WF League - 2016/17
13 Aug, 2016 - 14:30:00
Match Score : 2-1
Taffs Well AFC
The Bluebirds trailed 2-1 at half-time after surviving a first half in which they were really outplayed and from which they could have gone in 4-1 down. But they staged a come-back in the second half and gave the Wellmen sufficient problems in the last half-hour for them to be hanging on at the end. The Bluebirds went into the game with several likely regulars missing, notably Chris O’Sullivan and Nicky Palmer in midfield. Since many of the starting eleven were débutants at this level, it was not altogether surprising that Taff’s Well, always a strong outfit, had them on the back foot early on. But the Blues did in fact take the lead in the 13th minute with a picture goal from Rhys Dalling who latched on to a fine through ball from Lee Hudgell, rounded the keeper and slid in the neatest of striker’s finishes. But for the rest of the half it was the home side who were right on top. There were several real scrambles in the Bluebirds’ box, with James Gwilt having to make several last-ditch parries, one shot hitting a post and Kristian Speake clearing one ball off the line. Richard French equalized after 22 minutes and the Wellmen were now carving down the flanks and driving in crosses which called for desperate defence. And yet Taff’s Well didn’t take the lead until French’s second goal on the stroke of half-time.
Half Time 2-1
In the second half, slowly but surely, the Blues got back into the game. Players like Gwilt and Banner, who seemed to be feeling the pressure in the first half, were looking more and more assured as the half wore on. Speake, moving from full back into midfield after a knock to Tom Wellington, was now playing well alongside the resourceful Hudgell and the Blues began to create chances. They threatened more and more as Ashley Bevan bustled through with a couple of half-chances and the side won a number of free kicks 35 to 40 yards out, for Hudgell to curl them in dangerously. By the end the Wellmen were quite glad to play the ball to the corner flags and the Bluebirds had come out of the second half at least with real credit.
Full Time 2-1
On Saturday the Blues are at home to Caerau Ely, kick-off 2.30