Hoffai pawb yng Nghlwb Peldroed Tref Aberystwyth estyn llongyfarchiadau i'n gwibiwr llesmeiriol John Owen ar gael ei ddewis i garfan C Cymru sydd am chwarae Lloegr ar Barc Jenner, Y Bari ym mis Mawrth!
Everyone at Aberystwyth Town FC extends congratulations to our mesmerising winger John Owen on his selection for the Wales C Squad to face England at Jenner Park, Barry in March!
Gwobr am dymor campus yw dewisiad John, sydd wedi serenni ar yr asgell ac fel ymosodwr canol wrth chwarae 20 gem Gynghrair i Aber eleni, gan sgorio 4 gol.
John's selection is a deserved reward for an excellent season. He has made 20 WPL appearances and scored 4 goals playing up front and on the wing.
Cynhelir y gem ar Barc Jenner, Y Bari nos Fawrth, Mawrth 20fed gyda'r gic cyntaf am 7.30pm. Yn ogystal a John bydd cyn chwaraewyr Aber Mike Lewis, Craig Williams a Chris Venables hefyd yn y garfan.
The match will be played at Jenner Park, Barry on Tuesday 20th March with a 7.30pm kick off. John will be joined in the Squad by ex Black and Greens Mike Lewis, Craig Williams and Chris Venables.
JD Welsh Premier League
Sunday 25th February
Carmarthen Town 3-3 Aberystwyth Town
Aberystwyth Town battled to a valuable away point against Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park on Sunday afternoon, in a thrilling finale that saw the hosts score two stoppage time goals to keep their slim survival hopes alive. Declan Walker appeared to have stolen the show with a brilliant hat-trick (12, 48. 66) for Nev Powell’s side, but late goals from Dwayne Coultress and Lee Surman saw the Old Gold snatch a point deep into stoppage time.
Aber manager Nev Powell named an unchanged side after last weekend’s draw with Prestatyn Town, and his team started brightly on a freezing afternoon at Richmond Park. Aber’s first half-chance of the game came after just seven minutes as John Owen played in Declan Walker down the right flank, but the full back’s whipped cross landed safely in the arms of home goalie Lewis Thomas. Soon after though, Aber did find the breakthrough as Walker stepped up and drilled a low free kick through Carmarthen’s wall and into the back of the net to make it 1-0. The visitors grew into the game, and on 19 minutes almost extended their lead as Joe Phillips saw his effort blocked inside the penalty area before Damien Allen headed over with the follow up. However, as the half wore on, Carmarthen began to find their feet and on 26 minutes, Chris Mullock had to be alert to save Luke Bowen’s goal bound effort. But on 28 minutes, the hosts were level, as Luke Bowen rose highest inside the penalty area to head home Keiran Lewis’ in-swinging free kick to make it 1-1. Aber did not let that setback knock their confidence, and continued to create chances as first John Owen and then Malcolm Melvin saw their efforts sail narrowly wide of the post. The first half came to a close with the teams still at level pegging, but with both attacks looking threatening at either end.
The second half started with Aber playing on the front foot, and just three minutes into the second half they were awarded a golden opportunity to go back in front as Declan Walker was tripped inside the penalty area. Aber’s full back duly stepped up and hammered home the spot kick to regain the seasiders’ lead and make it 2-1. Town suddenly looked to be in the driving seat again, with the hosts struggling to adapt to the increase in tempo shown by Nev Powell’s side. Whilst Aber looked a threat in possession, the hosts looked dangerous themselves on the counter attack, and on 62 minutes they very nearly found an equaliser as Mullock produced a fantastic instinctive save to deny Keiran Lewis. Soon after, Aber were back on the attack as Damien Allen stole possession in midfield before playing in John Owen, who squared the ball for Declan Walker to finish superbly into the bottom corner and grab his hat-trick to make it 3-1. Aber were in dreamland, and were being roared on to what looked like a sure-fire three points by their loyal supporters. The hosts, to their credit, continued to battle for their Welsh Premier League lives, and forced another outstanding save from Mullock on 79 minutes as he tipped Mark Jones’ effort on to the crossbar. Substitutes Geoff Kellaway and Luke Borrelli were introduced for Aber in place of Malcolm Melvin and Ryan Wade as they looked to see out the victory. However, as the game entered stoppage time, Carmarthen began to pile bodies forwards in search of a late consolation goal. In the third of four additional minutes, they found their late goal as Dwayne Coultress pounced on some loose Aber defending to tap the ball into the net and make it 3-2. Then, as the game entered the final minute of additional time, Keiran Lewis hooked a looping ball into the Aber penalty area, where the ball ricocheted to Lee Surman who half-volleyed into the bottom corner to make it 3-3. The action wasn’t finished there, as the hosts launched one final ball into the Aber penalty area in the sixth minute of what was scheduled to be four additional minutes; and the ball fell to Luke Bowen, who’s shot was somehow saved by Mullock on the goal line before bouncing off Mark Jones and over the crossbar, and Aber escaped with a point.
