Match Report - 11 Dec 2004, Ammanford AFC Firsts lost to Porthcawl Town
AMMANFORD finally got back to winning ways against top-six side Porthcawl after a string of defeats in matches they dominated but failed to win.
The home side, who had to make to without top-scorer Paul Hughes and midfielder Mark James, settled quickly into their game.
Despite having much the better of the opening exchanges, Ammanford had to wait until half an hour in to open their account.
A pin-point Jamie Harris free-kick saw captain Tex Ward out-jump the defence to score.
A Nathan Jones break from inside his own half then put him into a goal-scoring position but his shot was blocked.
Ammanford could easily have scored minutes later when a Gavin Morris free-kick was flicked over by Mark Smolka with his back to goal, but although he beat the keeper, the ball hit the foot of the post.
The second half was only five minutes old when Porthcawl opened up the Ammanford defence only to waste a great chance to equalise.
Porthcawl came more into the match as the second half progressed and it took two superb match-winning saves from keeper Craig Morris - one diving full length - to keep the visitors out.
Morris then had a big say in the next goal when his long kick found Nathan Jones who quickly rounded the defender, saw the keeper off his line and fired in an unstoppable shot to give Ammanford the cushion they were desperate for.
Ammanford were obviously inspired by the second goal and totally dominated the rest of the match to seal a long-awaited win.
Ammanford made another signing last week, picking up classy defender Lee Williams, who has slotted in well into the Ammanford set-up.
Ammanford should now move up the table with what is probably their best squad for many years.
On Saturday Ammanford are at home to Tredegar (ko 2.15pm) while the seconds are away to Garden Village.
Ammanford 2 Porthcawl Town 0
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