Dafabet Welsh Premier Leagiue
Saturday 1st October (ko 2.30pm)
Aberystwyth Town v The New Saints (at Latham Park, Newtown)
Hosting Dafabet Welsh Premier League Champions and Champions elect The New Saints would be considered a tough assignment at the best of times. With the Saints on a run of ten consecutive domestic wins, and with Town Talismen Geoff Kellaway and Luke Sherbon out injured, anything other than an away win on Saturday would be a major surprise to the pundits.
However ... Aberystwyth Town have come as close as anyone to getting a result against the Champions in the Season Opener at Park Hall, when at 2-1 down Lewis Coyle's 89th minute goalbound header threatened to earn them an unlikely point - until TNS keeper Paul Harrison intervened. The Black and Greens squad was strengthened today by the out of the blue capture of ex Swansea City and Wales defender Dan Alfei, and his debut will add to the intrigue on Saturday afternoon, and influential front runner Luke Borrelli returns from suspension. If the Seasiders side which overpowered Carmarthen Town by five goals to nil at Richmond Park just nine short days ago turns up we could have a game on our hands.
The game also marks the last of Aber's run of ten League games away from Park Avenue, and Town's next Dafabet WPL game, in 15 days time, back home at Park Avenue will coincide with the opening of their 3G Facility, and a return of ten or more points from this run would be respectable indeed. Matthew Bishop's men have the opportunity to head into a run of six home games in a row in the highest of spirits, if they can get a result at Latham Park on Saturday.
Kick off is at 2.30pm. Come up the A44 to watch and we'll give you a smile!
Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the signing of former Swansea City, Wrexham and Wales Under 21 international Dan Alfei following his release from the Swans in the summer.
Alfei, a defender, started his career at his home town club Swansea City, making his professional debut in a 4-0 FA Cup victory against Colchester United in 2011. He also boasts a wealth of both National League and Football League experience, having enjoyed loan spells at Wrexham, Portsmouth, Northampton Town and most recently Mansfield Town in League Two, before being released by his parent club this summer.
The full back has also represented his country at Under 17, 19 and 21 level, amassing 37 caps in the process. He is renowned for his excellent defensive work and is not afraid to get forward, scoring four goals at international level in the process.
Twenty four year old Dan goes straight into Matthew Bishop’s squad ahead of Saturday’s fixture vs TNS. All at the club would like to extend a warm welcome to him and hope his stay in Black and Green is a successful one.
Welsh Premier Womens League
Sunday 25th September
Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies 1 Aberystwyth Town Ladies 1
Aber Ladies travelled to Briton Ferry on Sunday and despite having a depleted squad came away with a very valuable hard earned point against a team tasting Welsh Premier football for the first time.
Ferry were out of the blocks the quicker and their lively wingers giving the Aber rear guard a stern test for the opening exchanges but the Aber back four responded with Sian Evans and Josie Pugh in commanding form and Nia Witts and Mared Jones nullifying the threat. This platform began to give Aber a foothold in the game and a Tanya Wylde free kick after Kelly Thomas had been fouled hit the bar and with Thomas following up to score only to be undone by the linesman’s flag. Ferry were moving the ball around well and one such move resulted in a free kick which Aber were glad to see skim the bar for a goal kick. Both teams headed in at half–time all square at 0-0.
The second half was but 10 mins old when young Mared Jones fell awkwardly resulting in her game been over and a visit to the local hospital where thankfully no lasting damage was done. Ferry sensed victory and Katie Christopher made an excellent one on one save to deny Ferry after 60 minutes. However after 68 minutes Ferry went ahead from a thunderous header from Rebecca May. The home side were now in the ascendancy and were unlucky not to go two up when they hit the post and the ball rolled along the line to safety. However Aber are made of sterner stuff these days and a Lucy Hughes 50 yarder nearly caught the Ferry keeper unawares and bounced to safety. Youngsters Helen Evans and Sophie Cook were putting in a tremendous amount of work and prompted by some fine runs from skipper Ffiona Evans it was no surprise when after 83 minutes Nathalie Rees chased down a lost cause and got between the last defender and keeper to coolly slot home from an acute angle to bring the scores level. Aber were now on top and forced a series of corners and with an effort been cleared off the line may well have sneaked a win at the death.
A tremendous effort from the girls who have now won 1 drawn 2 and lost 1 to date and on Sunday 2nd October face defending champions Cardiff Mets at Cae Piod Bow Street (ko 2.00pm).
