JD Cymru Premier
Friday 18th September (KO 19.45)
MATCH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The Black & Greens hectic start to the 2020/21 season continues tomorrow night (Friday) with the visit of newly promoted Flint Town United.
Long-time supporters of the Cymru Premier will be delighted to see Flint back in the top flight, with the club having been present for each of the first six seasons of the league, after being founder members back in 1992. They marked their return with an impressive 1-0 win at home to Newtown, despite being reduced to ten men just after the break.
Manager Niall McGuiness is no stranger to the Cymru Premier, having had a spell in charge of Rhyl in 2016/17. He has added to his side that finished 2nd in the Cymru North last season, with Rob Hughes & Nathan Craig both astute signings with experience of the league. It was indeed Craig who secured their victory on Saturday, with a well taken first half free-kick. One opposition player that will need no introduction to Aber supporters is Wes Baynes, who makes a swift return to Park Avenue having departed the club in the summer. Wes made a solid contribution during his two years in Ceredigion, making over 50 appearances and scoring a number of impressive goals.
Some of Aber’s own new additions have made important contributions themselves in the opening two games, with debutant Louis Bradford the latest to add his name to the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Penybont, following Jonathan Evans & Rhys Davies opening their accounts last Saturday against Cardiff Met.
Gavin Allen’s ambitions to build a young, hungry and predominately locally based squad were once again evidenced in Bridgend, with goalscorer Bradford part of a back line that had an average age of 19.2 years old, and over 50% of the matchday squad Ceredigion based.
As with Met’s visit to Park Avenue at the weekend, Tuesday’s match at The SDM Glass Stadium was played behind closed doors, although supporters would have struggled to see much of the action in any case, as a thick mist descended around half an hour into the game. This may have contributed to referee Bryn Markham-Jones’ baffling decision to send off Mathew Jones for two bookable offences, despite the first yellow card never actually being shown!
We can confirm that Mathew’s red card has been rescinded by the FAW, meaning he will be available for selection for Friday’s game. Referee Bryn Markham-Jones has acknowledged his mistake in noting #2 Louis Bradford as #7 Mathew Jones for a bookable offence in the 37th minute.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Aber saw out the final 10 minutes and registered their first point of the season. The Seasiders’ points total is yet to reflect the return that their performances deserve however, but Friday’s game is the perfect opportunity to rectify this ahead of next week’s Mid-Wales derby at Newtown.
Friday night football under the lights returns to Park Avenue, although unfortunately supporters cannot be admitted due to COVID-19 guidelines. Our Twitter feed @AberystwythTown will once again provide in-depth coverage of the game however, and whilst the Black & Green Army are sorely missed at Park Avenue at this current time, all at the club do appreciated your continued support.