1st Team Match Reports 2008/09


Pre-Season Friendlies '08

22/07

Bow Street Vs Aber Town

0 - 6

Friendly

Home

19:00

Bow Street kicked off their pre-season campaign with a tough fixture against Aberystwyth Town who fielded a full strength side on an overcast evening at Cae Piod. The final scoreline of 6-0 was perhaps a bit harsh on the Magpies but the result was never in doubt after Town scored two goals in two minutes after Street had kept the game goalless for the first quarter of an hour. In a frantic opening to the game both teams showed their intent to pass the ball and the Street midfield of brothers Darren and Clint Middleton together with Dean Evans (who was making his first appearance since a nasty knee injury last year) more than held their own against Town stalwarts Bari Morgan and Luke Sherborne. However, ultimately a classy move from Aber broke the deadlock just before the quarter hour mark when Sherborne beat the off-side trap and unselfishly set up Aber's new signing Graham Evans for an easy finish. Town doubled their lead 2 minutes later when Jeff Kelloway weaved his way down the right hand side and picked out Andy Evans with a wicked cross which Evans coolly dispatched with an accurate header. Further goals arrived for Aber as Graham Evans and Aneurin "Freddie" Thomas capitalised on defensive errors to leave the half time score 4-0 to the visitors. In the second half Street introduced Mark "Truck" Evans who performed well alongside Justin Hinge who entered the fray after an injury to captain Philip Evans and the pair helped restrict Aber to two more goals through Graham Evans and Gareth Hughes. Street manager Huw Bates was realistic about his side's performance: "I think the scoreline was a little harsh on the boys as a lot of people felt the first goal was offside and a couple of the other goals came from poor defensive errors but in fairness to Aber, they produced a very slick and professional performance and thoroughly deserved their victory. I thought our new signings Josh Shaw and Mikey Gornall were both excellent today and it was great to see young Dean back in a Bow Street shirt after his injury last year and all in all there are a lot of positives I can take from the match."

25/07

Bow Street Vs Welshpool

Bow Street Vs Llandyrnog

0 - 2

0 - 0

Friendlies

Home

14:30

Bow Street continued their pre-season campaign with a triangular tournament with Cymru Alliance Side Llandyrnog and Welsh Premier outfit Welshpool on Saturday at Cae Piod. Welshpool were the eventual winners of the tournament by winning both of their games but this was undoubtedly a useful exercise for all teams with all three matches in the competition being close and competitive. Street opened their campaign against Llandyrnog and should arguably have been two goals to the good after only 10 minutes. Marc Loosley whipped in a brilliant cross which was met by captain Philip Evans but his header agonisingly rebounded off the post. Minutes later Evans had an even better chance to give Street the lead but his low drive was tipped round the post by the Llandyrnog keeper. The remainder of the game was tight but of good quality and in the dyeing seconds it looked as though Llandyrnog would take maximum points but were thwarted by a superb last ditch tackle by Steff Davies. Welshpool then entered the fray and beat Llandyrnog 1-0 in the second game which set up a winner takes all finale between Bow Street and Welshpool. The final scoreline was 2-0 to the Welsh Premier side but Street will feel both pleased and at the same time frustrated that they were beaten by their own defensive mistakes rather than a gulf in class. Street manager Huw Bates was pleased with his side's efforts: "The majority of my usual first team squad were missing today so it was an excellent chance for me to give chances to some of the younger and reserve team players and in fairness none of them disappointed. I thought Justin Hinge was probably our best player on the day with Marc Loosley and Stephen Harrison not far behind him. It was also great to see youngsters Steff Davies and Joe Lewis adapting to the higher level with consummate ease alongside some evergreen Bow Street veterans! A big thanks to Tomi (Morgan) and John (James) for making today's inaugural tournament possible and we are already looking forward to a repeat of this event next season."

29/07

Penrhyncoch Vs Bow Street

4 - 1

Friendly

Away

19:30

Bow Street put up a brave fight against Cymru Alliance side Penrhyncoch on Tuesday night but eventually succumbed to a 4-1 defeat after three second half goals by Penrhyn. Street started well against a confident Penrhyn outfit with central midfielders Peter James and Gwyn Jones dominating the midfield battle whilst Phil Evans and Justin Hinge kept things tight at the back. Both teams created half chances but a touch of quality from Penrhyn's Sion Meredith broke the deadlock on 23 minutes, rifling home after a Bow Street defensive error. Street however had the better of the remainder of the first half and at half time the game remained delicately poised at 1-0 to the home team. Street manager Huw Bates switched to a more attacking formation in the second half and introduced Dean Evans and Darren Middleton into the centre of midfield but it was Penrhyn who scored the all important second goal when Meredith bagged his second ten minutes after the restart. Street then rang the changes and found themselves 3-0 down ten minutes later after Ashley Stephens finished coolly from 10 yards but two minutes later Street substitutes Dean Evans and Owain James combined to set up Darren Middleton who beat Richard Morgan with a powerful header. Mark Gornall cleared a Josh Shaw shot off the line two minutes later as Bow Street pressed to get back into the game but were hit with a sucker punch when Tim Turner scored a fourth at the other end after some loose marking from the Magpies. Street manager Huw Bates was disappointed with the scoreline but delighted with his side's efforts nonetheless: "Penrhyn deserved their victory but I am able to take more positives out of this game than any other pre-season friendly since I've been manager of Bow Street. It's never nice to lose but considering I got the chance to have a look at 23 different players, 8 of which were 19 or under, today was a very useful and successful exercise. The squad is taking shape nicely and some players are really putting themselves in the frame for the season opener on August 16th. Our new reserve team manager Baba and I are both very keen to get as many youngsters playing first team football as possible and tonight has shown that there are at least 8 players at the Club who are 19 or under who will feature for the first team at some point this season and this is obviously extremely encouraging, not only for the 2008-2009 season, but also the future of Bow Street Football Club generally."

August '08

16th

Bow Street Vs Overton Athletic

4 - 2 (AET)

Welsh Cup

Home

14:30

Bow Street had the perfect start to the new season on Saturday by beating North Wales side Overton Recreational in the Welsh Cup. On a blustery day at Cae Piod a large crowd had gathered to watch Huw Bates' new look team in their first ever encounter in Wales' premier competition and they will certainly not have been disappointed with either the result or the performance. Street started well with a strong wind in their favour and could have been three goals up within the first quarter of an hour but Dean Evans had a header saved and a shot rebound off the post and skipper Phil Evans was also denied by a brilliant save from the visiting keeper. However, Street's perseverance eventually paid off on 35 minutes when Dean Evans produced a delightful chip to put the Magpies in the lead and 5 minutes later new signing Mikey Gornall scored from an almost identical position following good work from the impressive Gwyn Jones. As was the case for much of last season, Street started the second half slowly and were almost caught out within minutes of the restart and almost inevitably conceded 10 minutes later after a defensive mix up. Overton then rallied and deservedly equalised with 15 minutes to go and with neither side able to force a winner in normal time the game needed the extra half an hour to produce a result. To delight of the Magpies faithful it was Bow Street took the opportunity to win it courtesy of a low drive from Owain James and a cool finish from Josh Shaw after some brilliant work from Jason Rees. Street manager Huw Bates was both relieved and delighted with the result: "The only thing that really matters in these big cup games is the result and therefore I am absolutely thrilled to have our name in the hat for the next round of the cup. We didn't' play very well in the second half and Overton used the wind to their advantage to force the game into extra time but on the whole I think we deserved to win the tie.". Bates also praised his new signings after their goals set up a trip to Llanberis in the next round: "It's a bit of a fairytale start really with three goals and an assist from my 4 new signings and a goal and a man of the match performance from Dean Evans. These youngsters showed a lot of maturity today to dig me out of a very tricky situation and I am very proud of them all."

Bow Street: N. Bennett, S. Harrison (O. James 78), G. Jones, P. James, M. Gornall, C. Middleton (J. Rees 60), D. Middleton, D. Evans (D. Davies 66), A. Carree, P. Evans, J. Shaw.

20th

Penparcau Vs Bow Street

3 - 0

League

Away

18:45

Bow Street suffered the worst possible start to their second season in the Spar Mid Wales league as they were beaten 3-0 by local rivals Penparcau at Min Y Ddol. The two sides cancelled each other out in the first half with both defences dominating proceedings and after an hour of the game a goalless draw seemed inevitable. However, the turning point came as Bow Street's Darren Middleton was carried off with a foot injury having been Street's best player alongside skipper Philip Evans in a defensive partnership designed to annul the dual threat of Matty Davies and Lee Jones. Five minutes later Middleton's replacement Justin Hinge had conceded a needless penalty which was duly slotted away by Lee Jones. Five minutes after that Ishmael Abberton made it two nil after being given the freedom of Min Y Ddol by the Bow Street defence which spurred Street manager Huw Bates into throwing centre half Phil Evans up front in order to try and get something out of the game. However, within 30 seconds substitute Mark Truck Evans had given away a penalty and been sent off thus ending any hopes Street had of forcing a result. To make matters worse, club captain Peter James was given a straight red for swearing and thereafter the best the 9 men of Bow Street could do was avoid conceding any further goals. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with his side's capitulation in the second half "To be honest we didn't play particularly well in the first half but after an hour we were still very much in the game at 0-0. Darren Middleton had probably been our best player up until then and so when he went off it was bound to have an impact but I didn't for one minute think we would implode in the way we did.". Whilst being disappointed with his own side's performance Bates was quick to compliment Penparcau on their first 3 points of the season: "12 months ago we were in exactly the same shoes and so I know how they are feeling right now and they should quite rightly be very pleased with the result and their performance. If they can stay injury clear this season they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with and I wish them every success.". Bow Street: S. Evans, D. Davies, J. Rees, P. James, M. Gornall, C, Middleton (M. Evans 70), D. Middleton (J. Hinge 61), D. Evans (O. James 65), J. Shaw, P. Evans, N. Smith.

