1st Team Match Reports 2009/10

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  1. 1 1st Team Match Reports 2009/10
    1. 1.1 Bow Street 0 - 1 Aberbargoed - 15/08/2009 (Welsh Cup)
    2. 1.2 Bow Street 5 - 1 Tywyn Bryncrug - 25/08/2009
    3. 1.3 Aberystwyth Reserves 1 - 0 Bow Street - 02/09/2009
    4. 1.4 Dyffryn Banw 3 - 3 Bow Street - 05/09/2009
    5. 1.5 Bow Street 4 - 3 Caersws Reserves - 12/09/2009
    6. 1.6 Rhayader 1 - 0 Bow Street - 16/09/2009
    7. 1.7 Rhayader 2 - 2 Bow Street - 19/09/2009 (FAW Cup)
    8. 1.8 Presteigne 1 - 4 Bow Street - 26/09/2009
    9. 1.9 Bow Street 1 - 3 Newtown Reserves - 3/10/2009
    10. 1.10 Newbridge-on-Wye 3 - 4 Bow Street - 10/10/2009
    11. 1.11 Llanharry 6 - 2 Bow Street - 17/10/2009 (FAW Cup)
    12. 1.12 Llanrhaeadr 2 - 3 Bow Street - 24/10/2009
    13. 1.13 Bow Street - Llanfyllin - 31/10/2009 (League Cup)
    14. 1.14 Bow Street 1 - 2 Dyffryn Banw - 7/11/2009
    15. 1.15 Waterloo 1 - 4 Bow Street - 28/11/2009
    16. 1.16 Bow Street 3 - 2 Newbride-on-Wye 5/12/2009
    17. 1.17 Bow Street 2 - 1 Tywyn Bryncrug 12/12/2009 (League Cup)
    18. 1.18 Penparcau 3 - 2 Bow Street 26/12/2009
    19. 1.19 Bow Street 4 - 0 Waterloo Rovers 16/01/2010
    20. 1.20 Bow Street 3 - 1 Llanfyllin 23/01/2010
    21. 1.21 Caersws Reserves 2 - 3 Bow Street 29/01/2010
    22. 1.22 Bow Street 2 - 3 Llanrhaeadr 6/2/2010
    23. 1.23 Bow Street 4 - 0 Talgarth Town 13/2/2010 (Central Wales Cup)
    24. 1.24 Llanfyllin 0 - 8 Bow Street 27/2/2010
    25. 1.25 Aberystwyth University 0 - 1 Bow Street 6/3/2010 
    26. 1.26 Bow Street 1 - 0 Llansantffraid Village 13/3/2010
    27. 1.27 Bow Street 3 - 0 Hay St Marys 20/3/2010
    28. 1.28 Carno 1 - 1 Bow Street 27/03/2010
    29. 1.29 Bow Street 1 - 2 Rhaeadr 3/4/2010
    30. 1.30 Tywyn/Bryncrug 1 - 3 Bow Street 5/4/2010
    31. 1.31 Bow Street 2 - 3 Aberystwyth Reserves 31/03/2010
    32. 1.32 Llansaintffraid Village 1 - 2 Bow Street 10/4/2010
    33. 1.33 Bow Street 2 - 1 Hay St Marys 12/4/2010 (League Cup)
    34. 1.34 Bow Street 3 - 0 Dolgellau 14/4/2010
    35. 1.35 Dolgellau 1 - 3 Bow Street 20/4/2010
    36. 1.36 Newtown 0 - 1 Bow Street 23/4/2010
    37. 1.37 Bow Street 0 - 2 Aberystwyth University 28/4/2010
    38. 1.38 Llanrhaeadr 3 - 1 Bow Street 1/5/2010 (CWFA Cup)
    39. 1.39 Bow Street 1 - 2 Llansantffraid Village 3/5/2010 (League Cup Final)
    40. 1.40 Bow Street 2 - 2 Carno 8/5/2010
    41. 1.41 Bow Street 1 - 0 Presteigne 12/5/2010
    42. 1.42 Hay St Marys 3 - 1 Bow Street 15/5/2010

Bow Street 0 - 1 Aberbargoed - 15/08/2009 (Welsh Cup)

Bow Street fell at the first hurdle in the Welsh Cup by losing to a solitary goal against Welsh League side Aberbargoed in an even but physical contest at Cae Piod. The wind proved to be a major factor in the afternoon’s events as Aberbargoed dominated large swathes of the first half using the wind to their advantage and winning most of their individual battles, especially in midfield. Street looked dangerous on the counter-attack with Nicky Smith and Tony Jones attacking the flanks but Street’s new strike partnership of Phil Evans and Dan Jones could only feed off scraps as chances proved hard to come by. At the other end some defensive indecision in the blustery conditions almost cost Street dear but Aberbargoed failed to capitalise on four decent chances which left the game goalless at half time. With the wind behind them the Magpies started the second half in a far more positive manner and should have taken the lead within three minutes of the re-start but Gaz Hughes couldn’t connect to a bouncing ball which was collected by a very relieved goalkeeper. This proved to be a pivotal point in the match as the goalie’s long clearance was not dealt with by the Street defence which resulted in Street keeper Dave Gregory producing a fine save off a powerful Aberbargoed shot only to see the rebound gobbled up by the Aberbargoed striker. This proved to be the end of Aberbargoed as an attacking force as Street spent forty minutes striving for an equaliser but time and time again they were thwarted by resolute defending and goalkeeping and at the final whistle probably deserved to make their way into the first round proper of the competition. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed but realistic about the significance of the result: “I’m obviously a little disappointed to be knocked out at such an early stage after we enjoyed such a good run last season but in the grand scheme of things it was never a competition we were going to win so at least we can start concentrating on matters closer to home. Last season our cup run had a catastrophic effect on our league form so hopefully this year’s early exit can have the opposite effect!”. Bates added: “Despite losing there were still some very strong performances out there today with Philip Evans, Andrew Jones and Owain James in particular standing out. We now all look forward to the visit of Penparcau on Wednesday and hopefully we can improve upon last year’s encounters in which they beat us on both occasions.”

Bow Street: D. Gregory, A. Jones, G. Jones (D. Evans 66), D. James, O. James, J. Sherwood (G. Hughes 42), T. Jones, D. Evans, D. Jones (54), P. Evans and N. Smith.


Bow Street 5 - 1 Tywyn Bryncrug - 25/08/2009

Bow Street secured their first three points of the season with and impressive display of attacking football at Cae Piod last tuesday night (Aug 25th). Street started with real intent down both flanks and the deadlock was broken after 10 minutes when street flyer Tony Jones was up brought down in the Tywyn box for a stone wall penalty which jones duly converted. Tywyn struggled to contain the Magpies potent attacking threat and the second street goal was soon forthcoming as Gwyn Jones produced a fine right wing cross which was met by Darren Middleton at the back post and tucked away at close range by street newboy Dylan James, bagging his first of the season. Tywyn however soon rallied and caught the home defence napping through a quickly taken free kick which found Richie Evans through on goal and he made no mistake by slotting through the legs of stand in keeper Steven Evans to make it 2-1 at the half time interval.

Street began the second half brightly and the goal of the game saw several passing interchanges, with Dafydd Davies and Tony Jones causing havoc down the left hand side, Jones' slide rule pass being buried by towering street skipper Phil Evans to make it 3-1. To their credit Tywyn never gave up but street's superior fitness and quality resulted in a further two penalties which saw Jones complete his deserved hattrick from the spot.

A jubilant Assistant Street Manager Peter James commented: 'I thought the whole squad were outstanding tonight and gave a performance which bodes well for the rest of the season. We need to maintain the high standards set tonight, but as a mangament team we have total faith in the lads delivering the goods. A special mention must go to Tony Jones who was unstoppable tonight, with three very well taken penalties to boot. I thought Tim Turner's introduction at the back was also very impressive and adds the depth of experience required to compete at this level. We look forward to our next game v Llansantffraid on saturday'

Aberystwyth Reserves 1 - 0 Bow Street - 02/09/2009

Bow Street’s unbeaten start to their league campaign was ended at the hands of local rivals Aberystwyth on Wednesday night in an exhilarating local derby at Park Avenue. Aber were able to call upon the services of first team regulars Aneurin Thomas, Kristian James, Glyndwr Hughes, Andy Evans and Robert Evans and had the better of the first half although Street had the better chances with Tony Jones causing havoc down the left hand side and captain Phil Evans narrowly missing out on three rebounds from powerful strikes from Jones. Aber led at half time through a Glyndwr Jones header but Street dominated large periods of the second half and were unlucky not to come away with at least a share of the spoils in probably the most entertaining encounter between the two sides in the past few seasons. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly pleased with the Bow Street performance but pulled no punches when it came to commenting upon Aberystwyth’s team selection: “I have always been a firm supporter of the Welsh Premier reserve teams’ involvement in the Spar Mid Wales League and in fact Bow Street were one of only two clubs not to vote for their exclusion from the league as from next season. However, I have to say that this support was severely tested tonight when I saw the Aber line up which by my calculations included players with over 1000 senior appearances and almost 200 goals whereas several of the youngsters who form part of Aber’s alleged “youth policy” were left on the bench until late in the game. I think the Bow Street performance was probably one of the best I have seen since I have been at the club but competing against this sort of quality is always going to be an uphill struggle and I don’t think there’s any doubt that we will not face a stronger side during the rest of this season.”. Bates added: “I’ve tended to bite my tongue in relation to such matters in the past for fairly obvious reasons but the lads could not have given another ounce last night and with that performance would have beaten any other Spar Mid side that we have ever played during the past three seasons but playing against half of a Welsh Premier side is a different matter. Having said all that, I thought all 14 Bow Street players were excellent this evening and if we play like that for the rest of the season we won’t be far off giving Aber a run for their money come the end of the campaign.”

