Cofis boss ‘buzzing’ for more light nights

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

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.”

RICHARD BIRCH

● Caernar­fon’s Danny Brook­well races past this chal­lenge against Llanelli

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