CAERNARFON Town were unable to cause an upset as they fell to a 3-1 home reverse to champions The New Saints of Oswestry Town.

The Canaries put up a spirited display against the full-timers before eventually bowing out of the JD Welsh Cup in-front of a bumper crowd of 1,489 at The Oval.

The Huws Gray Alliance leaders no turn their attentions to finally gaining promotion to the top flight, with the leaders travelling to Ruthin Town on Saturday (2pm).

Manager Sean Eardley, said: “I asked the lads not to leave anything and there were 11 heroes out there today.

“They gave it their all in-front of a hell of a crowd who made some noise and from one to 11 I thought we were colossal.

“We have got nine cup finals left and have put ourselves in a good position, but there is a lot of hard work ahead but we are looking forward to it.

“To concede at any time isn’t ideal but against a professional outfit it gives them something to hold on to. They were very dangerous on the counter and it is a joy to watch at times which is strange to say as an opposition manager but I did feel that 3-1 was very harsh on us.

“I thought Darren (Thomas) was exceptional and didn’t look like he had been out for two months. I am immensely proud of the club, the players and the occasion we created.”

Things got off to the worst possible start for the home side and they fell behind after just four minutes when Dean Ebbe found the net, and the same player was on hand to double their advantage after the break on 48.

The Cofis got themselves back into the tie on 77 minutes through the returning Thomas, but they were caught throwing caution to the wind in stoppage time when a quick breakaway led to Aeron Edwards firing past Alex Ramsay to ensure Town exited the competition at the fourth round stage.