Fine second-half display seals victory

By Owain Johns - August 4 2007
Fine second-half display seals victory An excellent all-round performance saw Garden Village beat a young Swansea City side for the first time in three pre-season friendly attempts. Read the match report online...


Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday August 4, 2007

Garden Village will be full of condifence with just one week remaining until the start of the new Welsh League season after an impressive 4-1 victory over a youthful Swansea City side at Stafford Common.

There were debuts for Gavin Guy and 20-year-old goalkeeper Nicky Pritchard, a Welsh College's international, while experienced midfielders Jeff Aspell and Paul Bromage made their first appearances this pre-season.

The young professionals started well and combined pace and skill to carv out a number of half chances, but their best effort fell to Jaz Richards who curled over Stuart Lloyd's goal after 13 minutes.

Village came close to sneaking an opener in the 21st minute but Lee Rastatter failed to get a touch on Mark Jones' strike across the face of goal, while down at the other end Joe Harris cut inside Gary Davies and shot low from 10-yards out but failed to trouble Stuart Lloyd. Casey Thomas was through on goal on 24 minutes after beating David Rimmer for pace, the oncoming Lloyd narrowed the forward's angle and made himself big as he blocked the shot.

The deadlock was broken soon afterwards as Sam Brown fired home from close range; the ever impressive Mark Jones sent a free-kick into the heart of the area which Brown struck at a defender, but the former Goytre United midfielder made no mistake with his second attempt which he fired past David Cornell.

Swansea battled hard as they looked for the equaliser and Joe Harris came close with a header from Jaz Richards' cross but it was the latter who finally found the net for David Moss' side a minute before the break; substitute Matthew Wright set-up midfielder Richards who was through on goal and sent a cheeky lob over the top of Lloyd and into the net.

The home side had their chances in opening minutes of the second period to restore their lead, notably Liam Soroka's effort which was deflected into the side netting after just 18 seconds and Ashley Richards blazed over from the angle.

Swans' Dion Chambers and Village midfielder Cameron Hopkins both had headers comfortably saved while Casey Thomas' well struck effort on 59 minutes looked to be heading for the top left-hand corner only for substitute goalkeeper Nicky Pritchard to scramble across his goal and push it away for a corner. Thomas shot wide in front of an open goal shortly afterwards and Matthew Wright saw his shot saved from point blank range as the visitors continued their onslaught on the Garden Village goal.

But with 20 minutes remaining the home side created something out of nothing as Ashley Richards was fouled in the area by Ashleigh Johns which left referee Neil Morgan with no choice but to award the penalty, which was easily converted by Anthony Wright.

Ashley Richards met a pin-point Mark Jones cross to head onto the crossbar, but had it gone it would have been ruled out for offside, but with 10 minutes remaining Richards did have the ball into the back of the net after turning his marker and placing the ball into the bottom corner. The result was made save with three minutes remaining as Village were awarded another penalty, won by debutant Gavin Guy and converted by Anthony Wright for his second of the match.

Bob Lloyd's side wrap-up their pre-season preparations with a match against Bryntirion Athletic on Tuesday (6.30) before the big game at Barry Town next Saturday (2.30).

Village: Stuart Lloyd; Christian Richards, David Rimmer, Gary Davies, Mark Jones; Anthony Wright, Jeff Aspell, Sam Brown, Liam Soroka, Gavin Guy; Lee Rastatter.

Used Subs: Nicky Pritchard (GK), Paul Bromage, Craig Davies, Cameron Hopkins, Marc Lloyd, Ashley Richards.

Swans XI: David Cornell; Daniel Sheehan, James Burgin, Ben Addsbury, Karl Keogh, Jamie Grimes, Jaz Richards, Dion Chambers, Joe Harris, Casey Thomas, Gavin Jones.

Used Subs: Matthew Wright, Ashleigh Johns.