridge last week with an excellent victory away at Four Crosses. Street rode their luck in the opening exchanges with goalkeeper Nathan Bennett making three superb saves to keep the scores level. However, it was Street who opened the lead after 36 minutes through a sublime chip from Andrew Carree. Street doubled their lead just after half time when Carree scored his second after good work from Paul Benjamin and Dafydd Davies. The game was made safe ten minutes later when Philip Evans scored his sixth goal in four matches and despite Four Crosses pulling a goal back on the break this proved to be a mere consolation as the Magpies secured their eighth win of the season. Bow Street manager Huw Bates was delighted with his team’s performance: “After the disappointment of last week we needed to bounce back this weekend and therefore I am thrilled with today’s result. Admittedly we rode our luck in the first twenty minutes but some of the football we played just after half time was absolutely fantastic and I think over the ninety minutes we were worthy winners. This win sets things up nicely for our match against Aberystwyth on Friday night and I just hope supporters of both sides will attend en masse to witness what should be a very entertaining local derby.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, P. Benjamin, M. Evans, P. James (D. Davies 33), P. Bonner, D. Evans, D. Middleton, M. Gornall (S. Harrison 86), A. Carree, P. Evans, G. Loosley (G. Evans 76) (Unused sub H. Bates).


Bow Street- 2 - Vs - 3 - Newbridge - 03/11/2007

Bow Street’s season suffered a setback on Saturday when they lost 3-2 to Newbridge having been 2-0 up with less than half an hour to play. Street produced one of their best first halves of football for a long time and led at the break through a long range Philip Evans strike. Street doubled their lead on the hour when good work from Evans set up Darren Middleton to score at the second attempt following a decent save from the Newbridge keeper. Ironically this second goal proved to be the turning point as Newbridge gambled in attack and within minutes had pulled a goal back after Street failed to clear their lines. Ten minutes later Bridge were level and with 30 second left on the clock won the game after another defensive mistake from Street. Bow Street manager was understandably disappointed with the result but proud of his teams efforts against an excellent Newbridge side enjoying a successful second season at this level of football. “This is a real sickener as for an hour we played some excellent football today and to finish up with nothing is an incredible disappointment. However, although I’m gutted with the result I cannot complain for one second about the commitment and effort shown by the lads today. We were a little naïve in that we tried to defend a two goal lead rather than continue to play in the same vein that had given us the lead in the first place but for us to once again show that we belong in the upper echelons of this division is definitely some comfort and I have no doubt the boys will do me proud once again next week.” Bow Stret: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Evans (I. Evans 61), P. James, P. Bonner, M. Evans, D. Middleton, M. Gornall, A. Carree, P. Evans (P. Benjamin 82), N. Smith (Unused subs Ll. Roberts and H. Bates)


Bow Street- 4 - Vs - 0 - Waterloo - 27/10/2007

Bow Street secured their third victory in a row on Saturday with a 4-0 win against Waterloo Rovers at Cae Piod. After the euphoria of overturning a two goal deficit last week Street were keen to produce a confident display against a Waterloo side who have produced some excellent results in recent weeks. However, the first 40 minutes were frustrating for Bow Street as time and time again Waterloo’s defence held firm and both Philip Evans and Andrew Carree had efforts cleared off the line. Street eventually took the lead through Dean Evans who produced a quality strike from the edge of the box to give Street a slender lead at half time. Bow Street stepped up a gear in the second half and made the game safe through a Phil Evans double and a late Gerwyn Loosley individual effort. Bow Street assistant Gerwyn Evans was pleased with Street’s overall performance but stressed the importance of Bow Street’s next game against high flying Newbridge “We played reasonably well today and it’s nice to get another three points on the table. However, next week’s game against Newbridge will be a totally different kettle of fish and is now a massive 6 pointer. We will certainly have to be at our best to achieve a positive result but I am confident that we have sufficient quality and belief within the squad to pull it off.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, Ll. Roberts (A. Jones 63), G. Loosley, P. James (P. Benjamin 74), P. Bonner, D. Evans (M. Evans 68), D. Middleton, M. Gornall, A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: G. Evans and D. Clarke).


