JD Cymru Premier
Friday 19th November
Cardiff Met 0 Aberystwyth Town 1
John Owen’s deft glancing header earned the Black and Greens a huge win in the capital last night, a potentially season changing result which moves Aber two places up the table and only three points off the Top Six. A fantastic away support sang from start to finish and helped to inspire a confident performance to earn the win.
Black and Green Supporters from Ceredigion, the Cardiff base Sole Crew, and Harry Franklin’s personal fan club all turned out in earnest and with around 40 singing supporters making their presence felt Antonio Corbisiero’s men were at it from the start. Franklin himself blasted over after being fed by Jack Thorn, and Rhys Davies fired over too in the early stages. Then came a crucial moment in the ninth minute as Jack Rimmer picked the ball up on the right flank and delivered a peach of a cross for in form Jon Owen to head home into the far corner, and send the away fans into raptures and an early disco dance. With Aber looking solid at the back the hosts were reduced to half chances, although Matt Chubb did see a shot rattle off the crossbar, possibly saved by Gregor Zabret on the way, Adam Roscrow had a shot saved and Charlie Corsby fired wide. Jamie Veale then had a shot deflected for Aber, and with Rimmer testing Alex Lang in Met’s goal with more cultured crosses the game was well balanced. Roscrow headed wide from a free kick, then at the other end Rimmer found Franklin, and with the whole ground holding its’ breath his audacious chip just cleared the crossbar. Next was the excellent Louis Bradford, who gambolled forward and crossed for Franklin to send in another effort which Lang saved on the line. Town then repelled a few long throws and direct free kicks and held on for a precious half time lead.
Into the second half the match continued with few real chances, but with Gregor Zabret in top form all night long in goal for the visitors, not to mention Lee Jenkins and Bradford at centre back Aber looked solid. Franklin had yet another shot deflected for a corner, then the hard working Raul Correia saw an effort blocked and Jack Thorn fired wide. Joseph Evans headed wide from Tom Price’s free kick but Met were at arm’s length. Elliot Evans fired over, then at the other end Louis Bradford headed wide for Aber, as a bonus to the superb job he did nullifying Roscrow all night. As the game wore on Aber dropped deeper and Met had a series of corners and crosses to no avail, Harry Owen fired wide, and then a series of substitutions slowed the game somewhat. Roscrow headed wide from Tom Price’s ball in, and Aber then repelled a free kick in the fourth minute of injury time, and with the visiting fans enjoying a celebratory dance, the final whistle went and a huge three points were in the bag.
The Black and Greens celebrated wildly in front of their adoring fans who appreciated the magnitude of this victory and its implications. In a game of few chances Aber took theirs, defended brilliantly and saw the game out. It is not overkill to suggest that the last three matches have turned Aber’s season around, and they are now able to look onwards and upwards with three matches to go till Christmas. The next date for your diary is Friday 3rd December, at home to Connah’s Quay Nomads. You’d be daft to miss it!
Cardiff Metropolitan University vs Aberystwyth Town
JD Cymru Premier
Friday 19th November
The Black & Greens return to league action this Friday, 10 days on from producing the result of the season so far in the Cymru Premier – inflicting the first defeat of the season on table topping The New Saints.
The last week and a half has seen plenty of well deserved plaudits come the way of Antonio Corbisiero and his team, including national recognition on TalkSport radio station as host Charlie Baker was forced to eat humble pie having tipped the Seasiders to be defeated by The Saints! Aber will now look to continue this recent upturn in from at Cyncoed Campus against the students of Cardiff Met.
Met currently sit in 10th place in the league and have collected 15 points from their 13 games so far. They come into this match on the back of three straight defeats and with only 1 win in their last five league games. The 12 goals that they have scored so far in the league this season have been scored by 8 different players, with Adam Roscrow, Emlyn Lewis & Elliot Evans the only players to score more than one – with two goals each so far this season.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams so far this season. A late deflected strike gave Met a 1-0 victory at Park Avenue back in September, and they also won 5-2 against a much-changed Aber side in the Nathaniel MG Cup a couple of weeks later.
