Glamorgan Gazette - - Football -

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.

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