The sun was beaming and the crowd were in a joyful mood as expectation was high for the Cavaliers last outing on the Wern for this season.
It was going to be a stern test against a side still with hopes of clinging onto a league title.
The game kicked off and Rhydyfelin started the strongest but couldn’t let their possession count.
Their obvious target was the right winger who they looked too create anything. But Brandon stood up to the test and out worked, muscled and played him into his pocket and did not let him out.
Nelson then settled and the ever dangerous Keenan started finding space and pulling strings to create chances.
Nelson were on top and Lewis was very strong and working hard up front.
Lewis soon found space and chances but couldn’t find the net.
Then another chance came to Eddie who also failed to finish.
Keenan was then in one on one but the keeper made a great save.
No doubt about it now the league leaders were rattled and started arguing amongst themselves.
However Nelson needed to strike here and take advantage.
At times like this you need experience, calm and composure.
Nelson needed a goal and up stepped Big Jon Parkinson.
He used his timing and cleverness to make a run from deep losing his marker and cutting in between the two defenders.
Then a beautiful delivery from Jamie into Jon’s chest took it down into his stride and calmly slotted the ball into the far corner for 1:0.
The Wern erupted and the ground shook a major upset was on.
Nelson continued to push and Jamie was now coming into the game and stopping anything that Rhydyfelin tried and then was calm on the ball and played some lovely passes.
Eddie was working hard out wide and pulling the opposition out of their comfort zone.
Nelson should have added to the score but didn’t take their chances and half time came at 1:0.
Nelson expected a fight back and got one.
However the defence was ready.
Aaron was tackling ferociously and sending their players through the air.
Mathew was calm composed and reading the game so well.
Rhydyfelin tried going over them but Paget was sweeping up superbly in the air and on the floor.
Nelson were organised collectively as a group Aaron, Paget and Jon were talking so much and this encouraged everyone else to get involved and be vocal it was a joy to watch.
Rhys in goals had very little to do but one fantastic save from a one on one opportunity.
It was going to take something special to score for the opposition today.
Unfortunately for Nelson they came up with it.
There number 10 took control outside the box with his back to goal then one quick turn and left foot strike it flew into the top corner 1:1.
Rhydyfelin then had some confidence and came back and had a bit of pressure and won a free kick edge of the box.
It was smashed past the wall into the bottom corner for 1:2.
Now they were up for it.
Nelson needed breathing space and this was sensed by Morris who started coming deeper to help gain possession and take the ball away from goal and became a great outlet.
As legs tired Chris, Martin and Nathan were introduced to freshen up and had an immediate effect.
Nelson got back on the front foot.
More chances came and Rhydyfelin were resorted to last ditch defending and Nelson were winning corner after corner.
Chances came and went and Nelson needed to make the pressure count.
Then as the opposition started getting more rattled this led to arguments and confusion and Lewis Roberts struck a hard driven corner in and everyone missed it and it went straight in for 2:2.
It was party time the celebration started
Rhydyfelin were now out of it and Nelson smelt blood and did not settle for it.
They pushed again and chances were created for Martin and Nathan but the finish was not found.
The game ended in a well fought draw.
Had the game been 5 minutes longer Nelson would have won it. There was only one team on top at the end.
It was a fantastic performance and the lads should be very proud of what they achieved today.
It has been hard few weeks with some terrible results and then they pulled it out the bag against the league leaders.
The most rewarding was how everyone worked together and there was very little instruction needed from the side line.
Great display and man of the match is impossible.
Just edging it change man of the match to Keenan who was creating everything that went well for the home side and also worked hard helping Nelson to win the midfield battle but every player deserves recognition for today.
|22nd April 2017||2:00 pm||Taff Ely Rhymney Valley League - Division 1||2016-17|
Nelson Cavaliers AFC 2nds
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