JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 8th April
Aberystwyth Town 1 Airbus UK Broughton 1
Aber Town dropped two vital points in their race for JD Cymru survival at home to Airbus UK Broughton, on a disappointing afternoon at Park Avenue. After a goalless first half the game swung the visitors way eight minutes into the second when Adam Davies’ penalty opened the scoring – but back came Aber once again with a third late goal in three games, and Niall Flint’s 86th minute penalty earned what could be a crucial point come the end of the season.
A balmy spring day saw a very respectable crowd of 387 assemble at Park Avenue and hopes were high of a home victory with Airbus on a dreadful run of results. However after a delayed kick off it was clear this was not going to be a stroll in the park for Aber. The effervescent Flint surged down the right and put in a great cross which Jon Owen just failed to covert, and a goaline clearance inspired Airbus to press themselves. Matthew Turner pulled off two huge saves to deny Davies, then at the other end Owen fed Mark Cadwallader but his shot went wide. Cadwallader headed wide soon after and then Turner denied Davies for a third time with a save at the back post. Flint then put in another great ball which Owen couldn’t convert, and Jake Canavan was next to have a low shot saved. Turner was in action again to save a right wing cross from Jeanny Leblanc-Akpo, and Davies somehow flicked over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Flint sent in a super volley which was palmed over the bar by Lewis Dutton in the home goal with Nark’s corner gasping. Turner denied Leblanc-Akpo once again and a lively half somehow ended goalless, but with Airbus ahead on points.
Into the second half and the chances kept coming. Sub Steff Davies was penalised for a foul just before Flint sneaked into score, then at the other end disaster struck when Aber were penalised for a foul in the box and Adam Davies converted the penalty to put Airbus into the lead. Aber now really had to go for it: Captain Jack Thorn had a shot saved, Sam Litchfield fired over from out on the right then Johnathan Evans saw an effort cleared off the line as home frustrations grew. Evans had another shot saved then at the other end Beau Cornish fired wide with twenty to go. Evans headed wide from a Thorn long throw, and another Thorn delivery was backheaded by Litchfield into Dutton’s grateful gloves. Flint appeared to have sneaked in down the right but his lob just cleared the bar, and Town went to four up front. Litchfield and Thorn went close with headers and then with just four minutes to go the hosts’ efforts were awarded with a penalty, which Flint converted with aplomb. Niall Flint’s corner was headed over by Steff Davies, and then during five minutes of injury time the Airbus Sports Therapist was sent off for timewasting, and sub Alex Darlington’s cross into the box just skipped in front of Cameron Allen, and the game ended in a hugely disappointing draw from Aber’s point of view.
Things were flat after the game and there is no denying that the Seasiders missed a huge opportunity to gain crucial points this afternoon: however Aber’s destiny remains in their own hands and two wins from their last two games will guarantee safety for the men in Black and Green. Aber’s next JD Cymru date comes next Saturday evening away to Haverfordwest County (ko 5.15pm). Assemble Green Army!