With the first point of the season within their grasp, Aberdare agonizingly  succumbed  to an 89th minute goal leaving them stranded at the bottom of the table. Manager, Simon Jones and his team can take great heart from quite easily the best performance of the season, following on from a much improved display the previous Friday.  The   introduction   of   new   signings,   frontrunner      Liam   Fawcett   and   central   defender     Arron   Morten      together   with   the   return   from   suspension   of   Levi   Jones   and   from   vacation,   Matthew Owen was a significant factor and giving a lift to the team and unquestionably the travelling support who can now look forward with renewed optimism, to the rest of the campaign. This begins with two cup games which  are a welcome diversion from chasing the first league points and giving the team valuable time to further knit as a  competitive outfit. Against   a   strong   swirling   win,   Town   custodian,   Martin   Phillips   was   called   into   early   action      to   deny   Curtis   Morgan   whilst      for   Town   ,   Simon   Morgan,   let   fly   a   twenty   five   yard spectacular which Village keeper, Jacob Ireland saved smartly. Curtis   Morgan   soon   had   another   chance   to   open   matters   for   the   hosts   but   his   weak   header   from   a   Kieran   Richards   cross   was   easily   snaffled   by   Phillips.   Richards   was   the   pick   of   the Village team and he was constantly breaking the off side trap with cleverly timed runs from deep  and either drilling in dangerous crosses or striking for goal. Allied   with   the   long   throws   of   Brian   Morgan   these   were   Village’s   main   attacking   ploys   and   a   constant   threat   to   the   Aberdare   goal.   But   it   was   the   visitors   who   opened   the   scoring, taking the lead on twenty six minutes, a minor milestone, being the first time of a traumatic opening season run, of having taken the lead. At any point during a game. It   was   certainly   a   goal   to   savour   beginning   with   a   superb   Matt   Owen   diagonal   cross      being   met   by   man   of   the   match,   Craig   Williams   who   headed   across   goal   and   finding      Drew Langdon  who slid  home  from three yards. The   lead   was   short   lived   as   that   man   Richards   was   upended   in   the   box   by   David   Pinch   and   referee   Daniel   Barclay   immediately   pointing   to   the   spot.      Scott   Smith   hit   home   to   the   left of Phillips grazing his fingertips as  he almost got to the well struck  shot. The   game   was   being   played   at   high   speed   with   Village   remaining   the   more   likely   to   add      to   the   scoresheet   though   both   sides   were   a   little   hurried      and   lacking   composure   at   vital times but certainly providing excellent entertainment for a decent evening crowd. Half Time: Garden Village 1 Aberdare Town 1 Dangerman Richards did not appear for the second half carrying a niggle following the clash with Pinch which had led to the penalty and this clearly took an edge off their attacks . Town   were   starting   to   construct   some   dangerous   moves   with   Langdon   and   Williams   to   the   fore   with   the   latter   letting   rip   with   a   thirty   yarder   which   had      Ireland   desperately   back tracking to defend. Levi   Jones   was   enjoying   his   return   to   the   action   and   freed   of   having   to   play   it   seemed   three   men’s   roles   early   season   to   make   up   for   the   deficiencies   surrounding   him   ,was   imposing himself   more   and   more   on   proceedings.   But   he   was   only   a   spectator   as   disaster   struck   with   Pinch   again   the   guilty   man   conceding   another   penalty.   Smith   lined   up   the   spot   kick   but Phillips anticipating he would repeat his placement guessed correctly and saved brilliantly to his left. Despite   this   setback   Village   remained   in   the   ascendancy   and   Phillips   was   again   the   hero   to   pull   off   yet      another   commendable   save   from   a   fiercely   struck      goal   bound   effort   .   Scott Griffiths   ,   maintaining   his   laudable      and   eye   catching   start   to   the   campaign      was   the   saviour   as   he   executed   a      great   covering   tackle      and   this   only   moments   after   a   scintillating   thirty yard run from defence saw his effort shave the upright with the keeper well beaten. But   as   they   say,   when   you   are   down   the   luck   just   doesn’t   go   with   you   and   with   only   a   minute   left   on   the   watch   ,Aberdare   were   denied   their   first   point   of   the   season   as   Vlllage   centre back,   Jack   Jenkins   made   a   sortie   into   the   Town   penalty   area   with   his   lobbed   pass   somehow   finding   Scott   Smith   who   struck   home   to   the   delight   of   his   teammates   and   the   home support. A   numbing   end      to   what   had   been   a   performance      deserving      of   at   least      a   point   but   with   Town   now   most   certainly   on   the   right   track   and   needing   probably   two   or   three   pieces   to complete the jigsaw. Man of the Match:  Craig Williams Match Details: LINE-UP: Martyn Phillips, Scott Griffiths, Aaron Morton, David Pinch, Matt Owens, Dan Riddiford, Levi Jones, Simon Morgan, Liam Fawcett, Craig Williams, Drew Langdon NOT USED: Rhys Thomas, Iestyn Stevens, Brad Lewis, Nick Chappell SCORER: Drew Langdon
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Garden Village
Aberdare Town
Match report by Richard Rowlands
Friday 21.09.18 (ko 7.30pm) | Welsh Football League Division Two
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