The Black & Greens have not won in their last 5 visits to Cyncoed Campus, since Ashley Ruane’s 95th minute winner sealed 3-2 win after Met took a 2-0 lead back in November 2018. Another performance like last Tuesday’s may well see this run end and would accelerate the Seasiders ascent up the Cymru Premier table!
Cyncoed Campus is on Cyncoed Road and the postcode is CF23 6XD. There is car parking available on site at the campus and the stadium can be found by the National Indoor Athletics Centre. If you can’t make the trip, coverage will be available on our Twitter feed @Aberystwyth Town as usual. Can the Seasiders make it back-to-back wins? Don’t bet against it…!
ER COF ANNWYL AM CHWARAEWYR Y CLWB HWN A SYRTHIODD YN Y RHYFEL MAWR
IN MEMORY OF THE PLAYERS OF THIS CLUB WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
Bdr. Thomas Cartwright, Royal Field Artillery
Pte. Ambrose Davies, Devonshire Regiment
Pte. John Richard Davies, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Sjt. David Rees Davies, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry
Sgt. George Henry Davies DCM, Cheshire Regiment
Capt. Edward Dickinson, Yorkshire Regiment
Lt. Anwyl Ellis, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
2nd Lt. Ceredig Ellis, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Lt. Oswald Robert John Green, Welsh Regiment
L/Cpl. Richard Boycott Hinckesman, King Edwards Horse
Pte. James John Herbert Howard, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Capt, Evan Brindle Jones, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
L/Cpl. Leigh Richmond Roose MM, Royal Fusiliers
Pnr. Hugh Owen Rowe, Royal Engineers
2nd Lt Henry Smith, Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars
HEFYD YN YSTOD YR AIL RHYFEL BYD
ALSO DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
L/Sjt. Brinley Edwards, Royal Horse Artillery
Capt. Linus Evans, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
MEWN ANGOF NI CHANT FOD
JD Cymru Premier
Tuesday 9th November
Aberystwyth Town 1 The New Saints 0
Aberystwyth Town are in dreamland this morning after Jon Owen’s 86th minute winner earned them a hugely impressive victory over League Leaders The New Saints at a sodden Park Avenue last night. A crowd of 335 were there to watch the Seasiders inflict Saints’ first defeat of the season, and all of a sudden two great results in a row means the Black and Greens’ fortunes are looking up as we move towards the Festive season.
Aber were heavily impacted by absences last night, especially in defence, and with Louis Bradford unavailable to play against his host club, Jack Rimmer suspended and Rhys Davies injured, Captain Jack Thorn and Owen Orford stepped into the back line, and with an impeccably observed last post resounding around Park Avenue, the match kicked off. Aber showed attacking intent, winning an early corner, but then home stopper Gregor Zabret was out well to deny Dan Redmond what would have been a crucial opener, and he was at it again soon after punching Louis Robles’ shot to safety. Jon Owen flicked a Matty Jones free kick goalbound but Paul Harrison chucked his cap on the effort, and with Aber superbly organised and TNS dominating possession the game fell into a familiar pattern. Zabret gathered a cross from Dan Davies, and then Harry Franklin got the Dias Stand singing, showing impudent trickery to dance through a few challenges before being felled for a free kick. Franklin then turned provider by curling in a great cross which Owen volleyed over from a good position, to show that Aber were not just there to sit in. As the half wore on the hosts needed to concentrate hard to prevent anything more than half chances, with Lee Jenkins, Thorn and Alex Darlington providing an insurmountable wall in front of Aber’s goal: Ryan Brobbel headed over from Davies’ past post header, and Zabret saved another attempt on the goalline. Franklin sent another shot Harrison’s way before the break, and Ben Clark fired wide for TNS, but Aber were good value for a goal-less half time scoreline.
