Saturday 28th January
Aberystwyth Town 1 Prestatyn Town 5
Aberystwyth Town suffered a heavy home defeat to Cymru Alliance Champions elect Prestatyn Town, as goals from Sam Rodon (og, 30 mins), Noah Edwards (42 mins) and a second half hat trick from James Stead (52,60,81 mins) sent the Denbighshire Seasiders through to the Welsh Cup Quarter Finals. Luke Sherbon's goal on 66 minutes was scant consolation for Town who were well beaten on the day.
On a bright and breezy Winter’s afternoon the game started with chances coming at both ends. Home keeper Chris Mullock got down brilliantly to save Michael Parker’s header, then at the other end Jamie Crowther released Cledan Davies down the left, and when he crossed for Chris Jones unfortunately the shot was blocked. Luke Borrelli fired a snap shot just wide, and then Stead crossed for Jack Kenny to aim a header straight at Mullock. Aber’s best chance came from an exciting move culminating in Elliot Scotcher crossing for Jones, but his goalbound effort drew a smart save from Prestatyn keeper Carl Jones. Davies then released Borrelli through the middle who beat the offside trap, but his deft lob was just about saved by Jones. Then on the half hour came a devastating blow for the hosts when Sam Rodon received the ball from Mullock and passed back into an empty net to give the visitors the lead. Stead’s curling effort was tipped wide by Mullock, but then three minutes before the break good work by Jack Kenny saw the ball break for Noah Edwards, and he smashed home a second to stun the home supporters.
Manager Matthew Bishop changed tactics after the break but the visitors’ tails were well and truly up, and with the Prestatyn fans singing in the Dias Stand Mullock had to deny Kenny and Jordan Davies. On 52 minutes the game was won when a right wing cross feel perfectly for Stead to finish in space, and Aber were floundering. A response came when Dan Alfei sent in a right wing cross which evaded Borrelli, but was acrobatically netted by sub Kostya Georgievsky, only for the linesman’s flag to deny the Swansea youngster a super strike. Georgievsky went close twice more but then o the hour Stead beat the hosts’ offside trap and curled home for 0-4. Six minutes later Borrelli’s ball in was chested down by Rodon for Sherbon to smash home a response. Sub Jack Rimmer played in Alfei down the right and his cross found Georgievsky who was so close with his effort, but to no avail. To be fair the visitors were creating chance after chance themselves with Kenny and Davies missing the target before Stead completed the scoring with nine minutes to go having been once again set up by Kenny.
This was an extremely below par performance by the Black and Greens leading to a devastating defeat, and they will need to find their form very quickly ahead of Saturday’s Play Off Conference kick off at home to Airbus UK Broughton (ko 2pm).