|12/03/2016||2:00 pm||Division One||2015/16|
Exiles 1sts took a point home from their away game against a tough Splott Park Rangers side despite at one point having a 2-0 lead over their opponents.
Exiles, who made a few changes to the side who had lost so poorly to Cathays United last week, player-manager James Naik returning to midfield ahead of Josh Peacock, with Tom Richards moving out to left wing-back. Tom Overs remained in goal with Matt Davies, Mike Temple and captain Will Brown ahead of him. Rory Wigmore and Will Eastwood continued in attack. Dan Poole and Scott Phillips completed the midfield with Iolo Tomlinson on the other flank.
The changes brought extra balance to midfield in particular, and Exiles led with a Wigmore goal (his seventh of the season) and a second was added through some excellent work by Tomlinson. Exiles had a few more chances (captain Brown hitting the bar) but a sloppy free-kick towards the end of the half was given away and a poor cross caught everyone by surprise as the Splott forward turned it in past Overs.
Despite more pressure, Exiles could not find a third and after Rhodri Charles was brought on for Poole to provide extra width on the left, moving Richards into the middle and Mike Cross in a slightly unfamiliar role in midfield to replace the tiring Naik, the changes had originally appeared to be working but Splott continued to counter, finding an equaliser through a debatable penalty decision. After a final substitution with Wigmore replaced by Peacock, Exiles found themselves behind through a corner which wasn’t cleared and squirmed under Overs. Not to be beaten, Exiles tried to find an equaliser and after Eastwood was brought down in the box, he dusted himself off to dispatch the resulting penalty not long before the end of time.
Exiles have two more league games left but it unlikely they will finish any higher or lower than the fifth-placed position they find themselves in, which although could be described as disappointing after some of the results this year, after a first promotion a fifth-placed finish would represent progress.
5. M. Davies – 33. Temple – 55. Brown (C)
93. Tomlinson – 23. Naik – 34. Poole – 13. S. Phillips – 77. Richards
9. Wigmore – 20. Eastwood
Subs: 32. Charles, 29. Cross, 46. Peacock (used)
Goals: Wigmore, Tomlinson, Eastwood (pen)