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Blues close the gap to top four

CWMAMMAN travelled to struggling Goytre and came away with an excellent 2-0 victory against a determined, big and physical side on Saturday (Mar 2).

The game started well for Cwm with Ryan Thomas just firing wide but then the direct style of Goytre using their big centre forward and tricky wingers started to pin the Cwm defence back.

Nathan Mcneill and Ben Thomas at the back defended strongly throughout against the aerial bombardment while the returning Declan John and Calem Rees fought hard to contain the threat on the wings.

A couple of half chances fell to Goytre before Cwm caught their defence cold with a headed flick on to the speedy Ran Hurlow who nipped behind the defence to push it past the oncoming keeper. 1-0 to Cwm.

Goytre took this as a sign to increase the pressure and keeper Chris Curtis needed to be at his best to keep them out. Ross Morgan, Colin Harris, Ryan Thomas, Sean Howells had their hands full in a titanic midfield battle but as half time approached Cwm were settling to the physical style of the game and also beginning to play their fluent football.

As has been the case a number of times this season Cwm were far more cohesive in the second half. A tactical swap of Sean Howells to full back and Ben Thomas to midfield increased their performance levels in both departments.

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Chrissy Allen continued to battle bravely upfront and Ryan Hurlow was causing lots of problems.

The game could have changed when the ever dangerous Dan Stoneman for Goytre stormed thorough but a brilliant one handed save from Curtis saved the day.

After Allen had fired over from the edge of the box for Cwm Sean Howells made a last ditch clearance at the other ends as the ball had been cleverly chipped over Curtis.

That was pretty much it for Goytre though as Cwm grew stronger and the skilful football we know they can play was more in evidence.

Hurlow came close a couple of times while a great team move saw Harris just fail to hit the target.

As the end approached some intricate play with a neat final ball saw Ryan Thomas charge through to put it past the keeper and seal the win.

A tough match where at times Cwm had to put bodies on the line. They continue their climb up the table and with games in hand now have an excellent chance to move into the top four.

On Saturday (Mar 9) the Blues are at home as they take on second placed Haverfordwest County.