Final League Position - 7th
Cups - Lucania Cup Q/F, Senior Cup R3, League Cup GS
Top Goalscorer - Craig Jones
Supporters Player of the Year - Cian Weeks
Player of the Year - Dan Rees
Players Player - Cian Weeks
Player/Manager - Tom Lewis
End of Season Stats
22 Games (16 League + 6 Cup)
7 Wins (5 League + 2 Cup)
52 Goals Scored (44 League + 8 Cup)
3 Clean Sheets (2 League + 1 Cup)
31 Players Used
Final League Table
Saturday 16th April 2022
League Cup - Game 1
With the league season over our attentions turned to the league cup with our first game at home v Lucania cup finalists Porth Harlequins. With the bank holiday weekend
hitting our squad hard we had 3 changes from our final league game with Huw Evans, Keaton Taylor and Craig Jones all coming into the starting 11.
The visitors started much better and sharper with us looking like we were all on holidays with the other 9 players who actually were but despite the early pressure Porth failed to capitalise. On the half hour mark the away side did take the lead when a low cross into the box was inadvertently deflected into the far corner by our own player and then 5 minutes later a mistake at the back gifted their winger a free run at goal to go through one on one and put Porth two goals up. Half Time 0 - 2
A half time substitution saw Nathan Williams make his first appearance of the season and was immediately into the action picking the ball up from the back to play the ball through the middle to Craig Jones whose defence splitting pass put Keaton Taylor through who compose himself and fired low into the bottom corner to half the deficit. Inside 10 minutes of the restart we drew level when Taylor picked the ball up deep to run at the Porth defence and got into the box and his well struck shot found the same corner to net his 3rd goal of the season and make this a much more even contest. The game was now much more open and both teams competing on a more even footing but 15 minutes from time it was the visitors who got the 5th goal when their winger was allowed to run with the ball and cut inside and place the ball into the far corner out of the reach of the Town keeper. With the game going end to end and us pushing more players forward it was leaving more space in the back and a couple of chances for Porth to seal the game went astray, that was until the 92nd minute when they had more attacking players than we had defending and their striker had plenty of time to pick his spot from 10 yards to put the game to bed. Final Score 2 - 4
A similar story to our problems early in the season where we gave the opposition a head start before we started to play and took our effort and energy to come back level with not enough left in the tank to get the win. A quick turnaround now before our second game in the league cup where we travel to the other Lucania cup finalists and unbeaten league champions Penygraig Utd on Tuesday night
Wednesday 6th April 2022
Our final league game of the season was a midweek encounter against Treorchy in a 6 pointer with the winner staying out of the bottom two, we had two changes from the
weekend cup game with Nathan Oliver returning in midfield and Daniel Rees starting up front.
Just as the game kicked off the heavens opened to bring a downpour to add to an already sodden field but thankfully it didn't last long but the rain added a little extra zip to the game and a few strong challenges early on set the tempo for the game. The home side had the best of the opening chances when first a fierce shot from outside of the area just went over the bar before the Town keeper was called into action, firstly with a long range effort was comfortably saved before a free kick from the edge of the D was tipped around the post after a low drive. 20 minutes in and we took the lead when building from the back through John Williams who found the feet of Daniel Rees who held the defender off and lay the ball into the path of the energetic Cory Anstee who broke from midfield to go through and slot the ball under the out coming keeper. Not long before the break we doubled our lead when sharp passing just outside the area saw Leo Satherley break into the box only to be brought down and a penalty awarded, Satherley dusted himself off to take the penalty and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to net his 4th goal of the season. Half Time 0 - 2
The second half was more of the same competitive football and a game going back and forth with both knowing the next goal would be key, clear cut chances however were very few and far between, the best of them coming from Nathan Oliver who saw his long range effort well saved by the Treorchy keeper. Longer the game went on the more the hosts pushed which left plenty of space for us which was exploited inside the final 15 minutes when substitute Jake Frary broke clear and knocked the ball passed the keeper whose only option was to take Frary out and pick up his second booking of the game. From the resulting free kick full back Dan Rees put the stand in keeper under immediate pressure with a well struck effort but the keeper saved well to keep the home side in the game, although they failed to create any meaningful chances in the closing stages with the experienced centre back pairing of Nathan Williams and Matthew Smith marshalling the back line to keep them at bay. Final Score 0 - 2
A vital 3 points from us tonight that lifted us above our host to finish the season in 7th and more importunately out of the bottom two . Although the target at the start of the season was to be battling at the other end of the table a strong finish seeing us win 4 from our last 6 games lifted us off the bottom where 9 weeks ago we were 7 points adrift at the foot of the table and 11 away from safety. With the league season over we turn our attentions now to the league cup as we face a tough group of all premiership teams and start a week Saturday at home to Porth Harlequins
Saturday 2nd April 2022
Lucania Cup QF
Cup quarter final action this week and we were on the road again, this time to league runners up Cwm Rhondda. We had 3 changes from last weeks win with Nathan Williams
and Dan Rees returning to the back four and Cory Anstee coming into midfield.
