CAERNARFON Town’s best-ever start to a season was extended to five matches unbeaten after an unlikely draw at perennial high-flyers Carmarthen Town.
But manager Steve O’Shaughnessy was not entirely satisfied.
“It is a yes and no situation”, he said. “I am obviously pleased to win a point against quality opponents but also disappointed that we conceded a sloppy goal and had a player sent off in a disgraceful decision by the referee.”
O’Shaughnessy contested the dismissal of Paul Addo on 85 minutes for a second yellow card offence, suggesting that referee Phil Southall had booked too many players.
“We worked our socks off, are getting better game by game and are still undefeated. But that goal we gave away came from a sorry mix-up between two defenders who should have known better.”
With Phil Doran and Mark Thomas impressing, Caernarfon shaped well in the first half.
They survived a home shot against the bar and gained the lead through Chris Noone on 39 minutes. Leyton Maxwell lofted a ball over the Carmarthen defence for Noone to squeeze his shot between keeper Neil Thomas’s legs for his fourth goal in as many games.
But the hosts were back on terms in the closing quarter when Danny Thomas punished hesitancy by defenders James Glendinning and Eifion Jones.
The Canaries had chances to snatch victory but Addo and Noone raised shots over the bar and Noone fired an effort wide.