Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 16 Dec 2006
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Dean John
Danny Thomas' exquisite finish to Paul Fowler's determined run half way through the second half set the seal on a deserved win for Carmarthen Town over Newtown AFC at Richmond Park. Kaid Mohamed had broken the deadlock ten minutes into the second period after Fowler's strong header from Terry Evans' chip into the box had been blocked by the keeper and the busy front man was on hand to finish well.
A pleased Mark Jones said, "It was a good win, a nice win and it was exactly what we needed.
Contrasting the two halves he added,
"We weren't happy with the pace we were playing at in the first half, the urgency was missing and that was the exact word that was used at half time - urgency. I thought we produced it all through the second period.
"Ramasut and Terry Evans were outstanding in the second half. They are very experienced players. The two of them took responsibility and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck." Reflecting on Town's scoring form the Richmond Park boss was delighted with the quality.
"Kaid earned that first goal. He went looking for the ball and he took his chance well. He worked his socks off and he deserved to get something. The second goal was just a great, great goal. It came right from the back from Neil and through Dodds. Fowler played a lovely little ball to Danny who took it brilliant and went between the two players to finish well. A magnificent goal."
With Colin Loss returning from injury and Liam Hancock having completed his suspension Jones will have a full complement of players to choose from over the holiday period.
Newtown did exploit the simple ball over the top on a several occasions but with Matthew Lewis drilling his effort wide and Gareth Hughes and Justin Wickham both having shots blocked Town's defence proved watertight.
But it was Town's two midfield Thomas' who had the best of the chances. Kris saw his well struck half-volley glance the post to safety and Dannys follow-up, after Fowler had the best of keeper from a set piece, lacked pace and was blocked and cleared as the visitors defended in numbers. Whatever was said at half time certainly had an effect as the play became one-way traffic with Town showing better shape and more urgency in their play. Cotterrall's cross across an open goal lacked a final touch but exposed Newtowns vulnerability to pace.
Mohamed settled Town's nerves with a well taken finish and it was no more than the striker deserved for his persistent endeavour. With Tom Ramasut influential in the middle and Evans' raiding presence down the right the 'Robins' were penned in their own half for long periods. Town's second goal, twelve minutes later, was worthy of any 'Goal of the Month' competition. From Thomas' throw out Dodds fed Fowler who made a defence splitting run through the middle to feed a neat diagonal ball to Thomas who took one steadying touch before finding the net with a Christmas cracker of a shot.
Newtown dug in but when Brian Showdery was dismissed for a second yellow on 70' effort alone was not going to be enough for the Robins. That said in rare breakouts Neil Thomas, who had been a spectator for most of the second half, was forced to tip over Adam Worton's well struck free kick and Town's well placed wall blocked a late Robins' free kick after Dodds had transgressed on the edge of the box.
But with the three points secure Town manager Mark Jones will be delighted to have kept a clean sheet and made a positive start to an important holiday period.