The North Wales Dragons were warmly welcomed to Cae Fwt, home of Welsh Alliance side Glan Conwy F.C. for this friendly game. The Dragons were always going to find this a tough game with Glan Conwy boasting a forward line which included striker Ashley Smith, who has scored over 600 goals in a career spanning 20 seasons – 17 of which with Glan Conwy.
The Welsh Alliance is a notoriously hard hitting league and friendly or no friendly, this was always going to be the case in this game. Central midfield was where most of the action was played, with the Dragons finding it hard to string a run of passes together on the difficult surface.
Glan Conwy’s pace upfront was always going to be a challenge for the defence and this proved an accurate assessment when the offside trap was broken and despite the defence trying to reposition the Glan front man tucked the ball away neatly to the Dwain Jones’s left.
The goal seemed to ignite a flame in the Dragons as suddenly attacking opportunities were readily available. Cal White again impressing on the right wing had the beating of his man and was unlucky from the resulting attempt. Danny Robinson looking much more suited to playing up front was holding the ball up well and on 30 minutes played a lovely through ball to Mark Williams who knocked it past the keeper but the angle was just too tight and the opportunity was missed.
Dwain Jones returning to action for the Dragons made some fine saves and the Colwyn Bay F.C. reserve keeper kept the team in it, one outstanding save in particular when falling backward still managed to adjust and tip the ball on to the bar.
Just minutes later the Dragons forced a corner from the left and for the second game running, Danny Robinson was in the right place at the right time to pick up his second career goal for Dragons to make it 1-1. Buoyed by the goal, the Dragons looked confident and Dave Owen back in the squad after missing the last two games was played through and cheekily chipped the ball along with a hint of a deflection it crossed the line to give the Dragons a 2-1 half time advantage.
The Dragons were dealt a blow at half time as Cal White had to come off due to illness. This meant a reshuffle was needed and a couple of players playing out of their usual position. Glan Conwy immediately went on the attack winning a free kick 30 yards out. The referee gave them the nod to take it quickly before the Dragons could reset, a perfectly timed run was made by Ashley Smith who scored with a superb volley.
Glan Conwy’s fitness was now beginning to show and as the Dragons pressed up the pitch the counter attack was always on. This unfortunately led to Glan’s 3rd goal of the game and they were unlucky not to get a 4th right after when a run from the left, cut in and shot hit the post. Undeterred by being faced with attack after attack, the Dragons went up field and won 2 free kicks in promising positions of which neither materialised.
The Dragons fate was sealed 8 minutes from time where Dave Owen was judged to have handled the ball 20 yards out, the referee played on as Glan had the advantage, where as the Dragons seemed to stop and wait for the whistle – the ball was tucked away to make the final score 4-2 to Glan Conwy.
It was a pleasure to play against Glan Conwy who are a great local community side with lots of hard working volunteers and really deserve the backing of the local people.
We would like to thank the players and staff for their hospitality and look forward to playing again very soon.