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Smash and Grab Carmarthen Take All Three Points

Photographs by Kevin Hughes added

carms3Newtown AFC returned to Latham Park looking to make it 3three home wins in a row, Carmarthen had other plans and looked to move above the young Robins into the top six.

As the sun shone down on the very impressive looking 3G pitch, young referee Iwan Griffith got the game started with only 172 supporters braving the cold to watch an excellent start, the first 30 minutes so end to end action with Carmarthen getting the first opportunity as Shane Sutton stops Paul Fowler from shooting with a shoulder to shoulder tackle in the box, this saw Carmarthen manager Aizlewood of his bench and nearly out of his technical area, A barrage of shouts for penalty and a continuous goading of the refereesí decision to wave play on, continued well into the second half.

This did set the tempo and Sean Edwards created numerous chances with some excellent passing, through balls and shots that kept Carmarthen keeper Idzi very busy. It was this display of skill that saw Carmarthenís tactics change and single out Sean for some heavy tackling that put Fowler in the book with a yellow.

This seemed to spur Edwards on and a lovely one-two with Luke Boundford, sees a great shot pushed onto the bar by the very impressive Idzi. During a great spell of pressure by the robins shane Sutton is brought down in the area and referee Griffith waves on for the second time in the game maybe as an equaliser to the earlier appeal by Carmarthen.

Once again slick interplay by Edwards sees Matty Owens shot saved by Idzi, this time with a quick counter attack that has Dave Jones diving to his left and pulling off a fantastic save.

On 19 minutes and after a good spell by Newtown, Carmarthenís Liam Thomas Hits a screamer that Dave Jones just manages to get his hands on but the shot is too powerful and ends in the back of the net. Carmarthen lead 0-1.

Try as the robins could to pull back the equaliser the Carmarthen back four stood tall and some long ball tactics were dealt with easily by Cortez Belle, when the robins played the ball on the floor they did create some great chances the best of which fell to Hearsey who was through on goal only for Belle to pull him back and find himself in the book with a yellow.

Pressure was once again building on the Carmarthen goal with Edwards making Idzi produce one save after another.

Half time approached, Newtown well on top with chances and possession but Carmarthen looking the more dangerous on the counter attack. Just before half time Dave Jones once again called into action as a quick passing movement sees Cummings release a stunning shot.

Half time Newtown 0 Carmarthen 1

The temperature plummeted as the second half got underway and so did the tempo, chances by Oswell which produced another Idzi save and a good chance fell to ex-robin Chris Hartland but dave Jones had the better of his shot.

The game seemed to slow in pace after the frantic first half as the passing seemed to go missing from two teams that are known for their quality. Midfield seemed to cancel each other out and both defences doing their job.

A series of substitutions by both teams also disrupted the flow of the game, with a few free kicks being a highlight of a disappointing second half.

On 80 minutes after a bit of pressure from Carmarthen the robins found themselves 0-2 down, A floating ball from a Carmarthen corner into a congested area saw Dave Jones jump for the ball and what looked like a foul as he ends on the floor and the ball dropping to Dave Brookes who tapped in for a disappointing goal. Newtown 0 Carmarthen 2

And that is how the result stood, more changes and few chances for both side could not alter the fact that Carmarthen moved above Newtown into sixth and Newtown drop to seventh.

A difficult away game on Friday night to Cefn Druids now becomes so important and the points are needed.

Photographs by Kevin Hughes Photography



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