BY ROBERT NISBET
This testing encounter saw the Blues restricted to two good set-piece goals but also saw their younger players showing up very well in some competitive exchanges.
The Blues did in fact go a goal down in the 2nd minute when Trefelin’s JORDAN EDWARDS capitalised on a goalkeeping error. Thereafter they had very much more of the possession, linking neatly down the middle and on the flanks, while the visitors relied more on quick breakaways. Lee Trundle had a couple of early chances and one curled shot over the head of keeper Mathew Stanton forced a fine retreating save from that very vocal custodian. A fine ball from Alaric Jones sent Leon Luby in for him to shoot over, and Jones’ fine header back in from Danny Williams’ corner saw Luby shoot just over again.
After Williams had hit the post in the 25th minute, an equaliser came in the 28th, when TRUNDLE was fouled in the area and hammered the spot kick home himself. The Blues continued to get the better of the game but often the third or fourth pass in a promising move would be out of kilter – hardly surprising in a squad in which several were playing together for the first time. There was nothing there that will not put itself right. Then, right on the stroke of half-time, a clever lob from SHAUN BEST restored the visitors’ lead.
Even with the Blues making nine substitutions during the second half, we saw a similar pattern of build-up versus a long ball game. Regrettably, a combative Trefelin side conceded a string of free kicks and disputed a large number of them, creating a rather fraught atmosphere which reached a climax when a defender bundled Ben Fawcett off the ball and into the advertising boards, and Fawcett’s pushing back started a five-or six-man tussle, something which never really suits a pre-season friendly.
Back in the footballing action, Fawcett went on a lovely run down the right and cut in a cross which just evaded Trundle’s lunging boot. A stinging 25-yard shot from Elliot Scotcher forced a fine save from Stanton, but the second equalizer came n the 80th minute, when Jones was tripped on a surging run down the middle and SCOTCHER crashed a beautiful free kick around the wall. A further free kick from Scotcher was close to a winning goal, but the Blues had to be content with the draw and a fresh insight into how rugged Welsh League football can be.
The Blues have two more friendlies this week, at home to Goodwick United on Wednesday, 25th, kick-off 7.30, and at home to Aberystwyth on Saturday, 28th, kick-off 2.30