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, N. Smith, O. James, T. Turner, D. Evans (P. Bonner 68), D. Evans (G. Hughes 73), D. James (G. Loosley 83), D. Middleton, P. Evans, T. Jones (Unused sub: P. James)


Dyffryn Banw 3 - 3 Bow Street - 05/09/2009

Bow Street secured a valuable point away from home on Saturday but will be kicking themselves after allowing Dyffryn Banw to equalise in the last minute of the match. Street made only one change to the team that had narrowly lost to Aberystwyth three days earlier with former captain Paul Bonner making his first start for over 12 months but despite a superb second half against Aber Bow Street failed to reach the same level of performance and could have found themselves behind after less than 30 seconds but Dave Gregory made a comfortable save after the Banw striker failed to capitalise on a glorious opportunity. Despite not playing particularly well Street created a host of chances in the first half with Dylan James heading narrowly wide and then being adjudged offside when he finished well after a Dean Evans strike had been parried by the goalkeeper. Banw took the lead midway through the first half when a free kick rattled the crossbar with the rebound being gobbled up from close range. Street re-jigged their line-up ten minutes before half time with Bonner pushing into midfield in order to quell the dual threat of Mark and Chris Roberts and at the start of the second half Street appeared to be getting themselves back into the game only for Dyffryn Banw’s lead to be doubled on the hour-mark after a slick counter-attack. This goal finally kick-started Bow Street’s afternoon who then laid siege to the Banw goal and ten minutes later Dean Evans reduced the deficit with a low left footed strike. Tim Turner equalised 5 minutes later from close range and then set up Darren Middleton with ten minutes of the game remaining to give Bow Street the lead. In the final minute Dan Jones was dubiously adjudged to have fouled the Banw centre half which resulted in a long ball which was flicked on by a Banw defender onto the top of Turner’s head and into the back of the net. Street manager Huw Bates said after the game “I think we would have taken a point when we were two nil down with twenty minutes left but it still feels like a defeat after conceding in the last minute. This is a tough place to come but we will certainly need to defend better and be more ruthless in front of goal in the forthcoming weeks if we are going to keep ourselves near the top of the league.”. Bates added: “On a positive note I thought Paul Bonner was excellent today in his comeback game especially when he moved into midfield and considering we lost 5-0 in the same fixture last year today was a significant improvement on that performance.”

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James, T. Turner, P. Bonner, D. Evans, D. Middleton, D. James (D. Jones 60), P. Evans (S. Harrison 85) and T. Jones (Unused subs: M. Jones and R. Lucas)

Bow Street 4 - 3 Caersws Reserves - 12/09/2009

Bow Street moved up to third position in the Spar Mid Wales table after beating Caersws Reserves 4-3 at Cae Piod on Saturday but almost paid the penalty for once again missing a host of chances which if converted would have seen the game put beyond Caersws’ reach before half time. Street started with largely the same team that finished strongly against Dyffryn Banw last week with Dan Jones partnering Phil Evans up front and Dylan James slotting in at left back. Street could have been two nil up after less than five minutes with two Dean Evans efforts narrowly missing the target but after ten minutes it was Caresws who took the lead while Bow Street were still contesting a decision by referee Paul Morgan. From thereon it was one-way traffic with Street keeper Adrian Evans largely untroubled and the pressure eventually paid off when Dean Evans equalised on the twenty five minute mark. Darren Middleton put Street into the lead ten minutes after half time and when Dean Evans notched his second ten minutes later the three points looked a formality but sloppy defending allowed Caersws back into the game off a corner. Evans completed his hatrick after 80 minutes to the relief of the Bow Street supporters but a series of calamitous and comedic errors by the Bow Street back line gifted Caersws a lifeline but Street managed to see the game out to move them up to their highest league position since the latter stages of their first season at this level. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly a relieved man: “We almost made a pig’s ear of it today but I’m obviously delighted with the end result.”. Bates added: “I thought that in patches our back four were all excellent today but obviously the headlines have to go to Dean Evans who produced one of his best 90 minutes for the Club but in all honesty he could have scored three hattricks today if he’d had a bit of luck and taken all his chances. Well done Deano - keep it up!”.

Bow Street: A. Evans, D. James, D. Evans (N. Smith 74), T. Turner, P. Bonner, O. James, D, Middleton, D. Evans, D. Jones (P. James 84), P. Evans (I. Evans 79), T. Jones (Unused subs: A. Jones and R. Lucas)


Rhayader 1 - 0 Bow Street - 16/09/2009

Bow Street failed in their attempt to move up to second in the league on Wednesday night as they lost 1-0 away to high flying Rhayader. Street will be kicking themselves that they did not capitalise on the majority of possession in the second half and frustrated that after restricting Rhayader to a solitary second half shot, a defensive lapse cost them a share of the spoils with only ten minutes of the game remaining. Street made just one change from the team which defeated Caersws four days earlier with Nicky Smith regaining his place at right back and Smith proved to be Street’s most effective player during the first half as the Rhayader midfield and forwards caused Street several moments of difficulty on the break. At the other end Tony Jones, Dean Evans and Dan Jones looked dangerous on the counter-attack but with both sets of forwards failing to convert their chances the game remained goalless at half time. In the second half Street upped the tempo and went close through a Philip Evans header that was tipped over the bar and a Tim Turner header that clipped the post from close range. Street looked solid at the back but gave away a needless free kick with just over ten minutes to go which fell to the young Rhayader striker who showed composure beyond his years to give Rhayader the lead against the run of play. Darren Middleton came close to forcing an equaliser late on but Rhayader held out for an important three points. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with the result: “The lads are gutted because we felt we deserved something out of the game but as I have just reminded them if you don’t score a single goal in 90 minutes you’re always going to struggle against teams like Rhayader who battle to the end. We’ll certainly be looking for revenge when we face Rhayader again on Saturday in the FAW Trophy and although I would have far preferred to get a result against them in the league a victory would certainly sweeten the bitter pill that we have swallowed tonight.”

Bow Street: S. Evans, D. James (J. Sherwood 76), O. James, T. Turner, P. Bonner, T. Jones, D. Middleton, D. Evans (D. Evans 63), D. Jones, P. Evans and N. Smith (A. Jones 79). (Unused sub: P. James)


Rhayader 2 - 2 Bow Street - 19/09/2009 (FAW Cup)

(Bow Street win 3 - 0 on penalties after extra time)

Dave “The Save” Gregory was the hero for Bow Street as he saved all three Rhayader penalties in a tense shoot out to send Bow Street through to the next round of the FAW Trophy. Street were keen to bounce back from their narrow league defeat only three days earlier and during the first twenty minutes it looked like it may be an easy afternoon for them as they created several chances the best of which fell to Phil Evans who hit the post and the tireless Dan Jones who had his firm shot cleared off the line. However, Street’s failure to score seemed to galvanise Rhayader who scored from six yards with the Magpies defence nowhere to be seen. In the second half Street got off to a bright start and equalised through a cross come shot from Dean Evans but less than two minutes later Rhayader regained the lead with a wonder goal. Street then introduced seasoned campaigners Paul Bonner and Nicky Smith from the bench and within ten minutes they were level when Tony Jones created a chance for himself and netted from 12 yards. Rhayader looked the more likely team to win it within regulation time but Street defended a series of Dylan McPhee set pieces well and held out for extra time. The further thirty minutes was an even affair with Ian Evans coming close for Bow Street and Dave Gregory making a good save to deny Rhayader the victory late on. In the penalty shoot out Gregory took matters into his own hands by saving the first three Rhayader penalties and with Tony Jones, Danny Evans and Dean Evans all scoring for Street the Magpies progressed to the next round by the skin of their teeth. Bow Street manager Huw Bates was uncompromising after his side’s victory: “I’m obviously pleased to get through but to say I am unhappy about certain aspects of the performance would be an understatement. We have the perfect opportunity to put things right against Presteigne on Saturday and if the lads play to their potential I have no doubt that we will come away with three points to reinvigorate our league campaign.”

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, D. Evans, A. Jones, O. James, J. Sherwood (P. Bonner 59), D. Middleton, D. Evans, D. Jones (N. Smith 59), P. Evans (I. Evans 80) and T. Jones.


Presteigne 1 - 4 Bow Street - 26/09/2009

Bow Street secured an impressive three points on the road on Saturday as they beat much fancied Presteigne 4-1 at Llanadras Park. After relatively poor performances against Rhayader in their previous two games Street were keen to make amends but it was Presteigne who had the better of the opening five minutes. However, Dean Evans settled Street’s nerves after quarter of an hour when he struck a sweet 25 yard shot into the back of the net after good work from striker partner Phil Evans. Ten minutes later Evans doubled the lead when he turned the Presteigne defence inside and out before driving the ball low into the bottom right hand corner from 18 yards for his second goal of the afternoon. Street should have gone in at half time with a three goal lead but the impressive Joe Sherwood narrowly failed to convert from close range. In the second half Presteigne pushed men forward and this seemed to unsettle Street but stand in keeper Owain James held firm and after a spell of pressure Street finally got the all important third goal when Dean Evans set up Paul Bonner who made no mistake from 6 yards. Prestigne snatched a late consolation goal but a typical individual goal from Tony Jones made the game safe. Street manager Huw Bates said “For about forty minutes of the first half we played to the kind of level that I expect us to be playing at every week and although we did get a bit ragged in the second half the damage had been done and I felt we thoroughly deserved the three points.”. Bates added: “There were some excellent performances out there today with Paul Bonner, Joe Sherwood, Andrew Jones and Owain James all outstanding in the first half but my man of the match has to be Tim Turner who produced an unbelievable display in the second half when we were under the cosh.”.

Bow Street: O. James, D. James (D. Davies 65), A. Jones, T. Turner, P. Bonner, J. Sherwood, D. Middleton, D. Evans, T. Jones, P. Evans (P. James 85), N. Smith (D. Jones 70).


Bow Street 1 - 3 Newtown Reserves - 3/10/2009

Bow Street suffered their first home league defeat of the season on Saturday when they lost 3-1 to Newtown on a disappointing afternoon at Cae Piod. Street made two changes from the side that had beaten Presteigne a week earlier with Dafydd Davies replacing the absent Tony Jones and Dave Gregory regaining his place between the sticks. Street captain Phil Evans won the toss and opted to play with a strong wind behind Bow Street but time and time again during the first half Street failed to take advantage of the conditions and repeatedly over-hit their through balls with several such balls running harmlessly behind for goal kicks. At the other end the Street defence struggled to cope with the Newtown front line and Gregory saved well from Stu Fraser on three occasions during the first half an hour. With the game goalless at half time Street knew they had to increase the intensity of their play and in the first ten minutes of the second half they briefly did just that and took the lead when Phil Evans unselfishly laid on Dylan James who notched his second goal of the season from 18 yards. Street held their lead for just over ten minutes before Newtown equalised with surely one of the most bizarre goals that has ever been witnessed at Cae Piod. Darren Middleton intercepted a Newtown through ball which ended at the feet of Gregory with no Newtown player within 40 yards of him. He repeatedly asked referee John Davies if he could pick the ball up with nobody quite sure whether Middleton’s involvement constituted a back pass or not. With the Newtown centre forward bearing down on him Davies remained silent and so Gregory resorted to clearing the ball to the edge of the area only for the grateful striker to collect the ball and slot it into the net from close range. Street were furious but were unable to convert this emotion into quality football and while chasing the winner were caught twice on the break to give Newtown a deserved three points. Street manager Huw Bates said after the game: “Although their equaliser was fairly bizarre I thought that our performance today was nothing short of atrocious and ironically Dave Gregory was easily our best player.”. Bates added: “We are quite an ambitious set of guys and would like to think that we can still challenge for silverware this season but as I have just said to the boys you don’t acheive anything without hard work in this world and therefore today’s performance was simply unacceptable.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies (P. James 76), A. Jones, T. Turner, P. Bonner, J. Sherwood, D. Middleton (D. Jones 68), D. Evans, D. James (O. James 70), P. Evans and N. Smith.


