Match report by Richard Rowlands A   depleted   squad,   consisting   of   just   twelve   players,   travelled   west   to   face   second   in   the   table Ammanford   and   on   a   heavy   pitch   matched   their   opponents   until   the   closing minutes,      succumbing   to   two   late   goals,   and   with   it,   a   flattering   result   for   the   hosts,   a   triumph   created   more   by   dint   of   numbers   than   a   reflection   on      the   visitor’s   application which proved first class throughout. With   the   surface   getting   more   sticky   as   the   game   progressed   it   was   to   the   credit   of   the   Town   players   that Ammanford,   able   to   call   on   fresh   legs,   did   never   dominate   .   Manager   Wayne Powell restored Seb Haggett and Myles Case up front with Levi Jones and Shaun Chapple coming into midfield in a 4-4-2 formation. Things   couldn’t   have   begun   worse   when   in   the   7th   minute,   Ammanford’s   Richard   Lewis   latched   onto      a   well-   timed   through   ball,   to   rifle   low   into   the   far   right   hand   corner   of   James Harris’s   net      for   the   opener.   Shaun   Chapple   ,   always   capable   himself   of   producing   that   defence   splitting   ball   did   the   same   minutes   later   only   for   Elliot   Morris’   s   effort   to   skim   the   cross bar. Morris was soon again in the thick of the action with  yet another close effort . With   Killian   Kingston   and   Matthew   Glassey   not   afraid   to   venture   forward   from   their   full   back   positions,   Aberdare   were   well   in   the   game   but   it   took   a   fantastic      Harris   save   to   deny   the hosts and shortly after he was there, ideally placed to couch a Brett Enoch shot. Luke   Davies,   having   his   best   game   in   a   Town   shirt   was   strong   in   central   defence   as   was   the   consistent   Rhys   Williams,   booked   early   for   a   professional   foul   ,   who   although   suffering   a knock   ,   played   on   bravely   through   the   ninety   plus   minutes   well   aware   of      the   situation   on   the   bench. As   the   half   progressed, Aberdare   began   to   produce   some   telling   moments   with   the equalizer coming after thirty four minutes. Rhys   Tandy   delivered   an   inch   perfect   ball   into   that   area   of   uncertainty   between   the   keeper   and   front   runner   and   James   Kirkwood,   so   aware   of   the   danger   overran   the   ball   in   his desperation to block allowing the onrushing Seb Haggett, cool as you like,  to control and literally walk into the net. Both   sides   continued   to   carve   out   half   chances   and   keep   the   decent   crowd   thoroughly   entertained   up   to   the   half   time   whistle   though   Aberdare   knew   with   pitch   conditions   deteriorating     ,that  facing them was a second period that would prove difficult and long. Half Time: Ammanford 1-1 Aberdare Town The   second   half   began   with   a   succession   of   away   corners   that   came   to   nothing   and   an   excellent   move   involving      Glassey,   Case   and   Jones   saw   the   latter   whip   over   a   cross   only   for Morris’s  header  to shave the bar. Haggett   was   bravely   denied   by   keeper   Kirkwood   falling   at   his   feet   as   he   sped   down   on   goal   and   minutes      later   the   custodian      produced   a   wonder   save   from   a   point   blank   Luke   Davies header created from a set piece. The   performance   of   both   sides   in   such   telling   conditions   was   creditable   with   no   player   from   either   side   shirking   his   responsibility. A   Matthew   Glassey   ball   found      Levi   Jones   whose   deft pass to Haggett saw the striker cut inside and unleash a power drive which flew narrowly wide with Kirkwood beaten to his right. But   as   the   game   entered   the   last   twenty   minutes   and   with   the   centre   of   the   pitch   beginning   to   resemble   my   old   school   canteen’s   serving   of   treacle   pudding   ,   Shaun   Chapple,   who   had given everything to the cause was replaced by Dai Gregory who joined Williams and Davies in his specialist central defensive role as they now prepared for the inevitable siege on goal. With no midfield back up to call on  it was back to the walls stuff . They   held   out   until   the   83rd   minute   with   Matthew   Fisher   pouncing   on   a   loose   ball   in   the   six   yard   area   to   fire   home.   It   was   such   a   cruel   blow,   following   on   from Aberbargoed   Bud’s   late winner in midweek, and despair was probably at the root of Elliot Morris’s dismissal for a second yellow and a suspension, which in the club’s present plight they can little afford. To rub in further salt , a late Rhys Davies  effort sealed the victory , producing a  score line that hardly reflected the game just witnessed between two hard working teams . With   no   game   for   Dinas   Powys   ,the   gap   between   the   strugglers   remains   at   eight   points   but   with   the   Vale   of   Glamorgan   outfit   crucially   having   a   game   in   hand   and   with   Aberdare   now having to face the bookies two hot favourites for promotion in Pontypridd midweek at the Parc and STM Sports with a trip to the St Mellons area of Cardiff this coming Saturday. Man of the Match: - Team: James Harris, Matthew Glassey, Killian Kingston, Rhys Williams, Luke Davies, Levi Jones, Shaun Chappell, Elliott Morris, Myles Case, Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   Dai Gregory
