Carmarthen Town AFC 791

V

2 - 2

Bangor City

Carmarthen Town AFC v
Bangor City

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 16 Sept 2006
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 313

Referee: Phil Southall

Supersub Nathan is all White for Town

<1>Having gifted Bangor City two goals through defensive errors Carmarthen Town produced a resolute performance to share the points with their well organised visitors. Kaid Mohamed, Sasha Walters and Kris Thomas looked lively in the opening exchanges and Nathan Cotterrall produced a trademark solo run from Neil Thomas' quick throw out. Then, when Mohamed went inches wide from a Terry Evans cross on the half hour Town's flowing game looked to be paying dividends.

But with Bangor's Marc Lloyd Williams (pictured left) and Paul Roberts alert to any half chance Town needed to be vigilant and when Hayden Fleming was caught in possession it took a great stop from Thomas and some desperate defending from Evans to keep Town's goal intact.

And it was the predatory Williams that broke the deadlock following bizarre mix up between the Town keeper and Craig Lima on 32 minutes. Roberts' picked up on the loose ball after Thomas' clearance had rebounded off Lima's leg and when Thomas parried the front man's shot Williams side footed the rebound into the gaping net for the simplest of goals.

Ian Havard in the Bangor goal saved well from Danny Thomas but it was Mohamed who brought Town level two minutes before the break with a strike into the top of Bangor's goal following well worked one-two with Kris Thomas.

Following the resumption both sides committed to gaining the advantage. Kris Thomas cleared his own line following a Williams strike and Fleming, Cotterrall and Ramasut worked well down the left for Town.

But with Clayton Blackmore and the impressive Ricky Evans orchestrating the Bangor attack from midfield the Citizens again gained the advantage just before the hour. Williams beat Ramasut to a diagonal pass and having rounding the defender he fired beyond Thomas with an angled strike to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Town committed four up front as they went in search of the equaliser. Mattie Davies' nod-down was cleared off the line and Havard denied Mohamed after the striker had dispossessed Evans. But with Paul O'Neill and Adam Docker defending doggedly in the middle it looked as if Town would not find a way through.

<2r>In the closing stages Thomas produced a superb one-on-one stop to deny Williams and when Davies and Thomas saw efforts cleared at the other end it looked as if the visitors would hold out.

Then with the game into injury time Town's pressure and persistence paid off. Evans did well to make the bye line from Nathan Cotterrall's throw in and with Davies at the front post flicking on the right back's cross young substitute Nathan White finished with a strike into the bottom corner for his debut goal and a deserved share of the spoils for Town.

Carmarthen Town manager Mark Jones was presented with his August Manager of the Month award prior to the game (pictured) and he was not too disappointed. "It was a great game but at one stage I thought that Tuesday night's efforts against Llanelli had taken more out of us than I thought. At the end of the day I had to settle for a point. I'm not too disappointed especially as we had two key players, Mark Dodds and Colin Loss out...It was vital that we had something from the game. Kaid Mohamed's goal was class and young Nathan's contribution in the end was the vital touch. We definitely need to tighten things up at the back you just cannot afford to give forwards like Williams and Roberts any room at all. I thought the game had gone when Marc Williams had that late chance but all credit to the lads they kept going to the end and we got a deserved share."