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Updated 31 Aug : 12:44 by admin
Word Cup Second Round
Tuesday 2nd September (ko 7.45pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Bala Town

After the excitement of Friday's six goal draw with Bangor City, Cup Football returns to Park Avenue on Tuesday night, as the Black and Greens welcome Bala Town in the Word Cup Second Round, or last sixteen.

Aber beat Welsh League Runners Up Taff's Well 2-0 in the League Cup First Round two weeks ago, while the Lakesiders received a bye, having reached last season's Final at Park Avenue only to lose on penalties to Carmarthen Town after a goalless draw.

Town Manager Ian Hughes is pleased to have three additional players at his disposal since last week, with Ryan Batley and Tom Shaw signing on, and Steff Williams receiving the all clear after a series of heart tests. All are likely to play some part in Tuesday's game, as they need additional match fitness to add competition to the First Eleven.

Bala had the chance to leapfrog above Town in the Top Three of the WPL on Saturday, but they too were held 3-3 in an exciting game at Prestatyn Town. They have retained the core of last season's highly talented squad, and strengthened with a few additions such as Gibraltar International David Artell, Will Bell and James Kelly from Bolton.

Aber's games against Bala are renowned for their high quality and excitement and Tuesday night's tie, which must be decided on the night, will be no different. Kick off is at 7.45 pm, with admission set at £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children. Town's Matchday programme, The Seasider, will be on sale for £2.

Updated 29 Aug : 21:18 by admin
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Friday 29th August
Aberystwyth Town 3 Bangor City 3

Another very creditable crowd of 427 saw a topsy turvey game at Park Avenue end all square, and having lead 2-0 at the break Aber Town scored an injury time penalty to save a point and retain a place in the Top Three.

On a blustery evening Geoff Kellaway saw a shot turned over in the opening seconds as the hosts benefitted from a strong wind. Stuart Jones then hit the crossbar with a header, and Kellaway saw another shot from the right wing touched away by the busy Jack Cudworth for a corner. Les Davies then responded in an identical way, drawing a good save from home keeper Mike Lewis, but then back at the other end Craig Williams rounded Cudworth but was denied a goal by Chris Roberts' timely intervention. Bangor were threatening from set pieces, but Aber took the lead in the 25th minute when Williams laid the ball back to Kellaway, who passed across the box to find Venables unmarked at the far post, and he tapped home. Les Davies' deflected shot again drew a good stop from Lewis, and although Town were finding it hard to keep possession, they doubled their lead eight minutes before the break when Stuart Jones' header bounced back off the post and deflected in off the unfortunate Cudworth. Without playing their brilliant best Aber went in with a slightly fortunate 2-0 lead.

The second half saw a Bangor side transformed by having the advantage of the wind, and they showed some battling qualities to overturn the Black and Greens' lead. Barely four minutes had passed when Chris Roberts' cross in to the box was powerfully headed home by the impressive Declan Walker, and two minutes before the hour the Citizens were level, as Walker's free kick into the area was parried by Lewis to Sion Edwards, who buried the chance clinically. Bangor's devastating second half continued on 67 minutes when another cross from right wing back Walker found Edwards at the far post, and City had a deserved lead. Aber responded and Anthony Miley was fortunate to only see yellow after dragging back Mark Jones, who was bearing in on goal, but then down the other end Les Davies, who had a super second half, played a ball in for Chris Jones to blast over from ten yards out, and Bangor lived to rue that miss. Despite an uncharacteristically slack performance from Aber they finished strongly, and from one of a series of corners referee Brian James spotted an infringement in the box, and awarded a penalty, which Venables buried in front of the Dias Stand in the 92nd minute, causing delight and mayhem in equal measures. Aber even went for the win with Corbisiero have a late shot blocked, and Bangor had to clear off the line to hold on to their point, but the game ended 3-3.

