Two goal win from Monmouth Town
5:39pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
Aberdare Town 0 Monmouth Town 2
Goals from Dean Lee and Elliot Ford were enough to seal this win against a decent enough Aberdare team and push Monmouth to fourth in the Welsh League Division One table with a third successive victory. The first half was a tight hum drum affair with neither side dominating as Aberdare enjoyed most of the territory that their longer ball game demanded and Town, sponsored by WyeMedia looking to hurt the home side on the break. French and Small in the home team attack although sounding like a Saturday night comedy duo were anything but proving a real handful for Alderdice and Clare while the home winger was proving as quick if not quicker than young Luke Cleaves at left back. French rattled Blackburn’s bar with a hooked shot and dragged a couple of efforst wide while at the other end Ford should have done better with a lobbed effort and MacDonald also clipped the metalwork with a long range efforst. A scoreless half was just about right for effort if not endeavour.
Town were missing Rob Laurie from the previous weeks win against Buds and Dean Palmer had been withdrawn early on to bolster the middle areas. Eliot Evans and Dean Lee were proving combatative and showing some good touches and Lee opened the scoring on the hour driving forward and unleashing a powerful low strike from 25 yards that beat Bradley for pace and nestled in the bottom right hand corner. That settled the Kingfishers who kept up the work rate but never really looked safe. French was clean though on 70 minutes but somehow scuffed wide of goal to let Monmouth off the hook and just minutes later great work by Man of the Match Lee saw him clip a cross to the back post which was met powerfully by Ford and his downward header grabbed the points for Town. Manger Steve Jenkins was pleased with a win if not the entire performance “ We’re still not at the level we should be but the team's put in a proper shift today and what may be lacking in quality and composure is made up for with effort. We’ve got three tough games coming up and if we can add some better decision making to the effort of this game we’ll be fine . But we’re nowhere near just yet.”
Town are at home this Saturday entertaining newly merged Bridgend Town and Bryntirion incarnation Penybont FC (2.30 kickoff)
They follow that up with a first ever game against HMS Monmouth on Tuesday 1st October at 5pm when a select XI which may include Jenkins himself take on a the ships company who are in town to celebrate their recent tour of duty. Proceeds from the game will be going towards veterans charity that seeks to rehabilitee and reskill ex servicemen.