Match report by Richard Rowlands When,   with   the   catalogue   of   pre-   season   affected   injuries   having   severely   disrupted   team   selection   and   consequently   results, Aberdare   travelled   to   Pontypridd’s   new   home at   the   University   Fields,   Treforest   with   a   mite   more   confidence   against   a   side   they   had   done   the   double   over   the   previous   campaign   with   the   return   of   central   defenders Gareth Jones and Matt Flynn. But   the   curse   remains,   losing   both   to   early   knocks   and   to   cap   what   has   been   the   most   unsettling   of   starts   most   supporters   can   recall,   losing   frontrunner   Ross   Daniels   with   a   dislocated shoulder. It was always going  to be an uphill battle against many pundits choice as potential champions. Aberdare   began   breezily   but   were   knocked   back   on   their   heels   after   20   minutes   when   a   home   attack   saw   the   excellent   James   Hill   cut   inside   and   fire   left   of   Clint   Forbes   in   the Aberdare goal for a one- nil lead.  The   game   was   providing   good   entertainment   for   a   decent   crowd   with   Aberdare   carving   out   a   few   good   chances   with   Rikki   Evans   firing   just   over   and   a   goal   bound   effort   from   Ross Daniels take a deflection off a Pontypridd defender to skim narrowly wide. Evans   was   cautioned   for   a   strong   challenge   and   minutes   later   good   work   involving   him   and   Josh   Powell   seeing   the   later   cross   and   find   Elliot   Morris   whose   fierce   shot   slammed   against the base of the post. To add to the disappointment three minutes later it was two-nil as a quick break saw Thierry Henry lookalike, Luke Gullick, fire home exquisitely. But Aberdare   who   had   already   lost   Gareth   Jones   and   Flynn   to   injury   were   not   to   be   denied   and   the   skilful   Morris   broke   through   on   the   left   crossing   for   Rhys Tandy   at   the   second   attempt to smash home with his first for the club since his move from Treharris. Half Time: Pontypridd 2-1 Aberdare Town But   within   7   minutes   of   the   restart,   Ponty   had   re-established   a   two   goal   cushion   with   a   second   for   the   impressive   Gullick   and   they   could   have   increased   the   lead   further   with   Adam Johns guilty of a poor miss off a free header from a corner by ex Aber wing back Dan Hooper. But   despite   the   forced   substitutions   Aberdare   showed   great   heart   exemplified   by   Merthyr   product   Luke   “Scouser”   Jones   with   his   non   stop   midfield   running   and   prompting   earning   the man   of   the   match   accolade   and   substitutes   Ben   Gibbs,   Dai   Gregory   and   Simon   Jones   giving   excellent   accounts   in   supporting   the   revamped   backline   of   John   Phillips,   Powell   and Richard Ingram. Although   a   defeat,   Matt   Driscoll   and   his   management   team   can   take   much   consolation   from   the   side’s   effort   and   look   forward   to   a   fortnight   break   in   which   time   hopefully   at   least   six regulars will come off the treatment table and be in contention for a home Welsh Cup game against fellow 2nd Division outfit , Dinas Powys. Man of the Match: Luke Jones Team:   Clint Forbes, Richard Ingram, Josh Powell, Matthew Flynn, Gareth Jones, Jon Phillips, Luke Jones, Rhys Tandy, Rikki Evans, Ross Daniels, Elliott Morris Subs used:   Simon Jones, Ben Gibbs, Dai Gregory
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Match report by Richard Rowlands When,    with    the    catalogue    of    pre-    season    affected    injuries    having severely   disrupted   team   selection   and   consequently   results, Aberdare travelled   to   Pontypridd’s   new   home   at   the   University   Fields,   Treforest with   a   mite   more   confidence   against   a   side   they   had   done   the   double over    the    previous    campaign    with    the    return    of    central    defenders Gareth Jones and Matt Flynn. But   the   curse   remains,   losing   both   to   early   knocks   and   to   cap   what   has been    the    most    unsettling    of    starts    most    supporters    can    recall,    losing frontrunner Ross Daniels with a dislocated shoulder. It   was   always   going      to   be   an   uphill   battle   against   many   pundits   choice   as potential champions. Aberdare   began   breezily   but   were   knocked   back   on   their   heels   after   20 minutes   when   a   home   attack   saw   the   excellent   James   Hill   cut   inside   and fire left of Clint Forbes in the Aberdare goal for a one- nil lead.  The    game    was    providing    good    entertainment    for    a    decent    crowd    with Aberdare   carving   out   a   few   good   chances   with   Rikki   Evans   firing   just   over and   a   goal   bound   effort   from   Ross   Daniels   take   a   deflection   off   a   Pontypridd defender to skim narrowly wide. Evans   was   cautioned   for   a   strong   challenge   and   minutes   later   good   work involving   him   and   Josh   Powell   seeing   the   later   cross   and   find   Elliot   Morris whose fierce shot slammed against the base of the post. To   add   to   the   disappointment   three   minutes   later   it   was   two-nil   as   a   quick break saw Thierry Henry lookalike, Luke Gullick, fire home exquisitely. But   Aberdare   who   had   already   lost   Gareth   Jones   and   Flynn   to   injury   were not   to   be   denied   and   the   skilful   Morris   broke   through   on   the   left   crossing   for Rhys   Tandy   at   the   second   attempt   to   smash   home   with   his   first   for   the   club since his move from Treharris. Half Time: Pontypridd 2-1 Aberdare Town But   within   7   minutes   of   the   restart,   Ponty   had   re-established   a   two   goal cushion    with    a    second    for    the    impressive    Gullick    and    they    could    have increased   the   lead   further   with   Adam   Johns   guilty   of   a   poor   miss   off   a   free header from a corner by ex Aber wing back Dan Hooper. But     despite     the     forced     substitutions     Aberdare     showed     great     heart exemplified   by   Merthyr   product   Luke   “Scouser”   Jones   with   his   non   stop midfield   running   and   prompting   earning   the   man   of   the   match   accolade   and substitutes    Ben    Gibbs,    Dai    Gregory    and    Simon    Jones    giving    excellent accounts   in   supporting   the   revamped   backline   of   John   Phillips,   Powell   and Richard Ingram. Although   a   defeat,   Matt   Driscoll   and   his   management   team   can   take   much consolation   from   the   side’s   effort   and   look   forward   to   a   fortnight   break   in which   time   hopefully   at   least   six   regulars   will   come   off   the   treatment   table and    be    in    contention    for    a    home    Welsh    Cup    game    against    fellow    2nd Division outfit , Dinas Powys. Man of the Match: Luke Jones Team:    Clint    Forbes,    Richard    Ingram,    Josh    Powell,    Matthew    Flynn, Gareth   Jones,   Jon   Phillips,   Luke   Jones,   Rhys   Tandy,   Rikki   Evans,   Ross Daniels, Elliott Morris Subs used:   Simon Jones, Ben Gibbs, Dai Gregory
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