REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS Aberdare remain perilously near the trap door following this fifth defeat in seven, though not without a determined display but with the absence of a cutting edge again apparent. The new caretaker team of Gareth Harbord and Wayne Powell introduced two new faces into defence with Merthyr products, Rhys Williams returning and Matthew Glassey at right back. Both were to have promising starts and look good acquisitions. To accommodate them Levi Jones and Josh Powell were pushed into midfield and things were to begin brightly with Rhys Tandy a threat out wide right and he was to be involved in the first clear chance cutting in to provide Ross Daniels whose neat pass into Seb Haggett saw the ball catch a divet as the striker made contact and balloon over the bar from feet out. This only spurred the home team into further forays into the Croesy defence and one such attack saw Lewis Holder fouled twenty yards out. Up stepped central defender Matt Flynn and his stunning effort flew unerringly into the right hand corner of Jo Doidge’s goal. Aberdare continued to dominate with a Haggett effort deflected wide and with a resultant flurry of corners unfortunately producing nothing. Things were looking comfortable but with the home supporters looking forward to a pleasant half time cuppa, disaster struck with Town keeper, Clint Forbes misjudging an innocuous Mark Morris free kick and see it float over his head into the net. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1-1 Croesyceiliog This goal out of nothing certainly hit Town’s confidence already brittle from the campaign’s poor start and Croesy looked to gain from this as Matt Flynn desperately cleared a cross ball destined for an onrushing player. Again the next goal again arrived out of the blue as no more than an hopeful Matt Edmonds ball into the Town penalty somehow found its way to a gleeful  Jordan Jones who bundled home for a one goal lead. Despite this reversal Town showed great spirit as they attempted to clamber their way back into contention with Flynn hitting just wide and Haggett forcing Doidge into a smart stop. But as has been the case all season a lot of huffing and puffing never really gave great hope that an equalizer would come and Croesy saw out time and traveled back East with the three points wrapped up. Not a horror show, even with a Halloween party at the clubhouse that night, but desperately needing to take advantage from no little possession. Matt Flynn was Town’s man of the match strongly pushed by debutant Williams with strong displays by Tandy, Jones, Holder and Glassey. No side has outplayed Town all season which, on early evidence remains a rather mediocre league and should the goal scoring problem be quickly resolved, then gives no reason why Town cannot climb away from the bottom places.  This Saturday, Town face a tough encounter as they travel to top of the table Caldicot, but knowing that if they display the same commitment but find their shooting boots that there is no reason they cannot make the long return journey home with a result Man of the Match: Matthew Flynn
Aberdare Town
Team Line-Up 1 Clint FORBES 2 Matthew GLASSEY 3 Andrew ELLIS 4 Rhys WILLIAMS 5 Matthew FLYNN 6 Lewis HOLDER 7 Josh POWELL 8 Levi JONES 9 Ross DANIELS 10 Seb HAGGETT 11 Rhys TANDY Substitutes 12 Ben GIBBS 14 Rikki EVANS 15 Gareth HARBORD 16 - 17 -
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