Match report by Ian Pearce Aberdare   Town   started   the   new   year   as   they   ended   the   last   with   another   defeat   which   leaves   them   with   it   all   to   do   to   stay   in   with   a   chance   of   staying   in   the   division   and with the games ticking by its making it more and more difficult. Fielding   a   stronger   line-up   than   previous   games   thanks   to   the   return   of   Arron   Moreton,   Craig   Williams   and   Martin   Phillips   hopes   were   high   that   on   a   bitterly   cold   Aberaman   Park evening   the   well   attended   game   would   see   that   elusive   first   win.   However   it   was   two   late   goals   that   denied   them   their   third   point   of   the   season   against   a   Garden   Village   side   who   in truth should have been well ahead by that point. Aberdare   started   brightly   and   almost   took   an   opening   minute   lead   as   they   broke   from   defence   and   after   Scott   Griffiths   rode   a   challenge   he   played   a   great   ball   through   to   Williams   on the left but his shot as he entered the left edge of the area lacked power and visiting ‘keeper Jacob Ireland grabbed hold of the ball comfortably. After   5   minutes   Garden   Village   broke   the   deadlock   as   they   were   given   too   much   space   on   the   right   of   the   box   and   a   drilled   ball   across   the   face   of   goal   saw   the   simplest   of   tap   ins   for Scott Smith just 3 yards out as he rolled the ball into the empty net. The   packed   Aberaman   Park   stand   was   rocking   within   the   next   few   minutes   though   as   the   hosts   hauled   themselves   straight   back   into   the   game   as   Williams   smashed   the   ball   home from a tight angle 20 yards out that flew past Ireland who was left clutching thin air. The   hopes   were   short   lived   for Aber   as   the   visitors   got   their   noses   in   front   again   after   9   minutes   to   end   a   pulsating   opening   period   as   Kurtis   Morgan   found   time   and   space   coming   in from the left of the box to fire low under Phillips into the far corner of the net to expose the Aberdare defensive frailties. Williams   was   being   a   constant   thorn   in   the   Villages’   side   on   his   return   to   the   team   and   a   great   break   by   the   forward   released   Daniel   Riddiford   on   the   left   but   his   shot   was   blocked   and deflected wide for a corner which came to nothing. Phillips   made   a   great   double   save   to   keep   the   score   within   a   single   goal   as   he   first   denied   Mickey   Morns   with   his   feet   after   30   minutes   and   then   he   grabbed   hold   of   the   rebound   from Scott Smith. Aberdare   could   have   levelled   things   after   32   minutes   as   Matt   Owen   drilled   a   great   low   cross   from   the   right   and   it   only   needed   tapping   home   but Adam   Jones   seemed   to   get   the   wrong side   of   the   last   defender   and   the   ball   was   cleared   from   what   could   have   been   a   simple   goal.      Moments   later   Owen   was   involved   again   as   his   shot   was   blocked   and   the   loose   ball   fell to Griffiths on the edge of the area and his shot was parried away but Jones again couldn’t react and Ireland eventually managed to gather. Garden   Village   were   dangerous   every   time   they   went   forward   and   the   Aberdare   woodwork   was   rattled   just   before   the   break   as   Josh   Bradshaw   unleashed   a   thunderbolt   which cannoned off the upright as they carved through the defence with ease. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1-2 Garden Village With   only   a   slender   lead   there   was   always   the   chance   of   the   hosts   taking   something   from   the   game   but   the   visitors   were   still   posing   a   real   threat   with   their   attacking   moves   which were largely down to the impressive Bradshaw. Early   in   the   second   half   Phillips   made   another   great   save   this   time   to   deny   Jack   Jenkins   whose   header   was   saved   following   a   corner.   With   every   missed   chance,   save   and   shot   flying wide   or   over   the   noise   Aberdare   crowd   started   to   believe   that   something   was   around   the   corner.   