Town unable to hold out in muddy battle
4:01pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
ISLAND MARINE 4
PENARTH TOWN 2nds 4
THE weather was a major factor in this Vale Soccer League Second Division clash in Barry, with heavy rain starting to fall just before kick-off and hardly letting up.
Penarth soon started creating chances, with Pete Ryan and Tony Youd using their pace to run rings around the Marine defence and the former opened the scoring with a fine individual effort. He added a second soon after from a through ball from Alex Dodds.
The game looked as if it might turn into a rout but Marine managed to stabilise themselves and hold out until the break.
Penarth's defence looked solid, with great commitment and imagination from Rhys Owen and Matthew Nethercott, both of whom were always looking to create openings.
With conditions worsening significantly in the second half and the centre circle turning into a bog, it was almost impossible for Penarth to use their passing game and this allowed Marine to gain more possession. They used this to their advantage and their tactics of throwing long balls forward in the hope of them holding up in the mud proved very successful as it left Town 'keeper David Tomlin in two minds. As a result, Penarth conceded two sloppy goals.
Digging back in, Penarth regained the lead when Youd fired home from Ryan's cross, but Marine's long ball tactics paid off again when Tomlin slipped and miss kicked.
A screamer from Jack Stansfield from some 20 yards struck a post and rebounded clear but Penarth were back in the lead when Jack Howell found Kurtis Shapley and a cross was turned into his own net by a Marine defender.
With five minutes left, Penarth looked to have secured the points, but, to their credit, Marine did not give up and, when Idris Angove, who had been solid all game at the heart of the Town defence, slipped in the ever deepening mud, the home side sneaked the equaliser.
Penarth: David Tomlin, Alex Dodds, Matthew Nethercott, Idris Angove, Rhys Owen, Jack Stansfield, Kurtis Shapley, Ellis Davey, Luke Horwood, Tony Youd and Pete Ryan. Subs: Jake Cox, Tony Harris and Jake Howell.
Penarth's next game is away in Rhoose on October 26.