PONTARDAWE Town continued their great run of form and their push for the title with a hard earned 2-0 win at Parc Ynysderw over visiting local neighbours Cwmamman Utd on Saturday (Mar 26).
Cwm will again be wondering what might have been if they had only converted a number of chances created in the first thrirty minutes.
With Nathan Davies and Grant Rees limiting the Ponty attack to long range attempts the speedy Cwm breaks with Ryan Hurlow prominent were causing problems and saw Cwm have the better of that first half hour.
A great ball from Travis James found Hurlow wide very early on and he cut inside and fired a strong shot only to see Stee Reeve in the Ponty goal make a fine save.
Hurlow then ran on to a slick Scott Jewell through ball to beat the keeper to the ball but unfortunately not getting a strong enough connection on the ball as it went towards goal.
Ross Morgan and Kyle Ashford were working well in the middle and Cwm were then awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. It forced a good save from Reeve and Hurlow could just not steer the rebound home.
It all changed in the 40th minute when a free kick into the Cwm box bobbled about and after a good instinctive save from Kai Rees a ricochet off a defender was touched into the corner by Jason Dorward. The bit of luck that Ponty had needed which settled them and proved a turning point in the game.
As a result the second half saw a more assertive Ponty showing why they are sitting at the top of the table as they played more possession football and now seemed to be that little bit quicker to the ball.
With ex Cwm player Jordan Langley leading the line strongly Ponty were now becoming more creative and Kai Rees made a couple of excellent saves.
The game was then sealed in the 68th minute when a quick break by Ponty saw a hurried clearance followed up by Steffan Pryce who neatly drilled it low into the corner of the net.
Cwm kept pressing and created a couple of half chances but Ponty saw the final fifteen minutes out reasonably comfortably for a well earned win despite Cwm’s brave efforts.
Next Saturday, April 2, at Grenig Park at 2.30pm Cwm host Porth AFC in a crucial basement battle for both sides.