JD Cymru Premier
Friday 28 October
Aberystwyth Town 2 Flint Town United 1
Aber Town earned yet another home 2-1 win last night, this time against Flint Town United, as a backheeled goal from Jack Thorn (65 minutes) and a clinical penalty from Niall Flint (85 minutes) outscored the visitors, for whom sub Ben Hughes had equalised nine minutes from time. This was Aber’s fourth Park Avenue triumph in a row, which represents Aber’s best home run in eight years!
On an unseasonably warm evening Town Manager Anthony Williams gave goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins his first start of the season, with Jonathan Evans and Jack Rimmer returning as full backs, and Alex Darlington starting further upfield, and the hosts created the first big chance as Iwan Lewis played in Flint down the right flank, but his low shot was saved by Harry Allen in the goal. Evans then reminded the crowd of his goalscoring threat, sending an acrobatic scissor kick just wide. Flint were playing some nice football, with the tricky Larnell Cole a threat at number ten, and his volley hit the top netting for the visitors’ first attempt on goal. Jenkins came out well to gather a cross from Beaumont-Broadhead, but then at the other end Jon Owen showed great skill to turn his man and send in a left footed volley, which Allen again had to parry. Danny Harrison saw yellow for an unpleasant challenge on Harry Arnison, then Darlington sent a set piece free kick millimeters wide of the right stantion in injury time, and the half ended goal less.
Into the second half and the industrious Flint sent in a good right wing cross which just evaded Darlington, then Okera Simmonds volleyed wide from the right channel for Flint, and then headed over minutes later as the visitors threatened. Louis Bradford and Sam Litchfield at Centre Back were having superb games repelling and blocking attacks, but Harrison sent a super volley inches wide, with the game hanging in the balance. Then came the breakthrough as Darlington’s ball split the home defence and Captain Thorn galloped through to control with his first touch, and clip home with a cheeky backheel – a big moment in Aber’s season. Bradford and Thorn volleyed subsequent efforts over, but then back came the visitors with Beaumont-Broadhead threatening with a couple of headers – but Jenkins’ handling in goal was secure. Then on 81 minutes a loose ball dropped to sub Hughes in the area, and he volleyed into the bottom corner with his first touch to level things up. Were Aber content with a home draw? The answer was a resounding no as a high boot on the ubiquitous Harry Arnison in the area was punished with a penalty kick, and Niall Flint stepped up to joyously smash home a second with just five minutes to go. Aber had to survive a series of corners and free kicks during four minutes of injury time, with even keeper Allen coming up twice to try and snatch a draw, but the Black and Greens held out to make it four out of four!
The Seasiders’ best home run in almost a decade has brought a really positive vibe to Park Avenue, and Anthony Williams reminded the media in his post match interviews that he was still targeting a Top Six finish. Town’s next challenge comes when Aber make the trip up to Bala next Friday evening, for a 7.45pm kick off. Happy Halloween to everyone in Black and Green!