23rd

Bow Street Vs Llanfyllin

3 - 2

League

Home

14:30

Bow Street needed a last minute goal from Josh Shaw to finally see off LLanfyllin on Saturday who had very nearly claimed a share of the spoils at Cae Piod after Bow Street failed to convert a catalogue of chances. Street were desperate to bounce back from their midweek defeat to Penparcau but with 7 players missing due to injury and suspension, Street manager Huw Bates was forced to field a very youthful side, giving full debuts to teenagers Owain James and Deian Thomas. Within 60 seconds of the referee's whistle Street were in the lead after Jason Rees had played in his strike partner Josh Shaw who rounded the keeper to slot home. Although Llanfyllin swiftly equalised, Jason Rees restored Street's lead midway through the first half, latching on to a clever pass from Dean Evans and Street held on to this slender lead until half time. In the second half, Street wasted several gilt edged opportunities to finish the game off and almost paid the ultimate price when Llanfyllin equalised with 10 minutes left of the match. Street threw everything at Llanfyllin in the final minutes more in hope than expectation but to the relief of the players, management and supporters, good work from Jason Rees saw the ball finally reach Shaw who rifled home from 8 yards. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly relieved to have seen his side secure a very important victory: "After the performance against Penparcau on Wednesday it was vital that we got all three points today and therefore I am absolutely delighted with the result. We made very hard work of quite a poor Llanfyllin side but to their credit they never gave up and their centre forward almost single handedly secured them a valuable away point. I'm very pleased for Josh and Jason who both deserved their goals today but I should perhaps also single out Deian Thomas and Owain James who produced very encouraging full debuts and also Dean Davies' first appearance at this level was a breath of fresh air. However my two men of the match would have to be veteran full back Mark Evans and the very versatile Clint Middleton whose performances and experience were pivotal in driving the boys forward in the dyeing minutes which ultimately turned one point into three. This win sets us up nicely for our match against Tywyn on Wednesday and if we can get a result up there our season will be well and truly back on track." Bow Street: N. Bennett, O. James, M. Evans, J. Rees, M. Gornall, D. Thomas, C. Middleton, D. Evans (D. Davies 68), J. Shaw, P. Evans (J. Hinge 38), N. Smith (Unused subs: S. Evans, I. Evans and J. Thomas).

27th

Tywyn Vs Bow Street

1 - 1

League

Away

18:45

Bow secured a valuable away point at former Cambrian Tyres league rivals Tywyn on Wednesday night, despite missing several regular first team players through injury and suspension. Both teams had chances to win the game in the dyeing minutes but all in all a draw was probably the right result. Street lined up with no less than 6 teenagers in the starting line up and after Tywyn took the lead midway through the first half it looked as though this lack of experience would prove costly. However, a second half rearguard action from Bow Street saw them salvage a point through a Mark Evans strike with youngsters Dean Davies and Owain James both particularly impressive. Street manager Huw Bates was thrilled with his side's efforts: "That is probably the most rewarding point we've gained since I've been manager of Bow Street. I think there were a few raised eyebrows when people saw how many youngsters were in my starting line up but they all did me proud and totally justified the decision to pick them. Having said that, it was one of the oldest players on the pitch who scored the all important equaliser which just goes to show that sometimes there is no substitute for experience!". Stand in skipper Dean Evans was also pleased with his side's efforts: "On the whole I think that a draw was a fair result with both teams missing key players. It was a big honour to wear the armband tonight and I just hope this performance spurs us on to better things over the forthcoming weeks." Bow Street: N. Bennett, O. James, M. Evans (D. Davies 74), S. Harrison, M. Gornall, D. Thomas (D. Evans 54), D. Davies, D. Evans, J. Shaw, J. Rees, N. Smith (Unused subs: J. Hinge, M. Evans and G. Evans).

30th

Bow Street Vs New Saints Res

5 - 4

League

Home

14:30

Two goals a piece from Dean Evans and Dean Davies and a Danny Evans wonder strike gave Bow Street a superb victory over TNS reserves on a day of high drama at Cae Piod. Fresh from their point away at Tywyn in midweek, Street named a largely unchanged side and dominated large periods of the first half and took a deserved lead through Dean Davies who powered home a header from an exquisite Mikey Gornall cross. However, despite Street's domination two bizarre own goals let TNS back into the game and it was the visitors who led 2-1 at half time. TNS looked to kill the game off in the opening periods of the second half and it was only two good saves from stand in keeper Steven Evans that kept Bow Street in the game. Unfortunately, the second of Evans' two saves came at a price as he was rushed off to hospital with concussion soon afterwards but not before his brother Dean had brought the scores level. Justin Hinge replaced Evans in goal and when Evans put Bow Street in the lead 5 minutes later it looked as though Street were heading for an unlikely victory. However, two goals in two minutes from TNS seemed to have snatched the points away from Bow Street and with 5 minutes of the game remaining the Magpies trailed 4-3. Enter substitute Danny Evans who picked the ball up just inside his own half and after a mazy dribble down the left wing, cut inside and unleashed a ferocious shot from over 35 yards that headed straight into the top corner and nestled in the stanchion. Street would probably have been happy with a point but with two minutes to go Dean Davies scored his second header from another Gornall corner to spark jubilant scenes at Cae Piod. Street manager Huw Bates was over the moon with his side's fightback: "I was thrilled with a point up in Tywyn in midweek but this surpasses that by a long way. To beat a team like TNS is a fantastic achievement but to come from behind twice and win it at the death is incredibly satisfying. I thought the two Deans were superb today as was Deian Thomas but special praise has to go to Danny Evans. To win games like this you need someone to produce something a bit special and it is no exaggeration to say that his goal was one of the best goals I have ever seen! This sets things up nicely for Wednesday's game against Aber Reserves and we will certainly be going into that game with an unprecedented level of confidence." Bow Street: S. Evans (J. Hinge 70), O. James (A. Carree 46), M. Evans, P. James (D. Evans 59), M. Gornall, D. Thomas, D. Davies, D. Evans, J. Shaw, S. Harrison, D. Davies (Unused subs I. Evans and G. Evans).

September '08

3rd

Bow Street Vs Aber Res

P - P

League

Home

18:30

Game postponed

13th

Llanberis Vs Bow Street

2 - 3

Welsh Cup

Away

14:30

A superb Deian Thomas hattrick secured Bow Street a place in the prestigious 2nd round of the Welsh Cup on Saturday as the Magpies beat Llanberis 3-2 at the foot of Snowdon. Street manager Huw Bates kept faith with his teenage contingent but welcomed back seasoned campaigners Philip Evans and Andrew Carree from recent injuries. Llanberis were the better side during the first twenty minutes but a patient Street broke the deadlock soon afterwards when Thomas finished well from 6 yards following slick work from Josh Shaw and Mikey Gornall. Street doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Thomas scored his second with a low drive into the bottom corner and when Llanberis had a man sent off 5 minutes before half time for a cynical elbow on Club Captain Peter James, many would have felt that the result was now a formality. However, despite Thomas completing his hattrick 10 minutes into the second half, Llanberis rallied and pulled back two late goals to set up a frantic finale and it took a good save from Nathan Bennett to prevent the game going into extra time. Street manager Huw Bates was understandably thrilled with the result: "I've said it before that all that matters in these big cup games is the result and therefore I am delighted with today's victory. This puts us in the hat for the next round with all of the Welsh Premier sides and all of the boys are now hoping for a bumper tie in round 2.". Bates was also keen to praise hattrick hero Deian Thomas: "Deian has been very good for us since he transferred from Penrhyn at the start of the season but today he was excellent. I said to him in the dressing room before the game that I wanted him to give me no option but to pick him again next week and he didn't let me down. Not only did he take his goals brilliantly he also worked tirelessly for the team and richly deserves all of the praise that he will get for this performance." Bow Street: N. Bennett, O. James, M. Evans, P. James (C. Middleton 41), M. Gornall, D. Thomas, D. Davies, D. Evans (D. Evans 75), A. Carree, P. Evans and J. Shaw (Unused sub: D. Davies).

20th

Caersws Res Vs Bow Street

1 - 2

League

Away

14:30

There was another excellent away win for Bow Street on Saturday, as they resumed their Spar Mid Wales league programme at the home of Caersws FC. With all the excitement of the club's exploits in the Welsh Cup, it would have been excusable if the players' minds were on Carmarthen Town rather than the routine of a league game. However Bow Street dominated the first half and were disappointed not to be more than two goals ahead. The first goal came following a corner by Mike Gornall, eventually put in by Dean Davies. The second, ten minutes from half time was an excellent finish by the prolific Deian Thomas, following excellent approach work from the team, and a superb low cross from Gornall. The experienced Phil Evans and Stephen Harrison both went close to extending the lead as half time approached. The second half saw more Bow Street domination, but with less incisiveness around the opposition penalty area. Mid way through the half, Caersws pulled a goal back, and the last twenty minutes were quite frantic with both sides going close. However, Bow Street held out for a deserved third win of the season. In the absence of Huw Bates and Gerwyn Evans, acting manager, Peter James said, "I was relieved at the end to hold out, but it would have been a travesty if we had not clinched three points. The players did well to concentrate on the game, with all the excitement of the big draw in the Welsh Cup going on in the background." Club stalwart Stephen Harrison added, "It was a difficult game for us in very warm conditions, and we have to be happy when we come to places like Caersws and gain three points." Bow Street: Bennett, Mark Evans, Phil Evans, James, Caree, Gornall, Dean Davies(Clint Middleton 60), Harrison, Thomas(Danny Evans 70), Dean Evans (Dafydd Davies 80), Shaw.

27th

Dyffryn Banw Vs Bow Street

5- 0

League

Away

15:30

Bow Street's 5 game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they were defeated 5-0 by Spar Mid newcomers Dyffryn Banw. It was miserable day all round for the Magpies who failed to force a save out of the Banw keeper and were torn apart in both midfield and defence by an energetic home side who were clearly fired up for the occasion. Four of the home side's 5 goals came from defensive errors and the other a brilliantly worked goal after an excellent Mark Roberts pass beat the off side trap with his brother Chris finishing coolly past the helpless Nathan Bennett in the Bow Street goal. Street were 4-0 down at half time and despite making all three substitutes at the break were unable to get back into the game and Banw deservedly scored a fifth goal in the final minutes. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with the day's events after the game: "At the end of the day the buck stops with me as I picked the 11 players to start the game but as one of the lads pointed out at half time, if I'd had 11 subs I probably would have used them all so I think the players have to shoulder some of the responsibility today for a totally unacceptable performance. The only positive I can take out of today is that we normally bounce back well after bad defeats which bodes well for our Welsh Cup clash with Carmarthen on Friday night but all the lads know that if we are to have any chance of pulling off a shock result, every single player will have to perform ten times better than they did today.". Bates was also keen to praise league new boys Dyffryn Banw: "I can honestly say that Dyffryn Banw produced the best 90 minutes of tackling that I've seen since I've been manager of Bow Street but what is more impressive is that there wasn't a bad challenge in the game. The bottom line is that they were better in every department today and the Roberts brothers were, unfortunately for us, in scintillating form. If they play like that every week Banw will be a force to be reckoned with this season and I wish them all the best in their inaugural campaign at this level." Bow Street: N. Bennett, O. James, A. Carree, S. Harrison (P. James 46), M. Gornall, D. Thomas, D. Davies, C. Middleton (D. Davies 46), J. Shaw, P. Evans, D. Davies (J. Rees 46) (Unused subs: G. Evans and H. Bates).

