Aberdare   fell   to   their   fifth   consecutive   defeat   to   leave   themselves   rooted   to   the   bottom   of   the   table   with   the   match   following   the   same   old   story   of   being   competitive until the hour mark and then rapidly falling away leading to complete capitulation. With the lack of experience and fitness issues hitting confidence, a concoction with only the one possible result. Manager   Simon   Jones   gave   a   starting   debut   to   Steve   Lane   with   Dan   Riddiford   coming   in   for   the   suspended   Levi   Jones   and   central   defender,   David   Pinch   having   to   don   the   gloves as makeshift keeper with regular goal stopper Martyn Phillips having to withdraw with a hamstring pull.  Bridgend   Street   are   a   strong   physical   outfit   and   it   was   obvious   within   minutes   that   their   main   tactics   involved   long   diagonal   balls   into   the   box   to   feed   their   front   runners,   a   ploy   which was to eventually come to fruition late on. They enjoyed the best of starts with a Paul Fowler free kick finding the back of the net within eight minutes. But Aberdare,   although   on   the   back   foot,   were   looking   to   create   quick   breakaways   with   Kevin   Connoly   to   the   fore   producing   two   long   range   efforts   which   flew   wide   and   a   Lane   effort set up from a blistering Cory Thomas run saw the ball safely clutched by Street keeper, Damien Black. A   Craig   Williams   floated   cross   saw Thomas   and   Black   contest   with   the   keeper   anxiously   punching   away.   But   what   a   body   blow   in   the   35th   minute   when   David   Pinch   scuffed   his   kick into the path of David Brookes who must have thought Christmas had come early as he stroked the gift into the back of the net. It had been a competitive first half but Town felt they were still in the game with all to play for. Half Time: Bridgend Street 2 Aberdare Town 0 The   hosts   were   winning   the   early   skirmishes   and   with   it   spraying   long   balls   to   both   flanks   and   it   was   such   that   produced   their   third.   Veteran,   Paul   Fowler   was   the   chief   instigator   of these tactics and the third goal came following an arrowed ball to Brooks who from the right crossed for Jeff White to open his account. Though   of   little   consolation,   the   goal   of   the   game   came   from   Town   who   reduced   the   arrears   on   the   hour.   Craig   Williams   motored   down   the   right   flank   and   his   vicious   cross   was   met by Drew Langdon who slid in bravely to hook home. Town   were   to   be   undone,   seeing   the   game   all   over   as   a   contest   within   five   minutes   of   the   comeback. A   trip   in   the   box   saw   referee,   Kevin   Russell   point   to   the   spot   and   Fowler   drill home. Two   minutes   later   a   deflated   Town,   saw   Williams   carried   off   with   a   shin   injury   and   just   afterward   saw   Pinch   pull   off   a   fine   save   only   to   see   David   Brooks   latch   on   to   the   rebound   and rifle home. The   small   away   following   knew   what   was   to   follow   in   line   with   previous   games   and   within   ten   minutes   three   further   goals   had   been   added,   all   emanating   from   booming   Fowler   long balls seeing White add a brace for his hat trick. With   a   new   keeper   signed   and   several   players   hopefully   returning   from   injury   and   suspension   on   the   horizon   Simon   Jones   will   be   looking   for   ninety   minute   performances   which automatically lift confidence. Positive   results   may   not   suddenly   appear   but   the   trick   is   to   get   to   this   level   and   see   what   follows.   Scott   Griffiths   is   one   of   the   few   to   hit   this   spot   as   he   continues   to   produce   man   of the match displays with Andrew Fenaroli and Kevin Connoly not far behind Man of the Match:  Scott Griffiths Match Details: LINE-UP: David Pinch, Scott Griffiths, Andrew Feneroli, Simon Morgan, Craig Williams (Kieron Bairstow), Steven Lane, Daniel Riddiford, Liam Lewis, Kevin Connelly, Cory Thomas (Rhys Thomas), Drew Langdon NOT USED: n/a SCORER: Drew Langdon
Bridgend Street
Aberdare Town
Match report by Richard Rowlands
Saturday 01.09.18 (ko 2.30pm) | Welsh Football League Division Two
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