Pontypridd Town 1-2 Ammanford
THEY say that winning becomes a habit and Gruff Harrison’s Ammanford Team are enjoying a winning streak at present as they extended their consecutive unbeaten run to five games on Wednesday night (Sept 25).
On a rain sodden pitch at Aberaman Park, Aberdare, the Ammanford Players were all smiles as they headed back up the steps at full time to the shelter of their dressing room.
Ammanford played in their emerald green away kit and were cheered on by their hardy supporters sat high in the stand above the pitch.
The first half was a stalemate with both defences on top.
For Pontypridd their evergreen striker Luke Gullick had half chances but couldn’t convert whilst Jones, Trundle and Frater were causing problems for the home defence .
It was 0-0 at the interval and a fair reflection of the game.
The second half came to life in the 53rd minute when Ammanford’s Gavin Jones played in team mate striker Craig Frater who held off his marker and slotted the ball into the back of the Ponty net, 0-1.
Thirteen minutes later Ammanford midfielder Andy Robinson unleashed a powerful shot that sailed over the Ponty crossbar.
Ponty were coming back into the game and Ammanford’s Goalkeeper Craig Morris was being forced into making some fine stops.
However things got worse for the home team as Ponty’s James Bloom picked up his second yellow card of the game after 77 minutes and received his marching orders from the referee.
As Ponty reorganised, it was Ammanford who struck again in the 82nd minute when a weaving run from Andy Robinson resulted in his strike beating the Ponty Goalkeeper to double Ammanford’s lead, 0-2.
Ammanford, with Ponty down to ten men and two nil up, were content to see the game out, but credit to Ponty as they continued to play football.
Deep into stoppage time their striker Luke Gullick pulled a consolation goal back.
Ammanford weathered the final minute of the game and were jubilant at their latest away win.
Ammanford’s next JD Cymru South game sees them host Goytre United on Friday, October 4.