Big crowd for the visit of the leaders

The best crowd in some time saw Lido battle it out with top of the table Llantwit Major on a bitterly cold night. Lido created the first opportunity when Michael McCalmon crossed for Sean Hanbury but he couldn’t keep his shot down. Minutes later he hit the crossbar, he received the ball from a Chris Jones free kick and his shot rattled the crossbar and rebounded to McCalmon who tried to chip the keeper but he saved well. Llantwit responded with Tom Walters beating the offside trap and firing in a shot which Aaron Jones did brilliantly to keep the point blank shot out.  Walters was again in the thick of the action minutes later beating a couple of defenders and rounding Aaron Jones but his shot was cleared off the line by Carlos Indjai. On 37 minutes it was Llantwit’s turn to hit the bar Josh Jones fired in a shot which Aaron Jones blocked and the ball ran loose, Josh Jones was first to react but his shot hit the crossbar. The first half flew by with plenty of open play and both sides hitting the crossbar but it remained goalless at the break.

Lido had the edge in the opening minutes of the second half without creating any real opportunities then on 58 minutes Llantwit took the lead. Conner Goldsworthy netted with a volley from just inside the box. Ben Keen tried his luck with a shot from distance but he couldn’t keep it down. Llantwit almost doubled their lead on 69 minutes when Cripps volleyed the ball from outside the area and it sailed just wide of the goal. Goal scorer  Goldsworthy tried his luck with a long range effort which went narrowly wide as the visitors looked for a second to seal the result. Llantwit pushed forward in the final minutes putting the Lido under pressure but they defended well to deny the visitors a second.