Cardiff Metropolitan University vs Aberystwyth Town
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 9th April
Aberystwyth Town will be looking to pick up where they left off on Tuesday night this coming weekend, as Saturday’s third successive away trip takes the Black & Greens to the capital for a meeting with Cardiff Met, following Tuesday’s 1-0 success at Haverfordwest County.
Louis Bradford’s late winner gave the Seasiders their second win in three games and means that they now sit 9th in the table and embroiled in a fascinating 5 team battle for the all-important 7th position, which enables qualification for the end of season playoffs for a place in next seasons Irn Bru Cup.
Saturday’s opponents Cardiff Met currently occupy 7th position, but only five points separate them from Barry Town United in 11th place – the final relegation slot. With each team having 4 games left, there is a maximum of 12 points available for all and with a minimum of three of those four matches being against one of the other teams involved in the battle for 7th, quite literally anything could happen, and it is all to play for!
Met come into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Barry Town United on Tuesday. This was only their 2nd defeat in 14 league matches however, and before being beaten by Cefn Druids two weekends ago, they had been undefeated since November. Adam Roscrow is once again their top scorer, with 5 goals so far this season, whilst Eliot Evans and Harry Owen have four goals each.
Incredibly, this will be the sixth time that the two teams have faced off this season after a pre-season friendly and a Nathaniel MG Cup match served as additions to the normal league matches. Met have won four of the five meetings so far, but encouragingly Aber’s one win so far in this fixture this season was the only fixture held at Cyncoed Campus, when a John Owen header sealed a 1-0 win back in November. Let’s hope this is a good omen for the Black & Greens this weekend!
Saturday’s fixture is significant as it will be the last time that former Aber defender Christian Edwards will face the club in his current role as Cardiff Met’s Manager. Christian, who formed a formidable partnership with Aneurin Thomas at the heart of Aber’s defence for three seasons in the late 2000’s and also served as Caretaker Manager & Assistant Manager at Park Avenue, announced last August that he will step down at the end of the current season. All at ATFC wish him well for his future endeavours!
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. ATFC have it all to play for … and anything could happen!