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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!

Updated 17 Sep : 16:17 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 19th September (ko 7.30pm)
Port Talbot Town v Aberystwyth Town

Aberystwyth Town travel South on Friday evening for a visit to the Genquip Stadium, home of Port Talbot Town in good spirits having gained a valuable point at home to Gap Connah's Quay on Friday night, which retained their place in the Top Four.

Port Talbot, who currently lie in seventh position, are one of the sides eyeing Town's exalted league position, and will be confident having won both their home League matches to date by three goal margins.

Aber beat the Steelmen 6-1 in their last League meeting in April, but since that night Manager Jarred Harvey has underseen a vast improvement in results, and only three players survive to the current First Eleven.

Aber however are in a good place having gone five matches unbeaten at the start of the season, and are the only Club to have taken points off Champions The New Saints so far. The Black and Greens will hope to have influential defender Stuart Jones back available for Friday's key tie, but Bari Morgan will of course not be in the squad having moved to Caersws in the week.

Kick off at the Genquip is at 7.30pm, and the Meeting Time for the Coach is 3.45pm at Park Avenue.

Updated 17 Sep : 15:40 by admin
Aberystwyth Town FC can confirm that legendary midfielder Bari Morgan has moved to Caersws FC.

The decision was a difficult one for Manager Ian Hughes, and will be reassessed in January.

Ian Hughes said today: "Bari and I felt it would be in his best interest to play week in week out, something he currently isn't doing here with us. He still has a lot to offer as a player, the decision isn't down to quality but rather the fact that other younger players need a chance to develop and these players could play for Aberystwyth Town for the next 8-10 years. In fact Bari himself has played for the club for 14 years and I'm sure he agrees if he hadn't have been given a consistent chance at an earlier age in the first team he may not have been with us for so long, as he himself may of moved on in search of regular football.

There is no doubting the influence and importance Bari has had on Aberystwyth Town Football Club over the last decade, he has started coaching in our Academy and I have offered him the chance to support the first team staff when he is not playing himself. This is something that Bari is keen to do and I'm looking forward to working closely with him in the near future.

Club Chairman Tony Bates said: "On behalf of the everyone at the Club I would like to thank Bari for over thirteen years almost unbroken service at Aberystwyth Town Football Club. During that time he has represented and Captained the Club in two European Campaigns and two Welsh Cup Finals, not to mention over 300 WPL matches, and has always been a model of professionalism and integrity. His commitment to the Club has been an inspiration to us all and we look forward to retaining Bari within Aberystwyth Town FC, albeit in a slightly different role."

Since making his Town debut at Cefn Druids in August 2001 Bari has played for seven different Managers, made 309 Welsh Premier League appearances for the Black and Greens and scored 15 goals. Sadly we lost count of his tackles many years ago!

Pob hwyl yng Naghersws Bari oddi wrthon ni i gyd. Rwyt ti wedi bod - ac yn parhau i fod - yn gaffaeliad i'r Clwb.

Updated 15 Sep : 10:58 by admin
It was a difficult day for Aberystwyth Town's Ladies and Youth teams as they both fell to defeats away yesterday.

Aberystwyth Ladies took on league champions Cardiff Met, who recently won Wales' first ever European game after qualifying as champions. They were too strong for the Ladies though as they ran away with 10-0 victory.

At the Rock, Aberystwyth Town's youth side were unable to repeat the heroics of the first team, as they lost 4-1 to Cefn Druids. Three goals in the first 16 minutes saw Druids make a flying start, before Aberystwyth settled in what was, after this, a more settled game. Late in the half 16 year old Charlie Jellett, making his first competitive start for Aberystwyth, got the ball down the left, ran past two defenders before calmly side footing the ball past the keeper to score his debut goal. In the second half both sides had chances, with Cefn getting their fourth goal midway through the half.

Updated 12 Sep : 21:08 by admin
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Friday 12th September
Aberystwyth Town 1 Gap Connah’s Quay 1

Another creditable crowd at Park Avenue of 372 watched a frustrating match for Aber Town, as a sumptuous long range effort from Chris Venables earned the Seasiders a point against a much improved Gap Connah’s Quay.

Sion James replaced the injured Stuart Jones in the starting line up, and it was probably the visitors started stronger with Cledan Davies clearing Mark McGregor’s header off the line. Recent acquisition Steve Evans drew a superb diving save from Mike Lewis in the Aber goal, but then on eight minutes came a moment of controversy when George Horan conceded a penalty for dragging back Mark Jones, but saw only a yellow card, much to Aber’s chagrin. To make things worse keeper Terry McCormick then pulled off a terrific save to deny Venables’ penalty, and things stayed all square. Craig Williams fed Venables who was again denied by McCormick, but then to Town’s horror, Gap right wing back Sean Miller burst into the box and blasted home an 18th minute opener for the visitors. Geoff Kellaway drew another great save from McCormick low down and Craig Williams fired wide before at the other end Quay missed some good chances which they lived to regret, with Ricky Evans drawing a good save from Lewis with a long range effort, and Gary O’Toole blasting over, and the half time score was 0-1.

Aber responded positively to the set back after the break, attacking with purpose, and when Venables scored with a brilliant lob just four minutes into the half to equalise things were looking good, and the Dias Stand was rocking. However the second half proceeded with some excellent endeavour from two very hard working teams, though in truth not that many clear cut chances were created. Lewis again touched a Ricky Evans free kick just past the post, Steve Evans headed over and Lewis denied the dangerous Luke Holden with his legs, while at the other end Geoff Kellaway headed just over. As time went on Gap slowed the game down to walking pace, making it seem like a draw was the height of their ambitions. Venables appeared to be impeded in the area, and Aber enjoyed a late spell of pressure but in truth it wasn’t quite happening for the Black and Greens tonight, and Gap Connah’s Quay certainly played well enough to merit a point from the game.

This performance will not go down as a classic in the Black and Green Book of Legends but they did show character to fight back from a difficult position against resolute opponents, and the draw stretches their unbeaten run in the WPL to five games, keeping Town in the Top Three. Next up for Aber is a trip to the Genquip to face Port Talbot next Friday night for a 7.30pm kick off. The bus will leave the Club at 3.45pm.

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