Newbridge-on-Wye 3 - 4 Bow Street - 10/10/2009

Bow Street picked up a valuable three points on the road on Saturday when they defeated Newbridge 4-3 to make up for their disappointing home defeat to Newtown a week earlier. Newbridge fielded a new look side which has been vastly strengthened since their disastrous start to their league campaign and Street could tell within the first few minutes that they were going to have to work hard to come away with any sort of result from the game. However, after a decent start for Newbridge Street broke the deadlock after fifteen minutes when Nicky Smith intercepted a clearance by Adriano Girolami and curled the ball into the back of the net off the far post. Five minutes later Girolami made up for his error when his free kick totally deceived Street keeper Dave Gregory to equalise. Street regained the lead five minutes later when Dean Evans forced Girolami into an own goal but Newbridge drew level on the stroke of half time while Bow Street were still appealing for a handball at the other end of the pitch. Street were clearly fired up for the second half and after a sustained spell of pressure took the lead from a Tony Jones penalty after Girolami had felled Dean Evans in the box. Evans then sealed an excellent individual performance when he carried the ball forty yards and finished well to score his 9th goal of the season. Newbridge got one back in the last minute to set up a tense finale but Street held out for a welcome victory. Street manager Huw Bates added: “I had a feeling Adriano would have brought in a few players to strengthen Newbridge after some heavy defeats at the start of the season and they certainly gave us a great battle today. I think we just about deserved to edge it and I’m very pleased with the lads’ reaction to their poor performance a week earlier.”. Bates added: “There were quite a few decent performances out there today with Owain James and Dean Evans both playing well but I thought the best player on the pitch by a mile was our skipper Phil Evans.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James, A. Jones, J. Sherwood, T. Jones, D. Middleton, D. Evans (G. Hughes 72), D. James (D. Jones 70), P. Evans, N. Smith (P. Benjamin 80).


Llanharry 6 - 2 Bow Street - 17/10/2009 (FAW Cup)

Ten man Bow Street conceded four goals in extra time to crash out of the FAW Trophy 3rd round after an exciting cup tie in Llanharry. Street were the better side in the first half but struggled to cope with the fact that the referee made all offside decisions and were caught out on countless occasions resulting in goals by Dylan James and Tim Turner being disallowed. At the other end Street had Dave Gregory to thank for keeping the game goalless as he produced a string of last gasp saves and was also helped out by a superb goalline clearance from Owain James. In the second half Street upped the tempo and deservedly took the lead on the hour when Dean Evans rounded the keeper to score his tenth goal of the season. However, Llanharry equalised as the Bow Street defence was breached by a superb individual goal from the Llanharry striker. Five minutes later Tim Turner was sent off for Bow Street for a second bookable offence which led to a sustained spell of pressure by Llanharry on Gregory’s goal. Despite this Bow Street were the next to score when Dean Evans scored an excellent individual goal to give Bow Street a great chance of pulling off an unlikely victory but they could only hold out until the 85th minute when not for the first time this season they were undone by a truly bizarre goal only seconds after Ian Evans had narrowly missed a great chance to put Bow Street into the next round. The Llanharry right winger launched an innocuous ball towards Gregory from the halfway line and at first it seemed that Gregory would claim the ball easily but it soon became apparent that the ball was travelling directly in front of the sun and that Gregory had no idea where it was! The grateful Llanharry striker took a gamble and got his head to the ball just as it came back into Gregory’s sight and nodded it into the back of the net to set up a frantic final five minutes with both teams going all out for the victory in regulation time. In extra time an exhausted Street capitulated in the heat and conceded 4 goals in the final twenty minutes of the game which produced a very harsh final outcome but there was no doubting the commitment and passion of a well drilled Llanharry side. Bow Street manager Huw Bates said after the game: “After we went down to ten men we really had to win it in the 90 minutes and in fairness we very nearly did just that but it was not to be. Llanharry had three very good players and to be honest we didn’t cope particularly well with any of them and on balance I have no qualms about the result, even though 6-2 doesn’t really reflect the day’s events.”. Bates added: ”I thought our two best players today were Dave Gregory and Joe Sherwood who were both very unlucky to end up on the losing side. I also feel a bit sorry for Deano as he’s the only one scoring at the moment but I’m confident the other lads will turn it round soon and when they do we will be a force to be reckoned with.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James, T. Turner, P. Bonner, J. Sherwood, D. Middleton (G. Hughes 95), D. Evans, D. James (I. Evans 65), P. Evans, T. Jones (M. Douglas Jones 105). (Unused sub: S. Harrison).


Llanrhaeadr 2 - 3 Bow Street - 24/10/2009

Bow Street secured what many would describe as a shock result in Llanrhaedr as they beat their high flying hosts 3-2 on a rainswept afternoon in mid Wales. Street recalled Club Captain Peter James to the side for his first start of the season and began the game with a defensive formation in order to stifle the aerial threat of Llanrhaedr. Things seemed to be going to plan for Bow Street until a missed header saw the Llanrhaedr centre forward produce an excellent 25 yard finish past the stranded Dave Gregory to give the home side the perfect start. However, Street equalised five minutes later when a Dafydd Davies long throw was misjudged by the Llanrhaedr defence and the tireless Joe Sherwood nipped in at the near post to score. The goal seemed to settle Street with Phil Evans and Darren Middleton winning countless headers and Dylan James and Dan Jones causing constant problems for the home defence. In the second half the teams started to cancel each other out and it was clear that it was going to take something special to break the deadlock and fortunately for Street they managed to produce two moments of magic to seal the three points. Firstly Peter James stepped up to strike a brilliant free-kick into the top right hand corner from 35 yards and ten minutes later Dean Evans repeated the feat from slightly closer, driving the ball into the right hand side netting of the goal. These goals seemed to give Evans and James a second wind as they helped see the game out and despite Llanrhaedr scoring a late goal it was merely a consolation as Bow Street leapfrogged above them in the league. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly delighted with the result and the performance: “It’s been quite a tough build up to this game following the manner of last week’s defeat in the FAW Trophy and Rich (Lucas), Pete (James) and I felt that we needed to shake things up a bit hence the changes in formation, personnel and the positions of certain players today. Such drastic changes don’t always work but I’m pleased to say that I think we got it right today bearing in mind the three goalscorers and the vastly improved performances of Darren Middleton and Dylan James.”. Bates added: “Having said that, I think the most rewarding thing about today was that the whole squad fought for each other for the whole 90 minutes and that makes the 3 points even more satisfying for all of us.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James, P. James, J. Sherwood, D. Jones (S. Harrison 83), D. Middleton, D. Evans, D. James, P. Evans and N. Smith (G. Loosley). (Unused sub: P. Benjamin)


Bow Street - Llanfyllin - 31/10/2009 (League Cup)

Bow Street made it into the quarter finals of the Spar Mid Wales League Cup without kicking a ball on Saturday after Llanfyllin failed to raise a side for their last 16 tie. Street manager Huw Bates had mixed reactions to the day’s events: “It’s not a great way to get through to the next round especially as we were all looking forward to the game but we have a home tie in the quarters so in the grand scheme of things we can’t complain. We must now turn our attention to a very important league game against Dyffryn Banw on Saturday knowing that a victory will keep us in the mix near the top of the table.”


Bow Street 1 - 2 Dyffryn Banw - 7/11/2009

Bow Street suffered their second consecutive home defeat on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 by Dyffryn Banw at Cae Piod. Street made only one change to the team that beat Llanrhaedr a fortnight earlier with Mark Douglas Jones replacing the suspended Darren Middleton at centre half. In a very even and competitive game Banw probably had the better of the chances in the first hour with Dave Gregory making two fine saves and Banw missing two free headers at the back post. Street’s best chances fell to skipper Phil Evans whose shot crept narrowly wide and Joe Sherwood whose diving header again slipped past the far post. With twenty minutes left Street finally broke the deadlock when Dean Evans’ shot hit the underside of the bar and Dylan James gobbled up the rebound to score his third goal of the season and with clear cut chances for either side at a premium it looked as though this could well prove to be the only goal of the game. However, referee Eddie Price had other ideas and awarded Dyffryn Banw a contentious penalty five minutes later after Mark Roberts had gone down in the box under pressure from Sherwood. The penalty was duly converted and five minutes later Banw took a decisive lead when Gregory felled the Banw striker in the box and the resulting penalty was again duly converted. Street strived for an equaliser during the last ten minutes but it was not to be and Street ended the day empty handed. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with the manner of the Street defeat: “At half time I said to the boys that if we kept it tight for another twenty minutes we would eventually break them down and get a goal and after 70 minutes that plan seemed to be working well but obviously conceding a very soft penalty was not in the script and i felt it was very harsh on Joey who as always had run his socks off for the cause. I have no complaints with the second penalty but by that time the wind had been knocked out of our sails and unfortunately by feeling a bit sorry for ourselves I don’t think we made full use of the last fifteen minutes of the game when we might possibly have snatched an equaliser at the very least.”. Bates added: “Next week’s game against Llanfyllin is now even more important and hopefully we can get back to winning ways at the first attempt.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, M. Jones, P. James, O. James, J. Sherwood (D. Evans 75), D. Jones (T. Turner 62), D. Evans, D. James (G. Hughes 80), P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs: P. Benjamin and G. Jones).


