Town’s Teams: March re-cap

Aberystwyth Town F.C.

The Dias Stand at Park Avenue. Photo by Joseph LandersMarch has been a tough month for the Seasiders, Ian Hughes’ men, competing for the second spot in the Welsh Premier League, picking up two points from a possible 9. They drew at home to Port Talbot, in front of one of Park Avenue’s crowds of the season as DIGS teams descended on the ground. Next up was a voyage to Newtown, where they claimed a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw, with Luke Sherborne netting one. Sherborne has gone on to named as Player of the Month in the League and was described by his manager Ian Hughes, who holds him in high regard, saying “Luke Sherbon can play anywhere as a centre half or as a number nine, he can play anywhere on the pitch”. The Manager of the Month Award was claimed by TNS’ Craig Harrison, the front-runner to take up the reins at Conference side, Wrexham, as Kevin Wilkin was sent packing after a poor league standing and losing in the FA Trophy final.

The final game of the month Aberystwyth travelled to Flintshire to face Airbus, rivals for that crucial second spot, which clinches access to the first qualifying round of the Europa League. They lost by 3 goals to 1, Chris Venables taking his season tally to in injury time to 27 goals, and will surely claim the league’s golden boot come the end of the April.

Looking ahead, Town are 7 points behind Bala Town in the second spot, with three fixtures to play. They travel to The New Saints this weekend, then welcome Bala to Park Avenue on the 17th of April, before finishing with an away trip to South Wales to play Port Talbot. Their fate is not in their hands to claim European football for a second consecutive season, but a win at home to Bala on a Friday will help. March may have decided the season for the Seasider’s, but they can still claim to have Europe’s best goal scorer in their squad and exciting propositions of the field regarding developments to Park Avenue.

Aberystwyth R.F.C.

It’s been a quite indifferent month for Aberystwyth, losing their SWALEC Plate Quarter-Final to the higher-league opposition but consolidating their place in Division 2 West for next season.

First up in March was a trip to South-West Wales, as they beat Haverfordwest, they then welcomed Tycroes on a Friday night, where they claimed a bonus-point win. The fixture had been re-arranged due to their SWALEC Plate Quarter Final, played on March the 28th. It was one of the shortest away journeys the Navy and Light Blues can make to Newcastle Emlyn, who play their trade in Division One West. Emlyn sits second in that league, with two games in hand, and could easily celebrate a promotion at the end of the season. Aberystwyth went down 18 to 5 and the dream of a Millenium Stadium final was over for another year. They still have four league fixtures to play this season, including some local derbies against Llanybydder and Cardigan.