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Old Gold earn narrow win

CARMARTHEN Town stretched their unbeaten run to three matches on Saturday (Mar 18) as they beat Cambrian and Clydach 1-0 thanks to a goal midway through the first half.

The Old Gold started the game in an eager fashion keeping the visitors penned in their own half, forcing five corners during the early stages and playing with assurance. Fortunately for the visitors they were able to thwart the homesters from their goal with some stout defending.

In the 15th min Jordan Vickers unleashed a powerful shot after a blocked free kick which brought a great save from keeper Morgan Davies.

Bradley Gibbings, Will Rickard, Tom Dyson and Josh Gibson in midfield were industrious and countered the visitors tough tackling with some neat footwork and sprayed the ball around keeping the visitors often chasing shadows.

It was from a flowing move in the 24th min which involved four players that saw Gibbings with a sublime diagonal pass behind the Cambrian and Clydach defence for Josh Gibson to score his first home goal with a neat finish as he ran in from the left.

Noah Daley on a storming run beat two would be defenders before neatly slipping a pass for Gibson but this time Davies did well to block his goalbound shot resulting in a corner.

Liam Thomas worked tirelessly up front to keep the visiting defenders on their toes who were glad to hear the half time whistle only a goal down.

The second half was a different picture with most of the play confined to the midfield area. The host defence were far busier now with Vickers, Trystan Jones, Lee Surman and Sam Phillips having to show some mettle to combat attacks which they did superbly to protect Nick Jones in goal, Jones was called on to take some crosses from corners and free kicks which he handled safely.

A nasty and late looking tackle in the 65th min from Liam Eason on Gibson brought out a yellow card when a different colour could well have been merited, he was substituted shortly after this incident in order to avoid earning his third red of the season.

As the visitors tried desperately to break through, Town were able to counter attack and from a lung bursting run from Dyson his low cross into the box met by Liam Thomas who saw Davies just manage to deny him with a blocked save.

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In the 88th min another swift foray saw Will Rickard unselfishly play the ball across to Thomas only to frustratingly see Davies block his shot with his outstretched legs.

Town rode out the rest of the game with the visitors unable to break through a well marshalled defence.