Pre Season Friendly
Saturday 29th July
Briton Ferry Llansawel 1 Aberystwyth Town 2
Aber Town concluded a successful weekend in South Wales with a hard fought 2-1 win over tough opponents Briton Ferry, thanks to goals from Ryan Wollacott and Jon Owen.
In pleasant sunny conditions - a marked contrast to their game at Llandarcy the previous night - the visitors started confidently with Owen looking lively, although Ian Hillier's long throws were a weapon the hosts looked repeatedly to threaten with. Ferry's Rob Cann had a header disallowed on 9 minutes for offside and Town capitalised on this let off by taking the lead on 20 minutes when Declan Walker's excellent ball in to the box was knocked down for Wollacott to bundle home from close range. Aber's two Declans were shining with Carroll showing some fantastic touches in midfield, which marked him out as a target for some zealous tackling from the hosts. With Borrelli, Melvin and Owen all going close Aber looked in control but six minutes before the break Ryan Griffiths headed home an equaliser to bring the Seasiders back down to Earth with a bump at half time.
Aber attacked with purpose in the second half with Carroll, Walker and Melvin all going close, while at the other end Cann brought a good save from Chris Mullock in Aber's goal. Thirteen minutes in a misjudgment by home keeper Probert saw the ball fall to the irrepressible Owen, who composed himself before lofting the ball deftly into the net to regain the lead for the Black and Greens. Johnny Spittle then slid Owen through who again finished craftily, only to be harshly denied by an offside flag, and Luke Borrelli was was also denied by the flag minutes later. A slew of substitutions then occurred and Ferry did rally late on with sub Sam Baker again bringing Mullock into action, but Town showed an admirable determination to hold on for the win which will hopefully serve them well in the coming season.
Some strong individual performances yesterday saw Aber home, with Centre Back Johnny Spittle just pipping Jon Owen for the Supporters Man of the Match. Well supported by their South Wales contingent of fans - with an admirable turn out from Aber Exiles FC - Town gained a workmanlike win which the very same supporters will hope to see replicated in Barry in two weeks time. Before that come Hull City Under 23s at Park Avenue next Sunday August 6th (ko 2pm). Not to be missed!
Pre Season Friendly
Friday 28th July
Ynysygerwn 1 Aberystwyth Town 2
A youthful Aberystwyth Town side prevailed over Welsh League Division Three outfit Ynysygerwn in dreadful conditions at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Friday night thanks to goals from Steff Gittins (51 mins) and Harri Horwood (56 mins). Jonathan Evans' 84th minute response proved to be no more than a consolation on a night which underlined the strength of Aber Town's squad.
Heavy rain and winds gave this game an unseasonal feel and the die hard fans who braved the torrential downpour deserve credit. The visitors started with the wind and Cledan Davies used it to assist an early effort just over the bar. Daniel Thomas then drew a good save from Scott Coughlan in Aber's goal, but Davies and Luke Borrelli caused problems for the hosts at the other end and keeper Scott Rogers suffered a broken wrist making a crucial save to keep the scores goalless. After a lengthy delay James Newell twice went close for Gerwn before Borelli and Jack Rimmer fired over for Aber, and an undistinguished half ended goalless.
Young Steff Gittins, introduced as a half time sub down the right took just six minutes to make his mark cutting inside and slotting then ball under Richard Powell for the opener, and with the rains easing off Horwood doubled the lead tapping home from close range after Josh Crowl's effort proved too strong for Powell just five minutes later. Town now relaxed and looked confident on the ball, with Niall Coleridge bringing a good save from the home netminder. The hosts did hit the post with a cheeky effort but at the other end the impressive Gittins sent in a great cross which Crowl headed goalbound, only to be denied by Powell. Evans then ensured an exciting last five minutes with a low drive from distance which sneaked in under Coughlan.
Aber's young guns however - with young Centre Back Lee Jenkins looking particularly solid - held firm to see out the win, and must earn plaudits for a good result earned in difficult conditions.
Ynysygerwn (5-3-1-1): Steffan Rogers; Sam Pearson, Neal Willis, Johnny Davies, Joe Humphreys, Carl Evans; Daniel Thomas, Jonathan Evans, Nicky Rutheroe; Corey Tristram; James Newell. Subs: Richard Powell, Dean Morris, Robbie Doherty, James Carsley, Alex Brown.
Aber Town (4-3-3): Scott Coughlan; Dan Hopton, Harry Cotham, Lee Jenkins, Cledan Davies; Josh Crowl, Jack Rimmer, Niall Coleridge; Geoff Kellaway, Luke Borrelli, Harri Horwood. Subs: Carwyn Morgan, Steff Gittins, Liam Doherty.
Pre Season Friendlies
Friday 28th July (ko 7.30pm)
Ynysygerwyn v Aberystwyth Town
Saturday 29th July (ko 2.30pm)
Briton Ferry Athletic v Aberystwyth Town
After announcing two major new signings earlier today, Aberystwyth Town look to carry the positive momentum gained in last week's 4-1 friendly win over Haverfordwest County forward into this weekend's double header in South Wales.
First up on Friday night is Ynysygerwyn FC, who were promoted to Welsh League Division Three last summer, and went on to finish mid table. Their Welsh Cup tie at Llanelli was featured by FAW TV and the clip can be seen here. The Neath Valley side are managed by David Burrows, who played for Town in the Inter Toto Cup in 2004 before going on to manage the side in the Welsh Premier League, and they play at the Llandarcy Sports Academy, just off junction 43 of the M4 at postcode SA10 6EJ. The match will be played on the Centre's 3G pitch if the weather is as inclement as predicted.
