Striker signing gives Town boss fresh option
CARMARTHEN Town have bolstered their squad for the new Welsh Premier League season with the signing of striker Alex Chrysanthou.
The towering frontman has arrived from West End after helping the Swansea side to the Welsh League first division title last season.
But Town have said goodbye to former Swansea City defender Matthew Rees, who has joined Afan Lido after making 23 league appearances during 14 months at Richmond Park.
Chrysanthou made his debut as Town kicked off the new league campaign with a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Airbus Broughton.
Mark Aizlewood's men had seemed set to come away with a hard-earned point until former Liverpool youngster Richie Partridge struck in the last minute.
"It turned out to be a very tough match," said Aizlewood.
"It was nip and tuck for virtually the whole 90 minutes. When you are away from home you rely on your goalkeeper to make some good saves and I thought Steve Cann made some stunning efforts.
"There were long periods of play when virtually everybody watching would have though the result was going to be a stalemate.
"But we conceded a goal in the last minute and although we went straight back upfield and had a great chance to equalise it was not to be.
"What I must say, though, is that the spirit, organisation and fitness of the players really pleased me."
Against Airbus, who were one of the major forces in last season's Welsh Premier League, Aizlewood used the players who had been on Town's pre-season trip to Ireland the previous weekend.
"I told those players I would give them first bite of the cherry in the very difficult game against the team who finished second last season," he explained.
But Town bounced back immediately with a 4-0 win at Newton on Monday.
Liam Thomas opened the scoring in the second minute and it was one-way traffic in the first half as Town added three more. Christian Doidge's diving header made it two before Kyle Bassett and Thomas rounded off the scoring.