Friday night marked a historical night for Aberystwyth Town. For the first time in nearly a decade, Town have won five games back to back in Ceredigion in the JD Cymru Premier. In this article, we look back at the events that surrounded that famous sequence of results…
Squad and Management
Ian Hughes (pictured) was in his second year as manager having taken over from club stalwart Tomi Morgan in 2013. He was assisted by Welsh football legend Wyn Thomas in the dugout. Many of the squad were familiar faces to the Black and Green army having been the same players who’d come within a whisker of winning the JD Welsh Cup the season before. Faces such as Chris Venables, Luke Sheborn, Mike Lewis, Stuart Jones and ex-boss Antonio Corbisiero were constants in the starting lineup.
Game 1: Friday 26th September 2014: Aberystwyth Town 4-0 Bala Town
A four minute brace from marksman Mark Jones helped the Seasiders to down Colin Caton’s Lakesiders in the first match of our winning run. Further goals from Geoff Kellaway and a penalty from future Bala skipper Chris Venables cemented a comfortable win for Ian Hughes’ men.
Game 2: 11th October 2014: Aberystwyth Town 2-1 Airbus Broughton UK
Geoff Kellaway gave the Seasiders a one goal advantage at the break but disaster struck on the hour mark when defender Ryan Batley was dismissed. Tom Field equalised from the spot for the Wingmakers but the ever reliable Venables scored the winner for Town just four minutes later.
Game 3: 31st October 2014: Aberystwyth Town 2-1 Newtown
On a miserably rainy Halloween evening, Town bounced back from back-to-back away defeats in the best possible way thanks to a spot kick from Chris Venables after just 10 minutes. Despite the victory, Town had to endure a nervy stoppage time after winger Craig Williams was given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.
Game 4: 7th November 2014: Aberystwyth Town 4-2 Cefn Druids
Three goals in the final 8 minutes gave this game a rather entertaining slant. The home sides took the lead late into the half only to have their lead cancelled on 50 minutes. Druids’ chance of further improving their position suffered significantly seconds later with the dismissal of Craig Jones. Venables grabbed his second of the night just seconds after the red before Mark Jones and Steffan Williams gave the scoreline a rather lopsided look. Alan Bull scored Druids’ consolation.
Game 5: 7th December 2014: Aberystwyth Town 2-0 Rhyl FC
Two first half goals helped Town sink former Champions Rhyl in the final game of the 5 match winning streak. Craig Williams grabbed the first after 22 minutes before Venables secured all three points 12 minutes later.
What happened next?
The 2014/15 season remains the only term in which Aber have earned a Top 6 berth since the creation of the Super 12 in 2011/12 season. This run of results played a huge part in the second place finish in January that Hughes' men earned.
Anthony Williams' squad have their chance to go one better than the class of 2014/15 and earn a 6th consecutive home victory when high-flying Penybont visit Aberystwyth University Park Avenue on the 16th December.
Photo Credits: Chris Howells