On   69   minutes   they   were   rewarded   and   the   place   was   bouncing   as   a   corner   was swung into the Village box, Moreton leaps and the ball hits a defender, Price fires a shot towards goal and a deflection lands at the feet of Williams who sweeps home the equaliser. There   were   more   chances   to   come   for   Garden   Village   as   they   looked   to   get   themselves   ahead   for   the   third   time   but   resolute   defending,   great   goalakeeper   and   a   large   slice   of   luck kept the scores level. But   with   the   luck   really   out   when   you   are   at   the   bottom   of   the   table   there   was   always   the   worry   that   something   would   happen   to   deny Aberdare   a   priceless   point   as   Morgan   buried   a header unmarked into the net from a corner with only 5 minutes left. It   was   a   bitter   blow   for Aberdare   who   were   again   thankful   to   Phillips   for   pulling   off   another   great   save   as   he   raced   from   his   line   but   in   stoppage   time   he   could   do   little   to   prevent   the fourth   goal   as   a   miss   placed   pass   in   defence   saw   substitute   Callum   Silcox   race   clear   and   after   Phillips   saved   well   to   deny   him   the   loose   ball   was   rolled   into   the   empty   net   by   the   same player. Another tough night for Aberdare but huge thanks to over 120 people who attended the game in what was a great example of Welsh League football. Aberdare now have another home game coming up with a re-arranged fixture against Aberbargoed Buds on Wednesday evening (ko 7.30pm). FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Martin Phillips Team:    Martin   Phillips, Aaron   Moreton,   Daniel   Riddiford,   Dai   Pinch   (Kris   Collins),   Steve   Lane,   Matt   Owen   (Ryan   Davies), Andrew   Price,   Scott   Griffiths,   Craig   Williams, Adam   Jones, Rhys Thomas (Drew Langdon) Sub not used:   Nick Chappell, Rob Williams Scorers:   Craig Williams (2)
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Match report by Ian Pearce Aberdare   Town   started   the   new   year   as   they   ended   the   last   with   another defeat   which   leaves   them   with   it   all   to   do   to   stay   in   with   a   chance   of staying   in   the   division   and   with   the   games   ticking   by   its   making   it   more and more difficult. Fielding   a   stronger   line-up   than   previous   games   thanks   to   the   return   of   Arron Moreton,   Craig   Williams   and   Martin   Phillips   hopes   were   high   that   on   a   bitterly cold   Aberaman   Park   evening   the   well   attended   game   would   see   that   elusive first   win.   However   it   was   two   late   goals   that   denied   them   their   third   point   of   the season   against   a   Garden   Village   side   who   in   truth   should   have   been   well ahead by that point. Aberdare   started   brightly   and   almost   took   an   opening   minute   lead   as   they broke   from   defence   and   after   Scott   Griffiths   rode   a   challenge   he   played   a great   ball   through   to   Williams   on   the   left   but   his   shot   as   he   entered   the   left edge   of   the   area   lacked   power   and   visiting   ‘keeper   Jacob   Ireland   grabbed hold of the ball comfortably. After   5   minutes   Garden   Village   broke   the   deadlock   as   they   were   given   too much   space   on   the   right   of   the   box   and   a   drilled   ball   across   the   face   of   goal saw   the   simplest   of   tap   ins   for   Scott   Smith   just   3   yards   out   as   he   rolled   the   ball into the empty net. The   packed   Aberaman   Park   stand   was   rocking   within   the   next   few   minutes though    as    the    hosts    hauled    themselves    straight    back    into    the    game    as Williams   smashed   the   ball   home   from   a   tight   angle   20   yards   out   that   flew   past Ireland who was left clutching thin air. The   hopes   were   short   lived   for   Aber   as   the   visitors   got   their   noses   in   front again   after   9   minutes   to   end   a   pulsating   opening   period   as   Kurtis   Morgan found   time   and   space   coming   in   from   the   left   of   the   box   to   fire   low   under Phillips into the far corner of the net to expose the