Ca­naries aim­ing to make it eleven games un­beaten

COFIS COME BACK FROM THREE DOWN TO EARN POINT AGAINST AIR­BUS IN EARD­LEY’S FIRST TEST

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

CAERNAR­FON Town will aim to stretch their un­beaten run in the Huws Gray Al­liance League to 11 matches when they host fourth­place Holy­well Town at The Oval this Satur­day (2.30pm).

The ta­ble-top­ping Cofis looked to be head­ing for cer­tain de­feat at Air­bus last week­end when they trailed 3-0 at half time, but in new man­ager Sean Eard­ley’s first game in charge, the vis­i­tors pro­duced a fan­tas­tic come­back to se­cure a 3-3 draw.

This was the prover­bial game of two halves as the Wing­mak­ers to­tally dom­i­nated the first pe­riod and scored three within the first 21 min­utes.

They took a fourth-minute lead when a clear­ance from vis­it­ing keeper Alex Ram­say re­bounded off Leo Ri­ley and into the net.

In the 16th minute Ram­say saved Kris­tian Platt’s header from a free-kick but Steve To­massen ham­mered home the re­bound.

Al­fons Fosu-Men­sah then scored a su­perb in­di­vid­ual goal to make it three.

Caernar­fon re-emerged for the sec­ond pe­riod with a change of shape and a dif­fer­ent mind­set.

Aided by in­ter­val sub­sti­tutes Jay Gibbs and Gareth Ed­wards, the Cofis sim­ply out­played their hosts and pro­vided the trav­el­ling Cofi Army with a barn­storm­ing half that will rank among the best seen for a long time from a Town side.

Ed­wards was un­for­tu­nate not to re­duce the deficit early on when he met a corner but saw his headed ef­fort can­non against the bar.

Caernar­fon con­tin­ued to push for­ward and when keeper Andy Cough­lin spilled the ball af­ter get­ting his hands to a Nathan Craig free kick in the 63rd minute, Ed­wards won the foot race be­fore lash­ing into the net.

Air­bus were vis­i­bly strug­gling to keep pace with Town’s slick foot­ball and it came as no sur­prise when the trav­ellers pulled an­other goal back just two min­utes later, Breese set­ting up Danny Brook­well, who made no mis­take as he found an empty net.

An equaliser was al­most in­evitable, and when it did fi­nally ar­rive, star of the show Gibbs pro­vided it.

When the vis­i­tors were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal, there was only one man who was go­ing to take it.

Craig was shown the red card by ref­eree Alex Livesey for point­ing out the near­est Air­bus player was not fully 10 yards from the ball, and he was still mak­ing his way to the dress­ing room when Gibbs strode up and struck the sweet­est of free kicks through a crowded penalty area and into the bot­tom left of Cough­lin’s goal.

Pic­ture: ANDREW LIN­COLN

● Caernar­fon keeper Alex Ram­say saved this Air­bus ef­fort but Steve To­massen scored from the re­bound

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