Adroddiadau Medi 99 / September 99 Reports..............
4/9/99 Caernarfon Town * 10/9/99 Inter-Cardiff * 18/9/99 Connah's Quay Nomads * 25/9/99 Caersws
Town continue climb up league
Parker powers Town home
CARMARTHEN TOWN 3 CAERSWS 2
CARMARTHEN TOWN, sponsored by RSU Windows, moved into third place in the League of Wales table as a result of this narrow win against their visitors from Mid Wales at Richmond Park last Saturday.
Manager Tomi Morgan had hoped to field an unchanged side from their victory at Connah's Quay the previous week; but was forced to make a late change when goalkeeper Pat Jennings was informed by Cardiff City, with whom he was on trial, that his services were no longer required. Jennings has now decided to return home to the London area.
Morgan, however, managed to secure the services of Andy Fisher a goalkeeper with Newport County, on a short-term loan basis.
Town started the game in fine style and within five minutes had rocked the visitors by taking the lead. A good build-up between Wayne Jones and Malcolm Vaughan produced a throw-in near the Caersws corner flag and Jones' quick throw-in put Ryan Nicholls clear and his fine curling shot from 18 yards gave keeper Paul Evans little chance.
Fisher was called into action for the first time when he collected a difficult cross from Caersws' Andrew Davies and received a bang on the head for his pains. The keeper, however, recovered and persuaded Town's physio, Nigel Davics, to let him remain on the field for the rest of the game.
Fisher then excelled himself by diving to his right to make a fine save, again from Davies. The visitors were now asserting themselves and after Jason Weetman headed over from close range the visitors had their just rewards in the 35th minute. Striker Hugh Clark rising above the Town defence headed home Davis’ corner kick to level the score. Nigel Evans then came to Caersws' rescue when firstly he did well to block Richard Parker's close range shot and did well again as he dived to save Paul Burrows' shot on the rebound.
With the game evenly balanced in the second half Town suddenly hit a purple patch when Richard Parker, finding himself in possession in the Caersws penalty area, was adjudged by St Athan referee Keith Jackson to have been fouled and Matthew Cable made no mistake with the spot kick. Almost within a minute substitute Siôn Meredith, who had replaced Malcolm Vaughan, made inroads into the Caersws penalty area and Town’s second substitute Nicholas, on for Wayne Jones, continued the move with a jinking run before Parker finally finished off matters by driving home from close range.
Town then suffered a set back and put pressure on themselves to preserve their two goal lead when Paul Walker was sent off for retaliating following a foul on him, and the visitors now realised that they were still very much in the game.
Town's defensive trio of Wyn Thomas, Matthew Cable and David Barnhouse, stood firm and Town could have increased their lead when a superb run by Meredith put Nicholls clear but his final shot went wide of the post with the keeper well off his line.
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CONNAH'S QUAY NOMADS 0 CARMARTHEN TOWN 2
Camarthen Town, sponsored by RSU Windows, turned on their best display of the season at the Deeside College Stadium last Saturday and this victory moved the club into fourth place, in the League of Wales table.
Town included Cardiff City trialist Pat Jennings Junior, the son of legendary Northen Ireland keeper of the same name for his first game for Carmarthen as a replacement for the unavailable Robert Fitzgeraid. The watchful eye of City's goalkeeping coach George Wood, however, was not over-stretched as Jennings was generally a redundant figure .
But it was Jenning's counterpart, David Walsh, on loan from Nationwide Division 2 side Wrexham, who stole the goalkeeping honours with a string of superb saves. Walsh was called into action within minutes of the kick-off with, a brilliant parry close-range strike from Town forward Richard Parker and almost immediately denied Dean Rossiter with a fine Indeed, Parker went on to give his best display of the season.
Town were well in command in the first half and with Malcolm Vaughan initiating some good moves in mid-field, it was Walsh who continually kept his side in the game with point blank saves from Parker and Paul Burrows. Town finally achieved the breakthrough in the 21st minute when Parker again made inroads into the defence, and as Walsh parried his powerful drive, Burrows was on hand to drive in the rebound.
Facing a strong wind, the home side were making little impression on Town's defence although matters did improve for them in the second half when with an increasing wind at their backs pressure was at last being put on the Town's defence. Town's back three of Matthew Cable, David Barnhouse and Wyn 7homas were keeping a firm grip on the game. At the other end, Walsh was again proving his worth with saves from Vaughan and Burrows
Town eventually put the issue beyond doubt when Parker rounded the defence and his well placed pass was struck home in the 89th minute by Si6n Meredith.
In the dying moments of the match, there was a lovely moment when 17 year old Matthew Delicate was summoned by Tomi Morgan to come off the bench and as he entered the field of play a resounding ovation was afforded the player by a large contingent of members from his former club, Newcastle Emlyn, who were spending the weekend in Liverpool and had journeyed to the game.
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TOWN STRUGGLE TO UNLOCK DEFENCE
CARMARTHEN TOWN 0 INTER CARDIFF 1
A WELL ORGANISED and disciplined Inter Cardiff defence proved too 'I strong for Town to overcome at Richmond Park last Friday evening and they duly slumped to their first League defeat of the season.
