JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 7th September
Aberystwyth Town 1 Airbus UK Broughton 2
Aberystwyth Town’s up and down season continued with a 2-1 defeat at home to promoted Airbus UK Broughton. Kristian Platt opened the scoring for the visitors with a 16th minute free kick, and Andy Owens doubled the lead on 47 minutes. Luke Boundford reduced the arrears with 9 minutes remaining and despite a late spell of pressure from the Black and Greens, the Wingmakers held on for their first win of the season.
The match was preceded by a minute’s silence for Club Legend Bryan Pugh Jones and on a pleasant afternoon the visitors started well, with a high press. A high tempo first phase was decided in Airbus’ favour when the gangly Owens won a free kick 30 yards out, and Platt’s free kick flew into the far corner to give Airbus a deserved lead. Owens was played through and skewed wide from a good position before Aber attacked with a dangerous Boundford cross being caught by visiting keeper Dave Roberts. Alex Darlington was denied by Connor Roberts in Aber’s goal and then Wes Baynes’ ball in just evaded Matthew Jones. Paulo Mendes’ back post header from a Boundford cross was held by Roberts, and Baynes saw a shot deflected wide as Aber tried to respond, but then Darlington missed a great chance from the edge of the area to double the lead. The impressive Airbus left wing back Curtis Strong then played in Owens but a superb last ditch tackle from Stuart Jones denied Airbus a two goal lead, and with Wollacott then Jones making further headed clearances Airbus were certainly good value for their half time lead.
Any thoughts of a second half comeback were dashed when Ryan Edwards crossed for the irrepressible Owens to claim Airbus’ second just two minutes after the break, and Aber were really up against it. Baynes’ cross was caught by Roberts, and Boundford scooped wide, before Owens drew a save from Roberts at the other end. Aber’s Ryan Edwards then had a shot deflected wide for a corner, before Owens once again went close for Airbus. Platt tested Connor Roberts’ hands with another goalbound free kick, before Baynes picked out Stuart Jones with a free kick, but his header went wide. Owens was denied by Roberts yet again from point blank range with a brilliant save, but then credit to Aber who ended the game strongly. Adam Hughes sent in a great delivery from the left wing which Cymru Premier Top Goalscorer Marc Williams glanced wide, but his next ball in was more successful, causing defensive consternation which saw Boundford net at his second attempt. Belief was growing that Town might gran an unlikely point: but their best chance came and went when Ryan Edwards sent in a free kick for Stuart Jones to head agonisingly wide, and Airbus held on for what on the balance of play was a deserved three points.
This has to go down as a disappointing home performance from Aber and despite a late flurry the result didn’t look in doubt for long periods. Today’s match showed, if it was ever doubted, that there are no mugs in this season’s Cymru Premier League, and Matthew Bishop’s Black and Greens will be hoping for better fortunes on Friday evening as they travel North to face Connah’s Quay Nomads (ko 7.45pm).