Tangerines Run Champions Close in Five Goal Thriller
In awful conditions Conwy Borough and Caernarfon Town faced off to produce a thrilling contest at Y Morfa under the lights on Wednesday night.
Conwy Borough boss Brian Pritchard made a number of changes from the side defeated by Holywell at the weekend, reverting to a back four and recalling Jordan Brierley into midfield.
Conwy sprung out of the blocks with Alex Titchiner's pace and movement causing the visitors huge problems and he went close within the first few minutes with two efforts going just wide.
The Tangerines deservedly went in front when Caernarfon player manager Iwan Williams fouled Ben Glover inside the box. Mark Buchan stepped up to tuck away his second goal for the club in the 12th minute.
Caernarfon came back strong and saw efforts from Kevin Lloyd and Danny Brookwell go close. Their equaliser arrived in the 27th minute when Kevin Lloyd put Breese through on the right to angle his shot into the corner of Josh Cooks goal.
The Tangerines should of gone ahead when Titchiner crossed for Derek Taylor to volley inside the box but his effort was superbly saved at point blank range by Caernarfon stopper Keighan Jones. Titchiner himself had a golden chance to score as he held off the challenge of Edwards to dart inside the box, but his shot curled agonisingly wide.
Right on the stroke of half time and Conwy scored again. This time a corner kick led to a scramble inside the box and Mark Buchan was on hand to blast the ball home from close range to claim his second goal of the game to put Conwy 2-1 ahead at the break.
The start of the second half was a very different affair as the visitors brought on Darren Thomas and Jamie Roberts and made tactical switches of their own. The changes took effect from the off with Thomas
testing Cook after two minutes with a low shot that was saved by Cook. The keeper was forced into action again by Brookwell and Breese but just after the hour mark Lloyd crossed the ball which fell to Brookwell to smash his shot into the net.
Conwy stepped up pressure of their own but couldn't force the openings that they did in the first half.
The decisive goal arrived in the 70th minute and it was Darren Thomas who claimed it with a fortunate effort as his cross into the box looped over Cook in right into the top corner as the keeper struggled to palm it away. The Tangerines applied some late pressure with a number of corners but found the visitors defence resilient.
In spite of the defeat, the manner of the performance has given the Conwy Borough faithful the hope that they have the ability to produce the quality needed to secure the results needed to ensure survival this season.