Aberystwyth Sport Summer Roundup: The town’s teams

ABERYSTWYTH has three main local sport clubs, Aberystwyth Town F.C., Aberystwyth Cricket Club and Aberystwyth R.F.C. Here’s a re-cap of all three’s summer.

Rugby: Less Travelling, Easier League?

The residents of Plascrug finished last season on a low. They travelled to Felinfoel and returned after a 71 to 10 loss. This was a week after they travelled to Fishguard to face Tenby in the Pemrokeshire Cup Final, where they lost also. Despite this, their league form was decent, finishing only 5 points behind the 5th place spot in the now, old Division 2 West. Due to Welsh Rugby Union league restructuring, Aber will continue to play in Division 2 West, but will not face a single opponent from last season. Travelling distances have been shortened (Penclawdd being the furthest away) and local derbies against Cardigan and Llanybydder to look forward to. This September sees four matches for the blue and navy hoops, home leagues to Cardigan and Llanelli Wanderers and an away trip to Hendy, while also including a SWALEC Plate tie against Carmarthen Athletic. Pob lwc gyda’r tymor! Aberystwyth play at Plascrug, head down there to watch some grassroots Welsh rugby.

New Park Avenue DevelopmentFootball: The European Dream across the Irish Sea

Aberystwyth Town FC’s season began as soon as the last one finished with Europa League 1st Round Qualifying ties against Irish side, Derry City. They lost 9-0 on aggregate, despite the heavy score over two legs, an almost sell-out saw the Seasiders play European Football at Park Avenue for the return leg. Their first Corbettsports Welsh Premier League saw the Greens travel to Cefn Druids. They won 5-0, with a superb effort from Luke Short amongst the goals. Their good early form will be tested with 4 fixtures in September. The club also announced during the Summer that Park Avenue will experience a re-development, with the main stand being replaced, along with flats being built behind it. If you fancy a football-fix get down to Park Avenue, opposite the Co-operative and support the Seasiders.

Cricket: Another league win

Aberystwyth Cricket Club clinched another West Wales Conference title, capping off another good season which ended the first weekend of September. The first XI finished top of the league, unbeaten whilst the second team only lost 4 matches all season. In every match bar one, the Firsts managed over 200 runs. With the Winter on the horizon, the cricket season comes to an end, but the University’s sides, Men’s and Women’s continue to play in a BUCS Indoor competition. To get involved turn to pX for our BUCS directory.