Match report by Richard Rowlands Town   travelled   to   Llanrumney   to   meet      STM   and   it   proved   a   stroll   in   the   park   for   the   league   leaders   as   they   consolidated   their   place   at   the   top   as Aberdare   fell   to   a   fifth   straight   defeat and remain perilously close to the trap door. Without the suspended Elliot Morris, manager Wayne Powell recalled Tomos Morris with Jon Phillips returning up front for Myles Case.  They   began   brightly   with   long   range   efforts   from   Seb   Haggett   and   Shaun   Chapple   bringing   routine   stops   out   of   home   keeper   Chris   Golton      though   he   had   to   be   a   little   more   alert   to   save from a Phillips hook. Chapple   was   producing   his   usual   well   directed   mid   field   passes   to   set   up   attacking   plays   with   however   little      final   threat   and   as   the   half   progressed,   STM   began   to   show   why   they   are   top of the pile with some crisp midfield play creating openings in the Town defence and the silky running of Lamin Conteh  and the midfield promptings of Joey Evans , prominent features . With   the   visitors   maintaining   a   high   line   Sports   were   frustratingly,   for   management   and      home   supporters,   continuously   flagged   for   offside,   with   Rhys   Williams,   Luke   Davies,   Matthew Glassey and Killian Kingston stepping up to catch  them out time and time again. On   one   of   the   rare   occasions   when   Town   were   able   to   construct   an   attacking   move   Rhys   Tandy   set   up   Morris   who   volleyed   over,   with   minutes   later,   a   John   Phillips   cross   desperately cleared via defender and keeper Golton . After   several   further   STM   attacks   foiled   again   by   the   operation   of   a   well-   organized   defence   producing      yet   another   flurry   of   off   side   decisions   ,   they   finally   beat   the   trap   but   not   keeper Harris who bravely fell at the feet of the onrushing Conteh to deny the tall striker. With the next move again splitting the Town defence there was to be no saviour with Conteh finding the overlapping full back Michael Hodge who smashed home for a deserved lead. Half Time: STM Sports 1-0 Aberdare Town The   first   half   had   seen   early   niggles   for   Levi   Jones   and   a   little   later   for   Tomos   Morris   and   they   were   both   substituted   at   half   time   with   similar   thigh   pulls.   Daniel   Riddiford   made   his   debut and   Dai   Gregory   replaced   Jones   but   the   reshuffle   had   little   time   to   develop   as   Town   were   lucky   to   escape   with   a   Conteh   header   striking   the   bar   and   within   minutes   seeing   themselves two down as Ben Ahmun sped down the right flank and crossed for Josh Graham to stab home.  With   Aberdare   in   the   middle   of   a   barren   run   ,   hopes   were   thin   for   a   successful   response   though   Riddiford   did   make   a   good   thirty   yard   run   into   the   STM   penalty   area   before   being dispossessed and a Haggett effort struck the side netting. He   went   closer   with   a   rasping   drive   well   saved   by   Golton   but   these   were   rare   chances   with   STM   ,without   having   to   get   out   of   third   gear,   creating   several   good   openings   with   Kingston clearing off the line and Harris making a few good saves with a few other chances almost casually squandered by the home team. In truth, STM were cruising to a victory  and with a second for Graham and STM’s third , Wayne Powell gave a run out to young Rhys Thomas . To   make   matters   worse Aberdare   having   used   up   their   quota   of   subs   ,   lost   Gregory   to   a   foot   injury   playing   out   the   last   ten   minutes   with   a   one   man   disadvantage   during   which   time   STM hit the post twice and were denied by a superb Harris save. Referee   ,   Neil   Stephens   who   had   officiated   well   ,   blew   for   time      to   the   relief      of   Town’s      players   and   supporters   alike.   Next   up   is   a   midweek   visit   to   fellow   strugglers   Croesyceiliog      and   a trip west to mid table Pontardawe on Saturday and Town will be looking to eke out a few points  which should secure safety. Certainly   pleasing   in   patches,   Aberdare   are   unable   to   maintain   sustained   pressure   on   opponents,   with   unaccountably,   a   visible   lack   of   energy   at   times   plain   to   see   .   The   squad   really have   to   raise   their   game   for   the   run   in   ,   as   a   drop   to   the   third   division   is   a   situation,   no   one   at   the   club   had   contemplated   at   the   beginning   of   the   season   .   Adding   to   this,      imminent changes to the league structure  a doomsday scenario looms but is ,with a little more self- belief , one that can be avoided. Man of the Match: Rhys Williams Team: James Harris, Matthew Glassey, Killian Kingston, Rhys Williams, Luke Davies, Levi Jones, Shaun Chappell, Tom Morris, John Phillips, Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   Dai Gregory, Daniel Riddiford, Ryan Thomas Subs not used:   Myles Case  
