Adroddiadau Hydref 01 / October 01 Reports..............
FLEXSYS CEFN DRUIDS 0 CARMARTHEN TOWN 4
With this the second away trip to North Wales in five days it took Town a little time to get into their stride at Plaskynaston. In the end two goals in each half gave Town a comprehensive win.
Druids started very brightly with midfielder Craig Wilkinson testing the Carmarthen defence with some excellent runs but for some reason Druids were reluctant to 'have a shot' at the Town goal and failed to capitalise on early possession.
As Town started to get into the game Ryan Nicholls created a good chance for Lee Jones in the six-yard box and Tim Hicks was stopped in his tracks by a great tackle from Steve O'Shaughnessy when clear. But the breakthrough came after 18 minutes when Rossiter picked up a loose ball in mid field and unleashed a powerful shot from 30 yards that found the top corner of the Druids net to give Town the incentive they needed to get into their stride.
We then enjoyed some end-to-end play. Stuart Thornley and Mike Davies had some good chances for the Druids whilst at the other end Nicholls should have netted from a Chapple free kick. But just after the half hour Wyn Thomas dispossessed the Druids attack with a great tackle deep in his own half and his excellent pass found Hicks wide out who made ground and fired home a superb shot from a very tight angle to give Town a two goal cushion at the break.
The second half started with the Druids again starting brightly as Town had to clear their goaline following a Simon Richards free kick. The third goal came as Hicks, bursting through from the halfway line, beat two defenders to find himself one on one with the keeper. The advancing Blower did well to block his shot but Nicholls fired home the rebound to make it three.
Town looked tired and with the game all but over as a contest they conceded possession to the Druids. But again Wyn Thomas won possession in the middle and put a fine through-ball to Siôn Meredith out on the right who made it four. Thomas was unlucky not to have a goal of his own when following a good run late in the game his shot was well saved by the keeper.
Druids piled on the pressure in the final minutes only to see Town's crossbar deny them a late consolation goal.
A tough week for Carmarthen Town but two away wins will have lifted spirits.
RHYL FC 1 CARMARTHEN TOWN 2
In what was always going to be a difficult game for Town they came out top with a 'six pointer' to put the pressure on the other teams in this difficult FAW Premier Cup group B match . The omens were there for Rhyl in the opening exchanges when Shaun Chapple rattled Lee Williams' bar with a powerfully struck free kick from 25 yards after only five minutes that left the keeper rooted to his goaline .
The two evenly matched teams contributed well to an excellent game of football that flowed from one end to the other on an immaculate Belle Vue surface but a bizarre goal on the half hour gave Town the lift they required to take control of the game .
A long ball down field by Town keeper Fitzgerald was allowed to bounce in front of the defence and deflected off the head of Michael Jackson over the advancing Lee Williams into the net. Although Williams had been berating his defenders constantly he did not seem take control of his defensive area and responsibility for the goal (although a lucky strike) must have been the keeper's. He was lucky not to let in a couple more with a disappointing performance in the Rhyl goal.
Following the break early Carmarthen pressure produced a scramble in Rhyl's goal area with the ball bouncing in all directions before Sion Meredith finally put it in the back of the net. That gave Town some breathing space as they played with some confidence and created several good attacking moves that were unlucky not to find the target.
In the final quarter. Rhyl made a couple of substitutions that had an immediate effect as they put together some sharp attacking moves down the left to pressurise the Carmarthen defence. Town got a little jittery and conceded too much possession to Rhyl in an attempt to relieve the pressure by just clearing the ball anywhere. On 77' a well struck Rhyl free kick from Durnin brought a blinding save from Fitzgerald who seemed to have turned the ball around the post but Rhyl kept the ball alive and Brewerton scored from very close range. This gave Rhyl a lift and the Town supporters a very nervous final thirteen minutes as the home team went in search of the equaliser.
In the end Town took the points and there seemed to be little complaint from the Rhyl supporters other than to question the display of their own keeper. An excellent welcome from all at Belle Vue and the improvements to facilities at the ground are first class. Certainly the surface of the pitch looked to be excellent. Clearly this is where clubs need to invest as much as they possibly can afford to raise the profile of the League and encourage good quality football.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 CONNAH'S QUAY NOMADS 2
An uncompromising encounter between two evenly matched sides saw both teams take a share of the points this afternoon at Richmond Park. Table toppers Connah's Quay Nomads demonstrated why they are currently league leaders with a committed all round team performance.
