What can Caernarfon Town Bring to the JD Welsh Premier League after phenomenal win over Cefn Druids on return to top-flight?
Caernarfon Town stunned Cefn Druids on their first game back in the top-flight in nine years, but what exactly can they bring to the JD Welsh Premier League this season?
Cai Jones scored the goal which sent them on their way to their first win in the JD Welsh Premier League in nine-years – and the win was certainly worth the wait.
And if they perform with this type of aggression and passion throughout the season, Sean Eardley’s side are definitely capable of pulling off more shocks in the Welsh top-flight.
They were gutsy against the Druids – a team which were earlier involved in the preliminary rounds of the UEFA Europa League. But that didn’t phase the Canaries as they picked up their first win of the season.
It won’t be easy this season, of course. It never is for newly promoted sides but they have already sent a strong message out to the rest of the league that they’re here to stay.
They have players who can make a difference, as well. Former Everton player Nathan Craig could excel at the heart of the Caernarfon midfield – since his move to the Canaries, he has netted 58 times in 98 appearances.
They also have strikers who will cause defences problems with the likes of Jamie Breese and Cai Jones and the biggest advantage that Eardley’s side have is when they get out on that pitch, they won’t fear anyone, no matter who they’re.
But it is about making their opening day victory over the Druids count now and pushing on. They showed terrific character in for the entirety of the 90 minutes, and no side will cherish facing them at the Oval. Make no mistake about that.
They now face two tough away games. First, they will travel to face Newtown, before making the long journey to the Welsh Capital to face-off against Cardiff Met.
The Canaries then face the JD Welsh Premier League Champions The New Saints in their second home game in the top-flight, and although it seems daunting, they will no doubt make it difficult for Scott Ruscoe’s side and not too many people would be shocked if they were to pick up positive points, in spite of the class and experience that The New Saints have within their disposal.
Eardley has instilled confidence in this Caernarfon side and they’re definitely capable of beating the drop zone this season, especially by making the Oval a fortress.
There were over 800 fans at the game yesterday and the atmosphere was electrifying – and the players could certainly flourish off the passionate Canaries supporters this season, and they will make the Oval a hostile place for opposition players to come and play. There is little doubt about that.
(Featured image: Paul Evans of Oval Ways)