Match report by Richard Rowlands A   management      switch   had   taken   place   midweek   with   ex   Bristol   Rovers   player   and   Swansea   City   head   of   Youth   Development   director,   Wayne   Powell   taking   the   reins   with Gareth Harbord as Assistant in an attempt to halt the slide which had begun at the end of the previous season and continued for far too long into this. But   this   also   heralds   a   plan   to   create   a   clear   pathway   from   the   successful   junior   section   to   youth   football   and   beyond   with   a   parallel   plan   to   encompass   Girls   and   Ladies   football.     Everyone at the club is keyed into this programme and look forward with optimism to traveling this road. The   immediate   future   is   to   climb   the   table   with   the   team   for   the   visit   to   division   newcomers   Llantwit   Major,   seeing   Matt   Flynn   return   for   the   absent   Rhys   Williams   and   returnee   Jordan Coles in midfield. And what a crazy game it was with three sendings’ off and two missed penalties just the icing on a bizarre confection. On   a   wild   and   windy   day   the   first   half   gave   the   advantage   to Aberdare   but   the   weather   conditions   were   irrelevant   with   a   twenty   five   yard   screamer   from   man   of   the   match,   Elliot   Morris, opening the scoring for the visitors in the 22nd minute. Within five minutes Major were level following a scramble in the Aberdare penalty box and Kris Smith prodding home. Town could have regained the advantage minutes later but the aerobatics of home keeper Jack Lansdown denied a Ross Daniels header finding the net. In   the   35th   minute   Coles   took   advantage   of   a   defensive   muddle   to   slide   home.      Things   looked   even   brighter   when   a   stamp   on   the   same   player   by   Sam   Snaith   saw   the   striker immediately dismissed but Llantwit possess a proud home record and a slick move saw Rob Jones hit narrowly over as they pressed for an equalizer. Half Time: Llantwit Major 1-2 Aberdare Town With   the   hosts   having   the   advantage   of   the   elements   for   the   second   half   it   came   against   the   run   of   play   when   Aberdare   increased   their   advantage.   Rhys   Tandy’s   footwork   saw   him outwit his opponent and set up Ross Daniels who powered into the area and cross to the feet of top scorer Seb Haggett who finished clinically.  A   brilliant   Lansdown   save   denied   Morris   his   second   but   what   was   to   prove   in   retrospect   the   turning   point   on   what   has   already   been   a   luckless   campaign,   arrived   on   the   hour.   John Phillips   who   had   replaced   Haggett   delightfully   chipped   the   onrushing   Lansdown   but   cruelly   a   strong   gust   of   wind   literally   blew   the   final   bounce   of   the   ball   backwards   as   it   reached   the line to the despair of players and the travelling support. This   twist   of   fortune   seemed   to   rejuvenate   the   hosts   and   five   minutes   later   they   had   reduced   the   arrears   with   a   long   wind   driven   ball   finding   the   head   of   Lee   Jones   who   buried   it beyond the despairing reach of Clint Forbes. With   Flynn   still   carrying   an   injury   from   previous   encounters   his   replacement   caused   some   disruption   to   the   back   line   and   Major   took   advantage   of   the   reshuffle   with   yet   another   high ball into the box being eventually bundled in by Lee Jones. Worse was to follow in this bizarre game with Levi Jones bringing down a player inside the box receiving a second yellow but Rob Jones firing wide from the spot. Shortly   after   it   was   Major   defender,   Sean   Williams   picking   up   his   second   yellow   and   thus   reducing   them   to   nine   men   against   ten.   With   five   minutes   to   go   it   was   another   penalty   for   the hosts and this time Rob Jones made no mistake so that from 3-1 down they now found themselves 4-3 to the good. But   this   unforgettable   game   still   had   twists   and   turns   ahead   and   this   time   it   was   Aberdare   to   receive   a   slice   of   luck.   Substitute   Richard   Ingram   was   brought   down   in   the   box   and   he stepped   up   to   take   the   resultant   spot   kick.   His   effort   was   saved   by   Lansdown   but   he   parried   back   into   the   path   of   Ingram   who   fired   home   for   the   equaliser.   Heart   flutters   must   have affected   both   sets   of   supporters   but   with   seconds   left   further   palpations   arose   as   the   hosts   found   the   net   but   to   the   despair      of   Llantwit   and   the   relief   of   the   visitors   the   linesman   had flagged for offside. What an end to the most pulsating of games. Man of the Match: Elliott Morris Team:   Clint Forbes, Matthew Glassey, Josh Powell, Matthew Flynn, Levi Jones, Lewis Holder, Elliott Morris, Jordan Coles, Ross Daniels, Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   John Phillips, Richard Ingram, Andrew Ellis
