Afan Lido 1 Goytre 1

Goytre this week signed a number of players in an effort to avoid the drop and their new look team took the game to the Lido in the early stages. They had the bulk of possession and position without troubling the Lido goal. It was this pressing that cost them the Lido goal, a Goytre attack broke down and the ball was played forward to Noah Daley on the halfway line. He was too strong for the defender and raced clear towards the goal. The Goytre keeper came out to narrow the angle but Noah confidently fired it past him from just outside the area to give the Lido a 14th minute lead. Encouraged by this goal Lido pressed forward and Jamie Karnsang played a square ball to Chris Hartland just outside the area but his first time shot went just over the crossbar. Sacha Walters on his return from injury also hit a first time shot over the bar as the Lido looked for a second goal. Again on the half hour Sacha from outside the area saw his shot go over the bar. Goytre looked for an equaliser before the interval and the returning Dan McDonald fired wide from the edge of the area.

Noah Daley won the ball in the early seconds of the second half and cut in from the touchline but lost the ball, it fell nicely for Alex Gammond who hit a first time shot straight at the keeper. Goytre had a great chance to equalise on 51 minutes when a corner flashed across the face of the goal but no-one was able to get a touch and the chance was lost. Lido responded with a couple of corners of their own but Alex Gammond was unable to direct his header on target and the ball flashed wide of the post. Jamie Karnsang had a great chance to double the lead on 65 minutes when he raced on to a square ball but as he went to hit it the ball bobbled and his effort went wide. On 68 minutes Rory McCreesh made a fine save diving high to his right to just tip away a header but Goytre looked as though they were getting back into the game and so it proved when they equalised on 73 minutes. Lido cleared a Goytre corner but Goytre skipper Kris Leek hit an unstoppable thirty yarder that flew into the top of the net. 3 minutes later Neil Thomas almost restored the Lido lead but his left footed shot went the wrong side of the post. Both sides looked for a winner in the final 10 minutes with the Lido tending to snatch at long shots rather than work the ball into the area. However with 2 minutes to go Alex Gammond got on the end of a Cai Owens throw and his goalbound effort was tipped around the post by Ben Fletcher in the Goytre goal to ensure a point for the visitors.

.Rory McCreesh  2 Kieran Parsons  3 Jack Fleming  4 James Parry  5 Jamie Karnsang  6 Neil Thomas  7 Chris Hartland  8 Alex Gammond  9 Noah Daley 10 Cai Owens 11 Sacha Walters

Subs  12 Jack Underwood  for Sacha Walters 85  – 15 Patrick Finneral for Neil Thomas 77 – 16 Lewis Clement  – 17 Paul Evans