It   is   doubtful   in   the   recent   history   of Aberdare   Town   that   a   point   has   been   so   satisfyingly   received   on   a   night   when   visiting   table   toppers   Croesyceiliog   were   held   to   a draw following a game of high intensity and no little skill exhibited by both sides. After   two   shambolic   performances   , Aberdare   produced   a   display      of   guile   and   courage   and   despite   being   under   the   cosh   for   a   large   part   of   the   second   half   ,   performed   valiantly   to earn their first point of the season. In   front   of   a   large,   raucous   crowd   this   was   hopefully   the   start   of   a   climb   away   from   the   league   basement   as   surely   the   confidence   levels   must   have   increased   throughout   the   team who were feted generously as they left the field to rapturous applause. Manager,   Simon   Jones      reverted   to   a   back   three   of   David   Pinch,   Aaron   Moreton   and   Scott   Griffiths   who   produced   stellar   displays.   This   allowed   Simon   Morgan   and   Matt   Owen   to push further forward to assist Levi Jones and Andrew Price, with Sponsors Man of the Match, Liam Fawcett supporting the up- front duo of Cory Thomas and Drew Langdon .  It was a bright start with Simon Morgan from a delightful forty yard clearance from keeper Martin Griffiths, firing just over from the left hand edge of the box. As   the   game   settled   down,   the   visitors   began   to   create   more   space   with   some   measured   passing   and   Town   were   guilty   of   conceding   a   series   of   free   kicks   which   produced dangerous   moments   as   they   were   angled   across   the   penalty   box.   It   was   from   such   a   set   piece   that   Croesyceiliog   opened   the   scoring   in   the   eighteenth   minute   with   mayhem   in   the packed area, the ball eventually falling to Ryan Hayward who scooped home. But the new found spirit in the Town ranks saw them equalize within a minute with a fierce Fawcett drive from twenty yards  giving keeper Jack Harris , no chance. Another   Fawcett   effort   from   a   similar   distance   saw   Harris   desperately   save   following   a   superb   Langdon   run   ,   his   twinkling   feet   leaving   three   players   in   his   wake.   Spurred   on   by   an appreciative crowd, Langdon, Thomas and Owen continued to torment the visitors rear-guard but unable to manufacture that final effort on goal. In   fact   it   was   Croesy   who   came   closest   with   a   Zac   Osborne   shot   going   just   wide   and   Josh   Hall   hoisting   over   from   just   three   yards   as   he   picked   up   the   pieces   of   yet   another   flighted free kick into the mix. It had been an enthralling first period with after so many setbacks this season the home supporters anxiously hoping that performance levels could be maintained Half Time: Aberdare Town 1 Croesyceiliog 1 The   first   twenty   minutes   saw   them   on   tenterhooks   as   the   visitors   picked   up   the   pace   and Aberdare   were   guilty   of   some   sloppy   play   and   conceding   far   too   much   space   to   the   league leaders. They   were   unable   to   take   advantage   of   this   period   of   superiority   with   the   ever   dangerous   Osborne   denied   at   the   near   post   and   Griffiths   pulling   off   a   superb   save   from   the   same player. It   really   was   backs   to   the   wall   time   as   the   visitors   faced   the   ignominy   of   failing   to   see   off   the   bottom   team,      but   Town   even   then   were   not   playing   like   a   team   in   a   perilous   league position   as   they   began   to   drag   themselves   back,   highlighted   by   one   stunning   move   seeing   Owen   cross   for   Langdon   leaping   high   only   to   see   his   headed   effort   whistle   past   the upright. The home crowd were raising the decibel level to new heights as the feet of Langdon wrong footed two defenders to cross but agonizingly seeing substitute Brad Lewis fire over . Desperate   for   the   first   point   of   the   season, Town   supporters   kept   looking   at   their   watches   wishing   time   away   which   of   course   it   so   slowly   does   at   such   moments   and   pleading   for   the final whistle, the cheers as  excellent match official Amin Said blew for time were greeted with whoops and cheers of delight. Everyone   associated   with   the   club   fervently   hopes   the   corner   has   now   been   turned   and   with   a   few   exciting   additions   to   the   squad   on   the   horizon,      these   expectations   will   hopefully come to fruition. Man of the Match:  Liam Fawcett Match Details: LINE-UP: Martyn Phillips, Simon Morgan, Scott Griffiths, Dai Pinch (Andrew Feneroli), Aaron Moreton, Matt Owen, Levi Jones, Andrew Price, Liam Fawcett, Cory Thomas (Brad Lewis), Drew Langdon (Rhys Thomas) NOT USED: Nick Chappell, Daniel Riddiford SCORER: Liam Fawcett
Aberdare Town
Match report by Richard Rowlands
Friday 05.10.18 (ko 7.30pm) | Welsh League Division Two
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