Aberystwyth Town's Dafabet WPL home game against Carmarthen Town, due to be played this evening at 7.45pm, has been postponed following a pitch inspection, due to a waterlogged pitch. The Club regrets any inconvenience caused.
A rearranged date for the game will be announced in due course.
Black and Greens Manager Ian Hughes spoke with the Dafabet WPL Audioboom Channel today and discussed a number of topics relating to tomorrow night's important League game at home to Carmarthen Town.
Commenting on Aber Town's excellent attendance record for Friday night games Hughes said: "We are (hoping for another big crowd). The Students have come out in force recently and we need them again tomorrow night. If the crowd can cheer us on it all helps and adds to the occasion."
Central Defensive Lynchpin Lee Surman is suspended for tomorrow's game but Hughes doesn't feel that this will necessarily disadvantage Aber tomorrow night, as Sion James has been on top form: "Sion James has probably been our best Player of late, I've been really impressed with his attitude, and I have no qualms about putting him in as Centre Back. I'm sure he'll do the Club proud as he has all season," said Hughes in conversation with FAW Competitions Manager Andrew Howard.
Discussing the intense congestion in the middle of the Dafabet WPL Table, Hughes said: "It's really tight, isn't it. There are some good teams in there so of course every game is so important. We've just got to make sure that we perform to the best of our abilities, which I'm sure we will do, and if we do that we'll be in the Top Six."
Listen to the full interview on the Dafabet WPL Channel here: https://audioboom.com/boos/3859963-aber-boss-ian-hughes-on-old-gold
Friday 27th November (kick off 7.45pm)
Dafabet Welsh Premier League
Aberystwyth Town v Carmarthen Town
The Black and Greens return to Park Avenue on Friday after an absence of almost a month, and with the Dafabet WPL coming towards the business end of its first phase, Town fans will be looking forward to a positive home result to set the tone for a vital set of matches between now and the League Split in January 2016.
Lady Luck was definitely not smiling down on the Black and Greens last week as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Airbus, and Lee Surman's red card in that game rules him out of Friday's encounter. Aber's only injury concern currently is Geoff Kellaway, and although his recovery is progressing well Town fans are unlikely to see the Felinfach Flier back in action much before the New Year. Goalkeeper Chris Mullock has returned to TNS following a brief loan spell at Park Avenue.
Carmarthen have recovered well since losing 3-0 at home to Ian Hughes' men on 18th September, and four wins from their last six games have lifted the Orangemen a point above the Seasiders in the Dafabet WPL Table.
With five of Aber's remaining seven pre-split games to be played at home their fate will be decided at Park Avenue, so the Black and Greens will be looking to put together a run of home results justifying their pretentions to a Top Six place. Aber's Super Supporters have a crucial role to play with the trademark Friday Night Dias Roar hopefully in evidence again in 48 hours time.
Kick off at Park Avenue on Friday is at 7.45pm and Admission will cost £6 for Adults, £4 Concessions and £1 for Children. There's no better way to Kick Off your weekend!
This evening at 9.30pm on S4C the final episode of Stori Pel Droed Cymru looks at the historical and ongoing threat to our game’s identity, and in the process drops in at Park Avenue for a chat with Club Director Thomas Crockett.
Heno am 9.30yh bydd rhaglen olaf yn y gyfres o Stori Pel Droed Cymru yn edrych ar y bygythiadau hanesyddol a parhaus i hunaniaeth ein gêm, ac yn y broses yn taro draw i Goedlan y Parc am sgwrs gyda Cyfarwyddwr y Clwb Thomas Crockett.
A trailer for the show can be viewed here/gwyliwch blas o'r rhaglen yma:
Atfc.org.uk can confirm that the Black and Greens' Welsh Cup Third Round Match away to The New Saints, at The Venue will be played on the Conference Date of Saturday 5th December, with a 2.30pm kick off.
Aberystwyth Town have also agreed with Port Talbot Town to rearrange the match postponed at Park Avenue last weekend for Friday 8th January, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Dafabet Welsh Premier League
Saturday 21st November
Airbus UK Broughton 2 Aberystwyth Town 0
A goal in each half from winger Ryan Wade won the game for Airbus UK Broughton, on a day when everything went wrong for the Black and Greens. Weather woes, a contentious red card and a debatably disallowed goal all combined to create a perfect storm for Ian Hughes' men on a cold and windy day on Deeside.
In the face of a near gale force wind, the visitors started the game strongly, and Ross Stephens had an early header saved by James Coates in Airbus' goal. Minutes later Craig Williams played Jamie Reed into the left channel and his low drive was inches wide. Airbus then took the lead against the run of play when Ryan Wignall found space down the right and crossed for Wade to smash home a 17th minute opener. Truth be told, the hosts then grew in confidence and with the wind behind them dominated possession. The hardworking Tony Grey sent a low shot wide from the right side, James Owen saw a rasping shot turned over the bar by Mike Lewis, and Lewis gathered Andy Jones' header from the resulting corner, but the visiting defence did well to stand firm. Back came Aber once again before the break: a lovely move saw Chris Venables set up Luke Sherbon, who fired a shot just wide, in injury time Reed again almost scored from a Rhys Griffiths knock down, and with the prospect of enjoying the same massive wind advantage Airbus had enjoyed, in the second half, the Black and Greens were confident of striking back after the break.
To Aber's horror, they emerged in the second half to find that the wind had dropped almost to nothing, and a rather pallid third quarter of the game resulted in next to no noteworthy action. Matty McGinn sent a free kick just wide but then just before the hour Airbus got another huge slice of luck when Lee Surman was shown a second yellow card for his second foul of the game, and was sent off. The sense of injustice was compounded by the fact that other players had racked up unpunished foul after foul during the game, but Aber were now down to ten men. To give them credit, the visitors improved under adversity and were again very hard done by when Rhys Griffiths' left wing cross was flicked over his own goalkeeper by a home defender for an own goal, which was promptly disallowed for reasons which remained unclear. Antonio Corbisiero sent in a cross which Griffiths headed just over, but then in the 89th minute Lee Owens powered down the right wing and sent a cross back for Wade to seal the victory with a near post finish. Sion James had a shot blocked and Stuart Jones' goalbound header was held by Coates, but the score remained at 2-0 when the final whistle blew.
In tight games luck plays a big part and Ian Hughes' men must be wondering whether the Team Coach ran over a black cat on the way to the Airfield on Saturday morning. Black and Greens supporters will be hoping to see Lady Luck smile on them instead of their opponents next Friday night when Carmarthen Town visit Park Avenue for a 7.45pm kick off.