The Nomads 1st X1 entertained high-flying Merlin’s Bridge on Saturday at the Athletic Ground. The game didn’t start well for the ‘homesters’ when they went down to a well taken header from the Bridge’s Joe John in the 7th minute. However this didn’t appear to deter Neyland from making positive attacks at the visitor’s defence only to be thwarted by some good defensive work or lack of striking power in the shots. The scoreline remained unchanged at the interval and there must have been an air of optimism that the deficit could be bridged. However the visitors clearly had other ideas and began to create more chances in front of goal. Neyland conceded three further goals to the Bridge albeit that Patrick Hannon in goal had pulled off some very good saves. In the last 15 minutes Neyland began to exert more pressure on the visitors and create more chances down the flanks. In the final 5 minutes the home team was awarded a free kick some 10 yards outside the box and Henry Durrant fired a left footed shot in to the top left hand corner of the net to give the home team some consolation.
A positive outcome from the game was the return of Wayne Vaughan-Parry after a ten month injury lay-off. His presence will be felt once he has regained some of his phenominal match fitness!
Team: Patrick Hannon, Nicky Koomen, Leigh Power, Sean Hannon, Andrew Kemp, Craig Harding, Scott Jones, Paul Hannon, Henry Durrant, Gary Power, Wayne Parry, Mike Chandler, Jarred Campbell.
Meanwhile the 2nd X1 earned a well deserved draw away to Prendergast Villa with the goal coming from Ashley Hutchings.
Next Saturday the 1st X1 is away to ‘Giants Grave’ of the Neath League in the West Wales Cup and the 2nd X1 is home to St. Clears.