October '08

3rd

Carmarthen Town Vs Bow Street

6 - 1

Welsh Cup

Away

19:30

A brave Bow Street bowed out of the Welsh Cup to Welsh Premier outfit Carmarthen in a night of high drama at Richmond Park. Two goals apiece from Danny Thomas and Jamal Easter and solitary strikes from Nicky Palmer and Lee Hudgell secured the Magpie's fate but the 6-1 scoreline certainly doesn't do Bow Street justice, nor does it tell the whole story of the evening during which the Spar Mid outfit gave the Welsh Premier high fliers a real scare. Carmarthen could have taken the lead as early as the first minute when Sasha Walters fired wide but it was Bow Street who took an unexpected lead in the 9th minute when Dean Evans, who had already warmed the fingers of Carmarten keeper Neil Thomas with a crisp drive, latched on to an Andrew Carree through-ball and coolly slotted home to the delight of a healthy contingent of Street supporters in the crowd. 5 minutes later Carmarthen had the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot but Nathan Cotterrall sent his shot wide of the post and amazingly Street should then have doubled their lead but Jason Rees fired over from close range. Carmarthen then laid siege on the Bow Street goal and eventually forced an equaliser through Thomas but rather than witness a total capitulation from Bow Street, the crowd were treated to a rearguard action from the Ceredigion side who more than matched their opponents for the remainder of the first half to incredibly leave things level at the break. Street held out for a further quarter of an hour in the second half before Carmarthen took the lead through Easter and the home side then scored 4 more in twenty minutes to secure a 3rd round tie away at Llanelli. Street manager Huw Bates was understandably delighted with his players: "It's never nice to lose 6-1 but I am an extremely proud man to be manager of this Club this evening. I couldn't have asked for any more from the boys tonight and they have done themselves, me and the whole village proud. For an hour there we were living the dream and I know we gave them a real scare but unfortunately reality hit home on the hour mark and in fairness to Carmarthen they were totally ruthless in that twenty minute spell and they deserve to go through to the next round.". Asked about the opposition manager's comments after the game Bates said "To be fair both Deryn (Brace) and Mark (Aizelwood) were both very complimentary of our performance and they were clearly relieved to finally overcome the boys' resilience. It was a great opportunity for Gerwyn and myself to pit ourselves against proven managers like that but today is all about the players who couldn't have given any more to the cause. I would also like to pay tribute to the number of people from Bow Street and further afield who travelled down to support us tonight and this support is greatly appreciated by both me and the players". Goalscorer Dean Evans was also delighted with the night's events "I don't think anyone gave us much hope of making a game of it tonight and so to still be leading after 27 minutes was a massive buzz for us all. That's definitely the most important goal I've ever scored because although we lost the game, it showed how far we've come as a team over the last few years and long may it continue."

Carmarthen Town: N Thomas, Hughes, Hudgell, Palmer, Brace (Roberts 68'), Smothers, D Thomas (Hicks 73'), Easter, Coombes, Walters, Cotterrall Sub not used: Fowler.

Bow Street: Bennett, Jones, Carree (M Evans 78'), James, Gornal, Rees, D Middleton, D Evans (C Middleton 68'), Shaw (Thomas 63'), P Evans, Smith.

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9th

Rhayader Vs Bow Street

3 - 0

League

Away

19:30

Bow Street suffered their third heavy defeat in a row on Thursday night at the hands of newly promoted Rhayader. The 3-0 scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on Bow Street after they peppered the Rhayader goal in a twenty minute spell during the second half but Rhayader fully deserved their victory and Street will need to bounce back from this sooner rather than later. Rhayader dominated the first half and capitalised on Street's obvious hangover from their previous game against Carmarthen. The home side went into the break leading 1-0 but will have been worried that their various missed chances may cost them dear in the second half. Indeed Street started the second half well and created a string of chances with Phil Evans, Mikey Gornall and energetic substitute Ian Evans all coming close. However, Street's fightback was stopped in its tracks when a defensive error allowed Rhayader to double their lead. Nevertheless, Street continued to press and almost got themselves back into the game with ten minutes to go but a powerful Dean Evans strike was tipped over the bar brilliantly by the Rhayader keeper and minutes later Rhayader scored on the break to make the game safe. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly downbeat about the result: "We're struggling at the moment to emulate the form we showed towards the end of last season and I just hope that the penny will now finally have dropped with a few of the lads that this season is going to be twice as hard as last year and we really are going to have to fight hard for every point. It's quite frustrating that we were excellent for 20 minutes today as for the other 70 we were decidedly average and at this level that simply isn't good enough. However, I am totally confident that we'll end this poor run very soon and we have the perfect opportunity to do so at home to Waterloo next Saturday." Bow Street: N. Bennett, G. Jones, A. Carree, M. Evans (D. Davies 55), M. Gornall, D. Evans, D. Middleton (D. Davies 73), D. Evans, J. Shaw (I. Evans 67), P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs: M. Evans and G. Evans).

18th

Bow Street Vs Waterloo

1 - 4

League

Home

14:30

Bow Street's miserable run continued on Saturday as they suffered a humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Waterloo, a team that they had easily beaten both home and away last season. Street manager Huw Bates completely revamped his team from the previous week, restoring captain Philip Evans to the centre of defence, experienced Darren Middleton to the centre of midfield and pushing veteran goalscorer Andrew Carree up front to support Josh Shaw. Street started reasonably well as they used the strong wind to their advantage but in their very first attack Waterloo took the lead when Street failed to clear a corner and the resulting cross come shot was headed into the roof of the net by a Waterloo midfielder. Waterloo doubled their lead less than ten minutes later when the Waterloo centre forward waltzed through the hapless Street defence to send a low drive against the post only for his strike partner to be first to the rebound and tap the ball into an empty net. Street were 3-0 down after half an hour when the Waterloo number 11 fortuitously scored his second of the game from an almost impossible angle but a Nicky Smith goal just before half time at least gave Bow Street a glimmer of hope. Bates introduced Mark Evans at half time to try and sure up the Street defence and pushed Dean Evans up front but despite dominating the second half Street failed to score and salt was rubbed into their wounds when just before the final whistle Waterloo broke away to make the final scoreline 4-1. Street manager Bates was clearly despondent with his side's latest defeat: "This is an incredibly bitter pill to swallow as I honestly thought we'd bounce back today and pick up three points. Once again the majority of the blame has to lie with me as I'm the one picking the team but some of the performances out there were lacklustre to say the least. One plus point today was the performance of Dafydd Davies who's been with the reserves for the last couple of games but bounced back today superbly.". Bates added: "On this form we're in for a long old season but I for one will be doing everything I can to get us out of this rut as soon as possible." Bow Street: N. Bennett, G. Jones (I. Evans 65), D. Davies, M. Evans, M. Gornall, J. Shaw (M. Evans 46), D. Middleton (D. Evans 74), D. Evans, A. Carree, P. Evans and N. Smith.

25th

Dyffryn Banw Vs Bow Street

2 - 1

League Cup

Away

14:30

Bow Street produced their best domestic performance in 4 games but still ended up on the losing side as they crashed out of the League Cup in extra time to Dyffryn Banw. Having lost to the same opposition 5-0 only 3 weeks ago this was a very encouraging and committed performance from the Magpies and they will feel unlucky to have lost this game with only 5 minutes of extra time remaining. Street started the game with a completely different looking team from previous weeks with James Scarrott and Justin Hinge being recalled to the centre of defence. Man of the match against Carmarthen Gwyn Jones was asked to man mark Banw danger man Mark Roberts in the centre of midfield and with the first half ending goalless, Street's game plan appeared to be working well. After an hour Street took a deserved lead when Dean Evans converted from the penalty spot and with Banw failing to create many chances it looked as though the Magpies were flying through to the next round of the cup. However, a dubious free kick decision on the edge of the box saw Banw equalised with an absolutely brilliant curling effort from their centre forward which sent the game into extra time. Both teams had chances to win it but the game look destined for penalties only for the previously excellent Nathan Bennett to misjudge a skidding through ball and allow a Banw substitute to slot home. In the last minute captain Phillip Evans almost drew the game level with a curling left foot shot from 25 yards but his effort missed the far post by a matter of inches. Street manager Huw Bates had mixed feelings about the game: "I'm obviously disappointed to be knocked out at this stage of a competition in which we were finalists last year but considering our recent bad run this was an excellent performance. I'm not one to criticise referees but there's no doubt that he got it wrong for the free kick which led to the equaliser, evidenced by the reaction of both sets of players when the free kick was awarded. However, we still had chances to win it after that and didn't take them so I can't really complain as Banw fought hard to the end.". Bates added: "Once again there were a couple of major plus points for me, including the performances of Dafydd Davies and James Scarrott but special mention has to go to Gwyn Jones who marked a quality player out of the game for 120 minutes. Da iawn Gwyn." Bow Street: N. Bennett, G. Jones, D. Davies, M. Evans (O. James 39), J. Hinge, M. Evans (M. Loosley 106), J. Scarrott, D. Evans (I. Evans 80), A. Carree, P. Evans, M. Gornall.

November '08

1st

Bow Street Vs Newtown Res

1 - 4

League

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14:30

Bow Street suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Newtown on Saturday but will be heartened by their performance if not the final scoreline which most would agree somewhat flattered the visitors. Street's hopes of ending their poor run of form was hampered from the outset with several more experienced players absent for a variety of reasons. However, Street welcomed back club legend Andrew Jones for a rare appearance and in the first half hour Jones together with fellow defenders Justin Hinge and James Scarrott kept the dangerous Newtown frontline at bay. Street then took an unexpected lead with 32 minutes gone when Darren Middleton sent Andrew Carree through on goal and the veteran marksman produced a delightful chip from 20 yards to the delight of the home faithful and to give the Magpies a chance of pulling off the shock result of the season. However, not for the first time, lapses of concentration just before and just after half time proved costly as Newtown frontman Barry Bellis helped himself to two goals on 42 and 46 minutes. One minute later Bow Street striker Dean Evans was scythed down by a two footed tackle but as both teams pondered which colour card the referee was going to produce, to everyone's amazement he waved "play on" and 20 seconds later Newtown had scored their crucial third goal to put the result beyond doubt. To their credit Bow Street played some good football in the last half hour but were unable to convert their chances into goals whereas at the other end Newtown were ruthless and scored another two to rub salt into Street's wounds. Street manager Huw Bates was complimentary of his team despite the heavy defeat: "I said to the boys beforehand that as long as they walked off that pitch having emptied the tank then I couldn't ask for any more from them and to be fair, for the second week running the lads gave me everything they could. After the game I reminded the boys that we certainly won't play teams of that standard every week and if we keep putting that level of effort and commitment into our performances it won't be long before we turn things around.". Asked about the referee's decision leading up to Newtown's third goal Bates said "It was a nasty foul and to be fair the Newtown management and players were almost embarrassed when the third goal went in. However, Newtown scored 4 perfectly good goals so for the second week running I'm certainly not going to blame the referee for the result.". Bates added: "For the next few weeks we welcome back Jason Rees for a few guest appearances and hopefully with his help, and the return of a few other more experienced players we can put an end to this very disappointing run." Bow Street's next game is away to Newbridge on Wye on Saturday. Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Jones, D. Davies, J. Scarrott, J. Hinge (O. James 27), M. Gornall, D. Middleton, G. Jones (I. Evans 65), A. Carree (J. Shaw 60), D. Evans, N. Smith (Unused subs: G. Evans and H. Bates).

