Saturday 12th November
JD Welsh Cup Round Three
Aberystwyth Town 1 Newtown 3
Visitors Newtown prevailed at Park Avenue in the JD Welsh Cup Mid Wales Derby, beating Aber Town by 3-1 on an unseasonably sunny November afternoon. Aaron Williams gave Newtown the lead on 20 minutes, but Louis Bradford equalised for the Black and Greens eleven minutes later. Nick Rushton grabbed a late goal seven minutes from time, and sub Nigel Aris gave the scoreline a harsh outlook with a 92nd minute third, before being sent off two minutes later.
A decent crowd of 360 turned up, including a good contingent of Robins supporters who had made a day of it on the train. After an impeccably observed minute’s silence and Last Post, the game started in a slightly cautious manner. Harry Arnison had Aber’s first shot deflected for a corner, then Niall Flint had a left foot volley grabbed by Dave Jones in Newtown’s goal. Then Newtown took the lead unexpectedly as a left wing cross found Aaron Williams unmarked in the box, and he headed the Powys men ahead. Arnison flicked another couple of balls into the box, in vain, and then Zeli Ismail had a free kick repelled for Newtown. A cross ball from Louis Robles was palmed over by the alert Leigh Jenkins in Aber’s goal, but then at the other end the impeccable Louis Bradford pressed up high, won the ball in the box and side footed the ball home into the bottom corner for a sweet equaliser. Ismail volleyed over for Newtown at the back stick, and Bradford denied Robles with a great challenge, then Arnsion fired a shot wide, and Nick Rushton headed over a cross from Robles. Jenkins punched clear another corner from Ismail, and an even, and rather low key half ended logically, at 1-1.
After the break Flint gambolled a full 60 yards before finding Arnison, and his ball in was side footed wide by Iwan Lewis. Charley Edge then sent a super curling volley inches wide the far post. The tricky Robles crossed for the visitors and Williams headed wide, then a Jonathan Evans effort for Aber flew just over the bar. Jack Rimmer’s snap free kick landed on the roof of the net, and Flint’s low shot was saved with Aber pressing for a big cup win. Sub Alex Darlington had an overhead kick saved, then with the sun setting over Cardigan Bay a defensive clearance went straight to Rushton who guided the ball home from twelve yards, and Newtown enjoyed a lead which was harsh on the Black and Greens on the balance of play. Steff Davies came on up front for Aber as they went for it, but it was streetwise Newtown who grabbed the third when sub Aris broke away and slid the ball under Jenkins, before being sent off in the last minute of injury time for a second yellow card.
Newtown saw the game out and in a very even game were just a bit more clinical, to earn themselves a place in the JD Welsh Cup last sixteen, while Anthony Williams’ men have to reflect on what might been. They now face look to extend a run of four home league wins in a row with a huge game at home to Pontypridd United on Friday night (ko 8pm). Unmissable!