Match report by Richard Rowlands Aberdare,   missing   four   regulars   put   up   a   brave   display   against   Championship   dark   horses   Llantwit   Major   and   it   was   only   a   penalty   goal   that   separated   the   teams   after   a hard fought encounter. Aberdare   gave   a   starting   debut   to   new   signing   Luke   Davies   and   who   was   joined   in   central   defence   by   Kevin   Davies   who   had   to   fill   the   role   with   the   unavailability   of   Rhys   Williams   and Levi Jones. It   was   little   surprise   then   that   the   hosts   took   time   to   settle   and   the   midfield   promptings   of   Llantwit’s   Darren   Robinson   were   causing   a   few   flutters   in   the Aber   rearguard   with   the   best   early chance falling to Jonathan Butler found by an exquisite through ball delivered by Nathan Jones but to be denied with an excellent full length save from Aber keeper James Harris. Moments later a speculative shot by marauding central defender Sean Williams flashed narrowly wide as the visitors continued to exert pressure. In   the   twentieth   minute,   disaster   struck   as   a   poorly   weighted   back   pass   to   Harris   saw   him   forced   into   colliding   with   Josh   Jones   and   referee   Hollyoake   immediately   pointed   to   the   spot.   Up stepped the experienced  Welsh League campaigner,Anthony Rawlings to strike home for a deserved lead. Aberdare   battled      to   get   parity   and   man   of   the   match   Rhys Tandy   was   beginning   to   influence   proceedings   with   his   trademark   runs   down   the   right   flank   giving   full   back   Jamie   Miller   a   torrid time   but   the   visitors,   with   not   a   little   luck   held   firm   with Town’s   Myles   Case   and   Seb   Haggett   who   both   had   produced   below   par   performances   against AFC   Porth   showing   greater   urgency and   direction   and   Case   was   unlucky   to   see   his   effort   from   an   angle   go   narrowly   wide   after   good   work   had   seen   him   shrug   off   two   defenders   as   he   drove   into   the   left   hand   edge      of   the box.  The half ended with a powerful effort from the visitor’s Christian Smith going just wide , a half overall that Llantwit had shaded Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-1 Llantwit Major Rhys   Harries   who   had   shown   up   well   in   his   first   start   was   replaced   by   the   experienced   Shaun   Chapple   but   it   was   the   visitors   who   applied   the   early   pressure   with   Harris   called   in   quickly to make a smart stop and a booking for Luke Davies taking one for the team to deny a dangerous break. The   resultant   free   kick   saw   Connor   Goldsworthy   crash   his   effort   against   the   cross   bar   but   other   than   a   few   isolated   raids   this   was   about   the   last   we   were   to   see   of   Llantwit   as   an   attacking force as Aberdare took command.  Through   the   promptings   of   Tandy,   Elliot   Morris,   Jon   Phillips   and   Chapple   with   Matthew   Glassey   and   Killian   Kingstone   now   finding   the   space   to   make   runs   from   defence   well   into   the visitors half. A      Haggett   thunderbolt   went   inches   wide   and   minutes   later   he   turned   provider   releasing   Morris   whose   shot   from   the   edge   of   the   box   smashed   against   the   crossbar   and   down   onto   the goal line- where’s VAR when you need it. Another moment of despair arrived minutes later when from a corner, Phillips crafted his header away from keeper Jack Landsdown , only to see it strike the post  and hacked to safety. Phillips   was   in   the   action   again   with   a   delightful   through   ball   finding   Haggett   whose   effort   was   brilliantly   tipped   over   the   bar   by   Landsdown   to   the   delight   of   his   battle   weary   colleagues. Kevin   Davies   ,   short   of   regular   first   team   football,   had   left   nothing   on   the   pitch   and   received   a   great   ovation   as   he   left   the   pitch   to   be   replaced   by   Dai   Gregory   who   was   to   prove   a seamless substitution as the defence dealt comfortably with the intermittent raids.  As   the   minutes   ticked   away,   the   visitors   proved   themselves   very   adept   at   running   down   the   clock   ,   not   always   to   the   official’s   satisfaction      and   certainly   not   the   home   supporters   though from   the   other   side   of   the   fence   they   would   call      it   game   management. Aberdare’s   final   chance,   though   probably   better   described   as   an   half   chance   was   engineered   by   Chapple      but   his rocket  screeched over the cross bar from twenty yards. The   final   whistle   was   music   to   the   ears   of   Llantwit’s   players   and   fans   who   knew   they   had   escaped   with   a   vital   three   points   in   their   promotion   bid   but Aberdare   will   know   that   if   they   can constantly reproduce this form for the remainder of the season then a mid- table slot is not beyond them after such a turbulent season on and off the field. Man of the Match: Rhys Tandy Team: James Harris, Matthew Glassey, Kilian Kingston, Luke Davies, Kevin Davies, John Phillips, Elliott Morris, Rhys Tandy, Myles Case, Seb Haggett, Rhys Harries Subs used: Shaun Chappell, Dai Gregory
