The North Wales Dragons started their season in fine style this past weekend coming back from a goal down to win the game by 2 goals to 1 away against Y Glannau Veterans. As it was a friendly it was a chance for manager Chris Roberts to test the new 4-3-3 system. The back 4 was also a new unit having never played with each other before.
Straight from kick off, Y Glannau put the Dragons under pressure with their 4 in midfield out numbering the Dragons 3 and their persistant pressure paid off in the 11th minute when they were awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal. This was taken whilst there was confusion with the Dragons setting up the wall and 3 passes later, the ball was in the back of the net.
Y Glannau smelling the victory continued to attack, but strong Dragons resistance combined with pacey counter attacking proved to be the key for the comeback. On 27 minutes a break set up by the impressive Barry Haydock who played a clever ball out to Dave Owen who beat his man and layed the ball off to Mark Williams who put Martin Anderson through for a neat finish to the keepers right hand side.
The Dragons, lifted by the goal found a new confidence and just 6 minutes later found themselves 2-1 up – Martin Anderson again instrumental shrugged off 2 midfield challenges and found Mark Williams; with work still to do in the form of 2 defenders, ‘Berger’ got past the both of them combining skill and pace, tucking the ball away to the keepers bottom left.
The Dragons could feel disappointed that they weren’t awarded a penalty toward the end of the half when Steve Roberts was felled in the box in what looked to be a foul, but the referee shook his head.
HT – Y Glannau Vets 1-2 North Wales Dragons
The Dragons stuck with what was working for the second half. Immediately the men in yellow were met with an onslaught of attacks and challenges from the Y Glannau midfield and front men. With an hour gone, changes were made as Jordan Davies and Steve Roberts made way for Jodey Brown-Williams and Leigh Ward.
The substitutes brought a much needed freshness to the team at a time where Y Glannau could have evened up the game. With backs to the wall, the formation was reset to a more familiar set up to close the game up and hit on the counter. Efforts from Martin Anderson, Leigh Ward, Jodey Brown-Williams and Dave Owen all ended without reward. With not much time to be added on and Y Glannau laying siege to the Dragons goal, the final whistle went, allowing the Dragons to record their first win of the season.
FT – Y Glannau Vets 1-2 North Wales Dragons
We would like to take this opportunity to thank CPD Y Glannau Vets for their sportsmanship and hospitality after the game. We hope to see you all on the field again very soon.
Until next time
Gaz Roberts – Co-Founder – 5