BOW STREET manager Barry Williams felt it was two points dropped as the Magpies had to settle for a 1-1 draw with relegation battlers Welshpool Town in the Spar Mid Wales Division One at Cae Piod.
The Cambrian News reported “Despite taking the lead through Tomos Williams, Street were pegged back by a Will Pritchard penalty before the interval, and the visitors then held on for a point.
“It was a strange game, we did not play well enough, but we should have won the game,” reflected Magpies boss Williams.
“The boys were both frustrated and disappointed with the outcome.”
A sizeable crowd saw an incident packed game, which finished in frustration for the home side. Despite dominating large amounts of the game, Bow Street were unable to seal the victory, which would have consolidated their top four position.
This was due in no small part to the visitors’ man of the match, goalkeeper Ed Harding, who celebrated his 18th birthday with an excellent individual display.
Street took the lead after 20 minutes with an excellent finish from Williams, and more goals seemed likely to follow, but some inadequate finishing and Harding’s heroics restricted them to one goal.
Then, in the closing minutes of the half, Welshpool went on a rare foray into the home side’s half and were awarded a penalty, which Pritchard duly converted.
Fifteen minutes in to the second half, Street were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Ben Williams was shown a straight red card following a ‘last man’ challenge.
Tomos Wyn Roberts took over in goal, but strangely this inspired the hosts and as they pushed on they hit the crossbar. Harding also pulled off four excellent saves in the last 15 minutes, denying Tomos Williams and Matthew Pemberthy.
Welshpool also had defender Ed Baker sent off near the end for a two-footed challenge, but the visitors held onto a hard-earned point.
• ABERAERON boss Jason Jones was delighted with his side’s performance as they climbed above Bow Street into fourth place with a 4-2 win over Hay St Mary’s.
Two goals from Gareth Severs and singles by Mikey Gornall and Sion Clarke earned them an excellent home triumph.
“I felt that we had set the tone for the game from the first whistle,” said Jones. “We knew Hay’s strengths, and that they’re a very good side who like to play.
“The game plan was to press high and frustrate them as much as possible, and not give them time to settle on the ball.
“We stopped them playing and forced them to play the long ball game, and our centre backs didn’t lose a single header.
“We decided at half time to go at Hay for the first 10 minutes of the second half, and Severs, who played really well, took his two goals with plenty of confidence.
“Some of our link up play and movement off the ball was brilliant and man of the match Mikey Gornall also scored one of the best goals we have scored so far.
“We might have been guilty of pushing for more goals, rather then shutting up shop late on, but it’s still a cracking result, and that’s two wins on the bounce now.”
Sion Clarke and Anthony Evans returned from suspension, and Thomas Jones and Gareth Severs were also back in the side in place of Dan James and David Evans, who were both unavailable.
Leighton Daniels also returned in the Seasiders’ goal, following Barry Edwards’ needless red card in the previous game.
Chances were few and far between in the first half, until a Gareth Severs corner found the rising Sion Clarke, who headed powerfully into the top corner of the net.
After the break, Aberaeron took full control of the match and when Anthony Evans surged into the penalty area, he headed into the path of Severs, who deftly lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper.
A third goal soon followed with a superb one-touch team move involving six players, before Mikey Gornall volleyed home from the edge of the penalty box.
Aeron pressed on for more goals and as Thomas Jones pulled a shot at goal, it fell at the feet of Severs, who turned well and slotted home calmly for a 4-0 advantage.
The hosts then rang the changes, with three subs coming on, but when a Hay corner was intercepted by Rhodri Edwards, he failed to clear and Adi Lawford netted a consolation for the Saints.
The visitors soon added a second goal through a Rob Sneddon penalty, following a foul by Gornall, but Aberaeron also had chances to have extended their lead as they held firm for a well-deserved win” here.