Match report by Richard Rowlands For their first game of the new season, Aberdare travelled to the Western suburbs of Cardiff to take on Caerau Ely, relegated from Division One last season. With   Aberdare   basically   starting   from   scratch   having   seen   all   last   season’s   regulars   depart   bar   a   handful,   everyone   at   the   club   knows   it   will   be   a   demanding   year,   but   with   true clubman, Simon Jones at the helm there is a confidence that over the coming months the team will gel into a competitive outfit. Significant   changes      lie   ahead   in   the   Welsh   league   pyramid   system   so   the   realistic   aim   at   this   stage   of   retrenchment      is   to   stay   in   the   division,   consolidate   and   then   with   a   Tier   2     licence already in place look to advance with the ultimate aim of getting into the Welsh Premiership.  But   for   now,   all   that   is   asked   is   that   the   eleven   starters   and   those   from   the   bench,   who   take   the   field,   play   for   the   badge   and   eke   out   results      and   the   former   was   certainly   evident   on   the day.   This   fixture,   played   on   an   afternoon   when   the   rains   finally   returned   to   South   Wales,   was   always   likely   to   produce   maybe   too   stiff   a   challenge   early   doors,   but   the   good   contingent of away day support were delighted to witness a performance of grit and resolution with two quick strikes around the hour mark putting paid to returning with a result. Aberdare’s   starting   line-up   made   up   exclusively   of   local   lads,   included   four   new   starters   to   Welsh   League   football   with   four   others   having   no   more   than   a   smattering   of   experience   at this level. So   to   hold   the   hosts   to   a   goal   less   first   half   was   a   boost   to   morale,   especially   after   having   to   rejig   the   system   losing   Kevin   Connolly   to   a   hamstring   tweak   to   be   replaced   by   veteran David Pinch  who was to produce an excellent defensive display as did Andrew Fenaroli and Iestyn Stevens. Caerau   Ely   certainly   had   their   chances   with   the   speedy   and   skilful   Elijah   Chilwaka   spurning   two   gilt   edged   chances   and   a   Jerome   Maynard   header   cleared   off   the   line   by   Town’s   man of the match, Simon   Morgan. The   ex-Newport   County   full   back   had   a   previous   brief   spell   at Town   and      is   going   to   prove   to   be   a   fine   acquisition   with   his   defensive   qualities   allied   to   pace   and   a   willingness   to   get   into the oppositions’ final third. The   closest      Aberdare   came   in   the   first   forty   five   minutes   was   a   Levi   Jones   bullet   strike   from   a   wide   angle   which   flew   narrowly   wide   and   a   Scott   Griffiths   shot   well   held   by   Caerau keeper, Elliot Matthews. Half Time: Caerau (Ely) 0-0 Aberdare Town Striker   Cory Thomas   had   ploughed   a   lonely   furrow   upfront   and   the   second   half   saw   Daniel   Riddiford   pushed   up   to   support   but   passes   were   rushed   and   the   front   runners   were   working off scraps often provided by Liam Lewis with some nicely weighted passes. The visitors were producing the neater and more controlled football however but the opener came from a direct route. A long clearance by Matthews was latched onto with aplomb by striker Dean Clifford who ran on ten yards and finished clinically. The floodgates had been opened and the second arrived minutes later with Jerome Actie skipping through a few tackles and rifling home. Much to this new Aberdare side they did not capitulate even after a third goal was struck home by Nathan Mathias from twenty yards. Town then lost full back Kieran Bairstow to injury having fought bravely through the pain barrier. This was a combative performance against a team that will probably be vying for the title at the season’s end. With the hope of some new arrivals imminent there is a degree of promising hope of positive results to come against the lesser lights of the division as the season progresses. However, the fixture list has not been particularly kind. So   after   the   midweek   derby   with AFC   Llwydcoed   this   evening   it’s   another   home   game   for   the Aber   fans   on   Saturday   as   we   welcome   newly   promoted   Swansea   Univeristity   -   who   had an opening day win against Coed - so another very tough test in store. Our thanks to all those who travelled down to watch and support the team for this game. Man of the Match: Simon Morgan Team:    Martin   Phillips,   Simon   Morgan,   Kieron   Bairstow   (Rhys   Thomas),   Andrew   Feneroli,   Iestyn   Stevens,   Scott   Griffiths,   Levi   Jones,   Liam   Lewis,   Daniel   Riddiford.   Cory   Thomas, Kevin Connelly (David Pinch) Sub not used:   Brad Lewis Scorers:   n/a
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3-0
Caerau (Ely)
Aberdare Town
