Ca­naries seal top-six spot

... But Eard­ley won’t sit back

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT - Pic: Paul Evans

DE­SPITE the out­stand­ing achieve­ment of se­cur­ing a top six spot for the sec­ond phase of the Welsh Premier League sea­son, Caernar­fon Town man­ager Sean Eard­ley has no in­ten­tion of sit­ting back and ad­mir­ing his work, re­ports Paul Evans.

Pro­moted to the WPL this term, the Ca­naries sealed an up­per-half Championship Con­fer­ence place for the fi­nal 10 games of the cam­paign fol­low­ing last week­end’s emo­tion-charged 3-1 tri­umph against Car­marthen Town at The Oval.

Eard­ley stressed af­ter the game he can­not praise highly enough the squad which has booked the club top-flight foot­ball for an­other sea­son, but also re­vealed new faces are in his sights.

“There will be com­ings and go­ings over the next cou­ple of weeks,” said the Cofis chief. “We’re in con­tact with two in­di­vid­u­als at the mo­ment...one more is pend­ing.

“The squad have been dif­fer­ent class up to now, but some play­ers want new ven­tures at the split - they want game time.

“We won’t be stand­ing still, but I want ev­ery­one not to panic.

“We’re on the front-foot, but it’s prob­a­bly what the chang­ing room needs. The play­ers have been first class but one or two fresh faces will kick them on and keep com­pe­ti­tion there for places.”

Goals from Cai Jones, Nathan Craig and Dar­ren Thomas last Satur­day in front of 752 at The Oval en­sured Caernar­fon can fin­ish no lower than sixth at the 22-game point of the sea­son.

Their fi­nal match of phase one is at Bala Town this Satur­day. A win there could book the Cofis fifth place at the split.

In the sec­ond part of the cam­paign, the Ca­naries will face Bala, New­town, The New Saints, Barry Town and Con­nah’s Quay No­mads home and away.

Eard­ley added: “I’m ab­so­lutely made up for ev­ery­one in­volved at the club - from the board to the com­mit­tee, play­ers, man­age­ment team, of course the sup­port­ers and the peo­ple of the Caernar­fon.

“We’ve been a great ad­di­tion to this league; we’re very ag­gres­sive when we go for­ward, we look dan­ger­ous and we’ve shored up games and we’ve shown that away from home at tough places like TNS and Con­nah’s Quay. I think we add a lot.

“3-1 did flat­ter us; we knew we were in for a tough test against Car­marthen, they’re ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers in this league, but we went 1-0 down and then showed that to­geth­er­ness and that spirit we pos­sess greatly.”

Jamie Breese went close be­fore Cai Jones thought he had put Caernar­fon ahead when he found the roof of the net from close range, but he was flagged off­side by the ref­eree’s as­sis­tant.

The open­ing goal ar­rived in the 21st minute but it was not the hosts who got it, as the Old Gold made the most of a rare sor­tie up­field. Mael Davies was brought down in the penalty area and Liam Thomas beat Alex Ram­say from the spot.

The goal seemed to un­set­tle the home side, Ram­say pulling off an im­pres­sive full-stretch save to deny Greg Wal­ters in the 38th minute.

The Cofis fi­nally got back on level terms two min­utes be­fore the break when Thomas raced into the penalty area, crossed into the six­yard box, and Jones tapped in from two yards.

Caernar­fon sped out of the blocks for the sec­ond pe­riod and Sion Bradley was prov­ing a real hand­ful for the vis­i­tors, who were for­tu­nate to block the young­ster’s close range ef­fort af­ter he had tricked him­self into the penalty area.

Breese twice forced stop­per Lee Idzi into ac­tion be­fore Town edged ahead in the 67th minute af­ter Jones was brought down 25 yards from goal and Craig did the rest with a trade­mark piledriver.

Thomas capped off a mag­i­cal dis­play with a won­der­ful goal, run­ning past three de­fend­ers across the box be­fore thun­der­ing a right foot ef­fort be­yond Idzi.

Caernar­fon Town’s man of the match Dar­ren Thomas takes on the Car­marthen de­fence

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