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Pontardawe Town
J Dorward (15')
Full time
Sat 30 Sep 14:30 - Macwhirter Welsh League - Division 2

Dorward's Goal Seperates The Sides In A Great Derby

Josh Dorward's 15 minute strike moves Town to 2nd Place in the Division

The weather was abysmal, the forecast was abysmal and the groundsmen's mood was abysmal !!!

An early pitch inspection said Game On and so did Match Referee Ian Hollyoake when he arrived with his Assistants Paul Fisher and Joe Proietti.

The game started with a minute's silence for Paul Absalom and his family after the sad loss of his mother the previous evening. All of our wishes go out to Paul, Kelland and the rest of the family.

Ponty v Ammanford home 2017-18
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What followed was a tough old game but Mr Hollyoake used all his experience and made into a cracker which passed without anything too serious. Ammanford lost right back Mark Wooly to injury in the second half and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Ammanford had a great chance early doors but Damian Davies, in for the absent Steven Reeve, saved well although a goal kick was given so perhaps the match official had better eyes than me after all. Town then took the lead on 15 minutes with a 40 yarder from Josh Dorward (or so he will say as I cannot argue as I was retrieving a ball from somewhere or other). What I was told really happened though was that Josh benefited from some great work by Josh Roberts and got in before the defender to put it way!! ... Nevertheless Town were in the lead.

The rest of the first half, to be fair, was all Town as the visitors simply couldn't live with the pace and chances came, but unfortunately went.

The second half was more of an even affair with Town off the pace and Ammanford unable to capitalise on that. Craig Frater came close but Damian Davies was in good form especially from one free kick which he acrobatically tipped over the bar. Josh Roberts missed a chance late on for Town but, as the threatened torrential rain finally arrived the referee blew for full time and Town celebrated a good derby win and 2nd place in the table.

Main Photo Courtesy of Pontardawe Town Support for the day : Lawrence Molloy (@westendlaw)

Also See Match Day Photos Courtesy of Nick Dorward (Photographer Extradonaire)

Key moments

Goal Josh Dorward scores for Pontardawe Town

Videos and photos

Ponty v Ammanford home 2017-18
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90:00 Yellow Card
Tyler Aylward is yellow carded for Pontardawe Town
90:00 Yellow Card
Garry Taylor is yellow carded for Pontardawe Town
90:00 Yellow Card
Kieron Griffiths is yellow carded for Pontardawe Town
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Josh Dorward scores for Pontardawe Town
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As it happened

  • Pontardawe Town
  • Ammanford
  • 0
  • Josh Dorward Goal 15:00'
  • Tyler Aylward Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Garry Taylor Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Kieron Griffiths Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Davies, Damian Davies, Damian
Aylward, Tyler Aylward, Tyler
Saunders, Corey Saunders, Corey
Evans, Christian Evans, Christian
Grey, Tom Grey, Tom
Jeffries, Daryl Jeffries, Daryl
Dorward, Josh Dorward, Josh
Taylor, Garry Taylor, Garry
Roberts, Josh Roberts, Josh
Morgan, Conor Morgan, Conor
Brown, Sam Brown, Sam
Pontardawe Town

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Caldicot Town 30 53
8. Risca United 30 46
9. Pontardawe Town 30 42
10. Abergavenny Town 30 39
11. Aberdare Town 30 33
12. Croesyceiliog 30 29
13. West End 30 29

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