Saturday 6th October 2018
This week we were away to league leaders Treherbert who narrowly beat us 4-3 in
the reverse fixture earlier in the season. We had 3 changes from last week's defeat, Nathan Williams started in the back line with Nathan Parry and Martin Jones returning in midfield.
Possession in the early stages was dominated by the home side but despite this there was no real threat on our goal. 20 minutes in the home side did get the opening goal when a simple through ball set their striker away who got to the ball before the Town keeper to round him and slot the ball into the back of the net. Within the next 15 minutes the home side added a further two goals, both in very similar fashion, their players given time and space to pick their pass and come straight through the middle to finish from just inside the area one on one. Our best chance of the half came inside the final 10 minutes when Shay Rees done well to close down the Treherbert defender and the ball dropped into the path of Matthew Davies but his shot from the edge of the box went just wide of the post into the side netting. Half Time 3 - 0
We came out for the second half knowing a much improved performance was needed if we were to get anything from the game, and to our credit that is what we did and took the game to the hosts. Just after the hour our efforts were rewarded when Shay Rees was brought down in the box and we were awarded a penalty, up stepped Craig Jones who calmly finished getting his first goal for the club. With us looking to push more the home side looked to catch us on the break and did go close to getting a 4th goal when their striker broke our back line and his chipped shot from just outside the area hit the top of the cross bar. Inside the final 15 minutes the home side came close again when a low cross from the left found their striker unmarked 10 yards out but his shot was well saved by Tom Lewis in the Town goal. Shortly after Craig Jones got his and our deserved 2nd goal of the game with a powerful driven shot from the edge of the box to set up another tense finish to the game, however despite our best efforts we were unable to get a late equaliser. Final Score 3 - 2
The story of our season continues as we play like two different teams in each half of the game, again giving a team a 3 goal start before we start playing. If we are able to put in a consistent 90 minute performance of the level we have shown we can play at then these defeats by the one goal will start to turn around and we will start picking up wins on a more regular basis. We take a break from league action next week as we play The Baglan away in the 2nd round of the South Wales Senior Cup
Saturday 29th September 2018
We were back at home this week as we welcomed Cwm Rhondda looking to build on last week's
victory. With almost a full strength squad to choose from there were 3 changes from last week, Carl Semmens returned to the back four, Barrie Jones in midfield and Mickey Jones got his first start of
the season on the wing.
Despite us starting poorly and not getting out of first gear we found ourselves 3 - 0 up inside 20 minutes with goals two goals from Shay Rees and a Carl Semmens strike from the half way line. The away side were then awarded a penalty which was saved by the Town keeper before a well struck free kick from the edge of the box reduced the deficit. Straight after we restored our 3 goal lead when Mickey Jones scored his second goal in the 3 games. Then 5 minutes before the break we hit the self destruct button and lost all shape and composure and allowed the visitors back into the game with an easy finish on the stroke of half time.
At half time with us to busy arguing amongst ourselves and thinking the game was won we went out for the second half with completely the wrong attitude and inside the first 15 minutes our complacency got the better of us. 2 sloppy goals and one fantastic strike put the visitors 5 - 4 up which totally took the wind out of our sails. We had chances ourselves in the second half to equalise and even win the game but our end product in the final 3rd let us down. Final Score 4 - 5
A very disappointing result today as you can't give away a 3 goal lead like we did but credit to the away side who never gave up. We must learn from this and goes to show there are no easy games in this league so we can't afford to be stuck in first gear all game and expect to get anything from it. We look to put things right next week as we travel to Treherbert who we narrowly lost 3 - 4 to a few weeks ago knowing we need a 100% improvement on today's performance.
Saturday 22nd September 2018
We were on our travels this week away to Treorchy with our squad being stretched to the limits. Despite missing 9 players
we still put a strong 11 on the pitch which saw 5 changes from last week, Huw Evans, Kai Hollingsworth and Dan Rees came into the back four, Martin Jones returned from suspension in the middle of
midfield and new signing Craig Jones started up front.
With the weather and parts of the pitch covered in water this was always going to be a closely contested game and that's the way it started with both sides having their fair share of possession but chances for both sides were few and far between, our best chances came from Matthew Davies who went through one on one only for the keeper to make a good save and then the home keeper was called into action again pulling off another good save from a Craig Williams effort. Half Time 0 - 0
As the second went on we did start to take control of the game and looked the team the most likely to score but the home side were always a threat on the break, however the best chance to open the scoring fell to us after a cross from the right was headed just over by Craig Jones. As time was pushing on and both sides still going for the win we finally broke the deadlock inside the last 10 minutes when a good passing move down the left saw Dan Rees break into the box and with the outside of his foot drilled the ball into the far corner. Minutes later we came close to doubling our lead when Craig Williams's thunderous strike from 35 yards hit the inside of the post and bounced clear. The final action of the game saw the home side awarded a free kick in a dangerous position which was drilled towards goal but was well saved by Tom Lewis in the Town goal. Final Score 0 - 1
A very good performance all round today and a well deserved 3 points and it's these types of performances and attitude we need to take into every game, starting next week when we are back at home as we host Cwm Rhondda
Saturday 15th September 2018
Our 3rd home game in a row saw us host Penygraig Utd who had won both their
opening games this season. There were 5 changes from last week's narrow defeat with Tom Lewis returning in goals, John Williams to the back line, captain Carl Semmens in midfield with Matthew Davies
and Craig Williams starting up front.
