Valley triumph against the odds again
TOP-SCORER Justin Williams struck twice as Valley triumphed 3-1 at Pentraeth Reserves in the Kon-X Anglesey League’s Car Boot Trophy.
With the game in doubt on Saturday morning due to the recent weather, a lot of hard work was needed to make the pitch playable, but after an inspection half-an-hour prior to kick off the surface was passed fit.
Valley were again down to the bare bones players-wise, with the likes of captain Barry Roberts, Ashley Hughes and Ryan Haywood unavailable. Also manager Barry Rowlands was unable to make the beginning of the game due to an unexpected work-related emergency call.
This meant the team was led by former manager Dan Jones.
Defender Sam Morris and midfielders Luke Miles and Marc Wilson all returned to the starting line-up, changes having been made on the back of Valley’s Dargie Cup loss to Bryngwran Bulls the previous weekend.
Attractive football was never going to be played in the conditions and it was a case of do what was necessary in order to keep the ball.
First chance fell to Valley, Justin Williams running at the defence and slipping the ball to Wilson, who dragged his effort wide.
The Pentraeth youngsters were a threat going forward but each attack saw keeper Jamie Owen on hand to keep it at 0-0.
The deadlock was broken when Nik Kontodios played in Justin Williams, who slipped the ball under the advancing keeper.
Valley doubled their lead after the interval when a left-footed flag-kick from left-back Justin Taylor curled right into the top corner.
Konner Druce was his usual energetic self, and even in the wet conditions he was able to run at the defence and although seeming to be fouled, managed to get the ball to Williams, who made no mistake for his 28th goal of the season.
Pentraeth grabbed a late consolation.