Sadwrn Awst 26ain/Saturday August 26th
JD Cymru Premier
Drenewydd/Newtown 0 Tref Aberystwyth Town 0
Rhoddodd tim ifanc Tref Aberystwyth perfformiad amddiffynol campus i sicrhau gem gyfartal i ffwrdd i’r Drenewydd neithiwr, yng ngem fyw Sgorio. Prin oedd y cyfleuon yn nerbi’r Canolbarth, ond llwyddodd y Robiniaid i wyrdroi ymdrechion hwyr Iwan Lewis a Louis Bradford, a gem gyfartal di sgor gafwyd ar y terfyn, gyda pwynt gwerthfawr yn wobr headdiannol i ddynion Anthony Williams bant o gartref.
A very young Aberystwyth Town side gave a masterful defensive performance and earned an encouraging goalless draw away to Newtown yesterday evening, on Sgorio’s televised match. The Mid Wales derby was a game of few chances, however late efforts from Iwan Lewis and Louis Bradford were repelled by the Robins defence to ensure an honourable draw and a valuable away point for Anthony Willliams’ men.
New signing Luca Hogan came straight into the starting eleven, with Mark Cadwallader also returning up front, and Harry Owen was restored to centre half after missing last week’s match. A tight game ensued with a good tempo but little goalmouth action, meaning that defences were on top, with Owen, Bradford and Ben Woollam looking composed at the back for Aber. Billy Kirkman went on a great run down the left but couldn’t quite get his cross in, and Cadwallader had a shot from distance which swished past the far post. Newtown had a first effort on target when Dom Smith nodded Zeli Ishmael’s corner goalbound, but Dave Jones was solid in the visitors goal. Aaron Williams tapped the ball past the post with Newtown pressing, but Town held firm, and had an opportunity late on when the effervescent Hogan was felled on the edge of the area for a free kick, and Alex Darlington’s free kick served Bradford whose header was deflected for a corner. The goalless score at the break was probably a fair reflection of an even first half.
The hosts started the second half at pace and Kieron Mills Evans hit the crossbar with a rising shot, then Hogan surged up the pitch for Aber but Darlington’s attempt was cleared. Mills Evans went down with a head injury preventing Bradford from scoring for Aber, and Owen defended strongly to block off Williams in a promising position. Lewis had a shot deflected for Aber, Hogan fired over, and Kirkman brought a save out of Andrew Wycherly in the home goal with the game opening up. Then Lewis measured a beautiful through ball which split the home defence for Hogan, but the young striker’s touch round the keeper just missed the target by inches, with the away supporters gasping. Darlington then shot just over with the visitors looking more likely to score and although Newtown did threaten from set pieces the youthful home back line held firm. Six minutes of injury time were indicated and Bradford nodded wide, Lewis sent in a 30 yar effort which Wycherly touched round the corner for a corner, and Bradford had yet another header saved, and the hosts held on for a goal less draw which was anything but boring.
Aber’s young guns will take huge confidence from a really promising performance away to a Top Six side, a first clean sheet of the season and a positive result which really sets the Black and Greens up for Tuesday’s match at home to Pontypridd United. The match at Aberystwyth University Stadium kicks off at 8pm and we very much hope to see you there!