Saturday 3rd October
Aberystwyth Town 1 - 1 Gap Connah's Quay
Two late substitutions proved key for Aberystwyth as they battled for a point in a hotly contested fixture. Cledan Davies and Rhys Griffiths combined in injury time to level the score and deprive the visitors, Connah's Quay of a victory.
It was a tight affair and there were few clear cut chances and both sides were limited to shots from distance and the odd moment of magic. The Nomads started strongly but their two early efforts only found the woodwork. At the other end, Craig Williams whipped in several dangerous free kicks but without a final product. A cross field ball from Geoff Kellaway led to Aber's best chance of the half as it fell to Darren Thomas who slipped in Jamie Reed but his shot couldn't beat John Danby in the visitor's goal. Nick Rushton then forced a wonderful save from Aber keeper, Chris Mullock with a low curling effort towards the bottom corner. The evenly matched contest meant fewer chances as the half wore on and 0-0 seemed a fair reflection of the proceedings at half time.
The Nomads came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, taking a lead when Nick Rushton tapped home a corner in the 49th minute. From then on the visitors looked solid in defence and a breakthrough for the Black and Greens was looking increasingly unlikely. Eager to fight back, manager Ian Hughes switched formations, bringing Rhys Griffiths on for Ross Stephens to provide more attacking options. But it was Connah's Quay who continued to press, Callum Morris drawing yet another amazing save from loanee, Mullock. As the game was drawing to a conclusion, Ian Hughes threw Cledan Davies on in place of Geoff Kellaway and it was his cross that was pinballed around the box, falling to Griffiths who poked home to send the crowd into delirium.
Both sides held on for a 1-1 draw which keep the Black and Greens in contention for a Top 6 place. The match was attended by Portsmouth's legendary defender, Linvoy Primus who will surely have enjoyed this riveting encounter.
Report by Tomos Ings