Aberdare gained their first Saturday league win since 28 April 2018 with this win over basement side AFC Porth. Porth   were   a   team   under   the   new   Management   of   ex Ton   Pentre   boss,   Kevin   Richards   and   with   a   few   additions   and   changes,   look   a   side   destined   to   climb   the   table. And this hopefully applies to Town who produced another battling away performance to edge the win with a Craig Reddy strike in the 68th minute. Manager Josh Evans made several changes for this game with Mike Thomas returning between the sticks with starts for Simon Morgan and Travis John. Aberdare   began   positively,   moving   the   ball   around   well   with   captain,   Gethin   Jones   strong   in   midfield   and   with   Craig   Reddy   spraying   some   delightful   passes,   opening up the Porth defence but unfortunately with no end product in front of goal. Indeed   it   was   the   hosts   who   sprung   the   best   chances   of   the   half   with   two   glaring   opportunities   go   a-begging   via   Pat   Rysgaard   and   Liam   Jones   while   Mike   Thomas pulled off several excellent saves from quick raids. Overall   the   central   defensive   partnership   of   Morgan   Rowling   and   man   of   the   match   in   consecutive   games, Arron   Morten   were   coping   well   with   Porth   threats   whilst   at the other end of the pitch, Arraan Caffell was making some exiting runs but with that finishing touch remaining elusive. Dean   Raven   went   close   with   a   blistering   shot   from   25   yards   spectacularly   saved   by   ex   Llwydcoed   keeper, Andrew   Hargreaves.   He   was   caught   out   with   a   misplaced back   pass   but   recovered   well   to   save   but   to   the   cries   for   handling   from   a   back   pass   ignored   by   referee   Holloway.   Aberdare   had   shaded   the   first   forty   five   but   were well aware it would require more to secure the first win of the campaign. The   second   period   saw   an   early   substitution   for   Town   with   new   signing   Leon   Grant   replacing Adam   Jones   and   he   was   soon   in   action   setting   up   a   chance   that   was well   saved   by   Hargreaves.   But   mid-way   through   the   half   he   set   up   the   enterprising   Caffell   with   a   delightful   diagonal   ball.   Caffell   sped   to   the   right   hand   edge   of   the penalty area, his cross fizzing across the box finding the onrushing Reddy who struck home to the jubilation of his team mates and the strong away support. The   dogged   Gethin   Jones   had   given   his   all   and   he   was   replaced   by   the   more   defensively   minded   Kieron   Bairstow   to   help   shore   up   as   Aberdare   attempted   to   hold what they had. The   hosts   now   threw   everything   at   Town   but   as   the   week   before   Aberdare   were   displaying   a   new   found   resilience   with   Callum   Tandy   and   Simon   Morgan   always aware   to   break   from   their   full   back   roles   when   the   opportunities   arose.   Travis   John   who   had   covered   many   an   acre   was   replaced   by   debutant   Jack   Stait,   a   signing from Treowen, and he gave more width as an outlet as Town continued to soak up the pressure.  As   the   game   entered   its   final   minutes,   Porth   were   denied   an   equalizer   with   referee   Holloway   not   playing   advantage   as   the   ball   hit   the   net   and   the   resultant   free   kick wasted. Thomas   made   a   couple   more   good   stops   but   with   Town   coming   the   closest   with   a   Raven   header   well   saved   by   Hargreaves.   Joyous   celebrations   arose   at   the   final whistle   with   Town   gaining   their   first   league   victory   of   the   season   and   now   look   forward   to,   remarkably   their   first   home   league   game   of   the   campaign   against   West Wales outfit, Ynysygerwen at the Parc on Friday night with a 7.30 kick off.          Man of the Match:  Aaron Moreton TEAM:    Mike   Thomas,   Callum   Tandy,   Morgan   Rowling, Aaron   Morten,   Simon   Morgan,   Gethin   Jones   (Kieran   Bairstow),   Craig   Reddy,   Travis   John   (Jack   Stait),   Dean Raven, Aarran Caffell, Adam Jones (Leon Grant) Subs not used: Andrew Fenaroli, Jordan Yanez
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Saturday 9 November 2019 (2.00pm) | Report by Richard Rowlands | Photo by David Sweet