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Match report by Richard Rowlands Aberdare,    missing    four    regulars    put    up    a    brave    display    against Championship   dark   horses   Llantwit   Major   and   it   was   only   a   penalty goal that separated the teams after a hard fought encounter. Aberdare   gave   a   starting   debut   to   new   signing   Luke   Davies   and   who   was joined   in   central   defence   by   Kevin   Davies   who   had   to   fill   the   role   with   the unavailability of Rhys Williams and Levi Jones. It   was   little   surprise   then   that   the   hosts   took   time   to   settle   and   the   midfield promptings   of   Llantwit’s   Darren   Robinson   were   causing   a   few   flutters   in   the Aber   rearguard   with   the   best   early   chance   falling   to   Jonathan   Butler   found by   an   exquisite   through   ball   delivered   by   Nathan   Jones   but   to   be   denied with an excellent full length save from Aber keeper James Harris. Moments    later    a    speculative    shot    by    marauding    central    defender    Sean Williams flashed narrowly wide as the visitors continued to exert pressure. In   the   twentieth   minute,   disaster   struck   as   a   poorly   weighted   back   pass   to Harris   saw   him   forced   into   colliding   with   Josh   Jones   and   referee   Hollyoake immediately    pointed    to    the    spot.    Up    stepped    the    experienced        Welsh League campaigner,Anthony Rawlings to strike home for a deserved lead. Aberdare   battled      to   get   parity   and   man   of   the   match   Rhys   Tandy   was beginning   to   influence   proceedings   with   his   trademark   runs   down   the   right flank   giving   full   back   Jamie   Miller   a   torrid   time   but   the   visitors,   with   not   a little   luck   held   firm   with   Town’s   Myles   Case   and   Seb   Haggett   who   both   had produced    below    par    performances    against   AFC    Porth    showing    greater urgency   and   direction   and   Case   was   unlucky   to   see   his   effort   from   an   angle go   narrowly   wide   after   good   work   had   seen   him   shrug   off   two   defenders   as he drove into the left hand edge  of the box.  The   half   ended   with   a   powerful   effort   from   the   visitor’s   Christian   Smith   going just wide , a half overall that Llantwit had shaded Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-1 Llantwit Major Rhys   Harries   who   had   shown   up   well   in   his   first   start   was   replaced   by   the experienced   Shaun   Chapple   but   it   was   the   visitors   who   applied   the   early pressure   with   Harris   called   in   quickly   to   make   a   smart   stop   and   a   booking for Luke Davies taking one for the team to deny a dangerous break. The   resultant   free   kick   saw   Connor   Goldsworthy   crash   his   effort   against   the cross   bar   but   other   than   a   few   isolated   raids   this   was   about   the   last   we   were to see of Llantwit as an attacking force as Aberdare took command.  Through   the   promptings   of   Tandy,   Elliot   Morris,   Jon   Phillips   and   Chapple with   Matthew   Glassey   and   Killian   Kingstone   now   finding   the   space   to   make runs from defence well into the visitors half. A        Haggett    thunderbolt    went    inches    wide    and    minutes    later    he    turned provider   releasing   Morris   whose   shot   from   the   edge   of   the   box   smashed against   the   crossbar   and   down   onto   the   goal   line-   where’s   VAR   when   you need it. Another    moment    of    despair    arrived    minutes    later    when    from    a    corner, Phillips   crafted   his   header   away   from   keeper   Jack   Landsdown   ,   only   to   see it strike the post  and hacked to safety. Phillips   was   in   the   action   again   with   a   delightful   through   ball   finding   Haggett whose   effort   was   brilliantly   tipped   over   the   bar   by   Landsdown   to   the   delight of   his   battle   weary   colleagues.   Kevin   Davies   ,   short   of   regular   first   team football,   had   left   nothing   on   the   pitch   and   received   a   great   ovation   as   he   left the   pitch   to   be   replaced   by   Dai   Gregory   who   was   to   prove   a   seamless substitution as the defence dealt comfortably with the intermittent raids.  As   the   minutes   ticked   away,   the   visitors   proved   themselves   very   adept   at running    down    the    clock    ,    not    always    to    the    official’s    satisfaction        and certainly   not   the   home   supporters   though   from   the   other   side   of   the   fence they   would   call      it   game   management.   Aberdare’s   final   chance,   though probably   better   described   as   an   half   chance   was   engineered   by   Chapple     but his rocket  screeched over the cross bar from twenty yards. The   final   whistle   was   music   to   the   ears   of   Llantwit’s   players   and   fans   who knew   they   had   escaped   with   a   vital   three   points   in   their   promotion   bid   but Aberdare   will   know   that   if   they   can   constantly   reproduce   this   form   for   the remainder   of   the   season   then   a   mid-   table   slot   is   not   beyond   them   after such a turbulent season on and off the field. Man of the Match: Rhys Tandy Team: James Harris, Matthew Glassey, Kilian Kingston, Luke Davies, Kevin Davies, John Phillips, Elliott Morris, Rhys Tandy, Myles Case, Seb Haggett, Rhys Harries Subs used: Shaun Chappell, Dai Gregory
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