With the rain still driving and defiant umbrellas popping up like mushrooms around Park Avenue, the second half started with Redmond volleying wide for the visitors. Aber were strong in the tackle, well organised and back to setting up chances as not for the first time the talismanic Owen played in Jonathan Evans, only for Ryan Astles to snuff out the chance. Jamie Veale saw a shot deflected after a nice move, and Matty Jones’ subsequent corner was cleared off the line. Dan Davies then cut inside and volleyed over at the other end as an exciting game ensued. Lee Jenkins sent in a tackle in his own box so strong it almost set up Jon Owen for a shooting chance at the other end, but he was flagged offside. Zabret got down well to deny Declan McManus, and with some more stout defending Aber got to the three quarter point even stevens. Franklin for the third time played his way into a great position but his shot went wide, and substitutions followed, including referee Iwan Griffiths, who had to be replayed by fourth official Mark Petch in the middle. With Manager Antonio Corbisiero kicking every ball, Aber’s chances of a commendable draw were increasing by the minute. TNS Sub Adrian Cieslewicz found a rare opening down the left, but curled an effort narrowly past the post, and Aber survived a let off. Then with just four minutes remaining Sam Phillips made a huge interception, galloped down the right flank and delivered a wonderful cross for Owen to touch and finish under Harrison, and send Park Avenue into scenes of delirium. The Porthmadog poacher made the goal look easy, but it was a true striker’s finish which will live on in the memory of Black and Green supporters. Zabret then punched clear a TNS corner, and McManus was denied by Lee Jenkins’ goal line clearance. Owen’s hold up play bought Aber some much needed time during five minutes of injury time, and the League leaders’ frustrations were shown as Chris Marriott dived in on Franklin and saw yellow. The Dias Stand once again raised their voices to help The Seasiders over the line and in the last minute young Jamie Jones, brother of Matty, came on for an unforgettable debut at right back, and Aber saw the game out, amid joyous scenes on the Ceredigion coast.
Jon Owen’s acca cracker earned Aber a great result last night which they will enjoy celebrating during a ten day break in matches, and yet more pleasing is that the result was fully deserved for a strong and disciplined performance - but Antonio Corbisiero’s men will now look to build on two extremely positive results as they move forward to face Cardiff Met away a week on Friday. We can’t wait!
Photo courtesy of Colin Ewart
Aberystwyth Town vs TNS
JD Cymru Premier
Tuesday 9th November
Football returns to Park Avenue once again this evening as Aberystwyth Town face the difficult task of going up against league leaders TNS. Although Aber have only earned one point from the previous six available, both showings have seen positive performances particularly Saturday’s point. Harry Franklin’s header earned the Seasiders a well deserved point from their trip to the South coast.
For the past two seasons, TNS have been pipped to the Cymru Premier title by Connahs Quay Nomads however, this time around, they look to be on course to claim their 14th league title. New boss Anthony Limberick has added well to an already excellent squad over the summer. The additions of Declan McManus, Jordan Williams, Ash Baker and Danny Davies offers Limberick a wealth of options to choose from. In addition, to their new signgings, they have the experience of league winners across the park. Paul Harrison, Chris Marriott, Ryan Brobbel, Jon Routledge and Adrian Cieszlewicz add guile and class to the squad.
One familiar face who’ll be returning to Park Avenue this evening will be back up goalkeeper Connor Roberts who enjoyed two successful seasons between the sticks in Ceredigion, winning last season’s save of the season award for his incredible reaction stop away at Bala Town.
