New boys Ammanford travelled to Afan Lido looking for a win in their first game of the season. Last week in division 1 Afan Lido got an uncomfortable win against Ton Pentre, so they were looking to improve on that.
As Ammanford walked out in black and white you could immediately find their fans, who endured a frustrating game but still shouted for their club all the way through in numbers. It was very good to see in Welsh League Football. The home side played in all red and played the first half with the strong wind on their side.
The wind didn’t seem to bother their eager opposition, as Ammanford got the first chance of the game and should have gone in front. A free kick was bent over the wall and well saved by Rory McCreesh in goal for Lido. He could only parry it back into the danger zone and the follow up header was sent over his goal from inches away.
The first 10 minutes was all Ammanford. Afan Lido just couldn’t get into the game. Lido’s defence had looked shaky through the first half, with their keeper screaming commands at them constantly. Ammanford’s second chance came through Rhys Fisher. The away side’s number 3 had found space inside the box and worked it to his left foot. He did not choose to fire it across goal or inside the keeper but instead smashed at him and forced a good reaction save as the ball nearly went over the keeper.
Gradually, Lido were getting into the game. They did get one chance at the end of the half which saw a header cleared off the line. Apart from that, Lido didn’t see any clear chances and the Ammanford number 1, Craig Morris, was rarely called into action. That chance was followed by the half time whistle. What would change in the second half?
Nothing. Ammanford started it with confidence with the increasingly strong wind on their side as the rain grew heavier. There were few things to shout about but Ammanford did get a chance when the ball was fizzed in by Brett Enoch on the right and it ricocheted off 3 people and could have gone anywhere. Luckily for Lido, the ball went over the crossbar yet again.
Ammanford got a chance when a through ball split Lido in half saw them through on goal, but the forward in black and white was fouled. This foul possibly denied a clear goal scoring chance, so could Lido have had a red?
As the bad weather got worse, we soon saw a game of headers back and forth, unsuccessful long balls and frustration for both sides. The match would eventually finish goalless.
For Lido, it leaves them unbeaten and with things certainly needing improvement. Ammanford of course got their first point of their season in their first game and a lot of positive signs for them, not least their travelling support and in-game mentality. Even though the points were shared, the away side’s manager definitely would have come out the happier of the two.
Ammanford travel to Port Talbot again next Saturday as they face Goytre United who have only picked up one point form their opening two games. Meanwhile, Lido have to wait two weeks for their next game when they travel to Cambrian & Clydach who recently beat Ton Pentre and 3 – 0 and got their first 3 points of the season.