Match report by Ian Pearce Aberdare Towns difficult opening half of the season continued with manager Simon Jones once again having to shuffle his pack with seven first team players missing. Due   to   the   abstenees   choices   were   limited   for   Jones   who   had   to   name   himself   as   a   subsitute   alongside   young   goalkeeper   James   Omofah   Parry   and   without   Rhys   Thomas   passing   a late fitness test it would have left just the keeper as the only substitute. With   Aaron   Moreton   and   Dai   Pinch   both   unavailable   for   selection   Jones   pushed   recent   signing   Keiran   Davies   into   the   back   three   and   there   was   a   start   too   for   Kieran   Bairstow although both would go on to have differing afternoons. As   often   the   case   in   the   games   so   far Aberdare’s   opponents   were   quick   out   of   the   blocks   and   took   an   early   lead   as   on   eight   minutes   a   Gary   Taylor   freekick   from   the   left   was   knocked home by the unmarked Tom Blizzard as the ball fell into the bottom corner of the net. Only   a   minute   later   a   late   foul   by   Bairstow   gave   Taylor   another   sight   of   goal   from   a   closer   range   but   this   time   his   freekick   eluded   everybody   but   fortunately   for Aberdare   the   post   was in the way and the ball thunded against the woodwork and was cleared. Aberdare   were   starting   to   play   their   way   into   the   game   and   a   Levi   Jones   thunderbolt   from   25   yards   flew   narrowly   past   the   target   as   the   ball   went   past   the   angle   of   post   and   bar   with the visiting keeper Tyler Aulward clutching at thin air. After   20   minutes   the   visitors   doubled   their   lead   as   a   corner   was   headed   home   at   the   near   post   by   Craig   Davies   and   on   each   attack   Pontardawe   felt   they   could   have   added   to   their tally.   With   25   minutes   gone   they   should   have   scored   their   third   as   the   ball   smashed   against   the   woodwork   and   the   rebound   fell   to   the   unmarked   Blizzard   whose   shot   went   so   high over the bar it would have troubled the fireworks later that evening! The   hosts   build   up   play   continued   to   be   good   and   after   28   minutes   they   got   a   way   back   into   the   game   as   Craig   Williams   picked   up   the   ball   midway   in   the   visitors   half   and   after   striding forward he cooly slotted a shot that nestled into the far corner of the net past the despairing dive of Aulward. Just   as   the   home   fans   may   have   thought   a   comeback   was   on   their   hopes   were   dashed   within   the   last   9   minutes   of   the   opening   period   as   Liam   Griffiths   headed   home   a   left   wing   cross which was the last action of the game for Aber keeper Martyn Phillips who limped off to be replaced by Ofomah-Parry with 36 minutes gone. In   fact   Ofomah-Parry’s   first   act   was   to   pick   the   ball   out   of   the   net   as   Griffiths   let   fly   from   25   yards   with   an   effort   that   beat   the   young   keeper   for   pace   and   the   visitors   went   in   at   the   break comfortably in the lead. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1-4 Pontardawe It   only   took   four   minutes   of   the   second   half   for   Pontardawe   to   add   their   fifth   of   the   afternoon   as   Blizzard   fired   home   his   second   of   the   game   and   then   moment   later   Ofomah-Parry   was lucky   to   stay   on   the   pitch   after   he   tripped   an   attacker   on   the   edge   of   the   area   but   was   only   awarded   a   yellow   card.      