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ABER TOWN’S ADAM BITCHELL PREPARES FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES 10,000 METRES FINAL ON FRIDAY NIGHT
Updated 29 Jul : 22:01 by admin
Lifelong Aberystwyth Town supporter Adam Bitchell is preparing to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games on Friday night in the 10,000 Metres Final.

Atfc.org.uk caught up with Adam this week prior to the race. Adam, can you update us on what have you been doing over the past few years, as we haven't seen you down Park Avenue for a while!

“I moved to America back in 2012 in order to do my Masters Degree and further my running career. I moved to The University of New Mexico which is in Albuquerque, New Mexico and have been living there ever since. I've just finished my Masters in Sports Administration, but will be based in Albuquerque for at least another year. I still manage to get down Park Ave for a few games over the festive period each year, and I still follow Aber's results every weekend from America!”

We know you as a very loyal supporter of the Black and Greens, how important are Aber Town to you?
“Aber Town is obviously very close to my heart, and I've grown up supporting Town since before I was able to walk...or run for that matter! There's always more pride and emotion involved with your home-town team, and I've already been through plenty of good times and bad times as a supporter! Those years when I followed Aber home and away for almost every game of the season always bring back great memories. I think my personal highlight was probably the Welsh Cup Semi-Final when Freddy Thomas headed home that late winner!”

Were you impressed with how well the team did last year?
“I was very impressed with how the team did last year, obviously we were very unfortunate not to finish in the top 6 when the league split midway through the season, but I think last year and going into this year again, we are capable of competing with most teams in the league (other than maybe TNS). I think the most impressive factor about last season was the brand of football that Ian Hughes and Wyn Thomas implemented. We played some great free-flowing, attacking football which is what the fans love to see!”

What are your hopes for the big race on Friday and how do you feel about Mo Farrah dropping out?
“This might sound strange to a lot of people but I'm actually really disappointed Mo Farah has dropped out. He's a World and Olympic champion so to race against him would have been pretty special. He's also an Arsenal fan so I would have loved for him to see my Arsenal tattoo!! My main goal is just to go out there, enjoy the occasion, race hard and come away with no regrets. It's hard to set any real performance goals as it's such a varied and unpredictable field of entries, but the standard of competition is clearly extremely high.”

Finally, if you get on the podium will you be wearing a black and green scarf from Steve Moore’s Club Shop?
“If I was to get on the podium I would most definitely wear a black and green scarf from Steve Moore's shop. In addition I would probably do numerous laps of honour in my Aber Town 08/09 away shirt singing 'Oh Aber Town is Wonderful.'”

Many thanks Adam and good luck on Friday from us all at Aberystwyth Town Football Club.

The 10,000m Final is at 8.05pm on Friday evening.

BARMOUTH & DYFFRYN UNITED 1 ABERYSTWYTH TOWN 2
Updated 27 Jul : 14:58 by admin
Saturday 26th July
Pre Season Friendly
Barmouth & Dyffryn 1 Aberystwyth Town 2

Despite dominating possession for lengthy periods of yesterday’s Pre Season Friendly at Barmouth, depleted Aberystwyth needed late headed goals from Tom Shaw and Wyn Thomas to secure a morale boosting victory at Wern Mynach.


With Mark Jones, Chris Venables, Phil Draper and Bari Morgan unavailable, Chris Davies, Mike Lewis, Sion James, Tom Shaw and Rhydian Davies came into the starting eleven, though on a very hot afternoon both sides started the game patiently. Barmouth’s five man defence were happy to sit deep and although Aber managed to get cross after cross into the danger area, few of them were being converted into chances. Daniel Gwynne had the hosts’ best chance, bringing an excellent save at full stretch from Town keeper Mike Lewis with a right footed shot from the edge of the area, and the visitors managed to clear a dangerous rebound. Craig Williams for the Black and Greens then sent in a nice ball to Geoff Kellaway on the opposite wing, who set up Rhydian Davies, but his shot from a promising position flew over the bar. Home keeper Andrew McMullen gathered Tom Shaw’s 25 yard volley, and Luke Sherbon went close on a couple of occasions, but the half ended 0-0.

The game burst into life after the break, and just like last season, Barmouth took the initiative. A defensive mix up at the back allowed lively striker George Sutherns to open the scoring with a low shot in the 47th minute. From this point on Aber dominated, as they controlled possession and showed patience and persistence in their quest to equalise. Sherbon had a header tipped over the bar from Cledan Davies’ excellent cross, Kellaway and Cledan Davies both had attempts cleared, and the unfortunate Sherbon had two more attempts cleared off the line. Finally and somewhat inevitably with nineteen minutes to go Williams sent in a brilliant cross from the left which evaded everyone until it reached Shaw at the back post, and his header squared the game. Manager Ian Hughes made some tactical changes, and when Tom Atyeo was moved to left back he danced his way through the Barmouth defence with a swashbuckling run to win a corner. Antonio Corbiseiero’s ball in then picked out Wyn Thomas at the far post and his 86th minute headed goal won the game. Shaw and Chris Davies almost added a third but the Black and Greens had to settle for a 2-1 win in the sun.

