Barry Town United 1-1 Connah’s Quay Nomads
Barry Town United scorer: Jonathan Hood 16’
Connah’s Quay Nomads scorer: Michael Bakare 25’
The home side started this game magnificently as they nullified the Nomads threat well early-on, as the rotation of Jordan Cotterill, Modou Touray, Jonathan Hood and Kayne McLaggon up top for Barry really caused Connah’s Quay a few headaches.
The visitors had a decent amount of possession in the home half early doors, but it was Barry who took the lead after quarter of an hour as Cotterill broke well down the left, cut into the box and laid the ball back for Hood who finished powerfully from eight yards out for 1-0.
The Nomads responded after falling behind, but struggled to create clear chances, with Michael Wilde’s strike into the side netting from a tight angle being the best effort Andy Morrison’s side could muster up in the opening 25 minutes.
Michael Bakare made up for that soon afterwards, however, as Mike Lewis dropped a catch following a coming together with one of his back four and the Nomads 22 smashes a first-time strike in off the crossbar from the edge of the box to level the score at 1-1.
The visitors grew in confidence after drawing level and Adam Barton had a great chance to put the Nomads 2-1 up after 40 minutes as he glanced a great header goal-bound but it struck the post and bounced clear, before Andy Owens had another chance at the back post to secure a Nomads lead but his left-footed half-volley flew wide of the near post with Lewis scrambling after punching the cross into his path.
There were plenty of opportunities in the second half for either side to find a winner, but neither team had the required cutting edge in front of goal to make the opportunities count. Wilde and Chris Hugh for Connah’s Quay and Barry respectively both had strikes hit the woodwork in the early moments of the second half, as did Danny Harrison after 70 minutes for the visitors.
A Connah’s Quay effort was cleared off the line after 72 minutes as Lewis threw his body in the way of the swinging leg of Bakare to keep the ball out of the net and Barry scampered to clear the danger. Barry responded with a good counter-attack involving McLaggon, Hood and Touray, which saw the scorer of Barry’s first goal denied a brace thanks to his strike flying just wide of the far post.
Midfield maestro Robbie Patten made a crucial block from some three yards out with five minutes left on the clock to deny John Disney who was looking to volley home a winner for the visitors, but it finished 1-1 on the night as neither side was able to make their chances count towards a victory.
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