The weekend of sunshine soon stopped as the teams took to the flyover pitch in Llandudno Junction. Horizontal rain drenched the pitch which before the match had the players guessing if studs could be used. The Dragons were looking good, we had boosted our side with two new players, goal keeper Gareth Daniels and new all-rounder Tom. Able to field a strong team of 15 the players were confident in getting a result. The police were a strong side, attacking often and showing pace and strength against the Dragons. It would be the Police force that would open the scoring with a scrappy goal that managed to creep in. The dragons heads didn’t drop and we kept on challenging with our attacks being more often, this led to the police counter attacking in bursts and when a ball finally made its way through to the striker, it was met with a powerful blow in to the top corner. 2 – 0 down, it was not looking good for the Dragons, it soon got worse as Barry Haydock was judged to handle the ball in the box and a penalty was given. A chance for the force to go three ahead was missed as Gareth Daniels made a leaping save to his bottom left corner and kept the Dragons in it. This was the last of the first half action.
Changes were made for the second half with a 4-4-2 formation taking place with changes to left back as Mike Goodman came off for Danny Robinson and Alan Daniels made his way off the pitch for Josh Daniels. We kicked off with huge amounts of pressure from the reorganised Dragons, multiple corners were falling short of the first man and the counter attacks were met with a wall of defence. After a switch of the corner taker, the dragons managed to net their goal with Barry Haydock towering over the defensive line of the police. This gave the dragons an extra boost and attacked hard, tremendous saves from the police forces keeper was the only thing that kept the team in red and black in the match. After a short break in play the team were struggling and soon found themselves 3-1 down. This was hard to take for our players and even harder when the fourth soon crept in. With only a few minutes to go the co-founders Steve Roberts replaced Dave Owen and Gaz Roberts replaced Jodey Brown-Williams to strengthen the side against more attacks. The final whistle went soon after the subs came on making the result North Wales Police 4 North Wales Dragons 1.
We would like thank the North Wales Police for playing and for Llandudno Junction FC for the availability of the pitch. June the 8th will see a rematch in our Dragons Invitational Tournament, this is a seven a side match raising funds and awareness for Make A Wish UK. This event is followed by an evening of entertainment by RARE Studios and World Record breaking comedian John Martin, tickets are available for this event.
|April 28, 2013||11:00 AM||2013|
|North Wales Police||4|
|North Wales Dragons||1|