8th

Newbridge Vs Bow Street

5 - 4

League

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14:30

A spirited second half fightback from Bow Street was not enough to prevent them suffering their 5th straight league defeat as they went down 5-4 away to Newbridge. Bow Street will still be wondering how they came to lose this match having dominated possession and having created enough chances to win three or four games let alone one! Street started well and could have been two nil up within the first ten minutes but Jason Rees and Andrew Carree both failed to hit the target from good positions. With twenty minutes gone Street remained in command only for a defensive mix-up and an uncharacteristic error from Nathan Bennett in the Street goal to gift Newbridge the lead against the run of play. Street equalised after Mikey Gornall set up Rees to notch his second goal of the campaign but 5 minutes later Newbridge regained their lead after Street failed to clear their lines. With only three minutes left before half time Street then hit the self destruct button and conceded two further goals and with Newbridge scoring just after the break as well, Street found themselves staring down the barrel of an absolute drubbing. However, for the next thirty minutes Street outplayed and outclassed the home side and pulled three goals back through Rees, Darren Middleton and Owain James. The Magpies had three further chances to equalise but were thwarted by the Newbridge keeper to give the home side a priceless, if a little fortunate victory. Street manager Huw Bates tried to remain positive in the aftermath of this latest defeat: "For the third week running I can't fault the effort or commitment of the players. We gave it a real go in the second half but at this level you can't concede 5 sloppy goals and expect to get away with it. However, despite the defeat we'll go into next week's 6 pointer against Kerry with plenty of confidence after today's performance and hopefully we can pick up a result to kickstart our season." Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (M. Evans 82), P. James, J. Hinge, O. James, D. Middleton, G. Jones, A. Carree (J. Shaw 46), J. Rees, M. Gornall (Unused subs: G. Evans and H. Bates).

15th

Kerry Vs Bow Street

1 - 3

League

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14:15

Bow Street finally ended their poor run of results on Saturday with a workmanlike away victory against fellow strugglers Kerry. Street welcomed back Clint Middleton into the centre of midfield and both James Scarrott and Phil Evans who missed Street's previous match through injury. Both teams created chances in the opening exchanges and both Middleton and Mikey Gornall found themselves in good positions only for their final balls to miss target-man Evans. Street were then caught on the break and conceded a penalty after a foul by Scarrott but keeper Nathan Bennett was up to the challenge and pulled off an excellent save to keep the game goalless. Bennett produced the save of the match 2 minutes later but was helpless to prevent Kerry taking the lead after some poor marking allowed a Kerry midfielder to tap the ball into an empty net after Bennett had saved the initial shot. Despite this setback the Magpies dominated the rest of the game and were on level terms 10 minutes before half time when the lively Josh Shaw was felled in the box and Evans rifled the ball into the top corner of the net from the resultant penalty. In the second half Street's 4-3-3 formation paid dividends as Shaw, Gornall and substitute Danny Evans worked tirelessly up and down the flanks and with Scarrott in unstoppable form in defence it was only a matter of time before Street took the lead. That lead came with a thoroughly deserved goal from Shaw who lobbed the keeper from just inside the area. Spritely substitute Andrew Carree then put the icing on the cake with a low drive from 25 yards to seal a crucial victory. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly relived with the result: "It's been a very tough couple of months and so yes of course I'm relieved with today's result. However, the win doesn't come as a surprise to me as despite our recent bad run, the lads have never stopped believing that we would turn things round and although this is only one victory, it hopefully represents the start of a turnaround in our fortunes.". Goalscorer Carree was in equally optimistic spirits: "I'm delighted to rifle one into the top corner from 30 yards but today was all about the victory and I'm absolutely thrilled to have been part of it." Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans, J. Scarrott, O. James, G. Jones, D, Middleton, C. Middleton (A. Carree 76), P. Evans, J. Shaw (Unused subs: M. Evans, G. Evans and H. Bates).

22nd

Bow Street Vs Dyffryn Banw

5 - 3

League

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14:15

Bow secured their second victory in a row on Saturday with an exciting 5-3 home victory against Dyffryn Banw. After beating Kerry last week Street knew it was vital to secure another three points to move them further away from the relegation zone and therefore although the manner of the three goals conceded will not please the Street management, the battling qualities exhibited in the second half were undoubtedly a welcome sight for the management and supporters alike. Street started well and dominated the first quarter of the game only for Banw to break the deadlock via the penalty spot after Mark Evans had clipped the ankles of Banw's Chris Roberts. Nathan Bennett managed to save the initial penalty, and the follow up shot, and even got a hand to the third attempt before it trickled into the net. Street equalised soon afterwards when Andrew Carree found Clint Middleton who headed home from close range and another header from skipper Phil Evans saw Street take a deserved lead but sloppy defending following another excellent Bennett save saw Banw equalise against the run of play. Banw then took the lead just before half time after slack marking at a corner left a Banw midfielder with a free header and many at the ground would have felt that another bad result for Bow Street was on the cards. However, following a defensive reshuffle that involved veteran substitute Peter James sweeping behind James Scarrott and Owain James, Street started to take control of the game and with Dean Evans being introduced on the right hand side of midfield, Street looked increasingly dangerous on the counter attack. Indeed it was Evans who found Darren Middleton with a superb pass who in turn provided a pinpoint cross from the byline and Phil Evans made no mistake from 6 yards. Dean Evans scored himself 5 minutes later from 12 yards to give Street the lead and with the last kick of the game Darren Middleton beat the Banw goalkeeper from 25 yards to set the seal on a priceless victory for the men from Cae Piod. Street manager Huw Bates was in buoyant spirits after the game: "Some of our defending in the first half was rather embarrassing if I'm honest but in the second half we played really well and I think deserved the three points. A lot of the credit will quite rightly go to the goalscorers but I have to give special mention to Nathan "Benny" Bennett who kept us in the game for the second week running and gave us the platform we needed to go and get ourselves another three points.". Defender Owain James added: "I'm still not sure who was marking the number 7 for the third goal but in the end it didn't matter as the boys did the business at the other end. It's been a tough few weeks but it looks as though we're starting to turn it round and long may it continue." Bow Street: N. Bennett, A. Carree (P. James 62), M. Evans (D. Evans 67), J. Scarrott, O. James, G. Jones, D, Middleton, C. Middleton, J. Shaw (M. Loosley 87), P. Evans, M. Gornall (Unused subs: J. Hinge and G. Evans).

29th

Llanfyllin Vs Bow Street

P - P

League
Away
14:15

Game postponed

December '08

6th

Bow Street Vs Kerry

4 - 0

League

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14:00

Bow Street secured their third straight win on Saturday with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Kerry. Street continued where they left off against Dyffryn Banw in their previous game and started with a 3-5-2 formation that saw them sprint into a 3-0 lead within the first half an hour. Mikey Gornall opened the scoring when he latched onto a through ball from Dean Evans to squeeze the ball past the Kerry keeper and 5 minutes later Clint Middleton had doubled the lead with a neat finish from 8 yards. Peter James bagged his first goal of the season on the half hour mark with a firm header and at this stage it looked as though Street were going to run riot. However, a long break in play following an injury to a Kerry defender seemed to disrupt Street and they failed to increased their lead until the hour mark when an intelligent run from substitute Andrew Carree created space for Darren Middleton who then found Phil Evans with a teasing cross and Evans made no mistake on the volley from 6 yards. To their credit Kerry battled hard for the last half hour and almost scored a consolation goal towards the end but it was too little too late and it was the Magpies who took all three points. Street manager Huw Bates said after the game: "It was a very scrappy game in the end but luckily we did enough in the first half an hour to win the game. Kerry never gave up to be fair to them but after we went 3-0 up we seemed to drop to their level rather than continue playing in the manner that had seen us achieve the 3-0 lead in the first place. That is something we will need to address if we are going to pick up any points in the next few weeks during which we face Newtown and Aberystwyth twice.". Goalscorer Michael Gornall added: "It was crucial that we kept our winning run going today and it's great to have bagged the goal that got us on our way. It's also nice to keep a clean sheet for a change so a lot of the credit for this win has to go to the defence." Bow Street: N. Bennett, O. James, G. Jones, P. James, D. Davies (Hinge 80), D. Evans (A. Carree 59), D. Middleton, C. Middleton, J. Shaw (M. Evans 71), P. Evans and M. Gornall (Unused subs: G. Evans and H. Bates).

13th

Newtown Res Vs Bow Street

P - P

League

Away

14:30

Game postponed

18th

Aber Res Vs Bow Street

P - P

League

Away

19:30

Game postponed

27th

Bow Street Vs Aber Res

2 - 5

League

Home

14:00

Bow Street suffered a 5-2 home defeat at the hands of local rivals Aber Reserves on Saturday but will be disappointed not to have got anything out of the game having created a hatful of chances themselves. Street could have taken the lead within the first fifteen seconds but Phil Evans failed to connect with the ball following a wayward Aber back-pass. Four minutes later Aber had raced into a 2-0 lead after Street failed to clear their lines and after fifteen minutes Street were 3-0 behind after another calamity in defence was punished by the clinical Aber strikeforce. However, for the remainder of the first half Street dominated proceedings and created chance after chance, all of which were thwarted by a combination of the woodwork, the Aber goalkeeper and some wasteful finishing. Nevertheless Street's perseverance finally reaped rewards after half an hour when Darren Middleton headed home from 8 yards and on the stroke of half time Dean Evans capitalised on a goalkeeping error to set up an exciting second half with the scoreline delicately poised at 3-2. Street once again had the bulk of the possession in the second half but couldn't breakdown a solid Aber defence with Gwion ap Dafydd in fine form at the back and Josh Hartrick providing a superb outlet up front. Indeed it was Hartrick who provided the killer blow to Street's hopes when he left four Street defenders in his wake to make the game 4-2 and as Street pushed for a consolation goal in the dyeing minutes Hartrick's pace was too much for the beleaguered Magpies defence and he coolly made the game 5-2. Street manager How Bates was clearly disappointed with the result: "I can't fault the lads for effort today and for most of the game I think we were probably the better side. However, four of the Aber goals came from poor defensive decisions and I think the number of gilt edged chances we squandered must have been close to double figures so we only have ourselves to blame for this defeat." Bates added: "Before the game the two players I was most worried about were Gwion (ap Dafydd) and Josh (Hartrick) and in fairness to both of them they lived up to their growing reputations and stifled any hopes we had of turning things round in the second half.". Goalscorer Dean Evans added: "We showed today that we can more than compete with the likes of Aber Reserves but at the same time we have to learn from our mistakes if we are going to fulfil our potential this season." Bow Street: N. Bennett, O. James, G. Jones, M. Evans, D. Davies, D. Evans (M. Evans 69), D. Middleton, C. Middleton, A. Carree (J. Shaw 65), P. Evans, M. Gornall (Unused subs: P. James, G. Evans and H. Bates).

