THE NATHANIEL CARS WELSH FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
WEST-END v AFC LLWYDCOED 26/9/15
Llwydcoed's amazing second half comeback when they were losing 3-0 at half
time secured a deserved draw after a shocking first half defensive team display.
AFC Llwydcoed Manager David Haggett was without the services of Leigh
Phillips, Leon Bansal, Joseph Jenkins and Brett Davies for different reasons so
Andrew Hargreaves, Luke Spencer, Tyler Hollidge and Garin Withers received the call.
West End were the first to attack and Aron Richards was left in space because no Llwydoced players tracked him but he shot wide after only a few minutes. Llwydcoed's defence were the ones under pressure. West End broke from midfield with John Eames and Tom Harris combining and setting up Joe Jones who just failed to open the scoring. More pressure by West End saw John Eames dancing through the Llwydcoed players despairing tackles the goal that West End had threatened to score arrived. Llwydcoed's players failed to clear the danger and Darren Griffiths scored.
West End could have doubled their advantage but Llwydcoed's Captain Luke Davies cleared the danger. Llwydcoed's opening had been very disappointing and it got worse when West End scored again with a free header. This set back saw a response from Llwydcoed's Ollie Roberts, Luke Spencer and Tyler Hollidge creating chances for Ricky Carter and Garin Withers but West End defenders Ashleigh Wright and Anagros Poutachidis cleared the danger.
More good play by Tyler Hollidge and Jordan Ellis gave Ricky Carter space but as previous the West End defenders cleared the danger. Llwydcoed's miserable first half display worsened, West End broke clear on Llwydcoed's left side and during the challenge the Referee awarded a penalty to West End for a push on the West End attacker. Up stepped John Eames to score goal number three.
Some of Llwydcoed's players had been punished for not doing their jobs. Going forward they looked dangerous with Christopher Vardon finding Ricky Carter from Andy Hargreaves clearance. The first half finished with Llwydcoed staring at defeat number three.
AFC Llwydoced Assistant Manager Mathew Doherty rang the changes at half time with Rhys Welch and Jonathan Mason entering the game. The early stages of the second half were totally unrecognisable. Garin Withers, more at home at centre midfield, found space and found Jonathan Mason who hit a superb volley past West End goalkeeper Johnny Harding - what a start to the second half.
There was only one team in charge now and it was not long before Llwydcoed reduced the arrears after Garin Withers created the opening and Christopher Vardon scored. Llwydcoed's players had showed superb character but could they finish the job and equalise or even win it.
West End players had been rocked back and the three goal advantage had been reduced to one. Their attacking threat was nothing like the first half, totally different. It was Llwydcoed who were doing all the attacking with Christopher Vardon, Ricky Carter and Garin Withers just failing to score the equaliser. They
were not to be denied thanks to Jonathan Mason and Garin Withers the West End goalkeeper Johnny Harding saved the first shot but the prowess of goal scorer Christopher Vardon was on hand to equalise . Garin Withers had been involved in all three goals
So the match was all square West End came again late in the second half to win the match after a series of set pieces more anxious minutes for Llwydcoed. West End found space in the Llwydcoed shape as the first half and it took some safe goalkeeping by Andy Hargreaves and Jay Powell who threw his body in front of a goal bound shot. Llwydcoed's comeback was superb but lessons have to be learnt, sooner than later you cannot concede three goals and score three goals against other teams, the whole team have to defend as a team.
WEST END 3
AFC LLWYDCOED 3