Match Report - 11 Aug 2007, Ammanford AFC Firsts beat Tredegar Town
AMMANFORD got their league season off to a flying start on Saturday with three points against a Tredegar outfit geared up for promotion.
Ammanford put themselves under pressure on 10 minutes when a back-pass to keeper Richard Walton gave the home team a great freekick position, but after a goalmouth scramble Rhys Fisher cleared upfield.
Ammanford had a great chance to score on 20 minutes when Richard Lewis brought a great save from the home keeper at the expense of a corner.
After some pressure Tredegar conceded a throw-in a yard from the corner flag in the 25th minute.
Nathan McNeil hurled in a huge throw and found Terry Ward at the far post.
Ward bravely went in among the defence and found the net with a superbly taken header from close range.
Tredegar up to this point had had more of the play and possession and they almost replied five minutes later with a shot that hit the near post and came back into play only to be cleared under tremendous pressure.
Ammanford then set up what should have been a goal of quality.
Luke Fayres held the bell up for Dean Jenkins who crossed first time to Richard Lewis.
His pace took him clear to put in a well-placed shot that was superbly saved by the home keeper.
The home side then found Richard Walton at the top of his game when he pulled off a superb point-blank save just five minutes from half time.
Walton had to pull out all the stops ten minutes after the break when he pulled off another great save.
Minutes later Ammanford captain Cerison Davies came off injured but Matthew Jones came on and made an immediate impact The youngster caused panic when he won the ball deep in the Tredegar half.
The move ended with Ammanford forcing Tredegar to concede a freekick on the edge of the penalty circle, but Dean Jenkins's quick effort was blocked.
Tredegar, having much the better of the game for long periods, had a great chance to score in the 75th minute but the shot went across goal.
They continued to attack the Ammanford goal and had their just reward with an equaliser in the 78th minute.
Ammanford were forced onto the backfoot as the now inspired Tredegar looked for the winner, but Ammanford were up to the challenge and put the match safe in the 85th minute.
Matthew Jones began a great move with Richard Lewis, who found Lee Stone.
Stone controlled the pass superbly, cut inside the defence and scored with a goal of true quality.
With time running out it took a superb full length save from Walton in the dying seconds to seal the victory.
The visitors had fought hard for their pionts and showed great tenacity in contesting every ball throughout.
With such a young team it also gave a chance for them to show their ability. Stuart Davies also came off the bench and put in a great contribution.
Although Tredegar may feel they had much the better of the play, they could not deny Ammanford's superior goal scoring ability and workrate.
A great start for the new Ammanford management set-up, but Saturday will prove another stern test with the visit of Briton Ferry (kick-off 2.30pm).
The reserves start their league programme in September.
Tredegar Town 1 - 2 Ammanford AFC Firsts ()