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Match report by Richard Rowlands A   depleted   squad,   consisting   of   just   twelve   players,   travelled   west   to face   second   in   the   table   Ammanford   and   on   a   heavy   pitch   matched their   opponents   until   the   closing   minutes,      succumbing   to   two   late goals,   and   with   it,   a   flattering   result   for   the   hosts,   a   triumph   created more   by   dint   of   numbers   than   a   reflection   on      the   visitor’s   application which proved first class throughout. With   the   surface   getting   more   sticky   as   the   game   progressed   it   was   to   the credit   of   the   Town   players   that   Ammanford,   able   to   call   on   fresh   legs,   did never   dominate   .   Manager   Wayne   Powell   restored   Seb   Haggett   and   Myles Case   up   front   with   Levi   Jones   and   Shaun   Chapple   coming   into   midfield   in   a 4-4-2 formation. Things   couldn’t   have   begun   worse   when   in   the   7th   minute,   Ammanford’s Richard   Lewis   latched   onto      a   well-   timed   through   ball,   to   rifle   low   into   the far   right   hand   corner   of   James   Harris’s   net      for   the   opener.   Shaun   Chapple   , always   capable   himself   of   producing   that   defence   splitting   ball   did   the   same minutes   later   only   for   Elliot   Morris’   s   effort   to   skim   the   cross   bar.   Morris   was soon again in the thick of the action with  yet another close effort . With   Killian   Kingston   and   Matthew   Glassey   not   afraid   to   venture   forward from   their   full   back   positions,   Aberdare   were   well   in   the   game   but   it   took   a fantastic      Harris   save   to   deny   the   hosts   and   shortly   after   he   was   there, ideally placed to couch a Brett Enoch shot. Luke   Davies,   having   his   best   game   in   a   Town   shirt   was   strong   in   central defence    as    was    the    consistent    Rhys    Williams,    booked    early    for    a professional   foul   ,   who   although   suffering   a   knock   ,   played   on   bravely through   the   ninety   plus   minutes   well   aware   of      the   situation   on   the   bench. As   the   half   progressed,   Aberdare   began   to   produce   some   telling   moments with the equalizer coming after thirty four minutes. Rhys   Tandy   delivered   an   inch   perfect   ball   into   that   area   of   uncertainty between   the   keeper   and   front   runner   and   James   Kirkwood,   so   aware   of   the danger   overran   the   ball   in   his   desperation   to   block   allowing   the   onrushing Seb Haggett, cool as you like,  to control and literally walk into the net. Both   sides   continued   to   carve   out   half   chances   and   keep   the   decent   crowd thoroughly   entertained   up   to   the   half   time   whistle   though   Aberdare   knew with   pitch   conditions   deteriorating      ,that      facing   them   was   a   second   period that would prove difficult and long. Half Time: Ammanford 1-1 Aberdare Town The   second   half   began   with   a   succession   of   away   corners   that   came   to nothing   and   an   excellent   move   involving      Glassey,   Case   and   Jones   saw   the latter whip over a cross only for Morris’s  header  to shave the bar. Haggett   was   bravely   denied   by   keeper   Kirkwood   falling   at   his   feet   as   he sped   down   on   goal   and   minutes      later   the   custodian      produced   a   wonder save from a point blank Luke Davies header created from a set piece. The   performance   of   both   sides   in   such   telling   conditions   was   creditable   with no   player   from   either   side   shirking   his   responsibility. A   Matthew   Glassey   ball found      Levi   Jones   whose   deft   pass   to   Haggett   saw   the   striker   cut   inside   and unleash   a   power   drive   which   flew   narrowly   wide   with   Kirkwood   beaten   to   his right. But   as   the   game   entered   the   last   twenty   minutes   and   with   the   centre   of   the pitch   beginning   to   resemble   my   old   school   canteen’s   serving   of   treacle pudding   ,   Shaun   Chapple,   who   had   given   everything   to   the   cause   was replaced   by   Dai   Gregory   who   joined   Williams   and   Davies   in   his   specialist central defensive role as they now prepared for the inevitable siege on goal. With no midfield back up to call on  it was back to the walls stuff . They   held   out   until   the   83rd   minute   with   Matthew   Fisher   pouncing   on   a loose   ball   in   the   six   yard   area   to   fire   home.   It   was   such   a   cruel   blow, following   on   from   Aberbargoed   Bud’s   late   winner   in   midweek,   and   despair was   probably   at   the   root   of   Elliot   Morris’s   dismissal   for   a   second   yellow   and a suspension, which in the club’s present plight they can little afford. To   rub   in   further   salt   ,   a   late   Rhys   Davies      effort   sealed   the   victory   , producing    a        score    line    that    hardly    reflected    the    game    just    witnessed between two hard working teams . With   no   game   for   Dinas   Powys   ,the   gap   between   the   strugglers   remains   at eight   points   but   with   the   Vale   of   Glamorgan   outfit   crucially   having   a   game   in hand   and   with   Aberdare   now   having   to   face   the   bookies   two   hot   favourites for   promotion   in   Pontypridd   midweek   at   the   Parc   and   STM   Sports   with   a   trip to the St Mellons area of Cardiff this coming Saturday. Man of the Match: - Team:   James   Harris,   Matthew   Glassey,   Killian   Kingston,   Rhys   Williams, Luke   Davies,   Levi   Jones,   Shaun   Chappell,   Elliott   Morris,   Myles   Case,   Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   Dai Gregory
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