JD Cymru Premier
Friday 14th October
Aberystwyth Town 2 Haverfordwest County 1
Aber Town gained another crucial home win last night, prevailing 2-1 against Haverfordwest County thanks to strikes from Harry Arnison (24 mins) and Jon Owen (49 minutes). Jordan Davies got one back for the Bluebirds nine minutes after that, then Jonathan Evans was sent off, and the Black and Green endured eight minutes normal time plus eight minute injury time to notch a third successive 2-1 win at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue.
On an Autumnal evening a decent crowd of 401 turned up, boosted by Sgorio's live production team, representatives of the local Hate Crime Awareness alliance, members of the Swansea City kicks programme who acted as mascots, and Aber Town’s Under 15s squad. Aber started in dominant mood and had the ball in the net in the second minute. Arnison found space on the edge of the area and curled a ball in round the keeper, only to be denied by a linesman’s flag, presumably for offside by an oncoming player. Iwan Lewis volleyed over from the edge of the area, with Aber enjoying a series of set pieces which were rebuffed by the visiting defence. The hard working Arnison made a crucial clearance in his own area, then came alive at the other end, pouncing on Lee Jenkins’ miss kick from Eliot Scotcher’s back header, to burst through the back line, dance round the keeper and slot home, to delight his father who was visiting from Australia, and hundreds of home fans to boot! Jordan Davies headed a rare chance wide for Haverfordwest and Lewis Webb held an aimless corner from Jamie Veale, but the pattern of the game remained in the opposite direction. Niall Flint was a tricky outlet for Town but for all their pressure chances were hard to come by, and a strong performance saw the hosts good value for a one goal lead at half time.
Into the second and the lively Flint did brilliantly to win and take a corner down the left, and Jon Owen did what he does best and ghosted in to flick home a header, which was cleared from behind the line by the unfortunate Rhys Abruzesse, but confirmed by the linesman for a 2-0 lead. Haverfordwest had to go for it now and enjoyed some pressure. Webb gathered a long throw from Jack Lewis but was powerless when the rapid Davis burst through from midfield and slid the ball under the home keeper to halve the lead. Davies flicked wide from the left channel soon after but the game progressed mostly as a series of set pieces, with defences holding firm. Nark’s corner started singing their heroes to victory as Aber faced a long run in for victory. The hosts came close to a third when Sam Litchfield headed back a Charley Edge free kick, next County had a goal disallowed for offside – then with eight minutes to go Evans received a second yellow for a foul on the touchline, and Aber were down to ten men. Webb tipped over a long range effort from Iori Humphreys, then a series of injuries saw the game extended with six additional minutes, plus two on top of that. Haverfordwest’s Wilson had a shot deflected, then Harri John blasted over, and the job was done, with Aber prevailing 2-1.
The Black and Green have certainly improved over the past few weeks and three successive home wins have delighted the Park Avenue populus, and pushed Anthony Williams’ men up to eigth in the Cymru Premier with 12 points from their opening ten matches. Town can now look forward with relish to their next challenge – a trip to Caernarfon Town next Friday (ko 7.45pm). A supporters bus may be arranged – watch the Club’s social media channels for more info. Up the Seasiders!