Tomorrow afternoon at 2:30pm Druids play their final home game of Phase 1 when they host third place Bala Town at The Rock.
Druids come into this game desperate for an improved performance from Tuesday night in which we showed great character to work our way back into the game, only to concede two quick goals and dash any hopes of a comeback. Meanwhile Bala Town played out an entertaining 0-0 draw last Saturday away to TNS, in which they felt hard done by to not be awarded a penalty for handball in the latter stages of the game.
Bala currently sit third on the table and have already secured their spot in the championship conference after the split. We last played our opponents on the opening day of the season at Maes Tegid, where we narrowly went down 2-1, after former Druid Nathan Peate snatched the points for Bala in the 91st minute. He will surely be looking to get another win over his former employers’ tomorrow afternoon.
The player to watch from our opponents is forward Will Evans who scored the opening goal for Bala on our last meeting at the beginning of the season. Evans is the 4th top scorer in the league with 10 goals so far. He will be drifting around our backline looking for pockets and opportunities to pick the ball up and get shots on goal. Druids midfield and defence will need to be weary to prevent Evans getting too much time in front of goal as he can be very clinical when given the chance.
A few welcome returns for Druids. Aaron Simpson returns from his 1 game suspension after picking up his 5th yellow card against Barry Town last Saturday. He will be hoping to get back into the side and put a solid shift in if given the chance tomorrow. Club captain and goalkeeper Michael Jones has also returned to training this week and it has been great to have him back in and around the squad again. He too may get his chance to come straight back into the side depending on how manager Jayson Starkey chooses to line up tomorrow.
Bala have shown the league this year that they are no easy feat. They have produced consistent performances and are one of the highest scoring teams in the league, keeping pace with leaders Connah’s Quay and TNS. It will be a tough test for Druids tomorrow but one we are certainly up for! The lads have not and will not give up not matter what comes up against us. It should be a great occasion at The Rock and another chance for Druids to put on a big performance and pick up some much needed points!
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 related restrictions there will be no fans in attendance, but follow our Twitter page for live match updates!
Come on you Druids!
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