ALTHOUGH, in theory, Cadoxton Barry were playing Vale League opposition in the shape of Airport 2nds, by the time the Flyers had maxed out their substitutions, Cadoxton Barry found themselves up against the bulk of Airport's South Wales Alliance League 1st team in this Vale of Glamorgan League Division One clash.

CB knew from the outset that the biting wind that blew in their favour down the slope during the first half was going to be a factor - whoever made the most of it was going to be in a strong position to take the points. But whilst CB enjoyed territorial advantage their haul of just two goals by half time left the outcome in question.

The first of them came when Matthews looped a ball forward from the left.

It found Jenkinson running in from the middle of the park to see his shot spinning home after it had struck the right side upright.

The second goal came in the 23rd minute when Dawson sent a lofted pass cross field to Yeoman out to the far right.

The angle looked too fine to shoot, but, undaunted, he did anyway, whipping home at the near post with the outside of his right foot for a goal of the highest quality.

Taking advantage of the strengthening wind and the slope Cadoxton Barry continued to press as a fierce Jenkinson effort struck the angle of the upright and cross bar. But try as they may, in the face of a resolute Airport defence, Cadoxton Barry were unable to stretch their half time lead beyond the two already scored.

So, with the wind and the slope now working against them and, bearing in mind the conditions and the slimness of their lead, it was with some trepidation that Cadoxton Barry started the second half.

They were immediately under pressure but in a breakaway CB managed to earn a corner which was cleared off the line.

However, the follow up corner saw CB defying the laws of nature when an excellent downward Dawson header allowed Ingham to stroke home to give the visitors a three goal lead.

Stunned, Airport decided to reinforce their already dominant line up, with a series of substitutions that saw the bulk of their Alliance League Division One side on the pitch for the closing stages.

Cadoxton Barry had to dig deep at the back with 'keeper Kinch always looking confident behind a solid rearguard. That they only wilted twice in the face of heavy pressure did them great credit.

The first Airport goal came when Williams blasted upwards to judder the underside of the cross bar before it bounced home and the second came from a beautifully curled free kick from the right which saw Bush stab home at the far post.

CB then managed a couple of counter attacks which nearly reaped benefits before Airport pressed to no avail for the final few minuses.

Whilst Cadoxton Barry’s three front men in the shape of Ingham, Jenkinson and Yeoman were notable in this stunning win against a side effectively from three levels above, the engine room including Walsh, Matthews, Borch, Dawson and Kinch must also take great credit.

This victory concludes CB's league season as things stand, though talks are on-going which might see the league ordering a third round of games in an effort to extend the season.