Carmarthen Town look to continue fine Welsh Premier League start against Afan Lido
CARMARTHEN Town boss Mark Aizlewood hopes his side can maintain their fine start to the season when they host Afan Lido tomorrow (2.30).
The 1-0 defeat of Rhyl last weekend pushed the Old Gold into second in the table, just three points behind unbeaten Airbus.
And with a home game against struggling Afan Lido to come, Aizlewood will be hopeful of making it four wins from the opening five matches.
"I'm delighted with the three points," said the former Wales defender. "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."
Goalkeeper Steve Cann made six tremendous saves against Rhyl, while Cortez Belle scored the decisive goal.
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."
"Steve is a cracking keeper. In matches before this one he has had little to do but those saves really showed his class," said Aizlewood.
"I have great confidence in him, as do the players, and they know that he really played his part in this game."
Belle added: "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."
Tomorrow's match will see Town reunited with three players who recently left Richmond Park.
Matthew Rees, Ian Hillier and Casey Thomas all joined Afan Lido on transfer deadline day and could line up against their former side.
The trio are hoping to be part of a Lido side still searching for their first win of the season.
They underwent a transformation over the summer, with new manager Paul Evans signing a raft of new players.
But they have claimed just one point so far, drawing with Connah's Quay on the campaigns' opening day.
Consecutive defeats against Aberystwyth and Airbus followed before a 3-0 loss to Bangor last Saturday.
Lido have shipped three goals in each of those defeats and did the same in a League Cup clash with Taffs Well despite winning.