Gilwern's winning run comes to an end.
By Anthony Carrington
Gilwern succumb to the Rain, Hailstone and Gail force winds.
In a game played in weather more suitable for ducks or flying a kite Gilwern succumbed to the conditions which ended their 8 match unbeaten run.
Gilwern started the game brightly and scored in the very first minute with a delightful chip over the keepers head from Spud Randall. The first half continued to be very scrappy, with few chances being created by both sides. Sebastopol were taking advantage of the wet and windy conditions pumping long balls over midfield for the forward to chase. Five minutes before halftime Sebastopol equalised after keeper Dan Hook failed to clear the ball from a goal kick gifting the striker with his goal, and some sterling defending from Zac Gethin, making his first appearance after injury, ensured that the score remained 1-1 at half time.
The second half was much the same with Gilwern trying to press forward in the torrential rain and with Mazza, Chidgey, Bergoyne and Thomas Baynton pressing the defence only to be thwarted with the continual long clearances from the Sebastopol defence which proved successful for them as they quickly added two more goals. Blair Keane came close with a delightful chip from 20 yards only for it to shave the crossbar. The rain gave way to a long period of hailstones when Adam Carrington and Richard Langley came off the bench and tried in vain to improve matters but it was to no avail. Gilwern never gave up hope of salvaging a point at least but were killed off 10 minutes from the end when Sebastopol scored their 4th goal again from a long ball over the top. Even the referee had enough and called a halt to the game 5 minutes early. Sebastopol won the game 4-1. Man of the Match was Matthew "Mazza" Williams.
Manager Tony Carrington said " I cannot believe that Torfaen CBC authorised this game to be played on a pith that was absolutely dreadful with no line markings and the away team players running around with forks trying to get rid of the water. That said, Sebastopol played an unorthodox style of football that we could not cope with, combined with conditions they were worthy winners although our boys put up a sterling fight and played our style of football which I was proud of".