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Tony Incenzo's Ground of the Week: Bala Town

Groundhopper Tony Incenzo was on hand to witness a historic day for Welsh Premier League club Bala Town as they reached the Europa League.

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Bala Town 1 The New Saints 1
Sunday, April 26 2015
Welsh Premier League
Attendance 554
Football grounds visited - 1,966

Nerves, joy, exhaustion, elation, despair – what a season this has been.

The rollercoaster came to an end this afternoon with Town facing the biggest task they had been faced this term – to get a point or more to seal 2nd spot.

Bala came firing out of the blocks with their intentions clear for all to see – get a result.

Kieran Smith was the first to test Mullock with a powerful strike from distance but the shotstopper saved well. Hunt and then Smith both had successive chances saved in the area.

But on 7 minutes on the clock the Town goal came. Ian Sheridan pounced on Kai Edwards’ poor clearance to slot home at near post to send the Town faithful into mad celebrations!

Town took strength from the goal and the pressure cranked up a notch.

A goalmouth scramble led to David Artell firing over the woodwork before Lee Hunt’s chance went narrowly past the post.

It could’ve been two when a perfect cross by Sheridan landed at Hunt’s feet but he couldn’t control the ball from 5 yards out.

Kieran Smith nearly doubled the lead with a spectacular half volley which rattled the post with 35 minutes played.

TNS were under pressure with Spender having to clear another Sheridan cross and then Mullock called upon to deny Hunt on the stroke of halftime.

With proceedings at Airbus seeing them leading against Newtown it was a case of sit tight for Town in the second half.

Things were a little different as TNS started to press the Lakesiders slightly.

Jamie Reed tested Ashley Morris early on before down the other end Mullock made a wonderful save to tip Murtagh’s header onto the crossbar.

Smith forced Mullock into another save before Mark Jones smashed this long range shot over the bar.

The Saints came level on the hour mark when Chris Seargeant found Reed who smashed the ball in from 4 yards out – the first chance they’d had all game!

The pressure from the Saints started to grow as they threatened through Draper and Reed with thoughts going through the mind of ‘Have we missed our chance?’

Hayes came on instead of Lee Hunt and was immediately involved and managing to put his chance inches over the bar from 35 yards after Mullock left his net unattended.

The board went up and Town were edging closer and closer to hearing the final whistle they’d been longing to hear.

Fulltime: 2.54p.m. Town qualify for Europe. Last time a dream, this time a reality.

It has been a superb season, Town deserving their 2nd place finish in what has been the most successful season in the Club’s history.

Congratulations to the management team and all the players – you deserve it.

Roll on June 22nd when we will discover who our 2015/16 Europa League opponents will be.

Attendance – 554. A massive thank you to all our supporters who have turned out week after week to support the Lakesiders. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Match Report: 2BALA 3BALA 4BALA 6




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