Port Talbot Town’s 2017/2018 Welsh Cup campaign was cut short on Saturday afternoon with a first round defeat at the hands of Division Two Aberbargoed Buds.
A strong Blues squad made the trip east for this one, with the likes of Luke Bowen, Cortez Belle and Anthony Rawlings starting alongside defenders Craig Jones, Aaron Bidderscombe and Rory McCreesh in goals.
Jonathan Hood was unavailable for this one but is expected to be eligible to play a part in the Blues’ home clash against Cwmmaman United next Saturday.
The Blues started the fixture with a Luke Bowen shot drifting just past the post only seconds into the tie.
The home side began to settle down as the game grew older, leaving the majority of the first-half to be a hard-fought and reasonably uneventful affair.
Aberbargoed found themselves 1-0 ahead at the half-time break after the 45th minute saw a home forward break through the Blues defence before slotting an effort over the top of McCreesh and into the Port Talbot goal.
The home side’s good fortunes continued after the restart, with a 65th minute hand-ball in the Port Talbot area provoking the referee to point to the spot. The Buds converted the penalty, sending McCreesh the wrong way to leave them 2-0 up with just over 20 minutes left to go.
Paul Evans’ men increased the pressure in the later stages of the game, and they came close to pegging one back when a Luke Bowen effort from just ouside the area narrowly missed the target.
The Blues are back in Division One action on Saturday, October 14th when Cwmmaman United visit Victoria Road Stadium. Can the Blues make it five league wins in a row? Kick off 2.30pm.
Images courtesy of Andrew Evans.