Bala Town FC
JD Welsh Premier League
|10.11.17 | 7:45pm|
Friday night will see The Nomads head to Bala Town as they face the Lakesiders with the opportunity to leapfrog TNS at the top of the league table.
The Nomads currently sit second in the league table on goal difference, with TNS’s +17 bettering The Nomads’ +10 goal difference, with Barry Town United giving The Nomads a big helping hand last weekend, inflicting the first league defeat on TNS since their opening day defeat at Bangor City. As little as a point against Colin Caton’s side on Friday night would see The Nomads go top until at least Saturday afternoon when Cardiff Met travel to Prestatyn Town.
Caton’s side come into the game in a rich vein of form having not lost since the opening week in October when Bangor City visited Maes Tegid. Since then, they have won four successive games against Newtown, Barry, Carmarthen and Llandudno and come into the game in sixth place in the league on 19 points and will no doubt be looking to try and help secure their place in the top six ahead of the split in January.
The Nomads come into the game in an even richer vein of form however, having not lost a game since late September. Last week’s victory over Prestatyn meant it became eight games unbeaten in all competitions for Andy Morrison’s men, however The Nomads know that a tough test awaits in Bala as last season’s encounters included three draws and a victory for The Nomads. That victory came the last time that Bala visited Deeside Stadium in the penultimate game of the 2016/17 campaign where a George Horan goal was accompanied by an own goal, giving The Nomads all three points and confirmed The Nomads’ place in the 2017/18 Europa League.
Ahead of the game, Manager Andy Morrison said “Friday night’s game away at Bala can’t come quick enough for myself and the players. Both teams are in good form and the early season blip suffered by Bala is a distant memory after four back-to-back wins. I said at the start of the season that any team who finish above Bala would be in Europe and I haven’t changed my mind.”
Morrison continued; “All of our recent games have been very close encounters and it’s normally small detail that decides the results. After massive investment over the previous 4-5 years and continued success in achieving European football, I believe Bala now have the squad to challenge TNS this season.”
The game kicks off at Maes Tegid at 7:45pm on Friday night with admission prices at £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.