Cwm pay the penalty as Ferry bag away victory
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).