Friday 25th November
Aberystwyth Town 1-3 Bala Town
The 530 in attendance at Park Avenue, boosted by our Annual Students Night, were left bitterly disappointed on a bitterly cold Friday night in Aberystwyth.
From the start, the home side failed to get going and found themselves with their back to the walls for the majority of the first 45. Bala continually knocked at the door from the off, coming agonizingly close at one point as a deflected shot from the right bobbled dangerously across the face of goal. The visitors continued the sustained pressure and the Black and Green defence finally gave way in the 26th minute courtesy of a scrappy goal from forward, Mike Hayes. Going behind failed to spark Aber into life and a mere three minutes later, Bala were hunting for more but brilliantly denied, acrobatically by goalkeeper Chris Mullock. To compound the frustration around Park Avenue, a poorly defended corner saw Lee Hunt net to double the score.
The second half saw a considerable improvement from the home side, cheered on by the home support. The chances finally started to develop but failed to half the deficit as Luke Borelli curled a fine shot just over the bar and Kurtis March missing the target from a smart, technical period of build up play. There was a goal in the offing that all inside the ground could sense.
As time ticked on it seemed it was not to be our day, that is until the 75th minute a speedy burst down the left from Kostya Georgievsky and a perfect square ball to connect with the end of March's 50 yard run saw the ball in the back of the net and belief restored. However the home side failed to build on this, finding themselves frustratingly just short of finding what would have been a sensational equalizer. All hope was vanquished as the visitors snatched a third in injury time to end all chance of gaining any points from this encounter.
Next up for the Black and Greens is a break from the league campaign as we take on Holywell in the cup.