Match report by Richard Rowlands Aberdare’s   revival   continued   with   this   stirring   display   against   second   placed   Caldicot   Town,   with   stand   in   keeper   Dai   Gregory   cementing   his   man   of   the   match   display   in producing  a fantastic finger- tip  save to deny the visitors with the last play of the match. A   minute’s   silence      was   held   before   kick   off   in   memory   of   Kelly   ,   wife   of   under   11’s   coach   Chris   Lewis,   who   tragically   passed   away   after   a   long   fight   with   illness   and   the   thoughts   of   all   at the club go to the family at this sad time. Aberdare   were   without   regular   keeper   James   Harris   ,whose   wife   Jodie   had   given   birth   overnight   with      all   being   well   and   with   new   signing,   ex   Coed   midfield   enforcer   ,Tomos   Morris   , making what was to  be a tremendous debut and become an immediate fan’s favourite. The   game   was   an   enthralling   affair   from   the   start   with   Caldicot   enjoying   the      majority   of   possession   but   Aberdare   producing   the   more   clear   cut   chances.   The   visitors   long   throw   in specialist   ,   Ashley   Palmer,   caught   out   the   hosts   early   on   with   his   missile   into   the   box   desperately   cleared.      Up   front,   Seb   Haggett   and   Jon   Phillips   were   causing   problems   with namesakes, Elliot whose control and artistry at times belongs on a higher stage and Tomos, instrumental in supplying the ammunition. The   closest Aberdare   came   in   the   first   half   hour   was   tricky   wing   play   by   Rhys   Tandy   who   continues   to   supply   moments   of   magic,   seeing   him   escape   the   tackles   and   cross   for   an   Elliot Morris header to be clawed away by keeper Gareth Wesson. Moments   later   a   superb   ball   from   Killian   Kingston   found   raiding   full   back   Matthew   Glassey   who   fed   Haggett   and      whose   shot   from   fifteen   yards   flew   narrowly   over.   But   the   visitors   too were   having   their   moments,   with   Levi   Jones   denying   a   shot   on   goal   from   Caldicot’s   new   signing   Connor   Hughes   and   Gregory   a   spectator   as   a   Richard   Sharrett   effort   shaved   the   cross bar. Hughes   shot   across   goal   when   well   placed   with   an   Ollie   Smith   snap   attempt   deflected   off   Levi   Jones   for   a   corner   .But   the   best   chance   fell   to Aberdare   and   arrived   on   the   stroke   of   half time with a long Gregory clearance finding Jon Phillips who outmuscled a defender to roll across to Haggett but  only to see Wesson pull off a great save . It   had   been   an   excellent   half   with   both   sides   producing   some   quality   football   on   a   sticky   surface   that   had   endured   a   week   of   rain   and   so   it   appears,   an   earthquake   though   no   one   at   the ground noticed such had been the excitement of the first period. Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-0 Caldicot Town The   second   half   began   in   the   same   vein   with   both   sides   striving   for   openings   but   the   vital   one   came   in   controversial   circumstances   with   Aberdare’s   central   defender   Rhys   Williams adjudicated to have tripped Connor Hughes who, as an experienced striker, took full advantage as he hit the ground with flailing arms. Withers unerringly despatched the spot kick for the opener. A   few   months   ago   the   hosts   may   have   capitulated,   but   this   has   become   a   different   outfit.   With   the   Aberdarian’s   now   chasing   the   game,   forward   Myles   Case   replaced   Phil   Clarke   with Kingston slotting into full back and  they came so close when a Haggett screamer rattled the crossbar. But   Aberdare   kept   the   heat   on   and   the   pressure   told   in   the74th   minute   with   Haggett   brought   down   in   the   box.   Dusting   himself   down   ,   the   top   scorer   stepped   up   and   sent   Wesson   the wrong way for a more than deserved equalizer. The game continued to be cut and thrust with Tomos Morris  showing his qualities in play and vocal encouragement especially to the younger players . Such   individuals   such   as   Merthyr   product   Rhys   Williams   and   home   grown   Levi   Jones   have   quickly   climbed   the   learning   curve   with   Clarke,   Glassey   and      Kingston   and   Elliot   Morris   when called upon, admirable defensive partners providing cool heads under onslaught. As   injury   time   approached   a   superb   forty   yard   Williams   pass   found   Haggett,   who   after   all   his   efforts   up   top   still   found   the   energy   to   outpace   a   wide   defender   and   cross   into   the   danger area where Jon Phillips forced home to the delight of  team mates and the home fans. The   action   was   not   over   as   the   visitors   threw   everything   at   the   Town   until,   with   the   last   action   of   a   pulsating   game,   Sharrett   connected   from   five   yards   but   Gregory   pulled   off   a   save   that will long remembered. The   final   whistle   was   blown   immediately   after   with Aberdare   now   on   a   four   match   unbeaten   run   since   the   start   of   the   year.   Next   up   is   a   Friday   night   trip   to Abergavenny   with   a   7.30pm kick off and where they can be assured of good travelling away support. Man of the Match: Dai Gregory Teams: Dai Gregory, Matthew Glassey, Phil Clark, Rhys Williams, Levi Jones, Tom Morris, Elliott Morris, Kilian Kingston John Phillips, Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used: Kevin Davies, Myles Case Subs not used:   Tom Rees, Ben Gibbs
