Match Report - 16 Feb 2002, Ammanford AFC Firsts drew with AFC Rhondda
Battling Ammanford let six-pointer slip
Ammanford 1 AFC Rhondda 1 This match in prospect was a six pointer with Ammanford bottom but two and AFC Rhondda bottom but one.
AFC Rhondda were the first to settle and No.9 Matthew West created two scoring chances in the opening 15 minutes, one going just wide and his second effort over the cross bar.
Ammanfords reply was a John Anderson effort that went just wide of the far post after Malcolm Vaughan created the chance for him. Ammanford then took control for a period with Malcolm Vaughan involved in two scoring chances.
In the first he won a 50-50 tackle before sending John Anderson clear but his shot hit the side netting.
The second saw Aled Rees hitting the cross bar with a great effort from a Malcolm Vaughan header.
But AFC Rhondda veteran No.5 Robert Kelland was a little unlucky just minutes from half time when what looked like a goal bound shot was deflected on the six yard line for a corner.
Mark James went on a great attacking run at the start of the second half but his shot went just wide of the far post.
But with Ammanford looking the more likely to score it was AFC Rhonddas No.9 Matthew West who scored with a superbly taken goal giving keeper Brian Davies no chance.
Ammanford had to dig in deep to get back into the game and that is what they did putting the visitors under a lot of pressure as their defence began to tire and substitute Morrys Scott got the all important goal after consistent pressure in the visitors penalty area.
They could then have gone on to win the match as their fitness began to tell, but they just failed to read the offside and continuous goal scoring chances were squandered. On reflection either team could have won and managers Wyn James and Neil Petterbridge may have felt it was two points lost but both were grateful for a point in the end.
On Saturday Ammanford are again home to Cardiff CS.
Ammanford AFC Firsts 1 - 1 AFC Rhondda ()