Match Report - 07 Dec 2002, Ammanford AFC Firsts beat Merthyr Saints
Ammanford are bouncing back
Ammanford 3-1 Merthyr Saints
AMMANFORD bounced back in the best possible fashion after last week's 9-0 mauling to record a confidence-boosting victory over visiting Merthyr.
The management team of Wyn Jones and Neil Petherbridge, along with club coach Anthony Rees, can be delighted with the players' first-class response in producing football and goals of the highest standard on a heavy, muddy pitch.
They went a goal up after just five minutes with John Anderson breaking up field to feed Morrys Scott whose shot eventually ricochet kindly into the path of Ian Jones who took his chance well to put Ammanford 1-0 up.
There were other chances in the opening 45 minutes but the real fun and games were yet to come.
An incident-packed second period began with home keeper Craig Morris preventing a definite equaliser from a rejuvenated Saints side.
Inspired by his stopper's heroics, new signing Robert Griffiths showed grit and determination in winning two midfield tackles before setting up Scott again. He back-headed to the path of Mark Jones who thundered home an unstoppable volley from an acute angle.
The game then took a bizarre twist. With Craig Morris stranded in no-man's land, Malcolm Vaughan had a rush of blood to the head and decided to assume the goal-keeping duties - his diving save, spectacular as it was, merely resulted in the luxury of an early bath for Vaughan and a penalty for Merthyr which they duly converted.
But fate was to deal Ammanford a life-line as a feeling of deja vu set upon Rice Road.
Merthyr were awarded a second penalty but keeper Morris made amends for his earlier error by saving the spot-kick.
The visitors' misery was compounded when they too had a player sent-off to leave both teams to play out the remainder of the match with ten men.
And it was the home side's ten that were the hungrier for victory in the closing stages, Anderson again the provider for Scott to set up Mark Jones for his second - a near replica of his first.
Ian Jones then hit both post and crossbar to deny Ammanford a fourth goal that would have put the gloss on a fine performance.
But there was no way back for Merthyr as the home side clung on for a well-deserved victory and earn themselves three points that seemed nigh on impossible seven days ago.
Next Saturday Ammanford entertain Pontypridd at home.
ON THE RUN: Frenetic action from last Saturday's Ammanford vs. Merthyr Saints clash. Home side Ammanford ran out eventual winners 3-1
Ammanford AFC Firsts 3 - 1 Merthyr Saints ()