Caernarfon Town 1 Newtown 0
STEVE O’SHAUGHNESSY’S Caernarfon gained the vital points they needed to help their relegation escape bid but were not ruthless enough to wipe out visitors Newtown.
The Canaries manager said: “We were very pleased to get the win, obviously, and we did dominate the game all through but failed to kill off our opponents completely.
“Whereas a few weeks ago we would have been satisfied with 1-0, it should have been a lot more this time.
“Newtown never had a real shot on goal to test our keeper and, although we did well up to a point, we did not score as many goals as we were due.
“We controlled a lot of the play and the chances were there for us but we did not test their keeper as often as we should have done.
“In a sense, we had an off day and, while there is no doubt our confidence has developed, we need to be more clinical.”
Captain Eifion Jones led by example when he scored the precious 17th-minute goal that enabled floundering Caernarfon to grab a lifeline.
The lanky central-defender, who has now collected three goals in the club’s traumatic campaign, moved up field for a free kick and used his head to good effect from six yards.
When James Thomas swung over the curling set-piece, with a left-footer from near the right touchline, Jones rose highest above Newtown’s defence.
That proved to be just enough for The Oval side to wrap up their second victory in eight days for the first time this season.
Jones’ cracker also shattered Newtown’s impressive record of not having failed on five consecutive trips to Caernarfon.
But the three points earned where not enough to hoist town away from the basement because the next placed strugglers Cwmbran plundered a surprise draw at Connah’s Quay.
Newtown, who could be sucked into the danger zone with more set backs like this, had their problems compounded by Bryan Showdery’s dismissal.
The centre-back incurred Swansea referee Simon Jones’ wrath midway through the second half for a professional foul on goal-bound Paul Addo.