Penybont grind out a hard earned point against table toppers Connah’s Quay.
Penybont and Connah’s Quay played out a fierce stalemate at the SDM Glass Stadium, in a game which was largely affected by the windy conditions which hindered both Bont and the league leaders.
The first half didn’t offer much in the way of clear-cut chances for either team, with the high winds making it difficult for either team to build momentum.
An early chance for the hosts in the 5th minute, as a low cross from Lewis Harling was met by Ben Ahmun at the penalty spot who struggled to keep his effort from sailing over the bar.
Proceedings were then dominated by the away side, as Daniel Holmes consistently threatened Ashley Morris with crosses that turned into attempts on goal, thanks in no small part to the wind which blew heavily in the direction of the Penybont net.
Sam Snaith found himself on the end of a half chance mid-way through the half, however he struggled to generate power behind his header which fell into the path of Connah’s Quay keeper Oliver Byrne. This turned into a counterattack for the visitors which saw Daniel Davies’ effort blocked by Matthew Harris at the edge of the box.
The biggest chance of the half soon followed as Michael Wilde, searching for his 200th JD Cymru Premier goal, saw his header expertly tipped wide by an alert Ashley Morris.
Lewis Harling attempted a volley from long range just before the interval which sailed high and wide of the away net, whilst Lewis Clutton then struggled to convert the host’s best chance of the half, as he broke away but lost his footing and failed to find the target with his weaker foot.
Connah’s Quay threatened early on in the second half as Declan Poole’s delivery caused trouble for Penybont around the 49-minute mark, however danger was averted as the referee blew for a foul on Billy Borge to the dismay of the visitors.
A triple substitution for Penybont came soon after, with Kane Owen, Kostya Georgievsky and Nathan Wood replacing Lewis Clutton, Ben Ahmun and Matthew Harris, which clearly showed Rhys Griffiths’ intentions to take this second half to the league leaders.
Penybont started to come into their own as a result of the three subs, with Owen and Wood combining down the right flank for a cross which, much like in the first half for the visitors, benefited from the wind and found its way on target.
Another great chance presented itself to the away side in the 71st minute, but skipper George Horan couldn’t make it count as he scuffed his effort into the side netting. 10 minutes later, Daniel Holmes had a chance to strike one from distance as a result of a corner, but the effort never stopped rising and resulted in a goal kick.
There were claims for a penalty for the hosts as Ismail Yakubu, who came on for Connor Davies, appeared to be brought down at the end of a Kane Owen corner, however the referee was adamant that no foul was committed.
85 minutes passed before the best chance of the game occurred and again it was a result of a John Hunt corner for the visitors. George Horan on the end of the cross this time as he bundled the ball onto the crossbar and then into the hands of Morris.
Bont almost broke away and snatched the winner at the death, with yet another cross being turned into a shot on target thanks to the windy conditions, this time from Kane Owen.
The result means that Penybont sit 5th in the league, 2 points behind Barry in 4th but with a game in hand, who they also face on Tuesday night.