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CLUB MOURNS THE PASSING OF THE LEGENDARY WIL LLOYD
Updated 29 Sep : 11:16 by admin
Aberystwyth Town Football Club is saddened to hear of the death of a true Club Great, Wil Lloyd.

Wil made his debut for Town in 1962 aged 16, and quickly established himself as an astute reader of the game and one of the best strikers of the ball. He had a fine turn of pace over short distances and his accurate long passes led to many a goal, particularly for his close friend David Williams, better known as Dias of course. Wil was awarded a Welsh Youth cap in 1964 and the following season won the first of eight caps for the Welsh Amateur side.

In 20 years at the Club Wil made 384 First Team Appearances, scoring 138 goals.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Wil's family and friends at this sad time
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HEADY DAYS AT PARK AVENUE AS BLACK AND GREENS BASH BALA
Updated 26 Sep : 20:47 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 26th September
Aberystwyth Town 4 Bala Town 0

Two goals from Mark Jones, and one apiece from Geoff Kellaway and Chris Venables helped Aber to an amazing four goal win over close challengers Bala Town this evening at Park Avenue, in front of a crowd of 522, boosted by a Student Promotion.


Manager Ian Hughes brought fit again Captain Stuart Jones back into the starting eleven, and Cledan Davies made his 100th appearance in a Black and Green shirt, but in truth it was the visitors who started on the front foot, as Kenny Lunt had a shot deflected wide, Mark Connolly brought a sharp save from Mike Lewis with a free kick and Lunt curled another shot just wide. In between all that Antonio Corbisiero rattled the crossbar with a volley, but Bala started stronger. The on 31 minutes came a turning point, when the majestic Luke Sherbon released Kellaway down the right channel with a slide rule pass, and when Bala keeper Ashley Morris parried his shot, Mark Jones was on hand to bundle the ball home. Three minutes later Kellaway danced through a static defence and crossed for Jones to add a second, and Town had a fortunate two goal lead. There was still time for Sherbon to bring out a great tip over from Morris, but the half time lead stayed at two.

The second half was a completely different story with Aber looking to be in almost total control and the visitors looking a beaten side. Venables twice went close to picking out Kellaway with brilliant long range passes, and then hit the post himself with a header. Town's Legendary Dias Stand Massive didn't have long to wait though, and when Venables picked out Kellaway again with a superb ball from deep in midfield, he burst through and lobbed Morris for a memorable third - and still 26 minutes remained! Town's Stephen Wright was playing a big part in keeping Bala at bay, and James Kelly's tame effort at Lewis was the best they could muster. Then with twelve minutes to go Corbisiero again hit the crossbar, and in the confusion that ensued Venables was hauled down in the area, and he got up to place the penalty deftly into the back of Morris' net for an extraordinary 4-0 scoreline.

This superb result takes Town back up to second in the league, a point behind leaders The New Saints with October just around the corner. These are heady days at Park Avenue and it's a great time to come and check out Ian Hughes' side. Town's next game is at Newtown next Saturday (ko 2.30pm), and the Coach Leaves Aber at 11.45am. Make sure you are on it!

TOWN WELCOME THE GOWN FOR FRIDAY NIGHT STUDENT PROMOTION AND BALA BATTLE
Updated 24 Sep : 12:02 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 26th September (ko 7.45pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Bala Town

High flying Aberystwyth Town are looking forward to a tutorial with another one of their closest rivals, fourth placed Bala Town on Friday, with a Student Promotion set to ensure a memorable night at Park Avenue.


Aber have enjoyed a week in a Podium Position, after a thrilling 2-1 win at Port Talbot last Friday thanks to goals from Chris Venables and Mark Jones took them to second place on Friday night. Airbus climbed back above Town on Sunday, but the Black and Greens now face one of their main opponents for a lofty position this season in Bala Town.

The Lakesiders started the season very well, and were undefeated until a 3-0 home loss to Champions The New Saints enabled Aber to leapfrog above them last weekend. Three late goals saw Bala progress to the Word Cup Semi Finals last night, and they have a good record at Park Avenue having not lost in their last seven visits. Gibraltar International David Artell is set to appear for Bala having missed their Word Cup visit to face Robert Lewandowski’s Poland side!

However on recent form the Black and Greens have a right to be confident, and Manager Ian Hughes hopes to have Captain Stuart Jones back from injury to bolster his squad options for Friday night. Aber’s ex-Liverpool star Stephen Wright, who once scored for the Reds in the Champions League, is also likely to feature, as is WPL Top Goalscorer Chris Venables, who has already notched 9 strikes from Central Midfield.

The Club are offering the hand of friendship to all Aberystwyth University students on Friday night with a Student Promotion night. Admission for card carrying students will cost just £2, and this will include a free Hot Dog in the Clubhouse.

