TEN man Cwmamman United staged one of their famous comebacks on Saturday (Dec 22) but this time it wasn’t enough to take all three points. In a match of few clear chances a penalty to either side led to a 1-1 draw.
Cwmamman started well dominating possession but as the heavy pitch started to tell Port Talbot grew in confidence and it became a real midfield battle. Around 10 mins a Ryan Hurlow pull back was quickly blocked and Aaron Richards was unsuccessful with an attempted chip of the keeper from the edge of the box.
Gareth Howarth was his usual dominant self at the back as Port Talbot spent a period in the ascendancy but on 30 mins he was forced into a challenge on a smart through ball that saw Port Talbot awarded a penalty and 1-0.
The game then became a little tetchy and after a couple of bookings Ryan Thomas was given a straight red for a kicking motion as a Port Talbot player moved away after Thomas received a heavy tackle, the half time whistle then blew and not too soon for Cwm.
As we have seen a number of times this season the second half was quite different with 10 man Cwm dominating play.
The injured Richards had been replaced by Ashley Johns and Nathan McNeill moved in to midfield. Colin Harris was threading dangerous passes while Ross Morgan worked tirelessly.
A lopping header from Ashley Curtis just went over the bar with the keeper beaten. Not long after this Cwm were denied a strong penalty shout with Curtis upended in the box.
On 60 mins the pressure paid with Curtis again pulled down and in the absence of regular penalty taker Thomas, Colin Harris stepped up to calmly tuck it away.
Cwm continued to press and thought they had won it when in the final minutes a great twisting run by sub Calem Rees ended with a strong shot but too close to the keeper who made a fine save.
A respectable draw having been down to 10 men for so long but Cwm will feel it is two points lost.
They will look to reboot against Cwmbran Celtic on December 29, at Grenig Park.