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Match report by Richard Rowlands Town   travelled   to   Llanrumney   to   meet      STM   and   it   proved   a   stroll   in   the   park for    the    league    leaders    as    they    consolidated    their    place    at    the    top    as Aberdare   fell   to   a   fifth   straight   defeat   and   remain   perilously   close   to   the   trap door. Without    the    suspended    Elliot    Morris,    manager    Wayne    Powell    recalled Tomos Morris with Jon Phillips returning up front for Myles Case.  They   began   brightly   with   long   range   efforts   from   Seb   Haggett   and   Shaun Chapple   bringing   routine   stops   out   of   home   keeper   Chris   Golton      though   he had to be a little more alert to save from a Phillips hook. Chapple   was   producing   his   usual   well   directed   mid   field   passes   to   set   up attacking   plays   with   however   little      final   threat   and   as   the   half   progressed, STM   began   to   show   why   they   are   top   of   the   pile   with   some   crisp   midfield play   creating   openings   in   the   Town   defence   and   the   silky   running   of   Lamin Conteh  and the midfield promptings of Joey Evans , prominent features . With    the    visitors    maintaining    a    high    line    Sports    were    frustratingly,    for management   and      home   supporters,   continuously   flagged   for   offside,   with Rhys    Williams,    Luke    Davies,    Matthew    Glassey    and    Killian    Kingston stepping up to catch  them out time and time again. On    one    of    the    rare    occasions    when    Town    were    able    to    construct    an attacking   move   Rhys   Tandy   set   up   Morris   who   volleyed   over,   with   minutes later,   a   John   Phillips   cross   desperately   cleared   via   defender   and   keeper Golton . After   several   further   STM   attacks   foiled   again   by   the   operation   of   a   well- organized   defence   producing      yet   another   flurry   of   off   side   decisions   ,   they finally   beat   the   trap   but   not   keeper   Harris   who   bravely   fell   at   the   feet   of   the onrushing Conteh to deny the tall striker. With   the   next   move   again   splitting   the   Town   defence   there   was   to   be   no saviour   with   Conteh   finding   the   overlapping   full   back   Michael   Hodge   who smashed home for a deserved lead. Half Time: STM Sports 1-0 Aberdare Town The   first   half   had   seen   early   niggles   for   Levi   Jones   and   a   little   later   for Tomos   Morris   and   they   were   both   substituted   at   half   time   with   similar   thigh pulls.   Daniel   Riddiford   made   his   debut   and   Dai   Gregory   replaced   Jones   but the   reshuffle   had   little   time   to   develop   as   Town   were   lucky   to   escape   with   a Conteh   header   striking   the   bar   and   within   minutes   seeing   themselves   two down    as    Ben   Ahmun    sped    down    the    right    flank    and    crossed    for    Josh Graham to stab home.  With   Aberdare    in    the    middle    of    a    barren    run    ,    hopes    were    thin    for    a successful   response   though   Riddiford   did   make   a   good   thirty   yard   run   into the    STM    penalty    area    before    being    dispossessed    and    a    Haggett    effort struck the side netting. He   went   closer   with   a   rasping   drive   well   saved   by   Golton   but   these   were rare   chances   with   STM   ,without   having   to   get   out   of   third   gear,   creating several   good   openings   with   Kingston   clearing   off   the   line   and   Harris   making a   few   good   saves   with   a   few   other   chances   almost   casually   squandered   by the home team. In   truth,   STM   were   cruising   to   a   victory      and   with   a   second   for   Graham   and STM’s third , Wayne Powell gave a run out to young Rhys Thomas . To   make   matters   worse   Aberdare   having   used   up   their   quota   of   subs   ,   lost Gregory   to   a   foot   injury   playing   out   the   last   ten   minutes   with   a   one   man disadvantage   during   which   time   STM   hit   the   post   twice   and   were   denied   by a superb Harris save. Referee   ,   Neil   Stephens   who   had   officiated   well   ,   blew   for   time      to   the   relief     of   Town’s      players   and   supporters   alike.   Next   up   is   a   midweek   visit   to   fellow strugglers    Croesyceiliog        and    a    trip    west    to    mid    table    Pontardawe    on Saturday   and   Town   will   be   looking   to   eke   out   a   few   points      which   should secure safety. Certainly   pleasing   in   patches,   Aberdare   are   unable   to   maintain   sustained pressure   on   opponents,   with   unaccountably,   a   visible   lack   of   energy   at times   plain   to   see   . The   squad   really   have   to   raise   their   game   for   the   run   in   , as    a    drop    to    the    third    division    is    a    situation,    no    one    at    the    club    had contemplated   at   the   beginning   of   the   season   .   Adding   to   this,      imminent changes   to   the   league   structure      a   doomsday   scenario   looms   but   is   ,with   a little more self- belief , one that can be avoided. Man of the Match: Rhys Williams Team:   James   Harris,   Matthew   Glassey,   Killian   Kingston,   Rhys   Williams, Luke   Davies,   Levi   Jones,   Shaun   Chappell,   Tom   Morris,   John   Phillips,   Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used:   Dai Gregory, Daniel Riddiford, Ryan Thomas Subs not used:   Myles Case  
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