Marketing Committee Volunteers Martin Smith and Alex Stratford, along with Manager Ian Hughes and members of the Ladies team represented Aberystwyth Town at the University Sports Fair yesterday to promote the game, and the Club was delighted with to receive 75 sign ups for our Student e-newsletter. If anyone else is interested in a free subscription please email abertownfc@live.co.uk.

A very large crowd is expected on Friday night, as Student Promotions usually boost the attendance by around 50%, and kick off at Park Avenue is at 7.45pm. Freshers Week isn’t Freshers Week without a Friday night down the Football Club!

UNDER 19'S GO DOWN IN CONTROVERSIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
Updated 23 Sep : 23:13 by admin
Last Sunday at Bow Street Aberystwyth youth fell to a 3-2 defeat in controversial circumstances, with the game being remembered for a major decision by the West Wales referee.

Rhyl started strongly, and as the week before, Aberystwyth conceded early, being 2-0 down after 16 minutes, but the players responded magnificently, Dafydd Carruthers having a good chance one on one with the Rhyl keeper just wide, whilst Tom Price shot from distance, with the powerful effort just inches wide from the top corner. Aber were in luck though, as they got a penalty three minutes before half time which Tom Williams converted.

Just two minutes into the second half the comeback was complete, as a corner was whipped in and as the ball fell past the back post, Iolo Ap Dafydd was there to finish for Aberystwyth. Town dominated much of the second half, with Rhyl hanging on as the Black and Greens pushed for a third. Tom Williams had a shot which was well saved by the Rhyl keeper, while Osian Thomas was causing Rhyl plenty of problems with his pace on the wing. With just 10 minutes to go, Aberystwyth looked to have the breakthrough, as Charlie Wakley once again played a great ball over the top from left back playing in Dafydd Carruthers who timed his run to be through on goal, and slotted past the keeper into the net. As the Aber and Rhyl players took to the centre circle for the restart, a late late call came that the ball had hit the side netting, and shockingly for all in the stadium, the goal was disallowed. Much to the dismay then of the crowd and the home side, Aber then conceded in the 91st minute to give Rhyl all 3 points.

Performances are improving and Emyr Jones's side will look to get a positive result as they play West End on October 5th in the FAW Youth Cup.


TALBOT TRIUMPH TAKES TOWN TO TOP TWO
Updated 19 Sep : 21:34 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 19th September
Port Talbot Town 1 Aberystwyth Town 2

Aberystwyth Town gained a superb win at the Genquip Stadium last night and moved up to second place in the Corbettsports Welsh Premier League, as a goal apiece from Chris Venables and Mark Jones beat a resolute Port Talbot side which had previously won all three home games this season.

The hosts started on the front foot, and their high tempo attacking play caused the visitors problems from the off. In fact Talbot were ahead in six minutes, as some sloppy Aber defending allowed Corey Thomas to cross, and Martin Rose pounced in the area to smash home from close range. The Steelmen continued to press with Liam McCreesh missing a great chance to cross for an open goal, and Luke Bowen shooting wide. The visitors created some half chances with Jones and Craig Williams bringing saves from Steve Cann, and Jones glanced a header just wide from Chris Davies' cross, but in truth Talbot were much the better side in the first 30 minutes, and had Luke Bowen connected with a cross for a second no one could have had any complaints. As it happened Aber nicked an equaliser three minutes before the break, when Venables glanced a header home from Williams' free kick; there was still time for Thomas to bring a good save from Mike Lewis, and Lee Surman to head wide from a corner, but the half ended all square.

Chastened by Manager Ian Hughes' half time team talk, Town came out a much more solid side after the break. They withstood some more early pressure as Dan Sheehan brought another save from Lewis, Rose had a header cleared off the line and Carl Evans went close, but then on 62 minutes Town's best player on the night Mark Jones created and scored the decisive second. First he outmuscled Surman to win the ball before laying a super pass down the right wing for Craig Williams, and when the ball was returned to him in the area, Jonah swivelled on a sixpence to bury the ball past Cann left footed, for a goal he had thoroughly earned for a night's hard slog up front on his own. This goal knocked the stuffing out of the hosts who understandably tired after an hour's pressing play. Rose shot wide again, and with an arial bombardment imminent Wyn Thomas came on to steady the ship. Stephen Wright was also excellent in the air, and the Black and a Greens were now a real menace on the break. Venables had two close range headers well save by Cann, Jones and Luke Sherbon also fired wide, but the score remained unchanged and Town held on for a massive result.

Despite starting the game poorly, the Black and Greens had enough attacking menace and defensive grit to dig out a crucial three points last night, and Friday night's home game with fourth placed Bala is sure to be a huge occasion, with a Student Promotion set to swell the crowd significantly. Whatever you do, do not miss it!


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