Aberystwyth Town FC is set to upgrade its website as we prepare to launch a new look service over the next few days.
As this occurs some temporary disruption in our service may be experienced, for which we apologise in advance.
Our social media updates via Twitter and Facebook will continue and we expect the new website to be up and running by next Thursday at the latest - and hopefully sooner!
Thanks in advance for your patience
Media Director, Aberystwyth Town FC
Aberystwyth Town FC enjoyed a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend as their Ladies and Under 19s sides both bagged Trophies with Central Wales Cup Final victories.
On Sunday afternoon Aberystwyth Town Ladies travelled to Newtown to take on Llanfyllin in the Central Wales FA Ladies Cup Final, bidding to win the trophy for the third successive season - and this they did in emphatic fashion, winning by five goals to one (see photo, left).
Then yesterday Emyr Jones' Under 19s side carried the Central Wales FA Youth Cup home from Rhayader with a closely fought 1-0 win over Llanidloes Town, thanks to an 84th minute strike from highly rated Daf Carruthers.
Aberystwyth Town FC heartily congratulates both sides on their victories and we look forward to recognising their achievements at the Annual Club Dinner.
Good luck from everyone at the Club to our Under 19s and Ladies sides, who both face Cup Finals this weekend.
Bryn Oliver's Aberystwyth Town Ladies side look to end the season with a Trophy when they take on Llanfyllin in the Central Wales FA Ladies Cup Final at Paveways Latham Park, Newtown, on Sunday May 24th with a 2.30pm kick off.
The following day, Bank Holiday Monday May 25th, Emyr Jones' Under 19s side face Llanidloes Town in the Central Wales FA Youth Cup Final at the Weirglodd, Rhayader, with a 3pm kick off.
The sides travel with the best wishes of everyone at the Club as they bid to bring some silverware back to Park Avenue to end the 2014/15 season on a high!
Club Chairman Tony Bates spoke with atfc.org.uk last night and shared his feelings following Sunday's disappointment in the Play Off Final at Park Avenue:
"All of us in the Club are equally devastated by Sunday's result in the Play Off Final, and the loss of a place in the UEFA Europa League and the concomitant £140,000 qualifying prize. Unfortunately nothing we can do now can bring back that lost opportunity, and as a Club we congratulate Newtown on their win and wish them all the best in Europe. We all felt very low on Sunday and Monday when everything seemed black.
However, it is not the end of the world. I am pleased to say that the brief mourning period is over and we are already excited by the prospect of planning for next season.
We must not forget that on the field we had our most successful season for six years, which has significantly improved the Club's prestige throughout Wales. The Players made a tremendous effort over a 51 week season, taking the Club into the Top Six for the first time ever, and were inches away from an unforgettable climax. We have one of the best young Managers in Wales at the helm and despite Sunday's result, we are very definitely on an upward trajectory and looking forward to bigger and better things next season.
The 3G Development at the Club, which we hope to be rubber stamped in the near future, will also be a game changer for Aberystwyth Town meaning that we will have so many more opportunities to develop the Club as a business this time next year.
It is fantastic to know that having had two four figure crowds, last season over 9,600 people watched First Team games at Park Avenue, meaning our overall average attendance was up to 458. This shows that our supporters have great belief on what we are trying to do on and off the field.
To our supporters we say thank you for your excellent contribution through out 2014/5 - we look forward to meeting you again on next season's journey in a couple of months. It can't come soon enough!"
UEFA Europa League
Play Off Final
Sunday 17th May (ko 1pm)
Aberystwyth Town 1 v 2 Newtown
Aberystwyth were left disappointed in the UEFA Europa League Play Off Final as Newtown came out on top in an exciting encounter at Park Avenue.
The hosts had Newtown on the back foot from the start as The Robins struggled to deal with Aber's fast, pressing play. The match's first chance came from a free kick right on the edge of the box but Chris Venables was unable to get it past the wall. Speedy winger, Geoff Kellaway was a constant threat on the break but was kept out by Newtown keeper David Jones. Despite all this early pressure it was Newtown who took the lead in the 10th minute, a Tom Goodwin header finding its way into the top corner. Taking the lead sparked the visitors into life and chance after chance fell their way, Luke Boundford and Neil Mitchell both volleying wide from distance. Ross Stephens and Stuart Jones came close to equalizing for Aber as the home side began to build momentum. Pressure soon payed off as Aberystwyth were awarded a penalty for a foul on Kellaway, Chris Venables dispatching it confidently to level the score. The game remained evenly matched but a Matthew Hearsey goal late on in the first half was a cruel blow at the end of a strong half for the Black and Greens.
Aberystwyth, cheered on by the 1012 strong crowd, came out of the blocks quickly at the beginning of the second half, going close from a corner. Chances were at a premium for both sides as both defences came out on top. On the hour mark, Aberystwyth started to gain a strong foothold in the match. Geoff Kellaway yet again broke from his marker to latch on to a clever Mark Jones pass but was unable to finish at the near post. It was then Jones with the effort minutes later, drawing a tremendous save from the goalkeeper. Newtown continued to resist the relentless pressure from the home side and soon frustrations began to boil over, Kellaway seeing red late on to leave Aber with 10 men for the final quarter of an hour. Mark Jones shot just wide as Aber threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Newtown defence in a frantic final 5 minutes.
Newtown held out to claim a 2-1 victory, qualifying them for the Europa League Qualifying Rounds. Aberystwyth Town would like to congratulate The Robins and wish them the best of luck in Europe next season.
Report by Tomos Ings
Aberystwyth Town FC is delighted with a tremendous response locally to their offer of Free Advance tickets for Sunday's UEFA Europa League Play Off Final at home to Newtown (ko 1pm).
600 tickets have already been snapped up, and with another 150 being distributed via the Club's Academy sides and families, Park Avenue is certain to see its highest crowd since 1026 saw Town's Europa League game against Derry City last July.
Supporters have one last chance to pick up free tickets from Ruth's Kitchen at Park Avenue, on Saturday morning between 9.30am-12pm (limited to two tickets per applicant).
Prior to the game the Club's legendary Caterers Ruth's Kitchen will be serving a Sunday Carvery in the John Charles Lounge from 11.30am (Adults - £5.95, Children - £3.95).
Admission to the game on the day costs £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children. The Club advises supporters to arrive in good time for kick off on Sunday as congestion is likely at the Entrance and Turnstile areas.