JD Cymru Premier
Friday 20th December
Connah’s Quay Nomads 3 Aberystwyth Town 0
Two late goals put an unflattering gloss on what was otherwise a decent competitive performance by Aber Town, who eventually went down by three goals to nil away to Connahs Quay on a wintry night on Deeside. Onetime Black and Green hero Harry Franklin headed Nomads into the lead on 7 minutes, and Aber thereafter competed extremely well, before two very late strikes by Michael Wilde (90 and 90+3 minutes) changed the scoreline significantly in Quay’s favour.
Aber’s on loan keeper Lewis Webb made a welcome return to the starting XI after a two month injury absence but after early territorial pressure from the visitors Webb was picking the ball out of the back of the net when Franklin nodded home Danny Holmes’ right wing cross for one nil. Charley Edge, then Louis Bradford both cleared George Horan efforts off the line in the same attack to keep Aber in it, then Edge then crossed at the other end for Bradford to send a goal bound header into Andy Firth’s hands for a first real shot across the bows. Jack Rimmer had a long range attempt saved by Firth, before Franklin was carried off with an unfortunate hamstring injury. Webb came out well to nullify a home attack, then gathered a free kick confidently, before John Owen pulled off a classic Cruyff turn down the left to leave Holmes floundering, only to be denied a cross by the assistant referee’s flag. Another shot from Rimmer drifted wide and Edge had a shot blocked with the Black and Greens threatening an equaliser, and Firth gathered another Aber attempt before half time to keep Nomads ahead despite a largely sluggish performance on a difficult surface for the hosts.
The Seasiders’ loyal supporters clapped their side off at half time and were pleased again early in the second half when livewire Niall Flint sent a shot wide, and went on to dominate for a period, winning their tackles and creating half chances. Flint volleyed over from the edge of the area, then Horan had a shot blocked from a corner for Connah’s Quay, and as the game moved into the final quarter they did once again start to press. Josh Williams saw a dangerous corner cleared, then Webb denied sub Mike Hayes a goal on the line, but then an Aber breakaway saw Sam Phillips just unable to connect with a through ball, and the visitors were definitely still in the game. Hayes burst through but saw his shot pushed around the post for a corner by Webb, with Town defending well and threatening on the break. Jamie Jones came on to bolster the right back position and Hayes lobbed a ball over with ten minutes to go. Holmes denied Phillips another clear chance, and the Ryan Harrington sent in an audacious effort from the right wing which Webb collected calmly. Then with the game on a knife edge Wilde headed home from a right wing cross to confirm the points for Nomads, and repeated the trick from a similar move three minutes later to give the scoreline a harsh outlook from an Aber perspective.
Performance wise last night was a huge improvement for Anthony Williams’ side who defended really well for long periods, and got well up the pitch on the counter. They did perhaps struggle slightly to create really obvious goalscoring opportunities, but had enough attempts to keep the game in the balance right until the nineteeth minute, before Wilde’s late intervention. Aber go again on Friday night at Haverfordwest County (ko 7.45pm), and your support would be very much appreciated on a dark evening in Pembrokeshire. See you there!