Student night success as Aber beat Afan Lido

Aber legend Glyndwr ‘Paddy’Hughes notched the final Aber goal of the game – his 103rd for the club

ABERYSTWYTH Town picked up their second win of the campaign in thumping fashion as they dispatched Afan Lido by half time. The side who lost 5-1 in their last run-out, saw Wyn Thomas, Adam Worton, Declan Carroll and Bari Morgan return to the side. The game was a ‘student night’ which saw a bumper attendance recorded and a fantastic atmosphere provided by the fans, old and new alike, on a night that won’t be forgotten quickly.

The game started tentatively with both sides prepared to sit back, but when Carroll was fouled, Matty Collins sent over a free kick which was headed back across the goal. Wyn Thomas from the right side of the area sent a thumping header past Chris Curtis into the goal, giving Aber a 17th minute lead.

Minutes later and the lead was doubled; Carroll was in action once again, splitting the Lido defence apart with a great through ball to Jordan Follows, who finished past Curtis with ease to grab another goal for the season. Mark Jones almost spoiled the developing party in the Dias stand as he shot narrowly wide late in the first half however Aber’s defence held up against Afan Lido’s belated efforts.

The second half was played under a downpour of rain and goals in equal measure. Follows’ jinking run took him past three players and was then floored in the middle of the area. Whether or not the referee thought he had slipped over in the quagmire that was developing due to the rain is irrelevant, it clearly should’ve been a penalty in the way of ‘The Seasiders’

Then to the fans’ disbelief, two became three and sparked wild celebrations in the packed Dias stand behind the goal. A ball was sent high into the area, Curtis surged out and was beaten to it by man-mountain Gavin Cadwallader who had come on as a substitute and the header went over Curtis and rolled into the bottom corner.

Chris Hartland then rifled in a drive from 25 yards that beat James Wood, although the Aberystwyth goalkeeper took his time in diving down to try and get the shot. The goals still kept coming, and it was the turn of Aber legend Glyndwr Hughes to celebrate as Josh MacAuley surged forward down the right wing and sent in a cross to the middle which was missed by Follows, but Hughes used his experience and was in the right place at the right time to hammer the ball home from 8 yards. This was Hughes’ 103rd goal for the club which reinforces why he is such a legend to the Aber faithful and all in attendance were lucky to see Hughes once again cause the net to bulge.

Anthony Rawlings then got a second for Lido after another defensive calamity for Aber but it would take more than two goals and a worrying finish to dampen the spirit of the Aberystwyth Town fans, hopefully the newcomers enjoyed what they saw and will attend again soon. The victory lifted them off the bottom of the league, and they now reside in 11th, but a win against Prestatyn will potentially take them up to 8th place in the league.