Saints sink Town

Costcutter Ceredigion Football League

St Dogmaels took the local bragging rights over the festive season with a 4-2 win over arch-rivals Cardigan Town on Boxing Day.

Despite difficult underfoot conditions at School Field both sides endeavoured to play attractive football and the sizeable crowd was treated to entertaining fare.

Victory was no more than Saints deserved as they were the better side on the day with ex-Cardigan favourite Trevor Woodgate grabbing the limelight with a brilliant hat-trick.

Woodgate opened the scoring early on when firing into the top corner after good work by John Curran and the advantage was doubled when Aled Rees finished clinically when taking a pass from Curran.

Saints defender Anthony Murtagh had the misfortune of putting through his own goal to put Town back in contention but dangerous visiting raider John Lumb was effectively shackled by Jason Williams.

With slope advantage after the interval the Magpies drew level when winger Chris Morgan netted and the visitors very nearly went ahead but the effort by Justin Evans rebounded from an upright.

The Teifi Estuary villagers took advantage of the let-off and it became the Woodgate show as he headed his side back in front and capped a superb performance when running through from near halfway to blast a fourth goal which ended the game as a serious contest.

A fourth championship on the bounce is almost certainly beyond New Quay after the Seasiders were held to a 2-2 draw at home by bottom of the pile Aberaeron Reserves.

Chris Aldritt and Gareth Lewis hit the target for Aberaeron while Charles Harvey replied for the homesters and an Aeron defender netted an own goal.

Crannog occupy third spot in the table after a 3-1 win over Aberporth at the Urdd Centre while Llandysul tasted victory for the seventh time with a 5-2 win over visitors Bargod Rangers.

The games between Newcastle Emlyn Reserves and Maesglas and between Lampeter Town and Llanybydder were postponed.

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