Brave dis­play shows prom­ise for Aber­dare

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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

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