January '09

3rd

Bow Street Vs Tywyn Bryncrug

P - P

League

Home

14:00

Game postponed

10th

Bow Street Vs Rhayader

P - P

Central Wales Cup

Home

14:00

Game postponed

17th

Bow Street Vs Rhayader

1 - 1

Central Wales Cup

Home

14:00

Bow Street are through to the quarter finals of the Central Wales Cup following a thrilling victory over Rhayader courtesy of a penalty shoot-out. Street's hero was Nathan Bennett who saved two spot-kicks in the shootout in what was his farewell appearance for the club before moving back to his former club Llanilar. Street, whose defence had catastrophically capitulated against Aber Reserves only a fortnight earlier looked solid at the back with Clint Middleton and Dean Evans in particular impressing on the counter attack and despite the defences dominating Street looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Indeed, with the game still goalless after 50 minutes skipper Phil Evans rifled the ball back across the face of the goal and Club Captain Peter James made no mistake with a glancing header past the Rhayader keeper. For the next 20 minutes however Rhayader produced a sustained spell of pressure in their search for an equaliser and with a strong wind behind them it looked ever more likely that Street's lead would soon be cancelled out. As the pressure increased Street introduced substitutes Andrew Carree and Danny Evans who between them created a host of chances but after 89 minutes, Street had failed to increase their lead and with the final whistle looming Rhayader won a penalty after a foul by Middleton which sent the game into extra time. With the light failing Carree and Evans almost combined once again to win the tie but the teams could not be separated and the lottery of penalties ensued in the darkness. Phil Evans and Mark "Truck" Evans both converted coolly and after Bennett had saved twice and had seen another Rhayader kick ballooned into the car park, up stepped Danny Evans to rifle the ball home to win the game for Bow Street. Manager Huw Bates was full of praise for his players after the final whistle: "Rhayader gave us a complete stuffing earlier in the season and therefore I knew that today was going to be an incredibly difficult cup tie. We've been working hard on the back four in training recently and that hard work really paid off today as I thought the defence and Gwyn Jones in front of them were, to a man, absolutely superb. However, I have to give special credit to Pete James who, after an incredibly tough couple of weeks, produced an unbelievable performance and a goal to sum up why he's our Club Captain.". Bates was also complimentary of departing keeper Bennett: "I'm obviously disappointed to see Benny leave but i'm just glad that he probably saved his best performance in a Bow Street shirt for today. Best of luck to both Benny and Llanilar for the rest of the season." Bow Street: N. Bennett, D. Davies, M. Evans (N. Smith 95), P. James, M. Evans, G. Jones, D. Middleton, C. Middleton, D. Evans (A. Carree 68), P. Evans and M. Gornall (D. Evans 75).

24th

Bow Street Vs Penparcau

3 - 5

League

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14:00

Penparcau completed the double over Bow Street with a 5-3 victory on an afternoon of high drama at Cae Piod. Street will be bitterly disappointed having led 3-1 with only 9 minutes of the match remaining but will be proud with the efforts up until then having played all but ten minutes of the game with ten men. The opening exchanges were fairly even and after ten minutes the game was delicately poised at one goal apiece after Peter James had put the Magpies ahead through a long range free kick and Ishmael Abberton had scored for Penparcau on the counter-attack. Minutes later came the main talking point in the game when Mark "Truck" Evans was given his marching orders for a tackle on Mattie Davies and for the rest of the half Penparcau tried to use the extra man to their advantage. However, the Street defence stood firm and with half time looming Street took the lead when another James free kick rebounded off Penparcau keeper Stuart Bird and the lively Danny Evans pounced on the rebound to give the Magpies the lead at the interval. Street started the second half well and were the better team during the first quarter of an hour and deservedly extended their lead on the hour when Danny Evans found Dean Evans who scored on the volley. Phil Evans should have extended the lead 3 minutes later but struck his shot straight at bird but after a spell of sustained pressure Jonathan Foligno pulled a goal back for Penparcau on 81 minutes after Bow Street failed to clear their lines. Phil Evans then had another chance to make the game safe for Bow Street but was again thwarted by Bird and this proved to be his most crucial save of the game as Penparcau immediately went up the other end and scored through Mattie Davies. This finally broke Street's resilience and further goals followed through Davies and Fox to rub salt in Bow Street's wounds. Street manager Huw Bates tried his best to take some positives out of the defeat: "Not fore the first time this season our indiscipline and failure to convert chances has cost us three points today. However, for 71 minutes the ten men put up a real fight of it and with a bit of luck could have pulled off an unlikely victory. Hats off to Penparcau as they could easily have given up at 3-1 but they kept plugging away to the end and put us to the sword, especially in the last 5 minutes." Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, M. Evans, P. James, M. Evans, G. Jones, D. Middleton, D. Evans (C. Middleton 72), A. Carree, P. Evans and D. Evans (unused subs: M. Gornall, D. Whiteway, R. Lucas and H. Bates)

31st

Llanfyllin Vs Bow Street

4 - 2

League

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14:00

Bow Street suffered a demoralising 4-2 defeat on Saturday at the hands of lowly Llanfyllin, despite dominating proceedings for the majority of the game. Street should have taken the lead within the first ten minutes but Darren Middleton was thwarted by a good save by the Llanfyllin keeper and an Andrew Carree goal was disallowed after a handball by Dean Evans. Llanfyllin took the lead soon afterwards when Clint Middleton's header landed at the feet of the Llanfyllin centre forward who struck the ball sweetly past Barry Edwards from 20 yards. Bow Street then enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure which was rewarded when Dean Evans was felled in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. However, Phil Evans' effort was saved well by the keeper to keep Llanfyllin's slender lead in tact. Street's habit of conceding just after half time continued when Llanfyllin sliced through the Street defence to double their lead but once again this galvanised Street who again laid siege on the Llanfyllin goal. With twenty minutes left Gwyn Jones reduced the deficit but ironically Jones was at fault less than a minute later when Llanfyllin restored their two goal lead straight from the kick off. Once again Bow Street fought back with a diving header from Darren Middleton but a calamitous lack of communication between Peter James and goalkepper Edwards gifted Llanfyllin a fourth goal to seal the three points. Bow Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with his side's defeat: "For large spells of the game we played really well today but were once again punished for not taking our chances. Llanfyllin's second goal was taken well but the other three came from schoolboy errors on our part and the lads know that they didn't do themselves justice against a side that we should, on paper, be beating.". Asked whether he was concerned about the prospect of being relegated from the league, Bates replied: "We aren't getting the rub of the green at the moment but this isn't a time to start feeling sorry for ourselves. Instead, we need to knuckle down and start grinding out a few results to get us back up into the top half of the table where we belong." Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, M. Evans (D. Davies 80), P. James, C. Middleton (D. Whiteway 62), G. Jones, D. Middleton, D. Evans, A. Carree (O. James 83), P. Evans and D. Evans (Unused sub: H. Bates)

February '09

7th

Bow Street Vs Llanrhaeadr

4 - 1

League

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14:15

Bow Street secured a much needed three points on Saturday with a 4-1 home victory over Llanrhayader. Street started with former Penrhyn teammates Tim Turner and Andrew Carree up front in a completely revamped side to the team that lost miserably to Llanfyllin last weekend. The first ten minutes were dominated by Bow Street with Dean Evans and Nicky Smith in particular causing problems for the visitors but the rest of the first half degenerated into a very scrappy affair and at half time the two sides were separated only by an opportunist strike by Carree who slotted home from 20 yards. As seems to be the case more weeks than not, Bow Street started the second half poorly and could have conceded two goals within five minutes of the restart were it not for two goal-line clearances and the help of the woodwork. These missed chances proved costly for Llanrhayader because soon after Peter James found stand in skipper Dean Evans in space who struck a sweet shot from fully 35 yards into the top corner of the net. Street added to their lead ten minutes later when man of the match Darren Middleton sent a powerful header into the same top corner and at this stage Street appeared to be heading for a very comfortable victory. However, when Llanrhayader converted a penalty with 15 minutes to go it set up an exciting finale until Evans finally killed the game off with his second of the game. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly relieved with the result: "Last week's result was so disappointing that I made some fairly drastic changes to the starting line up. It certainly took us a while to gel today but after riding our luck just after half time we eventually started to play some good football and not for the first time Dean Evans has put himself in the frame for goal of the season. However, I thought our two best players today were Darren Middleton and Barry Edwards. Neither have been at their best over the last couple of games but today they showed everyone exactly what they are capable of and hopefully today was symptomatic of what I can expect from them and the rest of the lads during the rest of the season." Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, G. Jones, P. James (S. Harrison 66), J. Scarrott, C. Middleton, D. Middleton, D. Evans (G. Evans 88), A. Carree, T. Turner and N. Smith (M. Evans 75). (Unused subs: H. Bates and D. Whiteway).

14th

Penrhyncoch Vs Bow Street

4 - 1

Central Wales Cup

Away

14:15

Bow Street bowed out of the Central Wales Cup after losing 4-1 to Penrhyncoch at Cae Baker but the game was certainly a lot closer than the scoreline suggests. Street had to call upon club stalwart Adrian Evans to take his place between the sticks due to regular keeper Barry Edwards being cup tied and after 15 minutes of the game Evans had only been called upon once when he tipped a decent Huw Jones strike over the bar. However, with Street's defensive trio of Middleton, Scarrott and James looking reasonably comfortable against lone striker Liam Hinton-Jones, Evans misjudged a high ball on the edge of the box allowing Hinton-Jones to head home from 18 yards. Five minutes later Penrhyncoch's lead was doubled when Dylan James scored directly from a corner and with little more than half an hour played Street hit the self destruct button and gave away two needless penalties which were converted by Mark Egan and Huw Jones and at this stage it looked like Bow Street were staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat, despite matching Penrhyn in most areas of the pitch. Street regrouped at half time and substituted Peter James for Stephen Harrison who immediately started dictating play in the middle of the park. Gwyn Jones and Dafydd Davies were outstanding in their wing-back roles against the dual threat of Chris Wilkins and Sion Meredith and with ten minutes of the second half played Jones pulled a goal back for Street with a crisp volley from the edge of the box. Street should have doubled their lead ten minutes later when Davies and the industrious Andrew Carree combined superbly to set up Phillip Evans whose weak shot was cleared off the line by Ashley Stephens. Street failed to add to their solitary goal but will be pleased with their performance if a little disappointed with the way they threw the game away in the first half hour. Magpies boss Huw Bates was realistic about the day's proceedings: "It's difficult to be critical of the lads today because apart from four catastrophic decisions in the first half we actually played really well, especially in the second half. I don't think there was a massive difference between the teams on the balance of play apart from the fact that Penrhyn punished all of our mistakes and we only managed to notch one goal at the other end. It's never nice to be knocked out of any cup but today's performance against higher league opposition will certainly give us plenty of confidence ahead of next week's important league match against Newbridge." Bow Street: A. Evans, D. Davies, G. Jones, P. James (S. Harrison 46), J. Scarrott, O. James (M. Evans 80), D. Middleton, D. Evans, A. Carree (I. Evans 76), P. Evans and D. Davies.

