Newtown Down Seasiders
Llandudno Denied Phase Two Win At Home To Robins
Llandudno start the game with new faces Lynch and Parry in the starting XI along with earlier January signing Wes Baynes.
It was fairly even in the early moments of the game with both teams sussing out the opposition setup, but both teams moving the ball quickly looking to unsettle the other side.
It was Llandudno who got the first chance at goal as Robbie Parry linked up well with Toby Jones down the right hand side before peeling away in the box, Toby returned the favour and Parry's stabbed effort went just wide of the post!
With the warning sign there for Newtown they needed to learn from the opportunity but failed to deal with it only a minute later as Parry again peels away at the far post and a delivery from the right finds him to tap home. 1-0 with just 10minutes on the clock at The Giant Hospitality Stadium.
Llandudno took confidence from the early lead and settled well enjoying time on the ball and trying to play the ball forward as often as possible. No real chances created but plenty of promise, and it took half an hour on the clock before it looked as though Town could double their lead; Toby Jones with good work down the left hand side this time, and his pullback finds Sam Hart who connects too well if anything and fires it past the near post.
Newtown break with just over 32 minutes played and they send a ball in from the left, with the box overloaded Rushton pulls away at the back post and sends a great header back over Lynch and in to the back of the net. 1-1.
Credit to Llandudno they respond well knowing they have been on top of play and continue to apply pressure on the visitors back line.
It took less then 5 minutes after the equaliser to go back in front after a corner to the back post is headed on towards goal, and Danny Shaw gets the last touch past the keeper to make it 2-1!
With 2 minutes before Half Time Llandudno were hoping to go in to the changing rooms in front, but Newtown had other ideas as they win a corner of their own which is headed goal-wards, Lynch parries out and Mills-Evans throws his head at the ball and in to the net, sucker blow for Llandudno, 2-2.
Llandudno 2 - 2 Newtown
10' Robbie Parry
37' Danny Shaw
With both sides having scored and conceded the second half started tentatively before making their moves, however although end to end to a degree, with an hour gone on the clock neither side managed a shot on target.
With just under half an hour to play Manager Iwan Williams makes his first move as he replaces Sam Hart with Lee Tomas to add an extra attacking dimension to the team.
The substitution looked to have worked as James Joyce draw a save from Dave Jones in the Newtown goal from range, and Town fans hopeful of pushing on to win the game.
And just like that Newtown break away and Nick Rushton adds his second to his tally as he drives a low shot from the right in to the far corner to allow Newtown to lead the game for the first time today. 2-3.
The Manager reacts again and brings on Matty Williams for Tom Dix as he goes for broke, Llandudno now short at the back but with nothing to lose Llandudno attack while Newtown concentrate on getting bodies behind the ball.
The worst that could happen happened as Newtown soaked up the pressure and hit us on the counter again and play the ball neatly between themselves with extra numbers in front of goal for Mitchell to tap home. 2-4!
Credit to Llandudno they reacted well again and didn’t let their heads drop, with the referee signalling for 4mins added time Llandudno pressed down the left and Toby Jones delivers a lethal ball over the top of Jones, and didn’t need a touch as it buries in to the back of the net. 3-4!
Llandudno look to restart as quickly as possible but Newtown wouldn’t allow the ball to be retrieved, causing a melee at the end between the sides with Llandudno’s Lee Thomas and Newtown’s Dave Jones deemed guilty parties by the referee and given their marching orders.
Llandudno 3 - 4 Newtown
10' Robbie Parry
37' Danny Shaw
92’ Toby Jones