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Match report by Richard Rowlands For    their    first    game    of    the    new    season,    Aberdare    travelled    to    the Western    suburbs    of    Cardiff    to    take    on    Caerau    Ely,    relegated    from Division One last season. With   Aberdare   basically   starting   from   scratch   having   seen   all   last   season’s regulars    depart    bar    a    handful,    everyone    at    the    club    knows    it    will    be    a demanding   year,   but   with   true   clubman,   Simon   Jones   at   the   helm   there   is   a confidence   that   over   the   coming   months   the   team   will   gel   into   a   competitive outfit. Significant   changes      lie   ahead   in   the   Welsh   league   pyramid   system   so   the realistic    aim    at    this    stage    of    retrenchment        is    to    stay    in    the    division, consolidate   and   then   with   a   Tier   2      licence   already   in   place   look   to   advance with the ultimate aim of getting into the Welsh Premiership.  But   for   now,   all   that   is   asked   is   that   the   eleven   starters   and   those   from   the bench,   who   take   the   field,   play   for   the   badge   and   eke   out   results      and   the former   was   certainly   evident   on   the   day.   This   fixture,   played   on   an   afternoon when   the   rains   finally   returned   to   South   Wales,   was   always   likely   to   produce maybe   too   stiff   a   challenge   early   doors,   but   the   good   contingent   of   away   day support   were   delighted   to   witness   a   performance   of   grit   and   resolution   with two quick strikes around the hour mark putting paid to returning with a result. Aberdare’s   starting   line-up   made   up   exclusively   of   local   lads,   included   four new   starters   to   Welsh   League   football   with   four   others   having   no   more   than   a smattering of experience at this level. So   to   hold   the   hosts   to   a   goal   less   first   half   was   a   boost   to   morale,   especially after   having   to   rejig   the   system   losing   Kevin   Connolly   to   a   hamstring   tweak   to be    replaced    by    veteran    David    Pinch        who    was    to    produce    an    excellent defensive display as did Andrew Fenaroli and Iestyn Stevens. Caerau   Ely   certainly   had   their   chances   with   the   speedy   and   skilful   Elijah Chilwaka   spurning   two   gilt   edged   chances   and   a   Jerome   Maynard   header cleared off the line by Town’s man of the match, Simon   Morgan. The   ex-Newport   County   full   back   had   a   previous   brief   spell   at   Town   and      is going   to   prove   to   be   a   fine   acquisition   with   his   defensive   qualities   allied   to pace and a willingness to get into the oppositions’ final third. The   closest      Aberdare   came   in   the   first   forty   five   minutes   was   a   Levi   Jones bullet   strike   from   a   wide   angle   which   flew   narrowly   wide   and   a   Scott   Griffiths shot well held by Caerau keeper, Elliot Matthews. Half Time: Caerau (Ely) 0-0 Aberdare Town Striker   Cory   Thomas   had   ploughed   a   lonely   furrow   upfront   and   the   second half   saw   Daniel   Riddiford   pushed   up   to   support   but   passes   were   rushed   and the   front   runners   were   working   off   scraps   often   provided   by   Liam   Lewis   with some nicely weighted passes. The   visitors   were   producing   the   neater   and   more   controlled   football   however but the opener came from a direct route. A   long   clearance   by   Matthews   was   latched   onto   with   aplomb   by   striker   Dean Clifford who ran on ten yards and finished clinically. The   floodgates   had   been   opened   and   the   second   arrived   minutes   later   with Jerome Actie skipping through a few tackles and rifling home. Much   to   this   new Aberdare   side   they   did   not   capitulate   even   after   a   third   goal was struck home by Nathan Mathias from twenty yards. Town    then    lost    full    back    Kieran    Bairstow    to    injury    having    fought    bravely through the pain barrier. This   was   a   combative   performance   against   a   team   that   will   probably   be   vying for the title at the season’s end. With   the   hope   of   some   new   arrivals   imminent   there   is   a   degree   of   promising hope   of   positive   results   to   come   against   the   lesser   lights   of   the   division   as   the season progresses. However, the fixture list has not been particularly kind. So   after   the   midweek   derby   with   AFC   Llwydcoed   this   evening   it’s   another home   game   for   the   Aber   fans   on   Saturday   as   we   welcome   newly   promoted Swansea    Univeristity    -    who    had    an    opening    day    win    against    Coed    -    so another very tough test in store. Our   thanks   to   all   those   who   travelled   down   to   watch   and   support   the   team   for this game. Man of the Match: Simon Morgan Team:    Martin   Phillips,   Simon   Morgan,   Kieron   Bairstow   (Rhys   Thomas), Andrew   Feneroli,   Iestyn   Stevens,   Scott   Griffiths,   Levi   Jones,   Liam   Lewis, Daniel Riddiford. Cory Thomas, Kevin Connelly (David Pinch) Sub not used:   Brad Lewis Scorers:   n/a
3-0
Caerau (Ely)
Aberdare Town
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