Ceredigion Costcutter League round up
Joint leaders Cardigan Town and St Dogmaels continued with their impressive early season form to register victories but it was the Magpies who were presented with the biggest challenge
A man of the match performance from Cardigan goal keeper Steff Marston helped steer his side to a 2-0 win away at Lampeter Town but it was hard going against a strong outfit.
The young custodian pulled off several saves of high quality with a stop to deny Town striker Gethin Hunter one of the best of the afternoon.
It was the hosts who started the best and Cardigan were forced to defend to keep them at bay with Marston coming to the rescue early on with a save at the feet of Hunter. The visitors rode their luck and against the run of play they opened the scoring when John Lumb rose high at a corner but his bullet header was saved, however he managed to poke home the rebound. Cardigan tails were up and they finished the first half in a confident mood.
The second half produced some excellent football from both teams, and despite several good chances Lampeter were unable to score as man of the match Marston again pulled off some superb saves. Cardigan upped the tempo and threatened on the counter attack and they doubled their lead when outstanding winger Llion Williams bagged the vital second goal to see his team safely home for the three points.
St Dogmaels had a much easier time of it at the School Field against an understrength Llandysul team and they could well have been home and dry by the interval such was their dominance. However the Saints were unable to find the target and Llandysul bounced back in the second half with a goal from Danny Williams coming via a rare attack from the visitors after a missed clearance from Pete Almond.
Llandysul then worked hard to preserve their slender lead and with fifteen minutes to go they looked like they were going to sneak a win. However a cross from Craig Williams into the path of Josh Mellor saw the former Magpie pick his spot from close range to level matters.
Five minutes later Mellor ran on to a through ball from stand in skipper Adam Williams, deputising for the injured Jason Williams and Mellor was brought down by keeper Nathan Jones and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Striker Louis Harding stepped up and he made no mistake, much to the delight of the home side who were well served by midfielder Rhys Jones.
Llanboidy kept their impressive start to the season going with an excellent 4-1 success over Dewi Stars in a match that was a credit to the league with both teams playing attractive football. However some sloppy defending by the home team eventually left them with far too much to do even though they finished strongly.
The visitors took a two goal interval lead with the first of these netted by Chris Bowen following some poor defending from a corner and the second by Rhys Jenkins from a throw in which saw the ball bounce across the box for Jenkins to slide the ball into the net. Bleddyn Williams, the Llanboidy custodian, made two excellent saves from Daniel Jones and Leon Holmes to keep the Stars at bay before the break.
Early in the second half a terrific strike from Tomos Rogers made it 3-0 and it was game over on the hour when Bart Kasperski headed home to make it four. The Stars finally woke up and captain Steffan Owens reduced the deficit with a fine run and strike from long range but despite several close efforts to close the gap they were unable to breach the solid Llanboidy rear guard with Frazer Wyatt outstanding as he broke up attack after attack.
Crannog bounced back following a couple of defeats with a draw away at Felinfach with George Colven finding the target for the visitors and Huw Davies bagging a goal for the milkmen whilst at Parc Troedrhiw Newcastle Emlyn enjoyed a convincing win over Ffostrasol thanks to goals from Dorian Davies, Ian Darbyshire, Steve Thomas and Dion Davies
A point apiece was the reward for New Quay and Maesglas in the top of the table clash in a game of missed chances with the result in balance until the final minutes. The Mackerel Men could well have pinched a win at the death with a shot that struck the crossbar although Maesglas also missed a penalty. Marcus Dean and Rhodri George provided the goals for Maesglas whilst an own goal and a strike from Ifan Davies earned the hosts a share of the spoils.
Bargod Rangers fired eight past Ffostrasol Reserves at Parc Puw where there were two goals apiece for Robbie Jenkins, Rhydian Davies and Gethin Rees. Matthew Evans and Lyndon Robinson were also on target.
Crymych secured their second win on the bounce with a 3-0 success over Aberaeron Reserves with goals from Steffan James and Owain Richards and an own goal.
In the only other game played in the division Crannog Reserves were edged out by their Lampeter counterparts by 4-3.
In division three Llanboidy Reserves enjoyed a 2-1 win over Maesglas Reserves at Maes Radley following a hard fought encounter.
The Blues were up against a very determined young Foxes side and were left to rue a number of missed opportunities, especially in the first half but it was the home side who opened the scoring when Morgan Evans was on target but with two minutes remaining of the first half. Llanboidy regrouped and hit back with a header from Steffan Lee.
The visitors were on top for much of the second half and grabbed a well deserved winner when Owain Gibbin netted late on.
A hat trick from Llandysul striker Mathew Newbould earned his team a 4-2 win over Cardigan Town Reserves at Parc Tir Y Dref. Ollie McEnery also joined the veteran striker on the scoresheet. Promising youngster George Monders was on target for the Magpies and they also claimed an own goal in what was a very promising performance by the Town youngsters.
Three goals from another experienced campaigner helped steer Newcastle Emlyn Reserves to a 5 -0 win over Felinfach Reserves. Sam Skinner produced a man of the match performance as well as a hattrick and there were goals also for Wayne Hand and Josh Kelly.