Match report by Richard Rowlands Aberdare   returned   to   winning   ways   narrowly   defeating     AFC   Porth,   opponents   who   displayed   great   tenacity   and   commitment,   and   who   certainly   belied   their   position   at   the foot of the table and it could be argued, were unfortunate not to leave with their first points of the campaign. Aberdare were without the inform midfield pair of Killian Kingston and Elliot Morris with the veteran Kevin Davies and recent signing Myles Case making their starting debuts. This   game   had   been   scheduled   as   a   Porth   home   game   but   weather   issues   affecting   their   changing   facilities   led   to   a   switch   of   venue   so   thanks   to   the   Secretaries   of   both   teams   and   the League for turning this fixture around so quickly. On a freezing afternoon and in front of the lowest  gate of the season, Aberdare kicked off playing against a biting breeze and with the visitors providing the neatest football. One   attack,   instigated   by   the   tricky   Dan   Collins   saw   him   take   a   knock   for   his   troubles   as   he   cleverly   set   up   a   dangerous   attack   which   went   unconverted   .But   it   was Aberdare   who   took the lead and it was Case the scorer after Davies had fed Rhys Tandy whose accurate cross found Case who hooked in with a deflection of a covering defender.  But   Porth,   to   their   credit   came   snapping   back   with   Connor   Ray   who   was   to   produce   an   excellent   performance   ,   setting   up   several   attacks   but   unlike   the   easterly   wind   swirling   around   the ground, with no cutting edge. Aberdare   prospect   Levi   Jones   pulled   off   a   well-   timed   block   to   prevent   what   would   have   been   a   certain   goal      denying   Nicky   Louch   as   Porth   continued   to   press   but   Aberdare   keeper James Harris had little to trouble him with the back line of Jones, Rhys Williams , Phil Clark and Matt Glassey relatively comfortable. Glassey   ,   as   he   would   continue   to   do   ,was   finding   time   and   space   to   make   sorties   into   the   attacking   third   with   man   of   the   match,   midfielder Tomos   Morris      always   available   to   pick   up   the pieces. Overall though , an underwhelming half with the spectators happy to retreat to the warmth of  the clubhouse for a hot half time brew. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1-0 AFC Porth The   second   half   was   to   produce   a   similar   pattern   with   the   visitors   having   enough   possession   but   unable   to   do   much   with   it   and Aberdare   content   to   play   on   the   break   up   to   Seb   Haggett and Case but with neither really causing concern to a solid back line . The most dangerous attack saw Haggett do well to drive to the byline and cross to Case who with a yawning net saw his tame effort blocked and cleared to safety. A glorious chance to seal things up had been spurned and this could certainly have come back to haunt them especially when within minutes , Aberdare were down to ten men. Callum   Webber   had   seen   a   shot   go   narrowly   wide   for   the   visitors   but   with   the   next   attack   ,   resulting   from   a   poor   cross   field   pass   Levi   Jones   was   committed   to   taking   out   Dan   Collins   who although thirty yards  from goal was deemed the last man by referee Burgess meaning a red card and suspension for the young defender. Manager   Wayne   Powell   gambled   in   bringing   on   fresh   legs   in   the   shape   of   reserve   team   players   Scott   Griffiths   and   Sam   Phillips   but   both   were   to   acquit   themselves   well   to   the   last quarter of a tense affair. Porth   now   ramped   up   the   pressure   but   may   be   that   is   the   reason   they   are   the   bottom   club   as   their   attacks   lacked   any   real   penetration   and   high   balls   lumped   into   the   box   were   just fodder to the imposing James Harris in the Aberdare goal. It   was Aberdare   on   their   several   breaks   into   the   Porth      half   who   appeared   the   more   likely   to   get   that   vital   goal   with   Rhys     Tandy   a   constant   threat.   One   such   run   saw   Jon   Phillips   make   a lung bursting run into the penalty box to meet a Tandy cross only to see his effort on the stretch go so agonizingly wide. With   pressure   mounting   there   was   a   booking   for   Phil   Clark   but   ironically   on   a   bitterly   cold   day,   as   the      temperature   gauge   amongst   the   players      reached   boiling   point   it   even   stretched   to the dug outs with Aberdare Assistant Manager, Gareth Harbord dismissed to the stands by Mr Burgess. With   Harris   not   called   upon   to   make   other   than   routine   saves   and      other   efforts   flying   well   wide   Aberdare   saw   off   the   final   minutes   and   took   the   three   points   which   sees   them   move eleven points clear of the last relegation place and with two games in hand  of the occupant of that spot, Dinas Powys. After the midweek encounter with Llantwit Major, Dinas away is the next game up on Saturday and a result  would probably remove any lingering doubts of the drop. Man of the Match: Tomos Morris Team: James Harris, Matthew Glassey, Phil Clark, Rhys Williams, Levi Jones, Kevin Davies, Rhy Tandy, Tom Morris, John Phillips, Seb Haggett, Myles Case Subs used:   Scott Griffiths, Sam Phillips
