Saints hit Carmarthen for six

The New Saints won their fourth League game in a row after comfortably beating Carmarthen Town 6-0, thanks to goals from Chris Jones, Matty Williams, Greg Draper and a magnificent four minute hat-trick by Sam Finley, at Park Hall stadium.

Jones opened the scoring after seven minutes and soon after Finley scored an incredible four minute hat-trick to give The Saints a four nil lead. Williams added a fifth with a cool finish just before half time and Draper finished off the scoring by adding a sixth with one of his first touches of the match.

The game started quickly and within seven minutes Jones latched on to a ball from Mike Wilde and rifled an unstoppable shot  leaving Steven Cann with no chance. The former Swansea City winger controlled the ball on the edge of the box before finding the top right corner.

Moments later and the fantastic Finley scored his first of the game after he broke from midfield and coolly converted from  just inside the box.

A minute later and Finley got himself another. The goal was near enough identical to his first as he once again broke from midfield and raced clear, before he composed himself and comfortably rolled the ball past Cann.

Three minutes after he had sealed his brace, the tenacious midfielder completed an incredible four minute hat-trick. Once again the TNS number eight ran down the left hand side before skipping past a Carmarthen challenge and finding the bottom corner with a powerful low drive.

The visitors gave Craig Harrison’s men a little scare when Christian Doidge headed against the bar but soon after it was five nil.

With ten minutes to go before half time substitute Williams added a the fifth goal of the match. The former Manchester United forward found room in the six yard box and picked out the top corner from close range, to ensure The Saints went into the break with a five goal advantage.

Craig Harrison’s men kept pushing forward in the second half with Williams and Kai Edwards both going close with powerful efforts from outside the box.

Phil Baker then smashed the bar from the edge of the box with a wonderful curling effort as The Saints kept on looking for a sixth.

Soon after Jones was fouled on the edge of the box after a wonderful run and from the resulting free kick, Chris Marriott hits the outside of the post with a superb curling strike.

The former Neath winger was in thick of the action once again and his perfectly floated ball found Draper, who coolly rounded Cann to make it six nil to The Saints.

The Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Champions comfortably played out the final ten minutes to secure a fourth win on the spin.

The New Saints line up for the match was Paul Harrison (C), Simon Spender, Chris Marriott, Phil Baker, Kai Edwards, Sam Finley (Ryan Fraughan 72), Chris Seargeant (Matty Williams 27), Jamie Mullan, Mike Wilde (Greg Draper 64), Chris Jones and Aeron Edwards.

The unused substitutes for The Saints were Aaron Simms, Alex Darlington and Connell Rawlinson.

The Carmarthen Town line up was Steven Cann, Luke Cummings, Kris Thomas, Cortez Belle, Craig Hanford, Kyle Bassett, Liam McCreesh (Matty Collins 46), Corey Thomas (Paul Fowler 72), Alex Chrysanthou, Christian Doidge (Tim Hicks 66) and Liam Thomas.

The unused substitutes for the visitors were Carl Evans and Craig Hughes.