A   harsh   score   line   on   a   night   when   the   first   signs   of   a   turnaround   appeared   evident   with   a   battling   display   marred   by,   but   not   unexpected   of   a   side   finding   their   feet   at this level, a little naivety but certainly not lacking in effort and pride. The   fair   smattering   of   away   support,   for   this   the   first   competitive   game   played   under   Croesy’s   new   lights,   left   the   arena   in   good   spirit   and   after   giving   the   team   rightful   applause   for their sterling display with the last fifteen minutes producing the best football of the season so far. So sad that the best was left to last with the game lost courtesy of two sloppy openers within the first twelve minutes of action.  With   Levi   Jones   serving   out   the   last   game   of   his   suspension   period,   Daniel   Riddiford   took   over   the   captaincy   leading   by   example   and   there   were   debuts   for   Brad   Lewis   and   the returning Nick Chappel and both could be proud of their first appearances. There   was   a   very   early   chance   for   front   runner   Craig   Williams   with   his   speed   to   the   fore   as   he   left   a   few   players   in   his   wake   as   he   let   fly   from   a   tight   angle   only   to   see   his   effort   fly narrowly wide. Just   five   minutes   in,   a   dubiously   awarded   free   kick   on   the   edge   of   the   Town   box,      given   by   referee   Paul   Lewis,   saw   a   dummy   move   with   Jack   Sainsbury   driving   home   and   to   make matters worse a speculative shot from twenty five yards by Zak Osborne saw the ball sail over the stranded figure of keeper Martin Phillips for the second. Towns heads did not drop remaining competitive with man of the match Drew Langdon a constant source of discomfort to the home back line with some dazzling control. The Aberdare   defence   well   marshalled   by   David   Pinch,   Steven   Lane   and   Scott   Griffiths,   continuing   his   excellent   early   season   form,   were   now   employing   a   high   line,   frustrating   the long ball tactics of the hosts seeing them constantly flagged for off side. Other   than   one   break   with   the   ball   thudding   against   the   cross   bar,   little   threat   was   being   imposed   on   the Aberdare   goal   with   Phillips   comfortably   handling   any   long   range   efforts   to which Croesyceiliog were now restricted. At   the   other   end   though,   there   was   little   penetration   with   the   closest   chance   coming   following   a   free   kick   earned   via   another   sharp   Williams   run,      with   Simon   Morgan’s   free   kick   being smartly saved by Jack Harris. Half Time: Croesyceiliog 2 Aberdare Town 0 A similar pattern continued into the second half with home attacks being kept to a minimum and Phillips pulling off one dramatic stop when the defence was breached. But   with Aberdare   themselves   unable   to   maintain   any   constant   attacking   pressure   ,   a   defensive   error   allowed   Croesy   to   add   to   their   tally   with   their   fourth   coming   from   a   deep   cross nodded home in the 70th minute . Any fears that Town were yet again to capitulate proved unfounded as the last quarter saw Town completely dominate. The   introduction   of   Cory   Thomas   sparked   the   attacking   ploys   and   with   Langdon   producing   some   sublime   touches   allied   to   the   constant   running   of   Williams,   Riddiford   and   substitute Rhys Thomas saw Aberdare boss proceedings. David Pinch headed home from one of the countless corners with the tireless Simon Morgan firing narrowly wide as did another Pinch effort. Manager   Simon   Jones   had   many   positives   to   take   out   of   this   performance   and   with   a   few   new   recruits   in   the   pipeline   next   Friday’s   visit   to   Garden   Village   will   provide   further evidence that Town are starting to believe again  and  with it begin the tough climb up the table from the foothills of despair. Man of the Match:  Drew Langdon Match Details: LINE-UP: Martyn Phillips, Scott Griffiths, Steve Lane, David Pinch, Nick Chappell (Rhys Thomas), Dan Riddiford, Simon Morgan, Darren Blandon (Kieron Bairstow), Craig Williams, Brad Lewis (Cory Thomas), Drew Langdon NOT USED: Iestyn Stevens, Andrew Prouse SCORER: David Pinch
Aberdare Town
Match report by Richard Rowlands
Friday 14.09.18 (ko 7.30pm) | Welsh Football League Division Two
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