The home side had most of the opening possession and chances but none that really troubled us as we dealt with what they threw at us comfortably. As we soaked up any pressure we looked to break on the counter but didn't really test the Cwm keeper in what was a competitive first half battle. Half Time 0 - 0
Second half was much the same as the first but the best of the early chances coming from Cian Weeks when his half volley from just outside the area went narrowly over the bar. A couple of injuries for us which meant changes in personal and positions saw us for a period a bit disjointed which the home side capitalised on when we conceded a free kick right on the edge of the area which was perfectly struck right into the corner coming off the post in the process to put the hosts one up. We settled ourselves back down and looked to push for the equaliser but found a stubborn Cwm defence hard to breakdown and then the inevitable happened as we took more chances left space at the back which allowed their striker time and space to pick his spot and put the game beyond us. Final Score 2 - 0
A spirited display and a tough battle against good opposition in a game where the first goal would win it which unfortunately wasn't us on this occasion. Our attentions turn quickly back to league action now for our final league game on Wednesday in a must win away to Treorchy
Saturday 26th March 2022
Lucania Cup Round 1
Lucania cup round 1 action this week as we travelled to Treorchy, we had 2 changes from our last game with Matthew Smith and Jake Frary coming into the starting 11
The home side started the better and were on top as we struggled to settled with wayward passes and sloppy play not making our job any easier. The best of the chances fell to the hosts but the Town keeper pulled off two good saves to keep the score level. We could only create half chances ourselves as we looked to hit Treorchy on the break but neither side to find the net. Half Time 0 - 0
We started the second half much better and more on the front foot and early changes into the half saw the introduction of Shay Rees and Cory Anstee which their freshness added to the tempo as we took control of the game. It was 15 minutes from time before the deadlock was broken when Rees broke down the right hand side and pulled the ball back to the edge of the area for Cian Weeks to have time and space to pick his spot and his effort from 18 yards found the back of the net. 5 minutes later Weeks returned the favour as he set up Rees who again from the edge of the area struck low to put us two goals up. The home side came at us in the final minutes but the back four defended well and rarely troubled as we saw the game out to book our place in the quarter final. Final Score 0 - 2
A slow start but we improved as a team as the game went on and deserved the win overall to set up a quarter final with Cwm Rhondda away next week
Saturday 12th March 2022
We were away again this week for our penultimate league game of the season as we travelled to Penyrenglyn who were 2 points above us in the table, we had two changes
to last week with both Rees brothers coming into the starting 11, Dylan in the back and Daniel in midfield.
