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Updated 19 Aug : 08:08 by admin
Monday 18th August (ko 7.30pm)
Word Cup First Round
Taff's Well 0 Aberystwyth Town 2

Two second half goals from Chris Venables, a penalty and a scintillating free kick, saw off the challenge of Welsh League Runners Up Taff's Well in last night's Word Cup First Round tie at Rhiw'r Ddar.

Fielding a full strength side, Aber started playing up the considerable slope, and a most open and entertaining first 30 minutes ensued. Young Marcus Jones from Splott hit the visitors crossbar early on before Geoff Kellaway rounded home keeper Rob Bloor only to miss the target by inches. Back came Taff's Well with striker Sam Small bringing a good save from Mike Lewis in a one on one, then Jones blasted over from a good position. Stuart Jones saw a header cleared off the line for the Black and Greens before Small again drew a terrific double save from Lewis, first with his hands, then with his feet. As the half dragged on Aber gained the initiative, with Kellaway having a shot cleared off the line before Venables' free kick was just palmed away by Bloor, and the half somehow ended 0-0.

If the first half was a close affair, the second was much more one sided, with Aber's superior strength and fitness keeping the Wellmen at arm's length for long periods. Kellaway twice shot narrowly wide having burst down the right wing, before a superb reverse ball from Venables released the Flying Dorsetman again, and as he cut inside he drew a clumsy challenge from Lloyd Jenkins, resulting in a penalty to the visitors. Venables stepped up to bury the spot kick and give Aber a 53rd minute lead. Captain Craig Williams had a free kick deflected over before Josh Bell and Marcus Jones drew comfortable saves from Mike Lewis in the Aber goal. Mark Jones, who had put a good shift in up front, skewed just wide after an excellent break by the visitors, and then headed just past the post from a superb delivery out wide. Finally in the 92nd minute Williams was the latest to be fouled on the edge of the area, and Venables curled a super second to put the seal on a well deserved victory.

On last night's evidence Town are fit and raring to go for Friday's big kick off at Cefn Druids, and Black and Green supporters can look forward to 2014/5 with confidence. Friday night is Rock Night. See you there!

Updated 17 Aug : 11:51 by admin
Aberystwyth Town FC will once again be offering amazing value for money at Park Avenue this season.

The Board of Directors have decided to freeze admission prices yet again, so they remain at £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children.

This is around 33% cheaper than the average admission price for the Corbettsports Welsh Premier League, and a fraction of the cost supporters could expect to pay at the equivalent level in England.

Club Marketing Director Thomas Crockett said: "We wanted to reward our fans for their fantastic support last year, when attendances went up by over 20%, so for the fourth season running we have frozen the prices. If you consider you would pay at least £12-£14 to watch a match in the Conference Leagues in England, the Welsh Premier League as a whole offers brilliant value anyway - but nowhere more than at Park Avenue."

Season tickets will once again be priced at £70 for Adults, £40 for Over 65s and £10 for Children, with Student Flexi Passes costing £15 (to cover 5 matches).

Town's attractive Vice President package for £150 adds free access for Cup matches, free Match programmes and a complimentary Club tie, scarf or hat.

Finally a Corporate Vice President package is also available which includes all the above benefits plus a Player Sponsorship. This gives Companies the flexibility to share the season ticket between Directors or Employees.

All these season tickets will be on sale at Aber's first home match of the season next Monday 25th August, against Corbettsports Welsh Premier League Champions The New Saints (ko 2.30pm).

Updated 16 Aug : 18:42 by admin
Pre Season Friendly
Saturday 16th August
Bow Street 0 Aberystwyth Town 7

Goals from Geoff Kellaway (2), Chris Venables (2), Cledan Davies, Luke Sherbon and Mark Jones gave Aber a comfortable away win this afternoon against a youthful Bow Street at Cae Piod.

The Magpies' starting eleven contained five of the Black and Greens' Under 19s side in Gwion Pugh-Jones, Tom Williams, Iolo ap Dafydd, Paul Keegan and Daf Carruthers, with Osian Thomas also on the bench, while Town Manager Ian Hughes rested Mike Lewis, Stuart Jones, Antonio Corbisiero, Tom Shaw, Chris Venables and Geoff Kellaway to create surely the strongest bench Town have ever had!

Bow Street made a game of the first half, in an open and entertaining contest. Cledan Davies warmed the hands of home keeper Mark Evans with a rasping volley, before Aber keeper Phil Draper was called upon to deny Andrew Gittins. Then in the 15th minute the visitors took the lead when Craig Williams' right wing cross was tapped in at the far post by Cledan Davies. Chances continued at both ends with Carruthers looking a threat for Bow Street, twice going close. Mark Jones brought another save out of Evans before heading over, before Draper again denied Gittins. Sherbon saw a header tipped onto the cross bar and the half ended 1-0.