Aberdare   gained   their   first   Saturday   league   win   since   28   April 2018 with this win over basement side AFC Porth. Porth   were   a   team   under   the   new   Management   of   ex   Ton   Pentre   boss,   Kevin Richards   and   with   a   few   additions   and   changes,   look   a   side   destined   to   climb the   table.   And   this   hopefully   applies   to   Town   who   produced   another   battling away   performance   to   edge   the   win   with   a   Craig   Reddy   strike   in   the   68th minute. Manager   Josh   Evans   made   several   changes   for   this   game   with   Mike   Thomas returning between the sticks with starts for Simon Morgan and Travis John. Aberdare   began   positively,   moving   the   ball   around   well   with   captain,   Gethin Jones    strong    in    midfield    and    with    Craig    Reddy    spraying    some    delightful passes,   opening   up   the   Porth   defence   but   unfortunately   with   no   end   product in front of goal. Indeed   it   was   the   hosts   who   sprung   the   best   chances   of   the   half   with   two glaring   opportunities   go   a-begging   via   Pat   Rysgaard   and   Liam   Jones   while Mike Thomas pulled off several excellent saves from quick raids. Overall   the   central   defensive   partnership   of   Morgan   Rowling   and   man   of   the match    in    consecutive    games,   Arron    Morten    were    coping    well    with    Porth threats   whilst   at   the   other   end   of   the   pitch,   Arraan   Caffell   was   making   some exiting runs but with that finishing touch remaining elusive. Dean   Raven   went   close   with   a   blistering   shot   from   25   yards   spectacularly saved   by   ex   Llwydcoed   keeper, Andrew   Hargreaves.   He   was   caught   out   with a    misplaced    back    pass    but    recovered    well    to    save    but    to    the    cries    for handling    from    a    back    pass    ignored    by    referee    Holloway.    Aberdare    had shaded   the   first   forty   five   but   were   well   aware   it   would   require   more   to   secure the first win of the campaign. The   second   period   saw   an   early   substitution   for   Town   with   new   signing   Leon Grant   replacing   Adam   Jones   and   he   was   soon   in   action   setting   up   a   chance that   was   well   saved   by   Hargreaves.   But   mid-way   through   the   half   he   set   up the   enterprising   Caffell   with   a   delightful   diagonal   ball.   Caffell   sped   to   the   right hand   edge   of   the   penalty   area,   his   cross   fizzing   across   the   box   finding   the onrushing   Reddy   who   struck   home   to   the   jubilation   of   his   team   mates   and   the strong away support. The   dogged   Gethin   Jones   had   given   his   all   and   he   was   replaced   by   the   more defensively   minded   Kieron   Bairstow   to   help   shore   up   as   Aberdare   attempted to hold what they had. The   hosts   now   threw   everything   at   Town   but   as   the   week   before   Aberdare were   displaying   a   new   found   resilience   with   Callum Tandy   and   Simon   Morgan always   aware   to   break   from   their   full   back   roles   when   the   opportunities   arose. Travis   John   who   had   covered   many   an   acre   was   replaced   by   debutant   Jack Stait,   a   signing   from   Treowen,   and   he   gave   more   width   as   an   outlet   as   Town continued to soak up the pressure.  As   the   game   entered   its   final   minutes,   Porth   were   denied   an   equalizer   with referee    Holloway    not    playing    advantage    as    the    ball    hit    the    net    and    the resultant free kick wasted. Thomas   made   a   couple   more   good   stops   but   with   Town   coming   the   closest with   a   Raven   header   well   saved   by   Hargreaves.   Joyous   celebrations   arose   at the   final   whistle   with   Town   gaining   their   first   league   victory   of   the   season   and now    look    forward    to,    remarkably    their    first    home    league    game    of    the campaign   against   West   Wales   outfit,   Ynysygerwen   at   the   Parc   on   Friday night with a 7.30 kick off.          Man of the Match:  Aaron Moreton TEAM:    Mike Thomas,   Callum Tandy,   Morgan   Rowling, Aaron   Morten,   Simon Morgan,   Gethin   Jones   (Kieran   Bairstow),   Craig   Reddy,   Travis   John   (Jack Stait), Dean Raven, Aarran Caffell, Adam Jones (Leon Grant) Subs not used: Andrew Fenaroli, Jordan Yanez
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Saturday 9 November 2019 (2.00pm) | Report by Richard Rowlands | Photo by David Sweet