REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS Aberdare’s successful mini- run came to an abrupt halt following an insipid display under the lights at Penypound Park with the hosts deserving winners. On a freezing night Aberdare’s performance did little to warm the hearts of the travelling faithful  and other than a twenty minute purple patch up to half time and to be fair during the last ten minutes with the game then well out of reach , did they produce the crisp passing and movement which has become the hallmark of their recent displays. New dad,  James Harris returned  to his role between the sticks but with several players arriving late because of local traffic congestion he was caught cold early doors with several of his teammates unable to fully partake of the warm up session. This lack of preparation certainly manifested itself and careless play from not the strongest of goalmouth clearances saw Sean Feeley latch on and slot home for a ninth minute opener. The striker  must certainly look forward to his tussles with Aberdare having notched a hat trick in the corresponding game and on his way to a brace here. It was twenty minutes in, before Aberdare partially came to grips with what is certainly the largest playing surface on the Welsh League circuit with the first chance falling to Killian Kingston with a  misdirected free header  from just a few feet out.  The main talking point of what, had been up to this stage, a lack lustre affair arose minutes later when a twenty five yard run by Elliot Morris saw him tripped on the edge of the penalty box but referee Neil Wilcox waving away the concerted appeals. With Elliot and man of the match Tomos Morris beginning to impose themselves on proceedings and with Phil Clarke returning to his best form , the hosts defence was creaking under pressure with a Kingston header deflected off a defender for a corner and Seb Haggett leaving two players in his wake as he cut in from the left only for Tom Indge to make a crucial save. Half Time: Abergavenny Town 1-0 Aberdare Town At half time hopes were high that a continuance of pressure would soon see Aberdare back on level terms but it was the hosts who took  the upper hand from kick off and would continue to do so for the next half hour. There were several desperate clearances as Abergavenny ramped up the pressure  a period during which saw  a booking for Elliot Morris.  A rare break out of defence saw  Kingston make a forty yard run to earn a corner but which came to nothing. Myles Case and Jordan Coles were introduced to freshen things but even before they had seen the ball to their feet ,  havoc in their defence saw Feeley notch his second . It could have been worse minutes later but Harris pulled off a terrific double save to keep the score line down. Jac Evans missed a good opportunity to put the game to bed but fluffed his lines before Aberdare at last began to perform off the front foot. Kevin Davies came on to provide some midfield solidity as his team mates pressed and the hosts looked to hold what they had. Haggett and Coles caused some anxious moments but as had been the theme throughout there was no real penetration and a lack of anything near clinical in their finishing with it hard to recall Abergavenny keeper Indge making more than the one vital save, dealing routinely with all other efforts. This Saturday sees a 2pm kick off at Aberaman Park against title dark horses Llantwit Major and a big improvement demanded if winning ways are to be restored. Man of the Match: Tomos Morris
Team Line-Up 1 James HARRIS 2 Matthew GLASSEY 3 Phil CLARK 4 Rhys WILLIAMS 5 Levi JONES 6 Tom MORRIS 7 Elliott MORRIS 8 Killian KINGSTON 9 John PHILLIPS 10 Seb HAGGETT 11 Rhys TANDY Substitutes 12 Jordan COLES 14 Myles CASE 15 Kevin DAVIES 16 - 17 -
Aberdare Town
Abergavenny Town
Welsh League Div 2
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