Match Report: Druids vs Prestatyn Town FC
We began our JD Cymru North campaign on Friday night at The Rock. A makeshift Druids squad fought back near the end through a Ben Maher volley, but Prestatyn held out for a 2-1 win.
We went into this game with a somewhat makeshift squad as we await international clearance for a few deadline day signings. However, a number of our EDS players stepped up into the first team to face a Prestatyn Town side eager to start the season well.
It was an exciting opening 45 minutes with both sides getting stuck in straight away with some solid challenges. A few half chances for both sides early on, however the scoring was opened just before the half hour mark. A chaotic sequence, Mitch Williams was cut down around halfway via a hefty challenge. The Druids players appealing to the referee, however moments later Prestatyn flew up the pitch and went 1-0 up through Kyle Parle.
A lot of positive signs but we went into the break with work to do.
Some more good play from Druids in the second period as we put the pressure on our opponents. On 53 minutes, Ross Weaver came agonisingly close with a header cleared off the line. Then minutes later Oscar Herd’s strike went inches over the bar. Encouraging signs.
However again on 77 minutes, Prestatyn capitalised on a chance to go 2-0 up through Tom Hilditch. Druids kept fighting and pulled one back on 90 minutes. Ben Maher struck a fierce volley to make it 2-1 and grab his first goal for Druids!
We pushed with everything in injury time looking for that equaliser however Prestatyn defended well and held out for the 2-1 win.
A frustrating night for Druids. We created plenty of opportunities and played some very nice football, just our opponents were clinical with the chances they created. With the new signings looking to be finalised and added to our squad this week, it is looking positive that our performances and results will continue to improve.
We are straight back in league action on Tuesday night when we travel to Ruthin Town.
More than just a football club.