10 minutes in and we took the lead when a diagonal ball from the right went all the way through to Leo Satherley at the back post who controlled the ball, composed himself and fired into the back of the net. The home side had a spell on top after we took the lead but only managed the one shot on target which was comfortably saved by the Town keeper. Just after the half hour mark we scored two goals in 2 minutes when Craig Jones and Cian Weeks combined, first Weeks set up Jones who then returned the favour for Weeks to net his 8th goal of the season. Just before the half time whistle a long pass forward by full back John Williams found Jones who rounded the keeper to tap into an empty net to put us 4 - 0 up going into the break. Half Time 0 - 4
We were slow starting the second half and the hosts were putting us under pressure but after 10 minutes we got the next goal when Dan Rees played in Craig Jones to net his 3rd hat-trick of the season. Credit to Penyrenglyn and they never gave up and at times were looking the more dangerous but our back line soaked up the pressure well, that was until the final 10 minutes when a simple ball over the top undone us as their midfielder had an easy finish. In the closing stages we restored our five goal lead when Satherley set up Jones who scored his 19th goal of the season and 60th overall for the club. Final Score 1 - 6
A big 3 points for us today that moves us off the foot of the table with one game to go, which will be away to Treorchy at a date still to be confirmed, however we do travel to Treorchy next week in the first round of the Lucania Cup
Saturday 5th March 2022
A 6 pointer this week as we travelled to Tonypandy Albions who sat one point above us in the league. We had just the one change from last week's win with Cory Anstee
The home side started the sharper with a couple of early chances however it was us who took the lead when Craig Jones got his head on the end of a Cian Weeks cross. 5 minutes later the home side drew level when a strong challenge but two sets of players on the corner of the 18 yards box saw the ball fall nicely inside to the Pandy player who from just inside the area drew the scores level. Half Time 1 - 1
We were a bit more on the front foot in the second half but the hosts were looking to hit us on the break and on the hour the took the lead when they broke into the box and fired into the far corner. As we piled on the pressure we had chances to equalise but failed to work the keeper, that was until the 89th minute when Cian Weeks got onto a ball over the top cut back to the edge of the area and hit a thunderbolt into the top corner to make it 2-2. 5 minutes into injury time we looked to snatch the win when Craig Jones's effort from the edge of the box unluckily hit both posts but Leo Satherley was on hand to beat 2 defenders to the rebound to force the ball over the line, however to everyone's amazement the ref adjudged him to be offside. 7 minutes into injury time and the longest 20 seconds ever the hosts had a corner and after a scramble Pandy got a 99th minute winner. Final Score 3 - 2
A very hard result to take after a spirited second half performance only to be undone by some poor decisions and 9 minutes of injury time, in which there was no significant stoppages, which gifted the home side the 3 points. Another key game next week as we travel to Penyrenglyn who one place and 2 points above us in the table
Saturday 26th February 2022
Our final home league game of the season saw us host The Balgan, we had two personnel changes to the last game with Tom Lewis returning in goals and Dan Rees at full
An open start to the game so half chances for both side but it was us who took the lead just after 10 minutes when a cross from the right by John Williams found Craig Jones inside the box whose finish put the ball past the reach of the keeper. Craig doubled his tally and our lead a few minutes later this time getting on the end of a Shay Rees cross to net his 13th goal of the season. On 20 minutes we increased our lead further when a 25 yard strike from Nathan Oliver found the top corner before Leo Satherley netted his second Town goal of the season to put us 4 - 0 up. Just before half time Craig Jones completed his second hat-trick of the season and put us in a comfortable position going into the break. Half Time 5 - 0
The second half was a much more scrappy contest as we took our foot off the gas and sat back a lot more but resilient defending didn't give the away side any meaningful chances as we played out a nil nil in the second half. Final Score 5 - 0
A vital 3 points for us and a decent performance that gives us just our 3rd win of the season but one we need to build on in our final 3 league games as we look to get off the foot of the table, next week we are away to Tonypandy Albions.
A special mention to John Williams who today marked his 250th appearance for the club
Saturday 12th February 2022
Saturday 5th February 2022
For the third week running we were at home, this time we hosted Penygraig BGC. In contrast to last week we almost had a full squad to choose from and was just the one
change to the starting side with Shay Rees returning.
