Carmarthen Town goalkeeper Lee Idzi was the hero against Aberystwyth Town on Monday, as the shot-stopper turned goalscorer and beat his opposite number from his own half.
His goal helped guide the Old Gold to consecutive victories for the first time this season, as they defeated their Mid Wales rivals 2-1.
The South Wales outfit have found themselves afoot the table for much of the 2017/18 season, however, Mark Aizlewood’s side have now gone unbeaten in their last three, after picking up just the solitary win before Boxing Day, in an emphatic 4-0 victory away to Bala Town early in the season.
However, with Phase One coming to a close, things have begun to look bleak for the side who finished in the Top Six last season.
But, Aizlewood’s young charges have started to allay any fears of relegation by picking up seven points out of the last nine. The club remains rooted to the bottom of the top flight, however now seem within touching distance of survival being a possibility, with Aberystwyth just six points ahead of the club.
Today’s victory, which completed the festive double over the Seasiders, came courtesy of goals from Liam Thomas and from a more surprising suspect in the shape of goalkeeper Lee Idzi.
However, it seems that the former Bangor goalkeeper was less than surprised with the effort.
“The boys said to me at halftime, with the wind, to hit it as high and as hard as I could. That’s what I’ve done, and it’s ended up in the back of the net. A bit of luck and we’ve ended up with the three points.” the goalkeeper told The Gold’s Audioboom.
But, despite being able to laugh at the luck being on his side on the day, Idzi stressed the importance of the victory for the club languishing perilously close to being cut adrift at the bottom.
“It’s massive [the win], we said before today that a win today pulls us back into contention to staying up, and I think it has. We’re six behind Aber now with two games to go before the split where we can take some points, and then we will have a go after the split playing the teams around us.”
Carmarthen will be hoping to continue their purple patch of form going into the final two games of Phase One against Cefn Druids and fellow South Wales outfit Cardiff Met.
(Featured Image: Chris Howells)