Friday 24th February JD Cymru Premier Airbus UK Broughton 1 Aberystwyth Town 7
Aber Town equalled their best ever Cymru Premier result with a 7-1 win away to relegated Airbus UK Broughton last night, cheering their supporters on a cold night by gaining a vital three points on Deeside. Harry Arnison gave the visitors the lead on 19 minutes and eight minutes later Mark Cadwallader added a second. Black and Green nerves were jangling when Adam Davies pulled one back for the Wingmakers three minutes after the break but Cadwallader nodded home Town’s third on 58 minutes and from then on Anthony Williams’ men romped to victory with Iwan Lewis (65 mins), Louis Bradford (81), Jake Canavan (83) and Alex Darlington (90+2) completing the rout.
The match started in a fairly even manner with visiting keeper Matt Turner saving Steve Tomassen’s header, and Niall Flint spinning and firing over for Aber. Flint surged down the right soon afterwards but his shot was deflected to safety, and from Flint’s resulting corner kick the ball fell nicely for Arnison to catch the ball sweetly and volley into the roof of the net, for a priceless lead. Town were pressing well and causing errors at the back and Lewis surged through only to have a shot blocked, then a header from Jonathan Evans was spilled by Lewis Dutton and the irrepressible Cadwallader got to the back post to snaffle up a second goal. More pressure from Aber saw a Cadwallader header gathered by Dutton on the line, however towards the break Airbus came right back into things. They were unlucky to have a good goal chalked off after Jake Phillips’ cross had crossed the goal line just before Davies smashed home at the near post, and Davies went close at the near post from Phillips’ corner minutes later, and in truth Aber were glad to preserve their two goal buffer at half time.
Three minutes after the break Airbus did claw a goal back when Joseph Palmer’s exquisite free kick bounced off the cross bar perfectly for Davies to tap home and the game was back in the balance. Cadwallader had shots saved and blocked and then Davies for the hosts had a goalbound attempt crucially saved by Turner. Minutes later however Flint twisted and turned down the right before delivering a cross perfectly for the goal hungry Cadwallader to nod home Aber’s third. This was the burly striker’s fourth goal in eighty minutes of football and he is a man in superb goal scoring form! From here on in Aber dominated. Johnnie Evan’s dangerous cross evaded everyone in the box, but soon afterwards a superb through ball found the impeccable Lewis who danced around Dutton before finding the net for four one. More was to come: Billy Kirkham and Evans had shots cleared off the line before Beau Cornish nodded over a deep right wing cross at the other end. Louis Bradford then headed in Aber’s fifth off the post from a deep free kick, and subs combined soon afterwards when Jon Owen burst down the right and crossed for Jake Canavan to tap home. Jack Thorn headed over, Cornish fired wide for the Wingmakers and then right at the end Arnison’s low shot bounced out of Dutton’s grasp for super sub Darlington to complete a superb evening’s work for the Black and Greens.
Aber needed a victory last night and they got that with interest, with a superbly clinical performance which bodes well for their last seven Play Off conference matches. The Black and Greens have moved back up to tenth and have a week off on Welsh Cup Semi Final weekend before welcoming Haverfordwest County to Park Avenue on Saturday March 11th for a 2.30pm kick off. Things are looking up!
Airbus UK Broughton vs Aberystwyth Town JD Cymru Premier Friday 24th February 7.45pm KO
Aberystwyth Town are on the road again this Friday evening, as Anthony Williams side head to North East Wales to take on Airbus UK Broughton looking to pick up three points to reignite a push up the JD Cymru Premier table.
Last Saturday’s match at home to Pontypridd United saw a strong performance from the Black & Greens, but some lapses of concentration at crucial moments meant that Aber had to settle for a point when their efforts arguably merited all three. Elliot Richards 95th minute equaliser was a tough one to take for the home support after seeing ATFC dominate for large periods of the game.
Aber do seem to have preferred home comforts to life on the road so far this season, but supporters have reason to be optimistic ahead of Friday’s journey to The Airfield, as the Black & Greens triumphed 2-1 in the Phase 1 fixture back on the opening night of the season. The same scoreline was repeated at Park Avenue in September.
