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Updated 22 Oct : 15:20 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 24th October (ko 7.45pm)
Bala Town v Aberystwyth Town

Aberystwyth Town aim to get their quest for a first ever Top Six Qualification back on the road this Friday night as they travel to Maes Tegid, where Bala Town have scored some big home wins this season.

Despite having 23 shots to Prestatyn's five, The Black and Greens somehow lost at Bastion Gardens last Saturday, but Aber couldn't have asked for a much tougher follow up task than the Lakesiders. Bala can dish out the punishment when they are on song, having recently beaten Port Talbot 4-1 and Carmarthen 8-1 at Maes Tegid. These two sets of players respect each other, having already played twice at Park Avenue this season. Bala won the Word Cup tie in September thanks to Ian Sheridan's 116th minute winner, but Town were much more forceful in the League encounter four weeks ago, winning 4-0 after a remarkable performance.

Town Manager Ian Hughes' injury concerns continue. Defender Stephen Wright was unable to play last Saturday due to a head injury received the previous week, and Antonio Corbisiero was also unfit to start the game. As if that was not enough Tom Shaw hobbled off just after half time, so midfielder Rhydian Davies is being recalled from a successful loan period at Rhayader Town to plug the gap.

A positive result would be a massive boost to Town before two important home games, and Your Support will help them achieve that. The Coach leaves Park Avenue at 4.30pm - and we hope to see you on it!

Updated 18 Oct : 22:30 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Saturday 18th October
Prestatyn Town 2 Aberystwyth Town 1

Chris Venables' late headed goal wasn't enough to prevent Town falling to their second League defeat of the season at Bastion Gardens yesterday afternoon - but on the Coach home Aber were fully aware they had created more than enough chances to win the game comfortably.

The Black and Greens started well on a fine and blustery day, with Venables curling a shot just over early on. Visiting keeper Mike Lewis had to be alert to deny Andy Parkinson at the other end, but then Mark Jones spun and saw his goal bound effort deflected away for a corner, from which Jones himself headed over. Prestatyn's opener on 14 minutes came against the run of play, as Mike Parker cleverly created space in the box to curl a right footer in off the post, but Aber remained in the ascendancy as Jones again went close, Luke Sherbon narrowly missed the target with a long range effort, and Venables almost got on the end of Chris Davies' cross. When home keeper Scott Williams brought off an excellent save to deny Craig Williams, it was clear that the homesters would sit on a one goal half time lead.

Aber started the second half strongly and Williams almost set up Jones, but his shot was blocked. Lewis then parried a rare shot from Jordan Davies to safety before normal service was resumed, with Geoff Kellaway doing brilliantly to creat chances down the left and the right sides, only to miss the target on both occasions. Sub Antonio Corbisiero also had a shot saved, and when Prestatyn defender Ross Weaver saw red for a second yellow card with 22 minutes left, an away goal looked inevitable. However football can be a perverse game and six minutes later Dave Hayes doubled Prestatyn's lead from a corner, with the visitors claiming a handball. Kellaway again almost scored from close range, then Ryan Dean handled sub Steff Williams' cross for an 84th minute penalty from which Venables struck the cross bar. Two minutes later the Llani Goal Machine headed home Craig Williams' cross at the far post, but Kellaway, Sherbon and Corbisiero were all denied in extra time, and Prestatyn had gained an improbable victory.

This result is clearly a big disappointment to the Black and Greens, but Manager Ian Hughes will be confident that if Aber go on creating so many chances, the points will continue to rack up as the season progresses. Next up is a game at Maes Tegid, Bala on Friday night with a 7.45pm kick off for a local derby which rarely disappoints.

Updated 17 Oct : 16:03 by admin
This weekend will see Aberystwyth Town support the Fortnight of Action in our fixture against Prestatyn Town, both teams will be wearing anti-racism T-shirts prior to kick off to show their support for Show Racism the Red Card and its anti-racism work.

Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools, their workplaces and at events held in football stadiums.

The Fortnight of Action forms part of the FARE Football People action weeks and aims to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game and whatever our background.

Support from Welsh Football Clubs has been integral in helping Show Racism the Red Card progress their work in Wales. During the 2013/14 season the campaign worked with over 20,000 young people and held 28 educational events at stadiums across the country supported by professional players.

Supported by the Football Association, the Fortnight of Action has been running since 2007 in Wales. More clubs and leagues have joined the action weeks each season. This year will see over 80 clubs across 9 leagues involved.

SRtRC Campaign worker Jason Webber spoke about the Fortnight of Action saying: “This year’s FOA will see a record number of clubs and leagues unite across Wales in match actions. Racism continues to spoil the beautiful game and we must all do our bit to step up our efforts in challenging these issues to once and for all eradicate it from football and society.

Jason works with clubs across Wales utilizing sport as an engagement tool for young people.

Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. We hope you enjoy the game this weekend and ask you to support the player’s action before kick-off.

Follow the campaign on Twitter @theredcardwales and Facebook/theredcardwales. If you see or hear racism at any level of football, please report it to the club, stewards or the police. Further details about the campaign and the Fortnight of Action can be found at www.theredcardwales.org

Updated 16 Oct : 13:14 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Saturday 18th October (ko 2.30pm)
Prestatyn Town v Aberystwyth Town

Aberystwyth Town travel North to Prestatyn on Saturday on the crest of a wave, following an excellent 2-1 win over Airbus UK Broughton last weekend which lifted the Black and Greens back into second place in the Corbettsports Welsh Premier League.

Spectacular goals from Geoff Kellaway and Chris Venables earned the win, but the game was won with crucial performances all over the pitch, with goalkeeper Mike Lewis also pulling off a string of super saves, and Town will look to take that good form into Saturday's game on the North Wales coast.

After a promising start to the season Prestatyn's results have dropped slightly of late, but Aber have never once had an easy game at Bastion Gardens, and with top players such as Lee Hunt, and ex Aber stars Ross Stephens and Andy Parkinson certain to be involved for Prestatyn, Town do not expect one this Saturday either.

Manager Ian Hughes has some injury concerns prior to the game, as Antonio Corbisiero had to sit out last Saturday's game, when a bruising encounter took its toll, so he may be forced to change the starting eleven which did so well at home to Airbus. The team, as ever, will be delighted to have your support on Saturday, and the Coach leaves Park Avenue at the slightly earlier time of 9.15am.

Updated 14 Oct : 13:11 by admin
Aberystwyth Town FC have launched a Youtube Channel, providing unique coverage of the Black and Greens courtesy of our new Marketing Assistant Martin Smith.

To kick off the Channel Martin has produced a fantastic Video Report on Ysgol Llwyn Yr Eos' visit to Park Avenue on Saturday, to watch Aber Town surge back into the Top Two with a wonderful 2-1 over Airbus UK Broughton.

Aberystwyth Town's YouTube Channel can be found here, and the Llwyn Yr Eos video is here .

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