Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 16 Nov 2013
at Richmond Park, Carmarthen
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Brian James
Action from the match (Photo: Carmarthen Journal)
CARMARTHEN Town produced an efficient performance to secure a convincing 2-0 win against Bala and stay third in the Welsh Premier League.
And the victory saw the gap between them and second place Airbus UK cut to just four points. Town took the initiative right from the start and created their first opportunity after only 30 seconds when Craig Hughes sent Kyle Bassett surging into the penalty area.
He struck a fierce angled drive which Bala goalkeeper Ashley Morris did well to turn around the post. Almost immediately Hughes was again involved, moving inside from the left before playing the ball across to Paul Fowler whose 20-yard effort flew narrowly wide.
The Old Gold continued to press, repeatedly swarming forward with their pace and movement stretching the visitors' defence to its limits. It was no surprise that they took the lead on ten minutes. Luke Cummings delivered a searching cross and Christian Doidge rose above the defence to force his header past Morris and into the roof of the net.
On 20 minutes, having won a free-kick near the right touchline, Bassett floated the ball into the penalty area to find Doidge who nodded narrowly over the bar.
So dominant were the Old Gold that it was not until the 26th minute that the visitors managed their first shot. Lewis Codling received the ball on the edge of the penalty area but fired well wide. Shortly afterwards Mark Connolly latched onto a long clearance, only to send a 30-yard drive well off-target.
Town dominated the first half and two minutes before the interval another Bassett free-kick reached Belle whose was denied by a smart save from Morris. Soon after that Carmarthen keeper Steve Cann suffered his only moment of concern during the first-half when Connolly's long range free-kick flashed just wide.
After the interval the Old Gold continued to dictate play. On 51 minutes Bassett's corner was met perfectly by Belle but his strong header was expertly tipped over the bar by Morris.
Another Bassett corner found Belle who, under pressure from Morris, headed too high. In the 65th minute Doidge raced onto a long pass and squared the ball to Fowler whose powerful 25-yard strike was turned around the post by a full stretch Morris
For the third time in quick succession Bassett sent an inviting corner into the crowded goalmouth and Belle once again rose highest. On this occasion he planted his header firmly into the back of the net leaving Morris well beaten. This encouraged Town to throw more men forward. Cummings's 73rd minute throw was nodded on by Doidge to Corey Thomas, who had just come on as substitute. From 15 yards he neatly lobbed the ball over Morris but it drifted marginally too high.
After 82 minutes, Cummings fed a sublime pass through to Doidge who struck a weak shot from the edge of the penalty area. Matty Collins collected the rebound and his follow-up strike from some distance was just off-target.