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Match report by Richard Rowlands A   management      switch   had   taken   place   midweek   with   ex   Bristol   Rovers player   and   Swansea   City   head   of   Youth   Development   director,   Wayne Powell   taking   the   reins   with   Gareth   Harbord   as   Assistant   in   an   attempt to   halt   the   slide   which   had   begun   at   the   end   of   the   previous   season   and continued for far too long into this. But   this   also   heralds   a   plan   to   create   a   clear   pathway   from   the   successful junior   section   to   youth   football   and   beyond   with   a   parallel   plan   to   encompass Girls   and   Ladies   football.      Everyone   at   the   club   is   keyed   into   this   programme and look forward with optimism to traveling this road. The   immediate   future   is   to   climb   the   table   with   the   team   for   the   visit   to division   newcomers   Llantwit   Major,   seeing   Matt   Flynn   return   for   the   absent Rhys Williams and returnee Jordan Coles in midfield. And   what   a   crazy   game   it   was   with   three   sendings’   off   and   two   missed penalties just the icing on a bizarre confection. On   a   wild   and   windy   day   the   first   half   gave   the   advantage   to Aberdare   but   the weather   conditions   were   irrelevant   with   a   twenty   five   yard   screamer   from   man of   the   match,   Elliot   Morris,   opening   the   scoring   for   the   visitors   in   the   22nd minute. Within   five   minutes   Major   were   level   following   a   scramble   in   the   Aberdare penalty box and Kris Smith prodding home. Town   could   have   regained   the   advantage   minutes   later   but   the   aerobatics   of home keeper Jack Lansdown denied a Ross Daniels header finding the net. In   the   35th   minute   Coles   took   advantage   of   a   defensive   muddle   to   slide home.      Things   looked   even   brighter   when   a   stamp   on   the   same   player   by Sam   Snaith   saw   the   striker   immediately   dismissed   but   Llantwit   possess   a proud   home   record   and   a   slick   move   saw   Rob   Jones   hit   narrowly   over   as they pressed for an equalizer. Half Time: Llantwit Major 1-2 Aberdare Town With   the   hosts   having   the   advantage   of   the   elements   for   the   second   half   it came   against   the   run   of   play   when Aberdare   increased   their   advantage.   Rhys Tandy’s   footwork   saw   him   outwit   his   opponent   and   set   up   Ross   Daniels   who powered   into   the   area   and   cross   to   the   feet   of   top   scorer   Seb   Haggett   who finished clinically.  A   brilliant   Lansdown   save   denied   Morris   his   second   but   what   was   to   prove   in retrospect   the   turning   point   on   what   has   already   been   a   luckless   campaign, arrived    on    the    hour.    John    Phillips    who    had    replaced    Haggett    delightfully chipped   the   onrushing   Lansdown   but   cruelly   a   strong   gust   of   wind   literally blew   the   final   bounce   of   the   ball   backwards   as   it   reached   the   line   to   the despair of players and the travelling support. This   twist   of   fortune   seemed   to   rejuvenate   the   hosts   and   five   minutes   later they   had   reduced   the   arrears   with   a   long   wind   driven   ball   finding   the   head   of Lee Jones who buried it beyond the despairing reach of Clint Forbes. With   Flynn   still   carrying   an   injury   from   previous   encounters   his   replacement caused   some   disruption   to   the   back   line   and   Major   took   advantage   of   the reshuffle   with   yet   another   high   ball   into   the   box   being   eventually   bundled   in by Lee Jones. Worse   was   to   follow   in   this   bizarre   game   with   Levi   Jones   bringing   down   a player   inside   the   box   receiving   a   second   yellow   but   Rob   Jones   firing   wide from the spot. Shortly   after   it   was   Major   defender,   Sean   Williams   picking   up   his   second yellow   and   thus   reducing   them   to   nine   men   against   ten.   With   five   minutes   to go   it   was   another   penalty   for   the   hosts   and   this   time   Rob   Jones   made   no mistake so that from 3-1 down they now found themselves 4-3 to the good. But   this   unforgettable   game   still   had   twists   and   turns   ahead   and   this   time   it was   Aberdare    to    receive    a    slice    of    luck.    Substitute    Richard    Ingram    was brought   down   in   the   box   and   he   stepped   up   to   take   the   resultant   spot   kick. His   effort   was   saved   by   Lansdown   but   he   parried   back   into   the   path   of Ingram   who   fired   home   for   the   equaliser.   Heart   flutters   must   have   affected both   sets   of   supporters   but   with   seconds   left   further   palpations   arose   as   the hosts   found   the   net   but   to   the   despair      of   Llantwit   and   the   relief   of   the   visitors the   linesman   had   flagged   for   offside.   What   an   end   to   the   most   pulsating   of games. Man of the Match: Elliott Morris Team:    Clint   Forbes,   Matthew   Glassey,   Josh   Powell,   Matthew   Flynn,   Levi Jones,    Lewis    Holder,    Elliott    Morris,    Jordan    Coles,    Ross    Daniels,    Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   John Phillips, Richard Ingram, Andrew Ellis
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