This Week in DIGS

DIGS players were welcomed back to Aberystwyth last weekend by favourable conditions, meaning seven games went ahead at Blaendolau. There have also been three games from the Consolation Shield played on the Uni Astro.

Credit: Alex Tanton

Credit: Alex Tanton

In the Bundesliga, AUFC Freshers’ pulled off a magnificent comeback against Borussia Teeth. With ten minutes to go Teeth led 3-1 thanks to two goals from Rory McElhinney and one from Sam Davies, but the nine men from AUFC turned it around through Sam Jenkins, Christoph Paulik (2) and David Esser. On the pitch next door, Aberconda were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Aber Lions, who can thank captain Tom Newbury for his man-of-the-match performance. In the final Bundesliga game Goal Diggers took on FC Inter Yournan. Goal Diggers boasted a 100% winning record from their two games before Christmas, whilst Inter had lost both of their games. This match went with the form book, as Goal Diggers easily won 6-2, moving top of the table in the process.

There were two games in La Liga, and both were tight affairs. AC A Little Silhouette of Milan had won one and lost one before the winter break, and they faced Ivory Toast, who had only scored once as they lost two games. An exciting match looked destined to end in a draw, but a decisive free kick from Scott Upward won the game 3-2 to AC ALSOM. The other game featured FC Beaver and Aberzaijan – both teams in the bottom half of the league table. Andy Gibson helped ‘the dam builders’ into a 3-0 lead inside 30 minutes, and Aberzaijan managed one back before the break. The second half was an entirely different affair, as ‘Zaijan took control of the match and raced into a 4-3 lead. With 8 minutes remaining, Beaver made two substitutions and they ultimately paid off. Beaver equalised through a messy goalmouth scramble and Gibson bagged the winner from the penalty spot.

The Premier League had two games too, Commodore taking on Aber Kadabra, and Tekkerslovakia lining up against AFC Gwatch. Commodore had lost all three of their games in the first half of the season, whilst Kadabra had three points from two games. After a close match, it was a last minute penalty which separated the teams and won the game 3-2 to Commodore. AFC Gwatch were bottom of the league and Tekkerslovakia were flying high, so it came as a surprise to everyone when the score was 0-0 at half time. A change in tactics eventually propelled Tekkers to a 3-0 victory, with the goals coming from Ryan Jenkins, Marcus Hill and a member of the opposition.

Monday saw the first Consolation Shield first round tie between SH Pandas and Obi Wan Kenobi Nil. Both teams are now in their 8th Digs season and met in the second round of the same competition last season. Obi Wan won 5-0 last year and this time around it even more convincing. Shaun Roberts opened the scoring on his way to netting a hat-trick in his side’s 9-1 victory. The second tie took place on Wednesday morning, with minnows Shakhtar LastNight facing goliaths Sex Panthers. Panthers turned up with eight players, and Christian Dickenson played a starring role as Shakhtar walloped their opponents 10-4. The third game so far was played between Ivory Toast and Aberconda. Manager Jed Woodcock got on the score sheet for Toast, but it wasn’t enough as Aberconda stormed to a 5-2 victory, with goals from Ally Allen, two from Matthew Booth and two Anders Danielsen, including a delightful chip over the goalkeeper for the fifth goal.

Full results:
La Liga:
FC Beaver 5-4 Aberzaijan
Ivory Toast 2-3 AC ALSOM
Bundesliga:
Borussia Teeth 3-4 AUFC Freshers
Aberconda 1-4 Aber Lions
Goal Diggers 6-2 FC Inter Yournan
Premier League:
Tekkerslovakia 3-0 AFC Gwatch
Aber Kadabra 2-3 Commodore
Consolation Shield First Round:
SH Pandas 1-9 Obi Wan Kenobi Nil
Shakhtar LastNight 10-4 Sex Panthers
Ivory Toast 2-5 Aberconda

Full results, league tables and statistics can be found at www.aber-digs.co.uk