Nelson 2nds finally had their first game for months and had to carry out a lot of work on the pitch before hand to make sure it went ahead.
Despite the rustiness and hard work pre-match Nelson started this tough match exceptionally well.
The opposition were always going to be difficult as they fight for the league title and Nelson knew they would have to work hard to stay in the game.
Nelson took the game straight to the opposition and there were soon chances.
Macauley and Jamie formed a great partnership early on and were linking well.
Eddie started strongly on the left and his runs were creating openings.
One of these runs created the space in the middle and Jamie found himself in and hit a great shot but the Brad goalkeeper was alert and made a great reflex save.
The confidence grew and Nelson continued to push and more chances came.
Jon was pushing forward and had a couple of efforts on goal.
Greenie who was clearly enjoying himself and came close forcing another save from the keeper.
As Nelson pushed on trying to force the breakthrough they deserved they suddenly got caught out with a quick through ball that was run onto and finished it was their first chance and they took it.
Nelson however did not drop their heads and kept pushing.
The pressure was starting to mount again and Nelson won a free kick outside the box.
Morris stepped up and curled it superbly round the wall only for the keeper again to pull off a great save.
Macauley followed up but the angle was too tight to sneak the ball home.
As the half drew to a close Nelson had one more chance.
Again Macauley who was working tirelessly upfront flicked the ball through Jamie was in one on one and finally got the ball past the keeper but it went agonisingly past the post too.
Half time 0:1.
Message was clear keep doing what you’re doing and the breakthrough will come.
Unfortunately Greenie had to be withdrawn due to injury and Nelson were forced into a change and Dai came into the frame.
Llanbradach also made a change of personal and shape and started the second half much better.
Now Nelson were having to try and defend but Carl, Nathan and Jon were holding on well and limiting opportunities for the Brad.
However they are top of the league for a reason and continued to press to extend their lead.
Rhys was now also being called in to action and pulled off a couple of great saves.
There pressure soon paid off and a great passing move was finished nicely for 2:0.
Nelson however again showed fantastic character and fight and would not lay down.
As Nelson pushed space was being found in the wide positions and Kristian who was having his best display of the season started creating chances from his work ethic.
As Nelson pushed again Morris has a few efforts that were close. Jon got on the end of a few set pieces but again they were close but not in.
Brandon was now coming into his own and finding space and making some great runs and created his own chances but the keeper was having a fantastic game.
As time continued you started to think it just would not go in for Nelson.
Then following a quick kick out from Rhys, Macauley flicked it through for Jamie and this time he would not be denied and finished it off for 2:1.
Nelson were now sensing more and kept going.
Unfortunately following a set play and some clever off the ball shenanigans that went un noticed by the ref led to a third goal.
This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Nelson for a few moments.
However the introduction of young Daffydd and a change of shape kicked the home team back into gear.
Nelson put together another great move that saw another save come but Daffydd chased the ball kept it alive and pulled it back for Eddie who hit a great left foot curling effort with enough curl and height to beat the keeper for 3:2.
This really fired up Nelson but they were running out of time.
One more chance to grab a point.
It was another great move and the ball was played in the box to Morris who was about to pull the trigger but a great last ditch tackle stopped him and the whistle went ending a very entertaining match.
Nelson came off the heavy field absolutely exhausted and had given everything and left nothing in reserve.
The work ethic and never say quit attitude was second to none and nothing more could have been asked off them.
There were many nominations for Man of the Match. The spectators in attendance were consulted and it was agreed that it goes to Jamie Mathews following a tireless display up front and a deserved goal.
Well done everyone though a fantastic performance from the team.
|7th April 2018||2:00 pm||Taff Ely Rhymney Valley League - Division 1||2017-18|
Nelson Cavaliers AFC 2nds
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