A stern challenge on the opening day for Druids, and after a hard-working, resolute performance, two long throw ins were ultimately the difference to see the Nomads come away with a 2-0 win at The Rock.
Before kick-off, it was great to see such a bumper crowd, with fans of both sides coming down to The Rock to enjoy the return of the Cymru Premier 21/22 Season.
The lads were out, and the match kicked off on a great evening in Cefn-Mawr. In the early exchanges, Druids sat back into a strong defensive shape to feel their way into the game with such a new squad coming together. However, after a quick flurry of balls into our box, The Nomads earned a throw in high up the pitch. The long throw into our area came off a series of heads as both players were competing for it. It fell to Nomad’s forward Jordan Davies whose flick on header ricocheted off the shoulder of Joe Faux and into the net. An unfortunate start to the match for Druids who were now facing an uphill battle.
However, as the match progressed, Druids held their shape and discipline with The Nomads getting in good areas up the pitch but finding it difficult to break us down and create any clear-cut chances. Druids also created a few decent opportunities on the counterattack. Flint, Faux and Ben Wynne were able to get good crosses into the opposition box with forwards Agyemang and Brown coming close to getting on the end of them.
However, a big talking point came in the 35th minute when Nomad’s captain George Horan headed the ball into the net after a flick on from another long throw in. However, the referee ruled for offside after protests from both teams.
Druids held out our opposition with a hard graft towards the end of the first period and went into half time 1-0 down but still in it.
The second half began, and the Nomads pressed high in search of a second, but Druid stuck to their shape and were again proving difficult to break down. However, another long throw in eventually proved the key for The Nomad’s as Horan again rose highest, flicking it in off the crossbar to make it 2-0.
Still over 30 minutes to play, Druids never dropped their heads and were working hard as a group to stay in it and get one back. A change of shape, saw us press higher up the pitch to take the game to the opposition. Aaron Pomeyie, Ryan Kershaw and George Harry offered some fresh legs and were becoming a nuisance for The Nomad’s defenders.
A big chance for Druids came soon after. A freekick on the left wing was brilliantly whipped towards the far post by Jake Hampson with centre half Tony Davies inches away from heading into the net.
Druids continued to give everything they had in the final period, however the referee eventually blew for full time and The Nomads came away with the 2-0 victory.
A resolute performance from Druids who frustrated the champions through hard work and an organised shape, with our opponents making the most of their long throw ins. For a team who has only recently come together, there were positives there that the lads can build on to begin getting some points on the board.
We would also like to thank all the fans who came to The Rock to show their support for both sides. We had roughly 712 in attendance which is a great turn out for the club on a big occasion! We would love to welcome you all back at The Rock again for our next home match!
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