An entertaining fixture last night at The Rock between Druids and The Nomads. Despite good passages of play from Druids, our opponents showed their quality and ruthlessness in front of goal, running out 3-0 winners.
Some rotation for Druids last night after our narrow defeat at Barry Town on Saturday. Liam Buckley and Nacho Torres came back into the side to boost our midfield and defensive options. The match kicked off and it was quite tight for the opening period as both sides battled to take control of the game. The Nomads then began to keep more possession of the ball and got a few crosses and shots in from range, but none that were troubling Jones in the Druids goal so far.
Our opponents went close on 16 minutes when a cross was headed towards goal by Aeron Edwards, but Michael Jones did very well again to react quickly and save. Straight after though, Druids burst forward and created our best chance so far. Ioan Evans did excellently to cut in from the left wing, skip past two defenders and fire a shot just wide of the bottom corner. Encouraging signs for Druids.
It remained quite a competitive match after this until just before the half when The Nomads got their breakthrough. A cross to the far post was headed back across goal by Aeron Edwards to give our opponents a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. Druids still in it however and hoping to get a quick equaliser in the second period.
After the restart, Druids again were showing excellent work rate and organisation to press our opponents and put them on the back foot. Neither side could break each other down until just after 60 minutes when a mistake at the back from Druids was pounced upon by a Nomads forward. He crossed it in for Byron Harrison to tap it home and double their lead. Disappointment for Druids who were battling so well up until that point to get back into the game.
The Nomads managed to get one more before fulltime from a corner, to round off an impressive display. Druids again showed excellent desire and work rate but were ultimately undone against a quality and clinical Nomads side.
We turn our attention to Saturday now as we are back at The Rock and welcome Haverfordwest County AFC.
More than just a football club.