Chances in the first half were few and far between. The Nomads started brightly and gave notice of their intentions with some sweeping movements down both wings. Although both goalkeepers were very rarely tested Robert Fitzgerald in the Carmarthen goal was called into action when Nomads captain Paul Hopkins unleashed a shot from the edge of the box early in the game.
Carmarthen replied with a shot by Craig Evans that was also comfortably saved by Paul Whitfield in the Nomads goal but it was Connah's Quay who almost broke the deadlock when left back Lee Jones appealed for offside only to see right back Dean Tuft sweep past the home defence for a strike on goal that was cleared off the line and rebounding against the post before being made safe.
The deadlock was broken on the half hour when the isolated Neil O’Brien was dispossessed and the ball was quickly transferred to Stuart Rain who placed his shot just inside the post and out of Fitzgerald's reach to give the Nomads a deserved lead.
This inspired Town to greater effort and they were duly rewarded three minutes before the break with an equaliser when Neil O’Brien headed home a Shaun Chapple corner. A rather uninspiring first half saw both teams all square at the break.
The second half saw Town play with more commitment and purpose but once again fell behind when they failed to clear a corner and the ball was knocked back into the box to the unmarked Stuart Perry who slotted the ball past Fitzgerald.
The uncompromising nature of the game led to frequent stoppages and a little frustration that did not allow Carmarthen to play their usual free flowing passing game.
Although uncompromising in their play Nomads to their credit also looked comfortable on the ball and put together some excellent passages of play. They could have increased their lead on 77 minutes when Lloyd Roberts found himself clear of the defence and 'one on one' with the Town keeper but a brave save by Fitzgerald denied the advancing winger.
An inspired substitution by manager Tomi Morgan on 64 minutes, when he switched strikers, led to the equaliser. Following good work by Chapple on the left hand side Hicks, who had replaced the tiring Jody Thomas, rose unmarked in the box to head Lee Jones’ excellent cross firmly into the back of the net on 79 minutes.
Both sides continued to attack looking for the winning goal but the full time score draw was a fair reflection of the game.
Carmarthen : Craig Evans 45', Dean Rossiter 61' and Lee Jones 81'
Connah's Quay Nomads : Horan 25', Roberts 45' and Griffiths 57' .
Carmarthen : Hicks for Thomas 64' and Morgan for Nicholls 86'.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 0 NEWPORT COUNTY 1
A 20th. minute goal by Exiles striker Darren Ryan paved the way for a narrow win for Newport in their first Premier Cup group match and a fine performance by keeper Pat Mountain in the second half denied Carmarthen the equaliser they deserved.
The large crowd (622) were treated to an enthralling contest with both keepers in constant action. The opening stages of the match saw Newport have the clearer chances and in the 18th. minute they should have taken the lead when Ryan unmarked in front of goal shot over the bar. He made amends two minutes later with a perfectly placed curling free kick from 20 yards that gave Fitzgerald no chance.
Town came back with great determination and just before the interval Neil O'Brien's well directed header from a Ryan Nicholls corner was brilliantly saved by Mountain when he tipped the ball round the post at full stretch. Prominent for Newport during the first half was winger Raith Plant who had several good runs at goal but the Town defence held firm.
The second period saw most of the game played in the Newport half and keeper Mountain was in constant action to deny the Town attack. He did exceptionally well to save again from O'Brien but some wayward finishing spoilt Town's second half domination with several players having good strikes at goal and Town's young l8 year old striker Tim Hicks in particular saw several opportunities going just wide of the target. But Newport were well organised in defence and threatened several times on the break.
With Town's constant pressure the large visiting contingent of supporters were relieved to hear the final whistle as the Exiles gained three points on their first appearance in the Premier Cup competition. Tomi will be disappointed that his side did not take anything out of the game.
Referee N. L. Morgan
Carmarthen : Fitgerald Meredith, Jones L, Thomas, O'Brien, Barnhouse, Rositer, Nicholls, Chapple, Evans, Subs: Thomas J, Gornall, Summers, James, Fayers.
Newport: Mountain, Robinson, Sutter, Thomas, Eckhardt, Rose, Perry, Ryan, Paul, Plant, James, Davies, Edwards, Walker, Cowe, Shepheard.
