WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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A PROUD Mark Aizlewood was full of praise for his players after Carmarthen Town became the first team to beat The New Saints this season.

"In all honesty we don't have any right to beat TNS, because the resources behind them are far and away above what we could ever hope for here," Aizlewood said.

"The same as last week, against Connah's Quay, their resources both financial and off the pitch. But what we can do, once the referee blows the whistle, we can compete on the pitch and I have a group of players who are honest, who believe in what we ask them to do and that's an important point for a manager.

"I made three changes today from the team that won away at Connah's Quay and some people might have though 'oh, what's he doing?'. But, to be fair to the players, they believe in what I ask them to do, they believe in my experience, but that's the easy part. The hard part is the players have to go on to the pitch and then do it and I'm a very, very proud man this evening of that group of players today.

"Even more so than last week because people came here today more in hope than expectation and perhaps I was one of them, I just set us up to get a point and we did better than that."

The only goal of the game arrived on the stroke of half time when Liam Thomas headed home from a Declan Carroll flag kick and Aizlewood put the goal down to preparation. "We worked hard in training last Wednesday on set plays because I felt that was a way we could score against them and it worked perfectly," he added.

"We know we're not going to get a lot of the ball against TNS, I set us up that way with Craig Hanford and Dwaine Bailey in midfield, they are not creative players but they were fantastic.

"You don't always get it right but today, everything that we hoped for worked out."

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28 May 2017

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