The middle chapter of an early trilogy of games against Taffs Well takes place on Friday night as Ammanford AFC enter the Welsh Blood Service League Cup, their fourth competition in just nine matches for the 2023/24 campaign.
The new competition, which launched last season, sees teams in the segregated second tier face off until one remains. The winner of the North and the winners of the South versions of the competition meet at a neutral venue to determine the overall winner.
Our previous outing in this competition was an entertaining 4-4 draw against Briton Ferry Llansawel in last years incarnation of the tournament. Unfortunately, on that occasion, we exited the competition thanks to a penalty shootout.
With a large squad and a busy September schedule to contend with, Gruff Harrison is expected to wield the changes tomorrow night with a number of faces putting themselves forward for first team action.
This is the second of three meetings against the Wellmen in the opening weeks of the season having been drawn against them in the Welsh Cup in a fortnight’s time. On opening night, Lewis Reed’s close range finish ensured Town started the term with three points however, keeper Jack Lansdown saving superbly from the spot in the first half to keep the scores deadlocked.
Taffs Well have enjoyed a mixed start to the season but enjoyed their first win of the season on Monday after defeating Pontardawe Town 3-1 at Parc Ynysderw. That victory has put them in 10th position with four points from the first five games.
Experienced JD Cymru Premier League referee Ben Williams will be the man in the middle. This will be the second time he’s taken charge of a Town game this year following him donning the whistle in our preseason friendly against Evans and Williams. He’ll be assisted by Josh Roper and Martin Oliver.
Kick off at Gentles Construction Stadium is at 19:30. Where you’re going, you will need roads to make the journey east, the postcode for which is CF15 7SG. Will Taffs Well strike back? Or will Ammanford subject the Wellmen to a ‘Dark Knight?’