We started the brightest and had the best of the early chances but the efforts not quite testing the visitors keeper and shots going just wide of the mark. Penygraig's best chance was a long range effort that was tipped onto the bar by Town keeper Nathan Oliver. 5 minutes before the break we took the lead when a long range Cian Weeks's free kick fell to the feet of Craig Jones inside the box who turned and fired into the back of the net to get his 10th goal of the season. Half Time 1 - 0
Inside 5 minutes of the restart the visitors drew level when a simple ball over the top caught us flat footed and their striker had time and space from the edge of the area to pick his spot. The majority of the second half turned into a scrappy game as both with chances at both ends but neither keeper fully tested. 2 minutes from time our hard work and determination paid off when we got the vital 3rd goal of the game when a Weeks's free kick into the box was met by Craig Jones whose header found the top corner to give us a much needed 3 points. Final Score 2 - 1
Only our 2nd league win of the season but a deserved one for the grit and effort put in by all for the 90 minutes to pick up an important 3 points, which hopefully we can now build on in our remaining 5 games, however the task next week is not an easy one as we travel to league champions and unbeaten Penygraig Utd
Saturday 29th January 2022
Home again this week against 2nd place Cwm Rhondda, with 8 players missing from last week the squad was stretched, there was 3 changes to the starting 11 with Matthew
Smith, Jake Frary and Leo Satherley starting
Better of the early chances fell to us with Craig Jones rounding the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line. From the resulting Cian Weeks corner Barrie Jones got his head to the ball to put us one goal up. 20 minutes in the visitors drew level when their winger was given to much space and able to find the back of the net. Half Time 1 - 1
Just after the hour the lack of options from the bench and players pulling up with injuries took its toll as Cwm took the lead when a simply ball through the middle was latched onto by their winger who went through one on one and slotted passed the Town keeper. With some injuries getting to much we were forced into a change with Tom Lewis coming on in goals with Nathan Oliver coming into the back 4, soon after the away side increased their lead when a throw-in into the box found their winger unmarked who from 10 yards out completed his hat-trick. With majority of the side out on their feet we didn't give up but struggled to create many chances, and the ones we did were kept out by the Cwm keeper and then in the final minutes the away side sealed the game getting a simple goal from a corner. Final Score 1 - 4
An even and competitive game for an hour but injuries and no options from the bench proved to much of a hurdle for us to overcome. We are at home again next week as we host Penygraig BGC
Saturday 22nd January 2022
Our first game of 2022 and just our 3rd in 3 months saw us host the unbeaten league winners Penygraig Utd, we had changes throughout the side from 6 weeks ago with
John Williams, Garry Edwards, Lee Bolderson, Barrie Jones, Shay Rees and Craig Jones returning to the side, Nathan Oliver also moved in goals.
With the league positions of both sides at either end of the table we always knew we were in for a tough afternoon but started well and stuck to the game plan competing with the champions. 20 minutes in and we took the lead when a great long range effort from Shay Rees caught the keeper off his line as he stroked the ball into the far corner. Just after the half hour mark the visitors drew level when a cross from the right found the opposite winger who drilled low from the edge of the area to find the bottom corner. As has been the story of our season we had a bad 10 minute spell where we were under the cosh and conceded another 2 goals where a lapse in concentration allowed the Penygraig players time and space to finish well and put them into the lead going into the break. Half Time 1 - 3
We started the 2nd half as we did the 1st and more than matched the visitors as we looked to get back into the game and had a few good chances, Cory Anstee going close with one effort as he broke through the middle and his effort from 25 yards beat the keeper but just went wide of the post. Not long after a great through ball by substitute Keaton Taylor right into the middle of the penalty area was just out of the reach of Craig Jones. Although Penygraig had more of the ball our back line held firm and kept them away from our goal, the one time they had an effort Nathan Oliver saved superbly to keep us in the game. We continued to push and take the game to the visitors in the closing stages but they were hard to break down and we could only create half chances which didn't test the keeper. Final Score 1 - 3
Considering the lack of match action over the recent months and confidence within the side low this performance didn’t show it and for us to get off the bottom of the table its these performances we need in our remaining 7 games, starting next week as we are home again against Cwm Rhondda
Saturday 11th December 2021
Our first home game for 8 weeks saw us welcome Porth Harlequins, with injuries and late withdrawals we had 4 changes from our game a fortnight ago with Daniel Maddox
making his Town debut and starts for Matthew Smith, Jake Frary and Leo Satherley
Both sides had chances early on to take the lead but finishing was lacking from both sides. 20 minutes in the away side did take the lead with a low drive from the edge of the box found the bottom corner, then minutes later, in what has been the story of our season, we conceded a 2nd with a shot from just inside the area finding the far corner. On the stroke of half time the visitors took a three goal lead when we failed to clear a corner and a deflected shot found the back of the net. Half Time 0 - 3
We started the 2nd half the better side and went on the front foot as we looked to get back into the game and on the hour we got a goal when Cian Weeks broke through and calmly lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper to net his 6th goal of the season. 10 minutes later Weeks turned provided when his cross from the right was met by a powerful header from Jake Frary to net his first Town goal. We were on top pushing for an equaliser but more we went forward the more space we left at the back and minutes from time we were punished as Porth had men over and their winger time to pick his spot to seal the points. Final Score 2 - 4
Another week but same story for us as we didn't start playing until it was too late and we were chasing the game. Our final game before Christmas see us host 2nd place The Baglan next Saturday
Saturday 27th November 2021
Our first game for 3 weeks saw us travel to Cwm Rhondda in some horrible conditions with a bitterly cold strong wind, we had 5 changes from our last outing with Dan
Rees, Nathan Williams and Garry Edwards coming into the back line, Nathan Oliver in midfield and Daniel Rees starting up front.
