Cadoxton Barry 3rds: Thrilling top-of-the-table clash, as Wells bags four
7:40am Thursday 27th September 2012 in Sport
WENVOE ARMS 4 CADOXTON BARRY 3RDS 4
A SPATE of injuries coupled with some badly timed holidays saw CB scratching around to try to raise a third string for this Vale of Glamorgan League Division Two match.
But CB need not have feared as, in saving the day, a host of their U18 youth squad members answered the call while Sean Andrews valiantly stepped in for regular keeper Craig Johnson.
Evenly-balanced early match exchanges came to an end when the hosts took the lead as a beautifully weighted cross was headed home at the far post.
This signalled a CB onslaught, with Wenvoe Arms surviving to half time, the whistle blowing six minutes early.
The breather certainly seemed to help the Arms as they started the second half with all systems firing to get the better of the first 40 minutes, a period during which two defensive errors coupled with another perfectly measured cross that found the target man, saw the hosts looking comfortable at 4-1.
Wells had pulled back what looked like being a consolation in between.
So with only pride to play for during the final three minutes plus what stoppage time there might have been, the youngsters, guided by a few more experienced heads, kept plugging away and managed to reduce the deficit to 4-2 and what looked like being a respectable defeat - Wells again the scorer.
But when he did it again only seconds later, the lads really believed that they might get something out of the game and, with Wenvoe now on the rack and only seconds remaining, it was that young man Wells yet again who made sure that Cadoxton Barry 3rds preserved their unbeaten record.
Whilst none of Wells' goals were vintage stuff, he deserves great credit for being in the right place at the right time.
The 3rds remain in second spot, two points behind Wenvoe Arms but with a game in hand.
* On Saturday Cadoxton Barry 3rds combine with their 2nd team colleagues to take on Island Marine in the Barry Cup at Maslin Park. Kick-off 2.15pm.