Match report by Richard Rowlands On a run of six successive defeats Aberdare travelled west and came back with three precious points after a greatly improved performance. But as pleasing as some of the football displayed, was the attitude of the players ,showing grit and determination throughout ,on a sunny spring day in the Swansea valley. There   were   returns   to   the   starting   line-   up   for   Elliot   Morris,   Killian   Kingston   and   Levi   Jones   and   each   produced   the   goods   as Aberdare   moved   up   two   places   ,   with   their   league   destiny     now in their own hands after fashioning an eleven point gap on Dinas Powys , the Vale  outfit having three games in hand. Playing   on   an   excellent   playing   surface   in   front   of   a   decent   crowd   ,swelled   by   a   coach   full   of   “Ground   hoppers”,   Town   began   brightly   with   Kingston,   Rhys   Tandy   and   Jones   showing   up strongly as they took early control but it was twelve minutes in before their first clear chance on goal with a Morris effort couched by experienced Pontardawe keeper, Steve Reeve. The   Aberdare   rear   guard   of   Phil   Clarke,   Matthew   Glassey,   Rhys   Williams   and   man   of   the   match   Luke   Davies   were   comfortable   and   coping   well   with      intermittent   home   assaults   as Town remained threatening. Levi Jones threading a delightful ball to Seb Haggett whose shot flashed just wide of goal and minutes later, this time set up by Rhys Tandy , blazing over. Haggett   was   again   involved   as   the   half   drew   to   a   close   when      he   latched   on   to   a   sloppy   back   pass   only   to   be   denied   by   Reeve   who   cleared   the   immediate   danger   forcing   away   for   a corner. It had been a very satisfactory first half performance lacking just that crucial goal but just like London buses two turned up  within a minute or so early into the second half . Half Time:  Pontardawe 0-0 Aberdare Town Haggett   was   again   involved   with   a   sweeping   cross   field   ball   to   the   right   hand   edge   of   the   host’s   penalty   area   ,   a   ball   well   anticipated   by   Kingston   with   a   lung   bursting   run   who   cut   inside only to be upended by the keeper who had rushed from his goal line to snuff out the danger . Up stepped Haggett to rifle home and give Town a well merited lead. From   the   kick   off   Town   quickly   regained   possession   and   Rhys   Tandy   with   one   of   his   signature   runs   gave   him   the   space   and   time   to   cross      into   the   danger   area   where   Morris despatched his header clinically into the Pontardawe net. After   such   a   desperate   run   the   confidence   was   now   almost   visibly   to   be   seen   running   through   the   veins   of   the Town   players   and   another Tandy   ball   into   the   area   saw   the   ball   shave   the head of Irishman Kingston and cleared to safety.  As   the   game   entered   its   final   twenty   minutes   the   home   team   made   a   few   tactical   changes   allied   with      substitutions   and   pushed   forward   whilst Aberdare   were   now   content   to   hold   on   to what they had . Rhys   Tandy   entered   referee,   Tim   Drean’s   book   with   a   mistimed   lunge   on   the   edge   of   the   penalty   area   and   from   the   free   kick   keeper   James   Harris,   produced   a   superlative   save   to maintain the two goal advantage. In   what   was   now   becoming   a   rare   raid   on   the   home   defence   ,   Jon   Phillips   leapt   high   to   direct   a   header   on   goal   tipped   over   by   Reeve   and   from   the   resulting Tandy   corner   ,the   ball   came back to him  and his cross found the head of Morris who glanced wide of the post for what would have been the sealer. Haggett, to warm applause, left the field with a thigh  pull with Myles Case taking up what is sometimes a thankless lone striker role but  to which he  applied himself well. Veteran   Pontardawe   midfieder   Gary   Taylor   was   pulling   the   strings   for   the   hosts   as   they   ramped   up   the   pressure   looking   for   the   goal   which   they   knew   would   put Aberdare,   after   such   a confidence   sapping   run,   under   pressure   but   it   was   until   the   ninety   minute   mark   had   past   that   James   Harris   who   had   been   impeccable   in   his   handling   of   high   balls   into   the   box   all afternoon , misjudged one , allowing Josh Roberts, up from his central defensive role to head in.  With Aberdare   supporters   pleading   for   the   ref’s   whistle   a   good   six   minutes   of   injury   time   saw   desperate   back   to   the   wall   defending   and   it   was   a   nerve   wracking   time   as   Taylor   marched up   to   take   a   free   kick,   central   to   goal   and   a   few   yards   outside   the   box      only   to   see   the   wall   do   it’s   job   and   young   Levi   Jones   desperately   clear   from   the   melee   of   players   converging   on the rebound.  A vital win had been achieved and with four games left to play if Town can  garner a further four points then safety should be assured. Man of the Match: Luke Davies Team:   James Harris, Matthew Glassey, Phil Clark, Rhys Williams, Luke Davies, Levi Jones, Elliott Morris, Killian Kingston, Seb Haggett, John Phillips, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   Myles Case, Rhys Harries, Daniel Riddiford
