Next week's rivals in seventh heaven
- Published on Saturday, 11 August 2012 17:59
ABERYSTWYTH and Carmarthen were both in seventh heaven ahead of their opening day clash in the Welsh Premier next Saturday.
The Seasiders won 7-3 at Huws Gray Alliance Porthmadog with new signing Declan Carroll scoring in the first minute.
Stuart Jones added another with a diving header, with Matty Collins making it 3-1 from a free-kick. Carroll, Darren Griffiths, Gavin Cadwallader and Rhydian Davies added the others.
The Old Gold ran out 7-1 winners against former Welsh Premier outfit Cwmbran Town, the goals coming from Anthony Finselbach, Jonathan Hood, Tim Hicks, Jack Christopher, Craig Hughes, Chris Thomas and L Thomas.
But there was a wake-up call for Airbus UK Broughton who were hammered 6-1 at home by Colwyn Bay of Blue Square North.
Leading 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from former Bala wingman Paul Ennis and Rob Hopley, the visitors surged further in front with a five-minute hat-trick from ex-Cefn Druids frontman Kevin Holsgrove.
Alan Collins added the sixth before a Mark Cadwallader consolation penalty after Mike Hayes had been brought down.
Dave Morley scored with a last-minute tap-in to earn a 2-2 draw for Bangor City at Chester.
Chris Jones put the Citizens in front midway through the first half, but Neil Young's men hit back through strikers Marc Williams and Nathan Jarman.
Chris Venables gave Llanelli a 54th-minute lead away to Havant & Waterlooville, but the Hawks hit back for a 2-1 win when Ryan Moss slammed the ball home from close range after Reds' keeper Kerry Nicholas could only parry a viciously struck drive from Ollie Palmer.
Moss then sealed the win three minutes from the end when Chris Arthur’s run down the left took him past Jason Bowen for a byline cross headed home by the striker.
Afan Lido lost 2-1 at Bridgwater Town, Craig Veal scoring a late winner for the EvoStik Southern League outfit while Bala Town, who were leading 3-1 through Ian Sheridan, Lee Hunt and Connal Murtagh goals with 10 minutes remaining, lost 4-3 to Nantwich Town at the Weaver Stadium.
Manager Bernard McNally watched his Newtown side beat one of his former clubs Hednesford Town 2-1 at Latham Park, while Prestatyn Town beat a second string side from neighbours Rhyl 6-2 at Bastion Gardens.
Former Colwyn striker Dean Canning handed Gap Connah's Quay a first-half lead at home to Trafford, but the visitors hit three without reply in the second half.