Cardiff Dragons 0 Trowbridge Tigers 1 Southwest League 20.11.11
The Dragons put in a very solid team performance in their third Southwest League game of the season and as in the previous two games they were unlucky not to gain at least a point on the day. The match was played in good conditions although the pitch was boggy in areas.
Trowbridge began the game the stronger exerting some early pressure down both flanks and opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes with a neat finish from 12 yards fro a cross wish was not cleared. Another good chance followed soon afterwards but a fine fingertip save from John Q in goal prevented a second. Once the Dragons had found their footing they began to take more control and with the defence now looking solid and getting forward well in conjunction with the midfield with Aris then Michael working well with Anthony and Darrin. The Dragons nearly equalised on 15 minutes when Aris broke clear but his shot was smothered by the visitors keeper. The ascendancy the Dragons now had continued throughout the half with Simon and Mark both going close with half chances and the keeper making another good block as Mark broke into the box. The visitors still remained dangerous on the break and fashioned a good opportunity on the half hour when they broke the offside trap but the resulting shot was parried away well. They also went close from a couple of corners but Jason was in good position to clear the chances off the line. The Dragons forced some corners themselves but could not make anything of them but as the half drew to a close Mark was denied by a fingertip save as Trowbridge preserved their 1-0 lead.
The second half took a similar pattern to the first with Trowbridge having the best of the first few minutes. A mazy run saw them nearly fashion a chance but the danger was averted by a last ditch tackle. Their attempts throughout the half though were restricted to mostly efforts from distance which although finding the target were dealt with comfortably by John in goal. The greater danger was coming from the Dragons though chances came and went. Simon went close but was denied by the visitors keeper and Bruno tested the keeper with a well struck free kick from 25 yards. With the full backs getting forward to support Bruno and Simon D on the wings and the hard working central midfield winning ball, the Dragons put in several dangerous crosses from both corners and open play but through good play and a bit of luck Trowbridge managed to retain their lead. Mark was re-introduced for the final quarter and went very close when first his shot was blocked for a corner and then another fiercely struck effort across goal was palmed away brilliantly by the visitors keeper. It was not to be however for the Dragons as the elusive leveller did not arrive and Trowbridge went away with the narrowest of victories.
Ryan was voted Dragon of the day performing very well with Christian in central defence. Thanks to those Dragons who provided as usual excellent support to the team.
Dragons squad:- John Q, Tomos R, Ryan M, Christian J, Jason C, Simon D, Aris D, Anthony R, Darrin H, Mark W, Simon E, Bruno J, John A, Michael W.