Cwm pay the penalty as Ferry bag away vic­tory

Llanelli Star - - SOCCER -

CW­MAM­MAN United went down to a 1-0 de­feat at home to Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel in a tense Welsh League divi­sion one en­counter.

Cwm started well and the link play be­tween Ross Mor­gan, Ryan Thomas and Colin Har­ris in midfield was hugely promis­ing.

But the Blues then suf­fered a ma­jor blow when fol­low­ing an in­nocu­ous chal­lenge, De­clan John – who had such an in­flu­en­tial match the pre­vi­ous week – had to be helped off with a knee in­jury.

He was re­placed by Luke Allen, who him­self was re­turn­ing from in­jury.

De­fences were al­ready on top, but on 25 min­utes an over­lap was worked which ended with Calem Rees fir­ing just over the bar.

The game’s big incident ar­rived on 40 min­utes when Chris Allen was bun­dled over in the Ferry box, but play was al­lowed to carry on.

And the ac­tion went straight to the other end where the Ferry winger was caught as he turned and the ref­eree awarded a penalty.

Gareth Jones beat the de­spair­ing dive of Chris Cur­tis to put the vis­i­tors ahead.

Mo­ments be­fore half-time a glo­ri­ous chance for Cwm went beg­ging as the ball fell in front of goal, but was toe-poked just wide.

The sec­ond half was a cagey af­fair and the Blues needed a fine last-ditch tackle by Ash­ley Johns to save the day as a Ferry striker burst through.

On the hour a su­perb run from Ryan Hur­low ended with a fine ball into the penalty area, and Ferry keeper Conah McFen­ton was forced to pro­duce an ex­cel­lent save to deny Har­ris.

Allen was un­lucky when he headed wide on 67 min­utes and fur­ther bad news ar­rived for the hosts when Ash­ley Cur­tis suf­fered an an­kle in­jury.

He was re­placed by Luke Wil­liams.

The Blues launched a num­ber of at­tacks with Nathan McNeill join­ing the front­men.

Ben Thomas was brought on for Cwm and in the last minute the home crowd thought a point had been saved when a shot from Har­ris looked goal­bound, but a mar­vel­lous one-handed save from McFen­ton pushed the ball to Allen, with the keeper then smoth­er­ing the fol­low-up shot.

Cw­mam­man make the trip to Goytre United tonight (7.30pm) and host sec­ond-placed Cam­brian & Cly­dach on Satur­day (2.30pm).

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