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Aberystwyth Town 10/3/99 * Port Talbot Athletic 13/3/99 * Bangor City 20/3/99 * TNS Llansantffraid 24/3/99* Holywell Town 27/3/99 * Barry Town 30/3/99
Shadow over future as Town clinch title again
Barry Town 6 Carmarthen Town 2
In a highly entertaining game on Tuesday night, Barry convincingly beat the West Walians to claim their fourth successive League of Wales championship.
Gary Barnett was quick to point out that this has been the most difficult, because the standard has improved, with no walkovers.
Also teams are keen to beat Barry and there is pressure on the lads to perform week in and week out and Barry have not the strength in depth that they have previously enjoyed.
Nevertheless, the league has been won and Barry did it against Carmarthen without Gary Lloyd, Richard Jones, Gareth Shone, Paul Mitchell and David Wells who are all injured.
In the starting line up were two front runners who are currently on loan, they are John Jones from Chester who has 20 or so first team games and is only 20 and Chris Sloan, a 21-year old from Bristol City. Jones scored a goal and Sloan scored a creditable hat-trick, both players doing well. Barry's other scorers were Mark Dempsey and Justin Perry.
Referee Steve Jones of Swansea had a better second half but was, as in previous matches, not fully aware of what is going on, however he booked four Carmarthen players early on for bad challenges and dissent.
After only seven minutes, the visitors went ahead when Tony Rees crossed a ball to Parker who seemed to let the ball hit him and it bounced into the corner of the net. Carmarthen are the only side to have beaten Barry on their ground this season and may have fancied doing the double
Wayne Jones claims the ball as Steve Williams looks on.
Dempsey was continuing his fine form firing in a couple of 25 yarders and Ryan Nicholls went close for Carmarthen. Barry though were in no mood to be denied their championship night and they began to bombard the away goal and Danny Carter had an on target 30 yarder, just saved by the goalkeeper.
Carter became provider, his cross was met by Sloan's head and it was 1-1 on 38 minutes. Dempsey took out two of his markers and fired from just outside the box into the corner to make it 2-1 at half-time and put Barry in the driving seat.
Dempsey created the third goal, his speculative cross cum shot found a defender playing the ball inadvertently to John Jones, who gratefully fired home in the 49th minute. Just a minute later, Carmarthen pulled one back, Nicholls fired home and it 3-2.
In a game which was end to end with Terry Evans and Rossiter for Carmarthen, trying to add to the scoreline, ex-Barry player Steve Williams was sent off in the 65th minute for handling the ball and stopping it going into the net.
Dempsey hit the resultant penalty wide and it was not until the 77th minute that Barry went 4-2 ahead and into the safety zone. Lee Barrow crossed and Sloan headed his second.
Darren Davies, with two superb crosses provided Sloan with his hat-trick on 88 minutes and Perry with a powerful header on 90.
Andrew York lifted the cup to the cheers of the crowd and once again, Barry take the accolade for a fine consistent performance, losing only two games and winning 22 out of 29. Congratulations to all the team.
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Nicholls makes an early impact
NEW SIGNING BOOSTS TOWN
CARMARTHEN TOWN 3 HOLYWELL 0
CARMARTHEN Town sponsored by RSU Windows, dominated this League of Wales match at Richmond Park last Saturday. And could well have won by a bigger margin than this already convincing scoreline suggests.
This often bruising encounter saw the Deeside Club having two players sent off by Merthyr referee Howard Griffiths, but by the time the first of the two players had taken an early shower Town had already built up the insurmountable 3-0 lead.
By the time the second red card had been brandished in the 76th. Minute, Town had already taken their foot off the pedal against a side languishing at the foot of the League of Wales table.
Manager Tomi Morgan was in the position of fielding an unchanged side from the previous Wednesday's match against TNS, and from the outset they took up the initiative to pressurise their visitors, and keeper Leigh Edwards was indeed a busy man.
Town's first goal came in the 21st. minute when Sion Meredith, bursting through a static defence instigated a perfect one-two situation with fellow striker Richard Parker, and on receiving Parker's return slotted the ball past Edwards.
