Football as they say is 'a funny old game'. In their last home match against WPL Connahs Quay, the bluebirds turned in an excellent performance but were roundly beaten by five goals to one. Last week at Penybont another superb performance saw a morale boosting 3-1 win earned on the road. Bluebirds fans therefore had high expectations of a resounding home win.
This game against Monmouth was an entirely different matter. Despite being the better side for long periods of the game, the bluebirds struggled to find the final ball to open up the Monmouth defence. They could easily have gone in at the break two goals down as keeper James Gwilt watched helplessly as the visitors struck a post, then had to make a stupendous blocking save only minutes later.
The second half was something of a non-event with neither side creating many chances. In fact, the game was so 'stop / start' you could have been forgiven for thinking the FAW had permitted the use of 'Timeouts'.
Enter the bluebirds substitutes, Palmer, O'Brien and Dalling. Suddenly, there looked to be more shape and urgency from the home side.
Then with just under ten minutes to go came the only genuine moment of class in the match. Hudgell floated a superb ball behind the left side of the Monmouth defence. For the first time in the game Bevan escaped hs markers, looked up and pulled a lovely ball back from the line to the edge of the 6 yard box and Dalling gleefully slotted it into the net.
Winning when not playing well is always a bonus so supporters, players and management will be cheered by the result but will certainly hope for better entertainment in future games.