Friday’s hosts have endured a difficult season on their return to the Cymru Premier after two seasons in the Cymru North and last weekends defeat to Caernarfon Town confirmed that they will be relegated from the Cymru Premier this season.
There will be some familiar faces in the host’s squad this Friday. Phil Perry spent the first half of this season at Park Avenue, making 16 appearances in all competitions before switching to Airbus in January. Adam Davies also had a year long spell at Park Avenue between 2020 & 2021 before moving to The Airfield, where he had a record breaking season last year – hitting 30 goals to fire The Wingmakers to the Cymru North title.
The most familiar face will be in the opposition dugout however. Airbus’ Manager Jamie Reed had three different spells at Park Avenue and earned legendary status thanks to a hat-trick on his home debut in August 2007 against TNS, which helped the Black & Greens to a 5-1 victory over the reigning champions. He then returned for separate spells in 2014 and 2021, netting a number of important goals in both spells.
The Hollingsworth Group Stadium can be found with postcode CH4 0DR and tickets are priced at £8 for Adults and £4 for Concessions.
19/02/2023 faw women's cup semi-final aber town women 0 briton ferry llansawel 3
It was heartbreak for Aberystwyth Town Women as they were knocked out of the FAW Women's Cup at the semi-final stage by second-tier Briton Ferry Llansawel. On a chilly day at Carmarthen's Richmond Park, Gavin Allen's side struggled to assert themselves and paid the price, falling 3-0.
JD Cymru Premier Saturday 18th February Aberystwyth Town 3 Pontypridd United 3
Aber Town seemed on track for a huge victory this afternoon at Park Avenue against Pontypridd, but two late goals snatched a point for the visitors, and the Seasiders’ draw definitely felt like a defeat. Johnnie Evans scored his sixth goal in ten games to give Aber the lead two minutes before the break, and super sub Mark Cadwallader doubled the lead with eighteen to go. Owain Jones got a goal back nine minutes from time before Cadwallader made it three one on 86 minutes. However late strikes from Tom Davies (89 mins) and Elliot Richards (90+5 minutes) ensured the spoils were shared.
On a misty afternoon this crucial game started in a tight manner with very few chances of note. Free kicks from Aber’s Harry Arnison and Niall Flint were calmly gathered by Ash Morris, then John Owen headed wide from Billy Kirkman’s deep cross. Flint then did some excellent work down the left touchline to set up Evans who side footed just over the bar. A dangerous corner from Ponty’s Tom Davies resulted in a goalmouth scuffle which was cleared off the line, then Luke Cummings surged down the right but found the side netting, as the visitors showed their mettle. Ben Ahmun set up Kieran Lewis, but his low shot was saved by Matt Turner in Aber’s goal, then two minutes before the break Flint surged down the left flank, and his low shot rebounded off Morris for Evans to fire home a huge opener which sent Aber in at half time in good heart.
Into the second half and Liam Walsh sent a shot wide for Aber, before Iwan Lewis had another effort blocked. Aber seemed to be on top with a series of set plays which yielded little in terms of goalmouth chances but Town then had a let off when sub Danny Williams scored for Ponty but was flagged offside, then at the other end Billy Kirkman sent a free kick over the bar. Black and Greens Sub Mark Cadwallader made a huge impact and scored within ten minutes of coming on, sneaking in at the near post to convert Kirkman’s corner to double the lead. With Aber’s midfield working ever so hard to press the ball Town seemed in control, but with nine minutes to go a Ponty shot rebounded off Turner for Jones to prod home, and ensure a nervy ending for Town. Surely Aber were safe four minutes from time when Evans surged down the left, and crossed beautifully for Cadwallder to make it three one – but no. A long throw from Cummings fell nicely for Davies to volley home a stunning second for United from out on the left, then in the fifth minute of injury a hopeful ball into the box from Davies fell nicely for sub Elliot Richards to nod home a gut-punching equaliser, which was wildly celebrated by the visiting side.
Overall this was a strong performance from Town who can claim to have dominated the majority of the game, but some crucial lapses of concentration in the last fifteen minutes cost Aber two points. Manager Anthony Williams will be hoping his side can maintain this level of performance, and keep things tighter at the back next Friday as Aber visit relegated Airbus UK Broughton for a 7.45pm kick off.