As both sides tried to adapt to the conditions it made for a scrappy start, the first shot on target came to us when Dan Rees's long range effort forced the Cwm keeper into a save pushing the shot around the post. Just before the half hour the home side took the lead when a through ball to their winger, who seemed to be in an offside to most, left him in plenty of space to break through and square the ball back to the unmarked striker to tap into an empty net. Two more goals from the home side just before half time, the first a drilled shot from close range and then a mix up on the stroke of half time saw their striker finish from a yard out to give them a 3 - 0 half time lead. HT 3 - 0
A few injuries picked up at the end of the half saw us make 3 changes at half time, John Williams, Matthew Smith and Leo Satherley came on as we changed shape looking to get back in the game. We started the half quickly and earned ourselves a corner straight away and from it got a goal back when Cian Weeks is ball in caused havoc and Shay Rees was on hand to put over the line. On the hour we reduced the deficit to one when some good build up play down the right saw Weeks play the ball through to Satherley who broke through and calmly lifted the ball over the Cwm keeper to net his first Town goal. A bad injury to defender Jordan Maiden on 70 minutes saw the game come to a temporary halt for 10 minutes and unfortunately for us when it restarted with a Cwm corner they caught us cold as they restored their two goal lead straight away with a header inside the 6 yard box. We didn't let this put our heads down and 5 minutes later we got our third goal when Weeks is effort hit the post with the rebound falling to Shay Rees who fired the ball into the top corner to set up a tense finish. The closing stages of the game saw both teams going for the next goal with us going close late on but the home side managed to see the game out. Final Score 4 - 3
Different game but same story for us as we yet again have a poor spell and concede sloppy goals and make it hard for ourselves as we chase the game. We are away again next week as we play Penyrenglyn who currently sit on the same points as us in the table
Saturday 30th October 2021
SWFA SENIOR CUP ROUND 3
SWFA Senior Cup 3rd round for us this week as we travelled to Aberdare league side Afc Aberaman, we had three changes from our last game with Jordan Maiden and Cory Anstee returning to the side and new signing Keaton Taylor starting.
Five minutes in and the home side took the lead when the broke down the right crossed into the box and the faintest of touches at the near post directed the ball across goal to bounce off the far post and in. 20 minutes in and Aberaman doubled their lead with a free kick from the edge of the area finding the top corner. Just before the half hour we pulled a goal back when we built from the back with John Williams playing Cian Weeks in down the left and his inside ball to Taylor just in side the area who had time to pick his spot and find the far corner. Halt Time 2 - 1
The second half was an open game with play going back and forth and both side having their fair amount of chances but a combination of good saves and poor finishing from both kept the hosts a goal in front. As time went on and the more we needed to chase the game it was allowing more space at the back but it wasn't until the final minutes that the home side got their 3rd goal to seal the tie as their striker showed good feet to get through and drill low into the bottom corner. Final Score 3 - 1
Our Senior Cup run comes to an end today and we have a two week break now before our next game which will be at home to Penygraig BGC
Saturday 23rd October 2021
This week we were away to Penygraig BGC and with a few players missing there was 4 changes from last weeks draw with Huw Evans, John Williams, Jake Frary and Shay Rees
coming into the starting eleven.