After a breathless and exciting game which, given the conditions, was a credit to the League, on sober reflection a draw was a fair result, though the manner of the late equaliser probably made it feel like a better result for Aber than for Bangor. Supporters will be hoping for more excitement on Tuesday night, as Aber welcome Bala Town to Park Avenue for a Word Cup Second Round tie, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Updated 29 Aug : 07:34 by admin
Town Manager Ian Hughes received a major boost this week with the news that three more players will be available to him for the forthcoming season.

The Club is delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Batley. Bridgend based Ryan is well known around the WPL circuit, having played for Llanelli, Afan Lido and Aberystwyth Town on loan a few years ago. Predominantly a left back, Ryan can also play at Centre Half, and has been a long term target for the Club. He has represented the British Universities Squad on many occasions and is returning to Wales after a spell playing in Australia, so will need international clearance before becoming available to play.

Also re-signing is Central Midfielder Tom Shaw. Tom played an important role last season, as his deployment in the holding role around Christmas time allowed Chris Venables the freedom to play further up the field, with devastating effect. Based in Aberaeron, Tom has been training with the squad throughout pre-season, and has played a number of friendlies, so his signing is also welcome news.

Finally the Club received another piece of excellent news as winger Steff Williams received the all clear to play, following a series of heart scans. A minor irregularity appeared on his ECG Scan the day before the Europa League tie in Derry, meaning he could not play in that or any subsequent games, but after another test and an MRI Scan we are delighted to confirm that Steff, who signed from Haverfordwest County in the summer, is now available once more to pick up on the promise he showed in Aber's three pre season friendlies back in June. The Club would like to thank Steff's family in particular for their determination in ensuring this matter was resolved as quickly as possible.

Tom and Steff will both go straight into this evening's squad, while we are currently still awaiting international clearance for Ryan Batley.

Updated 27 Aug : 08:03 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 29th August (ko 7.45pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Bangor City

Aberystwyth Town's fast paced start to the season continues on Friday evening as the Black and Greens welcome Bangor City to Park Avenue for their third Corbettsports Welsh Premier League clash of the season.

So far this season things have gone to plan, with Aber sitting proudly atop the WPL, following a 5-0 win at Cefn Druids and a 1-1 home draw with Champions The New Saints last weekend. Other than the continued absence of Steffan Williams, Town have no significant injury worries for the game, which is a tribute to the Players' fitness at this early stage of the season.

The Citizens of Bangor have had a tougher start, losing 2-0 to TNS, and 3-1 at home to Newtown, however as a team they are renowned for their ability to bounce back after a setback, so Ian Hughes will be expecting to face a determined effort from last season's Europa League Play Off Winners.

The Club will be hosting a Celebration Event for our valued Sponsors in the Executive Box during the game, and we are delighted that Clives Menswear, Morris Bros, McDonalds, Mid Wales Travel, Vaughans, Rees Astley, Huws Grey, Davies Heulyn Davies, Rachel's Dairy, Sprayright, Jewellery House, Anthony Motors, Cambrian News, Colin Ewart, Belgrave House and Alexanders have already confirmed that they will be joining us on Friday.

Town's all colour and bilingual Matchday Programme will again be on sale for £2, and comes with a free teamsheet.

Kick off for this exciting game has been moved back to 7.45pm, with Admission kept at the superbly low rate of £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children. See the Summer out in Style - at Park Avenue on Friday!

Updated 26 Aug : 11:46 by admin
A final few pitch-side advertising boards remain available at Park Avenue, and the Club is keen to hear from any parties interested in taking these spaces.

With an average attendance of over 400 and S4C's coverage of the Welsh Premier League, it's clear to see why Park Avenue has proved a popular choice for local and national business to advertise. The Club now has over 80 Club Sponsors, who offer their vital support throughout the season and ensure that the Club provides a platform for over 200 players of all ages, gender and ability to engage through sport.

Just 10 of the 120 pitch-side advertising boards remain available for the 2014/2015 Welsh Premier League season, with prices starting from £120+VAT.

For further information and to take one of the final spots, please contact Tom Bates on abertownfc@live.co.uk, or by telephone on 07973 749070.

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