Waterloo 1 - 4 Bow Street - 28/11/2009

Bow Street secured their fourth away league victory on the bounce on Saturday as they defeated high flying Waterloo 4-1. Waterloo got off to the best possible start as they scored almost immediately after kick off with the referee timing the goal at 4.5 seconds! Street could have equalised less than a minute later as Dean Evans got to the by-line but his cross narrowly evaded the oncoming Tim Turner and Darren Middleton. Two minutes later Street had another chance to equalise when a Dafydd Davies long throw was flicked on by Turner and once again Middleton was inches away from bringing Street back into the game. The inevitable equaliser eventually arrived 5 minutes later when Joe Sherwood whipped in a corner and Turner rose at the far post to score with a downward header. Five minutes later Street took the lead when Dean Evans was brought down in the box but picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty. Street had the majority of the possession in the second half as well but had to wait until the 70 minute mark to extend their lead. Nicky Smith won a tackle on the right hand side of midfield which rebounded to Turner. Smith continued his run into the box and finished well after Turner unlocked the Waterloo defence with a deft pass. At this stage Street were comfortable at the back with centre halves Phil Evans, Owain James and Andrew Jones all in superb form. However, Street almost hit the self-destruct button when Jones was sent off for an altercation after a wild challenge by a Waterloo player and not long afterwards Dave Gregory was forced into a fine save as Waterloo pressed forward in search of the goal that would have brought them right back into contention. However, Street were able to see the game out by introducing the fresh legs of Messrs Evans, Loosley and Hughes and even managed to notch a fourth goal when Dean Evans ran from the half way line to cap an outstanding individual performance with his second goal of the game. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly delighted with the day’s events: “It’s not often I say this but I thought all 14 of my players were superb today. If we could apply the same attitude and concentration levels at home we’d be right up the top of the league but as a one-off performance that was as good as it gets at this level.”. Bates added: “There were some cracking individual performances out there today with Owain James and Joe Sherwood both outstanding for example but the man of the match has to be Dean Evans who is almost unplayable when he’s in that sort of form and hopefully he can use this performance as a benchmark for the rest of the season.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies (G. Hughes 83), O. James, P. James (D. Evans 74), J. Sherwood, T. Turner (G. Loosley 79), D. Middleton, D. Evans, A. Jones, P. Evans and N. Smith


Bow Street 3 - 2 Newbride-on-Wye 5/12/2009

Bow Street moved up to sixth place in the Spar Mid Wales league with a 3-2 home victory over Newbridge on Saturday. Street will be pleased to break their two game losing run at Cae Piod but will be disappointed to have put in such a lacklustre performance against Newbridge who are currently propping up the league. The opening twenty minutes were a scrappy affair with neither team being able to string more than a few passes together and with Newbridge playing a defensive 5-4-1 formation chances were at a premium for both sides. Street did have the chance to take the lead on 25 minutes after a handball in the Newbridge area but Dean Evans struck his penalty against the post with the keeper well beaten. However, ten minutes later the Magpies took the lead when Peter James found Nicky Smith on the right wing and his deep cross eventually found its way to Danny Evans who finished well in his first start for two months. Ten minutes into the second half Street doubled their lead when Dean Evans scored an excellent individual goal for the second week running and at this stage it looked as though the points were safe. However, poor marking at a Newbridge free kick allowed them to reduce the deficit leaving the result hanging in the balance with twenty minutes to play. Bow Street effectively secured the points with 15 minutes to play when Dean Evans found his brother Phil who scored with a fine header at the back post but five minutes before the final whistle Newbridge pulled a goal back to set up an exciting finale but it was too little too late and it was the black and whites who claimed all three points. Street manager Huw Bates had mixed emotions after the game: “Obviously I’m pleased to win after two very bad results at home but at the same time I’m still baffled at to how we can go from such a professional outfit one week to such a nervous and erratic side the next.”. Bates added: “Rich (Lucas) and I tried everything we could today to create a spark by changing the formation and the personnel but apart from a good spell of pressure when we were 3-1 up during which we should have made the game safe we never came close to the standards that we have set in recent weeks away from home and this is something we will certainly need to address before next week’s crucial league cup quarter final against Tywyn.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies (G. Hughes 55), O. James, P. James (D. James 76), J. Sherwood, T. Turner, D. Middleton, D. Evans, D. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith (G. Loosley 73).


Bow Street 2 - 1 Tywyn Bryncrug 12/12/2009 (League Cup)

Substitute Dean Davies was the hero for Bow Street on Saturday as his late header sent them through to the semi-finals of the Spar Mid Wales league cup for the second time in three years. Davies, making his first senior appearance of the season, had already hit the bar with a looping header within minutes of being introduced but with extra time looming he rose majestically at the far post to spark jubilant scenes in the winter sunshine at Cae Piod. However, without Dave “the Save” Gregory things could have been much different as a combination of poor finishing and superb goalkeeping thwarted Tywyn on several occasions during the second half. The first 45 minutes were an even affair with chances at a premium but regular Magpies tormentor Ben Holt fired Tywyn into the lead from the edge of the box on the half hour mark after Street failed to clear their lines. Street were on level terms on the hour when Gaz Hughes notched his first goal of the season, finishing coolly when put through on goal. Tywyn were the better side during the last half an hour but some resolute defending and three excellent saves from Gregory kept the black and whites in the game with club stalwarts Peter James and Phil Evans driving on their exhausted troops as the pressure began to tell and this effort was rewarded with Davies’ late intervention much to the delight of the players, management and supporters alike. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly overjoyed with the result and the performance: “This is probably our most important win for a couple of seasons and I thought the effort and attitude of the lads was exemplary today, especially in the second half. We knew we had to play better than last week if we were going to beat Tywyn but in the end it took a few heroic performances out there to see us through.”. Bates had special praise for some of his players: “I’m really pleased for Gaz (Hughes) who has waited a long time for his first start and he fully justified his inclusion in the team today with a very good goal. Dave (Gregory) was probably our best player but a lot of credit has to go to Dean Davies. He hasn’t played for the first team for a long time due to a serious shoulder injury and therefore to come back today and to make that much of an impact is nothing short of remarkable and I’m delighted to have him back in the fold.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James, P. James (M. Jones 80), J. Sherwood, Danny Evans, D. Middleton, T. Turner, G. Loosley (D. Davies 70), P. Evans and G. Hughes (Unused sub: N. Smith)


Penparcau 3 - 2 Bow Street 26/12/2009

Andrew Carree came back to haunt his former club Bow Street as he scored the winner for Penparcau in a thriller at Min Y Ddol on boxing Day. Street made the perfect start as they raced into a 2-0 lead within 5 minutes through Joe Sherwood and a wonder strike from top scorer Dean Evans. However, for the remaining 40 minutes of the first half Penparcau had the upper hand and gradually clawed their way back into the match through two goals from Mikey Gornall. Despite Penparcau being on top for the majority of the first period Street should still have gone in at half time with a slender lead but Danny Evans fired over after a mistake in the Penparcau defence. In the second half Street reshuffled their pack and by just past the hour mark had introduced all three substitutes and all three were heavily involved in the most important action of the second half. On sixty five minutes Ian Evans raced clear of the Penparcau defence but fired his shot narrowly wide. From the resulting kick off Andrew Caree found himself in space and curled his shot beautifully into the far corner much to the delight of the sizeable crowd for what proved to be the winner. Street then switched to a 3-5-2 formation and were able to restrict Penparcau to the occasional counter attach during the last twenty minutes but despite the Magpies exerting plenty of pressure, the Penparcau back line held firm. Street’s best two chances again involved their substitutes as Nicky Smith failed to connect with a delicious cross from Mark Jones and Ian Evans’ flick on was brilliantly saved by Dan Pritchard in the last minute to seal an invaluable win for Penparcau. Street manager Huw Bates said after the game: “I’m sure it was a superb game for the neutral but obviously I’m very disappointed with the result. We didn’t play particularly well but still should have got something out of the game having missed four absolute sitters and when Dan (Prictchard) made that save towards the end I just knew it wasn’t going to be our day!”. Bates added: “I think the main difference between the two teams was Mattie Davies who was absolutely sensational today and I also had a feeling that Messrs Carree and Gornall would pop up with major contributions today!”. Bates was however keen to put the result into perspective after the news that Street talisman Dean Evans was taken to hospital with a suspected fracture in his foot: ”Obviously when Deano went off this was a major blow to our chances this afternoon but more than that it is a major worry for the rest of the season as Dean has been our most important player this season by a country mile. I would just like to wish him a speedy recovery from me and everyone else at the Club.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James (N. Smith 32), S. Antoniazzi, J. Sherwood, T. Turner, D. Middleton, D. Evans (I. Evans 51), D. Evans, P. Evans and G. Hughes (M. Jones 65). (Unused sub: P. James).


Bow Street 4 - 0 Waterloo Rovers 16/01/2010

Bow Street bounced back from their defeat to Penparcau with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Welshpool based side Waterloo Rovers. Street were without energetic midfielder Joe Sherwood but welcomed back golden oldie Peter James together with Nicky Smith on the right after he impressed when coming on as substitute on Boxing Day. Street dominated from the first whistle but the lack of fixtures during the big freeze was clearly a factor as Street struggled to string any number of passes together during the first quarter of an hour. However, Dean Evans soon raised the hand temperature of the Bow Street faithful when he turned the Waterloo defence and curled a powerful shot into the back of the net from 25 yards to give Street a deserved lead. Street continued to pressurise the Waterloo goal for the rest of the first half and eventually doubled their lead when Smith got to the by-line and produced a pinpoint cross for Darren Middleton to notch his fourth goal of the season. Waterloo were much improved in the second half as the Magpies started slowly and only a decent Dave Gregory save allowed them to hold on to their 2 goal advantage. However, Waterloo were left to rue this missed chance as a looping Danny Evans cross was headed powerfully home by veteran striker Tim Turner to make the game safe. The icing on the cake for Bow Street came with ten minutes left to play when Gaz Hughes outpaced the Waterloo defence and rounded the goalkeeper before finishing superbly from the edge of the box. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly satisfied with his side’s efforts: “I don’t think any of the lads played out of their skins today but on the whole I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. We’ve played better and lost this season but the difference today was that we didn’t make any daft mistakes at the back and crucially we netted a high percentage of our chances and if we are to maintain a challenge for the title this year we will have to continue in this vein for the rest of the campaign.”. Bates added: “It’s hard to single anyone out for special praise today but Dean and Gaz took their goals particularly well and Stefano (Antoniazzi) showed us a glimpse of what an excellent acquisition he could turn out to be.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James, P. James (A. Jones 77), S. Antoniazzi (M. Jones 47), D. Evans, D. Middleton, T. Turner, D. Evans (G. Hughes 68), P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs: I. Evans and G. Loosley).


