Match Report - 01 Mar 2003, Ammanford AFC Firsts lost to Dinas Powys
Dinas splash their way to comfortable victory
DINAS POWYS AFC did their posh soap opera thing last Saturday and went "down west" to play Ammanford in the Second Division of the Welsh League.
It was a bright sunny St David's Day when the team left its headquarters, The Star, but the further west they travelled the murkier the day became and were greeted on arrival at Ammanford with a torrential downpour.
The referee made a pitch inspection and deemed it playable but it did resemble a sticky bowl of porridge.
Playing the ball through the midfield wasn't going to be on the agenda.
It was a long ball pitch with utilisation of the wings being at the forefront of the Dinas game plan.
Player/manager Paul Giles plan took only five minutes to pay dividends.
A long ball turned the Ammanford defence and the dynamic duo of Nathan Hosgood and Jamie Dix exchanged passes before the former scored with a low shot from 10 yards.
The long ball ploy almost led to a second goal within minutes but captain Danny Street's fine effort was kicked off the line.
It was on the half hour when the Villagers eventually scored again, and it was route one again with wing back Lee Vick chasing a Duncan Smith clearance and making the bye-line.
He then accurately chipped in a cross that Dix firmly headed into the top corner.
The third followed quickly. Centre back Mike Mayer had ventured forward for a free kick that was only partly cleared.
Mayer was on hand to pick up the loose ball and hit a low shot into the corner from 15 yards.
The fourth came just before the break and had a bit of football about it. Centre-back Robert King majestically broke up an Ammanford attack, evaded a couple of tackles before finding Dix with a through ball. Dix took it in his stride and slipped his marker, advancing on the keeper he shimmied and then hit the back of the net with a low shot.
Four up at the break and the game was effectively over.
Giles decided to use his squad to the maximum and brought on Spencer Lamb, Matthew Higginson and new signing Gavin Beddard for Dix, Hosgood and skipper Street.
The second half was somewhat of an anti-climax with the home side playing for pride.
Any threats were dealt with by the back three of Mayer, King and Ray John, whilst keeper Duncan Smith's handling in the difficult conditions was impeccable.
The victory keeps Dinas in pole position in the league with the latest placings shown below.
There are still nine games for the Villagers to play but things are looking pretty good at this stage of the season.
On Saturday Dinas entertain Newport (who have the same points as Taffs Well, shown below) at the Murch, note revised kick off time of 3pm.
Ammanford AFC Firsts 0 - 4 Dinas Powys ()