Following further pressure Town were eventually rewarded in the 30th. Minute when David Barnhouse's long cross to the far post was headed down for Nicholas to score his first goal for the club.
The third in the 38th. Minute followed good work by Parker who provided Tony Rees with a good opportunity which he gratefully accepted.
The second half saw Town continue to dominate but it must have a great disappointment to the home crowd to see the home side fail to make the most of a good number of good chances which came their way.
Holywell's tale of woe was compounded as both Craig Dulson and Phil Hinchcliffe were both sent off following double bookings after a series of rash and erratic tackles.
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Wayne wins it for Town
CARMARTHEN TOWN 1 TNS 0
CARMARTHEN Town's local product Wayne Jones proved to be his side's match winner at Richmond Park last Wednesday, as his fierce 20 yard drive found the back of the net in the 87th. Minute to bring a deserved three points to the home side. Manager Tomi Morgan told the Journal, "The side's performance in this game was unrecognisable from the poor display in Bangor the previous week, and where we failed to compete in North Wales the players gave 100% against TNS.
The manager continued, "Wayne, our goalscorer in this match, has got a lot of ability and if nurtured will make a terrific player".
Town sponsored by RSU Windows, included the former Leeds and Cardiff City striker Ryan Nicholls in the line up as they aimed to bounce back after their disappointing performance at Bangor against a side who are currently riding high in 6th. Place in the League of Wales.
The early pressure was on Carmarthen and the rapidly maturing Robert Fitzgerald was on hand to deal capably with a number of difficult crosses. Town however might have been better employed in playing the ball on the ground rather than placing the ball high into the penalty area against a very big and organised defence who were giving nothing away at the back.
Nevertheless Town had their chances and Nicholls' debut was most pleasing as he settled into his new surroundings and will no doubt prove an asset to Town as time goes on. There is an added bonus that this player is not cup tied and will be available for selection for the Welsh Cup semi-final against Conwy.
With the match heading for a stalemate a very good crowd was brought to its feet with three minutes to go when Jones, cutting in to the penalty area, unleashed a drive past a startled Andy Mulliner in Llansantffraid's goal.
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Bangor City 4
Carmarthen Town 0
Carmarthen Town were sent crashing to defeat at Farrer Road, Bangor, last Saturday, following a below par display in which they failed to make any impression against their mid-table rivals at any stage of the match.
A normally reliable defence certainly missed the guiding influence of the absent Matthew Cable, the team’s skipper, and some frailties at the back were continuously exposed in a game in which Bangor, with a little more steadiness in front of goal, may have inflicted an even heavier defeat on their visitors.
Town striker Paul Burrows also missed the match following his failure to pass a late fitness test.
City, last year’s Welsh Cup winners, made the perfect start by scoring within 10 minutes when defenders Steve Williams and Nigel Nicholas, seemingly getting in each other’s way, failed to clear a through ball and City’s skipper Chris Shasta picking up the loose ball easily beat Town’s keeper Robert Fitzgerald.
After Bangor’s Paul Moody and Paul Langley had missed two good opportunities for their side, Town went in at the half time whistle content with only a 1-0 scoreline against the which gave them plenty of opportunity to redress the balance.
The second half, however, saw Town failing to take up the initiative and once again found themselves chasing the game and it was no surprise that City increased their lead in the 75th minute when after good work by Tommy Mutton, striker Robbie Williams gave Fitzgerald no chance from close range.
Some good breaks by Alan Roberts and Tony Rees gave Town some hope of salvaging something from the game, especially when Rees’ well-judged lob was well saved by Bangor City’s player-manager Lee Williams who leapt to turn the ball over his own bar.
Town’s revival, however, was short-lived as Bangor increased their lead when substitute Aaron Thomas, son of former Welsh international Mickey Thomas, deftly headed a good cross beyond Fitzgerald to score a fine goal.
Town’s cup of woe overflowed in the 85th minute when Sharratt, with his second goal, scored from close range, after Town’s defence had been hookwinked when Thomas sold the perfect dummy.
This was Town’s heaviest defeat of the season but redoubtable manager, Tomi Morgan, a man of considerable experience in the League of Wales, will certainly reconsider his game plan as Town’s most important match in the Welsh Cup semi finals looms near.