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Match report by Richard Rowlands On   a   run   of   six   successive   defeats Aberdare   travelled   west   and   came   back with three precious points after a greatly improved performance. But   as   pleasing   as   some   of   the   football   displayed,   was   the   attitude   of   the players   ,showing   grit   and   determination   throughout   ,on   a   sunny   spring   day in the Swansea valley. There   were   returns   to   the   starting   line-   up   for   Elliot   Morris,   Killian   Kingston and   Levi   Jones   and   each   produced   the   goods   as   Aberdare   moved   up   two places   ,   with   their   league   destiny      now   in   their   own   hands   after   fashioning an   eleven   point   gap   on   Dinas   Powys   ,   the   Vale      outfit   having   three   games   in hand. Playing   on   an   excellent   playing   surface   in   front   of   a   decent   crowd   ,swelled by   a   coach   full   of   “Ground   hoppers”,   Town   began   brightly   with   Kingston, Rhys   Tandy   and   Jones   showing   up   strongly   as   they   took   early   control   but   it was   twelve   minutes   in   before   their   first   clear   chance   on   goal   with   a   Morris effort couched by experienced Pontardawe keeper, Steve Reeve. The   Aberdare   rear   guard   of   Phil   Clarke,   Matthew   Glassey,   Rhys   Williams and   man   of   the   match   Luke   Davies   were   comfortable   and   coping   well   with     intermittent home assaults as Town remained threatening. Levi   Jones   threading   a   delightful   ball   to   Seb   Haggett   whose   shot   flashed just   wide   of   goal   and   minutes   later,   this   time   set   up   by   Rhys   Tandy   ,   blazing over. Haggett   was   again   involved   as   the   half   drew   to   a   close   when      he   latched   on to    a    sloppy    back    pass    only    to    be    denied    by    Reeve    who    cleared    the immediate danger forcing away for a corner. It   had   been   a   very   satisfactory   first   half   performance   lacking   just   that   crucial goal   but   just   like   London   buses   two   turned   up      within   a   minute   or   so   early into the second half . Half Time:  Pontardawe 0-0 Aberdare Town Haggett   was   again   involved   with   a   sweeping   cross   field   ball   to   the   right hand   edge   of   the   host’s   penalty   area   ,   a   ball   well   anticipated   by   Kingston with   a   lung   bursting   run   who   cut   inside   only   to   be   upended   by   the   keeper who   had   rushed   from   his   goal   line   to   snuff   out   the   danger   .   Up   stepped Haggett to rifle home and give Town a well merited lead. From   the   kick   off   Town   quickly   regained   possession   and   Rhys   Tandy   with one   of   his   signature   runs   gave   him   the   space   and   time   to   cross      into   the danger    area    where    Morris    despatched    his    header    clinically    into    the Pontardawe net. After   such   a   desperate   run   the   confidence   was   now   almost   visibly   to   be seen   running   through   the   veins   of   the   Town   players   and   another   Tandy   ball into   the   area   saw   the   ball   shave   the   head   of   Irishman   Kingston   and   cleared to safety.  As   the   game   entered   its   final   twenty   minutes   the   home   team   made   a   few tactical    changes    allied    with        substitutions    and    pushed    forward    whilst Aberdare were now content to hold on to what they had . Rhys   Tandy   entered   referee,   Tim   Drean’s   book   with   a   mistimed   lunge   on the   edge   of   the   penalty   area   and   from   the   free   kick   keeper   James   Harris, produced a superlative save to maintain the two goal advantage. In   what   was   now   becoming   a   rare   raid   on   the   home   defence   ,   Jon   Phillips leapt   high   to   direct   a   header   on   goal   tipped   over   by   Reeve   and   from   the resulting   Tandy   corner   ,the   ball   came   back   to   him      and   his   cross   found   the head   of   Morris   who   glanced   wide   of   the   post   for   what   would   have   been   the sealer. Haggett,   to   warm   applause,   left   the   field   with   a   thigh      pull   with   Myles   Case taking   up   what   is   sometimes   a   thankless   lone   striker   role   but      to   which   he     applied himself well. Veteran   Pontardawe   midfieder   Gary   Taylor   was   pulling   the   strings   for   the hosts   as   they   ramped   up   the   pressure   looking   for   the   goal   which   they   knew would   put   Aberdare,   after   such   a   confidence   sapping   run,   under   pressure but   it   was   until   the   ninety   minute   mark   had   past   that   James   Harris   who   had been   impeccable   in   his   handling   of   high   balls   into   the   box   all   afternoon   , misjudged   one   ,   allowing   Josh   Roberts,   up   from   his   central   defensive   role   to head in.  With   Aberdare   supporters   pleading   for   the   ref’s   whistle   a   good   six   minutes of   injury   time   saw   desperate   back   to   the   wall   defending   and   it   was   a   nerve wracking   time   as   Taylor   marched   up   to   take   a   free   kick,   central   to   goal   and a   few   yards   outside   the   box      only   to   see   the   wall   do   it’s   job   and   young   Levi Jones    desperately    clear    from    the    melee    of    players    converging    on    the rebound.  A   vital   win   had   been   achieved   and   with   four   games   left   to   play   if   Town   can     garner a further four points then safety should be assured. Man of the Match: Luke Davies Team:    James   Harris,   Matthew   Glassey,   Phil   Clark,   Rhys   Williams,   Luke Davies,    Levi    Jones,    Elliott    Morris,    Killian    Kingston,    Seb    Haggett,    John Phillips, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   Myles Case, Rhys Harries, Daniel Riddiford
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