Cofis boss ‘buzzing’ for more light nights
CAERNARFON Town manager Sean Eardley admits he is thrilled at the prospect of taking on Bala Town under the lights at The Oval in their latest Welsh Premier League clash this Friday (7.45pm).
The Cofis remain in the top six following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Cefn Druids. Next comes the visit of the Lakesiders, in fourth on the same number of points as the Canaries.
“I’m buzzing for another night under the lights at The Oval,” said Eardley. “The fans create such an atmosphere and so far this season have been unbelievable.
“Bala are vastly experienced and in Colin Caton have one of the most successful and decorated managers in the Welsh pyramid.
“We will concentrate on ourselves though, stick to our principles and give our best. Hopefully then we will be victorious.”
Town deserved more than a point at The Rock last Friday.
Druids survived early on when Jamie Breese was pulled down by Joel Thompson on the edge of the box, the keeper escaping with a yellow card.
Breese did find the net after Thompson had parried Danny Brookwell’s shot, but the striker’s effort was ruled offside.
The pace of the Cofis front run- ners was giving the Ancients plenty to ponder, but it was the home side who went ahead when Neil Ashton nodded in from a corner.
Matty Owen then fired wide, while at the other end, Noah Edwards forced Thompson into a fine save before the stand-in keeper pulled off further stops from Breese and Jamie Crowther.
But Caernarfon were level after the break as Brookwell neatly controlled a long punt from keeper Alex Ramsay before cutting into the left of the box and drilling his low angled shot past Thompson at his near post.
Town had chances to win it, with Crowther heading over and Noah Edwards twice forcing a save, but the Ancients held out.
Eardley said afterwards: “I’m very happy. After the game I think it proved to myself and my management team how far the team has come as they were disappointed with just a point.
“We performed really well over the 90 minutes and showed good character to get back into the game at 1-1. Had it not been for the keeper’s performance we could’ve nicked it.”
Eardley also praised the finish of on-form Brookwell for the equaliser.
“It was a great goal. The goalkeeper may have been disappointed being beaten at his near post but I think the shot was hit with such ferocity it caught him by surprise. It was a fantastic first touch too.”
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