The Seasiders rounded off a busy run of three games in under a week with a great performance to overcome league newcomers Flint Town at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue. After going a goal down on the half hour mark, Gavin Allen’s young side showed superb resilience to come from behind thanks to goals from Jonathan Evans, Matthew Jones and Lee Jenkins.
Aber made two changes from Tuesday’s draw with Penybont as Connor Roberts and Harri Rowe came into the starting XI instead of Alex Pennock and Rhys Davies respectively.
The home side started the game brightly and had a very strong case for a penalty when Jamie Veale was felled in the penalty area. Referee Rob Kenny, making his first appearance in the JD Cymru Premier, was uninterested in the appeals despite the loud protestations from all in black and green.
Steff Davies, who was proving a handful for the Flint centre halves was instrumental in Aber nearly taking the lead in the 19th minute. A long goal kick was expertly dummied by the former Penrhyncoch man which allowed Jonathan Evans to go in one on one against the goalkeeper. However, the bus driver couldn’t keep his shot down and his effort went skyward over the bar.
The Silkmen had to wait until the 28th minute for their best opening as Mark Cadwallader’s free header dropped narrowly over the bar.
On the half hour mark, Jonathan Evans stung the palms of away stopper John Danby and from the resulting corner, the Seasiders had the ball in the back of the net only to see the linesman’s flag deny them The ball was punched clear by Danby only to the feet of Matthew Jones who unleashed a powerful right footed volley into the net. As celebrations were in full swing, the flag was raised to the utter bemusement to all in black and green.
To compound Aber’s misery, just a minute later, Flint took the lead. A long ball over the top caused problems for the hosts. After a communication error from goalkeeper and defender, Connor Harwood rolled the ball home to the delight of the Silkmen’s bench.
With the opening half drawing to a close, Gavin Allen’s side had a glorious chance to equalise. A free kick was played into the Flint area and met brilliantly by the head of skipper Marc Williams. His powerful header cannoned off the bar with Lee Jenkins fouling the defender before he could muster a rebound.
But Aber didn’t have to wait long for their deserved equaliser and found themselves level just a minute before the break. Evans again the danger man for the home side, danced past the challenges of two defenders on the edge of the penalty area before superbly curling a left footed strike into the corner of the net to rapturous applause from all corners of the socially distant supporters outside the ground.
Aber made a blistering start to the second half and should have been in front after just two minutes. Davies was played through but somehow, Danby blocked the shot with his legs.
The Seasiders were offered a golden opportunity to take the lead when Davies was brought down in the box. Matthew Jones took the resulting spot kick and sent the keeper the wrong way to give Aber the lead for the first time.
Aber continued to dominate proceedings with both goal scorers going close again. Evans saw his shot well saved and Jones blazed a shot over the Dias stand but the best chance landed to Mark Williams. Evans played in substitute Adam Davies who squared the ball to his skipper but his shot rolled agonisingly wide.
After incessant pressure on the visiting goal, the hosts grabbed the third goal that their play richly deserved. A freekick from Matthew Jones was cleared back out to the taker. The former Shrewsbury youngster played the ball back into the box and whilst the attention of the defenders was taken by Louis Bradford coming back from an offside position, Lee Jenkins snuck in at the back post to slot the ball under Danby and into the bottom corner.
The third goal energised Flint who had two good chances in quick succession. Goalscorer turned goal stopper as Jenkins put in a superb last ditch tackle to stop Mark Cadwallader halving the deficit whilst Connor Roberts produced a smart stop to hold onto a rasping shot from the Aber right.
There were half chances for Mark Williams, Matthew Jones and Jack Rimmer but none of which particularly troubled the score line as Aber held out for a priceless victory.
The Seasiders now look forward to a week's break ahead of a local derby away at Newtown's Latham Park on the 25th. Thank you all for your continued support!