MATCH REPORT: Ammanford AFC 3-1 Llantwit Major

It was all smiles again at Windmill Lane this afternoon as Ammanford AFC picked up a valuable away win at the home of Llantwit Major.
Manager Gruff Harrison will be well pleased with his team’s performance and the game got off to a great start when after nine minutes, Gavin Jones rose highest to knock a header on for Ricky Martin who flicked the ball on to Ammanford striker Lee Trundle, who broke free and unleashed a rasping shot that beat the outstretched dive of the home goalkeeper and struck the back of the net with some venom.
The home defence could only look on and admire the finish.
The home side found it difficult to break the shackles of the Ammanford midfield and defence, who were in control of the game despite the blustery conditions.
Ammanford with Trundle, Craig Frater, Jones and Martin were always a threat on the counter attack.
The home side’s best chance of an equaliser came ten minutes before the break when a long range shot flashed over the visitors crossbar.
Ammanford played into the wind in the second half and continued to control the pace of the game. Ricky Martin and Gavin Jones with the support from the Ammanford full backs Mathew Jones and Richard Lewis were causing their opponents problems.
A Craig Frater long range effort almost caught the home goalkeeper out,  but the ball bounced to safety over the crossbar. Ricky Martin  came close as his effort from close range hit the woodwork after some great work from Jones on the flank.
Ammanford midfielders Dale Jones and Ben Soal were finding space away from their markers and in the 63rd minute it was Soal who hit a speculative 35 yard effort, which dipped and swerved in the blustery wind. The Llantwit Goalkeeper got right underneath the ball and slightly misjudged the flight and deflected the ball onto the underside of the crossbar and over his goal line. The Assistant Referee raised his flag immediately to signal the goal.
Ammanford were totally in the box seat of this game and seemed to be cruising towards victory.
However in the 68th minute Ammanford’s centre back Nick Glendon misjudged his tackle and was adjudged to have brought down his man on the edge of his penalty area. It was Glendon’s second yellow card of the game and he saw the referee brandish his red card.
Ammanford down to ten men had to regroup and sacrificed forward Craig Frater for defender Nich Arnold.  Further Ammanford  substitutes were made with Bruno Forkouh and Tristan Jenkins coming on.
Llantwit Major saw a chink of light and pushed forward looking to get themselves back in the game. But,  Lee Trundle settled any late nerves in the 80th when he controlled the ball and  pushed it in front of him then  rocketed in his second goal of the game after a great delivery over the top of the Major defence.
Llantwit Major to their credit never gave up and forced Ammanford Goalkeeper Craig Morris into making some fine saves.
The home team did eventually get a consolation goal in the 91st minute when a low cross was played across the Ammanford six yard area and was turned into the Ammanford net.
At the final whistle it was a joyous Ammanford team and their travelling support that were celebrating.
Ammanford AFC entertain Cwmbran Celtic at home next Saturday.

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