Eard­ley sorry for ‘crim­i­nal’ goal give­away

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

CAERNAR­FON Town visit Welsh Premier League cham­pi­ons The New Saints this Fri­day know­ing they will have to de­fend much bet­ter than they man­aged in last week­end’s 4-3 de­feat at Car­marthen if they are to gain any re­ward.

The Ca­naries lost 3-0 at home to TNS ear­lier this sea­son de­spite putting in a fine per­for­mance.

An­other top-class dis­play will be needed to trou­ble the ti­tle hold­ers, who them­selves are un­der a lit­tle pres­sure af­ter los­ing at Aberys­t­wyth last week­end and be­ing knocked off the sum­mit by Con­nah’s Quay.

Town man­ager Sean Eard­ley was hugely dis­ap­pointed to come away with noth­ing from Car­marthen.

“We’ve had a chat about each goal we con­ceded and they’re crim­i­nal,” said Eard­ley af­ter the game.

“It’s painful, it hurts. The goals we con­ceded I can only apol­o­gise to our fan­tas­tic sup­port.

“We’ve got to be bet­ter, we’ve got to stop be­ing naive and we’ve got to start rolling our sleeves up.

“To score three away from home and not come away with some­thing is dis­ap­point­ing.”

Caernar­fon took the lead through a 10th minute free kick from the re­turn­ing Nathan Craig, which Old Gold keeper Lee Idzi fum­bled into the net.

The lead lasted just eight min­utes, as Liam Thomas headed in from close range.

Town re­sponded pos­i­tively but the hosts weath­ered the pres­sure and, on the stroke of half time, Thomas made it 2-1 with a sharp fin­ish.

Car­marthen be­gan the sec­ond pe­riod well and De­clan Parry gave Alex Ram­say lit­tle chance with a 20-yard screamer.

On 67 min­utes, Craig re­duced the deficit from the penalty spot af­ter Rhys Roberts was up­ended.

The yel­low and greens pushed for­ward in search of an equaliser.

But a Car­marthen counter en­abled Luke Bowen to make it 4-2 far too eas­ily.

Caernar­fon ral­lied for a third time and a sec­ond Craig netfinder from the spot on 88 min­utes gave the Cofis hope.

Eard­ley’s men pressed up­field in search of a lev­eller, but Craig’s goal­bound free kick from 20 yards was de­flected wide of the tar­get.

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