The   vastly   experienced   Taylor   stepped   up   for   the   freekick   but   his goalbound effort was deflected wide of the post. Aberdare’s   afternoon   went   from   bad   to   worse   with   58   minutes   gone   as   the   lively   Williams   dashed   forward   and   upon   rounding Aulward   collided   with   the   keeper   and   the   loose   ball   was put wide for a corner but in the collision the striker came off worse and was later taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs and was replaced by manager Simon Jones. In   between   the   injury   and   the   substitution Aber   scored   their   second   of   the   afternoon   as   Matt   Owen   drilled   home   a   superb   effort   but   the   damage   had   already   been   done   and   although   a comeback wasn’t on the cards it didn’t stop the hosts from trying to play football and attack at every opportunity. The   FineClub.co.uk    Man   of   the   Match   Kieran   Davies   did   superbly   to   deny   Pontardawe   a   chance   as   they   raced   clear   on   goal   with   a   perfectly   timed   tackle,   which   had   been   a   hallmark of his performance all afternoon. Just   as   the   crowd   thought   the   scoring   was   over   Pontardawe   added   a   sixth   goal   in   the   last   minute   as Aberdare   conceded   a   penalty   which   was   converted   by   Taylor   and   then   deep   into stoppage time Griffiths completed his hat-trick heading back across goal powerfully to complete the rout. The disappointing afternoon was complete for Aberdare as Bairstow was then shown a second yellow card of the afternoon and was dismissed from the field of play for dissent. It   gets   no   easier   for Aberdare   with   the   visit   of   STM   Sports   on   Wednesday   evening   but   the   return   of   the   majority   of   the   absentees   will   surely   make   things   a   different   prospect   including the new signing of goalkeeper Calum Dunning whose registration will be complete in time for the midweek game under the lights at Aberaman Park. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Kieran Davies Team:    Martyn   Phillips   (James   Ofomah   Parry),   Kieron   Bairstow,   Scott   Griffiths,   Matt   Owen,   Kieran   Davies,   Liam   Fawcett,   Levi   Jones,   Rhys   Thomas,   Brad   Lewis,   Craig   Williams (Simon Jones), Drew Langdon Sub not used:   n/a Scorers:   Craig Williams, Matt Owen
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Match report by Ian Pearce Aberdare   Towns   difficult   opening   half   of   the   season   continued   with manager   Simon   Jones   once   again   having   to   shuffle   his   pack   with   seven first team players missing. Due   to   the   abstenees   choices   were   limited   for   Jones   who   had   to   name himself   as   a   subsitute   alongside   young   goalkeeper   James   Omofah   Parry   and without   Rhys   Thomas   passing   a   late   fitness   test   it   would   have   left   just   the keeper as the only substitute. With   Aaron   Moreton   and   Dai   Pinch   both   unavailable   for   selection   Jones pushed   recent   signing   Keiran   Davies   into   the   back   three   and   there   was   a start   too   for   Kieran   Bairstow   although   both   would   go   on   to   have   differing afternoons. As   often   the   case   in   the   games   so   far   Aberdare’s   opponents   were   quick   out of   the   blocks   and   took   an   early   lead   as   on   eight   minutes   a   Gary   Taylor freekick   from   the   left   was   knocked   home   by   the   unmarked   Tom   Blizzard   as the ball fell into the bottom corner of the net. Only   a   minute   later   a   late   foul   by   Bairstow   gave   Taylor   another   sight   of   goal from    a    closer    range    but    this    time    his    freekick    eluded    everybody    but fortunately   for Aberdare   the   post   was   in   the   way   and   the   ball   thunded   against the woodwork and was cleared. Aberdare   were   starting   to   play   their   way   into   the   game   and   a   Levi   Jones thunderbolt   from   25   yards   flew   narrowly   past   the   target   as   the   ball   went   past the   angle   of   post   and   bar   with   the   visiting   keeper   Tyler   Aulward   clutching   at thin air. After   20   minutes   the   visitors   doubled   their   lead   as   a   corner   was   headed home   at   the   near   post   by   Craig   Davies   and   on   each   attack   Pontardawe   felt they   could   have   added   to   their   tally.   