Pontardawe Town
Sat 07 Oct 2023
Cambrian & Clydach
Pontardawe Town AFC
Pontardawe Town
I Batcup (21'), R Booth (47')
Town bounce back with a win at Cambrian & Clydach

Town bounce back with a win at Cambrian & Clydach

Gary Thomas9 Oct 2023 - 10:22
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Another away win for Garry Taylor's side with two first half goals

Town bounced back from the disappointing performance against Ammanford AFC and came away with 3 points after a fine performance

The game record will show that match referee issued 14 yellow cards and 2 red cards during the game but overall it was an entertaining affair as both teams played good football in front of a small crowd possibly affected by the Welsh Rugby team's World Cup game

Meanwhile on the pitch, the home side started the game well and Nathanial Osborne was the busier of the two keepers. On 15 minutes he brought off an excellent low down save which kept the score at 0-0. Then Town took the lead just six minutes later as Iwan Batcup scored direct from corner. His strike eluded everyone in the box and hit the back of the net giving him his first senior goal.

Tempers, on and off the pitch, were at a high now as the Referee showed a lack of consistency and by 35 minutes 4 of the home side, plus Rio Booth of Pontardawe, had received yellow cards including Cambrian Manager Ritchie Ryan. A few minutes later Town coach Mark Smith also received a yellow card for dissent as the officials simply refused to accept any observations being raised on the events that were happening on the pitch. Meanwhile back to the football, and just on half time, Tyler Aylward hit a superb long cross for Rio Booth to head home. It was an exceptional ball and Rio's header was perfect.

The second half was only 10 minutes old when the referee issued a yellow card to manager Garry Taylor, after he simply appealed for a free kick and then during the conversation the referee then issued a second yellow card to Taylor who was sent off. There was no need for this but the gaffer was forced to watch the rest of the game from the stand.

The home side were pushing to get back into the game but were thwarted by excellent defence by Town and Nathanial Osborne in goal who was having fine game.

The cards kept coming though and further yellow cards were issued to Town players including substitute keeper Filip Lyscik. As the game came to an end Cameron Keetch was sent off for the home side after two yellow cards and Tim Georgievsky, of Pontardawe, was also given a harsh yellow card but the score line stayed at 2-0 as the awarded free kick went wide of the goal

At the end of the game tensions were high but in the end it was Pontardawe Town who were celebrated an excellent win despite the cost of the cards

Man of the Match (Sponsored by Natalie Salter's Dance Company)
Tim Georgievsky

Post Match Interview (Craig Davies, Pontardawe Town)

Post Match Interview (Ritchie Ryan, Cambrian & Clydach)

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Sat 07 Oct 2023


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