It was an even start to the game with both sides looking to play football and playing on the front foot. The visitors came closest to opening the scoring when a free kick 25 yards out hit the post, they then had a few half chances but unable to hit the target before we took the lead when a long ball forward caused confusion between their defender and keeper which saw Matthew Davies take full advantage and nip in to put the ball into the back of the empty net. Penygraig then almost levelled the scores immediately when a shot from the edge of the area and hit the underside of the bar and came down on the line, minutes later they did level when we failed to fully clear a corner and the ball found it's way to the back post to their player in acres of space with time to pick his spot as he fired underneath the Town keeper. After 35 minutes we had a spell to forget when first a powerful strike from just inside the area somehow found it's way past Lewis and then a good passing move by the visitors carved us open ending with their striker tapping in from 5 yards. Half Time 1 - 3
After some strong words at half time we came out for the second half looking to improve on the first half performance and take the game to the visitors. The game was still a well contested affair but with chances limited for both sides, the longer the game went on there more open it became as we pushed for a goal we started allowing space in the back, their best chance coming from a strike 15 yards out that was brilliantly headed off the line and over the bar by Lee Bolderson. Inside the last 15 minutes our pressure finally paid off when a break down the right and the ball was played across to box for substitute Mickey Davies to tap in at the far post to open his Town account. With our tails up we pushed again to get the equaliser but did allow the away side space up front as they looked to catch us on the break and with 5 minutes remaining they almost sealed the points when their striker broke into the box but his low shot was saved by Lewis to push the ball wide. Deep into injury time we finally got a 3rd goal and a well earned equaliser when Shay Rees's cross to the back post was met by the head of Craig Williams to get his first goal of the season. Final Score 3 - 3
Again for the 3rd week running our second half performance was better than our first but again we gave the opposition a two goal start which is always hard to come back from. If we can start games with the character and attitude we show at the end of games then the narrow defeats and draws will start turning into wins, and that is how we need to start our next game as we travel to Treorchy
Saturday 8th September 2018
This week we welcomed Penyrenglyn, who were looking to build on a strong start to the season. There were several changes from the previous game with Huw Evans, Dan Rees, Jordan Maiden and Barrie Jones all returning to the starting 11.
The game started scrappy with neither team creating any clear cut chances. The home team got the best of the chances when Nathan Parry was sent through 1 v 1, but failed to send the ball past the out rushing keeper. It was the away team who opened the scoring when the striker received the ball out on the touchline and was able to cut inside 2 defenders and send the ball over the Stanleytown keeper who was picking dandelions on the penalty spot. The away team soon doubled their lead when a corner was headed out but fell straight to the opposing player who smashed the ball in the bottom corner. Half time Stanleytown 0 -2 Penyrenglyn.
The second half started with the home team pushing to get back into the game, and their resilience finally paid off when a dangerous ball was put in the box by Martin Jones, the ball seemed to miss several players, including the opposition keeper and nestled in the far corner. Final touch being claimed by Ricky Bootbag Rossiter. Soon after the home team drew level when Nathan Parry made a sprint to the front post off a corner and slid the ball in to the bottom corner, 2-2 comeback looking good. However 10 minutes remaining, the plan went all wrong when a free kick on the half way was floated in to the box by Penyrenglyn, going straight to the Stanleytown keeper Huw Evans, who has hands like a digital clock, who missed the catch and the ball somehow fell nicely to the Penyrenglyn striker who nodded the ball home 3-2 to the visitors. With Stanleytown pushing for an equaliser and with tempers flaring, 2 Stanleytown players saw red and the home team finished with 9 players. Final score Stanleytown 2-3 Penyrenglyn.
Similar to last week, giving teams a head start before turning up to the game and playing football. Not the result we wanted or maybe deserved but no arguments. We look to get back on track next week at home to Penygraig United.
Saturday 1st September 2018
Our first home game of the season saw us host last year's Division One champions Treherbert BGC. With a shake up of the
side from last week's poor performance saw several changes in personnel and formation, player/manager Nathan Williams and Ricky Rossiter made their first starts in the back line along with Garry
Edwards returning from injury to form a back 5 with Alex Thomas and Craig Williams dropping back. Dale Pugh also made his first appearance of the season in the middle of midfield and Nathan Parry
started up front.
