Aberystwyth Town fortunes improve

The Dias Stand at Park Avenue

AFTER a start to the season which saw ‘the Seasiders’ go without a win and only pick up two points from five games, they finally broke their winless run against Connah’s Quay on Saturday 15th September.

Before then, they had only scored two goals all season, once against Bala Town at home in the 1-1 draw in late August, and one against bitter rivals Bangor City in the 7-1 drubbing at Nantporth on 1st September. Jordan Follows getting both goals since his return from Llanelli.

In pre-season despite having a fairly solid campaign, the run of friendlies was marred by an unfortunate injury to ex-Sunderland midfield maestro Sean Thornton.

However in North Wales they got off to a great start, Matty Collins netting his first Aberystwyth Town goal from outside the area after a few minutes and Follows scoring a penalty after Glyndwr Hughes was felled in the area.
Late on in the game, GAP Connah’s Quay captain Craig Jones was sent off in stoppage time for appalling sportsmanship as he attempted to headbutt Gavin Cadwallader.

‘The Nomads’ scored a screamer through Jamie Petrie in the dying moments to provide them with a late consolation goal.
Aside from the win, a positive could be taken from the fact that only one goal was conceded after defensive horror shows against Bangor City in the aforementioned game where they were 6-1 down after only 35 minutes and against Port Talbot at home where Aberystywth conceded five and couldn’t break ‘the Steelmens’ defence.

Llanelli, who have been the subject of winding-up orders over the last few weeks and look to be in dire financial straits visited Aberystwyth on Friday night and Aberystwyth will look to build on their win on Saturday against the side who beat them in the semi-finals of the Europa League playoff’s last season. They will also be looking to keep out their last season’s top scorer Geoff Kellaway who netted eight times for Aberystwyth.
Two away fixtures during Freshers’ Week follow the Llanelli game, Port Talbot away in the League Cup on Tuesday 25th September, followed by Airbus UK Broughton on the 29th. Details of coach times and prices will be released closer to the fixture.

The first home game at Park Avenue since Freshers’ Week will be Friday 5th October against Afan Lido, who have surprised many who follow the Welsh Premier League with their results so far this season; including wins against Bala Town and Camarthen Town.

  • For new students who are thinking of attending games, there is an Aberystwyth Town Student Supporters Society and always are more than welcome to have new members, to get involved visit their Facebook page or email [email protected]