Then on Saturday afternoon Town visit Briton Ferry Athletic, who like previous opponents Llanelli were promoted back into Welsh League Division One last season. Ray Pennock, brother of Tony, is Assistant Manager at Old Road and local boy Steve Cann, who kept goal for Aber for a number of seasons, as well as Carmarthen and Port Talbot Town, now plays for his hometown club. Athletic play at Old Road, Briton Ferry and their postcode there is SA11 2HA.
The Squad will be staying in Swansea between the two games and the weekend will give the Players the opportunity to bond and create the team spirit which Manager Neville Powell has identified as a must have prior to Aber's Welsh Premier League kick off back in South Wales, at Barry Town on Sunday 13th August.
Aberystwyth Town FC are delighted to announce the signings of Declan Walker and Declan Carroll, to bolster Neville Powell's Squad ahead of the Black and Greens' Welsh Premier League campaign, which kicks off in seventeen days time.
Walker was rated as one of the best right backs in the Welsh Premier League during three seasons starring as part of Powell's Bangor City side, making 61 appearances and scoring twice before a cruel injury curtailed his career at Nantporth in 2016/7. Warrington based Declan had previously represented the Republic of Ireland's Under 19s side and Wrexham in the Blue Square Premier League. He has been playing on trial during Aber's pre season campaign and put pen to paper this week.
Carroll will be no stranger to Aber supporters, returning as he does for a second spell in Black and Green. A prominent part of Tomi Morgan's squad in 2012/3, Carroll has since gone on to strengthen his reputation as a superbly skilled midfielder with both Haverfordwest County and Carmarthen Town. He made 29 WPL appearances for Aber, scoring three times, as part of a career WPL total of 109 appearances and ten goals. He like Walker has appeared during pre season for Powell's men and also signed on the dotted line this week.
The Club is delighted to welcome both players to Aberystwyth and we are sure they will be huge assets during the forthcoming season.
Photos courtesy of Chris Howells
Pre Season Friendly
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Aberystwyth Town 4-1 Haverfordwest County
The Black and Greens prevailed in their second pre-season fixture, beating Haverfordwest by four goals to one. A friendly's purpose is to prepare the team for the intensity of a competitive season and this friendly did just that, offering a hotly contested match up played at a frenetic pace.
The first half was a real end-to-end affair, but both sides struggled to make chances with much of the early battling taking place in midfield. Chances did start flowing once the game had settled into its rhythm and it was Aberystwyth who took advantage first. A miss-hit cross found it's way to an Aber player who skillfully weaved himself some space just outside the box and fired a shot which nestled in the bottom right corner. Less than 10 minutes later, the lead was doubled, Jonny Spittle finishing emphatically from another corner. At this point the home side were looking very comfortable and good value for their 2-0 lead going into half time.
Play continued in the second half as if half-time had not occurred, however this time it was the visitors who looked stronger as they continued to pressure Chris Mullock's goal. Wayne Jones in charge today began to ring the changes, allowing the majority of the squad to get a run out. The integrity of these new additions was quickly tested as Haverfordwest halved the deficit. Despite the defence's best efforts to clear the ball off the line, the goal was awarded and suddenly The Bluebirds came to life. What followed was a fractious ten minutes with both teams wrestling for control of the match, the next goal all important. It was Aberystwyth who relieved this pressure, Cledan Davies dispatching with power from the penalty spot. At 3-1 the home side were cruising despite the best efforts of the away side to disrupt their flow. Ten minutes later and the game was wrapped up, an own goal from a fantastic offensive cross from the right-back made it 4-1.
A fantastic spectacle for the sizeable crowd which is sure to have provided the perfect preparation for the squad ahead of the Welsh Premier League season. Plenty of strong performances in both halves will leave Nev Powell with plenty to ponder as the Nevolution continues at Park Avenue. Next up for the Black and Greens is an away fixture against Ynysygerwn followed by Briton Ferry the next afternoon.
Report by Tomos Ings
Aberystwyth Town FC, who revealed that their online media platforms had received an incredible six million online views during 2016/7, are recruiting for a Social Media Sponsor for the forthcoming season.
The Club has three packages available, Gold, Silver and Bronze, and access to six million views a year, provided by the Gold Package, would represent a significant opportunity for many local or national businesses.
One tweet by the Club earlier this week, cheekily insinuating that the Black and Greens were looking to sign Lionel Messi, has gone viral, receiving 28,000 responses and creating 1.5 million impressions within a few days.
During the season we had a number of memorable moments, with the arguably the best being the unveiling of the fantastic 3G pitch at Park Avenue after years of hard work by former Chairman Tony Bates. We witnessed some memorable Black and Green performances, most notably at home against Rhyl and away at Llandudno and Carmarthen. We also became the proud owners of a ‘blue tick’ having had our Twitter account @AberystwythTown verified, which is awarded to high profile individuals and organisations.
The most visited pages on our website were again our first team fixtures, squad profiles and the 3G booking page. The most read articles were the announcements of signing fan favourites Dan Alfei and Malcolm Melvin, along with new first team manager Tony Pennock joining the club from then English Premier League club Hull City first as Assistant Manager and then as Manager.
Club Marketing Director Thomas Crockett said, “Online interest in Aberystwyth Town and the Welsh Premier League is huge, and growing very quickly. Our Media Team is working hard every single day of the year to develop our online presence in response to a huge demand both within Wales, the UK and overseas.”
Organisations interested in enquiring about Social Media Sponsorship Packages can contact Club Marketing Director Thomas Crockett by email at email@example.com.