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Sat, 3rd November, 2012 12:11pm

Match Report from NEWFA website. Nomads players are highlighted in bold.

NWCFA U18s   1     NEWFA U18s    1   
at Prestatyn Town FC   
Thursday 1st November 2012.

NEWFA Team: Reece Daly, Noah Edwards, Adam Bailey (Capt), Jack Cheetham, Leigh Owens, Jack Edwards, Mike Williamson, Abe Dobson, Jack Hepplestone, Zyaak Edwards, Rhys Healey.

Subs: Myles Hart, Jordan Powell, Bryn Jones, Nathan Williams, Max Jenks-Gilbert.

The U18s were denied all 3 points in their opening game, as Coast scored their equaliser with the very last kick of the game. In all fairness, it was probably deserved, as we soaked up lots of second half pressure from our hosts. So it was a decent point in what may prove our toughest game.

We lost the services of Ryan Hedges and Lee Jones through injury, and drafted into the squad Jack Hepplestone and Jordan Powell. So we took a very young squad, 8 of the 16 lads being first years. Five of these started the game.

The first half was played in a heavy downpour of rain, making the surface very slippery. Coast were dominating territory and the pattern of the game soon became clear. Coast were keeping possession and moving the ball well, while NEWFA were content to defend quite deep and hit their opponents on the break, the team having lots of pace going forward.

Rhys Healey latched onto a through ball on 7 minutes in the game's first clear chance, he broke clear but his shot was blocked by the home keeper. Coast responded with a clear chance, but Dean Seager's point blank effort was superbly saved with his feet by NEWFA keeper Reece Daly.

More half chances followed in the next 15 minutes, but on 22 minutes NEWFA took the lead. Healey picked up the ball 30 yards out, and in typical fashion glided his way past 4 home players before being scythed down in the box for a certain penalty, which he despatched into the bottom right hand corner.

We now had a good 10 minutes, but Coast regained control towards half time, with a few scrambles in our box, but we were defending resolutely, with no damage up to the half time whistle.

The rain stopped for the second half and there were chances either end as Coast struggled to find a way through and we were hitting them on the break. Max Jenks Gilbert and Myles Hart replaced Healey and Jack Hepplestone as we put fresh legs on and a turning point came as Jenks-Gilbert was clearly tripped in the area, but the Referee was very reluctant to give us a second Penalty.

The pressure from the home team intensified and there were more scrambles before a shot from the edge of the area was brilliantly turned away for a corner by Daly. Jordan Powell was introduced on the right, replacing Abe Dobson and Jenks Gilbert went very close from a narrow angle after the home keeper spilled a shot and Zyaak Edwards hit a superb volley just over.

Then just as we thought we had made it, the home team gained a corner for their final chance of the match. We had not learned the lesson of their short corners, and the home midfielder picked up the ball on the corner of the Penalty area, dummied inside twice and struck a fine angled shot which went in off the underside of the bar to break our hearts.

One touch from the kick off and the referee brought the game to an end.

Our keeper and all the back four were excellent on the night though under pressure on a wet pitch. However my selection for Man of the Match is MIKE WILLIAMSON, who gave a very assured performance.

It was an exciting game with many chances, played competitively in difficult conditions and all players in both teams conducted themselves in a proper manner with the Officials. Football was surely the real winner on the night.
Congratulations to both teams for a good contest. We look forward to another tight battle later in the season. My special thanks to Mike Cunningham and Jordan Beck.

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