NATHANIEL CARS WELSH LEAGUE DIVISION THREE
CHEPSTOW TOWN ....... 4 CAERAU ......................... 1
DEFEAT at Chepstow Town has already left Caerau desperate for points against high-flying Trethomas Bluebirds at the Riverboat on Saturday, writes Tony Poole.
A sixth successive defeat for the Riverboaters in all competitions represents a poor start, and they are anchored towards the bottom of the table.
However, they made a great start at Larkfield Park with the return of Shaun James and Geraint Dyment (recent signing from Caerau All Whites) making an impact.
And they broke a 255-minute sequence without a goal when Jack Page netted on the halfhour mark.
Incredibly, the 11 Caerau goals this term are down to just three players – the prince of strikers Robbie Walters with five and three apiece for young Page and Lewis Kingdon.
But things then went on a downward spiral for Caerau when in the 43rd minute; Nathan Harris handled the ball in the box.
And it was a doublewhammy for the Riverboaters because as he was also last man, a red card was produced.
The penalty was duly converted, making it 1-1 at the turnaround, and the 10 men attempted to battle against the odds during the second period.
Lewis Kingdon was at the heart of their best work on the day, and the ex-Llan Ranger went closest for Caerau on goal.
But as the Riverboaters began to run out of steam, Chepstow came on strong and they sealed the win with three more goals.
However, there was no denying this was a gutsy Caerau display and camaraderie in the Riverboat camp remains high.
The hope now is that Caerau can clip the wings of Trethomas Bluebirds at the Riverboat on Saturday.
But they will have to once more do without top scorer Walters, who picked up a two-match ban for his dismissal last month during the 3-0 home defeat to Tredegar Town.