Glover Double Helps Clinch Away Win
The Great Escape mission continues for the Tangerines as they recorded their second win in four days with a vital 3-2 win at Guilsfield on Saturday.
The goals came courtesy of two stunning strikes from Ben Glover with youngster Marcus Breese also on target for the Tangerines. Adam Jenkins and James Henderson hit back for the hosts, with all the goals coming in the first half.
“I am really pleased with the win against Guilsfield. It's a difficult place to go and get a result against a team that clearly has quality in it.” said a delighted Brian Pritchard after the game.
"I thought in the first half our attacking play was some of the best I have seen this season with us a constant threat going forward. Defensively in the second half we showed a real desire to do the hard work and put our bodies on the line when required.”
"There were so many good performances, in what was extremely challenging circumstances with players not available. Full credit goes to not only the experienced players that stepped up to the mark but the young academy players who were given a unexpected chance to shine.”
"I thought Marcus took his goal well and I know he will learn even more from the experience. Adam Buckley played a full 90 minutes and demonstrated to me the same good attitude I have seen week in and week out in training and should be really pleased with his full debut.
"We are now all focussed on the Ruthin match, which we are looking forward to next week."
With injuries and unavailability limiting manager Brian Pritchard's options it provided an opportunity for the clubs Academy youngsters to step in with Adam Buckley coming in at right back with Marcus Breese making his second senior start on the right wing.
The Tangerines got off to a good start putting the home defence on the back foot and it was no surprise that they took an early lead as Ben Glover found the top left hand corner from outside the box to leave the keeper stranded with an excellent finish with just 4 minutes gone. The visitors then had their first real attack that saw striker Aaron Edwards shot come back off the post.
However, Tangerines forward Glover was in inspired form and he doubled his sides lead on 27 mins with what will no doubt turn out to be the "goal of the season”. A Conwy corner was cleared and with the ball looping in the air from well outside the box Glover hit a first time volley that bent into the top right hand corner.
Guilsfield then managed to draw level with two goals in two minutes, Firstly from a James Henderson header on 32 mins and then a close range Adam Jenkins shot to stun the Tangerines who had been much the better side.
But the lead was restored just before half time and it was 17 year old youngster Marcus Breese who scored his first senior goal with a cool finish inside the box from Titchiners cross shot to put his side 3-2 ahead going into the break.
The second half was a reversal of the first with Guilsfield having the majority of play pressurising the Conwy defence but without any joy. The introduction of Tom Morris who played in spite of injury allowed Chris Rowntree to move into midfield and start to relieve some pressure. The best chance for Conwy came late on as Titchiner pressured the home keeper sliced it. The ball was worked into Steve Foster inside the box but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
The Tangerines held out resolutely to claim three more precious points to keep the Tangerines in 13th place with another huge away trip to a hugely improved Ruthin Town next up on Saturday (KO 2.30pm).