CAERNARFON Town further enhanced their Huws Gray Alliance title chances with a hard fought 2-1 win at Flint Town United.

The Canaries managed to get back to winning ways despite being down to ten men for the majority of the contest, and the result leaves them six points clear of Guilsfield ahead of their crunch JD Welsh Cup fourth round clash with The New Saints of Oswestry Town on Friday (7.45pm).

Manager Sean Eardley, said: “We showed our qualities and really stuck together, and although we had chances to kill the game we got back to winnings ways which was crucial.

“Niall (McGuinness) has come in at Flint and their fortunes will turn around, so I was made up for the boys. Full credit goes to them as we have not started well in the last three games but they turned that around.

“I thought we controlled proceedings and their keeper has pulled off some great saves. We played in good areas but Jay’s (Gibbs) sending off changed things and you cannot go around saying those things. He is a valuable player and needs to start realising it.

“We managed the game well and put our bodies on the line which is what we need, and sticking together at a place like this is championship form.

“When we are in the trenches we need experienced lads to hold it together and they did that today.”

The visitors were dealt a blow on the half hour mark when midfielder Gibbs was sent off for dissent, but the Cofis picked themselves up superbly well and went ahead after the break when striker Jamie Breese found the net.

Things got even better soon after when Nathan Craig doubled their advantage from the penalty spot on 53 minutes, and despite recent signing Jack Lewis pulling one back on 70 when his effort flew past Alex Ramsay, the away side held on for a vital victory.