Brave display shows promise for Aberdare
stop and a booking for Luke Davies.
The resultant free kick saw Connor Goldsworthy crash his effort against the cross bar but other than a few isolated raids this was about the last we were to see of Llantwit as an attacking force as Aberdare took command.
Through the promptings of Tandy, Elliot Morris, Jon Philli and Chapple with Matthew Glassey and Killian Kingstone now finding the space to make runs from defence well into the visitors half.
A Haggett thunderbolt went inches wide and minutes later he turned provider releasing Morris whose shot from the edge of the box smashed against the crossbar and down onto the goal linewhere’s VAR when you need it. Another moment of despair arrived minutes later when from a corner ,Phillips crafted his header away from keeper Jack Landsdown, only to see it strike the post and hacked to safety.
Phillips was in the action again with a delightful through ball finding Haggett whose effort was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Landsdown to the delight of his battle weary colleagues.
Kevin Davies received a great ovation as he left the pitch to be replaced by Dai Gregory who was to prove a seamless substitution as the defence dealt comfortably with the intermittent raids.
As the minutes ticked away, the visitors proved themselves very adept at running down the clock, not always to the official’s satisfaction and certainly not the home supporters though from the other side of the fence they would call it game management.
Aberdare’s final chance, though probably better described as an half chance was engineered by Chapple but his rocket screeched over the cross bar from twenty yards.
The final whistle was music to the ears of Llantwit’s players and fans who knew they had escaped with a vital three points in their promotion bid but Aberdare will know that if they can constantly reproduce this form for the remainder of the season then a midtable slot is not beyond them after such a turbulent season on and off the field. PAST players will be able to see the present Merthyr Town side on Easter Monday as the Evo-Stik South Premier clash with Frome Town will also be the annual players’ reunion.
All ex-players and managers will be welcome at The Romans Bar from 1pm when fans can have a chat and reminisce about past glories and failures.
The game starts at 3pm and the club hope for a big Bank Holiday following as this season nears its close.
The reunion was postponed when snow disrupted plans for the home match with Chesham United on March 3.
But the Easter weekend starts for Merthyr on Saturday with their third long trek in a row- Bishops Stortford. Bishops’ Stortford are in 19th place with 12 wins, nine draws and 17 defeats,having scored 60 goals but conceded 68. They drew 2-2 at St Neots on Saturday.
When they came to Merthyr on September 9, they earned a 0-0 draw.
Frome Town lost at home to Merthyr on New Year’s Day by 2-1. Ian Traylor grabbed both goals and if he is in action over Easter, he will doubtless AFTER the battling midweek showing against championship chasing Llantwit Major, Aberdare approached this true sixpointer with quiet confidence but this was found to be completely misplaced as they suffered an embarrassing defeat to fellow relegation candidates who for the last 30 minutes played with 10 men following the dismissal of their goalkeeper.
Aberdare now face a run of games which includes three against strong promotion contenders and the management team of Wayne Powell and Gareth