Haverfordwest County vs Aberystwyth Town
JD Cymru Premier
Tuesday 1st December
MATCH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Aberystwyth Town travel to Pembrokeshire tonight for a mouthwatering clash against Haverfordwest County, with both teams well in the hunt for a Top Six place come January.
Only three points currently separate the two sides, with Haverfordwest currently occupying 6th place on 13 points and Aber on 10 points but having played a game less. The two teams had contrasting results at the weekend as Haverfordwest claimed an impressive 4-1 victory at Caernarfon, whilst Aber were beaten by the same scoreline at table topping The New Saints.
Saturday's match was only the second time that the Black & Greens had played in six weeks, and this did show in the final 15 minutes as Greg Draper netted his hat-trick. The final scoreline of 4-1 could be said to be slightly cruel on Aber, who for the majority of the game put in a hard-working, disciplined performance and held the current league leaders at 1-1 for much of the match.
Manager Gavin Allen certainly looked to take the positives from the match and told the clubs Media Team after the game “It was huge for me today to get four or five of the boys with some minutes in. I thought there were some decent performances today, which I am quite happy with; it’s just unfortunate with the last two goals that we conceded that we looked tired. It’s a tough place to come, but there are a lot of positives from today”.
Looking ahead to tomorrow night’s match, Allen commented “I’m expecting it to be tough, it’s never easy at Haverfordwest, but if we play as we know we can and if we have the determination that we know we’ve got, hopefully we can match them and hopefully we can come away with three points”.
Tonight's hosts have a number of familiar faces in their ranks, non-more so than popular former Aberystwyth Town Assistant Manager Wayne “Wolvesey” Jones, who spent two seasons at Park Avenue between 2016-2018 and was part of the management team who took Aber to the 2018 Welsh Cup Final.
He was recently joined at Bridge Meadow by striker Mark Jones, who spent three and half seasons at Park Avenue from 2012-2015, before returning for a brief loan spell in 2017. Ricky Watts & Elliot Scotcher also had brief spells in Ceredigion, in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Haverfordwest have played twelve league games so far this season; winning three, drawing four and losing five. They have scored 16 goals and conceded 22. Danny Williams is their current top scorer with six goals, with Jack Wilson just behind on five and Ben Fawcett on three. Their current form had seen them draw twice and lose twice in their previous four matches before Saturday’s impressive victory at The Oval.
Unfortunately, the planned online coverage of tonight's game will not go ahead due to infrastructure issues at Haverfordwest - nevertheless, our Media Team will keep you updated through our Twitter page @AberystwythTown, so although supporters cannot be admitted into Bridge Meadow for this eagerly anticipated match, we'll keep you in the loop!