Chris Hartland scored an excellent free-kick
AFAN LIDO’S POINTS FAMINE FINALLY COMES TO AN END.
The tide finally turned for Afan Lido, with them securing their first Welsh Premiership win and points for three months, courtesy of first half goals from Chris Hartland and club captain Mark Jones.
Visitors GAP Connah’s Quay rallied towards the end with an Alan Hooley strike but the final whistle from referee Kris Hames was a massive relief for Lido boss Paul Reid.
“The boy’s were absolutely magnificent from the first whistle to the last”, remarked Reid who saw his team’s points total finally reach double figures.
He continued, “During the first half we played really well creating plenty of scoring chances, and should have scored more goals. During the second half Connah’s Quay put under pressure, but we defended well despite conceding a late goal by Alan Hooley, but it’s a relief to get a win to end this ten match losing sequence that we’ve been going through”.
“Mark Jones was very lively straight from the kick off, and was brought down in the first minute, so it was Chris Hartland who made the breakthrough from the free kick, so it was a great start for us, especially after having been beaten in our last ten matches”.
With that stunning opener, Lido were forced to wait until the half hour to add a second goal, and it was a relief and confidence boost for Reid, with their last three points gained against Bala Town in early September.
“Yes, I was saying before the game that we’ve never been awarded as penalty all season with numerous ones turned down. Chris Hartland continued to be a threat to the Connah’s Quay defence and went forward and was brought down and Mark Jones put it right into the back of the net, so I was pleased for him because he’s been playing well but hasn’t been getting many goals, but that one was very satisfying”.
“In the second half we created a few chances, but because of the situation we’re in as a team we defended a little too deep, inviting them to come forward and although they didn’t have that many opportunities they got the ball into the penalty box, and even though they scored five minutes from the end we were fighting a little bit, I spoke to Mark McGregor their manager, and he said that we thoroughly deserved to win the game”.
Reid continued, “It could be the turning point in our season, we’ve been knocking on the door for the last four or five games, playing really well, creating chances and scoring goals, but we’ve just been making silly mistakes and fortunately today we didn’t make so many”.
“We’re now looking forward to the Welsh Cup and Prestatyn next Saturday, and hopefully the players will keep their feet on the ground, play as well as they did today and fingers crossed we should soon be picking up some more points”.