Cynon Valley - - FOOTBALL -

ABER­DARE re­main win­less after this ca­pit­u­la­tion against no more than a de­cent, hard-work­ing out­fit and this dis­ap­point­ingly in front of good home sup­port for this Fri­day night fix­ture.

There was a re­turn to the start­ing line-up after a long sus­pen­sion for Lewis Holder, with Richard In­gram also re­turn­ing to bol­ster the mid­field.

Things be­gan brightly with Rhys Tandy pro­duc­ing some neat touches and the front line of Seb Haggett and El­liot Mor­ris caus­ing a few early headaches for the Vil­lage rear guard. The vis­i­tors were pro­duc­ing lit­tle to trou­ble the hosts and it came as no sur­prise when Town opened the scor­ing in the 19th minute. Holder broke up a Vil­lage break, slot­ting a pass to Tandy who found the over­lap­ping Josh Powell with a sweet pass and who in turn, after a run to­ward the by­line put in a cross which re­treat­ing cen­tre back Jack Jenkins could only head against his own cross­bar. The ball re­bounded into the path of the alert Haggett who swept home clin­i­cally for a de­served lead.

Aber­dare con­tin­ued to look com­fort­able but the com­plex­ion and course of the game was to change in a mad few min­utes just on the half-hour mark. Powell and Vil­lage’s Mickey Mor­ris were in­volved in a bit of hand­bags and went into ref­eree Jones’ book as did Sion Wil­liams of Vil­lage for some after-theevent ver­bals. The free kick was Vil­lage’s, awarded for Powell’s ini­tial push and it was to prove so costly. The ball was floated into the Town penalty box and keeper Clint Forbes could only flap into the path of Kur­tis Mor­gan who ri­fled home.

Two min­utes later and a sim­i­lar hoof into the box was not dealt with and Mor­gan snatched his sec­ond.

The game had turned on its head and a shell­shocked Aber­dare found it dif­fi­cult to re­gain the early com­po­sure though be­fore half-time there was a third book­ing for the vis­i­tors with Jenkins the re­cip­i­ent of the yel­low card.

El­liot Mor­ris, who had been out of sorts for a few days lead­ing up to the game, was re­placed at half-time by John Phillips but it was not long be­fore Vil­lage added a third when an­other high ball into the Town penalty area saw the de­fence again switched off with Jenkins, who had come up for the pre­ced­ing set piece find­ing him­self un­marked and grate­fully con­vert­ing the gift pre­sented him.

An­drew El­lis and lat­terly Rikki Evans were in­tro­duced in an at­tempt to freshen things up but even when Vil­lage were re­duced to 10 men after a straight red was bran­dished at Cal­lum Sil­cox for kick­ing out at Town cen­tral de­fender Leigh Hartshorn, they ab­sorbed the pres­sure with rea­son­able com­fort up un­til the last 10 min­utes, in­clud­ing sev­eral min­utes of in­jury­time al­lo­cated by the of­fi­cial.

Dur­ing these fi­nal throes, Haggett struck the base of the post, a Hartshorn header was cleared off the line and a Rikki Evans thun­der­bolt tipped away su­perbly by Dafydd Jones.

But these late salvoes should not hide from the fact that this was gen­er­ally a lethar­gic dis­play lack­ing a cut­ting edge and any sem­blance of the dy­namism re­quired to com­pete at the top end of this league.

The out­come thus leaves Town adrift at the bot­tom end of the di­vi­sion per­ilously close to the rel­e­ga­tion area and al­though only early into the sea­son al­ready sees the alarm bells be­gin to ring.

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