Match Report - Home v Cwmamman United on 24th April 19. Provided by Steve Childs
Undy AFC 3-1 Cwmamman United
Scorers - D Jarman, Woods, Cullimore
Starting 11 (4-4-2) - Smallcombe. Water, Barnes, Thompson, Smith. Power, Wakely, Wright, Woods. D Jarman, Cullimore
Subs : A Jarman (on for D Jarman 65), Matthews (on for Thompson 80), Roberts, Williams, Bishop
We took a huge step to safety on Wednesday night, beating a good Cwmamman side In another entertaining home fixture. With Parry away there was a shuffle that saw Adam Wakely make his debut and Marcus drop in to a deeper role and James & Gyles partner up at centre back.
Both teams made a bright start and the match was played at a good tempo throughout but we certainly looked more lively in front of goal. Only ten minutes had gone when Cullimore brilliantly won a header and flicked Dan Jarman clean through. So causal was the finish that as he jogged off to celebrate I actually thought he had missed! A very calm finish that helped calm the crowd too.
We had great shape and energy throughout the first half and Wakely was settling in well and getting forward a lot with Marcus keeping our shape In a deeper role. Cwmamman were no pushovers though and worked hard to break us down and counter when they could. With lots of good play down either flank it looked like another good cross would be going in on 25 minutes as Woodsy found some space and cut inside his fullback. Saving us the wait he then simply curled it in to the top corner from 25 yards. A sublime goal to grace any game. Such goals give a team confidence and for the rest of the half we enjoyed ourselves. If Culli had taken either of his two great chances - one header and one close range attempt it would surely have been all over by the break. Nobody was complaining though as we got to half time with a 2 goal cushion.
So the key to the second half was not to let the opposition back in to the game. Two minutes in we give away cheap possession and a harmless looking tackle by the superb Olly Smith sees the ref give a penalty! They score and it is 2-1 and game on. In truth we settled down and still created more chances than them but given our situation everyone seemed to be very nervous for the early part of the second half. They had an excellent young winger who was their outlet and his pace was causing us the odd problem or two. That said our shape and defending remained top class as we seemed very comfortable playing in this formation. It was probably more end to end than Pritchy and Livers would have liked but on around the hour mark Culli converted from a through ball from the excellent Woods and we were back to a two goal lead. 3-1.
The game remained exciting with both teams needing a goal line clearance to keep the other out ( ours was a brilliant block by Wrighty). Marcus was denied a certain penalty (certain if theirs was a penalty anyway) and Woodsy blazed over when put through by Alex Jarman who played well when replacing his brother.
We retained possession well enough to restrict them to nothing that needed to make us too nervous and Smalls had a relatively quiet time with an excellent back 4 in front of him (Ryan replacing Gyles). We finished the game as we had started it - on top. Final score 3-1.
Cwmamman played well and brought a good support given the distance they had to come for a 6.30 ok. Credit to them as they weren't at full strength (although I'm not sure I believed their keeper who claimed they had some 3rd team in!) but they played their part in an entertaining game. Special mention to a great home support - the team have had great support in recent weeks and have repaid us with some great football.
We had MOM contenders all over the pitch and I will single out Marcus who played brilliantly In a holding midfield role. My MOM however goes to Woodsy for his goal of the season contender and great ball through to Cullimore for the winner.
A point is all that is needed to guarantee safety. Be good for all of us if this was all done by Saturday evening - so here's hoping for another good performance against Pontypridd.
Images courtesy of Sacr3d Photography