AFTER a mixed bag of results at the start of the season, Aberystwyth Town find themselves fourth in the WPL with a shot at climbing to second if they can seal a victory over Newtown AFC this Saturday.
Aber have been unlucky in attempts to convert some fantastic attacking play into more points on the table, but at this very tight point in the season there is a fantastic opportunity to carry on the momentum from the win against previously unbeaten Bala Town Tuesday night. Despite both teams making strong attempts on goal and another great performance from the tireless right winger Geoff Kellaway, at the half the scoreline remained 0-0.
The end to end action continued, Aber’s best attempt coming from Craig Williams’ free kick whistling just over the bar. It took 86 minutes to end a tense stalemate, but a dangerous tackle from Bala’s goalkeeper Ashley Morris on Jamie Reed in the penalty box presented The Seasiders with a well-earned chance at all three points. Number 10 Chris Venables stepped up to the spot and slotted away the clincher to move Aber back into the top four.
This midweek victory is proof all the work Ian Hughes and his men have put in since the season kicked off, and it’s evident at both ends of the pitch. Reed and Venables are in the top five goal scorers in the league (both on five goals) and have made chances in every game they’ve played. Through their continued efforts and with additions from the rest of the team they’ve scored in every game this season so far, tallying up 23 in all competitions.
The performance of Town’s defence seems to be tightening too, and the surprising 4-1 loss knocking them out of theWord Cup at the end of September was the product of some very creative play from Haverfordwest. Keeping a covetable WPL clean sheet against Bala is a big feather in the hat of captain Stuart Jones’ back line. Aggressive defending has become a staple of the Aber’s style of play, with only the most carefully worked shots making it as far as first choice goalkeeper Mike Lewis who has done his part to maintain a positive goal difference in one of the highest scoring top-flight leagues in Europe.
While the league table makes for tense reading and TNS remain unbeaten at the top, Hughes’ team are playing some of the most exciting football in Wales at the moment. With three challenging weekends coming up (Newtown Away, Connah’s Quay Away, TNS Home) we are sure to be treated to some brilliant football and Aberystwyth are poised to reap the spoils.
The supporters coach for the game at Newtown leaves Park Avenue on Saturday 10th October at 11:30am.