HUW GRIFFITHS was left frustrated as Ramirez Howarth’s eye-catching hat-trick could only earn Cefn Druids a point against Carmarthen Town.

Howarth is something of an unknown quantity in the Cymru Premier, but his excellent treble in the 3-3 draw against the Old Gold will have made rival teams sit up and take notice.

“They were three very good goals,” said Griffiths. “He’s actually predominantly right-footed, but all three goals were with his left.

“Nobody knows much about him at the moment. He’s a bit of an unknown quantity, but that might change now.”

A disputed penalty from Liam Thomas and a goal either side of the break from Luke Bowen earned Carmarthen, who were without a recognised goalkeeper after Lee Idzi pulled out prior to the trip north, a point.

“We didn’t defend properly,” said Griffiths. “Individual players didn’t do their jobs and not enough of the players played well enough.

“Both teams will feel like they should have won though. They had the better chances, but their penalty, well, if that’s a penalty...The difficult thing is that it comes two minutes after we scored and changes things dramatically.

“But we probably only had three shots on target while Carmarthen created more chances than us. We created more against Connah’s Quay.

“We’ve conceded five goals in home games against Aberystwyth and Carmarthen, which is disappointing.

“The more possession we have had in games the more goals we’ve conceded, so we need to tighten up and cut out the poor decision making.”

A goal six minutes from time by former Wrexham youngster George Harry saw Newtown beat Bala 1-0.

Bala midfielder Nathan Burke was disappointed with his side’s away defeat, saying: “I think we deserved something. We didn’t play anywhere near the standards we’ve set this season, but I don’t think there was much in it.”