Dafabet Welsh Premier League
Saturday 24th September
Cardiff Met 1 Aberystwyth Town 0
Chris Baker's spectacular 62nd minute looping volley was enough to beat the Black and Greens at Cyncoed this evening, and it was a rare moment of quality in a generally low key match which brought Aber back down to Earth after Tuesday night's heroics at Carmarthen.
Town, already missing Luke Borrelli through suspension, were dealt a tough blow on seven minutes when midweek star Geoff Kellaway was forced off with an injury, neverthless the visitors looked the better side before the break, creating some promising openings and restricting Met to a few half chances. Chris Jones turned to set up sub Blake Davies, but his shot went wide. Jonathan Evans then cut inside to shoot over, and Captain Luke Sherbon, playing through the pain rattled the crossbar with a sumptuous volley. At the other end Davies headed Charlie Corsby's effort clear but then back came Aber as Jones sent a thrilling free kick fizzing just over the bar. Sherbon saw a header cleared off the line, and then Evans again tested Will Fuller in Met's goal with a low strike. Then just before the break a lovely move by Met earned Adam Roscrow an opening but he screwed his shot wide, and Aber ended the half probably ahead on points, but level on goals scored, nil nil.
If Town fans harboured a niggling feeling that their side might regret not scoring when they were on top, they were proved right in the second half as Aber's performance levels dropped. Roscrow brought a save out of visiting keeper Chris Mullock with a low strike from out on the right, but then sub Baker found some space out on the left edge of the area and curled in a right footed pearler which lobbed over Mullock and into the net to open the scoring. In response Chris Jones galloped down the left but Fuller parried his shot for a corner, before Ricky Watts on the right flank also tested Cardiff Met's netminder. Mullock pulled off an excellent save to deny Roscrow, who looked certain to double the lead, and twenty minutes remained for Aber to get back into things. Baker sent another shot flashing wide before John Littlemore tested Mullock's handiwork with a looping header, and when back at the other end Jones sent a 25 yarder wide for Aber the game was up. Mullock still needed to show good agililty to deny Jordan Lam's left footed strike, and Met had earned a 1-0 win.
Although neither side were on top form this evening Cardiff Met were able to provide one moment of quality to take all three points, while Aber are left to reflect on a second half which did not live up to Tuesday night's high standards. Next up for Manager Matthew Bishop and his men is a home match against Champions The New Saints, at Newtown next Saturday (ko 2.30pm). It doesn't get any easier!
Last May Aberystwyth Town FC gave supporters the chance to play alongside Black and Green Legends in the last ever game on the Park Avenue turf - and the event, known as Leave Your Mark, was a big success.
The Club has decided to mark the arrival of the new 3G turf by holding a similar event to christen the new surface.
The Play With The Legends Match, on Friday 7th October (ko 6.30pm) will be the first ever match played on the new surface, and whilst a number of Legends have already confirmed their participation - further places are available to supporters regardless of ability, for a bargain cost of £20.
To ensure a place in one of the two sides contact Aberystwyth Town FC Vice Chairman Donald Kane on 07788 590881 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the event and participants will follow in due course.
Aberystwyth Town FC can announce that we have reached an agreement with Gap Connah's Quay to move our Dafabet Welsh Premier League fixture at Park Avenue from the Sunday to Saturday 5th November, with a 2.30pm kick off.
The Black and Greens' Autumn schedule now looks as follows:
Sat 1st THE NEW SAINTS (Home, at Latham Park, Newtown) KO 2.30pm
Tue 4th (Word Cup Second Round) Haverfordwest County (Away) KO 7.45pm
Fri 14th RHYL (Home) KO 7.45pm
Sun 23rd LLANDUDNO (Home) KO 3.00pm
Wed 26th Word Cup Quarter Finals
Sat 29th AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON (Home) KO 5.15pm
Sat 5th GAP CONNAH'S QUAY (Home) KO 2.30pm
Fri 11th BALA TOWN (Home) KO 7.45pm
Tue/Wed 15/16th Word Cup Semi Finals
Fri 18th CEFN DRUIDS KO (Home) 7.45pm
Fri 25th Bala Town (Away) KO 7.45pm
Sat 3rd Welsh Cup Third Round
Fri 9th BANGOR CITY (Home) KO 7.45pm
Fri 16th Cefn Druids (Away) KO 7.45pm
Mon 26th NEWTOWN (Home) KO 2.30pm
Sun 1st Newtown (Away) KO 2.30pm
Sat 14th CARDIFF METROPOLITAN (Home) KO 5.15pm