JD Cymru Premier
Aberystwyth Town ended their 2020/21 home campaign on Tuesday night as the Black & Greens welcomed Wayne Jones' Bluebirds to Park Avenue. On a particularly blustery evening in West Wales, it was a frantic first half that saw the action as the sides took home a point apiece, with Owain Jones and Jamie Reed finding the net.
The game began in the air with the winds playing havoc with both sides' attacking intents, but it didn't take long for Aber get a nose in front as ever-impressive Louis Bradford found a ball down the left channel to Owain Jones on 9 minutes. The winger accelerated towards goal, spotting keeper Wojciech Gadja off his line and chipping confidently from 30 yards, collecting his fourth goal in as many matches.
County looked to answer with a pair of dangerous crosses to the Town box but Connor Roberts was equal to both, before Owain Jones and skipper Marc Williams couldn't quite find each other at the other end to create a chance to double the lead. The pressure from visitors built on 30 minutes as another long-range free-kick was delivered to the six-yard box for Roberts to claim, though his clean sheet was dirtied two minutes later. The pacey attackers Williams and Wilson connected as the latter latched onto a low-cross to find the bottom corner and bring the score level.
However, Town responded quickly as Jamie Reed fired wide on 34 minutes before Harry Franklin did well to get a touch to a loose ball before a County defender who brought the young man down in the area for a penalty. After some brief penalty-taking discussion, it was the veteran Jamie Reed who stepped up and fired down the middle to restore Town's lead.
As half-time loomed, Aber looked well-placed for a lead at the half, but Danny Williams had other plans as he dropped a shoulder or two to create some space from the left and fire confidently to the far post, leaving Roberts with no chance. The first half had one more trick up its sleeve as a corner for Town in the 45+5th minute caused mayhem in the box and almost another lead for the home side but the eventual shot was fired wide, thus ending an exciting first 45.
The second half was a cagier affair as temperatures dropped and winds continued with clear-cut chances fewer and further between than the opening half - Jonathan Evans replacing Owain Jones at the break. A County counter attack evaded a final touch on 57 mins before Town did the same 5 minutes later as Reed couldn't get a foot to the cross. On 65 mins Louis Bradford made a fantastic goal line tackle to keep the scores level before a trio of chances for Town with Marc Williams and Harry Franklin firing wide from distance.
Aber's best chance of the half came on 77 mins when Jamie Veale delivered a perfect free kick from 35 yards to find Marc Williams who glanced his header towards the far post, only for Gadja to save brilliantly.
Jon Owen and Steff Davies were introduced late on but to no avail as this tightly contested match came to a close, as did this unprecedented season at Park Avenue.
A point for each team seemed a fair result as we look forward to a final two fixtures in this season's JD Cymru Premier campaign, first to Flint then to Newtown. Thank you to all the supporters who have backed the team all term, showing great initiative to get a glimpse of the action at Park Avenue despite the extremely difficult circumstances we have all faced. We cannot wait to welcome the Green Amy back through the turnstiles in the near future. Diolch yn fawr!