|STARTING XI:||1. David Griffiths 2. Josh Mazzarella 3. Jamie Monk 4. Dyf Smith 5. Aaron Jones 6. Harry Bowen (C) 7. Ahmed Ally 8. Kian Davies 9. Connor Tagoe 10. Ben Richards 11. Morgan Daykin|
|SUBSTITUTES:||12. Kyle Jarvis 14. Natty Davies 15. Luke Peters 16. Ruben Monterio 17. Jack Brindley|
The first big test of the calendar year as third placed Ruthin Town Colts came to the Riverside.
A win today would see is go six points clear with a game in hand on Ruthin so there was a lot at stake for both sides, and this showed in the early exchanges as both teams battled to get control of the game.
Second half and we came out with a bit more attacking impetus and it wasn't long before we took the lead as a through ball caused a mix up between the Ruthin keeper and defender and Kian Davies swivelled from 35 yards to loft the ball in to the empty net. We pushed for the second and on 60 minutes the ball fell to Ahmed Ally to open his account for the club as he converted from close range.
We looked comfortable in the game and spurned a few chances to extend our lead, with that game looking like it was going to tick on as it was the Ruthin winger latched on to a through ball and converted at the near post to cut the deficit on 75 minutes. This give Ruthin the desire to go for the second. On 80 minutes we were denied a good penalty shout as Kian Davies looked to lob the ball over the advancing keeper only to see the ball rebound off a defenders arm.
With five minutes to go Ruthin upped the pressure and had numerous set pieces which they had looked dangerous from all game. A free kick from the left was met by a Ruthin player who's effort looked in all the way only for Mathew Griffiths to pull off a reaction save. From the resulting corner the ball was met by the a Ruthin head and the ball looped into the unguarded net to bring the game level with only injury time left.
The lads picked themselves up and in the three minutes injury time a Harry Bowen corner was heading in only to see it some put over the bar, and then Josh Mazzarella hit a bullet from 20 yard only to see it well saved by the Ruthin keeper.
Tough to drop points from a winning position but we need to pick ourselves up and go again next week as we travel to fourth placed Llay United