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12-08-2017 14:30

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Nick Platt

Report with thanks from Caernarfon Town website

Penrhyncoch 1 – 2 Caernarfon Town.

Darren Thomas and Jamie Breese got the goals that saw the Canaries get their season off to a winning start at Penrhyncoch today.

Iwan Williams’ men looked sharp and confident from the off and could have been two up inside the opening five minutes as first Darren Thomas and then Danny Brookwell went close to finding the target. The hosts were finding Town’s pace and movement hard to deal with and Bookwell went close again in the eighth minute when an excellent break down the right flank that involved Gareth Evans and Jamie Breese saw the latter feed Brookwell at the far post but the winger’s effort flashed inches wide of the right hand post.

Breese was stretching the Roosters’ defence with his intelligent runs and he fashioned an opportunity for himself half way through the first period when he cut inside from the left and pulled the trigger, but his low effort hit the outside of the upright.

Rob Murfet and Elian Evans were working hard in midfield for the hosts and whilst Town had full control for long periods before the break, they were being frustrated through a combination of the hosts’ resolute defence and their own profligacy in front of goal. The breakthrough finally arrived in the twenty sixth minute when Darren Thomas latched on to an excellent delivery from Breese and poked the ball into the net, as Penrhyncoch keeper Leigh Jenkins rushed out in vain.      

Caernarfon continued to press forward and Danny Brookwell was twice unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as Jenkins saved one effort with an outstretched foot whilst another powerful effort of his was deflected off a defender and over the woodwork.

Playing up the slope after the break, Caernarfon continued to search for a second and whilst Breese saw his low shot blocked by Matt Mousley a minute after the restart, he made no mistake two minutes later when he timed his run perfectly to reach a Darren Thomas cross, the striker slotting in from three yards.

The Cofis looked to be quite comfortable at this stage but seemed to take their foot off the pedal somewhat and Gari Lewis’ side took advantage by gaining parity of possession, and trying to feed their big front man Stefan Davis, who suddenly began making his presence known by holding the ball up for his midfielders.

The hosts went close to halving their deficit in the sixty fifth minute when Mousley did well to get on the end of a super cross into the penalty area but his downward header was superbly saved by Alex Ramsay, the Cofi keeper being sharp to get his right hand to the ball before Rhys Roberts cleared  the ball away from the penalty area.

Just sixty second later Jamie Breese was given a golden opportunity to settle match when put through by Thomas, but the usually lethal marksman could not quite manage to find the target, his effort beating Jenkins but missing the far post by inches.

Stefan Davis gave the Roosters hope of a grandstand finish when he blitzed past the Town defence and struck past Ramsay. The netfinder ensured a nervous final quarter of the match for the Canaries, although they could still have increased their lead, with Gibbs, Thomas, Evans and Joe Williams all testing Jenkins without success and whilst the hosts tried their luck from range as they tried to equalise, Town held firm to complete an excellent opening day victory.