JD Cymru Premier
Gwener/Friday 27 Hydref/October (CC/KO 7.45yh/pm)
Penybont vs Tref Aberystwyth Town
Bant a'r cart fydd hi eto i Dref Aberystwyth nos yfory, i lawr i Dde Cymru i wynebu Penybont yn Uwchgynghrair Cymru.
Aberystwyth Town are back on the road this Friday and face a trip to South Wales and a meeting with Rhys Griffiths’ Penybont.
With last Friday’s Mid Wales derby against Newtown postponed due to the adverse weather conditions being experienced at the time, Anthony Williams and his team have had some extra time to prepare for this match and the players should be in good condition going into this one.
Penybont have also had some extra time to prepare having not played since 17th October, when they lost 3-2 at Haverfordwest County. This was their third league defeat in a row having previously lost to the top two, The New Saints and Connahs Quay in consecutive weeks. This has left them in 7th place with 5 wins and 17 points from 12 games, although they did progress in the Welsh Cup thanks to a 3-0 victory at Cwmbran Celtic.
The biggest danger to Aber’s back line this Friday will be former Black and Green talisman, Chris Venables. The forward, who had two spells at Park Avenue from 2008-09 and 2013-16 and played in two Welsh Cup finals for Aber, has already hit 7 league goals this season; 5 more than Penybont’s next top scorers Lewis Harling & Ryan Reynolds who have two goals apiece.
Venables is not the only familiar face in the opposition ranks. Manager Rhys Griffiths spent the 2015/16 at Park Avenue (scoring 7 goals in 21 appearances), goalkeeper Alex Pennock swapped Ceredigion for Bridgend in the summer of 2022 and Kane Owen had a brief spell at Park Avenue back in 2016.
This will be the second meeting in just over a month between these two teams. Penybont claimed all three points at Park Avenue back on 22nd September thanks to a double from Ryan Reynolds. Jack Thorn hit Aber’s consolation.
Penybont have been a tough challenge for Aber in recent times, winning the last 5 meetings between the two teams, but runs are there to be stopped and the Black and Green faithful will be hoping that this Friday is the day that happens, with three points much needed to help kickstart the season.
The SDM Glass Stadium can be found on Llangewydd Road, Bridgend and the postcode for your sat-nav is CF31 4JU. Tickets are priced at £7 for Adults, £5 for Concessions and £2 for u16s and are available from tktp.as/EAQDPA (Adult tickets only) or on the gate. Its time for another Friday night on the road with ATFC…!