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PORT TALBOT NEXT UP FOR TOWN'S LAST HOME GAME OF A MOMENTOUS YEAR
Updated 18 Dec : 09:05 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Saturday 20th December (ko 2.30pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Port Talbot

Despite the gloomy weather Aberystwyth Town are looking forward to hosting their final Corbettsports Welsh Premier League match of a momentous year in the Club's history on Saturday, as famous rivals Port Talbot Town visit Park Avenue for a 2.30pm kick off.


Exactly a year ago tomorrow Talbot visited Aber and on a wild night ran away with a 2-1 victory, which in retrospect was a turning point in the Black and Greens development. In their 15 home League games since Aber have won ten, drawn four and lost only once, scoring 45 goals along the way. Park Avenue has become a Fortress over the past twelve months, and Town fans will hope it stays that way, as a win could cement Aber's place in the Top Six beyond all doubt - and what an early Christmas present that would be for their supporters.

Town's thrilling Friday fightback last week at Connah's Quay was achieved without incurring any injuries, so Manager Ian Hughes will hope to have Ryan Batley and Tom Shaw back to bolster a full squad of players. Assistant Manager Wyn Thomas also stands on the threshold of an incredible achievement, as he has now made 528 WPL Appearances, equalling Colin Reynolds' all time record.

Port Talbot's new Manager Bernie McInally had endured a difficult start with defeats at Bala and Cefn Druids, and a home loss to The New Saints last week, and on Saturday he will have striker Rhys Griffiths suspended, and winger Keyon Reffell unavailable after his move to Kidderminster. However ex Town keeper Steve Cann is expected to return from suspension and Aber will be expecting a tough physical challenge from the Steelmen.

Kick off on what could be a histoic afternoon at Park Avenue is at 2.30pm, and Admission Prices remain at the incredible low of £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children. Bring the Christmas Cheer!

WEEKEND RESULTS PUT TOP SIX QUALIFICATION IN ABER'S GRASP
Updated 16 Dec : 11:49 by admin
Aberystwyth Town could qualify definitively for the Corbettsports Welsh Premier League Top Six on Saturday afternoon, following last weekend's results.

A win at home to Port Talbot would put the Black and Greens on 35 points, and beyond the grasp of Bangor, Prestatyn, Rhyl and Connah's Quay. Should Cefn Druids fail to win at home to Newtown on Friday, they too would be unable to reach that figure. Port Talbot would still be able to catch Aber on 35, but in doing so they would need to beat Newtown twice over Christmas, which would leave the Robins with a maximum of 34 points.

This situation adds plenty of extra spice to Saturday's home game against Port Talbot, which kicks off at 2.30pm. 2014 has been a memorable year for the Black and Greens: give yourself an early Christmas Present by coming to watch them one more time before the New Year!

STUNNING LATE COMEBACK TAKES TOWN BACK UP TO SECOND
Updated 13 Dec : 12:55 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 12th December
Gap Connah's Quay 2 Aberystwyth Town 4

An astonishing four goal comeback won three vital points for Aber last night at the Deeside Stadium thanks to goals from Mark Jones, Stuart Jones and a brace from Chris Venables - who scored his 100th and 101st Welsh Premier League goals. The night was also notable for Wyn Thomas' 528th WPL appearance - bringing him level with Colin Reynolds for the most ever WPL appearances.


On a night of Arctic temperatures Town passed some dramatic flooding on the journey up, and in truth the hosts put Aber under pressure from the start. WPL Player of the Month Sean Miller fired over, and Steven Wright and Stuart Jones had to be alert to blunt the attacking threat of live wire Gary O'Toole. Craig Williams got Aber's first shot on target, although Terry McCormick gathered it comfortably, and Geoff Kellaway was always a threat down the wing. Williams then crossed for Mark Jones at the back post, who saw a goal bound header blocked. The excellent Williams put another dangerous free kick into the area, and the ball was touched home by Wright, but the goal was disallowed for an infringement. With both sides struggling to retain possession the half could have gone either way but when O'Toole won a 28th minute corner, Kevin McIntyre's deep ball was headed home by the towering Steve Evans, and Connah's Quay had the lead. Keeper Mike Lewis then kept Aber in it by expertly tipping over O'Toole's snapshot, and although Aber were far from their best they were still creating chances with Williams hitting the cross bar with a free kick, Kellaway drawing a desperate save from McCormick and Williams yet again going close just before the break.

Mark Jones headed an early second half chance over for Aber, and then on 50 minutes the game seemed won, when O'Toole was clipped in the area, and legendary ex Seasider Ricky Evans meted out the ultimate punishment by burying the penalty. Aber however showed a superb never say die attitude and went on to demonstrate a really clinical edge to win a tightly balanced game. Chris Davies fired over before Cledan Davies crossed for Kellaway to tap wide from a good position. Then on 56 minutes Williams' corner fell to Venables in the area, and he made no mistake from 10 yards to become the WPL's first ever 100 Goal Midfielder. Back came Connahs Quay as Marcus Giglio tested Lewis, and O'Toole hit the outside of the post - but then with fifteen minutes to go Chris Davies sent in a delicious cross which Mark Jones glanced home inside the area to equalise Those supporters thinking Town should settle for a draw were proved completely wrong three minutes later when yet another Williams free kick picked out Stuart Jones, and his diving header brought on a Klinsmannesque celebration in the Deeside rain to celebrate a 3-2 lead. Chances kept coming at either end with O'Toole, Ricky and Steve Evans all going close for Nomads, while Kellaway yet again tested McCormick. Finally in the 90th minute Kellaway burst off before sending in a brilliant cross for Mark Jones, and when McCormick parried his shot, who was there but the Inimitable Venables, who lashed the ball home to complete a wonderful and memorable comeback.