A frantic finale to a game that Aber had controlled for long periods, and manager Nev Powell will be extremely frustrated at the way his side conceded two stoppage time goals to surrender two points. However, Aber’s manager will also have many positives to take into next Saturday’s JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final tie against this afternoon’s opponents Carmarthen Town, back at Richmond Park.
JD Welsh Premier League
Sunday 25th February (5:15 p.m Kick Off)
Carmarthen Town v Aberystwyth Town
Aberystwyth Town will look to continue their pursuit of top spot in the JD Welsh Premier League Play Off Conference this weekend, as they travel to face Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park on Sunday afternoon. Aber currently lie seven points behind Barry Town, who occupy top spot in the Play Off Conference, and will look to extend their two game unbeaten run as they face a resurgent Carmarthen Town side in front of the live Sgorio cameras.
A late Geoff Kellaway goal helped Aber pick up a hard-earned point at home to Prestatyn Town last weekend, in a game of missed opportunities for Nev Powell’s side. Speaking after last Friday night’s game, Town assistant manager Wayne Jones was quick to highlight that it could be a valuable point gained come the end of the season, as opposed to two points dropped. Jones stated “We had a massive chance to jump up the league table tonight, but that chance will come again because the teams around us are going to take points off each other. Our aim is still to finish in the seventh place, and we’ve picked up an important 4 points in the last 2 games so it’s onwards and upwards”. Despite the host of opportunities that went begging in last weekend’s draw with Prestatyn, it’s clear that Aber’s management team remain positive in the belief that the black and greens can continue to improve as the season reaches it’s finale. Aber have lost just one of their last seven home games in all competitions which indicates the strength of the side in making Park Avenue somewhat of a fortress.
Town’s only home defeat in those seven games came against Sunday’s hosts Carmarthen, who did the double over Nev Powell’s side during the festive period of fixtures. The old gold have benefited from an upsurge in form in recent weeks, picking up five victories in their last eight games in all competitions. They do however remain rooted to the relegation zone of the JD Welsh Premier League table, lying eight points adrift of safety heading into Sunday’s clash. Former Aber pairing Luke Bowen and Mark Jones now ply their trade at Richmond Park after joining in January, in a bid to boost Carmarthen's survival hopes.
In what is sure to be another cracker of a West Wales derby, tune in to see whether Aber can avenge their festive double-header defeat against the old gold. Kick off at Richmond Park on Sunday is at 5:15p.m, and Carmarthen Town’s postcode is listed as SA31 1LR. In addition, the game will be televised live on Sgorio, with coverage beginning on S4C at 5p.m. With the vociferous Green Army of supporters promising to travel in numbers yet again, it’s sure to be another classic encounter!
JD Welsh Premier League
Friday 16th February
Aberystwyth Town 1-1 Prestatyn Town
Aberystwyth Town battled to a 1-1 draw against a resolute Prestatyn Town side, in a frantic JD Welsh Premier League clash at Park Avenue on Friday night. Geoff Kellaway’s 78th minute header was enough to earn Aber a point after Damian Ketley had given the visitors a 20th minute lead, in a game where the home side saw a host of golden opportunities go begging.
Aber manager Nev Powell named an unchanged side from last weekend’s home victory against Llandudno, and his side got off to a bright start as John Owen struck his half volley narrowly over the crossbar after just 2 minutes. Soon after, Aber were on the attack again as Declan Walker tried his luck from range, before Owen dragged his left footed effort wide of the post. But it was the visitors who took the lead in the 20th minute with their first effort on target. After Noah Edwards’ corner kick was headed clear in the penalty area, the ball ricocheted for Damian Ketley who prodded the ball home inside the 6 yard box to make it 1-0. Aber responded well to going behind, continuing to play the ball through the midfield trio of Tom Owens, Damien Allen and Malcolm Melvin, and on 30 minutes came close to finding the equaliser as Ryan Wade volleyed straight into the palms of Carl Jones in the Prestatyn goal. The hosts continued to press for a way back into the game as Jones saved Tom Owens’ tame header, before Joe Phillips’ curling effort sailed just over the crossbar, but it was to remain 1-0 at half time with much work to do in the second 45 minutes.