Bow Street 3 - 1 Llanfyllin 23/01/2010

Club Captain Peter James played a major part in helping Bow Street to third in the table with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory against a plucky Llanfyllin side. The victory means that Street will have the chance to go top of the Spar Mid Wales League for the first time in their history if they can beat Caersws Reserves on Friday night after fellow title chasers Penparcau and Llansaintffraid both lost unexpectedly at the weekend. Street made only one change from the previous week’s victory against Waterloo with Mark Douglas Jones replacing the injured Stefano Antoniazzi in defence. The first half was a very scrappy affair with chances at a premium until Dean Evans was felled by the Llanfyllin goalkeeper in the box and then scored from the resulting penalty. Llanfyllin were level five minutes into the second half when Owain James gave away a stone-wall penalty which was duly converted to set up a tense finale. However, old stager James settled any nerves when he headed home a Dafydd Davies cross after an excellent challenge by team captain Phil Evans and ten minutes later the result was put to be when James turned neatly on the centre spot and put Nicky Smith through on goal with a perfectly weighted pass and Smith made no mistake after rounding the keeper. Street manager Huw Bates was full of praise for his side: “We quite often struggle to get back to back wins in this league which makes today’s result even more satisfying. I also understand that some other results have gone our way today which means we can go top next Friday which would be a massive achievement for the Club although we will certainly not be taking Caersws for granted.”. Bates added: It was very fitting that Pete (James) and Nicky (Smith) were both involved in the goal that made the game safe as I thought they were our two best players today. Competition for places is now hotting up dramatically because every game from now on is effectively a cup final but I am confident that I have a squad of players who can maintain a challenge for silverware this season.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, O. James (A. Jones 68), P. James, M. Jones, D. Evans (64), D, Middleton, T. Turner, D. Evans (G. Hughes 75), P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused sub: H. Bates)


Caersws Reserves 2 - 3 Bow Street 29/01/2010

Supersub Gaz Hughes fired Bow Street to the top of the league on Friday night with a last minute winner against Caersws Reserves. After other results on Saturday Street are now joint top with Tywyn raising memories of their many battles at the top of the Cambrian Tyres District League. Street were firm favourites to beat their lowly counterparts and after Tim Turner fired home after 15 minutes it looked like a routine victory was on the cards but Caersws were the better side for the rest of the first half and caused Street problems in all areas, particularly in midfield. However, despite their best efforts the home side could not force an equaliser and Dean Evans then doubled Street’s lead on the hour with a well rehearsed free-kick from the edge of the box. Despite this set-back, Caersws then exerted a long spell of pressure and scored twice after Street’s back line failed to clear their lines. Almost from the re-start Danny Evans had a golden chance to restore the Magpie’s lead but he fired wide from 6 yards and it looked as if Street’s first visit to the top of the Spar Mid Wales League would have to wait. Hughes had other ideas and latched onto a Darren Middleton pass then fired a low drive into the far corner to spark jubilant scenes at the final whistle which arrived moments later. Street manager Huw Bates was thrilled with the result if not the performance: “In all honesty I think the pressure of the occasion got to all of us today and that showed in some very poor performances on the field. Having said that, winning whilst playing poorly is a good habit and I’d far rather we kept racking up the points than losing whilst playing Champagne football!”. Bates added: “I thought the skipper (Phil Evans) was excellent tonight and carried a few others on his shoulders but the headlines have to be reserved for Gaz who took his goal really well. The formation I’m using at the moment means that Gaz’s opportunities have been limited recently but he has certainly not done himself any harm this evening”. Speaking about his decision to retire at the end of the season Bates said: “I informed the Chairman of my decision last week but we wanted to get today’s game out the way before making it official. I am fully committed to the end of this season and will be doing everything I can to help the club secure it’s first ever piece of senior silverware.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, A. Jones (S. Antoniazzi 62), M. Jones, P. James (G. Hughes 66), J. Sherwood, D. Evans (D. Davies 81), D. Middleton, T. Turner, D. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused sub: O. James).


Bow Street 2 - 3 Llanrhaeadr 6/2/2010

Six minutes of defensive chaos proved costly for Bow Street as they lost ground at the top of the table in an entertaining encounter against Llanrhaedr. The visting striker was twice on target in the opening six minutes as the home defence was caught napping, gifting Llanrhaeadr a quickfire two goal lead. Street soon rallied though and on twenty minutes reduced the deficit as the Llan centre half was adjuged to have handled inside the area. Street top scorer 'Dangerous' Dean Evans stepped up but saw his penalty saved but Evans made no mistake from the rebound. Street had the better of the remaining first half period but went in on the break 2-1 down. Street began the second half brightly and dominated play, pegging the away side in their own half and the pressure finally told as neat interplay between Nicky Smith and Darren 'Cheesey' Middleton brought the home side level, Middleton smashing home on the volley from 10 yards. For all Street's enterprise they were unable to gain the upper hand and gradually the Llan centre Midfield began winning more ball, making their physical presence count and with 15 minutes remaining Street were unable to deal with a Llan corner - the ball being stabbed home from close range following more indicisiveness from the home side. 

Street Assistant Manager Peter James added: 'At this level we cannot afford to gift sides a two goal headstart if we're going to be serious title contenders. Having said that there is certainly no need to hit the panic button as the lads have put a terriffic run together recently and we're still very much in the mix. It was also great to see Gavin Allen make his debut for the Club and his quality and experience will give us an extra dimension for the remainder of the season'. 

Bow Street: Gregory, Antoniazzi, A Jones, P Evans, Smith, Hughes (Davies 80), Sherwood (70 Allen) Middleton, O James, D Evans, Turner, Unused Sub P. James


Bow Street 4 - 0 Talgarth Town 13/2/2010 (Central Wales Cup)

Seasoned campaigner Peter James scored twice for Bow Street as they reached the last 16 of the Central Wales Cup for only the second time in their history. The final score against Mid Wales South side Talgarth Town was 4-0 but if Street had taken their chances in the first half in particular the Magpies would easily have achieved double figures in what proved to be a very comfortable afternoon at Cae Piod. Street dominated from the outset and deservedly took the lead when Dean Evans scored a superb individual goal in what is proving to be an extremely productive season for the young striker. Bow Street doubled their lead after twenty minutes when James made a late run to the far post to convert a looping Owain James cross and when James scored his second on the half hour mark it looked as if the floodgates would open. However, Street could only manage one further goal during the rest of the game when Darren Middleton made a surging run into the Talgarth box to fire a low strike into the back of the net past the hapless Talgarth keeper. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly pleased to see his side bounce back from last week’s home defeat against Llanrhaedr: “I told the boys before the game that I expected a reaction after last week’s disappointment and in fairness they didn’t let me down and all 14 put in a decent shift to make sure our name was in the hat for the quarter finals.”. Bates was keen to single out certain individuals for special praise: “I think everyone played fairly well and clearly the goalscorers deserve a mention but the performances of Joe Sherwood, Stefano Antoniazzi and particularly Owain James were a real positive and I hope all three can continue in this vein for the foreseeable future.”. Stand in skipper Andrew Jones added: “I don’t think we ever got out of third or fourth gear to be fair but to score four and keep a clean sheet is a good day’s work and let’s hope we can put in a similar performance against Rhayader next week.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, A. Jones, P. James (M. Jones 65), J. Sherwood, O. James, D, Middleton, T. Turner (G. Hughes 61), D. Evans, S. Antoniazzi and N. Smith (D. Evans 68).


Llanfyllin 0 - 8 Bow Street 27/2/2010

Gavin Allen and Tim Turner were the chief destroyers for Bow Street as they scored six goals between them in an 8-0 demolition of Llanfyllin on Saturday. Llanfyllin, who had lost 14-0 to Penparcau only a week earlier kept the game goalless for twenty minutes despite Allen setting up Dean Evans and Turner with decent chances to score. At the other end, Owain James stepped in between the sticks for the second time this season after the late withdrawal of Dave Gregory and James had to pay close attention in the early stages as Llanfyllin forced a number of early corners. However, the inevitable breakthrough came when Evans was brought down in the box and slotted home the resulting penalty. This triggered a further three goals in five minutes which put an end to the game as a contest as Turner headed home a brilliant Evans cross and then Allen scored with two cool finishes from six yards. In the second half the game was a largely scrappy affair but with Street weighing in with the occasional passage of crisp passing they were always going to build upon their already insurmountable lead. Allen set Turner up for his second early in the second half and then Nicky Smith produced the cross of the day for Allen to complete a hat-trick on his full debut for the club. Turner looked as though he had matched Allen’s feat with a fine header but Allen pounced on the line for good measure. Gaz Hughes, in a rare start for the Magpies capped an excellent display with a curling right footed shot that glided into the top corner which sealed an excellent away victory for Bow Street who remain in sight of the leaders in what continues to be a fascinating title race. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly satisfied with his side’s efforts: “I think after Penparcau’s victory over Llanfyllin last week there was a bit of pressure on us today to emulate a similar scoreline and to be fair the lads didn’t disappoint. I think Gav and Tim will be debating the seventh goal for many years to come but whatever happens there’s no doubt that they were unstoppable in front of goal today.”. Bates was also keen to praise Llanfyllin FC for the way in which they dealt with a nasty injury to Bow Street midfielder Darren Middleton: “Daz came off on the half hour mark with a nasty gash to his cheek and the Llanfyllin Chairman immediately offered to take him to Welshpool hospital and back, an offer which was gratefully accepted. I would like to express my gratitude to Llanfyllin on behalf of Darren and the whole of Bow Street FC for this incredibly kind gesture.”.

Bow Street: O. James, A. Jones (S. Davies 75), G. Hughes, P. James, S. Antoniazzi, T. Turner, D. Middleton (M. Jones 31), D. Evans (G. Jones 65), G. Allen, P. Evans and N. Smith.


