REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS
Aberdare made a Sunday afternoon outing to Gorseinon for their final league match of the season under the helm of new manager Simon
Jones , and came back with the three points that guaranteed an 11th place finish.
Everyone at the club wishes Simon well with facing him, a short period of relaxation before the serious work begins of assembling a
competitive squad for a vital season ahead.
For this game, reserve team players Ieuan Stephens and Daniel Riddiford were given their first starts with Rhys Williams captaining the
There was an early scare for the hosts with a misdirected back pass to keeper Jacob Ireland , spilled and allowing Killian Kingston an
unexpected chance only to see his hooked effort scream narrowly of the gaping goal.
As the game settled there was evidence of the system, even in these early days, of what Jones is trying to achieve with neat football from
the back making the ball do the work and creating space.
Rhys Tandy and Levi Jones were showing up well in a style of football that suited them with Stephens up front pressing well and using the
channels to unsettle the Village back line.
The hosts were finding it difficult to establish a foothold on proceedings with the industrious Tomos Morris often stifling their smart build up
play but one quick break saw James Harris in the Town goal bravely deny the onrushing Mikey Morris and followed this up moments later,
following a lapse of concentration in defence, with an outstanding save from the sharp Callum Silcox .
Other than these quickfire scares there was little to ruffle the Aberdare defence but as half time approached there was an uneasy period of
play demanding some resolute defending with veteran Phil Clark and young Andrew Fenaroli , ably supporting the now established central
pairing of Williams and Luke Davies to see off the late pressure.
Half Time: Garden Village 0 Aberdare Town 0
The second half began somewhat like the first with their keeper in early action to nervously clutch a Kingston drive from the edge of the
It had been an eventful and busy debut for Ieuan Stephens but he blotted his copybook when, after being substituted by Rhys Harries ,
words were relayed to a linesman.
The next few minutes saw Town lose their shape somewhat and Harris gained his man of the match award with a series of top drawer saves
as Village gained brief ascendancy.
It was Town who took the lead when a defence splitting through ball from Levi Jones saw Harries beat the offside trap, run through and
exhibiting great coolness , drill home, as Ireland scurried in vain to narrow the angle.
Village notched up the pressure with Tandy yellow carded following a midfield coming together and thus joining Levi Jones, awarded for a
first half “professional foul”, in the book .
With the pressure beginning to abate, Town were caught out by a long throw finding Mark Howells whose flicked on header caused havoc in
the Town rear guard allowing substitute, Josh Bradshaw, who had only made his entrance seconds earlier on to the field prior to that set
piece, to stab home with his first touch of the ball.
Rhys Thomas replaced Phil Clark as the game entered the last fifteen but he did not have to wait long to celebrate with his team mates as a
Rhys Tandy corner was headed home by Luke Davies to the delight of the new management and the away support.
Town saw out the remaining with few alarms bringing the curtain down on an eventful season , a lot best forgotten as the club move onto the
challenges of the next, with the emphasis on stability and a team maybe more representative of the ideals to which the club strives of
playing for the badge and the aim of being truly a community club.
The signs have certainly been there in the past few games and there is certainly in place a solid bedrock on which the future can be
Man of the Match: James Harris
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