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TOWN'S SATURDAY OPPONENTS TO BE DECIDED ON WEDNESDAY
Updated 27 Jan : 12:26 by admin
After a two week break in WPL activity, Aberystwyth Town are still waiting to find out who they will be playing on Saturday at Park Avenue with a 2.30 kick off!

A raft of weather-enforced postponments has meant that the last Top Six berth has still not been confirmed, with Newtown and Carmarthen Town still in the running. Newtown's dramatic last second win at Connah's Quay on Saturday has left them in sixth place on 32 points, but Carmarthen (on 31 points with an inferior goal difference) have one game left, away to The New Saints tomorrow night (ko 7.45pm).

If Carmarthen win at TNS, their reward will be a place in the Top Six and a visit to Aber on Saturday. Any other result tomorrow night will mean Aber face Newtown instead. We will keep you informed!

BLACK AND GREENS CONFIRM STEPHENS SIGNING
Updated 24 Jan : 12:33 by admin
Aberystwyth Town FC are delighted to confirm the signing of left footed midfielder Ross Stephens from Prestatyn Town, who joins the Club for a second time, after a previous sojourn at Park Avenue in 2009.

29 year old Ross joined Prestatyn from Newtown in June 2010, making the Seasiders his sixth Welsh Premier League club at the age of 25. He had joined Newtown in the summer of 2009 after leaving Aber, having made 13 (+3) appearances for the Seasiders. Stephens scored a creditable five goals in his first spell in Black and Green, but was cup-tied for Aber's Welsh Cup run, which affected his chances at Park Avenue.

Stephens had joined Town in January 2009 after a successful spell at Welshpool, having joined In 2007 after playing 14 matches and scoring 1 goal for Rhyl. He became John Hulse's first signing of 2007 when he joined the Lilywhites from Caersws in January after a number of excellent performances for the Bluebirds. Ross, signed permanently for Micky Evans' Caersws in June 2005, after a loan spell at the Recreation Ground in 2003. The Llanidloes-born player was released by Shrewsbury at the end of the 2004/05 season after a loan period at Redditch United. He is a talented player with excellent passing and dribbling ability and also has a strong eye for goal.

Having played for the same Caersws Youth Team as Chris Venables under Chris' father Stuart, Ross has carved out an excellent reputation in the WPL, having scored 76 goals in 302 appearances, and everyone at Park Avenue is delighted to welcome him back to Park Avenue. Good luck Ross from us all.

WATCH A LOCAL GAME THIS SATURDAY
Updated 22 Jan : 09:58 by admin
Although the Black and Greens are not in action this weekend, there is plenty of action on Sunday with Emyr Jones' Under 19s facing Cefn Druids at Park Avenue (ko 2pm), while Aber Town Ladies host Newcastle Emlyn in the Central Wales Cup at Penrhyncoch in a game which also kicks off at 2pm. The Word Cup Final also takes place at Newtown with TNS playing Bala Town at 12.45pm.

However, Saturday is a free day for Aber Town so atfc.org.uk would like to encourage Town followers to support a local side. Please find below a preview of local footy action:


In the Spar Mid Wales League First Division Saturday's action sees Academy Director Gary Lewis' Penrhyncoch side (going well in third place) take on fifth place Waterloo Rovers at Cae Baker, while Bow Street welcome Top Four outfit Carno, bottom placed Aber University Firsts take on Welsh Cup heroes Llanrhaeadr and mid table Aberaeron face Montgomery. In the Second Division mid table Borth United host promotion chasing Knighton while Glyndwr Hughes' Bont side travel to a Penybont side which has only six points on the board.

In the Cambrian Tyres Aber & District League Division One Club Marketing Manager Tom Bates and his Bow Street Reserves side will aim to put last week's penalty woes behind them as they travel to Llanilar, Cledan Davies may well be seen cheering on Tregaron Turfs against Aberdyfi and UWA Reserves face Penrhycoch Reserves. There is also a full fixture list in Division Two.

Finally for those craving Cup Action there are two ties in the Cwpan Coffa Dai Dynamo Davies in Aber on Saturday; Padarn United face Aberaeron and finally at Min y Ddol Penparcau play Talybont.

