AFC ABER­CYNON ........ 2 ABER­DARE TOWN ........ 6

Cynon Valley - - FOOTBALL -

THIS Di­vi­sion One clash saw league lead­ers and reign­ing cham­pi­ons Aber­dare Town thrash AFC Aber­cynon at Pen­twyn Fields to firmly tighten their grip at the top of the ta­ble.

In­deed, the vis­i­tors es­tab­lished an early lead when AFC failed to clear their lines af­ter a throw-in down the right.

And min­utes later Aber­dare dou­bled their ad­van­tage cour­tesy of a neat fin­ish.

With their tails up Town con­tin­ued to press and on 25 min­utes they fur­ther ex­panded the score­line to make in 0-3.

Just then, AFC fi­nally clicked into gear and re­cent sign­ing Harri Lloyd al­most re­duced the ar­rears on the half hour. But his well-struck ef­fort cleared the Town cross­bar af­ter some great ap­proach work from Martin Bewick and Trevor Har­ris.

Not to be de­nied, the striker made amends shortly af­ter when he rammed home the loose ball to give his side an un­likely life-line fol­low­ing an­other im­pres­sive pas­sage of play.

And five min­utes be­fore the break the home side scored again with Lloyd once more heav­ily in­volved as his shot came back into play off the post. Martin Bewick, with his first goal in a red and black shirt, then fired in the re­bound from close range to of­fer more hope be­fore match of­fi­cial Neil Mansell sig­nalled for half­time.

As the sec­ond half got un­der way, Aber­cynon looked to re­store par­ity but Aber­dare proved a tough nut to crack.

In­deed, the vis­i­tors again found the net on 55 min­utes af­ter yet an­other de­fen­sive lapse and this proved to be de­ci­sive as the sec­ond half gath­ered mo­men­tum.

Just af­ter the hour mark the home side were awarded a penalty af­ter Aber­dare skip­per Jody Jones felled Trevor Har­ris in­side the six-yard area and the ref­eree had no hes­i­ta­tion in award­ing the spot kick.

Josh Wil­liams stepped up to the plate but the vis­i­tors’ cus­to­dian pro­duced an ex­cel­lent save to main­tain his side’s lead.

In­deed, two late strikes from the vis­i­tors added fur­ther gloss to the score­line to con­firm all three points for Aber­dare.

Martin Bewick scored his first goal for AFC Aber­cynon, against Aber­dare Town

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