JD Cymru Premier
Friday 30th December
Newtown 6 Aberystwyth Town 1
Aber Town confirmed an extremely disappointing December with a fifth consecutive defeat away to Newtown by six goals to one. An own goal from Niall Flint in the 14th minute gave the hosts a head start but four goals in 15 minutes after the break more than settled the outcome. Aaron Williams (penalty 50 minutes), Nigel Aris (54 and 64 mins), and Nick Rushton (56 and 73 minutes) made it six before Jonathan Evans hit back with ten minutes to go to reduce the arrears somewhat.
On a mild evening for the time of year suspended captain Jack Thorn began the game with the supporters in the stand, and the visiting fans were singing early on with an even start to the game. Louis Robles volleyed wide for Newtown but then Iwan Lewis had a shot blocked and Evans sent a high volley wide for Town. Disaster struck however just before the quarter hour when a right wing cross was diverted into his own net by Flint, and the hosts were ahead. Aber then had to survive a long period of pressure, pinned back into their own half. Lewis Webb in Aber’s goal punched clear a free kick and denied Robles again, although Sam Litchfield almost connected with Jack Rimmer’s long free kick at the back stick, but just couldn’t control a bobbling ball. Robles failed to convert a header from a promising position and Webb got down well to deny Rushton, but then there were some promising signs for Aber with Alex Darlington and Jon Owen combining well – though they were unable to unlock the home defence. Harry Arnison had a shot blocked and a Lewis through ball just evaded Owen, and although Aber went into the break a goal down, they had done enough to suggest they were still in the game.
Sadly this state of affairs did not last for long. Arnison did play in Jon Owen to burst through down the right, and he sent in a near post shot which was parried by Dave Jones but then a foul on Aris was penalised by a penalty, which Williams converted down the middle to double the lead. Williams blasted wide, but then a left wing cross from Callum Roberts was headed home by Aris for three nil. Two minutes later Rushton found the top corner for four, and Ryan Sears almost converted a cross with a diving header. A right wing cross fell nicely for Aris to volley into the roof of the net for five, and yet another ball into the box was smashed home by Rushton with seventeen minutes to go to complete Aber’s humiliation. A Rimmer free kick just eluded Darlington in the box, and then Aber did finally score when sub Charley Edge’s low volley from the left was parried by Jones for Evans to pounce from close range for his fourth goal in six games. The game however fizzled out with the outcome long decided in the hosts favour.
A tough December run of four away games in five, and four top six opponents in five has lead to five defeats which have mathematically ended all hopes of a top six finish for Anthony Williams’ men. The Black and Greens will now focus on getting results in some key matches before the split, but they do at least have a week’s break before their next assignment away to Flint Town United on Friday January 6th (ko 7.45pm). Hope springs eternal!