PATIENCE was the key to Sunday's 2-0 Welsh Premier League victory over Carmarthen Town, according to director of football Andy Preece.

"We weren't sure what they were going to do because they play man to man a lot but we weren't sure on this pitch whether they'd try it," Preece said.

"We worked on man-to-man marking in training so we had done our homework, but the lads worked it out on the pitch.

"We talked about a few things at half time but it was the patience today. TNS have to do it every week and we showed that today, we kept moving the ball."

The goals arrived in the 50th-minute through Matty McGinn's pinpoint header and a 71st-minute Tom Field penalty and Preece added: "You've got to keep going, it doesn't matter whether you score in the first minute or the 90th minute.

"We just had to keep going and ultimately the chances and openings we were creating we were always going to score at some point."

Voted man of the match by S4C, centre back Mike Pearson echoed Preece's analysis.

"We just had to be patient and wait for our chances," he said.

"Teams are going to come here thinking we are hard to beat and set up like that and we've just got to work it out for ourselves.

"The gaffer said at half time we've just got to be patient, keep the ball, work it side to side and in the end we'll be able to see gaps and hopefully get in."

The victory lifted the Wingmakers into second place, three points behind leaders TNS and with a game in hand on the reigning champions.

"We've just to stay as close to them as possible throughout the season, keep picking up points and we've done that today which we are happy with," Peo added.

Photo (top) Andy Preece makes a point to the fourth official during Sunday's game and (below) a determined Jay Owen takes on Carmarthen's Taylor Harding.

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