This week in DIGS

Credit: Alex Tanton

Credit: Alex Tanton

LAST week, the record for number of games played before Christmas in any Digs season ever was overwhelmingly broken. Almost every team has now played two league games, and all games in the first two rounds of the Aberystwyth Town Cup have been completed. This is no doubt testimony to the hard work of the grounds staff at Blaendolau, and also the co-operation of all teams in getting a side together at every opportunity.

La Liga

There were five games in La Liga, starting last Sunday with Pathetic Athletic’s 5-1 victory against Ivory Toast. Neil Green and Callum McDonnell each bagged two goals for Athletic who moved up to third in the table.

Meanwhile, Y Geltaidd took on Aberzaijan. Despite taking a 2-0 lead ‘zaijan quickly fell apart after an injury to their goalkeeper, eventually suffering an 8-2 defeat – Ynyr James grabbing a hat-trick for the victors. Sex Panthers played their first league game of the season, taking on FC Beaver. By half time the Panthers had raced into a 5-1 lead, before they went on to score twice more in the second period. The ‘Dam Builders’ were unlucky not to get a couple more consolation goals but were well beaten in truth.

The final Sunday game featured two of the Aber Town Cup quarter-finalists, AC ALSOM and Toke City. Toke could only manage to gather ten players and squeezed into a 2-0 lead through Sean Dinning and Alban Fernandez before ALSOM sent up their goalkeeper for a corner and managed to get one back. Unfortunately they couldn’t find the equaliser and Toke City remained top of the table.

On Wednesday Toke City were in action again, this time against Y Geltaidd. City raced into a 2-0 first half lead thanks to a Jack Thomas penalty and a wonder-strike from Roc Breathnach. Geltaidd fought back though, as they reduced the deficit to one before half time through Jac Davies and they bagged an equaliser with 15 minutes to play. Unfortunately for Geltaidd, they conceded a penalty within minutes as Thomas spearheaded another counter attack and was brought down. He picked himself up to despatch the spot-kick and win the game 3-2.

Bundesliga

In the Bundesliga on Sunday there were two exciting games. Arch-rivals Shakhtar Lastnight and Aber Lions re-ignited the rivalry they shared last year – kick started by a rogue tweet from the Lions. A brilliant game saw the sides play out a 2-2 draw – @FCShakhtarLN reporting: “Not often we can come away from a match lamenting a draw, but that was some match”. In the other game Goal Diggers, recently eliminated from the Aber Town Cup by AUFC Freshers, took on CPD Premiership Pornstars. Both sides had three points from their opening game, but it was the Goal Diggers who took this one, winning 3-2 thanks to Tom Addison, Rian Devlin and Tom Penberthy’s goals.

On Wednesday the Pornstars were in action again, this time in a much more comfortable match which they won 5-1 against Aberconda. Aberconda were reduced to ten men when Ben Thomas was dismissed for picking up two bookings whilst conceding two penalties. Guto Jones (2), Llyr Morris (2) and “Jevs” got the goals for Pornstars. Wednesday’s other game saw FC Inter Yournan on the receiving end of a mauling by Aber Lions, who also missed a penalty on their way to a 6-0 win. Owen Whitmore netted a hat-trick for Lions.

Premier League

In the Premier League there were three games last Sunday and three games this weekend. At 10am Aber Kadabra took on Notinher Forest, and a scrappy game saw Forest emerge as 3-1 winners. Kadabra were missing their regular goalkeeper, meaning captain Liam Butler was between the sticks and was unfortunately at fault for two of the goals. Kadabra rallied and pushed hard until the final whistle but Finn Brownbill’s penalty wasn’t enough to cancel Forest’s goals. Next up Commodore were up against new boys Tekkerslovakia, and it promised to be a close match. Rob Evans, Tokunbo Bajowa and Kieran Edmunds got on the scoresheet as Tekkers maintained their 100% winning start to their league campaign, after having beaten Notinher Forest 10-1 in their opening match.

The final Premier League game on Wednesday featured We Hate Ben and SH Pandas. After a close first half, We Hate Ben emerged as clear victors, completing a 6-0 win thanks to goals from Scott Wilson and Tamir Shawan, amongst others. Unfortunately it transpired that We Hate Ben had fielded an ineligible player in the match and consequently the match result has been overturned, with a 6-0 win awarded to SH Pandas.

Over the past weekend, Digs legend James Clemens played his final game for AFC Gwatch before leaving Aberystwyth for good. Unfortunately he could do little to prevent the cricketers falling to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of SH Pandas. Richard Scraggs scored for Gwatch, but goals from Maxwell Edwards and Adam Tunnicliffe were enough to help Pandas to three points. Elsewhere FC Leave-My-Arcelona maintained their 100% winning record and moved top of the league, as superb work from Tom Willetts helped James Griffiths’ score twice to see off Commodore in a 2-1 win. The game of the day saw We Hate Ben looking to make up for the registration mistake which cost them three points, and Tekkerslovakia looking to stay top of the table. In the end the spoils were shared – We Hate Ben scoring a last minute penalty to make it 3-3 and cancel out what Ryan Jenkins thought had been the winner for Tekkers.

La Liga

Sunday 30 Nov:
Pathetic Athletic 5-1 Ivory Toast
Aberzaijan 2-8 Y Geltaidd
Sex Panthers 7-1 FC Beaver
AC ALSOM 1-2 Toke City

Wednesday 3 Dec:
Toke City FC 3-2 Y Geltaidd

Bundesliga 

Sunday 30 Nov:
Shakhtar Lastnight 2-2 Aber Lions
Goal Diggers 3-2 CPD Premiership Pornstars

Wednesday 3 Dec:
Aber Lions 6-0 FC Inter Yournan
CPD Premiership Pornstars 5-1 Aberconda

Premier League

Sunday 30 Nov:
Commodore 1-3 Tekkerslovakia
SH Pandas 6-0* We Hate Ben
Aber Kadabra 1-3 Notinher Forest

Sunday 7 Dec:
FCLMA 2-1 Commodore
AFC Gwatch 1-2 SH Pandas
We Hate Ben 3-3 Tekkerslovakia
* Result reversed as WHB fielded an ineligible player, original scoreline 0-5.