Five key take aways from Caernarfon’s shock victory over Nomads

After a flying start to life in the JD Welsh Premier League, Caernarfon are the talk of the town in Welsh Football. 

The Cofis came into the top flight as an unknown quantity for the league’s regular top flight clubs, but have proved their ability to play in the top tier with some impressive results so far.

Cofi’s Impressive results

The club’s first game saw them welcome Cefn Druids to the Oval, where a raucous crowd roared them onto a 1-0 victory over the Ancients.

Their next big result came away at Cardiff Met, with a Nathan Craig free kick enough to give the travelling side all three points in the capital.

As good as their start was, Caernarfon’s real statement came on Tuesday evening , when they became the first side to beat Connah’s Quay Nomads at Deeside since February.

Nomads win a statement of Caernarfon’s ability

Nomads came into the game buoyant after their Irn Bru Cup second round victory over Falkirk, with Sean Eardley’s men well rested after going down 3-0 against TNS in a battling performance 12 days ago.

From the first minute Caernarfon stood up to an ever-strong Connah’s Quay side, and started to show flashes of attacking prowess through the likes of Sion Bradley, who made darting runs into the Nomads’ area.

Just before the interval, the Cofis’ game plan paid off when Jamie Breese scored the opener, running from the halfway line to beat keeper John Danby at his near post.

Caernarfon have steely grit to more than survive

If the first half showed Caernarfon can challenge for the top six, the second suggested they might belong there.

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Having taken the lead, they showed a great amount of professionalism as they dug in to defend their lead against Nomads, who were throwing everything at them as they sought an equaliser.

The Cofi Army are arguably the league’s best fans

At full time the Cofi Army were elated with the win, which cemented the club’s status as top six contenders.

And with home crowds of more than 1,000, they’ll have more than enough support during the tough and demanding phase one crowd.

Much work for title challengers to compete with TNS

After proving their title ability by beating TNS, the Nomads have since lost to Barry Town United and now have picked up consecutive defeats.

The side have more than enough quality to beat the best, but need to string together a set of results to ensure that they can mount a serious title challenge alongside the defending champions.

Losses like this underline this deficiency in their ability to do so.

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