Aber Valley 1 - Western

Cadoxton Barry 1 - Morgan

DURING the early stages of this slightly scrappy game the sides more or less cancelled each other out. It was five minutes before Cadoxton Barry managed to go forward with any purpose.

Sansome moved forward down the left before crossing to see Donnelly's shot blocked on the line.

An Aber long range dipper just cleared the bar after which Cadoxton Barry would have been glad to see a goal mouth scramble cleared. Generally, Aber just had the edge at this stage.

Cadoxton Barry did earn a free kick which was taken by Harris-Raffel. The shot was blocked and Adamson fired the rebound just wide of the left post.

Back came Aber and Harker was forced into making an excellent diving save to his left before another attack down the right saw the cross sit up nicely for the incoming forward. But when it would have been easier to score, his sliced effort went well high and well wide.

For Cadoxton Barry an Adamson free kick from high on the right found the head of Thompson whose effort was only just over from distance.

The second half started with Morgan on for Thompson who had taken a knock. However, Aber Valley continued to do more of the pressing, a free kick from just beyond the left right angle of the box being headed clear by Curran from close to the line.

Oaten came on for Berry on the 60 minute mark and for a short while the scrappy game came out of the doldrums, though it was a brilliant solo effort that got the scoreboard ticking.

Morgan received the ball just inside opposition territory on the right. He took the ball on until level with the box to cut in and fend off a couple of challenges before firing home with a low shot just inside the post.

Almost immediately Oaten replicated the approach work, though the final shot was scuffed. Then Sansome and Oaten exchanged passes to set-up a chance for Sansome which was fired straight at the 'keeper.

But then it was back to the old routine as Aber came on strong once more, though there was an element of fortune surrounding their equaliser. With Aber players exchanging passes in the middle of the box, Cadoxton Barry players stopped playing, claiming off side.

But Aber didn't and the rising finish from 10 yards had an element of quality about it. Though the claims looked well founded, had defenders played to the whistle, the Barry side might have come away with three points instead of one.

However a lot of credit has to go to the lads who are unbeaten in their last seven games with a record of five wins and two draws. Meanwhile, Cadoxton Barry's second side won in the Vale of Glamorgan League with a 10 - 2 victory against Glenbrook.

Next Saturday Cadoxton Barry are home to Welsh speaking Clwb Cymric. But with a few Welsh speakers in their ranks Cadoxton Barry will probably understand the tactical calls of the opposition. The kick-off is at 2.30pm at Bryn-Y-Don.