Brickfield Rangers v Rhos Aelwyd

2.30pm  2 May 2015

Welsh National League (Wrexham Area), Premier Division
Brickfield Rangers 2 Rhos Aelwyd 1 (att 38)

At this stage in the season it can be a challenge to find games, on unvisited grounds, where there's still something at stake. This game, between two sides threatened with relegation from the third tier of Welsh football, showed why it's worth making the effort.

Going into this game, Wrexham-based Brickfield were just two points clear of bottom of the table Llangollen, and a point behind third bottom Rhos Aelwyd, who'd played a game more. After a captivating 90 minutes Brickfield might have ensured Premier Division football for next season.

It was an end-to-end game throughout, between two evenly-matched sides. Brickfield took a first half lead, but Rhos were soon level.

The second half was great, Brickfield spurned a chance to go ahead when a penalty was saved. Rhos thought they should have had a penalty for a foul in the Brickfield box, I agreed with them, but the referee didn't and immediately the home side broke forward and scored a decisive second.

Rhos threw everything forward in search of an equaliser. They had more complaints about the officials late on when the Brickfield keeper received only a yellow card for dangerous challenge just outside the penalty area. A similar challenge by an outfield player anywhere on the pitch would surely have earned a straight red.

In the game's final moments Rhos almost got the equaliser they deserved. A good old-fashioned goalmouth scramble saw the ball hit the post and bounce along the goal-line, but after pinging around as if in a pinball machine it was cleared.

Brickfield Rangers are now in their second season at their new Clywedog Park ground, not that you'd know that it if you go by the information on the league website, which continues to insist they're still at their former Court Road base.

I liked Clywedog Park, the main pitch has grass banking along one side and at the far end, is fully railed off, has a path around three sides, advertising boards and dugouts. A building behind the near goal serves as a clubhouse, from where pre-match and half-time refreshments were available. At present players get changed in Clywedog School and cross Homestead Lane to reach the pitch.

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