CARMARTHEN TOWN V BANGOR CITY
SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2011
MIKE SMITH'S MATCH REPORT
Trailing at the interval to a late Nick Harrhy strike City fought back with a brace of goals from midfield to secure an away win at Richmond Park.
Before kick off news filtered through that Chris Roberts' was unavailable due to a family wedding which resulted in a recall for Peter Hoy at leftback.
However all this paled into insignificance as a minutes's silence was impeccably observed in memory of the four miners so tragically lost days earlier some thirty miles away in Cilybebyll.
The first real effort of the day came from a Peter Hoy long throw. Mike Lewis missed his punch and Craig Garside saw his shot blocked but Carmarthen broke away and nearly forced a chance of their own. Inside ten minutes Les Davies flicked on Lee Idzi's long kick to Alan Bull but he lifted his shot over the bar.
Carmarthen won a freekick on the left as Jamie Brewerton halted Nick Harrhy, but Brewerton and Michael Johnston effected the clearance. Then Chris Jones forced a fine low save from Mike Lewis after good work from Peter Hoy and Alan Bull.
The home side won a corner but Cledan Davies fired over. Nick Harrhy broke through but sent his lob straight at Lee Idzi. Neil Thomas gathered the ball on the edge of the box but fired low and well wide. City went close again when Idzi sent a long clearance upfield towards Sion Edwards who passed to Chris Jones just inside the box but he fired just wide.
Shaun Pejic and Chris Jones combined on the right but were crowded out by the home defence. As a week earlier a header back across goal ended in a "goal" this time from Chris Jones but the referee opted to book Jones and award a defensive freekick.
Bangor went close when Chris Jones headed downwards and over from a Peter Hoy cross from the left as the heavy rain made underfoot conditions treacherous. Carmarthen won a third corner following some misunderstanding between Jamie Brewerton and Lee Idzi but the kick was cleared by Neil Thomas. A fourth home corner was punched clear by Lee Idzi on 39 minutes.
Next Jack Christopher found himself clear on goal but Lee Idzi got the better of the home striker, then had the presence of mind to jump to his feet and save Harrhy's back post header. A fifth corner was cleared by Michael Johnston.
Four minutes before the interval though the home side took the lead following a short period of pressure. Nicky Palmer latched onto a lose ball to slide the ball into the path of Nick Harrhy who beat Lee Idzi with a well placed side footer. Carmarthen kept up the pressure with a sixth corner as time ran out - two added minutes to be played - Lee Idzi's punch yielded a seventh which Shaun Pejic put out for an eighth. Finally Pejic walloped the ball up to half way and soon after the whistle blew for half time.
HALF TIME 1-0
At the interval Sion Edwards was replaced on the left by Mark Smyth. Bangor started as if they meant business and Peter Hoy, Les Davies and Alan Bull combined to press the home defence. A first corner was forced three minutes after the restart which Mark Smyth delivered, half cleared to Alan Bull, but the danger passed.
A second corner quickly followed swung in right footed from the left by Chris Jones - cleared at the near post. As Bangor pressed Carmarthen looked to break but found Brewerton and Johnston in firm mood. A third City corner arrived on 51 minutes, delivered by Smyth but Peter Hoy's header was well saved by Mike Lewis. Kyle Graves at leftback for the home side seemed to have lost his marbles during the interval and conceded a number of needless throws and freekicks.
The industrious Neil Thomas was shown the yellow card for a late tackle on Nicky Palmer.
Ten minutes after the restart Bangor drew level. A City freekick on the left was taken by Peter Hoy which Mike Lewis palmed out for a fourth city corner. This was half cleared to Alan Bull for Craig Garside to head home from close range.
On the hour mark a heavy shower fell once more as Craig Garside and Neil Thomas gained a measure of control in midfield. Mike Lewis was the busier of the two goalkeepers as Michael Johnston continued to keep a close watch on Christopher.
Lewis saved from Alan Bull at his near post. Carmarthen sent on Geraint Passmore for Kieran Howard as Kyle Wilson ran on for Chris Jones both timed at 65 minutes. Within seconds Tim Hicks hit the crossbar and hit Lee Idzi on the back before the Brecon stopper fell on the lose ball.
A fifth and sixth corner kick arrived as Bangor pressed, Mark Smyth making a good impression, corner seven arrived. Kyle Wilson fired over from the edge of the box. Neil Thomas went close but his shot was blocked. Carmarthen broke but Christopher let the chance slip away. On 75 mins Cledan Davies was replaced by Corey Thomas. Another corner came along for Bangor but nothing to test Lewis as Craig Garside headed wide. Carmarthen made a final change as Christopher left with Steff Williams coming on. Moments later City snatched the lead.
Peter Hoy's long throw found Les Davies whose cross to Alan Bull created a chance for Neil Thomas who volleyed home from the penalty spot. Kyle Wilson ran through late on but Lewis smothered at his feet. In added time Eddie Jebb ambled on for Alan Bull.
Thankfully for Bangor the win was secured and referee Stephens finally blew to confirm three important points won on the road.
18 September 2011