21st

Bow Street Vs Newbridge

1 - 0

League

Home

14:15

Bow Street secured their second league victory in a row with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Newbridge at Cae Piod. Street were missing several key players and as a result gave a first start of the season to reserves top goalscorer Ian Evans and recalled veteran defender Mark Evans after two games on the bench and both justified their selections with solid displays. Bow Street probably had the better chances in the first half, most notably when Dean Evans rattled the crossbar from 30 yards but with the game goalless at half time a draw looked the most likely outcome. However, Newbridge started the second half brightly and should have taken the lead when a long throw was misjudged by the Street defence who were relieved to see the resultant free header go narrowly wide. Five minutes later Barry Edwards was called into action when he somehow managed to divert a goalbound effort for a corner with his outstretched boot and at this stage Newbridge certainly looked the more likely to come away with the three points. Nevertheless, Street refused to throw in the towel and were rewarded when Tim Turner charged down a clearance by the Newbridge goalkeeper and then calmly lofted the ball to the far post onto the head of Nicky Smith who made no mistake from 2 yards out. Inevitably this spurred Newbridge on who fought tirelessly for an equaliser and although their cause was assisted by Dean Evans' mindless red card in the dyeing minutes, Street held on for a priceless 3 points. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly delighted with the result: "Newbridge have been a bit of a bogey side for me over the last few years so to finally beat them is a great feeling. It wasn't a pretty game but there were some really gritty performances out there today and I certainly couldn't ask for any more effort and commitment out of my players who all gave nothing less than 100%.". Bates added: "The likes of Barry Edwards and Andrew Carree were on top form from start to finish today but special mention has to go to Darren Middleton and James Scarrott who were the best players on the pitch by a mile. We've got 4 or 5 very tough games ahead of us now but if we show the same commitment in each of those games as we did today we'll be very hard to beat." Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, M. Evans (D. Whiteway 72), J. Scarrott, I. Evans (C. Middleton 65), G. Jones, D. Middleton, D. Evans, A. Carree, T. Turner and N. Smith. (Unused subs: G. Evans and H. Bates).

28th

Berriew Vs Bow Street

3 - 0

League

Away

14:30

Bow Street lost 3-0 on Saturday to high flying promotion chasers Berriew but the match was much closer than the scoreline suggests and Street will feel that they deserved at least a point from the game. Street were once again without several regulars through suspension or injury but recalled Phil Evans, Peter James and Dean Davies who all missed last week's victory over Newbridge. Berriew started well and bombarded the Bow Street goal for the first twenty minutes but were denied time and time again by Magpies back four Mark Evans, Darren Middleton, James Scarrott and Gwyn Jones. However, just as Street started to get back into the game they conceded a free kick following an innocuous challenge from Jones which was miscued into the Street box and dispatched by a Berriew midfielder through a crowd of players. Rather than capitulate Street then took the game to Berriew and dominated the remainder of the half with Andrew Carree pulling the strings in midfield and wide men Clint Middleton and Nicky Smith providing excellent outlets on the flanks. Street also started the second half strongly and almost took the lead on the hour when Clint Middleton won a challenge with the Berriew keeper only for the ball to drop agonisingly out of Middleton's reach with the goal gaping before Berriew cleared their lines. This proved to be the crucial moment in the game as two minutes later Berriew had doubled their lead via another scuffed free kick and then with quarter of an hour to go they made the game safe from the penalty spot after the referee inexplicably awarded a penalty after a slip from the Berriew centre forward. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly frustrated with the day's events: "Berriew are flying this season but we more than matched them today in every department apart from the ruthlessness in front of goal department! I'm not usually one to criticise referees but you can usually tell whether a foul has been committed by the reaction of the other side and not a single Berriew player appealed for a foul on any of the three incidents that led to the goals. That tells its own story and it's just a shame that the match was decided by the ref's whistle rather than by a bit of magic from either side.". Bates added: "I think a point would have been a fairer result but I can't fault the players today who were all excellent and if we play like that next week I'd be confident of getting a result up in TNS." Bow Street: B. Edwards, M. Evans, G. Jones, P. James (I. Evans 70), J. Scarrott, C. Middleton, D. Middleton, D. Davies, A. Carree, P. Evans and N. Smith (D. Lewis 80). (Unused subs: R. Lucas and H Bates)

March '09

7th

New Saints Res Vs Bow Street

1 - 1

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14:30

Bow Street secured a crucial point away at Welsh Premier reserve side TNS on Saturday thanks to a brilliant team goal that was finished off by veteran Mark Evans. Street kept the same formation and largely the same personnel from their trip to Berriew the previous week but welcomed back Tim Turner up front and Owain James to the heart of the defence. The first half was dominated by the defences of both sides with James and Darren Middleton restricting TNS to long range shots and over-hit through-balls which were gobbled up by Magpies keeper Barry Edwards. At the other end Street found themselves in some excellent positions but for the second week running their execution of the final ball was not up to scratch and the TNS defence comfortably dealt with the majority of Bow Street's attacks. The second half was a completely different affair with both sides passing the ball about superbly and the game could quite conceivably have ended in a high scoring draw but in the end the game was decided by two exquisite goals. Street opened the scoring on 56 minutes when Peter James and Philip Evans played a neat one two in the centre of midfield. Evans then played the ball into playmaker Andrew Carree who swivelled and delivered a deft through-ball to the marauding Nicky Smith who delivered a perfect ball across the face of the goal which Evans despatched at the far post. Five minutes later a lapse of concentration in Street's midfield allowed TNS to play a perfectly weighted pass to striker Craig Whitfield who expertly slotted the ball into the corner of the net to bring the home side level. A draw was probably the right result although Phil Evans could have won the game for Bow Street in the dyeing minutes but his 30 yard strike went over the bar by a matter of inches and his free header curled agonisingly wide of the far post. Street manager Huw Bates was keen to focus on the positives of the result: "I think it shows how far we've come in the past few seasons in that we're disappointed to have only come away with a point against one of the Welsh Premier reserve team sides. Last season we played up here and tried to beat TNS by outmuscling them whereas this year we tried to outplay them and the fact that last year we lost 4-0 and this year we secured a superb draw tells its own story.". Bates added: "I think the goal is probably one of the best team goals we've scored since I've been in charge and the fact that so many of the lads were involved in it says as much about how this group of players get on with each other off the pitch as they do on it. This resuly sets us up nicely for the game we all look forward to more than any other - Aber Reserves away on Wednesday night." Bow Street: B. Edwards, M. Evans (D. Davies 70), G. Jones, P. James (D. Davies 65), O. James, C. Middleton (I. Evans 81), D. Middleton, T. Turner, A. Carree, P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused sub: H. Bates).

11th

Aber Res Vs Bow Street

3 - 1

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19:30

Aber Reserves did the double on Bow Street on Wedesday night with a 3-1 victory in what turned out to be a superb local derby. Bow Street recalled Dafydd Davies and James Scarrott to the starting line up and both of them needed to be at their best in the opening twenty minutes as Aber Reserves dominated proceedings and came close to opening the deadlock twice but were denied by the crossbar and the linesman's flag. Street could then have taken the lead against the run of play when Nicky Smith sent a pinpoint cross on to the head of Tim Turner whose firm header went narrowly over the bar from 8 yards. Aber eventually took the lead on 35 minutes after Street failed to clear their lines from a corner and * hooked the ball into the top corner past the stranded Mark Evans who was deputising for the injured Barry Edwards in the Bow Street goal. Despite this setback Street started the second half strongly and after a sustained spell of pressure equalised when half time substitute Peter James scored with a bullet header directly from a Smith corner. Street pushed hard for the lead but were punished ten minutes later when they once again failed to clear their lines and Alex O Keefe rifled the ball home from twenty yards. The game continued to open up in the closing minutes as Street strived for an equaliser but the excellent Tom Bradshaw finally made the game safe with ten minutes to go when he opened up the Bow Street defence and calmly slotted home to guarantee Aber a hugely important three points in their quest for the league title. Street manager Huw Bates was complimentary of both teams: "I hate losing but I can honestly say that I enjoyed watching tonight's game as both teams tried to play good football and between them scored four fantastic goals. On the balance of play Aber deserved to take the three points but we certainly gave them a scare when we equalised and if we'd snatched another when we were on top of the game who knows what would have happened." Bow Street: M. Evans, D. Davies, G. Jones (I. Evans 80), J. Scarrott, O. James, C. Middleton (D. Davies 83), D. Middleton, T. Turner, A. Carree, P. Evans (P. James 46) and N. Smith (Unused subs: M. Evans and S. Evans).

14th

Bow Street Vs Tywyn Bryncrug

2 - 6

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19:30

Bow Street: M. Evans, D. Davies, G. Jones (M. Evans 75), P. James, C. Middleton, D. Middleton, T. Turner, A. Carree (D. Davies 46), P. Evans and I. Evans. (Unused sub: G. Evans).

21st

Bow Street Vs Rhayader

2 - 2

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14:30

Bow Street edged a step closer to Spar Mid Wales League survival with a 2-2 draw against Rhayader on Saturday. Rhayader, who currently sit in 5th place in the table, comfortably beat Street 3-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season but despite this Street started with an attacking formation that saw teenager Ian Evans keep his place up front alongside captain Phil Evans. Street started positively with Messrs Evans linking well ahead of the influential Stephen Harrison in midfield. Harrison produced the pass of the first half on 15 minutes when he brilliantly found Nicky Smith in space but the Rhayader defence ensured that this and all of Street's other early attacks came to nothing. Rhayader took the lead against the run of play on 17 minutes when Mark Evans in the Bow Street goal clattered the Rhayader centre forward resulting in a penalty that drew no complaints from the Street defence. Fortunately for Evans his mistake was soon ruled out when Ian Evans flicked the ball on for strike-partner Phil who made no mistake with a low drive from eight yards. Street introduced Dean Evans at half time and within ten minutes he had provided a wicked delivery from a corner which was headed home powerfully by Peter James to give Street the lead. The goal seemed to galvanise Rhayader who then camped in the Bow Street half and limited the Magpies to counter-attacks through Dean Evans and fellow substitute Gerwyn Loosley and eventually Rhayader's possession reaped its rewards when veteran Dylan McPhee produced an exquisite chip which was coolly dispatched by the Rhayader substitute forward. Street could have snatched all three points when Loosley was felled in the box in the last minute but Street's appeals for a penalty went unheeded by referee Simon Jenkins and the game ended in an entertaining draw. Street manager Huw Bates appeared pleased with his side's efforts: "After last week's humiliating defeat to Tywyn it was important that we bounced back today and to be fair I thought the reaction from the lads was excellent. Ian Evans is starting to prove that he is first team material and Darren Middleton and Peter James showed that they are potentially an excellent combination at centre half. However, the man of the match was undoubtedly Stephen Harrison and his return to the side is most welcome after a very stop-start season.". Bates added: "This takes us to within a singe victory of the 30 point mark which I think will be good enough to stay up this season and with our reserves doing very well in their quest for promotion, there is still a good chance that this can be a very successful season for the Club generally." Bow Street: M. Evans, D. Davies, M. Evans, P. James, S. Harrison, C. Middleton (D. Evans 46), D. Middleton, I. Evans (G. Loosley 70), A. Carree, P. Evans and N. Smith (D. Davies 78).