Aber striker Craig Hobson was introduced at half time in place of Joe Phillips, as Town looked for an immediate impact from the target man. Soon after the restart, the hosts saw another glorious chance go begging as John Owen chested the ball down in the penalty area before seeing his shot bounce off Jones and behind for a corner. Then, on 54 minutes came the game’s most controversial moment, as the referee brandished a red card for Prestatyn sub Zebb Edwards after he appeared to use foul and abusive language. This swung the momentum of the game in Aber’s favour even further, as Geoff Kellaway and Luke Borelli were introduced in place of Tom Owens and Ryan Wade. On 70 minutes, Kellaway almost had an immediate impact as he scampered down the left flank before crossing dangerously, only for Dave Hayes to produce a vital block. Then, on 78 minutes Aber finally found their equaliser, as Malcolm Melvin cut inside before providing an inch-perfect cross for Kellaway to glance home an excellent header beyond Jones to make it 1-1. Suddenly the home supporters found their voices as they urged their team forwards to find the winner. To their credit, the 10-man visitors were defending admirably, harrying and hassling Aber all over the pitch. On 82 minutes, Town thought they’d found the winning goal, as John Owen deflected in Hobson’s glancing header, only for the linesman’s offside flag to deny the front man. As the game entered the final minutes, Aber continued to huff and puff without blowing the house down. In the dying seconds, the hosts pushed for one final opportunity, as Ashley Young launched the ball into the penalty area, where Declan Walker’s attempted overhead kick fell to Damien Allen, who’s right footed shot flew agonisingly wide of the far post. Unfortunately it just wasn’t Aber’s night as they were forced to settle for a point, in a game that could have been so different had they taken their opportunities.
Nevertheless, Nev Powell’s side still remain 10 points clear of bottom side Prestatyn Town, and move to within 4 points of the Europa League play-off spot in the JD Welsh Premier League table. Aber must now turn their attentions to next Sunday’s huge JD Welsh Premier League clash with West Wales rivals Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park.
JD Welsh Premier League
Friday 16th February (8p.m Kick Off)
Aberystwyth Town v Prestatyn Town
Aberystwyth Town will look to continue their excellent recent home form as they welcome Prestatyn Town to Park Avenue in the JD Welsh Premier League on Friday evening. Aber have won six out of their last eight home games in all competitions, scoring 24 goals in the process, and will again be looking to turn Park Avenue into a fortress as they host Gareth Wilson’s side on Friday evening.
Seasiders boss Nev Powell emphasised how pleased he was with his side’s recent home form in an interview with Aber Town’s Youtube channel after last weekend’s victory. Powell commented “Our home form has been really good, we’re scoring goals and passing the ball well, and we’ve made this place a bit of a fortress recently. If the players continue to work as hard as they have been, then we have to fancy ourselves to pick up more victories at home”. Aber’s manager, along with many supporters, also admitted how difficult it was to pick a standout performer after last weekend’s excellent collective performance, but was keen to sing the praises of captain Ashley Young in particular. Powell stated “Ashley’s gone into the centre-back position in recent weeks and hasn’t put a foot wrong, and he marshalled the defence brilliantly once again”. Town will be hopeful that his fine form continues as he looks to captain the side to yet another positive home result on Friday evening.
Powell’s squad is expected to look the same as the one that beat Llandudno, with the exception of young starlet Matthew Jones, who’s a major doubt after suffering a shoulder injury during last weekend’s victory.
Visitors Prestatyn Town travel to Park Avenue without a win in any of their previous 10 games in all competitions, currently lying in 12th place in the JD Welsh Premier League table. Following the recent departure of long-serving manager Neil Gibson, former player Gareth Wilson now manages the seasiders. The sides have previously met twice this season, with Aber coming out on top twice; a narrow 2-1 victory at Bastion Gardens back in October and a resounding 7-1 victory at Park Avenue in December.
In what is another crunch clash in the JD Welsh Premier League, kick off at Park Avenue on Friday night is at 8p.m, and admission costs £7 for adults, £4 concessions and £1 children. Get yourselves down to Park Avenue and get behind the black and greens as they seek another positive home result!
Aberystwyth Town manager Neville Powell has been shortlisted for the JD Welsh Premier League Manager of the Month award for January.
The opening month of 2018 saw Town pick up one win, one draw and just a solitary defeat including an excellent 4-2 win against Connahs Quay as well as progression into the last 8 of the Welsh Cup,
Powell is joined on the four man shortlist by Druids' boss Huw Griffiths, TNS’ Scott Ruscoe as well as Chris Hughes of Newtown.
The 'Green Army' can vote for Powell via the Welsh Premier League's Twitter account. (@wpl_official) These votes will then be combined with the votes of the rest of the selection panel to produce the overall winner.