JD Cymru Premier
Gwener/Friday 18th Awst/August (CC/KO 7.45pm)
Cei Conna/Connahs Quay Nomads vs Aberystwyth Town (yn Stadiwm Tref Fflint, at Flint Town United FC)
Bant a'r cart fydd hi i Dref Aberystwyth wrth iddynt deithio i'r Fflint i wynebu Nomadiaid Cei Conna, chwaraeodd yn Ewrop yn ddiweddar, nos Wener.
Aberystwyth Town’s first league outing on the road this season takes the Green Army to North Wales for a clash with European entrants Connahs Quay Nomads tomorrow night.
Anthony Williams side will be looking to bounce back from last weeks 1-0 defeat at home to Cardiff Met and record a similar result to that of the previous week’s victory at Barry Town United in the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Five players made their first league appearance in Black and Green last week, including latest signing Eric Yahaya, and Callum Huxley and Akeem Hinds will be looking to get their first taste of league action for Aber Town in the coming matches having been unused subs last week.
The Nomads have a different home this season, albeit a familiar one for Aber fans, as they now groundshare with neighbours Flint Town United at The Essity Stadium. This is not the first time Nomads have had this arrangement in place; they previously moved in for the entire 2006/07 season while Deeside Stadium was being renovated.
Nomads started the season with a Europa Conference League qualifier against Icelandic side KA Akureyri, departing the competition after a 4-0 aggregate loss. Their home leg was played at Park Hall, home of The New Saints, and their first two domestic games took place at the same venue also, both ending in defeat to last season’s Champions; 2-1 in the Nathaniel MG Cup and then a 6-2 reverse in last week’s league opener.
There were a number of comings at goings at Nomads over the summer. Experienced campaigners Mike Hayes, Danny Holmes and Aaron Edwards all moved on to pastures new; with Noah Edwards, Joe Faux, Ryan Stratulis and Kai Edwards being eye catching signings in addition to the return of Declan Poole following a year in England.
There will be a familiar face in the opposition ranks as former Town midfielder Harry Franklin is in his second season with Neil Gibson’s side. Franklin netted 13 times in 50 appearances in all competitions having joined in January 2021 during the behind-closed-doors era, becoming a firm fans favourite the following season when the Park Avenue gates opened again, before moving onto Nomads in summer 2022.
The Essity Stadium can be found by following postcode CH6 5PJ. Flint Town United’s website offers the following travel advice: The stadium sits on the banks of the Dee Estuary, a short walk away from Flint Castle. You’ll find a car park near the RNLI Lifeboat Station. Once that fills up, we ask you to be respectful about where you park. Try to consider those living locally and avoid blocking any driveways, streets or access roads. If you can, come on foot or on the train. It’ll make your journey home easier and give you some eco-credentials too.
Green Army … its time to hit the road again!