Knighton- 2 - Vs - 4 - Bow Street - 20/10/2007

Bow Street secured a remarkable victory 4-2 away to Knighton on Saturday having trailed 2-0 at half time. After their 4-0 thrashing of Kerry the previous week, Street were confident of beating a Knighton side who started the day several places below them in the league. However, Street's plans were shattered during the first 45 minutes in which Knighton scored twice and managed to keep a clean sheet at the other end thanks to some excellent goalkeeping and last ditch defending. At half time Street changed formation and introduced last season's player of the year Gerwyn Loosley from the bench. The changes paid immediate dividends and within 10 minutes of the restart Street were level after Phil Evans scored twice thanks to good work from Loosley and Nicky Smith. 5 minutes later Street took the lead when Evans turned provider for Paul Bonner who slotted home from close range. With ten minutes to go Knighton came close to equalising but were thwarted by an incredible goal-line clearance from Bonner. Five minutes later Bow Street made the game safe with what must surely already be a candidate for goal of the season. Gerwyn Loosley picked the ball up in the left back position then proceeded to dribble the ball 60 yards leaving several Knighton players in his wake and then finished expertly to seal a superb victory for Street on their travels. Supersub Loosley was delighted with Street's second half performance "That last 45 minutes showed exactly what we can do when we all work together as a team and show a bit of belief in our own ability. We didnt perform in the first half but instead of panicking we all buckled down and ground out a result and i'm chuffed to bits that i managed to chip in with a goal at the end." Bow Street: N. Bennett, S. Harrison (G. Loosley 46), Ll. Roberts, P. James, P. Bonner, M. Evans (D. Evans 78). D. Middleton, M. Gornall, A. Carree, P. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: D. Daves, G. Evans, H. Bates).


Bow Street- 4 - Vs - 0 - Kerry- 13/10/2007

Bow Street ended a run of three successive defeats on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Kerry. After losses against TNS, Newtown and Berriw this was an important win for Bow Street and with a run of home fixtures in December they will be looking to use these three points as a springboard for the rest of the season. Street started brightly but were frustrated by a resolute Kerry defence for the whole of the first half, despite Kerry only having 10 players on the pitch due to transport difficulties. Street started the second half brightly and their patience was eventually rewarded when Nicky Smith burst down the right wing and crossed for Andrew Carree to score his 4th goal of the season. Street doubled their lead 10 minutes later through a glorious Darren Middleton strike and sealed the win through two cool finishes from substitute Mark Evans. Street captain Peter James was delighted with the result yet keen to ensure that he and the rest of the team do not get carried away “This was a crucial victory for us and hopefully we can now go on a decent run but it is important to remember that one swallow doesn’t make a summer and we have to keep treating every game like a cup final if we are going to do well in this league.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, Ll. Roberts, P. James, P. Bonner, D. Evans (D. Davies 71), D. Middleton (M. Evans 65), M. Gornall, A. Carree, P. Evans (G. Loosley 75), N. Smith (Unused subs: D. Clarke and G. Evans).


Berriw - 3 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street- 06/10/2007

Bow Street suffered their third consecutive defeat on Saturday when they went down 3-1 away at Berriw. Street looked the better team in the opening exchanges but were not really at the races for much of the first half, despite being reasonably comfortable in defence. The score was goalless at the interval but just afterwards Bow Street repeated their familiar trick of conceding just after half time and unfortunately this proved to be doubly costly as they found themselves 2-0 down within 5 minutes of the re-start. Berriw extended their lead soon after which finally spurred Street into a sustained spell of attacking football but their only reward was a close-range Paul Bonner effort. Street manager Huw Bates said after the game “That was one of the most disappointing performances by a Bow Street team for a very long time. No-one said that playing in a higher division was going to be easy but I think we can safely say that the honeymoon period is definitely over! It’s now time for all of us to roll our sleeves up and get back to winning ways as soon as possible.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Davies, P. James, P. Bonner, M. Evans (G. Evans 81), D. Evans (S. Harrison 58), M. Gornall, A. Carree, G. Loosley, J. Hinge (Ll. Roberts 55). (Unused subs: D. Clarke and D. Lewis).