SATURDAY
Spar Mid Wales League (2pm)
Div One

Aber Uni v Llanrhaeadr; Aberaeron v Montgomery; Bow Street v Carno; Llansantffraid Village v Llanfair United; Penrhyncoch v Waterloo; Tywyn/Bryncrug v Berriew; Welshpool v Machynlleth
Div Two
Borth United v Knighton; Dyffryn Banw v Hay St Marys; Kerry v Talgarth; Newbridge v Abermule; Penybont v Bont; Presteigne v Churchstoke

Cambrian Tyres Aberystwyth & District League (2pm)
Div One

Llanilar v Bow Street Res; Tregaron v Aberdyfi; UWA Res v Penrhyn Res
Div Two
Dolgellau Res v Llanilar Res; Machynlleth Res v Padarn Res; Talybont Res v Aberdyfi Res; UWA Thirds v Penrhyncoch Thirds

Cwpan Coffa Dai Dynamo Davies Rd 3 (ko 1.45pm)
Cardigan v Dolgellau; Newcastle Emlyn v Lampeter; Padarn United v Aberaeron; Penparcau v Talybont

CHAMPIONSHIP CONFERENCE FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
Updated 21 Jan : 13:45 by admin
The Corbettsports Welsh Premier League has today announced the Fixture Schedule for the remaining ten matches of the season, in which the Black and Greens will of course compete in the Top Six, known as the Championship Conference.

Aber's fixtures for the remainder of the season are as follows:

Saturday 31st January (ko 2.30pm) CARMARTHEN TOWN/NEWTOWN Home
Saturday 7th February (ko 2.30pm) Welsh Cup Round 4: Holywell Town Away
Saturday 14th February (ko 2.30pm) Airbus UK Broughton Away
Sunday 22nd February (ko 1pm) THE NEW SAINTS Home
Friday 27th February (ko 7.45pm) Bala Town Away
Saturday 7th March Welsh Cup Quarter Finals
Friday 13th March (ko 7.45pm) PORT TALBOT TOWN Home
Saturday 21st March (ko 2.30pm) Carmarthen Town/Newtown Away
Saturday 28th March (ko 2.30pm) AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON Home
Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th April Welsh Cup Semi Finals
Friday 10th April (ko 7.45) The New Saints Away
Friday 17th April (ko 7.45pm) BALA TOWN Home
Sunday 26th April (ko 1pm) Port Talbot Town Away
Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd May Welsh Cup Final
Sunday 10th May UEFA Europa League Play Off Semi Finals
Suinday 17th May UEFA Europa League Play Off Final

FIRST TARGET ACHIEVED BY AN OUTSTANDING GROUP OF PLAYERS
Updated 18 Jan : 23:06 by admin
For the first time since the league format changed, Aberystwyth Town find themselves in the Top 6 after amassing 42 points from their 22 games to date this term, writes Matthew Wallace. With this term’s first target met, manager Ian Hughes was quick to heap praise on the special group of players that he has at his disposal in the dressing room.

“I’m extremely proud of the players. If you’d have asked me at the start of the season if we’d have 42 points on the board at this stage I’d have said no. Our target was 1.5 points a game, which would have given us 33 points and guaranteed us top 6.

They’ve been outstanding, I can’t speak highly enough of them. People have played when they shouldn’t have done. People have played with niggling injuries. We went to Carmarthen a couple of weeks ago and four of them had the flu and they still played and won the game and this is testament to them. The togetherness we’ve got in the dressing room is important to us. They don’t want to let themselves down or their teammates down and that makes us stronger. The players we’ve got put a shift in week, week out and I can’t fault that.”


Town finished the first phase of the league with a 3-1 victory over Prestatyn on Saturday with goals from Craig Williams, Geoff Kellaway and European Golden Boot winner Chris Venables in front of a large home crowd.

“It was a bit of a strange game really. We went 1-0 down through a sloppy goal, we worked our way back into the game and created a couple of chances before they went down to 10 men. Chris Venables has scored a good goal to bring it back to 1-1 by half time. I always thought we’d have too much for them second half and that’s what happened”

Venables has been touting the attention of national and international press after his goal scoring exploits were honoured this week but Hughes is pleased that he has marksmen all over the park as shown by having three different scorers on the charts.

“Craig Williams got the goal he deserved, Venables scored again and Geoff Kellaway chipped in with a goal even though he reckons he tried it but I’m not too sure. The more goal scorers you’ve got on the pitch, the more unpredictable you are to the opposition and we have goals all over the pitch.”

The Seasiders now face a two week break before their next game as they wait for their rivals to complete their fixtures with just a Welsh Cup game away at Holywell marked in at the moment. Hughes is looking to use this time to refine the work of his side before the assault on second place begins in earnest.

“We’ll train in the meantime to make sure we’re right and obviously I’ll be busy on the phone to other players and other managers, because ideally we need another couple of players in. I’ll speak to the Chairman to see if there’s any movement there.”

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