Aberystwyth University 0 - 1 Bow Street 6/3/2010 

Bow Street kept their title aspirations alive with a hard fought 1-0 victory away to form side Aberystwyth University. Street recalled Dave Gregory, Joe Sherwood and Daf Davies to the starting line up and moved Owain James to central midfield in a bid to stifle the Uni’s passing game and in the first 15 minutes this tactic worked a treat as the Uni struggled to get their centre forwards into the game and Davies and wide man Nicky Smith made inroads down the flanks. Smith then whipped in a dangerous corner which was headed home at the back post by Tim Turner and at that stage it looked as if Street would start to build on their slender lead. However, for the rest of the game Street had to battle hard for their victory and although Dave Gregory didn’t have to make a save as such, he had to be at his best to claim some good University crosses and Phil Evans had to put in one of his best performances of the season to marshal former player of the Month “Cookie”. After 65 minutes Street introduced Gaz Hughes and this proved to be a pivotal point in the match as Hughes terrorised the Uni defence to give Bow Street some well earned rest bite and a chance to regroup after the second half started with a prolonged spell of pressure by the Uni. At the final whistle it was clear that the Bow Street players were well aware of the importance of this result and with Tywyn losing to Carno, it puts Street right back into contention near the top of the league. Street manager Huw Bates said after the game: “We now have more points this season than we accumulated during the whole of last season which is a welcome milestone with 13 games left to go. I’d say today’s result was possibly our best of the season so far and I can’t fault the attitude and aptitude of all of my players.”. Bates was keen to single out certain individuals: “There were some absolutely massive performances out there today with Dave Gregory, Phil Evans and Joey Sherwood all playing out of their skins but my man of the match by some distance was Owain James who is really starting to mature as a player and probably just played his best 90 minutes in a Street shirt.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, A. Jones, O. James, S. Antoniazzi, T. Turner (G. Hughes 65), J. Sherwood, D. Evans, G. Allen, P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs: P. James and G. Jones)


Bow Street 1 - 0 Llansantffraid Village 13/3/2010

Bow Street moved into the quarter finals of the CWFA Cup after Tim Turner’s last minute winner against Llansaintffraid at Cae Piod. Street were without in-form wideman Nicky Smith and cup-tied Gavin Allen and so gave starts to Gwyn Jones and Gaz Hughes and Jones needed to be on his guard to stifle the early threats of Llansaintfraid down the left flank. Street looked edgy as they struggled to get hold of the ball in the middle of the park and Turner and Hughes had little service during much of the first half. Street started the second period much more positively but suffered a setback when Dave Gregory was forced to exit the field with a thigh injury on the hour mark and yet again Owain James had to don the gloves while Darren Middleton took his place in midfield. Five minutes later Street made a double substitution and introduced Peter James and Danny Evans and James almost made an immediate impact but his deft through ball was fired over the bar by Turner. Joe Sherwood should have scored minutes later and with one minute to go the game looked set for extra time. Stefano Antoniazzi had other ideas and launched a sublime cross field pass from inside his own half and Turner made no mistake with his header from six yards. This wasn’t the end of the drama however as James made a superb save in injury time and from the resulting corner Llansaintffraid hit both the bar and the post and Evans made a goalline clearance to see Street through to the quarter finals for the first time in their history. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly delighted with the result: “This cup certainly isn’t our main priority but we were very keen to keep our winning run going and so all of the lads are on cloud nine after that result. That is certainly a game that we would have lost in recent years but I have to say I thought the back three of Phil Evans, Andrew Jones and Stefano Antoniazzi were absolutely outstanding this afternoon which made up for a few below par performances elsewhere!”. Bates added: “This sets us up nicely for our double header against Hay next week although we will certainly not be underestimating what is a very good Hay side.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory (D. Middleton 60), D. Davies, A. Jones, O. James, S. Antoniazzi, T. Turner, J. Sherwood, D. Evans (P. James 65), G. Hughes, P. Evans and G. Jones (D. Evans 65).


Bow Street 3 - 0 Hay St Marys 20/3/2010

Bow Street kept their title chances alive on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Hay St Marys at Cae Piod. However, with the game goalless at half time Street were in serious danger of dropping points after a lacklustre 45 minutes. The second half was a completely different story and Street were ahead within a minute. Half time substitute Darren Middleton was involved in the build up that led to Phil Evans’ pinpoint cross that was met at the far post by Tim Turner who continued his fine run of goalscoring form. Street doubled their lead on the hour after Gwyn Jones won the ball on the half way line and laid a neat pass into the feet of Joe Sherwood and after some neat interplay with the strikers the ball made its way out to Nicky Smith who curled a superb cross into the area which was headed home by Dafydd Davies at full stretch to score his first ever goal for Bow Street. With ten minutes remaining Middleton was felled on the edge of the area and from the resulting free kick Gavin Allen forced a neat save from the Hay keeper but Sherwood was on hand to score his third goal of the campaign. Owain James in the Bow Street goal had to make a decent save in the dying minutes to preserve Street’s clean sheet but all in all this was a job well done for the Magpies. Street manager Huw Bates was a relieved man at the final whistle: “I went to watch Hay lose quite heavily on Wednesday but as I suspected they were vastly improved today. If they’d taken their chances in the first ten minutes it could have been a completely different story but once we scored our first goal I felt reasonably comfortable that we would go on to win the game.”. Bates added: “I’m delighted for Daf as that goal has been coming for a few seasons now but our man of the match was Big Phil who did a great job in marking Kev Jones who is arguably one of the best strikers in the league.”. Goalscorer Daf Davies added: “It’s nice to remove this enormous albatross from around my neck but more important to help us pick up another three points. This hopefully gives us a bit of a psychological edge over Hay in our league cup semi-final on Tuesday night.”.

Bow Street: O. James, D. Davies, A. Jones, G. Jones, S. Antoniazzi, T. Turner (G. Hughes 73), D. Evans (D. Middleton 46), G. Allen, P. Evans and N. Smith (D. Evans 78). (Unused sub: M. Jones).


Carno 1 - 1 Bow Street 27/03/2010

Bow Street secured an important away point in Carno which keeps their title challenge very much on track. Gavin Allen gave the visitors a perfect start after 5 minutes - some neat footwork in the six yard box from the Street predator resulted in Allen wrong footing the keeper with a neat finish. 

Streets back line was superbly marshalled by Stefano Antoniazzi where the Magpies physical superiority edged the first half ,with Phil Evans and Tim Turner outstanding. Playing down the slope second half Carno grew in confidence although street squandered some good chances to double their lead. Increasingly ,Street were penned into their own half but excellent defending and safe handling from Street keeper James maintained the visitors' goal advantage. 

Three minutes into injury time Street failed to clear and the ball was played deep into the street box and looped back across and into the bottom corner for Carno to equalise, much to the delight of the home support. 

Street Assistant Manager Peter James commented' The lads were gutted in the dressing room, it felt more like a loss than a draw. I think a draw was a fair result on reflection and a point in Carno is I think a very good result. We now turn our attenion to the week ahead with two crucial home games against teams around us, starting Wednesday evening versus Aberystwyth Town Reserves'. 

Bow Street: O James, Jones, P Evans, S Antoniazzi, Davies, Smith, D Evans (80 G Jones), Middleton, Sherwood, Turner, Allen (Hughes 70) : unused Sub P James


Bow Street 1 - 2 Rhaeadr 3/4/2010

Bow Street suffered injury time heartbreak for the second time in three games on Saturday as a last gasp Rhayader goal stole all three points on a disappointing afternoon at Cae Piod. Rhayader had arrived at the game with only eleven players and Street certainly had the better of the opening exchanges with Dean Evans and Gavin Allen forcing two good saves from the young Rhayader keeper. Rhayader took the lead after twenty minutes when stand in keeper Owain Jones was beaten by a superb long range effort but Street were back on terms before half time when Tim Turner forced an own goal off a deep Dafydd Davies cross. In the second half Street had several opportunities to snatch the three points including a good shout for a penalty but in the dyeing seconds Rhayader pounced after Street failed to clear a corner to the jubilation of the visiting players and supporters. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly devastated by his side’s defeat: “Losing in the last minute is never easy but to drop points that late in the game twice in a week is a bitter pill to swallow. I can’t fault the effort of the lads today but we simply weren’t good enough to finish Rhayader off which left us wide open to the cruellest of sucker punches.”. Bates added: “I wouldn’t say we are now totally out of the league title chase but it makes Monday’s match against Tywyn a must win game”.

Bow Street: O. James, D. Davies, A. Jones, G. Jones (M. Jones 82), S. Antoniazzi, T. Turner, D. Middleton, G. Allen, D. Evans (G. Hughes 78), P. Evans and N. Smith (D. Evans 85).


Tywyn/Bryncrug 1 - 3 Bow Street 5/4/2010

Bow Street produced one of their best victories of the season on Saturday when they defeated Tywyn away despite missing 8 regular first team players. Street recalled Mark Jones to the heart of defence in the absence of Andrew Jones and gave first starts of the season to Dean Davies and Ian Evans. Tywyn started the brighter but Jones marshalled the defence superbly to weather the storm and Street should arguably have gone in at half time leading but Gavin Allen was thwarted by a superb save by the Tywyn keeper after he had been put through by Evans. The first quarter of an hour of the second half was largely uneventful until Gwyn Jones produced a deft through ball to Allen who made no mistake from the edge of the box. Allen was on hand to bag his second five minutes later when Darren Middleton flicked on a Dafydd Davies long throw to double Street’s lead. This triggered a sustained spell of pressure by Tywyn as they sought to target the inexperience in the Street ranks and when Ben Holt rifled home a free kick with fifteen minutes remaining it looked certain that Tywyn would get at least a point out of the game. However, with five minutes of the match remaining Evans picked up the ball inside his own half, evaded three would be tacklers and produced an exquisite cross field ball with the outside of his right boot into the path of the marauding Jones who finished coolly to seal an important victory for the Magpies. Street manager Huw Bates was full of praise for his players: “This is probably one of the most rewarding victories we’ve had since I’ve been manager of Bow Street. The day started badly when two players pulled out before we left Bow Street and got even worse when two more withdrew once we got to Tywyn but I have to say that the eleven men who started the game were all absolutely magnificent.”. Bates added: “It’s hard to single out anyone in particular but I thought the three lads who came into the side were all outstanding. Dean Davies did an excellent man marking job on Gerwyn Griffiths, Mark Jones produced his best performance of the season but just edging him for man of the match was Ian Evans who produced his best performance in a Bow Street shirt by a mile which included a match winning assist and a last minute goal line clearance. Well done Baba.”.

Bow Street: O. James, D. Davies, M. Jones, J. Sherwood, D. Davies, G. Jones, D. Middleton, G. Allen, I. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith. (Unused subs: S. Antoniazzi, D. Whiteway and H. Bates).


Bow Street 2 - 3 Aberystwyth Reserves 31/03/2010

On a seriously wintry night, conditions were difficult, but both teams produced some decent football. Bow St. got off a great start with Gavin Allen coolly slotting home from a defence splitting pass in the first 2 minutes. Bow St. failed to make this count and Aberystwyth with a relatively young team, showed good character and slowly got themselves back into the game. After about 15 mins. Aber. had taken a grip in the midfield and started to pressure Bow St. Unfortunately it was a lapse in concentration that led to the first goal. Some lacklustre marking and poor closing down led to a cross that was not dealt with, allowing Aber. to score from close range. In what was a good ten minutes for Aber, they pressured and scored their second and then their third with a quality unstoppable long range shot from Liam Button. Bow St. then rallied and finished the half the better. Mounting pressure saw Gareth Hughes grab Bow Streets second from close range and the same player could of equalised just before half time, but for a good save that denied him.