A shambolic opening 20 minutes from us saw us conceded a soft header from a corner, a deflected free kick and a 3rd goal where we allowed the home side so much time and space to pass and move they couldn't believe their luck as it resulted in their striker standing on his own 12 yards out to put the ball into an empty net. As the ref brought the first half to an end we were fortunate not to be further behind in what was a 45 minutes of football to forget. Half Time 3 - 0
An attitude adjustment and a change in shape at half time saw us start the second half much better and we got a goal back immediately when Cian Weeks played the ball through to Craig Jones who drilled low past the keeper to net his 50th goal for the club. 10 minutes into the half Shay Rees was brought down inside the penalty area, however the resulting penalty was saved by the Penygraig keeper. We were more on the front foot this half and created several chances but couldn't get that key second goal, however the more we pushed the more space we allowed the home side who caught us on the counter attack on a few occasions but they couldn't take advantage. Inside the last 5 minutes we did get a second goal when a Weeks corner was headed in by Dylan Rees. We pushed in the final stages and had half chances but couldn't find that equaliser. Final Score 3 - 2
Another week and another poor spell in a game costing us and we can't be expecting to win games if we continue to do that and don't start playing until it's to late. We take a break from league action for a few weeks now but next week we make the trip to AFC Aberaman for the 3rd round of the SWFA Senior Cup.
Saturday 16th October 2021
Back to league action this week and we were at home again to Penyrenglyn, we had two changes from last weeks cup victory with Tom Lewis returning in goals and Kieron
Riddiford making his first start of the season.
We were poor starting and let the visitors control the game as we struggled to get going with our touch and passes very sloppy and we could barely string 2 passes together. Just before the half hour the away side took a deserved lead when they broke down the left and the initial shot was saved but their midfielder was quickest to react to the rebound to fire in from 12 yards. Soon after they had a chance to double their lead but a good save from the Town keeper tipped a header from 6 yards out over the bar. A header was our best chance of the half as well 5 minutes before the break when a cross from the right from Cian Weeks found Cory Anstee in the centre of the goals but his header went straight into the keepers’ hands. Just before half time the away side broke clear and went through one on one with a chance to increase their lead but Lewis saved well down low to keep the score at one nil. Half Time 0 - 1
The second half started a little better for us with a little more energy but that quickly faded and it was Penyrenglyn who took control of the game and an early chance saw the Town keeper called into action again getting a hand to a shot across goal to push around the far post. Just before the hour the visitors got their second goal when again we were slow to react to a deflected effort which looped up in the air and their striker was pulled down just inside the area and he had time to pick his spot and slot home. Penyrenglyn's confidence was sky high at this point and were going for the 3rd goal but we weathered the storm and a couple of changes we finally started playing ourselves in the final 20 minutes and getting efforts on goal, Craig Jones coming close with a header going just wide of the post. 10 minutes from time we got a deserved goal back to halve the deficit when a well struck drilled free kick from Cian Weeks was cleverly chested in by Craig Jones to set up a tense finish. We continued to push and had the visitors pinned back and several chances brought saves from the away keeper and other chances just going wide of the target. With only minutes remaining we got a deserved equaliser when a deep cross from Dylan Rees found Jones in the box whose header found the bottom corner to net his 8th goal of the season. With time running out we went in search of a late winner as we were on the front foot now but there just wasn't enough minutes left to get it. Final Score 2 - 2
A poor 70 minutes from us today where we lacked energy and we'll off the pace but to the players credit we didn't collapse and pulled ourselves together and battled well in the final stages and coming away with a deserved draw in the end but also wondering what could have been if we had played with the same intensity and desire for the first 70 minutes. We are on our travels next week as we play Penygraig Boys and Girls Club
Saturday 9th October 2021
SWFA SENIOR CUP ROUND 2
It was the 2nd round of the SWFA Senior Cup for us this week as we welcomed Alliance League side Llangynwyd Rangers. There were 3 changes in the side, Nathan Williams
making his first start of the season, Cory Anstee coming back into midfield and Nathan Oliver playing in goals.