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Match report by Richard Rowlands Aberdare   returned   to   winning   ways   narrowly   defeating      AFC   Porth, opponents   who   displayed   great   tenacity   and   commitment,   and   who certainly   belied   their   position   at   the   foot   of   the   table   and   it   could   be argued,   were   unfortunate   not   to   leave   with   their   first   points   of   the campaign. Aberdare   were   without   the   inform   midfield   pair   of   Killian   Kingston   and   Elliot Morris   with   the   veteran   Kevin   Davies   and   recent   signing   Myles   Case   making their starting debuts. This   game   had   been   scheduled   as   a   Porth   home   game   but   weather   issues affecting   their   changing   facilities   led   to   a   switch   of   venue   so   thanks   to   the Secretaries   of   both   teams   and   the   League   for   turning   this   fixture   around   so quickly. On   a   freezing   afternoon   and   in   front   of   the   lowest      gate   of   the   season, Aberdare   kicked   off   playing   against   a   biting   breeze   and   with   the   visitors providing the neatest football. One   attack,   instigated   by   the   tricky   Dan   Collins   saw   him   take   a   knock   for   his troubles   as   he   cleverly   set   up   a   dangerous   attack   which   went   unconverted .But   it   was   Aberdare   who   took   the   lead   and   it   was   Case   the   scorer   after Davies   had   fed   Rhys   Tandy   whose   accurate   cross   found   Case   who   hooked in with a deflection of a covering defender.  But   Porth,   to   their   credit   came   snapping   back   with   Connor   Ray   who   was   to produce   an   excellent   performance   ,   setting   up   several   attacks   but   unlike   the easterly wind swirling around the ground, with no cutting edge. Aberdare   prospect   Levi   Jones   pulled   off   a   well-   timed   block   to   prevent   what would   have   been   a   certain   goal      denying   Nicky   Louch   as   Porth   continued   to press   but   Aberdare   keeper   James   Harris   had   little   to   trouble   him   with   the back   line   of   Jones,   Rhys   Williams   ,   Phil   Clark   and   Matt   Glassey   relatively comfortable. Glassey   ,   as   he   would   continue   to   do   ,was   finding   time   and   space   to   make sorties   into   the   attacking   third   with   man   of   the   match,   midfielder   Tomos Morris  always available to pick up the pieces. Overall   though   ,   an   underwhelming   half   with   the   spectators   happy   to   retreat to the warmth of  the clubhouse for a hot half time brew. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1-0 AFC Porth The   second   half   was   to   produce   a   similar   pattern   with   the   visitors   having enough   possession   but   unable   to   do   much   with   it   and   Aberdare   content   to play   on   the   break   up   to   Seb   Haggett   and   Case   but   with   neither   really causing concern to a solid back line . The   most   dangerous   attack   saw   Haggett   do   well   to   drive   to   the   byline   and cross   to   Case   who   with   a   yawning   net   saw   his   tame   effort   blocked   and cleared to safety. A    glorious    chance    to    seal    things    up    had    been    spurned    and    this    could certainly   have   come   back   to   haunt   them   especially   when   within   minutes   , Aberdare were down to ten men. Callum   Webber   had   seen   a   shot   go   narrowly   wide   for   the   visitors   but   with the   next   attack   ,   resulting   from   a   poor   cross   field   pass   Levi   Jones   was committed   to   taking   out   Dan   Collins   who   although   thirty   yards      from   goal was   deemed   the   last   man   by   referee   Burgess   meaning   a   red   card   and suspension for the young defender. Manager   Wayne   Powell   gambled   in   bringing   on   fresh   legs   in   the   shape   of reserve   team   players   Scott   Griffiths   and   Sam   Phillips   but   both   were   to   acquit themselves well to the last quarter of a tense affair. Porth   now   ramped   up   the   pressure   but   may   be   that   is   the   reason   they   are the   bottom   club   as   their   attacks   lacked   any   real   penetration   and   high   balls lumped   into   the   box   were   just   fodder   to   the   imposing   James   Harris   in   the Aberdare goal. It   was   Aberdare   on   their   several   breaks   into   the   Porth      half   who   appeared the   more   likely   to   get   that   vital   goal   with   Rhys      Tandy   a   constant   threat.   One such   run   saw   Jon   Phillips   make   a   lung   bursting   run   into   the   penalty   box   to meet   a   Tandy   cross   only   to   see   his   effort   on   the   stretch   go   so   agonizingly wide. With   pressure   mounting   there   was   a   booking   for   Phil   Clark   but   ironically   on a   bitterly   cold   day,   as   the      temperature   gauge   amongst   the   players      reached boiling    point    it    even    stretched    to    the    dug    outs    with   Aberdare   Assistant Manager, Gareth Harbord dismissed to the stands by Mr Burgess. With   Harris   not   called   upon   to   make   other   than   routine   saves   and      other efforts   flying   well   wide Aberdare   saw   off   the   final   minutes   and   took   the   three points   which   sees   them   move   eleven   points   clear   of   the   last   relegation   place and with two games in hand  of the occupant of that spot, Dinas Powys. After   the   midweek   encounter   with   Llantwit   Major,   Dinas   away   is   the   next game   up   on   Saturday   and   a   result      would   probably   remove   any   lingering doubts of the drop. Man of the Match: Tomos Morris Team:   James   Harris,   Matthew   Glassey,   Phil   Clark,   Rhys   Williams,   Levi Jones,   Kevin   Davies,   Rhy   Tandy,   Tom   Morris,   John   Phillips,   Seb   Haggett, Myles Case Subs used:   Scott Griffiths, Sam Phillips
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