Bow St. introduced Tim Turner and Owain James in the second half and got off to a much improved start. Now in the ascendancy and getting the better of the midfield battle, with Tim Turner and Gavin Allen also causing problems up front, Bow St. had a good 20 mins. creating several good chances. Unfortunately we were unable to convert and would end up ruing our missed opportunities. Aber got themselves back in the game and also had chances. After a lull in play, Bow St. made one last change in the last 10 mins. introducing Danny Evans wide right and pushing Gaz Hughes up front, hoping their pace would unnerve the Aber defence and spark us into action, but unfortunately we were not able to show enough composure in the right areas when opportunities arose to press. The task was not helped by the sending off of Joe Sherwood late on for an unlucky second yellow card. The game drew to a lacklustre end. Aber were obviously delighted with the 3 points and Bow St. disappointed that they had not done themselves justice in a game that they could and probably should have at least taken a share of the spoils in.

Bow Street: S. Evans, D. Davies, A. Jones, S. Antoniazzi, J. Sherwood, G. Hughes, D. Middleton (O. James 46), D. Evans (T. Turner 46), G. Allen (D. Evans 75), P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused sub: G. Jones).


Llansaintffraid Village 1 - 2 Bow Street 10/4/2010

A Joe Sherwood goal 6 minutes from time was enough to keep Bow Street in the hunt for the league title as they defeated Llansaintffraid 2-1 on Saturday. Street started with largely the same team as defeated Tywyn on Monday with the only change being Stefano Antoniazzi who was recalled to the heart of defence to annul the threat of Saints striker Nathen Pudgell. Llansaintffraid had the best of the opening 10 minutes but the Magpies defended well and took the lead against the run of play when in form striker Ian Evans chased down a lost cause and won a penalty after the Saints keeper hauled him down. Gavin Allen scored his 9th goal of the campaign from the resulting penalty which was the start of an excellent period of possession for Bow Street with Sherwood and Darren Middleton dominating in midfield. However, Llansaintffraid were level after half an hour when a decent free kick was headed home by the Saints striker with stand-in keeper Owain James stranded. The second half was a scrappy affair but Street created the better chances with Sherwood twice going close and Allen having a goal ruled out for offside. Nevertheless, Street’s persistence was eventually rewarded when Allen tested the goalie from a Nicky Smith free-kick and Sherwood gobbled up the rebound to give Street their second victory away from home in less than a week. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly overjoyed with the result: “Life as a manager is definitely a rollercoaster but our last two performances epitomise why I and others like me do this job. The commitment, attitude and loyalty shown by the lads in the last two games has been second to none and they have now given themselves a real shot at winning some silverware this season.”. Bates added: “The major downside about today was a hamstring injury to Ian Evans. I though Ian was excellent again today but it looks almost certain that he will miss Monday’s semi final against Hay which is a big blow to Ian but an even bigger blow to the team as he has been outstanding in the last two games.”.

Bow Street: O. James, D. Davies (G. Hughes 78), M. Jones (A. Jones 75), G. Jones, S. Antoniazzi, J. Sherwood, D. Middleton, G. Allen, I. Evans (D. Evans 42), P. Evans and N. Smith.


Bow Street 2 - 1 Hay St Marys 12/4/2010 (League Cup)

A bizarre Dafydd Davies goal was enough to send Bow Street to their second Spar Mid Wales League Cup Final in three seasons as they defeated Hay 2-1 in Newtown on Monday night. Street were without several key players through injury but were able to recall Dean Evans and Andrew Jones to the starting line up together with Owain James who has spent much of the past two months as an emergency goalkeeper. The opening exchanges were fairly even with both sides finding it hard to judge the bounce of the ball but it was Street who took the lead after ten minutes when skipper Phil Evans headed home a wicked Nicky Smith corner. Street spent the next ten minutes pushing for a second but when it failed to arrive Hay took the initiative and had a spell of over twenty minutes when they dominated possession and could have equalised through Josh Wisineski but for a last gasp clearance by Smith. With three minutes of the half remaining Street could have doubled, trebled and even quadrupled their lead but Gavin Allen fired narrowly wide on three occasions after more excellent work from Smith. In the second half Allen turned provider but James fired his shot over the bar as did Joe Sherwood, Andrew Jones and Smith himself. Street very nearly paid for these misses as Hay finally capitalised on their lion’s share of possession when Mike “Mr Hay” Havard forced Gwyn Jones into an own goal to bring the scores level with twenty five minutes to play. With extra time looming the Magpies finally put pay to a gallant Hay effort when Davies got a toe on a swirling ball and to his delight it looped into the back of the net past the stranded Hay goalkeeper. Hay pushed hard for an another equaliser but were thwarted by a brave double save by Steven Evans in the Street goal and when Hay blasted a free kick over the bar in the last minute Street could start planning for the cup final. Street manager Huw Bates was a relieved man after the game: “I think a few people thought we would beat Hay comfortably but fortunately for me none of those people were in our dressing room tonight. It was a bit of a strange game in that Hay had by far the best of the possession but we created the better chances and perhaps it was fitting that the game was settled with one of the weirder goals you will see this season!”. Bates added: “I’m chuffed that Phil got the opener as he deserved a goal after a few massive performances in recent weeks but I think our men of the match were the two wing backs Nicky (Smith) and Daf (Davies) who weren’t at their best on Saturday but were both excellent this evening.”.

Bow Street: S. Evans, D. Davies, A. Jones, G. Jones, S. Antoniazzi, O. James, J. Sherwood, G. Allen (T. Turner 51), D. Evans (G. Hughes 87), P. Evans and N. Smith. (Unused subs: D. Middleton, D. Davies and M. Jones)


Bow Street 3 - 0 Dolgellau 14/4/2010

Bow Street moved up to third in the Spar Mid Wales League table on Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory over former Cambrian Tyres League rivals Dolgellau. Street had less than two days earlier reached the League Cup final and this showed in the opening exchanges as Dol should have taken the lead when a lethargic Street defence failed to clear their lines. Street huffed and puffed for the first 40 minutes of the game and although they created the better chances, they failed to string any number of passes together against a stubborn Dolgeallau outfit. Skipper Phil Evans took matters by the scruff of the neck just before half time when he smashed the ball into the back of the net after Dol failed to clear a Nicky Smith corner but it was evident that Street were frustrated with a fairly lacklustre first half display. The Magpies introduced Darren Middleton at the interval and his composure on the ball made an immediate impact as Street started to take control of the game. Dolgellau’s effort was never in doubt but were made to pay for a lack of quality in the final third of the pitch when Tim Turner doubled the Street lead off another Smith cross. Street made the game safe when Smith dissected the Dol defence and Owain James unselfishly set up Dean Evans for his 23rd goal of the season. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly pleased with the three points: “In all honesty we didn’t play very well tonight but to be fair to the lads they’ve played an awful lot of football recently and to do such a professional job less than 48 hours after a gruelling semi-final was no mean feat and it shows that we certainly haven’t given up on the league title just yet.”.

Bow Street: S. Evans, D. Davies (G. Hughes 68), A. Jones, G. Jones (D. Middleton 46), M. Jones, T. Turner, J. Sherwood (P. James 75), O. James, D. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith. (Unused sub: D. Davies)


Dolgellau 1 - 3 Bow Street 20/4/2010

Bow Street kept their title hopes alive on Tuesday night with a scrappy 3-1 away victory against Dolgellau. Street started reasonably well on a difficult surface and took the lead when Nicky Smith found Dean Evans in the box who fired home his 24th goal of the season from close range. Street could have doubled their lead five minutes later but Tim Turner’s effort was cleared off the line and this almost proved to be a costly miss as Dol equalised seconds later after Owain James’ punch landed perfectly for a Dol midfielder who headed home from six yards. Dolgellau thought they had taken the lead just before half time but neither the referee nor the linesman could be absolutely certain that the ball had crossed the line and instead it was the Magpies who were leading at the interval after Darren Middleton scored with a low drive from 8 yards. The main talking point of the game arrived on the hour when the Dolgellau centre half was dismissed for his second bookable offence and from this moment on Street took control of the game and should have converted far more chances that the one solitary goal they scored through a measured Gavin Allen chip over the oncoming goalkeeper. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly pleased with the result if not the performance: “We weren’t really at the races tonight although in fairness to the lads I think that’s the most difficult surface we’ve come up against in three seasons at this level.”. Bates added: “Penparcau are firm favourites for the title now but all we can do is keep winning and hope they slip up and so on that basis tonight’s three points were as important as any.”.

Bow Street: O. James, D. Davies, A. Jones, M. Jones, D. Middleton (D. Davies 67), T. Turner (G. Jones 84), J. Sherwood, G. Allen, D. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith. (Unused sub: P. James).


Newtown 0 - 1 Bow Street 23/4/2010

Tim Turner came off the bench to score a crucial winner as Bow Street just about kept themselves in the title race against Newtown at Latham Park on Friday night. Street, who went into the game on the back of four straight victories, were sluggish throughout the first half and were only on level terms thanks to some polished defending from Andrew Jones and some excellent handling from the returning Dave Gregory in the Magpies goal. In the second half Street were a totally different side but with 65 minutes gone had still failed to break down a resolute and fired up Newtown side despite the best efforts of Darren Middleton who produced his best display for several weeks. Street then introduced veteran Turner who immediately started making his presence felt against a tiring Robins defence and within 10 minutes of coming on he stooped low to connect with a Nicky Smith cross to give Bow Street a priceless victory away from home. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly a relived man after the game: “I thought we were well below par in the first half and I don’t think a few of the lads realised the importance of this game until a few choice words were said at half time. In fairness, the reaction in the second half was superb but if we are to win anything this season we are going to need to play like that for 90 minutes, not just 45.”. Speaking about match winner Turner Bates added: “It was a big call to leave Timmy out of the side today but he took it on the chin and said to me just after half time that if I put him on he’d get me the winner with a header. True to his word he came up with the goods and is now knocking on the door for a starting berth against the students on Wednesday night.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies (G. Hughes 55), A. Jones, M. Jones, O. James (T. Turner 63), J. Sherwood, D. Middleton, G. Allen, D. Evans (G. Jones 88), P. Evans and N. Smith.


