AFTER a hard summer training and some quality signings for the club, Aberystwyth Town FC have struggled to get points on the Welsh Premier League table. The Seasiders have been unfortunate, scoring 11 goals in league games, but only converting their strong attacking form into two wins.
Last season saw Aber fall at the final hurdle to the Europa League Qualifying with a 2-1 defeat to Newtown AFC, this seasons front-runners with three wins and three clean sheets.
Over the summer the team regrouped, bolstered their squad (notably with the return of striker Jamie Reed after eight years away) and went into their opener against newly promoted Llandudno optimistic, though eventually losing 3-2.
Their three points came from a home win against Rhyl, but the form of the team and the mood around Park Avenue is summed up by their 4-2 defeat to Port Talbot. After losing from ahead in both their away games and conceding the fastest ever WPL goal (10.11 seconds) to The Steelmen, the team had been left with few points and little to cheer about.
Assistant Manager Wyn Thomas found the result disappointing and spoke of a lack of consistency but felt positive about the future of the season. “We’ll regroup, (Manager Ian Hughes) and I will have a chat over the weekend about how we play it,” he said after the game. “Geoff Kellaway is back and Rhys Griffiths is looking stronger by the day. We haven’t got that big a squad to change around but a few youngsters will get 90 minutes under their belts, which will be a good learning curve for them.”
The changes were noticeable as the Green and Blacks took on lower-league Goytre United in the League Cup Tuesday night, and the fluency Hughes and Thomas had been looking for shone through in a confident 5-1 win. Top-scorer Chris Venables opened proceedings after 15 minutes and Darren Thomas, Geoff Kellaway, Cledan Davies and Craig Williams all followed suit. The result keeps their home form solid at this early point in the season, but as Hughes knows there is still work to be done to fight their way back into Europa League contention, made more difficult by their most recent defeat, 2-1 to Airbus UK.
Aberystwyth take on Gap Connahs Quay on October 3rd at 14:30, so get down to Park Avenue to catch the best of the Welsh Premier League.