JD Cymru Premier
Friday 2nd September
Aberystwyth Town 1 Bala Town 4
Aber Town suffered a third straight home defeat to Cymru Prem runners up Bala Town, who played the majority of the game with ten men after Chris Venables’ early dismissal. Kieran Smith (22 mins) and Nathan Peate (57 mins) netted for the Lakesiders, before a Jack Rimmer own goal (68 mins) and Dave Edwards’ penalty (76 mins) compounded the hosts misery. Some scant consolation was provided by Jonathan Evans’ late penalty (85 mins) but this was a disappointing night for the Black and Greens.
Louis Bradford and Alex Darlington returned to the starting eleven, but both teams’ game plans swung dramatically in the second minute when Venables was adjudged to have elbowed Rimmer, and was shown a shock straight red. Bala however coped well and the dangerous Lassana Mendes sent in an early free kick which was easily gathered by Lewis Webb in the Aber goal, before George Newell flicked a header wide. For the Seasiders Charley Edge sent in a dangerous ball from the left which just evaded Steff Davies but overall Bala were on top, and halfway through the half Smith nodded home Mendes’ corner at the near post to give them a vital lead. Aber were trying to play the ball out of the back but were struggling to create chances against a resolute defence. Callum Woods had a shot parried to safety, then back came Aber as Davies found space down the right and crossed for Niall Flint whose attempt flew agonisingly wide. Jack Thorn’s long throw was flicked on to Flint at the back post, but he couldn’t convert, and then Edwards’ free kick was saved by Webb, and Bala were good value for their half time lead.
The second goal in this match was likely to be crucial and Davies headed wide from Edge’s cross for Aber early on. Bala defended free kicks and set pieces well and then Mendes dribbled through but had his low shot gathered by Webb. Ollie Shannon had a shot blocked for a corner, and Mendes’ ball in was headed home at the back post by Peate for a killer second. The Black and Greens tried to respond with Davies again denied by Alex Ramsey from Sam Litchfield’s ball in, and then Newell beat the offside trap down the right and his dangerous cross was deflected into his own net by Rimmer. Back came Aber again and Louis Bradford had an attempt cleared off the line, before seeing another shot deflected for a corner, which Litchfield headed over at the back post. Mendes was then fouled in the area and experienced Edwards notched Bala’s fourth from the spot. Sub Adam Roscrow had a shot saved by Webb but then Peate blocked Davies in Bala’s box, and Jonathan Evans blasted home a penalty as a note of defiance. Aber had some late pressure which lead to nothing and the game ended in a comprehensive win for the visitors.
Once again it proved not to be Aber’s night, and Manager Anthony Williams and his squad will work hard to create an improved response next week, as the Black and Greens travel to Flint on Friday evening for a 7.45pm kick off. The match will be the hosts inaugural match on their new 3G pitch so promises to be quite an occasion. Your support would be appreciated.