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Match report by Richard Rowlands Aberdare’s   revival   continued   with   this   stirring   display   against   second placed   Caldicot Town,   with   stand   in   keeper   Dai   Gregory   cementing   his man   of   the   match   display   in   producing      a   fantastic   finger-   tip      save   to deny the visitors with the last play of the match. A   minute’s   silence      was   held   before   kick   off   in   memory   of   Kelly   ,   wife   of under   11’s   coach   Chris   Lewis,   who   tragically   passed   away   after   a   long   fight with   illness   and   the   thoughts   of   all   at   the   club   go   to   the   family   at   this   sad time. Aberdare   were   without   regular   keeper   James   Harris   ,whose   wife   Jodie   had given   birth   overnight   with      all   being   well   and   with   new   signing,   ex   Coed midfield   enforcer   ,Tomos   Morris   ,   making   what   was   to      be   a   tremendous debut and become an immediate fan’s favourite. The   game   was   an   enthralling   affair   from   the   start   with   Caldicot   enjoying   the     majority   of   possession   but Aberdare   producing   the   more   clear   cut   chances. The   visitors   long   throw   in   specialist   ,   Ashley   Palmer,   caught   out   the   hosts early   on   with   his   missile   into   the   box   desperately   cleared.      Up   front,   Seb Haggett   and   Jon   Phillips   were   causing   problems   with   namesakes,   Elliot whose   control   and   artistry   at   times   belongs   on   a   higher   stage   and   Tomos, instrumental in supplying the ammunition. The   closest   Aberdare   came   in   the   first   half   hour   was   tricky   wing   play   by Rhys    Tandy    who    continues    to    supply    moments    of    magic,    seeing    him escape   the   tackles   and   cross   for   an   Elliot   Morris   header   to   be   clawed   away by keeper Gareth Wesson. Moments   later   a   superb   ball   from   Killian   Kingston   found   raiding   full   back Matthew   Glassey   who   fed   Haggett   and      whose   shot   from   fifteen   yards   flew narrowly   over.   But   the   visitors   too   were   having   their   moments,   with   Levi Jones   denying   a   shot   on   goal   from   Caldicot’s   new   signing   Connor   Hughes and Gregory a spectator as a Richard Sharrett effort shaved the cross bar. Hughes    shot    across    goal    when    well    placed    with    an    Ollie    Smith    snap attempt   deflected   off   Levi   Jones   for   a   corner   .But   the   best   chance   fell   to Aberdare    and    arrived    on    the    stroke    of    half    time    with    a    long    Gregory clearance   finding   Jon   Phillips   who   outmuscled   a   defender   to   roll   across   to Haggett but  only to see Wesson pull off a great save . It    had    been    an    excellent    half    with    both    sides    producing    some    quality football   on   a   sticky   surface   that   had   endured   a   week   of   rain   and   so   it appears,   an   earthquake   though   no   one   at   the   ground   noticed   such   had been the excitement of the first period. Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-0 Caldicot Town The    second    half    began    in    the    same    vein    with    both    sides    striving    for openings    but    the    vital    one    came    in    controversial    circumstances    with Aberdare’s    central    defender    Rhys    Williams    adjudicated    to    have    tripped Connor   Hughes   who,   as   an   experienced   striker,   took   full   advantage   as   he hit the ground with flailing arms. Withers unerringly despatched the spot kick for the opener. A   few   months   ago   the   hosts   may   have   capitulated,   but   this   has   become   a different   outfit.   With   the Aberdarian’s   now   chasing   the   game,   forward   Myles Case   replaced   Phil   Clarke   with   Kingston   slotting   into   full   back   and      they came so close when a Haggett screamer rattled the crossbar. But Aberdare   kept   the   heat   on   and   the   pressure   told   in   the74th   minute   with Haggett   brought   down   in   the   box.   Dusting   himself   down   ,   the   top   scorer stepped   up   and   sent   Wesson   the   wrong   way   for   a   more   than   deserved equalizer. The   game   continued   to   be   cut   and   thrust   with   Tomos   Morris      showing   his qualities    in    play    and    vocal    encouragement    especially    to    the    younger players . Such   individuals   such   as   Merthyr   product   Rhys   Williams   and   home   grown Levi   Jones   have   quickly   climbed   the   learning   curve   with   Clarke,   Glassey and      Kingston   and   Elliot   Morris   when   called   upon,   admirable   defensive partners providing cool heads under onslaught. As   injury   time   approached   a   superb   forty   yard   Williams   pass   found   Haggett, who   after   all   his   efforts   up   top   still   found   the   energy   to   outpace   a   wide defender   and   cross   into   the   danger   area   where   Jon   Phillips   forced   home   to the delight of  team mates and the home fans. The   action   was   not   over   as   the   visitors   threw   everything   at   the   Town   until, with   the   last   action   of   a   pulsating   game,   Sharrett   connected   from   five   yards but Gregory pulled off a save that will long remembered. The   final   whistle   was   blown   immediately   after   with   Aberdare   now   on   a   four match   unbeaten   run   since   the   start   of   the   year.   Next   up   is   a   Friday   night   trip to   Abergavenny   with   a   7.30pm   kick   off   and   where   they   can   be   assured   of good travelling away support. Man of the Match: Dai Gregory Teams:   Dai   Gregory,   Matthew   Glassey,   Phil   Clark,   Rhys   Williams,   Levi Jones,    Tom    Morris,    Elliott    Morris,    Kilian    Kingston    John    Phillips,    Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used: Kevin Davies, Myles Case Subs not used:   Tom Rees, Ben Gibbs
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