Pontypridd United vs Aberystwyth Town
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 1st April
5.15pm KO – Live on Sgorio
Aberystwyth Town will look to continue what has been an excellent couple of weeks for the club, as Anthony Williams and his team visit Pontypridd United for a huge game in the JD Cymru Premier Play-Off Conference.
Only two points separate 11th to 8th place and 5 separate 11th to 7th, which means with 4 games left for all clubs, it really is all to play for!
Last Saturday saw ATFC put back-to-back league wins together for the first time in 2022/23, with Jonathan Evans securing the win with an acrobatic scissor kick deep into stoppage time - one of the best goals seen at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue for many a year!
In addition, former Seasider Tom Bradshaw made a well-earned comeback for the national side after nearly 5 years without a cap – playing 20 minutes in Croatia in the 1-1 draw last Saturday.
Saturday’s opposition, Pontypridd United, have been on a terrific run of form in Phase 2 and have picked up 4 wins and 2 draws in their 6 games since the split. Last weekend saw them triumph 3-0 at Airbus UK Broughton. This has lifted them to 8th position in the league, with 34 points from 28 games.
Ben Ahmun netted two goals last weekend and the former Penybont striker is Pontypridd’s top goalscorer so far this season with 12 goals from 26 games, whilst Lewis Twamley has the most assists with 4.
USW Sport Park can be found on the Treforest Industrial Estate and the ground’s postcode is CF37 5UP. Tickets are priced at £7 for Adults, £5 for Seniors / Students / Concessions and £2 for Under 16s. The match is also being shown live on Sgorio on S4C – the programme starts at 5pm with kick-off at 5.15pm
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BARRY TOWN UNITED 0 ABER TOWN WOMEN 2
Captain Kelly Thomas finally got the goal she had been waiting for as Aberystwyth Town Women picked up a solid 2-0 win away at Barry Town United.
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 25th March
Aberystwyth Town 1 Flint Town 0
Irrepressible Johnnie Evans scored one of the best goals seen at Park Avenue in many a long year, delighting Park Avenue with a crucial injury time winner against Flint Town United yesterday afternoon. In a remarkably tight game of few chances home keeper Matt Turner did brilliantly to save Okera Simmons’ 17th minute penalty, and a draw looked inevitable until Evans popped up two minutes into injury time to score with an overhead bicycle kick! Four minutes later Mark Cadwallader was sent off for a second yellow, but Aber held on for a massive result.
Finally Park Avenue was blessed with a sunny day, and home supporters were delighted with the reopening of the Rhun Owens Stand, which really added to the matchday atmosphere. The hosts started well with Niall Flint seeing a long range effort turned round the post by visiting keeper Harry Allen, but then just past the quarter hour the tricky Simmons danced around the penalty box until Jack Thorn’s challenge resulted in a penalty to the visitors. Turner however did superbly in goal to dive to his right and tip the effort round the post. From this point on however Flint went on to dominate possession bombarding Aber’s back line with corners and free kicks galore. The homeback line, marshalled by Louis Bradford and Thorn were defending solidly, and although Zack Clarke had an effort blocked and Danny Harrison volleyed over the bar, clear cut chances were few and far between. Aber threatened briefly when Iwan Lewis chipped in a cross for Jon Owen, but his effort was saved. Turner came out to punch a corner clear, then Billy Kirkman did brilliantly to block Bobby Beaumont-Broadhead’s effort. Turner parried a shot from Clarke who then flicked over the bar, and the Black and Greens were probably happier to hear the half time whistle.
Into the second half Aber again started well: Jack Canavan fired over, Harry Arnison had a shot blocked and Canavan had another shot deflected over the bar to safety. Harry Owen headed over the bar for Flint at the back stick, but then Flint fed Cadwallader and his effort was blocked for a corner. The tough and streetwise visitors continued to threaten through set pieces, but Turner denied Beaumont-Broadhead and Akpa-Akpro volleyed over from a wide angle. Aber’s keeper was working hard for his clean sheet and he was alert again to tip Bradford’s back header over the post. Jon Owen threatened up front for Aber and had a shot saved, but the game seemed destined for a draw when in injury time a huge clearance form Kirkman found Cadwallader’s head in the box, and Evans acrobatically volleyed home from the penalty spot for an astonishing goal, and Park Avenue witnessed scenes of delight in front of Nark’s corner! Seven minutes of injury time was played and Owen headed wide for Flint before Cadwallder was booked for a foul on the edge of the area and sent off with seconds remaining. However Simmons’ free kick was deflected to safety and Aber’s joy was confirmed.
Victories come in different shapes and forms but this one, crowned by a moment of utter genius from Aber’s favourite bus driver definitely felt like two points gained. The Black and Greens now travel to Pontypridd next Saturday on the back of two wins and two clean sheets, and will be confident ahead of the game, which kicks off at 5.15pm to accommodate TV coverage. Cheers Drive!
Aberystwyth Town vs Flint Town United
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 25th March (KO 2.30pm)
After last Saturday’s important result away at Caernarfon, the Black and Greens return home to Ceredigion looking to pick up where they left off at The Oval. Niall Flint’s 41st minute strike gave Aber a deserved three points and that victory has narrowed the margin between 8th place and Aber’s current 11th position to just three points. With 5 games to go, the stage is set for an exciting and dramatic climax to this season.
Saturday’s visitors, Flint Town United, come into this game on the back of a three match unbeaten run, with a win at home to Airbus on 11th March sandwiched between draws against Pontypridd and Caernarfon. They currently sit in 9th position, with 8 wins and 32 points from their 27 matches played so far.
Experienced former Football League striker Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro and January signing Zack Clarke are Flint’s top scorers so far this season with 6 goal each, whilst the impressive Okera Simmonds has hit 5.
This will be the fourth time the teams have faced off this season and so far the honours are even at one win each and one draw. Aber won the previous meeting at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue back in October and the Green Army will be hoping history repeats itself this time around!
Admission prices at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue Stadium are £8 for Adults, £5 for Concessions, £2 for Secondary School age children and free entry for Primary School age children. The Rhun Owens Stand will be reopening so please help us fill the grand old stand!
Aberystwyth Town FC are delighted to announce to reopening of the Rhun Owens Stand on Saturday.
The popular seating area, also known as the Main Stand at Park Avenue, is centrally located above the dressing rooms at Park Avenue and gives a great view of proceedings.
The Stand has been closed to the general public pending remedial works, but as can be seen from the photographs below these works have now been completed, thanks to excellent local company Safety Net Services. You can learn more about them on their website here.
The Club will be delighted to welcome fans back into the Rhun Owens for Saturday's JD Cymru Premier match at home to Flint Town United (ko 2.30pm)!