Town Keep That Winning Feeling
By Gary Thomas
Town were hoping to continue their good form at AFC Porth who themselves had been on a good run of late. On a chilly but dry day there was small crowd of loyal Welsh League followers despite the World Cup Rugby taking place at Twickenham.
The game was only seconds old when a clash between Town keeper Steven Reeve and the home side's Nathan Parsons left the midfielder flat out in the area but luckily he was able to continue. The home side started the better but with Town centre halves Darryl Jeffries and Liam Roberts looking dominant AFC Porth never really gave Reeve any concerns. Meanwhile Town were struggling to get any momentum.
Then midway through the half Josh Roberts moved to the left and he started to have a bigger influence on the game. On 30 minutes he was brought down after a good run and from the resulting free kick Jeffries rose well and headed the ball back accross where Liam Roberts was on hand to head home to give Town a 1-0 lead.
Town were well on top now and just a few minutes later Kieron Howells went close with a good strike. AFC Porth had their one real chance of the half on 38 minutes as Nyran Bird rose to head a corner at goal which was well saved by Reeve.
Town suffered a injury blow on half time as Rhodri Dykes had to be replaced by Josh Dorward with Kyle Cockings dropping back to left back.
Early in the second Town nearly added to their lead when Steven Hughes hit a good shot which was saved well by home keeper Chris Golton. Town were having the better of the exchanges whilst the home side couldn't were being frustrated by the Town back 4 who were have an excellent day.
AFC Porth did though nearly equalise on 61 minutes as substitute Nicholas Price headed towards goal but the ball went out off the post. It was end to end now and the next chance came from a corner taken by Marc Jones which saw Josh Roberts's strike saved well by Golton. Roberts had the next opportunity but he hit his strike wide on 80 minutes.
The came some excellent defending from midfielder Marc Jones who cleared a dangerous cross. Then, with just a minute to go, AFC Porth took a corner and the ball was cleared to Town substitute Dan Williams who had half the pitch to run and only the AFC Porth keeper in front of him. He showed real maturity to hold on to the ball and as he entered the area he slipped the ball sideways for Josh Roberts to tap home the second for Town.
The game finished with Town extending their winning run to 4 and they now face a tricky home game next Saturday against local rivals Tata Steel.
A quick mention for Referee Lewiss Edwards who was excellent on the day especially as he had not official assistants available to him.