JD Welsh Cup Third Round
Saturday 5th December (kick off 5.15pm)
The New Saints v Aberystwyth Town
Aberystwyth Town will be looking for Welsh Cup Revenge on Saturday as they bid to make amends for their narrow 2014 Cup Final defeat to The New Saints, away at Park Hall.
At the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham in May of last year Aber were 2-0 up inside just 12 minutes thanks to Chris Venables' early volley and coolly-taken penalty. Town held the lead until the 72nd minute when Greg Draper scored from the spot before quickly following up with a close-range header to equalise. Saints top scorer Mike Wilde completed the turnaround with an 84th-minute winner.
The Black and Greens couldn't have asked for a tougher task when the JD Welsh Cup Third Round draw was made, as they were nominated to visit a team who are Top of the League yet again, enjoyed a convincing win at Park Avenue in October and have not lost a domestic game at home for over three years.
However, Aber have shown they can run TNS close, and even get results against them in the recent past, so they will travel safe in the knowledge that a shock is possible. Last Season the Black and Greens held TNS twice, 1-1 at Park Avenue in August, and 3-3 at Park Hall in April. Manager Ian Hughes was in defiant mood this week, telling atfc.org.uk: "We know we can get a result". Aber will be missing Lee Surman whose suspension for a sending off at Airbus carries over to Satudary's game. Geoff Kellaway is a long term absentee, but other than those two players Ian Hughes will have a full squad to choose from.
The say that revenge is a dish best served cold, so who's to say Aber can't put a Winter Chill down the backs of the Champions on Saturday? There's only one way to find out ... the Coach leaves Park Avenue at 10.45am, and a return to Park Hall will cost £10 for Adults and £5 Concessions.
Welsh Cup 2014 Photos Courtesy of Chris Howells