On a night of testing conditions both sides do deserve credit for putting on a game which was a great watch, and it will be very reassuring for Black and Green Supporters to know that even when they are not at their absolute best, Aber can still dig out improbable results. The win puts Town back into second place overnight and puts the season's initial aim of a place in the Top Six almost within touching distance. We hope to see a good turn out next Saturday when Port Talbot Town visit Park Avenue for a 2.30pm kick off. If you want Entertainment Aber are definitely the team to watch!

TOWN AIM TO PASS 30 POINT MILESTONE ON FRIDAY
Updated 10 Dec : 13:28 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 12th December (ko 7.45pm)
gap Connah's Quay v Aberystwyth Town

Aberystwyth Town head North to Deeside Stadium, home of gap Connah's Quay on Friday night looking to pass a significant milestone in their season, by reaching the 30 point barrier.


No Welsh Premier team on 30 points has ever failed to make the Top Six since the split was brought in in 2010, and Town's professional win over Rhyl on Sunday put them on 29 points, so a positive result on Friday will put Aber in a very strong position to make their Top Six target, with five games left to play before the 22 game split occurs on Sunday 18th January.

Memorable goals from Craig Williams and Chris Venables earned Aber's win at Park Avenue on Sunday, but Sgorio's Man of the Match award went to Sion James, who filled in in Central Midfield in Tom Shaw's absence (due to a bug). Antonio Corbisiero is Town's only injury doubt for Friday night's game, and with Aber in good form at the moment Manager Ian Hughes will be pleased to have a near full squad to choose on, given the challenges still ahead of the side.

Gap Connah's Quay's revival from a poor start to the season effectively started at Park Avenue in September when a side bolstered by Steve Evans' loan signing from TNS, held Aber to a 1-1 draw. The Nomads' form has been good ever since, and they won both WPL Awards for November, with pacy winger Sean Miller winning Player of the Month, and Allan Bickerstaff getting the Manager of the Month Award. Last season at Connah's Quay Town won 4-0 in January, but surprisingly lost 3-0 in March.

The Black and Greens' away support has been growing with the Coach seeing excellent numbers of late. On Friday evening it leaves Park Avenue at 3.15pm, and the round trip will cost you a mere £10. Consider yourself invited.

VENNERS HAILS REARGUARD HEROES
Updated 09 Dec : 14:19 by admin
He maybe just one goal away from finding the back of the net a century of times in the Welsh Premier League, but Chris Venables has reserved special praise for his teammates in the wake of his side’s 2-0 home victory against Rhyl, in an exclusive interview with Aberystwyth Town's Youtube Channel.

The midfielder curled in a sublime freekick from 30 yards to notch the 39th goal of this calendar year, only five short of the tally scored by the great Leo Messi at Barcelona in 2014. But despite his goal scoring exploits, Venables heaped praise on his teammates, in particular, the back four:


“The conditions were tough. It made it a game of two halves really. But I thought we coped with them really well and limited their chances. We knew they were going to throw everything at us in the second half but I thought the defence coped with it really well, they stuck to their guns and it’s a great three points for us because they’re a good side.”

It’s a view shared by his manager Ian Hughes, who was pleased to see Town reclaim third spot after the victory.

“The important thing in the second half as we were playing against the wind was not to concede and we did that. The back four did exceptionally well. If we could get a third then great but we didn’t concede and we did that well.”

Whilst Venables was unfortunate not to reach his historic milestone this week, his manager continues to sing the praises of one of the league’s most prolific marksmen.

“People don’t realise he is a midfielder even though he plays as a number 10. Last week against Cefn Druids he played as part of a flat three in midfield. He brings in so much energy, he can switch the ball and he can finish the crosses as well.”

But like the midfielder, Hughes reserves praise for his team mates. “It’s important to remember that players like Sion James and Luke Sherbon give him that platform to play and score goals.”

Being one goal away from history is something which pleases Venables who insists that it’s simply isn’t about the personal glory for him.

“It’s something that’s crept up quite quickly. With the form I’ve been in and the goals I’ve scored last season that’s carried through to this season, it’s crept up quite quickly. It’s a nice achievement. It’s one I’m happy with and I’m pleased to be approaching. I try my best to keep scoring for the team and do my job for the team, the more goals the better really. As long as we pick up points that’s the main thing.“

Watch the full interviews via Town's Youtube Channel by clicking on the "Videos" tab here

Article courtesy of Matthew Wallace, photo courtesy of Chris Howells

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