Bangor City 4 Carmarthen Town 0
Read Huw Pritchard's view of the game.
A greatly improved performance from Bangor against a determinedly
Not fantastic, but good enough on the day, Bangor took an early lead through
Chris Sharrat when he and Mutton were left advancing on the unprotected
Carmarthen keeper. Bangor's chances to go further ahead before the break
were blocked by determined defending and an over-elaboration on the edge of
the box. Paul Roberts, however, should have done better when put in a good
position on the left of the box from a fine pass by Mooney.
Bangor took time to get going in the second half, too many time trying to
walk the ball into the net, but there was more inventiveness from midfield
than I have seen recently - Langley made some good runs down the right and
Robbie Williams performed more like the player who came to City with such a
high reputation. With the visitors showing such little ambition, Bangor had
nothing to fear but their own lack of form, and fortunately, the goals came
in a rush in the last quarter of the game, from Sharrat again, Williams and
the best of the lot, a glancing header from sub Aaron Thomas.
Tommy Mutton, not at his best today and seeming rather dispirited for
whatever reason, had left by this time, as had Paul Roberts. Thomas and a
young sub whose name I couldn't catch must form one of the League's smallest
front lines and Bangor will have to sharpen up their passing and support
from midfield if they are to persevere with nippy, but lightweight forwards.
This will work OK on pitches with good surfaces, but not on the cabbage
patches that seem to pass for LoW pitches, especially at this time of the
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Carmarthen Town 1 Port Talbot Athletic 0
Following the disappointment of their League of Wales defeat, courtesy of a last minute goal, at Aberystwyth the previous Wednesday, Carmarthen Town bounced back at Richmond Park on Saturday to progress into the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup at the expense of Port Talbot Athletic.
The nature of Town’s victory however was disappointing, reflected in a disjointed performance, although full credit must be given to a highly committed visiting side who harassed, and rushed their opponents, giving very little room for manoeuvre.
Town’s manager Tomi Morgan told the Journal: "It may have been my side’s least impressive performance since I took over at Carmarthen, but my game plan was effective to suit the windy conditions, and I am very pleased at the determination shown by players."
Port Talbot’s manager Dai Rees’ claim that his side had more of the play in the match may have had a ring of truth, but Robert Fitzgerald in Carmarthen’s goal playing behind a well organised defence - except for the opening 10 minutes - was hardly troubled, although he was forced to dive at the feet of Blues’ striker Vince Lewis late in the game to rescue his side.
The early stages of the game saw the CC Sports Welsh League side force some early corners which Fitzgerald dealt with capably.
At the other end Port Talbot keeper Ian Lovelace brought off a flying save from Steve Williams, and was also fortunate to survive again when Williams’ 30 yard shot struck the crossbar and bounced to safety.
A scuffle on the half hour between Phil Holmes and Tony Rees resulted in FIFA official Ceri Richards brandishing yellow cards to both players.
It was the visitors, however, who were holding the upper hand but failing to make any impression in the Town penalty area.
It was the home side who took the lead in the 38th minute when Holmes challenged Rees in the box, and Cardiff assistant-referee Hywel James - who was very close to the incident - had no hesitation in advising the referee of the offence of holding, and Paul Burrows slotted home from the spot.
Manager Rees could find himself in trouble with the Football Association of Wales disciplinary committee after confronting the assistant referee to dispute the penalty.
The second half saw both sides failing to make any impression in their opponents’ penalty areas, although Richard Adams, a replacement for the injured goal scorer Burrows, created a good opportunity for Dean Rossiter whose first time shot flew past the post.
Then came Fitgerald’s save to deny Lewis, and any chance of Port Talbot salvaging a result slowly disappeared.
The final whistle blew to send RSU Windows sponsored-Town into the semi finals of the Welsh cup for the first time in their history.
Town now find themselves just two games away from a EUFA Cup place, and will play either Conwy United or Ammanford Town depending on tonight’s replay result. The semi final will be played on Saturday, the 17th April, at a neutral ground to be decided.
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