The first 20 minutes saw a very competitive and evenly matched contest with both sides battling hard, the best of the early chances fell to us with a shot from the edge of the area going just over. However it was the visitors who took the lead midway through the half with a dubious goal that could have quite easily been given as offside when a through ball put their striker through one on one who knocked the ball past Tom Lewis in the Town goal into the far corner. Inside the next 10 minutes Treherbert doubled their lead with yet again another goal that was suspiciously offside, this knocked our confidence and took our edge and bite out of the game and for the remainder of the half we were a different team to the one that started and conceded a third goal 5 minutes before the break when we allowed their player time a space on the edge of the area and his shot found the bottom corner. Half Time 0 - 3
A change at half time saw Jordan Maiden replace Nathan Williams in the back line as we looked to dust ourselves off from some disappointing decisions in the first half and start the second as we did the first. From the early stages we went more on an attacking front looking to get ourselves back in the game and started to put the visitors on the back foot but they were always looking dangerous on the break and did go through on a couple of occasions only to be denied by the "coffin dodger" in the Town goal. Dan Rees replaced Rossiter 10 minutes into the half as we changed to a more attacking formation. As we continued to push for a goal Treherbert did eventually break through and increase their lead with a fourth goal as their winger got in behind to go one on one and slot the ball into the far corner. With the game all but over it would have been easy for us to just give up and potentially collapse and ship more goals as we have done in previous seasons but the side showed real character and fight and we didn't give up and stilled looked to attack and soon after our efforts were rewarded when a shot from just outside the box was blocked by the defenders arm and the ref awarded us a penalty, up stepped Parry and fired into the corner out of the reach of the keeper. Just after 70 minutes we got a second when Edwards brought the ball out from the back and hit a diagonal ball into the box to Parry who hit a first time volley pass back across the face of the goal which was met by substitute Matthew Davies who bravely got his body on the ball before the on rushing keeper to put the ball over the line. Inside the last 10 minutes we got back to within a goal when a free kick from out wide was lifted into the box and at the far post Edwards out jumped all others to head the ball into the top corner to set up a tense finish to the game. The final minutes saw us pile on the pressure looking for a 4th goal but unfortunately for us we ran out of time before we could get what would have been a deserved equaliser. Final Score 3 - 4
Not the result our performance deserved but plenty of positives to take from this game and we need to take the character shown in the second half into every game and we will start to see the benefits in the results. Next week we are home again in another tough test as we host Penyrenglyn who have won both their opening games.
Saturday 25th August 2018
Our second game of the season saw us travel to another of the promoted sides Porth Harlequins looking to build on last
week's win. There were two changes to the starting 11 with Jordan Maiden making his full Town debut and Huw Evans coming into the back four.
It was the home side who started the brightest with ourselves being all over the place for the first 15 minutes struggling to get into the game, however despite the host early dominance they failed to create any chances. We did eventually settle and the game became more of an open affair flowing from end to end but chances at both ends were limited, the best chance of the half falling to the Porth winger who broke through one on one bringing a good save from Tom Lewis in the Town goal. Half Time 0 - 0
Changes at the break saw a Nathan Parry make his return to the Town in place of Huw Evans and Ricky Rossiter replaced the injured Carl Semmens. The second half continued in the same scrappy fashion as the first with neither side able to create clear goal scoring opportunities. After 70 minutes Shay Rees broke down the right and into the box only to be pulled back by the Porth full back but unfortunately the referee didn't see it the same way and turned down our penalty appeal. Inside the final 15 minutes the deadlock was broken when the hosts had a free kick on the edge of the area which was knocked deep to the far post and headed back across the goal to be headed in from 2 yards out. This did eventually kick us into gear and we pressed hard in the final 10 minutes but was to little to late and our only really effort came in the final minute when Lee Bolderson's free kick was met by the head of Barrie Jones which brought a good save from the Porth keeper to turn the ball behind. Final Score 1 - 0
A disappointing result but our attitude and performance didn't deserve anything more. As a team we need to learn quickly from this result and look to put things right next week when we play our first home of the season against the 3rd of the promoted teams and many people's favourites for the league Treherbert BGC
Saturday 18th August 2018
We started the new season with an away trip to newly promoted Penygraig BGC, with new management in place and a good
pre-season spirits in the squad were high going into the game. There were new faces amongst the squad but it was a familiar 11 who took to the field at the start of the match.
We started on the front foot and attacked the hosts from the first whistle and our early pressure was rewarded inside 10 minutes when Alex Thomas's well struck shot from outside the box found the bottom corner. Despite our early dominance we failed to create any clear cut chances and allowed the home team back into the game but they rarely tested our back line, then after 35 minutes they were reduced to 10 men after their midfielder picked up two yellows in quick succession. Half Time 0 - 1
We came out for the 2nd half and stepped up a gear in the early parts looking to make the extra man count and wasn't long before we doubled our lead when Shay Rees broke down the right hand side and crossed into the box and found Alex Thomas who fired in to grab his 2nd of the game. We continued to push and were comfortably in control of the game but lacked that bit of creativity and composure in the final third and didn't test the home goalkeeper. Several substitutions during the 2nd half saw Town debuts for Jordan Maiden and Matthew Davies who almost opened his Town account when his sliding effort at the far post went just wide. Final Score 0 - 2
A solid performance today and 3 points to start the season and now we must build on this next week when we travel to another newly promoted team Porth Harlequins