PICTURE by Nik Mesney/NCM Media.
CONNAH’S Quay Nomads came from behind to beat Caernarfon Town 3-1 and stay at the top of the table in the latest instalment of midweek matches in the JD Cymru Premier 2020/21 season.
Cai Jones’ early strike – his third of the season – had put the Cofis in charge at half time at the Deeside Stadium. It took until the second half for the champions to wake up, but once they did you knew which way this game was headed.
Towering centre back Priestley Farquharson was on hand to fire home a great volley from a quality delivery into the box by Kris Owens for 1-1 just three minutes into the second half. Five minutes later, veteran forward Michael Wilde put the home side in front, following up from the two goals he had scored days earlier in a 5-0 rout of Cefn Druids. Farquharson then wrapped up the win just twelve minutes from time to ensure that Andy Morrison’s team – who have won five out of their six matches so far this season – remain top of the JD Cymru Premier table as they look to reclaim the title this season.
The New Saints (TNS) maintained their 100% start to the season with a 2-0 win over Newtown. A Dean Ebbe brace, taking his tally for the season so far to three goals, made it five wins out of five for Scott Ruscoe’s team who have scored 21 goals and are yet to concede. They remain second in the league though as they have only played five matches so far.
Barry Town United also maintained their fine run of form by picking up their fifth successive league win with a narrow 1-0 victory over struggling Cardiff Met Uni. It was a second half free-kick from David Cotterill which made the difference once more at Jenner Park. Gavin Chesterfield’s side lost 3-0 to TNS on the opening day but have won every one of their matches since and sit third in the table.
Elsewhere, Penybont enjoyed up an impressive 4-0 away win at Haverfordwest County. First half strikes from Daniel Jeffries and Oliver Dalton set them on their way before manager Rhys Griffiths came on and rolled back the years, bagging a brace in the final six minutes of the match to secure the win.
40-year-old Griffiths (on the right below), a prolific goal scorer for the likes of Llanelli Town and Port Talbot in the past, scored his 270th and 271st Welsh top flight goals as a result and showed the younger players how it’s done. Only the legendary Marc Lloyd Williams has more top flight goals than Griffiths.
Cefn Druids’ nightmare start to the 2020/21 campaign continued as they fell to a 4-0 home loss to Aberystwyth Town at The Rock. New manager Bruno Lopes is still searching for his first win as Ancients boss and, on this showing, he’ll be waiting awhile longer yet. The in-form Jonathan Evans scored the opener for Aber on 44mins before captain Marc Williams made it two just seconds later. Steff Davies added his second goal of the season just after the hour mark before Jack Thorn scored his first senior goal in stoppage time to condemn Druids to another heavy loss.
Finally, Flint Town United’s scheduled match v Bala Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Essity Stadium.
Next JD Cymru Premier fixtures scheduled are:
Friday, October 9: Caernarfon Town v Cefn Druids (7.45pm)
Saturday, October 10: Bala Town v Aberystwyth (5.15pm), Cardiff Met Uni v Connah’s Quay (2.30pm), Flint Town United v Haverfordwest County (2.30pm), Newtown v Barry Town United (2.30pm), Penybont v TNS (2.30pm)