JD Cymru Premier
Friday 4th November
Bala Town 3 Aberystwyth Town 0
Aber Town endured a tough evening at the office yesterday at Maes Tegid as goals from
Chris Venables (19 mins), Nathan Peate (33 mins) and an own goal from Jonathan Evans (51 mins) saw high flying Bala Town claim a 3-0 victory and consolidate their place in the Cymru Premier Top Three. Ravaged by injuries and unavailability Anthony Williams’ men battled hard and were applauded off the field by their loyal supporters, but the points stayed North on this occasion.
Cheered on by a lively travelling contingent of supporters the Seasiders, with six players unavailable through injury or unavailability, nevertheless started the game in confident fashion and created some early chances. Charley Edge surged up the left wing and sent in a devilish shot which Alex Ramsey was glad to parry for a corner – and from the corner the visitors saw a header cleared off the line. Luke Wall for Bala had a shot blocked, and then a left wing cross fell nicely for Venables to glance home a header at the far post to give the Lakesiders the lead. The irrepressible Lassana Mendes was by far the best player on the field and giving Aber a torrid time down the right flank, but the Black and Greens, wearing yellow on the night, were still alive and Louis Bradford had a defiant overhead kick saved from a free kick. Wall then flicked past Aber’s post, George Newell just missed a Mendes’ corner, but Peate made no mistake minutes later from the same delivery and nodded home the second at the back post via the crossbar. The game quietened down and apart from a Venables shot which went wide, there were otherwise few chances and the half time whistle went with Bala in control at two nil.
Into the second half and Peate had a soft header saved by Leigh Jenkins in the Aber goal, then at the other end Iwan Lewis delivered a super ball in which just evaded Steff Davies’ head, but when a right wing cross from Newell was turned into his own net by Evans just six minutes in, a long night was beckoning. Credit however to the depleted Black and Greens who battled from here on in and restricted any further goals. Peate headed wide for Bala, Cameron Allen came on for his first Cymru Premier appearance of the season and Kieran Smith had a shot deflected for a corner. Mendes hit the post from the right side but then Aber created two great chances as Evans sent in a blistering shot which was parried by Ramsey to Allen, and Ramsey saved again from the seventeen year old’s effort. Newell shot over for Bala, then young Jamie Jones came on for some game time in central midfield, and Edge headed Aber’s final chance wide at the back post from Lewis’ cross and the game was done, with the score at three nil.
Aber’s superb away following kept singing for fully five minutes after the game finished and showed faith in and appreciation of the team which Anthony Williams’ men will hope to repay with more positive results going forward. Two home games come next before the World Cup break, with Newtown visiting Park Avenue next Saturday in the JD Welsh Cup Third Round (ko 2pm). Cup Fever is back in town!