South Wales Senior League Division Two
Stanleytown 2 Cadoxton Barry FC 3
Welsh, Williams(N).........Thompson(2) Scott Williams
The opening minutes were fairly even, though Stanleytown were looking the more dangerous in front of goal. CB's best chance of this spell came when a move between Baker, Thompson and Wells saw the last mentioned drive straight at the 'keeper.
But first blood went to Stanleytown when Welsh, spotting that Davie was slightly forward, took a speculative dip from some 20 yards. And never was the saying, 'You've got to speculate to accumulate,' more appropriate than when the ball dropped into the CB net.
It was slightly against the run of play when a quality pass from Royal to Adams saw Adams' powerful shot bounce back off the 'keeper and out to Thompson, allowing him to bury an equaliser for CB.
Shortly, a diagonal ball from Wells to Morgan ended with a Morgan angled shot going only inches wide. But the home side was now generally creating the better chances - a goalmouth game of pinball seeing the final shot forcing Davie into a desperate diving save in order to maintain the parity at half time.
A Williams feed sent Morgan off on a mazy run which resulted in a curling left-footed strike that brought an excellent save from the home 'keeper.
Then a corner saw the ball fall to Baker whose cross was met by Thompson to hook the aerial ball home and put CB in front. And CB soon found this lead doubled when a Scott Williams free kick just beyond the box was driven home via the foot of the right upright with the 'keeper nowhere.
The game now looked safe as CB allowed Stanleytown little time with the ball, though, in front of their goal, their rearguard deserved a lot of credit for keeping CB's hungry attack at bay. But it wasn't all over for the hosts just yet as substitutions made by both sides saw the pattern of play change considerably during the final 12 minutes plus an extended period of added time.
Play was end to end once again with both sides looking capable of scoring. And it was Stanleytown who did just that as Nathan Williams rose well to head home at the far post from a corner. And now it was game on. Would the hosts snatch a point to keep themselves mathematically capable of avoiding the drop into the Rhondda League or would CB hold on to all three points to keep themselves mathematically in the promotion chase? It turned out be the latter with one of the few remaining founder members of the South Wales Senior League returning to the Valley League for the first time in around 20 years.
Next Saturday Cadoxton Barry play Tonyrefail at their Bryn-Y-Don home where only a win will keep their slim promotion hopes alive. KO 2pm.