Date: Sat 09 Feb 2013

Lido show battling spirit

Luke Borrelli scored the Lido opener

Luke Borrelli scored the Lido opener

Afan Lido showed that they will battle until the end with a valuable three points against Llanelli in the Play-Off Conference.

With just four players starting from the original line up at the start of the season and three more on the bench, it was always going to be a difficult opener for the home side, although there were quite a few positives to take from the contest with several of the new faces making telling contributions.

An effort from distance by the visitors Simon Prangley sailed just off target, before the hosts went close to taking the lead following a Jordan Smith free kick into the goalmouth which rebounded off Jeff White but somehow stayed out and eventually ended up in the side netting.

When the visitors countered, a ball by Chris Hartland offered Luke Borrelli a shooting chance which he dragged wide of the near post. Lido went close again, forcing Craig Morris to keep out with his feet an effort from Prangley following a through ball by Daniel Thomas, and on the stroke of half time they went even closer when Morris raced off his line to alleviate an attack leaving his goal unattended, allowing Hartland to direct his attempt goalwards, but it rebounded off the foot of the post before Morris gratefully scooped up the loose ball.

Both sides went close in the opening stages of the second period, with Alex Evans doing well to pull off a block on Prangley when he seized on a weak defensive clearance, while White headed just over from a Lloyd Grist delivery.

However, the visitors were looking the more likely to edge in front, with headers by Kristian James and Prangley narrowly failing to find their target, while Dean Hudson fired over the top when substitute Rameer Outlaw set up the chance.

The nearest the Reds came was when an overhead kick by Grist just cleared the bar, before they were reduced to ten men on 81 minutes following the dismissal of Lee Hartshorn, a former Lido player, for a second yellow card.

Despite this setback, the home side almost snatched the lead but James Secker curled his effort inches past the far post, but it fell to the Lido to eventually forge ahead five minutes from time when Borrelli was found at the near post to turn it past Morris from close range.

Two minutes after this, the numerical disadvantage was restored when Damon Thomas was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Morris when he challenged for possession in the box, but in stoppage time the visitors put the result beyond doubt when Hartland, looking suspiciously offside, was played through the middle before slotting the chance beyond Morris to seal a rare win for his side, who nevertheless are still nine points adrift of Aberystwyth Town, the side immediately above them in the table.