Newtown Res - 4 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street- 28/09/2007

Bow Street suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Friday night at the hands of Newtown Reserves. The match ended 4-1 to Newtown and on the balance of play the better team won on the night but Street will be rueing several missed chances in teh first half which ultimately proved costly. Street started positively and were relieved to see Richie Evans, who had scored twice when the teams had met at Cae Piod earlier in the season, start the game on the bench. However, an injury to a Newtown centre forward saw Evans enter the field of play after only 7 minutes, by which time Bow Street were already a goal down following an error by keeper Nathan Bennett. Street had several opportunities to equalise but despite the best efforts of Liam Jones, Andrew Carree and Nicky Smith, the match remained 1-0 to the home side at the interval. The Magpies started the second half with a lot more purpose and were level within 5 minutes when excellent work from Liam Jones saw Carree finish calmly at the far post. Unfortunately, the scoreline only remained level for another 5 minutes with Newown taking the lead and then scoring two further late goals to send Bow Street home empty handed. Street manager Huw Bates was understandably disappointed with the result "I think we as a squad have to collectively take the blame for this defeat as our decisions throughout the game were nowhere near good enough and that certainly includes my own decisions. This season is a massive learning curve for all of us and i just hope we have the guile and tenacity to bounce back from this defeat next weekend." Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Davies (J. Hinge 76), P. James, P. Bonner, M. Evans (G. Loosley 71), S. Harrison (P. Evans 66), M. Gornall, A. Carree, L. Jones, N. Smith (Unused subs: D. Clarke and G. Evans).


Bow Street- 1 - Vs - 2 - New Saints Res- 22/09/2007

Bow Street’s three match unbeaten run came to end on Saturday at the hands of on-form TNS Reserves. The final score was 2-1 to the visitors but the Cae Piod faithful will not be too disheartened by this defeat against a technically excellent TNS side who will undoubtedly push Aberystwyth Town and all other challengers very close for the league title this year. Street started positively with Mark Gornall dictating matters in the middle of the park and Andrew Carree and Liam Jones causing the TNS defence problems from the outset. Street also looked very comfortable in defence with Peter James marshalling a back three which also included Andrew Jones and Dafydd Davies, ably protected by Llyr Roberts in midfield. However, on 19 minutes the unthinkable happened when, with the ball deep inside the TNS half, referee Alan Jones inexplicably pulled the play back 70 yards and awarded a free kick on the edge of the six yard box to TNS after goalkeeper used an expletive whilst berating his defence following a missed tackle. TNS duly blasted the free kick into the roof of the net to the dismay of the Street players, supporters and management. Despite this set back Street started the second half with gusto and were rewarded within ten minutes of the restart when Liam Jones was bundled over in the box and Gornall coolly dispatched the consequent penalty kick. Andrew Carree was denied a winning goal by a combination of the goalkeeper’s fingertips and the crossbar and with twenty minutes to go it was the Magpies who were playing the better football and rather than settling for a battling draw, went all out to try and grab a winner. Unfortunately this ambition proved to be Street’s downfall as TNS caught them on the break down the right wing and the ball was eventually bundled into the net following an excellent back post header by the TNS centre forward to break Street’s hearts and to continue TNS’ excellent run of recent results. Bow Street manager Huw Bates summed up his team’s performance “I think it shows exactly how far we have come this season when we are all absolutely gutted not to take something out of this match. It is important to remember that the lads were up against many players who are full and part time professionals and with that in mind, I am immensely proud with the amount of effort shown and also the way we took the game to them in the second half. It’s always disappointing to lose but I take great encouragement from today and if we can maintain that level of performance for the rest of the season we will certainly cause a few surprises along the way.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Davies, P. James, Ll. Roberts (D. Evans 74), M. Evans (G. Loosley 66), D. Middleton, M. Gornall, A. Carree, L. Jones, N. Smith (Unused subs: J. Hinge, G. Evans and H. Bates).


