JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 11th February
Flint Town United 5 Aberystwyth Town 0
Aber Town suffered an extremely disappointing day on Deeside yesterday, falling to a five goal defeat at the hands of unforgiving Flint Town United. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro gave the hosts a fifth minute lead, and seventeen minutes later Okera Simmons made it two. Zack Clarke nodded home a third seconds after the restart, and Akpa-Akpro (pen, 73 mins) and Brandon Diau (86 mins) completed the rout.
Aber’s second phase of matches in the 2022/3 began in combustible fashion with a high tempo start, and Akpa-Akpro headed over at the near post in an early salvo for Flint. Soon afterwards Simmons sent in a right wing cross which Akpa-Akpro touched in under pressure from Liam Walsh, and the hosts had the lead. Aber responded well and John Owen had a shot touched off the line, before Billy Kirkham’s dangerous ball in was well gathered by home keeper Harry Allen. Louis Bradford nodded on a Jack Thorn long throw which brought another save from Allen, and Thorn had a shot punched clear by Allen with the visitors pressing hard for an equaliser. Diau flicked wide for Flint down the other end, but then on 22 minutes a corner routine saw the influential Anthony Stephens pick our Simmons on the edge of the box, and his low volley found the back of the net for two nil. Flint went on to press for a third, and after a seemingly endless series of free kicks and corners Diau’s header was gathered by Matt Turner in Aber’s goal. Clark then had a shot saved, and at the other end Harry Arnison’s dipping free kick was tipped over the bar, and the relentless hosts reached the break two up.
The next goal would be crucial and unfortunately for Aber it came less than sixty seconds after the break, when Tyler Garrett sent in a left wing cross which the irrepressible Clarke nodded home at the near post. The Black and Greens were really up against it now, but Bradford had a header saved from Kirkham’s free kick, and Iwan Lewis volleyed just over soon afterwards. Walsh sent in a right wing cross which Mark Cadwallader nodded wide, and Owen and Lewis had further shots blocked. Clark hacked a shot over to show Flint were still a threat, and with seventeen minutes later Clarke stole a march on Kirkman, and the youngster conceded a penalty for a challenge in the area, which Akpa-Akpro converted off the post. Iwan Lewis retorted by sending a ball into the box for sub Steff Davies to stab just past the post but then Flint sub Rhys Cavanagh crossed for Diau to tap home at the far post, and the scoring was done. Owen had a shot blocked and Arnison tapped wide but it was definitely not Aber’s day on Deeside, and the score stayed at five nil.
This was the archetypal bad day at the office for Anthony Williams’ men, as Flint seemed to score from each one of their chances, and Aber failed to convert any of theirs, numerous though they were. The Seasiders will need to show a big improvement to get a result next Saturday at home to Pontypridd United, in a match scheduled for 12.45 to facilitate TV coverage.