REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS Cursed with early season injuries and the unavailability of several key players, a depleted Aberdare made their first ever visit to a ground nestling in the Afan Valley  just north of Port Talbot.  Debuts were handed to ex Treharris wide man Rhys Tandy, Plymouth Argyle Academy starlet Ben Gibbs and there was a return of Kevin Davies after several seasons away. But, the game,new venue or not, followed the same old pattern of a surfeit of possession with no cutting edge, allowing the hosts to coast through and await with anticipation the second round draw. The match began promisingly for the visitors with Ross Daniels a handful up front, one instance in particular showcasing his strong hold up play, producing a pin point release which Elliot Morris scuffed wide. Moments later and Trefelin snatched what was to prove to be, the decisive goal.  A quick break out saw the enterprising Jack Underwood set up Jamie Latham who waltzed through on goal and tucked away past Clint Forbes in the Aberdare goal. The visitors were stung into action and home keeper Matt Stanton couched well from a Daniels rocket. Right on half time Aberdare came agonizingly close to equalizing when a John Phillips header struck the cross bar and rebounded to safety. Half Time: Trefelin 1-0 Aberdare Town The Daniels and Morris double act were soon in second half action with the former again the provider but with Morris’ effort superbly deflected over the cross bar by Stanton. This was to be Aberdare’s one and only real chance in a ragged second half which half way though Trefelin spurning a chance to double the lead when Latham blasted a penalty against the bar, following a hand ball decision from referee Edwards.  The game meandered to its inevitable conclusion and Aberdare’s hopes for a turnaround in fortunes when they visit the pundits early choice as Champions, Pontypridd Town on Saturday look ominous unless at least three of the currently side lined players make a rapid return to fitness and some of those absent on the night because of work commitments also return for consideration Man of the Match: tbc
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Team Line-Up 1 Clint FORBES 2 Ben GIBBS 3 Kevin DAVIES 4 Jon PHILLIPS 5 Richard INGRAM 6 Luke JONES 7 Rhys TANDY 8 Scott POWELL 9 Ross DANIELS 10 Elliott MORRIS 11 Rikki EVANS Substitutes 12 Dai GREGORY 14 Andrew FENAROLI 15 - 16 - 17 -
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