REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS
Visiting fellow strugglers , Croesyceiliog, for this midweek fixture, Aberdare fell to their sixth consecutive defeat, increasing the chances of relegation and candidly on
the evidence of yet another insipid performance the realization of this prospect being just desserts
Yet again the faithful travelling support were left disillusioned not even with the quality of play, at times woeful, but the manner of the recent performances with apart
from a few players, utterly devoid of character and painful to add, commitment and effort.
It does not help that manager Wayne Powell has been unable to field an unchanged starting line- up for consecutive matches and Wednesday evening was no
different with Jordan Coles, Phil Clarke and Myles Case coming in for the absent Elliot Morris, Tomos Morris and Killian Kingston.
The undoubted man of the match for Aberdare was keeper James Harris and he was soon in the action using his feet to prevent a nailed on opener for home striker
Jordan Jones . Ten minutes later and this time a point blank save from the same player as he strolled through a static defence before Harris denied him.
Town were offering little threat, relying on long balls into the Croesy third which were almost all misplaced and snaffled up by a grateful defence.
Shaun Chapple was however getting the occasional ball to feet but the recipients were frustratingly not bringing under control and time after time attacks were
petering out, well from sight of goal.
The first clear chance came on the half hour with a Coles cross finding Jon Phillips whose flicked header travelled across the goalmouth and Seb Haggett , a matter
of only feet out, contrived to loop his header over the bar to the anguish of team mates and supporters alike.
Within five minutes of this golden opportunity the home team were ahead with a Ryan Hayward shot rattling the cross bar and only partially cleared and lobbed back
in where Jones headed in for the opener. Jones , who could have nabbed three up to this point saw yet another effort brilliantly saved by Harris and the half ended
with Croesy in the ascendancy.
Half Time: Croeysceiliog 1-0 Aberdare Town
The second half began in gloomy conditions, a little like the feelings of the Town supporters and they could have got worse as an early chance saw a Croesy player
meeting an angled cross only to hoof over from feet out .
This miss in a way summed up the fayre on offer, lacking in quality and purpose and a clear representation of why both teams have had mediocre seasons and there
were bookings for Coles, Clarke and Luke Davies as the game became even scrappier.
The home team were displaying more of a cutting edge and were perhaps unfortunate to see their penalty appeals dismissed by referee , Howells, as a under hit
back pass by Clarke put keeper and defender Luke Davies under pressure and Jones appeared to be upended as he aimed to fire.
Harris was again to the rescue minutes later with yet another fine save but Town thought they were back on level terms shortly after when a high ball from Davies
found Haggett who shrugged off a few defenders before hitting home only to see himself flagged for off side.
With five minutes on the clock came a chance out of nothing for Town with an acrobatic turn and shot by Phillips excellently tipped away by keeper James Peckham.
As extra time approached and Town pushing players forward , a quick break resulted in a free kick to the hosts and there was Nick McGrath from the cross and seal
A deserved home win probably securing another year in the division for Croesyceiliog but where Aberdare go from here is anyone’s guess though fixture wise its four
away and the sole home game with promotion chasing Pontypridd the other.
Man of the Match: James Harris
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