Bow Street 0 - 2 Aberystwyth University 28/4/2010

Bow Street’s title challenge suffered a fatal blow on Wednesday night after they lost 2-0 to the University at Cae Piod. Street started strongly and almost took the lead when Owain James hit the post with a looping effort but the Uni were ahead five minutes later from a wicked deflection. The Uni doubled their lead ten minutes later when “Cookie” headed home from a corner to leave Bow Street with an uphill struggle. Street introduced Tim Turner and Gaz Hughes at half time and switched to a more attacking formation but it was too little too late and the Uni hung on for a deserved victory. Street manager Huw Bates was in philosophical spirits after the game: “It was a disappointing performance but I can’t be too harsh on the lads as they’ve put in a good shift recently. We’ve had two really good cup runs this year but I think maybe all of the extra games caught up with us today as we didn’t seem to have much left in the tank in the second half.”. Bates added: “I think Penparcau will win the league from here and if they do it will be well deserved after an incredible run of results since the turn of the year.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies (G. Hughes 46), A. Jones, M. Jones, O. James (T. Turner 46), J. Sherwood, D. Middleton, G. Allen (S. Antoniazzi 76), D. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs: G. Jones and P. James).


Llanrhaeadr 3 - 1 Bow Street 1/5/2010 (CWFA Cup)

Bow Street were knocked out of the Central Wales Cup on Saturday when they went down 3-1 to Llanrhaedr at the quarter final stage. Street were missing 5 of their usual squad and had to call upon reserve players Lee Jones, Steve Evans and Gerwyn Evans to make up their bench. Street should have taken the lead on numerous occasions during the first half but despite a catalogue of corners, chances and a good shout for a penalty, the Llanrhaedr defence stood firm and then caught Street out with a sucker-punch from a long corner a minute before half time. Ten minutes into the second half Street’s appeals for offside went unheeded as the Llanrhaedr striker broke clear and produced a superb finish from 30 yards over the stranded Dave Gregory in the Magpies goal. Street rallied and pulled a goal back from a brilliant Dean Evans free kick but despite exerting pressure on the Llanrhaedr defence for the rest of the game couldn’t find a break through and were then caught on the counter attack after captain Phil Evans had been sent up front in the search for an equaliser. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed to be knocked out of a second competition in a week: “I think a few things conspired against us today but there’s nothing we can do about it now. All I can do is take the positives out of the game and use them to our advantage when we take on Llansaintffraid on Monday night.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, A. Jones, S. Antoniazzi, G. Jones, O. James, T. Turner, D. Middleton, J. Sherwood, D. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith (S. Evans 71). (Unused subs: G. Evans and L. Jones).


Bow Street 1 - 2 Llansantffraid Village 3/5/2010 (League Cup Final)

Bow Street suffered cup final heartache on Monday night as they lost 2-1 to Llansaintffraid at Newtown’s Latham Park. Street will be kicking themselves after dominating the match but gave themselves too much to do in the second half after finding themselves 2-0 down after only three minutes. Street lost possession almost immediately after kick off and conceded a corner after only 30 seconds which resulted in the first goal when Street failed to clear their lines. Two minutes later the Saints’ second corner of the game was dispatched in identical fashion with Street having no less than three opportunities to clear the ball. Things could have got even worse for Bow Street soon after when two further corners caused yet more mayhem in the Street ranks but two simple chances went begging leaving the Magpies thankful that they were only two goals behind. Street eventually regained some composure when some neat interplay between Dafydd Davies and Dean Evans resulted with the latter being felled on the edge of the box. Gavin Allen stepped up to hit the free kick but his curling effort hit the base of the post and trickled along the goalline to safety. Ten minutes later Allen created space for himself and fired the ball past the stranded Saints keeper only this time to see the ball rebound off the crossbar. In the second half Street created several superb opportunities to get themselves back into the game but the closest they came was a Dean Evans freekick that again came back off the crossbar and a Tim Turner header which ballooned over the bar from close range. With five minutes to go Street’s Darren Middleton was felled in the box after a mazy run but despite Dean Evans firing home the resultant penalty and Llansaintffraid being reduced to ten men after a late sending off, Street didn’t have enough time to force extra time and were left to rue a crazy five minutes that ultimately cost them cup glory. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly disappointed with the night’s events: “Football can be very cruel sometimes as on the basis of possession and chances we should have won the game comfortably. However, our best laid plans went totally out of the window in the opening three minutes and after that we were always chasing the game.”. Bates added: “I’m always very proud of my boys and tonight is no exception as I know they couldn’t have tried any harder. We’ve had to swallow a very bitter pill tonight and all we can do now is lift our heads and try and restore a bit of pride in our last three league games to ensure that we finish as high up the table as possible. In the meantime I offer my unreserved congratulations to Llansaintffraid for their victory and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies (G. Hughes 61), A. Jones, O. James (D. Middleton 61), S. Antoniazzi, T. Turner, J. Sherwood, G. Allen (P. James 79), D. Evans, P. Evans and N. Smith (Unused subs: M. Jones and G. Jones).


Bow Street 2 - 2 Carno 8/5/2010

Bow Street brought their losing streak of three games to an end with a 2-2 draw against Carno on Saturday but will be rueing surrendering a 2-0 lead as a late penalty saw Carno snatch a point at Cae Piod. Street re-called Mark and Gwyn Jones to the side and gave starts to Gaz Hughes and Peter James as they tried to freshen up their tired ranks against a Carno outfit who were favourites for the league not so long ago. Street took the lead after twenty minutes when a fine Nicky Smith run ended in a handball in the Carno box and Gavin Allen coolly slotted home the resulting penalty. Street doubled their lead just before half time when a speculative James effort found the top corner from within his own half. In the second half Carno switched to a more attacking formation but it was Street who should have gone further ahead when Joe Sherwood found himself one on one with the goalkeeper only for his low drive to be well saved. Carno pulled a goal back after 65 minutes when Street failed to clear their lines and then equalised after Andrew Jones gave away a needless penalty with 15 minutes to play. Both sides had chances to win the game in the dying moments but neither could capitalise and the game ended in an entertaining stalemate. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly slightly deflated at the final whistle: “In the grand scheme of things a point against Carno is never a bad result but it’s a game we should have won.”. Bates added: “We’ll keep on fighting because one more win in our final two games will see us achieve our highest ever finish at this level which is still something we can be proud of.”.

Bow Street: D. Gregory, D. Davies, A. Jones, P. James (O. James 62), M. Jones, G. Jones, J. Sherwood, G. Allen (D. Evans 60), G. Hughes, P. Evans (M. Loosley 65), N. Smith.


Bow Street 1 - 0 Presteigne 12/5/2010

Bow Street secured a win in their last home game of the season which guaranteed them their highest ever finish in their long and prestigious history. Joe Sherwood finally scored the goal that secured them a 1-0 victory against Presteigne but it could and should have been far more comfortable as Street dominated the game from start to finish, playing some of their best football of the season along the way. Street recalled Owain James to the centre of defence and gave Gerwyn Loosley his first start of 2010 and with James and his defensive partner Phil Evans winning everything in the air and Loosley and Gaz Hughes working tirelessly up front the Magpies had an excellent platform upon which to build a solid performance. Street suffered a major setback after only two minutes when top scorer Dean Evans hobbled off with a knee injury but there was no let-up for the visiting defence as substitute Danny Evans slotted in seamlessly on the right hand side. Street thought they had taken the lead after 25 minutes when Loosley lobbed the keeper from fully 40 yards but with the players and management celebrating the referee spotted that the ball had in fact hit the top of the net and nestled in the structure of the goal. However, in the second half Street did finally get the breakthrough when the impressive Darren Middleton waltzed past the Presteigne defence and produced a perfect cross for Sherwood who rifled the ball into the top corner for his fifth goal of the season. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly delighted with the result in his penultimate game in charge: “It’s been a really tough couple of weeks with us effectively being knocked out of three competitions but I thought the lads showed a lot of character today and produced arguably one of their most accomplished performances of the season.”. Bates added: “I thought Phil Evans and Darren Middleton were both outstanding but in all honesty so were the other 12 players involved and for the boys to produce that sort of display in my last game at Cae Piod is a very proud moment for me and with our best ever finish now secured I can look forward to my final game in Hay and a few quiet drinks afterwards.”.

Bow Street: S. Evans, D. Davies, O. James, G. Jones (S. Antoniazzi 65), M. Jones, G. Hughes, D. Middleton, J. Sherwood, D. Evans (D. Evans 3), P. Evans and G. Loosley (P. James 74). (Unused sub: A. Jones).


Hay St Marys 3 - 1 Bow Street 15/5/2010

Bow Street’s last game of the season ended in defeat on Friday night as they went down 3-1 against Hay St Marys after the home side scored three goals in the last ten minutes to see off a spirited Magpies performance and with Carno beating Llanrhaedr on Saturday Street end the season in 4th place, their best ever finish at this level. Street gave a start to outgoing manager Huw Bates in his first Spar Mid Wales appearance for over 13 years and to everyone’s surprise it was Bates who set up the first clear cut chance if the game when he found Gavin Allen in space in the area only for the ball to get caught under his feet and cleared to safety by the Hay defence. The rest of the half was evenly contested but with neither keeper having a meaningful save to make a goalless draw looked to be on the cards. However, with twenty minutes to go Street took the lead when skipper Phil Evans pounced on a mistake by Steve Price in the Hay goal to finish coolly from 6 yards. Unfortunately for Street the goal seemed to galvanise Hay and they started making inroads through the weary Street midfield and with 11 minutes left on the clock Mike Havard was put through on goal and finished well off the far post. Tom Weaver then produced an outstanding finish into the top corner to give Hay the lead and in the last minute Josh Wisniewski rifled the ball past Peter James to spark jubilant scenes as Hay finished their first season in the league on a high. Street manager Huw Bates was clearly proud of all his players after the game as he signed off as Street manager after five seasons: “I think today’s game summed up our season really as we competed superbly for about 75 minutes but just couldn’t get ourselves over the finishing line.”. Bates added: “I’m chuffed that Big Phil scored the last ever goal of my time as manager but I think man of the match today was young Stevie Evans who showed that he is more than capable of playing this level of football.”.

Street: P. James, D. Davies, O. James, G. Jones, S. Antoniazzi, S. Evans, J. Sherwood, G. Allen, H. Bates (S. Harrison 79), P. Evans and N. Smith.