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Crucial three points for Cwmamman in relegation battle

WITH three games left and six teams at risk of relegation Cwmamman travelled to bottom side AFC Porth and came away with a critical win after a tense match.

The result puts Cwmamman five points above the relegation zone with two matches remaining while confirming the relegation of a brave Porth side.

Cwm started with Assistant Manager Llion Jones in the line up as one of their players had been delayed and it was Jones who scored immediately after 40 seconds when Ryan Hurlow pressured the Porth defence and Jones scooped the ball into the goal over the advancing keeper.

An incredible start and with Porth rattled Cwm quickly created a couple more chances with Hurlow going close before a failure by Cwmamman to clear a cross in the 7th minute saw Patrick Rysgaard hammer home the loose ball.

A frantic start saw both sides pushing for these crucial survival points and a great ball from Jones saw Hurlow’s shot well saved while a long range shot to the top corner by Ross Morgan saw a brilliant save by Andrew Hargreaves.

The second half continued at a strong pace and Porth appeared to be the more creative forcing Grant Rees and Gareth Howarth to work extremely hard at the centre of defence. Kai Rees was a reassuring presence in goal for Cwm while Elian Evans and Travis James were gaining control at full back.

With Porth pushing forward Cwm were countering well with Keena Hinds prompting and a ball over the top saw Hurlow race away to see his strong shot go over the bar while Geraint Rees saw a header go wide.

With a draw not really suiting anybody both sides searched for the winner and it came in the 80th min when Hargreaves couldn’t hold a cross and player manager Ryan Thomas completed a management double when he smashed it home to great celebrations.

In a tense last 10 mins Porth frantically searched for an equaliser but the Cwm defence held strong for what could prove to be an absolutely vital win at the end of the campaign.

The remaining two home Cwm games will now be played at Afan Lido FC due to the drainage work being undertaken at Grenig Park with the first against Penydarren BGC at 7.15 on Tuesday and the last game against Caerau Ely at 19.15 on Friday.

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