Caersws Res - 1 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street- 15/09/2007

Bow Street could only manage a point from their match against Caersws Reserves but will be encouraged by their second half performance against last year’s Spar Mid Wales League runners up. Street started brightly with Dean Evans and Mark Gornall both hitting the woodwork within the first two minutes and deservedly took the lead after 5 minutes when Gornall and Nicky Smith linked well to force an own goal. Street should have gone further ahead on 23 minutes when Gerwyn Loosley failed to convert a one on one with the goalkeeper and Street were then punished for some slack defending when Caersws equalised on the counter attack. A half time substitution from the Magpies saw former Aberystwyth Rugby Club regular Justin Hinge enter the fray which seemed to stabilise Street at the back and at the other end Bow Street continued to create chances with Andrew Carree, Loosley and Dylan Lewis all having the opportunity to win the game for the Cae Piod club. However, it was certainly not all one way traffic and Bow Street were saved on two occasions by the woodwork and some last ditch defending and so although both sides will be disappointed with a point, anyone watching the game would probably agree a draw was a fair reflection of the game. Unfortunately however, this hard earned point came at great cost to the Magpies who will be without Clint Middleton for the foreseeable future after he broke his collar bone in two places following an awkward fall. Man of the match Hinge was in philosophical spirits after the game “I’m really glad to have made a meaningful contribution to my home club’s encouraging start to their first ever Central Wales campaign but our thoughts are all with Clint at the moment and I just hope he makes a speedy recovery as he is an integral part of the squad, on and off the pitch.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Davies (J.Hinge 46), P. James, M. Gornall, D. Evans, D. Middleton (D. Lewis 79), C. Middleton (Ll. Roberts 56), A. Carree, G. Loosley, N. Smith (Unused subs: M. Loosley and G. Evans).


Llanidloes - 0 - Vs - 1 - Bow Street - 07/09/2007

Bow Street remained in touch with the top of the Spar Mid Wales League with a hard fought win over Llanidloes on Friday night. Llanidloes, who lost heavily to Aberystwyth Reserves in midweek looked dangerous on the counter attack for much of this closely contested game but were undone by an excellent individual effort by Andrew Carree on 19 minutes. Chances had been at a premium during the opening exchanges with Bow Street’s Nathan Bennett only troubled by speculative long range efforts and the Llani keeper rarely tested despite Bow Street dominating in midfield with Darren Middleton producing his best performance of the season and Nicky Smith terrorising the Llanidloes defence from full back. The Llanidloes defence seemed well organised when Carree picked up the ball on the edge of their box but he then turned them inside out and produced a delightful chip which looped into the net off the goalkeeper’s gloves to the delight of the large Bow Street crowd in attendance. Gerwyn Loosley had the chance to double the lead in the second half when he was put through on goal by Andrew Jones but his low drive produced a fine save from the Llani gloveman. Street then defended staunchly to hold on to their slender advantage and were grateful for a last minute wonder save from Nathan Bennett. Matchwinner Andrew Carree was in jubilant spirits after scoring the all important goal “It’s always nice to grab the headlineswith the winning goal but just as much credit needs to go to the lads who secured our first clean sheet of the season. There’s a cracking atmosphere at the club at the moment and I am really pleased to be a part of it.” Bow Street: N. Bennet, A. Jones, D. Davies, P. James, P. Bonner, D. Evans, D. Middleton (S. Harrison 88), C. Middleton (M. Evans 68), A. Carree, G. Loosley (M. Gornall 71), N. Smith. Unused subs: Ll. Roberts and D.Lewis.


Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 2 - Newtown Reserves - 01/09/2007

Bow Street got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon by beating high flying Newtown Reserves 3-2 at Cae Piod. Street will be delighted with taking the three points but will once again be disappointed to concede sloppy goals which almost proved costly. Street started well and dominated the early exchanges but were caught on the counter attack by a sweeping move by Newtown which was expertly finished off by former Aberystwyth and Penrhyncoch striker Richard Evans. Street pressed hard for an equaliser for the remainder of the half which eventually came 3 minutes before the break when Dean Evans won a challenge with the visiting goalkeeper and finished coolly to slot home his fifth goal in as many games. Street seem to have developed a habit for conceding goals just before or just after half time and it proved to be the case yet again on Saturday when Richard Evans produced a looping finish over Magpies goalkeeper Nathan Bennett within 30 seconds of the restart. On 70 minutes a brilliant Dafydd Davies free kick provided Andrew Carree with the opportunity to open his Street account with a header into the top corner and 5 minutes later Liam Jones thought he had won the match when he slotted home only for the linesman to flag for offside. However, Jones wasn’t to be denied the headlines as he met another Davies free kick with a powerful header to seal the points and to cap an encouraging first 5 games for the Spar Mid Wales newcomers. Goalscorer Dean Evans was understandably delighted with the result “It’s always nice to score but to be honest as long as we win I don’t care who scores. I thought we battled extremely well today against a very organised Newtown side who made us work hard for our victory but on the whole I think we deserved the points.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, Ll. Roberts, P. James, P. Bonner, D. Lewis (G. Loosley 65), D. Middleton (J. Hinge 83), D. Evans (M. Evans 83), A. Carree, L. Jones, N. Smith (Unused Subs: C. Middleton and S. Harrison).


Bow Street - 2 - Vs - 3 - Aberystwyth Reserves - 29/08/2007

Aberystwyth Town Reserves narrowly defeated Bow Street 3-2 on Wednesday night to extend their lead at the top of the Spar Mid Wales league. Street will be disappointed to suffer their second narrow defeat of the season having taken the lead on 39 minutes through Dean Evans’ fourth goal in as many games but for the second time in a week Street conceded on the stroke of half time when Geoff Kelloway carried the ball from inside his own half to score at the near post. Street started the second half in positive fashion but found themselves 3-1 down within 10 minutes of the restart with another excellent goal from Kelloway and a cool finish from Tiago following more brilliant work from Kelloway down the right flank. Street created several chances which would have brought them back into the game but after 90 minutes all they had to show for their efforts was a last minute goal from Mark Evans. Street manager Huw Bates was full of praise for his team and also for man of the match Kelloway “It is very rare at any level of football that one player is streets above everyone else on the pitch but that can certainly be said about Geoff Kelloway tonight. Having said that, we coped very well with all of the other Aber players with first team experience and I cannot fault my lads for their efforts and determination tonight. We have shown in our first four games that we are not far off the top sides and with a bit more experience in this league we will hopefully be giving them even more of a challenge by the end of the season.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, S. Harrison, P. James, P. Bonner, D. Davies (M. Evans 67), D. Evans, C. Middleton, A. Carree (D. Middleton 45), L. Jones (G. Loosley 45), N. Smith. (Unused subs: Ll Roberts and D. Lewis).


Carno- 1 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street- 25/08/2007

Bow Street bounced back from their midweek defeat in Tywyn with an excellent away victory in Carno. Street’s starting line up was strengthened with two new signings in Andrew Carree and Liam Jones but with stalwarts Peter James, Paul Bonner and Andrew Jones all missing the Magpies knew that they would have to play extremely well to get anything out of this fixture. Street started well but went behind on 18 minutes through a long range strike and things looked bleak for the Magpies in the searing heat. However, Dean Evans’ third goal of the season drew Bow Street level. An entertaining game then ensued with both teams playing fast and attractive football and with ten minutes left of the game both sides looked as though they were settling for a point. However, substitute Mark Evans had other ideas and coolly slotted the ball past the Carno goalkeeper to give Street three points to cap an excellent first week in the Spar Mid Wales League. Stand in captain Stephen Harrison was thrilled with the result “It’s always tough to go into any game without three of your best players but I was very proud with the way the lads adapted to the tough conditions. The two new signings both showed why the gaffer has signed them and all in all it was a superb team effort.” Bow Street: N. Bennett, S. Harrison, D. Davies, Ll. Roberts, L. Jones, D. Evans, D. Middleton, C. Middleton (J. Hinge 75), A. Carree (D. Lewis 84), G. Loosley (M. Evans 70), N. Smith (Unused sub G. Evans).


