THE NATHANIEL CARS WELSH FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
AFC LLWYDCOED v UNDY ATHLETIC 23/1/16
Undy arrived at the Llwydcoed ground as League Leaders and showed why they are after a convincing victory against a Llwydcoed team who were second best for long periods. Their home ground playing surface was in excellent condition inviting football to be played.
AFC Llwydcoed Manager David Haggett was without five squad players, nevertheless, the strength of the squad filled the void.
The opening part of the first half saw Undy create attack after attack with Gyles Thompson and James Barnes combining, the Llwydcoed defence were under constant pressure. Undy nearly opened the scoring through their striker Gareth Cullimore. The pressure Undy had developed grew and grew. Llwydcoed's players tried to create some moves but the pressure of Undy's all round play did not allow Llwydcoed to build any pressure. Undy were totally in charge making Llwydcoed lose possession time and again and this put more pressure on the hosts defence. Undy almost opened the scoring on a few occasions through Gareth Cullimore and Peter Szczpernaik only some top defending by Jay Powell, Matthew Doherty, Scott Walters and Luke Davies kept the scores level. The amount of times Llwydcoed lost possession made the inevitable happen Undy's Gareth Cullimire opened the scoring after another poor passage of play by Llwydcoed's players, on the percentage of possession Undy could have been more than one goal ahead, they had more chances through Marcus Power and Peter Szczpernaik. The first half was totally controlled by Undy only the final ten minutes of the half saw Llwydcoed build some attacks through Luke Spencer. Lewis Holder and Oliver Roberts. The Undy defenders Rhys Aherne, Chris Parry, Nathan Woods and Gyles Thompson remained solid and cleared the danger.
The Llwydcoed players had to improve as a team in the second half after being outplayed in the first half. Undy should have been three goals clear and the match began to be more even. Llwydcoed's Joe Jenkins and Oliver Roberts started to create space and openings for Jordan Ellis and Ricky Carter. More good play saw the Undy defence under pressure who responded with Chris Parry and Gareth Heywood stopping the threat. The improvement in Llwydcoed's play gave the home supporters hope, a much better start to the second half, a goal at this stage for Llwydcoed would have been a reward for this early pressure but Undy came through this spell of pressure and they started to look dangerous on the wide positions. They won a corner that Llwydcoed's players failed to clear and Gareth Cullimore scored accepting the gift. The introduction of both teams substitutes saw the game open up. Llwydcoed had chances but it was Undy who finalised the scoring through Gareth Cullimore to record a hat trick and Peter Szczpernaik. Llwydcoed's players need to learn quickly from this defeat before they welcome another top team next Saturday Caldicot Town 2.00 ko.
AFC LLWYDOCED 0
UNDY ATHLETIC 4