Penarth Town 2nds 4
PENARTH Town's 2nds were one of the lucky few games last weekend to fulfill their fixture due to the awful weather.
They played away to BV at Wenvoe in a Vale Division Two clash.
BV were sitting just one place below Penarth in the league so it was never going to be an easy game for the Town.
Both teams took a while to settle with a heavy pitch and swirling wind making good football difficult.
Penarth did however, start to dominate as Scott Willetts, Nathan Bousie and Nick Thomas started to control the centre of the park. This meant good ball coming out to Macauley Winton and Lewis Slack wide on the flanks.
They were also feeding good ball through directly to Morgan Hayman up front who tested the BV 'keeper a couple of times only to be denied by his excellent form.
Eventually about halfway through the first period Winton found some space out wide on the right and crossed deep to the back post and found an unmarked Hayman ready for an easy header to give Town the lead.
From here on Penarth really started to dominate the game, their back four of Ryan Bright, Simon Fairhurst, Tony Youd and Mike Patterson never looked troubled and continued to play out calmly from the back.
More chances came for Hayman and Winton but the BV 'keeper continued to save everything.
Willetts struck a beauty from long range only for it to hit the crossbar and rebound out to safety.
Soon after a free kick was awarded to Penarth about 20 yards out and more or less central. Slack lined it up, lifted it up and over the wall and again it hit the bar, this time however, it dropped to Hayman who tucked it away for his and Town's second.
It was 2 - 0 at the break.
In the second half BV started to make a bit of a game of it and Tom Hopwood in the Town goal, who had had little to do up until then, was called in to cover a few BV half chances.
Penarth started to build the pressure again and after being awarded a corner brought up Bright and Fairhurst in an effort to claim the game.
The ball was swung in beautifully by Winton, and Bright met it square in the middle of the goal giving the BV 'keeper, on this occasion, no chance.
Town introduced fresh legs with Ellis Davey and Lewis McBeth to ensure no late comebacks from the home team.
With the game virtually won Town controlled pretty much everything and as the ball dropped to Winton on the edge of BV's penalty box he caught it on the volley and it disappeared into the top left corner leaving everyone revelling in the strike.
In the end it was a comfortable win for the visitors, 4 - 0, great all round team effort which takes them to second in the league and ready for an assault on the top team for the title.
Manager Simon Humphries said he was very pleased with the days performance and was now looking forward to the end of season run in.
No games next week due to the international break but Penarth will be back in action in a fortnight against top-of-the-league Cadoxton Imps.