Tywyn Bryncrug- 3 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street- 22/08/2007

After their opening day victory, Bow Street were brought crashing down to earth with a bang with a 3-2 defeat away to Tywyn in the Spar Mid Wales league. Street started very slowly but despite constant Tywyn pressure the Magpies were 20 seconds away from going into the half time interval with a 1-0 lead following a sweet drive from Dean Evans on 36 minutes. However, indecision in defence allowed Tywyn’s Gerwyn Griffiths to break clear to make honours even at the interval. This goal gave Tywyn added confidence in the second half and they increased their lead to 3-1 through Ben Holt and a Paul Grant penalty. However, ironically Street then had their best period of the game and should have reduced the deficit almost immediately when Ian Evans was brought down in the box but Dean Evans could only rifle the resulting penalty against the bar. Ian Evans was sent off in the melee that followed the penalty incident alongside two Tywyn players which still left Street with a glimmer of hope and indeed two minutes later a back post header from Darren Middleton reduced the arrears to 3-2. However, Tywyn held on to take the three points and Street will be kicking themselves that they didn’t play as well as they did in the latter stages for the whole of the game. Street manager Huw Bates was in philosophical spirits after the game “After the euphoria of beating Llanfyllin this is a real kick in the teeth as I felt we did enough to win the game. We didn’t arrive in Tywyn anywhere near as early as I’d liked and this is something I’ll need to address for the rest of the season. However, despite a bad start we got ourselves into the game with a great strike from Dean and things could have been a lot different if we’d held on until half time but that’s football I suppose.“. Street assistant manager Gerwyn Evans was confident the team would bounce back against Carno “All of us hate losing and I hope that the boys remember the feeling we all had in the dressing room after the game when they take to the pitch on Saturday. If that doesn’t spur them on, nothing will!" Bow Street: Bennett, Jones, Davies, Harrison (Roberts 70), M. Evans (Lewis 72), D. Middleton, C. Middleton, D. Evans, G. Loosley (I. Evans 78). Unused Subs (Hinge and G. Evans).


Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Llanfyllin - 18/08/2007

Bow Street made the perfect start to their first ever Spar Mid Wales League campaign with a 3-1 home victory over current holders of the CWFA Trophy, Llanfyllin. A large crowd had gathered at Cae Piod to watch the match and the home fans will certainly be glad they made the effort to attend as both sides helped produce an excellent game of football despite the atrocious conditions. Llanfyllin made a positive start and would have gone ahead in the opening minute but for a goal-line clearance from Andrew Jones. However, it was Street who took the lead on 5 minutes when an excellent long range pass from Mark Evans was latched onto by Clint Middleton who coolly finished through the oncoming keeper’s legs. Street double their lead on 23 minutes when Dean Evans produced a superb left footed shot from the edge of the box to spark exuberant celebrations on and off the pitch. Street will need to learn to concentrate straight after scoring as two minutes later a mistake in defence allowed Llanfyllin back into the game and with halftime looming the score was 2-1. However, Street’s joint top scorer last season Gerwyn Loosley restored Bow Street’s two goal advantage just before half time and despite both teams creating several more chances in the second half there were no additions to the scoreline and Street recorded an historic and important victory. Bow Street manager Huw Bates was understandably overjoyed with the result. “Obviously it’s important we don’t get carried away after just one victory but it’s a massive boost for us to get three points on the board at the first attempt. Llanfyllin have a few quality players who made life very difficult for us for much of the game. My only criticism of the players after the game was that we switched off after all three of the goals but fortunately we only got punished on one occasion. However, this is of course a steep learning curve for all of us and on the whole today has been a big success.”. Bow Street captain Peter James added “Today was all about the result although I’m also very happy with the way we played. We wanted to get our first win under our belt and so it’s nice to get that Albatross off our necks at the first attempt.” Bow Street: Bennett, Jones, Davies, James, Bonner, M. Evans, D. Middleton (Harrison 80), C. Middleton, D. Evans (I. Evans 68), Loosley (Roberts 90), Smith (Unused Subs: D. Lewis, J. Hinge).