For all their promising approach play today, it was clear that Aber were missing a cutting edge, but the return of some key players next week is sure to remedy that problem, and Town can head to the Oval, Caernarfon next Saturday in good heart, for a 2.30pm kick off.

BLACK AND GREENS BACK IN ACTION AT BARMOUTH ON SATURDAY
Updated 24 Jul : 15:31 by admin
Pre Season Friendly
Saturday 26th July (ko 2.30pm)
Barmouth & Dyffryn United v Aberystwyth Town

Aberystwyth Town return to action on Saturday with a fourth pre season friendly at Wern Mynach, home of Barmouth & Dyffryn FC.


Just over a year ago Ian Hughes had his first competitive match as Manager of the Black and Greens in Barmouth, and his side battled to a 4-3 victory. Much has happened in the intervening 55 weeks, most of it good, and after a record breaking 2013/4, a Welsh Cup Final and Europa League appearance Hughes has certainly raised expectations amongst players and supporters alike.

Town have retained the services of the majority of last seasons squad, adding Tom Atyeo, Chris Davies and Steff Williams to an already strong group of players. Hughes will now continue the job of evaluating his current squad's strengths and weaknesses, starting with Saturday's friendly.

Barmouth & Dyffryn finished in fourth place in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Football League Division 1 last season, and they are now managed by Dan Papirnyk Jnr. They have played two pre season friendlies on their immaculate pitch to date, losing 6-5 to Tywyn/Bryncrug, and 3-1 to Caersws.

Off the field, Barmouth & Dyffryn won last season's Welsh Alliance Programme of the Year Award, have also added some new seating at the ground over the summer. If last season's game is anything to go by, a warm welcome will be extended to visiting supporters on Saturday afternoon. Kick off at Wern Mynach is at 2.30pm.

SPEND YOUR HOLS AT ABER TOWN'S SUMMER FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL
Updated 18 Jul : 15:45 by admin
Schools in Ceredigion break up today and throughout the county parents are wondering how to amuse their children over the next six weeks!

Our Football Development team have planned a Festival of Family Friendly events at Aberystwyth Town FC for children and young people during the Summer Holidays, as follows:

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd July
Summer Soccer Camp at Park Avenue

Years 3 and 4 - 10am-12pm
Years 5 and 6 - 1pm-3pm
£5 per day
Aberystwyth Town FC are dedicated to providing the local community with fun football sessions delivered in a safe and friendly environment.
To register your child contact Stuart Jones on 07891 702641 or email stu.jones@btinternet.com


Monday 28th July - Friday 1st August
Swansea City Development Soccer Camp
(in partnership with Aberystwyth Town FC)
at Blaendolau

Under 7s - 12s
Cost £10 per day or £40 for 5 days
Contact niadavies@swanseacityfc.co.uk to book your place via email


Thursday 7th August
UEFA Super Cup Roadshow at Park Avenue
Ages 7-16
FREE

Play football and have your picture taken with the UEFA Super Cup, Champions League and Europa League Trophies!
For More Information and to reserve your space (by 28th July) please visit:
www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk/FAWFunDaysignup

Not forgetting of course, the big Kick Off at the end of August:

Monday 25th August (ko 2.30pm)
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Aberystwyth Town v The New Saints

Friday 29th August (ko 7.30pm)
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Aberystwyth Town v Bangor City

Join us for an unforgettable Summer Festival of Football at Park Avenue!

PRE SEASON LINE UP AND 2014/5 FIXTURES CONFIRMED
Updated 16 Jul : 16:11 by admin
Aberystwyth Town FC has completed its pre season line up, and can confirm fixtures for the First Phase of the 2014/5 Welsh Premier League season, as follows. Saturday kick offs will be at 2.30pm, and weekday matches at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise:

Pre Season Friendlies
JULY

Sat 26th Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd (a)
AUGUST
Sat 2nd Caernarfon Town (a)
Sat 16th Bow Street (a)

Word Cup First Round
AUGUST

Mon 18th Taff's Well (a)

Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
AUGUST

Fri 22nd Cefn Druids (a)
Mon 25th The New Saints (h) (ko 2.30pm)
Fri 29th Bangor City (h)
SEPTEMBER
Sun 7th Rhyl (a) (ko TBC)
Fri 12th Gap Connah's Quay (h) (ko 7.45pm)
Fri 19th Port Talbot Town (a)
Fri 26th Bala Town (h) (ko 7.45pm)
OCTOBER
Sat 4th Newtown (a)
Sat 11th Airbus UK Broughton (h)
Sat 18th Prestatyn Town (a)
Fri 24th Bala Town (a) (ko 7.45pm)
Fri 31st Newtown (h)
NOVEMBER
Fri 7th Cefn Druids (h)
Fri 14th The New Saints (a)
Fri 21st Bangor City (a)
Sat 29th WELSH CUP ROUND 3
DECEMBER
Fri 5th Rhyl (h)
Fri 12th Gap Connah's Quay (A) (ko 7.45pm)
Sat 20th Port Talbot Town (h)
Fri 26th Carmarthen Town (a) (ko 2.30pm)
JANUARY
Thu 1st Carmarthen Town (h) (ko 2.30pm)
Fri 9th Airbus UK Broughton (a)
Sun 18th Prestatyn Town (h)

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