TNS have been dominant in the league so far, amassing 32 points from a possible 36 available to them. In front of goal, they’ve found the net 33 times. McManus leads the scoring charts for the Saints with 12 goals. There are goals throughout the team with Brobbel, chipping in with a further goals whilst Williams and Blaine Hudson netting three times apiece. At the back, their defence has been miserly this term, conceding just eight goals
Last time out, TNS were dominant on their way to a 6-0 victory against Wayne Jones’ Haverfordwest County. Prior to this, they defeated Cardiff Met 5-0. Park Hall has been a barren ground for Aber for a number of years and earlier this season, it was no different as the Saints downed the Seasiders 3-0. On that evening, McManus bagged himself a brace with Ryan Astles adding a third in the second half. However, it’s worth remembering that last season, Aber were desperately unlucky not to win the game after a thrilling 2-2 goal following a goals from local duo Steff Davies and Jon Foligno.
Midweek football under the lights at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue Stadium is a rare treat so get yourselves down there! Prices are just £7 for Adults / £4 for Concessions / Under 16’s free and come and support the lads!
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The Board of Directors, Aberystwyth Town Football Club
Stirring Second Half Comeback as Fab Franklin Earns Precious Point at Jenner: Barry Town 1 Aberystwyth Town 1
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 6th November
Barry Town 1 Aberystwyth Town 1
Aber Town produced a stirring second half comeback at a rainswept Jenner Park yesterday, as Harry Franklin’s 85th minute near post header earned them a valuable away point, after Kayne McLaggon had given the hosts the lead twenty minutes previously. Two sets of singing supporters ensured a cup tie atmosphere which made for a memorable afternoon down in the Vale, which ended in stalemate.
Roared on by a terrific away support featuring a guest appearance from the Cardiff-based Aberystwyth Sole Crew, the Black and Greens started in a composed manner, but in blustery conditions both sides found it hard to create clear cut chances. Barry earned some early corners to no avail, then Harry Franklin danced through the home defence to earn a corner for Aber, which was also cleared. Matty Jones had a free kick cleared and Jonathan Evans went wide from close range after a cheeky backheel from Jon Owen. Aber sub Sam Phillips sent in some dangerous balls from the left flank, which Mike Lewis dealt with well, and despite a late period of pressure from the visitors a half which in all honesty was rather low on quality and clear cut chances ended goal less.
As the weather worsened and the rain swept in from the Severn Estuary the second 45 was a better watch. Curtis McDonald headed wide from Marcus Day’s free kick, and then at the other end Franklin sent in Aber’s first effort on target, with a low shot which tested Lewis down to his left. Jack Rimmer set up Owen for a great cross which sadly missed everyone in Green in the area, then Gregor Zabret in Aber’s goal made his first save of the afternoon, punching clear a free kick from Day. McLaggon went close at the near post for Barry, and then with twenty five minutes to go he reacted quickest when the ball dropped in the area and slotted home what seemed like a match winner. Encouraged by their vocal tifosi however the Black and Greens were certainly not done: a series of corners which ended up with a Lee Jenkins header were repelled, then Jamie Veale played a sweet one two before skimming an effort wide. With conditions making it hard to play and Barry keeping a high line hope was beginning to ebb away, but then hard working sub Raul Correia earned a crucial corner, Jones floated the ball in and Franklin rose like a salmon to head home and delight the away supporters! The game now really opened up with Franklin and Jonathan Evans threatening to win the game for Aber, but then Nat Jarvis sent a shot inches wide and an injury time onslaught of the visiting goal ensued, with Zabret needing to be at his best when it really mattered to deny Rhys Cavanagh, Robby Patten and Rhys Abbruzzese’s free kick in injury time of injury time, and the visitors held out for a stirring point. Town’s Players and Management came over to salute their away support at the end in a pleasing show of togetherness, and a good day’s work was complete.
Over the course of yesterday’s match Antonio Corbisiero’s players showed admirable qualities such as a determination to fight back from a set back, and then resilience to hold on at the death for their result, which made this result feel like a bit like a bonus point. Aber Town will take encouragement from that as they turn around quickly to host League Leaders The New Saints at Park Avenue on Tuesday evening (KO 8pm). A tough assignment, your presence will help. See you there!