29th

Carno Vs Bow Street

2 - 1

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14:30

Two first half goals cost Bow Street dear on Saturday as they went down 2-1 away from home to high flying Carno. Street will be delighted with the way they dominated the majority of the game but frustrated that they failed to deal with two innocuous corners that left them with a mountain to climb in the second half. Street were without six first team regulars for this Sunday outing but welcomed back Dean Evans, Tim Turner and Danny Evans into the starting line up in the absence of Andrew Carree, Clint and Darren Middleton. The opening exchanges were evenly contested and with twenty minutes gone the score-line was goal-less with both defences restricting their keepers to one save a piece. However, Carno opened the scoring soon afterwards when a Carno corner was delivered to the back post where it was duly dispatched by * despite being surrounded by no less than three Street defenders. Street almost drew level less than a minute later when Danny Evans' fierce volley forced an excellent save from the Carno keeper. The game's turning point arrived two minutes later when Peter James delivered a perfect free kick which was headed powerfully into the net by Phillip Evans but Street's celebrations were short-lived as referee Ali Nichol blew his whistle for a foul that had gone unnoticed by both sets of players. Five minutes later Carno had doubled their lead when another corner sailed directly into the Street net to give the home side a commanding lead at the interval. To their credit Street came out fighting in the second half and camped in the Carno half for almost the entire 45 minutes. Ian Evans' header hit the post and trickled along the line before being cleared and Phil Evans missed a good chance from 12 yards before Street eventually pulled a goal back when Turner forced an own goal with twenty minutes left on the clock. However, try as they may Street couldn't score the equaliser they truly deserved which leaves the Magpies looking over their shoulders as the season draws to a close. Street manager Huw Bates tried to remain up-beat about the performance despite the result: "Bearing in mind that Carno are serious title contenders I thought that our actual performance was outstanding today and special praise has to go to the back four who were all tremendous. However, you simply can't gift teams like this a two goal start and some of the lads are going to have to start taking responsibility on the pitch rather than hoping and praying that someone else is going to deal with the danger.". Bates added: "We've got ten games left to dig ourselves out of trouble but in fairness, if we play like that for the rest of the season we'll have nothing to worry about." Bow Street: M. Evans, D. Davies, G. Jones (J. Hinge 88), P. James, S. Harrison, M. Evans (O. James 68), T. Turner, D. Evans, I. Evans, P. Evans (G. Evans 71) and D. Evans (Unused sub: B. Edwards).

April '09

4th

Waterloo Vs Bow Street

2 - 0

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14:30

For the second week running Bow Street failed to convert the lion's share of possession into points as they went down 2-0 to mid table Waterloo. Street came out of the blocks well and for 35 minutes ran the Waterloo defence ragged but time after time their excellent approach play was let down by some woeful finishing. At the other end Street's defence were rarely troubled until they failed to clear a rare Waterloo corner and the ball was headed into the back of the net by *. Four minutes later Mark Evans gave away a needless penalty which was duly converted and to add to Street's misery he had to be substituted at half time with a thigh injury. In the second half the Magpies laid siege on the Waterloo goal but their best effort on goal was cleared off the line and Waterloo held on for an important victory. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly frustrated with the result: "Yet again I can't fault the performance because we created enough chances to win five games let alone one but our naivety and lack of confidence in front of goal is extremely worrying." Bates added: "There were a few positives to take from the game including another magnificent performance from Gwyn Jones and a lively cameo from Andrew Carree but the underlying feeling is that we have let ourselves down today by not converting any of our chances and conceding two abysmal goals at the other end." Bow Street: M. Evans (B. Edwards 46), D. Davies, G. Jones, O. James, S. Harrison, D. Evans (A. Carree 60), D. Davies (L. Jones 80), D. Evans, I. Evans, T. Turner and N. Smith (Unused sub: M. Evans).

8th

Presteigne Vs Bow Street

2 - 3

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19:45

Bow Street secured a priceless 3 points on Wednesday night with a 3-2 away victory over fellow mid-table side Presteigne. As in recent weeks Street dominated the first half but Dean Evans' cross come shot which clipped the crossbar was the closest they came to breaking the deadlock. The game remained goalless for a further 12 minutes until Street striker Ian "Baba" Evans manufactured a chance for himself and coolly slotted the ball home from 12 yards. 5 minutes later Street doubled their lead when good work from Stephen Harrison led to Tim Turner heading home a Nicky Smith cross and when Dean Evans fired home a penalty after 74 minutes the Magpies looked to be cruising towards a comfortable victory. However, Presteigne changed to a more attacking formation and were rewarded when substitute Justin Hinge was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box and the resulting penalty was duly dispatched. 4 minutes later Presteigne were in the hunt for a valuable point when * headed home from close range but Bow Street hung on to record only their third away victory of the season. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly relieved with the score-line: "We made life hard for ourselves in the last ten minutes but anyone watching the game would have to admit that we were worthy winners. The best player on the park by a mile was Tim Turner but our real hero tonight was young Baba who has persevered and given 110% for me over the past few games and all of his hard work has finally paid off. This sets us up nicely for the two tough games we have over the bank holiday weekend and hopefully by Monday evening we can finally forget about relegation and concentrate on enjoying the rest of the season." Bow Street: M. Evans, D. Davies, G. Jones, O. James (J. Hinge 82), S. Harrison, D. Evans, I. Evans, D. Evans, A. Carree (M. Evans 75), T. Turner and N. Smith (Unused sub: G. Evans)

11th

Bow Street Vs Berriew

0 - 2

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14:30

Berriew completed the double over Bow Street on Saturday with a 2-0 victory at Cae Piod. As was the case in the reverse fixture Bow Street enjoyed long spells of possession and created several chances but were punished by a ruthless Berriew side as they continue their quest for promotion. In an entertaining opening period it was Street who created the better chances with Ian Evans missing Street's best opportunity when he chipped over with only the keeper to beat. At the other end Mark Evans in the Magpies goal remained largely untroubled which made it even more frustrating for Bow Street to concede after 17 minutes when Evans and Darren Middleton got their wires crossed and allowed * to score from a tight angle. However, Street reacted well to this setback and pressed hard for an equaliser throughout the rest of the game with Dafydd Davies' long throws in particular causing havoc in the Berriew penalty area. Unfortunately for Street Berriew weathered the storm well and when the Magpies failed to capitalise from a string of free-kicks and corners towards the end of the game Berriew struck a killer blow from the penalty spot after a clumsy tackle from captain Stephen Harrison. To add insult to injury referee John Davies sent off keeper Mark Evans seconds before the final whistle for foul and abusive language to deepen Street's goalkeeping problems in the continuing absence of injured Barry Edwards. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly pleased with his side's performance despite the result:"In all honesty I think our two performances against Berriew this season have been absolutely superb and the only thing lacking from both games from our point of view was a bit of composure at either end of the field. Having said that, Berriew are a very good side and have a good chance of playing in the Cymru Alliance next season so I can't be downhearted and we must now start planning for Monday's important game against Llanrhaedr." Bow Street: M. Evans, D. Davies, G. Jones, O. James, S. Harrison, M. Evans (D. Whiteway 65), D. Middleton, D. Evans, D. Davies, I. Evans (J. Thomas 90) and D. Evans.

13th

Llanrhaeadr Vs Bow Street

4 - 4

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14:30

Bow Street secured a creditable draw away at Llanrhaedr on Monday but will be kicking themselves that they conceded two goals in the last ten minutes to prevent them picking up a second successive victory on the road. Stephen Evans deputised for the injured Barry Edwards in goal and Marc Loosley made his first start of the season but despite missing several first team regulars Street were ahead after only two minutes when top scorer Dean Evans rifled a free-kick into the roof of the net from 25 yards to give the Magpies a dream start. Ten minutes later Street doubled their lead when Peter James headed home a Danny Evans corner but a minute later James was adjudged to have handled in the area and despite Street's bewilderment at the decision * made no mistake from the spot. Street dominated the remainder of the first half and regained their two goal advantage on the stroke of half time when a well rehearsed long throw routine resulted in Danny Evans scoring from close range. In the second half Street had the upper hand for the first fifteen minutes despite not reaching the level of performance that they achieved in the first half. However, Llanrhaedr pulled a goal back on the hour mark and this triggered the start of a sustained spell of pressure on the Street goal that was relieved momentarily when Dean Evans scored Street's fourth after Danny Evans was felled in the box, but which resulted in a catalogue of chances for the home side, two of which were buried in the dyeing minutes to secure Llanrhaedr a priceless point in their battle to avoid the drop. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with the result: "Although I would have taken a point before the game this certainly feels like a defeat having squandered a two goal lead no less than three times. Having said that, in fairness to the lads out their today they were missing about 8 of their regular teammates and in the circumstances a point isn't a bad result especially as Llanrhaedr were absolutely superb in the last half an hour." Bow Street: S. Evans, D. Davies, G. Jones, P. James, S. Harrison, M. Evans, O. James, D. Evans, M. Loosley (C. Evans 77), I. Evans, D. Evans (Unused sub: G. Evans).

18th

Bow Street Vs Caersws Res

3 - 0

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14:30

Bow Street practically guaranteed that they will be playing Spar Mid football next year with a comfortable 3-0 home victory against relegation threatened Caersws. In the process Street moved into the top ten in the league, a position that looked very unlikely only a few weeks ago. Street welcomed Barry Edwards, Tim Turner, Darren Middleton and Nicky Smith back into the starting line up and Turner very nearly got Street off to the perfect start when Dafydd Davies' long throw was flicked on by Stephen Harrison but Turner's header sailed two feet over the bar. The first twenty five minutes was otherwise a very scrappy affair with neither side able to string any number of passes together and both goalkeepers remaining largely redundant. Almost inevitably Street broke the deadlock via another Davies exocet missile which this time was flicked on by Turner and tucked away by Harrison at the back post. On the stroke of half time Street produced the best move of the match when in the space of six passes they switched the ball from the right hand side of the pitch to the left resulting in Davies swinging in a high cross which was headed powerfully into the roof of the net by Turner. Street dominated the second half without every really finding fourth gear and should have put the game to bed before the hour mark but the young Caersws keeper thwarted the tireless Ian Evans on several occasions and also prevented goals from Dean Evans twice and substitute Mark Evans. Turner also hit the bar from close range before Street finally secured the points when Peter James produced a superb 50 yard pass that split the Caersws defence and allowed Nicky Smith to knock the ball around the keeper and fire it home to give the Magpies an unassailable lead. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly relieved with the result: "It's been a very long season and until today we've been looking over our shoulders and worrying about getting relegated. Today's victory means that we are almost mathematically safe from the drop so hopefully we can now enjoy the remaining games and finish as high up the league as possible.". Bates added: "Although today was probably our most comfortable victory of the season, ironically we have played a lot better than that recently and lost. However, there were still some outstanding performances out there today with Barry Edwards, Stephen Harrison and Dafydd Davies in particular standing out." Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, G. Jones, P. James, S. Harrison (D. Whiteway 80), D. Evans (M. Evans 70), D. Middleton, D. Evans (A. Carree 59), I. Evans, T. Turner and N. Smith.

