We gained a rare double over Taffs Well with first half goals from Jack Todd and a double from Chris Hartland all but settling the result before the interval. Alex Gammond and Cai Owens were unavailable so Carlos Indjai played alongside Jack Todd in the centre of defence and Chris Hartland came off the bench.
We took the lead on 6 minutes following a great run down the right by Noah Daley, he left his defender standing and delivered a cross for Chris Hartland to clip right footed over the Taffs keeper. On 15 minutes it looked as though Mark Jones would celebrate his 100th Welsh League start with a goal but having got in a decent position to shoot he was tackled at the last second. Taffs actually saw a lot of the ball but their possession was mainly in the middle of the park when they did penetrate the penalty area their shooting was poor. Jack Todd made it 2-0 on 27 minutes following a free kick on half way. Craig Jones kick found him on the edge of the box and he brought the ball down and fired a right footed shot just inside the post giving the keeper no chance. Taffs should have pulled a goal back on 30 minutes when the ball was played behind our defence but from a good position the striker shot wide.
Taffs pulled a goal back 3 minutes into the second half when an underhit back pass put us under pressure and we failed to clear the ball. Their striker scored with a shot from the edge of the area which went just inside the post. This spurred the home side on but they lacked the necessary quality in front of goal. We again took the game to them and Noah Daley was played in but the Taffs keeper guessed right and saved his effort with his legs. We were content to see out the game but Jack Fleming with a good run shot wide from a good position and no matter how hard he tried nothing went right for Mark Jones. He had several opportunities you’d expect him to score from but it wasn’t his night. The one down side was the injury to Jack Todd well into added time when he was fouled and injured his shoulder.
Rory McCreesh 2 Craig Jones 3 James Parry 4 Carlos Indjai 5 Jack Todd 6 Ben Thomas 7 Chris Hartland 8 Noah Daley 9 Mark Jones 10 Jack Hurley 11 Jack Fleming
Subs 12 Kieran Howells – 14 Lewis Clement for Jack Todd 90 + 3 – 15 Patrick Finneral for Jack Fleming 86 — 16 Jack Underwood