Bow Street - 3 - Vs - 1 - Rhaeader FC - 10/08/2007
(Pre-season friendly)

Street finished their run of pre-season friendlies with a fine victory against Rhayader who, like Street last year, are in the hunt for promotion to the Spar Mid. The manager’s attempt at playing a flat back four was swiftly changed by Peter James who reverted to sweeper after the Rhayader strikeforce had carved through the defence to give Rhayader an early lead. From thereon Street took control of the game with Nicky Smith putting in a man of the match performance at right back and Dean Evans impressing as a makeshift centre forward. Goals from Mark Evans, Paul Bonner and Peter James sealed an important 3-1 victory which sets Street up nicely for their first game of the season against Llanfyllin. Street manager was in optimistic spirits after the Magpies’ first victory of the season: “The beauty about pre-season friendlies is that you can try new things out and play players in different positions and therefore on the whole today has been a definite success. Roll on Saturday 18th.”


Bow Street FC - 0 - Vs - 4 - Wednesfield Town FC - 04/08/2007
(Pre-season friendly)

Street continued their pre-season campaign against West Midlands Premier outfit Wednesfield Town who travelled from the Midlands with a coach full of players and supporters following an invite from reserve team manager Dylan Roberts. Despite a promising 90 minutes from Street, Wednesfield proved to be too strong and ran out 4-0 winners although the absence of Natahn Bennett in goal certainly proved to be significant in respect of two or three of the goals conceded. However, Street will hopefully learn from Wednesfield’s organisation at set pieces and their constant communication with each other during the game. Gerwyn Evans was upbeat about Street’s efforts; “Wednesfield play at a very high standard and that showed today. I thought we coped very well for large portions of the game and therefore there are definitely many positives we can take from today as we move closer to the first game of the season.”


Newcastle Emlyn - 3 - Vs - 0 - Bow Street FC - 28/07/2007
(Pre-season friendly)

After their narrow defeat by Penrhyn Street went into their second friendly against Newcastle Emlyn in high spirits, despite them having finished in the upper echelons of the Southern equivalent to the Cymru Alliance last season. Emlyn started well with their pace and organisation unsettling the Magpies. However, after Street held firm for the first quarter of an hour Bow Street had the better of the remainder of the half with Daffydd Davies and Andrew Jones dominant in defence and Stephen Harrison and Clint Middleton on fine form in the centre of midfield. However, Emlyn upped the tempo in the second half and scored an early goal through Fabrizzio from Pennal and despite some excellent saves from stand in goalkeeper Gerwyn Evans Emlyn went on to win 3-0. Despite the defeat Huw Bates was very pleased with the performance: “If we can play like that every week we will have an excellent season.”


Penrhyncoch - 4 - Vs - 2 - Bow Street FC - 16/07/2007
(Pre-season friendly)

Following their promotion to the Spar Mid Wales League Bow Street played their first friendly of the pre-season against Cymru Alliance outfit Penrhyncoch at a lush Cae Baker on Monday night. With both sides featuring new signings keen to impress their respective managers the match was played in a competitive spirit with Bow Street having the best of the first half and going into the interval they led through a goal from striker Gerwyn Loosley following good work from his strike partner Ian Evans. Bow Street extended their lead on the hour with Mark Evans latching on to a Paul Bonner through ball and chipping the ball delightfully over former Bow Street keeper Dave Gregory. Various substitutions then ensued from both sides before Penrhyn took control of the game and brought the scores level through a wonder goal from former Street regular Tony Jones and a penalty from Penrhyn player manager Gavin Allen. Penrhyn sealed the victory through late goals from Tim Turner and Martin Naughton but Street will be more than satisfied with their first outing of the season against opposition from two leagues higher than they were playing last season. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly impressed with his young side’s efforts: “I based tonight’s selection on who had made the most effort to attend pre-season training and judging by some of the excellent performances this evening I think my decision was well justified. This year I hope to have the ‘problem’ of a large squad to choose from and the resultant competition for places can only bode well for the season.”. Bates added: “The whole of the Club are very excited about our inaugural season in the Mid Wales league and are relishing the undoubted challenges that the season will bring.”