REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS After two straight away wins Town made the short trip to the suburbs of Aberdare to face AFC Llwydcoed , themselves suffering a poor run of form and anxious to get back to winning ways. With both teams essentially clear of any relegation worries this was a game with local bragging rights the only thing at stake. The game itself turned out to be a damp squib with plenty of endeavour but lacking the quality expected though a bumpy and uneven surface did not help. Saying that there was a  surfeit of mistimed and misdirected passes displayed by both sides and a goalless draw probably the right result.  Picking the highlights out of such a dire game and portraying them to the readers would be a tough task for any correspondent and from an Aberdare perspective the centre back pairing of Rhys Williams and Luke Davies  produced resolute performances augmented by several surging upfield forays by Williams and the play of midfielder Levi Jones certainly caught the eye. As for the hosts, Ioan Evans sparkles momentarily but at such a young age his club will be looking for greater consistency from this exciting prospect as he matures.  In regard to goalmouth action the game produced little and in a tepid first half Levi Jones hit a speculative shot from twenty yards which rattled the crossbar and some Evans magic saw him earn a corner which from the resulting set piece was scrambled away from danger. The first thirty minutes, possession wise belonged to Llwydcoed with Jay Woodford working hard in midfield , and Town content to play on the break with has has been the case all season ,wide man Rhys Tandy the usual instigator of attacking raids. One such sortie saw his ball into the box desperately cleared for a corner and moments later involved in another swift break saw his cross to Seb Haggett, beating the offside trap in latching on to the ball only for his tame effort to land in the breadbasket of a grateful Ryan Griffiths in the Coed goal. The last fifteen minutes saw Town reach maybe third gear and force four corners in reasonably quick succession with  the nearest to success being a John Phillips header skim over with the same player striking narrowly over from open play. Half Time: AFC Llwydcoed 0-0 Aberdare Town The second half began seeing Town play a more pressing game with Elliot Morris and Rhys Williams going close but generally it was a fractious affair as often befits a local derby with referee Hulbert in his own languid style booking Levi Jones,  and Coed’s Rikki Evans and Ioan Evans . It was clear to see why the hosts have been scoreless for so many games rarely threatening the Aberdare goal and keeper James Harris enjoying a quiet night between the sticks generally when involved in plucking poorly directed crosses out of the evening air. Town were also goal shy with incidents in and around the host’s penalty area rarer than hen’s teeth and guilty of poor finishing when that rare chance arose.  The final blow of Mr Hulbert’s whistle was probably a relief to both sets of supporters after what had been a mutually underwhelming performance with both sides looking likely to end the season a few places above the relegation area. Man of the Match: Rhys Williams
Team Line-Up 1 James HARRIS 2 Matthew GLASSEY 3 Phil CLARK 4 Rhys WILLIAMS 5 Luke DAVIES 6 Levi JONES 7 Elliott MORRIS 8 Killian KINGSTON 9 Seb HAGGETT 10 John PHILLIPS 11 Rhys TANDY Substitutes 12 Myles CASE 14 Dai GREGORY 15 Tom MORRIS 16 Daniel RIDDIFORD 17 -
Aberdare Town
AFC Llwydcoed
Welsh League Div 2
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