We started off with some good football especially against higher opposition where we had most of the chances but didn’t trouble the opposition keeper until 30 minutes when the front 3 of Shay Rees, Craig Jones and Cian Weeks combined well where Rees broke through the defence to go 1 on 1 with the keeper and without being selfish squared the ball to Weeks who put it past the keeper to make it 1-0. The remainder of the half was end to end but nothing to trouble the keepers. HT 1 - 0
Second half we started the strongest and it was us who struck next when a long ball from the goal keeper Nathan Oliver where Craig Jones headed on into the path of Weeks who smashed it into the top corner to put us 2-0 up. There was a lack of concentration in the back where their striker turned inside and put it in the left hand corner to claw one back for the visitors. We had a shout for a penalty when Jones went one on one with the keeper took it round him and instead of going down when the keeper made contact with him he took the shot on only for their defender to clear it off the line. 80 mins in we did have a penalty when a cross come from the right hand side only for the defender to hand ball it, Jones give the responsibility to Weeks who was on a hat trick and he didn’t disappoint sending the keeper the wrong way to claim the match ball. Llangwynyd did put pressure on us but in the final minutes but the back four held out well to close the result out. Final Score 3 - 1
Good performance all round especially the way we been playing the last 2 weeks and into the hat for the next round. Back to league action next week as we host Penyrenglyn
Saturday 2nd October 2021
This week we were away to the Baglan who had been in a good run of form going into this game, we had a few changes from last week with John Williams and Jordan Maiden
returning to the back line with Ricky Rossiter coming into midfield.
We started well and inside 5 minutes took the lead when great link up play down the right saw Cian Weeks and Barrie Jones combine to thread the ball through to John Williams who from a tight angle squeezed the ball in. On 20 minutes Jones and Weeks combined again with this time Weeks threading the ball through to Craig Jones who fired low past the home keeper to net his 6th of the season. We had a chance to increase our lead further on the half hour when Shay Rees was brought down in the area, but a good save from the Baglan keeper from a Craig Jones strike kept the score at two nil. Soon after the hosts had a penalty of their own which was converted to half the deficit. Just before the break though Barrie Jones teed up John Williams on the edge of the box for him to find the bottom corner and restore our 2 goal advantage and grab his second of the game. The half ended on low note when on the stroke of half time a collision between two of our own players resulted in an injury to the Town keeper which meant changes were needed during the break. Half Time 1 - 3
We came out for the second with 2 personnel changes but 3 positional, Ricky Rossiter took on the thankless task of putting the gloves on with Daniel Rees coming into midfield and Keelan Rees replaced the injured Dan Rees in the back. The changes didn't help us and we looked a totally different side in the second half and the home side were playing more on the front foot and soon got a goal back, and not long after drew level. With the game all square we were still struggling to get a foothold and was only able to create half chances, and it was the home side with 10 minutes remaining who got the next and crucial goal to give them the 3 points. Final Score 4 - 3
This was the classic game of two halves and despite the forced changes at half time which threw us off our game there is no complaints about the result as the Baglan simply wanted it more in the second 45. Two poor back to back results for us now, this one being the more disappointing as more our own fault and throwing the game away. We take a break from league action next week as we play in the second round of the SWFA Senior Cup at home to Alliance League Division 2 side Llangynwyd Rangers
Saturday 25th September 2021
After a week off due to our cup opponents dropping out we were back at home for our 3rd league game of the season looking to build on our previous win. We had two
changes from that game with Barrie Jones and Craig Williams coming into the staring side.
The visitors started the better and put us on the back foot for the opening 10 minutes but the best of the chances fell our way forcing their keeper into several good saves. That continued to be the pattern of the half with Treorchy playing on the front foot but the better chances falling our way and on another day could of seen us a few goals up. Just before the break the away side took the lead when their striker turned our defence and got through one on one and slotted passed the Town keeper. Half Time 0 - 1
We came out more on the front foot at the start of the second half and continued knocking on the door to get the equaliser but again their keeper kept us at bay. A bad 15 minutes spell saw the game get away from us when first a corner went through to the back post to find their player unmarked to finish then minutes later the saw player got his 2nd and 3rd goal in identical fashion breaking through to go one on one and find the bottom corner to put Treorchy four up. Ten minutes from time we did get a goal back in what was goal of the game and an early contender for goal of the season (which it needed to be to beat the Treorchy keeper) when Shay Rees cut in from the right and his fierce strike from 25 yards out found the top corner. Final Score 1 - 4
Not the result we wanted and a below par performance from us today but did create enough chances and if not for their keeper this could have quite easily been the other way. We need to regroup after this and learn from our mistakes and look to put it right next week as we travel to 3rd placed Baglan
Saturday 11th September 2021
After a late change in venue or 2nd game of the season turned into our first home game as we hosted Tonypandy Albion. We had two changes to the starting eleven with
Cory Anstee and Ricky Rossiter coming into the side from last week.
