Belle finds the net as Town maintain their positive start
CARMARTHEN Town maintained their fine start to the Welsh Premier League season with a 1-0 defeat of newcomers Rhyl.
It was a victory that lifted the Old Gold into second place in the top flight, just three points behind unbeaten Airbus.
And with a home game against struggling Afan Lido to come on Saturday, manager Mark Aizlewood will be hopeful of making it four wins from the opening five matches.
"I'm delighted with the three points," said Aizlewood. "I felt that we were the better side overall but our execution of the final ball was poor.
"I thought that had we been more clinical, then on any other day we could have won more easily and by a larger margin. What I did stress to the players, especially at the half-time break, was that we would eventually score. But we had to keep a clean sheet and, credit to them, they did as I asked."
He added: "Unusually for us we got our goal from a set-piece. It came from a terrific corner by Kyle Bassett. Cortez Belle rose high above the Rhyl defence to score and then, within a minute, he was making a sensational goal-line clearance at the other end of the pitch."
Goalkeeper Steve Cann made six tremendous saves from the Rhyl forwards.
Aizlewood said: "Steve is a cracking keeper. In matches before this one he has had little to do but those saves really showed his class.
"I have great confidence in him, as do the players, and they know that he really played his part in this game."
Belle, returning after a one-match suspension, said. "It was a bonus for me to score but overall it really was a good team performance.
"I'm settling in well and I hope I can add something to what is already there.
"As a team we are showing a lot of confidence. We would like to think that we can compete with anyone in this league and as everyone saw in this game, our standard of play is rising all the time.
"With Mark Aizlewood as our manager, I'm sure we can pull off a major surprise this season."