Cambrian Tyres league – Division 1
Bow Street Res visited table toppers Tregaron Turfs on Wednesday evening. Tregaron had started the season strongly, recording four wins from four while scoring a lot of goals in the process. Dean Evans and Joe Williams were paired up front and the experienced Stefano Antoniazzi, back from America, was bought in to sure up the defence.
A youhtful Tregaron side started the game brightly and were quick to close down any attempts from Bow Street to start their passing game. It was Tregaron themselves that were playing the better football on a bobbly pitch. Street did get the ball in the back of the net midway through the half when Joe Williams pounced on a spill from the Tregaron keeper, but he was judged to have been offside when the initial shot came in. However, it was Bow Street Res that opened the scoring after half an hour. The tireless Joe Williams chased a hopeful high ball, which caused a mix up in the defence, which Nick Smith was able to capatalise on by volleying home into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Tregaron created a few half chances towards the end of the half but the Street held on until half-time.
The start of the second half pretty much followed the pattern of the first half with Tregaron playing the better football and limiting the Magpies to half chances and hopeful balls up-field. On the hour mark the management changed the front pairing of Joe Williams and Dean Evans and bought on Justin Quinn and Shaun Jones. The change paid off ten minutes later when Justin Quinn converted after a poor clearance from the Tregaron keeper. Things got slightly easier for the Street when Tregaron were reduced to ten men with about 20 to play. This though seemed to spur Tregaron on and they were offered a way back into the game when their striker was up-ended by keeper Rhys Evans. The striker dusted himself off to convert the penalty. Tregaron threw everything at Street in the last ten minutes with a succession of corners and free-kicks. Street, however, held on for a vital three points.
Leighton Reynolds was pleased with the result after the game: “We were looking to bounce back after the weekend and coming to Tregaron, after the start they’ve had, was always going to be a tough ask. Tregaron played very well and put us under pressure but the lads rallied through and we did well to get the three points. It’s always a difficult place to come and they’ll cause problems to any team that visits here.”.
Team: Rhys Evans, Matt Williams, Stefano Antoniazzi, Neil Evans, Gethin ap Dafydd, Guto Havard, Stephen Harrison, Ryan Evans, Nick Smith, Joe Williams, Dean Evans
Subs: Justin Quinn, Shaun Jones, Iolo ap Dafydd