Aberdare defensive frailties. Williams   was   being   a   constant   thorn   in   the   Villages’   side   on   his   return   to   the team   and   a   great   break   by   the   forward   released   Daniel   Riddiford   on   the   left but   his   shot   was   blocked   and   deflected   wide   for   a   corner   which   came   to nothing. Phillips   made   a   great   double   save   to   keep   the   score   within   a   single   goal   as   he first   denied   Mickey   Morns   with   his   feet   after   30   minutes   and   then   he   grabbed hold of the rebound from Scott Smith. Aberdare   could   have   levelled   things   after   32   minutes   as   Matt   Owen   drilled   a great   low   cross   from   the   right   and   it   only   needed   tapping   home   but   Adam Jones   seemed   to   get   the   wrong   side   of   the   last   defender   and   the   ball   was cleared   from   what   could   have   been   a   simple   goal.      Moments   later   Owen   was involved   again   as   his   shot   was   blocked   and   the   loose   ball   fell   to   Griffiths   on the   edge   of   the   area   and   his   shot   was   parried   away   but   Jones   again   couldn’t react and Ireland eventually managed to gather. Garden    Village    were    dangerous    every    time    they    went    forward    and    the Aberdare    woodwork    was    rattled    just    before    the    break    as    Josh    Bradshaw unleashed    a    thunderbolt    which    cannoned    off    the    upright    as    they    carved through the defence with ease. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1-2 Garden Village With   only   a   slender   lead   there   was   always   the   chance   of   the   hosts   taking something   from   the   game   but   the   visitors   were   still   posing   a   real   threat   with their attacking moves which were largely down to the impressive Bradshaw. Early   in   the   second   half   Phillips   made   another   great   save   this   time   to   deny Jack   Jenkins   whose   header   was   saved   following   a   corner.   With   every   missed chance,   save   and   shot   flying   wide   or   over   the   noise Aberdare   crowd   started   to believe   that   something   was   around   the   corner.   On   69   minutes   they   were rewarded   and   the   place   was   bouncing   as   a   corner   was   swung   into   the   Village box,   Moreton   leaps   and   the   ball   hits   a   defender,   Price   fires   a   shot   towards goal   and   a   deflection   lands   at   the   feet   of   Williams   who   sweeps   home   the equaliser. There   were   more   chances   to   come   for   Garden   Village   as   they   looked   to   get themselves   ahead   for   the   third   time   but   resolute   defending,   great   goalakeeper and a large slice of luck kept the scores level. But   with   the   luck   really   out   when   you   are   at   the   bottom   of   the   table   there   was always   the   worry   that   something   would   happen   to   deny   Aberdare   a   priceless point   as   Morgan   buried   a   header   unmarked   into   the   net   from   a   corner   with only 5 minutes left. It   was   a   bitter   blow   for Aberdare   who   were   again   thankful   to   Phillips   for   pulling off   another   great   save   as   he   raced   from   his   line   but   in   stoppage   time   he   could do   little   to   prevent   the   fourth   goal   as   a   miss   placed   pass   in   defence   saw substitute   Callum   Silcox   race   clear   and   after   Phillips   saved   well   to   deny   him the loose ball was rolled into the empty net by the same player. Another   tough   night   for   Aberdare   but   huge   thanks   to   over   120   people   who attended the game in what was a great example of Welsh League football. Aberdare   now   have   another   home   game   coming   up   with   a   re-arranged   fixture against Aberbargoed Buds on Wednesday evening (ko 7.30pm). FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Martin Phillips Team:    Martin   Phillips,   Aaron   Moreton,   Daniel   Riddiford,   Dai   Pinch   (Kris Collins),   Steve   Lane,   Matt   Owen   (Ryan   Davies), Andrew   Price,   Scott   Griffiths, Craig Williams, Adam Jones, Rhys Thomas (Drew Langdon) Sub not used:   Nick Chappell, Rob Williams Scorers:   Craig Williams (2)
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