Ian Hughes made a number of changes after the break and this had a marked effect on the scoreline. Only two minutes had passed when Sherbon flicked in Stuart Jones' header, and Craig Williams then hit the bar from close range. Mike Lewis saved from Iolo ap Dafydd, but then on 58 minutes an excellent free kick found Venables' head, and he nodded home the third. Geoff Kellaway came on as sub and took precisely five minutes to etch his name on the scoresheet, finding space and firing low for a 66th minute goal, after Sherbon had picked him out with a fine pass. Lewis saved from Carruthers, before Mark Evans again denied Mark Jones, then with seven minutes left Kellaway added Town's fifth, latching on to Tom Shaw's through ball before rounding the keeper and scoring from a tight angle. Five minutes later Mark Jones finally got his goal from close range after Craig Williams had played him in, before Venables completed the scoring with final kick of the game, stabbing home after Stuart Jones had twice been denied.

Although the result of this game was rarely in doubt, Bow Street did show they have some young talented players, and the game represented a very useful work out to end pre-season. The Black and Greens now travel South on Monday to take on Taff's Well in the Word Cup First Round (kick off 7.30pm). Taff's Well's ground details are as follows: Rhiw'r Ddar, Parish Road, Taffs Well, Cardiff CF15 7NA (Tel: 02920 811080).

Updated 15 Aug : 14:00 by admin
Aberystwyth Town are preparing for a busy weekend with two very tough away games in three days fast approaching, at Cae Piod, Bow Street tomorrow (ko 2.30pm) and Rhiw’r Ddar, Taff’s Well on Monday (ko 7.30pm).

Saturday 16th August (ko 2.30pm)
Pre Season Friendly
Bow Street v Aberystwyth Town

Saturday’s traditional friendly against Town’s closest rivals is certain to create great interest locally and usually provides a feast of goals at both ends. Town hard to work very hard for their 4-2 win there last season, and were indebted to a hat trick from Stuart Fraser and a Chris Venables strike, after Bow Street had twice lead.

The Magpies start their Spar Mid Wales League season on Wednesday, so like Aber will be contesting their final pre season friendly before the big kick off.

Monday 18th August (ko 7.30pm)
Word Cup First Round
Taff's Well v Aberystwyth Town

Then on Monday evening The Black and Greens visit the suburbs of Cardiff for a First Round game in the Welsh Premier League Cup, now renamed as the Word Cup, away to Taff’s Well.

Taff’s Well have been major players in the Welsh League Division One for the past few years, finishing runners up last season by a mere two points to Champions Monmouth Town, and the Wellmen are certain to be a tough nut to crack at their own famously sloping ground.

The match will have a special resonance for Town’s star left winger Craig Williams, who was born in Caerphilly and started his career at Taff’s Well.

Over the two games Ian Hughes will be glad of the chance to run the rule over his First Team squad, before the first Corbettsports Welsh Premier League game of the season away to Cefn Druids a week today.

Updated 12 Aug : 13:51 by admin
With the start of the official season just six days away, Aberystwyth Town's promising young central midfielder Rhydian Davies has moved on loan to Cymru Alliance side Rhayader Town until Christmas.

Manager Ian Hughes, discussing the move with atfc.org.uk, said "Rhydian has already played around 30 Welsh Premier League games, which at the age of 19 is some going. He is also the youngest ever scorer in the Welsh Prem and he has a big future at the Club. For now however, he needs games week in and week out, which he will get at Rhayader. We wish him all the best and look forward to welcoming him back in due course."

Under the terms of the loan Rhydian still trains with the Black and Greens, remains under contract and can be recalled to the Club with 24 hours notice.

With a busy schedule coming up, Hughes also gave an overview of pre season to date: "Apart from the European games, pre season has gone pretty well. We have won four out of five games, scored five against Porthmadog and Bangor, and three at Caernarfon. The only let down was the TNS game at home, so overall I'm quite content with how things have gone. Now however, it's time to push on."

Aber Town face two games in three days this weekend, with a final Pre-season friendly at Bow Street on Saturday (ko 2.30pm), followed by a Word Cup First Round tie at Welsh League side Taff's Well on Monday 18th August (ko 7.30pm).

"Towards the end of pre season it's important to work on sharpness, so two games in three days will give us that. Of course we understand that the Taff's Well game is a competitive one but overall the double header gives me a last chance to look at all the players in our squad before I make my final decision on the line up for the game at Cefn Druids on Friday week."

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