The large crowd, however, that had gathered for the match were certainly not disappointed with the fare provided as both teams turned on an entertaining display to provide frequent action in both goalmouths.
Town however, after conceding an early 23rd minute goal, were always chasing the game and Inter's back four of John Wile, Derek Brazil, Richard David and Wayne Hewitt, superbly marshalled by goalkeeper Gary Wager, were unyielding at the back.
Town's attacking force of Richard Parker and Siôn Meredith, playing his first game of the season after returning from the USA, had to work hard to create any sort of chances.
The home side dominated the early proceedings and Inter can be thankful to keeper Gary Wager for producing some fine saves, especially from a Matthew Cable close range header which he saved at the foot of the post.
It came as a shock to the home side when, following one of the few forages into Town's penalty area, the visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute. Darren Parretta's swinging cross caught out Town's defence and Hewitt, finding himself completely unmarked, headed past Robert Fitzgerald.
This goal spurred the visitors to pressurise the Town's defence but it was Parker at the other end who was causing most trouble with some penetrating runs into the penalty area but his final shots were easily dealt with by goalkeeper Wager.
The second half saw the visitors come far more into the game and Inter striker, Simon Dyer, displaying a high degree of skills, burst into Town's penalty area but was thwarted at the last minute by Fitzgerald who bravely dived at his feet. Then Fitzgerald was glad to see Ross Casey's rocket-like shot strike at the top of the Carmarthen crossbar.
Town, however, kept plugging away and despite manager Tomi Morgan's three substitutions in Richard Adams, Nigel Nicholas and Matthew Delicate, there was no way for Town past this rock-like defence, although they were unfortunate not to equalise when following an almighty scramble in Inter's goal area two shots were blocked on the line before Dean Rossiter shot wide with the defence in disarray.
The final whistle blew with the crowd very appreciative of a very close and entertaining game. The season still augurs well for RSU sponsored Town who now find themselves in sixth place in the League.
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FIGHTING SPIRIT - NO EASY REWARDS AT CANARIES' FORTRESS
CAERNARFON TOWN 0 CARMARTHEN TOWN 0
Paul Rowland's Caernarfon Town have proved consistently in recent months that they are difficult to overcome at the Oval - and that fortress situation remained. Certainly Carmarthen Town - the LoW early leaders could claim to have done enough to have coveted the winners' rewards - but they were kept at bay.
The Caneries defended stubbornly and had luck on their side on occasions. Notably right at the end when a netted effort was disallowed. Seemingly for offside. Goalkeeper Mark Deegan parried a free kick from Wyn Thomas only for opponent dean Rossiter to poach at close range and the net bulged. But Holyhead referee Brian Lawlor whistle for an offside decision and the home players and fans breathed a sigh of relief.
Both teams did a great deal of probing, without offering much in the way of direct pressure on the two keepers. Deegan's rival Robert Fitzgerald whose main worries came from awkward crosses.
Caernarfon's purple patch occurred midway through the first half when Steve Fisher swung over a cross from the left for Matthew Cable to head off the line and Nicky Brookman then blazed over the top from 20 yards. Rowlands powered a header above the angle of the goal following a Fisher corner and later new boy Karl Robinson - from Swindon Town saw a half volley deflected around a post.
Carmarthen finished as much the stronger outfit and the range of offerings included two by Paul burrows that sped just wide and a Richard Parker drive that flashed over the angle. Caernarfon were looking suspect when that apparent goal was conceded on 87 minutes but for once the fans were able to applaud the services of the referee.
DAILY POST- Keith Evans
GRITTY COFIS GRIND OUT POINT
CAERNARFON TOWN 0 CARMARTHEN TOWN 0
CAERNARFON TOWN BATTLED to earn an impressive point against League of Wales high-flyers Carmarthen Town, who are still seeking their first win at The Oval.
It was hard going at times for Paul Rowlands side, though, as the visitors went all out for victory. Tommy Morgan's team believed they had got it too three minutes from the end but referee Brian Lawlor cut short their celebrations. Dean Rossiter forced the ball into the net from close range after Caernarfon goalkeeper Mark Deegan had parried a
free-kick from Wyn Morgan. The official ruled for offside and the hosts clung on for a share of the points.
The match saw pressure from both sides, although the respective goalkeepers were not often challenged directly. Caernarfon had more than their share of hair-raising escapes, though, with the visitors Matthew Delicate and Richard Parker particularly dangerous. The hosts' best patch occurred midway through the first half when Steve Fisher had a left-wing cross headed off the line by Matthew Cable and Nicky Brookman blazed over the bar.
Carmarthen keeper Robert Fitzgerald collected another Fisher attempt from 20 yards under the angle of post and crossbar and the Cofis' Paul
Rowlands powered a header over from a corner.
Caernarfon, put under late pressure, were relieved to hear the final whistle after near misses by Paul Burrows twice and Parker, plus
Rossiter's disallowed effort."
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