MATCH REVIEW: Dinas Powys 1-5 Ammanford
Craig Frater’s third hat-trick in three games guided Ammanford to a 5-1 away victory over Dinas Powys.
Just after kick-off the striker looked fired up as he darted towards the box, before seemingly being backed down. But the penalty appeals were turned down.
Before Ammanford could get any stranglehold on the game though, the hosts tested James Kirkwood as he was forced to track back to tip a looping shot over the bar.
But, the visitors started their rout on 25 minutes when Frater smashed in a free kick from the edge of the area.
Three minutes later the former Manchester City academy player tested the defence again, as he smashed an effort goal-blound but it was blocked.
Powys wasted a good opportunity before the break as they sent a shot over from inside the area, and after a Mathew Fisher dazzling run, Shaun Edwards could not apply the finishing touches to provide the away side with breathing space.
After the break, Ammanford turned on the style. One minute after the interval, Frater floated a cross in and 17 year-old Gavin Jones headed home to double their lead.
On 52 minutes, Jones was sent through by Frater, but he was denied and the rebound fell to Frater who from 20 yards fired it in off the post, leaving the keeper stranded.
The blossoming partnership of Frater and Jones was further on show when Jones again played the prolific goal scorer in, who poked past the goalkeeper to clinch his hat-trick. The milestone, his third consecutive treble, is understood to be the first time any player has done so for the club.
Jones missed a golden one-on-one opportunity, but made up for his miss with a second goal to secure a brace on 78 minutes to make it 5-0.
Powys were awarded a shock penalty, after no appeal from the home side, and they duly converted to reduce the deficit.
But the strike force of Jones and Frater, who secured his third consecutive hat-trick, was more than enough for all three points.