25th

Bow Street Vs Presteigne

1 - 1

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14:30

Bow Street extended their recent unbeaten run to three games on Saturday with a scrappy home draw against Presteigne but will be disappointed not to have won the game with several good opportunities going begging before Presteigne snatched a late equaliser. Street were without experienced campaigners Stephen Harrison, Peter James and Andrew Carree but were still able to field the same back four that had performed superbly at the reverse fixture earlier in the month. The first half was a tight affair with neither team able to dominate proceedings and it was only once Owain James scored at the back post following a Nicky Smith corner that both teams finally settled down and started to play the sort of football of which both sides are capable. Street almost doubled their lead 5 minutes later but Danny Evans' cross come shot rebounded off the post and ten minutes later Tim Turner's header was cleared off the line. Street introduced Gerwyn Loosley at half time and he immediately injected a spark into Bow Street's attacking play. Street should have taken the lead on the hour when Danny Evans combined with namesake Dean whose shot was well saved by the Presteigne keeper. Five minutes later Loosley almost secured the three points for Street but again was thwarted by the Presteigne goalie after Loosley seemed certain to score. Street were almost immediately punished for these misses but Presetigne's strong appeals for a penalty were waved away by the well placed Paul Morgan. However, Presteigne arguably deserved something from the game and they were rewarded with 15 minutes of the match remaining when Barry Edwards in the Bow Street goal misjudged a ball into his area which spun directly into the far corner of the net. Street manager Huw Bates had mixed feelings about the result: "There's no doubt that we've dropped two points today but on the other hand this was the sort of game we were losing 2-1 a couple of months ago so overall I'm happy with our progress. We've got four games left to try and secure a top ten finish and looking on the bright side this takes us a point closer to that goal." Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, G. Jones, O. James, D. Evans, M. Evans (L. Jones 70), D. Middleton, D. Evans, I. Evans (G. Loosley 46), T. Turner and N. Smith (D. Whiteway 75). (Unused sub: G. Evans)

29th

Aberystwyth Uni Vs Bow Street

2 - 0

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18:45

Bow Street squandered the chance to move up to joint ninth in the Spar Mid Wales League by losing 2-0 away to Aber Uni. Not for the first time this season Street were undone by two defensive howlers having dominated the majority of the game and missed countless chances in front of goal and even had the benefit of a man advantage for the last quarter of the game after the Uni centre half was given his marching orders. Street recalled Stephen Harrison and Andrew Carree to the starting line up and gave a first start of the season to veteran paceman Gerwyn Loosley and in the first half Loosley and Carree posed Street's main threat with Harrison and Tim Turner doing the donkey work in the middle of the park. After a goalless first half Street came out of the traps strongly in the second half and put together a sustained spell of pressure on the Uni goal for twenty minutes and were thwarted by a mixture of bad finishing, excellent goalkeeping, the woodwork and even a goalline clearance. Then came the turning point in the game when Dean Evans tangled with the Uni centre half which resulted in Evans received a yellow card and the Uni player receiving a straight red. However, rather than give Street the confidence to go on and win the match it seemed to have the opposite effect as they lost shape at the back and were caught several times on the break as the Uni displayed a never say die attitude. Despite this the Uni failed to force a single corner in the whole game and keeper Barry Edwards didn't have a meaningful save to make throughout the game which made it more frustrating for Street when a lack of communication between Edwards and Darren Middleton allowed the Uni to tap the ball into an empty net to leave Bow Street with an uphill struggle to rescue a point. Five minutes later however the Uni doubled their lead as Street pushed forward and Edwards was unable to prevent a long range strike from an acute angle trickling into the net. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly frustrated with the night's events. "Any spectator leaving the game after 75 minutes will not believe that we managed to lose the game 2-0. I know I am starting to sound like a stuck record but we dominated the game before hitting the Bow Street self-destruct button yet again and gifted the Uni 3 points that even they will admit they didn't deserve. ". Bates added: "Some of the boys need to realise that a 0-0 away from home is not a bad result so for us to capitulate in such a shambolic way is really disheartening. Having said that we are now mathematically safe from the drop and so the boys have achieved their objective for this season and we can now start planning for next year - including a strategy for avoiding defensive calamities!" Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, G. Jones, O. James, S. Harrison (P. James 85), G. Loosley (M. Evans 85), D. Middleton, D. Evans (I. Evans 80), A. Carree, T. Turner and N. Smith.

May '09

1st

Netwown Res Vs Bow Street

5 - 0

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19:30

Bow Street were put to the sword by league leaders Newtown on Friday night and despite a spirited performance by the Magpies the Robins were victorious by 5 goals to 0. Street kept largely the same team that had lost to the University in midweek and should have taken the lead in the first minute but Owain James failed to make firm contact with a bobbling ball in the box. Two minutes later Newtown opened the scoring when Richie Evans latched on to a bouncing ball and finished superbly past Magpies keeper Barry Edwards. Street matched Newtown in every department for the remainder of the first half but couldn't force an equaliser despite good efforts from Dean and Ian Evans in particular and this proved to be costly as Neil Mitchell doubled Newtown's advantage on the stroke of half time after once again Street failed to adequately clear their lines. Street's old habit of conceding goals just after half time came back to haunt them two minutes after the restart but will have no cpmplaints about a fantastic finish by first team regular Mitchell and despite Andrew Carree going close on two occassions Street failed to score and Newtown added a couple of late goals to seal a deserved victory even if the scoreline flattered them somewhat. Street manager Huw Bates was realistic about the result: "Now that Newtown's first team's season has finished they were able to take full advantage and bring some quality players into the squad and the likes of Evans, Micthell and Sutton really punished us today with some quality passing and finishing. I think that was one of our better performances but when you're up against that sort of quality it is always going to be difficult especially if you don't capitalise on the few chances you get over the 90 minutes. We've now just got two home games left and i'd like to think we can pick up at least 4 points from these matches to help us finish as high up the league as possible." Bow Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, G. Jones, P. James (M. Evans 70), O. James, I. Evans, D, Middleton, D. Evans, A. Carree, T. Turner (D. Evans 55), N. Smith (S. Harrison 80) (Unused sub: G. Evans).

13th

Bow Street Vs Aberystwyth Uni

3 - 0

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19:00

Bow Street kept their hopes of a top ten finish alive with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over the University on Wednesday night in their penultimate game of the season. Having gifted the Uni a victory in the reverse fixture at Vicarage Fields, Street were keen to avoid any sloppy mistakes and in the first quarter of an hour the Magpies looked comfortable in all departments and led through a superb Danny Evans strike from almost 30 yards. However, the University gradually clawed themselves back into the game during the remainder of the first half and dominated the centre of midfield in particular for large spells which will have made Dean Evans' wonder-strike on the stroke of half time even more frustrating for them to concede. The Uni also had the better of the opening exchanges in the second half and were thwarted by an incredible double save by Barry Edwards on the hour which proved to be the turning point in the match as ten minutes later Danny Evans scored his second goal of the game with a cheeky chip to give Bow Street their eleventh victory of the season. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly pleased with the evening's events: "Ironically we played a lot better than that at Vicarage Fields but tonight we took our chances and defended as if our lives depended on it and winning ugly certainly feels a whole lot better than playing pretty football and losing!". Bates was also keen to single out a few players for special praise: "I thought the back four were very solid tonight with Daf Davies in particular putting in another outstanding performance. I'm pleased for Danny and Dean who both scored special goals but the moment of the match was without doubt Barry's double save which was as good as I've seen at this level and I hope he can now carry this form into next season.". Man of the match Edwards commented: "It's nice to make a major contribution to a victory but the most important thing was bagging 3 points which sets us up nicely for our final game of the season against Carno on Saturday." Street: B. Edwards, D. Davies, G. Jones (D. Davies 77), O. James, S. Harrison (P. James 53), D. Evans, D. Middleton, D. Evans, G. Loosley (L. Jones 70), T. Turner and N. Smith (Unused sub: G. Evans).

16th

Bow Street Vs Carno

1 - 1

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Bow Street finished off their second season in the Spar Mid Wales League with an entertaining 1-1 draw against high flying Carno. The visitors brought a strong side to Cae Piod as a victory would have seen them pip Aber Reserves for third place in the league but it was Bow Street who created most of the early chances with Nicky Smith forcing a fine save from the Carno goalkeeper and Peter James heading straight at the keeper from a wicked Lee Jones corner when it seemed easier to score. At the other end Barry Edwards was largely untroubled until a lapse of concentration saw Carno with a clear sight of goal only for Darren Middleton to quell the danger with an excellent tackle. In the second half Street almost gifted Carno a lead when Owain James was dispossessed on the half way line but the Carno striker was thwarted again by Middleton who cleared off the line. Middleton's third last gasp clearance of the day proved to be the main talking point in the match as he produced a brilliant left handed save to prevent a goalbound effort which resulted in an inevitable red card. Carno hit the post with the resulting penalty but were quicker to react to the rebound and forced the ball through Edwards' legs to take the lead. A few months ago Street would have capitulated in the face of such adversity but they are made of sterner stuff these days and midfield duo Dean Evans and Clint Middleton started to take the game by the scruff of the neck by feeding pass after pass to Nicky Smith who started to find space down the right hand side of midfield and indeed Street eventually forced an equaliser when good work from Smith saw Dean Evans and Andrew Carree combine well with Evans producing an accomplished finish to draw the scores level. Street spent the last ten minutes in search of a winner but were denied by the Carno goalkeeper with Dean Evans coming closest with a powerful free kick. At the final whistle both sides got a rousing ovation from the hefty crowd in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining games seen at Cae Piod this season. Street manager Huw Bates said "It would have been nice to finish the season with a win today but Carno are a very good side and in the grand scheme of things a draw is a very good result. It's hard to pick out a man of the match as I thought all of the boys did well today but I was very impressed by young Lee Jones and club stalwart Hugh Griffiths in particular.". Griffiths, who captained the side for the day added: "I think the way we dug out a result after going down to ten men shows the spirit running though the team at the moment. It's been a tough old season but it's nice to end it on a high." Bow Street: B. Edwards, H. Griffiths, O. James, P. James (G. Jones 70), L. Jones (D. Davies 61), C. Middleton, D. Middleton, D. Evans, A. Carree, G. Loosley and N. Smith (Unused sub: S. Harrison).