We got off to a flyer when a quick long pass from the Town keeper saw Craig Jones and Shay Rees combine well to send Cian Weeks in down the right whose fierce strike into the top corner gave the keeper no chance to net his first goal for the Town. We kept the tempo going throughout the half but despite our possession we didn't really test the opposition keeper other than a few free kicks and a few half chances and had to deal with the counter attack on a couple of occasions where the visitors came close to drawing level. Just before the break we did double our lead when again a shot was well saved by the Pandy keeper but the rebound fell nicely to Shay Rees in the centre of the goals who picked his spot to put us two up. HT 2-0
The visitors started the second half the better and played on the front foot but it was the Town who got the next goal when again the combination between the front three saw Craig Jones 10 yards out to fire into the net. Despite comfortably in front we had another bad 5 minute spell where we gifted the visitors chances and they took one inside 10 minutes when a ball through the middle saw a deflected shot go beyond the reach of the home keeper. However it didn't take long for us to restore our 3 goal lead when a Weeks corner was met by the head of Jones to find the back of the net. Five minutes later it was the same 2 who combined after some very good team build up play which resulted in weeks firing a cross along the 6 yard line for Jones to head in to claim the match ball. 10 minutes later Jones was on the score sheet again when this time he got on the end of a Jake Frary cross to put us firmly in the driving seat. After a couple of substitutions inside the last 15 minutes saw a Town debut for Matthew Hurton we continued to push and further goals added for Weeks and Shay Rees, Weeks getting the first after picking up a short corner and given time and space to pick his spot from the edge of the area and find the far corner. Soon after Rees found the same corner but after carrying the ball a long way, beating several defenders, cutting inside and finding that far corner. In the final minutes Weeks and Rees combined again with Weeks breaking down the right and his cross found Rees in the box for him to head in for his hat-trick. Finally Score 9-1
A good performance all round today and a scoreline that was deserved to give us our first 3 points of the season. We are at home again next week as we host last seasons Port Talbot league Champions Glyncorrwg FC in the first round of the Senior Cup
Saturday 4th September 2021
We finally returned to competitive action today after a 19 months absence as we travelled to Porth Harlequins, we have had many changes to a squad during our time out
but it was a familiar look to the starting 11 but did include two Town debuts for Dylan Rees and Cian Weeks.
We started slowly and looked like a team that hadn't played for several months but early on did have a good shout for a penalty turned down after Craig Jones was bundled in the back only for the referee to awarded Porth the free kick. Soon after it was the home side who took the lead with a ball over the top seeing their winger go through who just beat the oncoming Town keeper to the ball to square across the box to their centre forward to tap into an empty net. This did kick us into gear and we did start play football and get on top of the game however on the half hour mark we lost the ball on the halfway line which caught us high up the pitch and their winger broke away on the counter attack who went through the slot the ball into the net. Half Time 2-0
A change of half time saw a Town senior debut for Cory Anstee who was straight into the action and putting his mark on the game and inside 15-minutes got his goal to get us back in the game when good link up play on the right hand side between Lee Bolderson and Cian Weeks got the ball pulled back to the edge of the box for Anstee to drive low past the keeper. We were on top but the home side were looking dangerous on the on the break and had a chance to increase the lead midway through the half but a save from the town keeper kept the score at 2-1. Not long after the hosts did increase lead when a free kick from out wide was horribly misjudged by the town keeper which saw the ball fall to the Porth player who bundled over the line. The introduction of another Town debutant saw Leo Sathery take to the field who injected energy into the side although this was short lived as he unfortunately picked up an injury after 10 minutes and was replaced by Keelan Rees. We kept the high tempo and pressure on the hosts but good saves from the home keeper kept their two goal lead, that was until 10 minutes from time when the ever dependable Craig Jones opened his account for the season getting on the end of a cross from deep to guide past the keeper. We kept the pressure on until the end but couldn't get that important 3rd goal to draw level. Final Score 3 - 2
Not the result we wanted to start the season but plenty of positives to take from the performance which we need to build on and take into our next game, which in another away trip next week against Tonypandy Albion