Friday 21st February
Aberystwyth Town 0 Penybont 1
At a rainswept Park Avenue Lewis Harling's 79th minute header proved crucial for Penybont as the visitors took all three points in last night's encounter in stormy Ceredigion. In a marked contrast to last week's five goal showing, Aber were restricted to few chances with Alhagi Touray going closest in the first half, and Marc Williams in the second half, but to no avail and Penybont walked off the field deserved winners on the evening.
Manager Mathew Bishop named an unchanged side after last week’s win over Airbus, but it was clear early on that tonight was going to be a tougher assignment with Penybont seeing plenty of the ball and competing well all over the pitch. Nathan Wood was putting in some dangerous crosses for the visitors, with Wes Baynes reciprocating for Aber, but with both sides defending solidly clear cut chances were few and far between. Alhagi Touray sent home hearts racing by beating his man before sending in a looping shot which deflected nicely for Ashley Morris in the home goal, then Luke Boundford made a great tackle to deny Eli Phipps. At the other end Harling curled wide for the Bont. Williams was blown offside just seconds before he lobbed home a beaut for the hosts, then Touray showed some more trickery before sending a volley just over. Mickey George fired wide before Kane Owen sent a lob over the bar and a fairly quiet first half ended goalless.
Aber made a double sub after the break with Matty Jones and Aaron Pomeyie coming on, and the rain came down. Owen again fired over, as did Wood from a good opening, and Aber in truth were finding it hard to get going. Wood played in George with a great touch only for the right back to drag his shot wide, and home keeper Alex Pennock gathered Owen’s curling effort. Owen was then inches away from scoring, pulling a brilliant free kick narrowly wide, and Aber had a big let off. Owain Warlow then fired over from another great position with the visitors looking increasingly threatening. Williams picked the ball up thirty yards out, bore in on goal and sent a volley zooming just past the post, and Jones’ dangerous cross was just cleared off Williams’ head, but then with just over ten minutes left a left wing cross found Harling in the box, and his deft header back into the corner of the net won a tight game. Try as they might Aber could not fashion a response and Penybont held on for the three points.
Aber came back down to Earth last night after a great performance the week before and had one of those games where they struggled to get going. Although they created some great chances the visitors created more and were worthy winners. The Black and Greens have two weeks now to lick their wounds before heading North to face Cefn Druids a week on Friday, 6th March. Come on Aber!