With   25   minutes   gone   they   should   have scored   their   third   as   the   ball   smashed   against   the   woodwork   and   the   rebound fell   to   the   unmarked   Blizzard   whose   shot   went   so   high   over   the   bar   it   would have troubled the fireworks later that evening! The   hosts   build   up   play   continued   to   be   good   and   after   28   minutes   they   got   a way   back   into   the   game   as   Craig   Williams   picked   up   the   ball   midway   in   the visitors   half   and   after   striding   forward   he   cooly   slotted   a   shot   that   nestled   into the far corner of the net past the despairing dive of Aulward. Just   as   the   home   fans   may   have   thought   a   comeback   was   on   their   hopes were   dashed   within   the   last   9   minutes   of   the   opening   period   as   Liam   Griffiths headed   home   a   left   wing   cross   which   was   the   last   action   of   the   game   for Aber keeper   Martyn   Phillips   who   limped   off   to   be   replaced   by   Ofomah-Parry   with 36 minutes gone. In   fact   Ofomah-Parry’s   first   act   was   to   pick   the   ball   out   of   the   net   as   Griffiths let   fly   from   25   yards   with   an   effort   that   beat   the   young   keeper   for   pace   and the visitors went in at the break comfortably in the lead. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1-4 Pontardawe It   only   took   four   minutes   of   the   second   half   for   Pontardawe   to   add   their   fifth   of the    afternoon    as    Blizzard    fired    home    his    second    of    the    game    and    then moment   later   Ofomah-Parry   was   lucky   to   stay   on   the   pitch   after   he   tripped   an attacker   on   the   edge   of   the   area   but   was   only   awarded   a   yellow   card.      The vastly   experienced   Taylor   stepped   up   for   the   freekick   but   his   goalbound   effort was deflected wide of the post. Aberdare’s   afternoon   went   from   bad   to   worse   with   58   minutes   gone   as   the lively   Williams   dashed   forward   and   upon   rounding   Aulward   collided   with   the keeper   and   the   loose   ball   was   put   wide   for   a   corner   but   in   the   collision   the striker   came   off   worse   and   was   later   taken   to   hospital   with   suspected   broken ribs and was replaced by manager Simon Jones. In   between   the   injury   and   the   substitution   Aber   scored   their   second   of   the afternoon   as   Matt   Owen   drilled   home   a   superb   effort   but   the   damage   had already   been   done   and   although   a   comeback   wasn’t   on   the   cards   it   didn’t stop the hosts from trying to play football and attack at every opportunity. The   FineClub.co.uk    Man   of   the   Match   Kieran   Davies   did   superbly   to   deny Pontardawe   a   chance   as   they   raced   clear   on   goal   with   a   perfectly   timed tackle, which had been a hallmark of his performance all afternoon. Just   as   the   crowd   thought   the   scoring   was   over   Pontardawe   added   a   sixth goal   in   the   last   minute   as Aberdare   conceded   a   penalty   which   was   converted by   Taylor   and   then   deep   into   stoppage   time   Griffiths   completed   his   hat-trick heading back across goal powerfully to complete the rout. The   disappointing   afternoon   was   complete   for   Aberdare   as   Bairstow   was then   shown   a   second   yellow   card   of   the   afternoon   and   was   dismissed   from the field of play for dissent. It   gets   no   easier   for   Aberdare   with   the   visit   of   STM   Sports   on   Wednesday evening   but   the   return   of   the   majority   of   the   absentees   will   surely   make   things a   different   prospect   including   the   new   signing   of   goalkeeper   Calum   Dunning whose   registration   will   be   complete   in   time   for   the   midweek   game   under   the lights at Aberaman Park. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Kieran Davies Team:    Martyn    Phillips    (James    Ofomah    Parry),    Kieron    Bairstow,    Scott Griffiths,    Matt    Owen,    Kieran    Davies,    Liam    Fawcett,    Levi    Jones,    Rhys Thomas, Brad Lewis, Craig Williams (Simon Jones), Drew Langdon Sub not used:   n/a Scorers:   Craig Williams, Matt Owen
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