Aberystwyth Town FC: Update

The Dias Stand at Park Avenue. Photo by Joseph LandersABER TOWN came tantalisingly close to completing an unbeaten month this November. Only a shock loss at bottom-of-the-table Afan Lido stood in their way. The month got off to a fantastic start with a great win over Airbus who sat proudly at the top of the table at the time. Aber made sure that their run came to an end with an impressive 2-1 win at Park Avenue. Mark Jones opened the scoring midway through the first half when he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home before Chris Venables doubled the Seasiders league with an emphatic finish. Airbus managed to pull one back late in the second half but it wasn’t enough and Aber held on for the win.

This impressive win was followed by a trip down the Arriva train line to Newtown. The two teams played out a 0-0 draw to leave Aber needing a win to move back into the top half of the table when they faced Rhyl at Park Avenue the following week.

Newly promoted Rhyl had visited Aberystywth the previous season in the Welsh Cup and grabbed an impressive 5-2 win on that occasion but a very strong performance from the Aberystywth side ensured that a repeat of that result was not on the cards. A brace from Craig Williams was complemented by a penalty from Chris Venables to give Aber Town a vital 3-2 win. Rhyl took the lead when a well-taken corner found its way into the net via a deflection, but Aber were soon back on level terms when Venables found the net from the spot. However, it was Williams who lit up the evening with an audacious overhead kick early in the second half. The ball was headed into the air following an Aber corner and Williams, seemingly marked in the six yard box, produced a piece of real quality to send the fans into rapture. Williams doubled Aber’s lead before Rhyl managed to grab a late consolation goal.

That result sent Aber into back-to-back away games sitting in the top half of the table. The trip to Bala Town ended in a 0-0 draw, the highlight of which was an excellent save from Town goalkeeper Michael Lewis to earn a draw for the Seasiders. Lewis named this moment as his personal highlight of the month but named the fans as his motivation. He told ASM: “My team highlight would be playing at Park Avenue and celebrating in front of the Diaz Stand, the support we get from the fans is incredible!”

An unbeaten month was then on the cards for the Aberystwyth side when they made the trip to bottom-of-the-table Afan Lido. Aber failed to capitalise on their opponent’s poor league position and played out a 2-1 loss. Afan Lido have now won two in a row and are level on points with Bala Town and Port Talbot Town so a mid-season resurgence could be on the cards.

All things considered, it was a successful month for Aberystwyth Town who now sit at sixth place in the Welsh Premier League Table. Town midfielder Sion James told ASM that “there is still a lot of hard work to do but we will be doing our best to stay in the top 6.” With the mid-season split approaching, the men in green are one point clear of Rhyl who lie in seventh place. December will be a crucial month for the team but next on the agenda is the Welsh Cup. Aber will travel to Llanfair on Saturday 7th December for the first round of this competition.