Town endured a torrid first thirty minutes at Victoria Road last night with Cwmbran running the show from the KO. Nathan Cotterrall caused all sorts of problems down the left and Richard Carter on the other side posed a few headaches. Despite all their possession, creativity and physical presence I don't think the Crows actually had a clear cut chance on goal although they were causing a great deal of nervousness amongst Town supporters.
After the half hour Town came more into the game and enjoyed an equal share of the possession but Cwmbran piled on the pressure again for the five minutes before the break. Fitzgerald was forced to make three excellent saves and Craig Hughes came very close with an excellent shot for Cwmbran.
The second half was a much more even affair. Chapple had a good strike for Town on 51 minutes and on 57 minutes the deadlock was broken. From a free kick out on the right O'Brien drew the Cwmbran defence and Wyn Thomas was left completely unmarked in front of goal to slot home Chappell's free kick.
The final 20 minutes saw Cwmbran turn the screw. Luke Fayers was forced to clear off the goal line on 70' and the Town bar was hit a couple of times with about ten minutes to go. Although Town were defending in numbers they were still getting upfield and hitting Cwmbran on the break. Hicks, Nicholls and Meredith ran their socks off but generally the final quarter was played in Town's half.
Carmarthen took their chance when they had it. Cwmbran failed to convert theirs and with a little bit of luck going Town's way in the final quarter they took the points. Although it was a little fortuitous Tomi will be delighted with the win as his squad is still depleted with injuries and a few of last night's players were carrying knocks. The six points from six is an excellent start to the competition.
The Crows are certainly the best side we have seen so far this season and all credit to the lads (committee, fans and players) from Cwmbran that they accepted what must have been a very frustrating evening with magnanimity.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 RHYL FC 0
Carmarthen completed a deserved victory over a strong Rhyl side in this highly competitive FAW Premier Cup Group B match. A goal in each half sealed victory for the home side.
The game started on a high note with both Neville Southall, Rhyl's former international keeper, and Rob Fitzgerald in the Town goal being tested early in the game.
The visitors nearly drew first blood when John Durnin burst into the Carmarthen penalty area on 8 minutes but Carmarthen skipper David Barnhouse came to the rescue with a goal saving tackle to deny the Rhyl forward. Rhyl's John Stanard was creating considerable problems down Town's left flank but it was Town who took the lead in the 14th. minute when the persevering Tim Hicks forced an error out of the Rhyl defence that allowed him to put a ball across the face of the goal for Ryan Nicholls to beat Southall from 12 yards.
Hicks was again in the thick of the action on 20 minute but was foiled by the Rhyl defence and the visiting goal was lucky to survive five minutes later when Rossiter's powerful shot on goal rebounded safely from the bar with Southall well beaten.
The second half found Carmarthen under considerable pressure in the early stages. Stannard was foiled by a brave save from Fitzgerald three minutes after the break but despite continuous pressure Rhyl did not create any clear-cut chances and Carmarthen gradually played their way back into the game.
On 72 minutes, following a Carmarthen corner that Rhyl failed to clear, it was Rossiter who hammered a deflected shot past a stranded Southall in the Rhyl goal.
Following the goal it was Carmarthen who looked the more likely to score again. Although Tomi Morgan will be pleased with his side's performance both sides can be complemented on a game that was played in an excellent spirit despite its very competitive nature. Cwmafon referee Phil Southall also played his part in controlling the game well but also allowing it to flow.
Yellow card : W. Thomas (Carmarthen)
Town : Fitzgerald, Meredith, James, Thomas W, O'Brien, Barnhouse, Evans (Jones 80'), Rossiter, Nicholls, Chapple (Fayers 50'), Hicks (Thomas 74') Subs : Jones L, Thomas J, Thomas O.
Rhyl : Southall, Brookman, Curtis, Jackson, Webster, Williams, Futcher ( Jones A 64'), Jones (O'Gorman 65'), Durnin, Cross. Subs : O'Gorman, Jones A, Williams L.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 AFAN LIDO 1
An enjoyable game at Richmond tonight. Two good sides playing some great football. Loads of skill, some blinding saves from both keepers with both sides fielding some of their young talent.
Town took the lead on 38 from a Wyn Thomas shot through a crowded gaol-mouth following some Town pressure. Both sides had some excellent chances but Tim Hicks made the game safe on 85'. Lido got a consolation goal from Mitch Patton on the stroke of time.
I doubt whether Simon Jones will have an easier game to referee this season as, with nothing at stake, both sides were content to play good football and enjoy the game.