Aber lament chances in draw against Newtown

The Dias Stand at Park Avenue. Photo by Joseph LandersABERYSTWYTH Town were left rueing a host of missed first half chances as they were only able to manage a 0-0 draw against local rivals Newtown in their play-off Conference clash at Latham Park.

To make matters worse, sixth place Bala Town who beat Aber 3-1 in the previous fixture, beat bottom of the league Afan Lido 2-0 to make the gap eight points between the two sides.

Michael Walsh replaced injured Matty Collins, who according to a club source, will be out for three months, ruling him out of the rest of the Welsh Premier League season. Former Aber full-back Adam Worton could only make the bench.

Aber dominated the first half, with chances squandered by Gavin Cadwallader, Wyn Thomas and Sion James. All headers from the corners troubled Dave Roberts in the Newtown goal.

New signing Chris Venables was lucky to remain on the pitch after scything down Matthew Cook with a late, high challenge but referee Nick Pratt decided the challenge was only worthy of a talking to rather than a card.

The game as a whole was scrappy, with both sides unable to string several passes together and this showed in the quality of chances. Time after time Aber played long passes in an attempt to release Jordan Follows and Mike Jones but the aerial proficiency of Shane Sutton meant that they were feeding off scraps for much of the first half.

One of the few good chances came when ‘The Seasiders’ top scorer Follows tested Roberts late in the first half with a long range, chipped shot with the outside of his boot which Roberts only got a hand to and keep out for a corner.

Newtown were causing problems on the counter attack, but only tested Mike Lewis in the Aber goal with crosses that Lewis dealt with well.

The game then took on the guise of the clichéd ‘game of two halves’ as Newtown turned the tables on Aber in the second half. Often Mike Jones and Follows found themselves isolated due to Antonio Corbisiero dropping deeper. The winger had an erratic game as well as being dominated by his counterpart, Max Penk, with Declan Carroll having a quiet game on the left wing.

Antonio Corbisierio had an erratic game on the wing, dominated by his counterpart Max Penk and dropping deeper in the second half further isolating the forward pairing for Aber.

The linking up between the two Newtown forwards, Luke Boundford and Craig Whitfield, was better in the second half, culminating in chances to score but chances were countlessly fluffed by the Newtown forwards.

A frantic final two minutes for both sides saw Newtown link well and put together to be moved, only to be stopped by an arguable Wyn Thomas handball, Aber racing up to the other end of the pitch and Mike Jones hitting his shot at the goalkeeper. The moves for both sides showing why a draw was ultimately a fair result, both sides often having promise but failing to capitalise on them.