It   was   a   case   of   déjà   vu   as   Town   fell   to   a   four-one   defeat   with   the   loss   of   Levi   Jones   for   a   second   bookable   offence   at   a   time   matters   tight   at   two-one   to   Coed,mid   -way through the second half. Strange   indeed   and   for Aberdare   it   leaves   them   bottom   of   the   table   with   no   points   and   a   minus   twenty   two   goal   difference   but   they   can   take   heart   from   a   spirited   performance   and must take the few positives on board for the resumption of the campaign beginning with a tough trip to promoted Bridgend Street at their Splott home a week Saturday.  Manager Simon Jones gave Craig Williams his debut and he did not disappoint with a workmanlike performance displaying a quick turn of foot when getting into attacking situations. This   was   another   rumbustious   affair   typical   of   a   local   derby   and   referee   Graham   Jones   had   his   hands   full   to   keep   matters   in   order   especially   after   the   dismissal   of   Jones   adding spice   to   an   already   heated   clash.   There   was   plenty   of   hustle   and   bustle   from   the   kick   off   but   with   no   end   product   until   poor   Town   defending   of   a   set   piece   allowed   a   free   header   for Jordan Ellis to find the net. Further   calamity   arrived   minutes   later   with   a   trip   in   the   box   seeing   Coed’s   Liam   Price   step   up   for   a   penalty.   Fortunately   for Town   it   was   a   limp   effort   easily   clutched   by   keeper,   Martin Phillips. This miss gave a lift to the visitors and only desperate defending denied a clear strike on goal but with the ball cleared to the edge of the area, Cory Thomas shot over. Ioan   Evans   appears   to   produce   his   best   when   facing   Town   and   a   cross   come   shot   skirted   narrowly   wide.   Liam   Price   was   having   a   night   to   forget      blasting   over   twice   when   well placed   and   shortly   after   Town   were   on   level   terms.   Kevin   Connolly,   who   had   a   fine   all   round   game,   sent   a   thirty   yard   free   kick   into   the   mix   only   for   the   missile   to   skim   off   the   head   of Coed centre back , Gabe Williams into the net. Levi   Jones,   consistently   playing   on   the   edge,   went   into   the   referee’s   notebook   but   Town’s   man   of   the   match,   young   Scott   Griffiths   was   already   stamping   his   authority   on   the   game even   more   noteworthy   for   producing   this   performance   from   an   unaccustomed   centre   back   role.   Phillips   had   to   be   alert   to   fashion   a   save   following   a   cute   through   ball   from   ex Town’s Elliot Morris which saw the score remain level at the half time whistle. Half Time: AFC Llwydcoed 1 Aberdare Town 1 Almost   an   exact   replica   of   the   reverse   fixture   the   touch   paper   was   lit   early   in   the   second   half      with   a   booking   for   Coed’s   number   7   with   the   game   end   to   end,   Phillips   saving   well   from a wicked low cross and at the other end Cory Thomas seeing his twenty yarder well saved by Coed keeper, Callum Quinton. As the game wore on, the vastly inexperienced Town were noticeably tiring and Travis John and David Pinch were introduced to freshen things for the final quarter. But   following   the   path   of   the   previous   encounter   Levi   Jones   received   his   second   yellow,   apparently   following   the   intervention   of   a   linesman,   and   quickly   followed   bookings   for   Coed’s Matthew Morgan and the visitor’s Kevin Connolly. The   one   man   advantage   had   to   tell   and   Coed   regained   the   lead   with   a   second   for   Jordan   Ellis. The   flow   of   the   game,   certainly   not   lacking   in   endeavour   if   not   quality,   was   constantly interrupted for free kicks as the tetchiness continued. Almost inevitably two late goals arrived for the hosts, the final result certainly flattering them. A   break   of   ten   days   will   certainly   help   as   the   majority   of   the   squad   are   far   from   used   to   the   intensity   and   rapidity   of   games   at   this   level   and   will   give   time   for   manager   Simon   Jones   to hopefully attract some much needed experience into  the side Man of the Match:  Scott Griffiths Match Details: LINE-UP: Martin Phillips, Simon Morgan, Darren Blandon (Travis John), Andrew Feneroli, Matt Owens, Scott Griffiths, Drew Langdon (David Pinch), Levi Jones, Craig Williams (Kieron Bairstow), Cory Thomas, Kevin Connelly NOT USED: Rhys Thomas, Daniel Riddiford SCORER: Own goal
AFC Llwydcoed
Aberdare Town
Match report by Richard Rowlands
Wednesday 22.08.18 (ko 6.30pm) | Welsh Football League Division Two
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