Aberystwyth Town 2
A STUNNING swerving strike from ex-Penrhyn hero Jonathan Evans, and a late salvo from super sub Kostya Georgievsky, saw Aber through a testing pre-season friendly at Cae Baker on Friday night (Jul 29).
It left Manager Matthew Bishop with a pleasing four wins out of four from Aber’s pre-season schedule to date.
On a very pleasant sunny summer’s evening, Aber kicked off with new signings Dom Richards and Kurtis March making starts and, as in all their previous games, their football was easy on the eye and very pleasing to watch.
They dominated possession for virtually the whole of the first half, but to give credit to Penrhyncoch, they were denied space in the crucial final third which limited the chances created.
Jonathan Evans fired high and wide from a narrow angle early on, Ricky Watts showed some very promising runs down the right and Geoff Kellaway sent in a testing cross which no one connected with.
Will Bell headed a March corner over but finally, on the half hour, Aber got the ball that their positive brand of football had deserved.
Evans was found down the right flank and, after delaying for a second, he sent in a swerving swinger of a shot which completely deceived home keeper Lee Jenkins and found the far corner: a brilliant strike.
Next, trialist striker Lewis Coyle headed over for Town, and then at the other end Jon Foligno forced Richards into a save with a header from Mark Gornall’s cross. Kellaway hit the post from an impossibly tight angle and referee Aled Jones ended the half at 1-0 to the visitors.
It has to be said that playing down the slope, Penrhyn came much more into things after the break, and as Bishop took the opportunity to make seven substitutions to give his whole squad game time, Aber’s domination lessened.
Kellaway saw a lot shot gathered, and then Green Legend Sion James brought another save out of Richards with a powerful header for Penrhyn.
Carl Lamb saw a shot deflected to safety and, at the other end, sub Gareth Mansell fired wide, and Antonio Corbisiero went close with an overhead volley as Penrhyn threatened to level the scores.
However, Aber survived the onslaught and in the 89th minute, Jenkins missed a free kick and Georgievsky nicked in to poach a second with a low strike into the bottom corner to seal a good evening’s work.
Aber supporters watching their side for the first time this evening will have gone home impressed by their stylish brand of football and also by the side’s strong defensive qualities more on display in the second half.
One more pre-season friendly awaits, away at Afan Lido on Friday (Aug 5) before the Big WPL Kick off in 15 days at The New Saints. Things are looking up for the Black and Greens!
Street back to winning ways
BOW Street at last got back to winning ways in the league with a deserved and vital victory over worthy opposition on Saturday (Feb 16).
The visitors were combative opponents and had much of the possession and pressure in a frantic first half. But the home side took the lead after 30 minutes with an early contender for ‘Goal of the season, with a phenomenal 35-yard volley from Tomos Williams.
Bow Street settled after the interval and played far better and threatened the Llandrindod goal numerous times.
The game was finally settled when a sublime through ball from substitute Chris Jones played in Williams for his second goal. It was a solid team effort, with the goalkeeper and defence resolute.
The victory takes Bow Street up to 12th position in the league table.
Manager Barry Williams stated: “We knew it was a must win game and the whole team responded superbly. This will set up the boys nicely hopefully for the crucial next few weeks.”
Team: A Pennock, T Wyn Roberts, G Nutting, L Hughes, R Evans, T Williams, B Jones. O Roberts Young. M Pemberthy, C Ferreira, D Evans. Subs – R ap Owen, C Jones, J James.
On Saturday (Feb 23), they are away to fourth placed Berriew.
Aber earn first league win since November
ABERYSTWYTH Town’s season swung upwards on Friday night (Feb 8) at Stebonheath Park as a devastating three goal blitz in six minutes at the end of the first half put the Black and Greens in an unassailable position, and earned them their first League win since November.
Goals from Paolo Mendes (41 mins), Wes Baynes (43 mins) and two from the evergreen Geoff Kellaway (45+2 and 62) saw Town to the Top of the Play Off Conference with Joe Clarke (57 mins) and Joe Hunt (64 mins) responding for the Reds of Llanelli in vain.
After eight games without a win the magnitude of this match was huge for Aber and on a cold and blustery evening the home groundsmen had done a superb job to get the game on.
The Ceredigion men started well with Declan Walker and Wes Baynes putting dangerous balls into the box, and Ash Ruane having a shot blocked. The hosts were also creating chances though as Chris Jones’ effort from a James Loveridge pass was saved.
Mattie Jones’ superb left wing cross then saw Ruane straight through but home keeper Scott Coughlan pulled off a great save to deny the Green Goal Getter. Further quality crosses from Baynes and Jones caused consternation and then Ryan Wollacott, who was superb all night at the back for Town, brought another save from Coughlan with a header.
Loveridge curled a shot narrowly wide for Llanelli but then Baynes went even closer at the other end with a cross shot. Then a series of corners turned the game, and maybe even Aber’s entire season. First Jones’ corner reached Mendes at the back stick to head home.
Ruane’s shot was then deflected over for another corner, and Baynes’ cute delivery curled right into the top corner.
Four minutes later Aber were in dreamland as Kellaway found the bottom corner with a superb strike from the right hand side, and with the visiting fans signing for joy clinical Aber went in three goals to the good.
Playing against the wind in the second half the visitors continued to press without really creating too many openings. However, two former Black and Green players combined as Chris Jones crossed for Clarke to head Llanelli back into the game.
The next goal appeared crucial as the game opened up and Jones just failed to find Loveridge with a cut back which would surely have caused huge problems for Aber.
As it happens the hard working Marc Williams found the bye line at the other end and cut back for Kellaway to stab home a killer fourth, and surely the game was over?
However with the next move Joe Hunt’s free kick curled right into the corner of Terry McCormick’s net and it was 4-2.
A hugely open game continued apace and Aber’s Superb Singing Fans inspired their team forward. Kellaway burst through down the left but was denied a hat trick by Coughlan, and then Ryan “The Rock” Wollacott cleared off the line with the hosts threatening a comeback.
With five minutes of injury time indicated sub Joe Dyer sent a great chance over for Llanelli, and Aber held on for a priceless win.
Aber up to fourth after beating Llangwm
ABERAERON continued their march up the table as they earned a 55-0 victory at home to Llangwm on Saturday (Feb 9).
The Ceredigion side now sit fourth in the table just two points behind third place Haverfordwest with three games in hand as well.
As expected the outcome was never really in doubt with the bonus point win top of the agenda for Justin Lloyd and his coaching team.
True to form, it was the home side first out of the blocks, putting the visitors defence under considerable pressure in the opening phases.
They were rewarded for the enterprise with a try for wing Dyfrig Dafis with an excellent conversion against the elements by Rhodri Jenkins.
A competent Llangwm rearguard coupled with some unforced errors by the hosts reduced opportunities until midway in the opening period until no 8 Tudur Jenkins benefited from forward domination to cross for his 9th try of the campaign.
With forward play becoming more evident as the game progressed the front row of Ceri Davies, Sion Evans and Matt Roberts ably supported by second rows Daf Lloyd and captain Gethin Hughes paved the way for flanker Gethin Dafis to record his second double in a week with Jenkins adding a conversion giving Aberaeron a 24 point advantage at the break.
It did not take long after the restart for further scores with Morgan Llewelyn the benefactor again ably converted by Jenkins. With the result never in doubt the introduction of several subs brought immediate benefit as prop Owain Wozencraft bulldozed his way over the line after receiving his first pass.
The added conversion by Jenkins was followed by another double, this time by centre Ollie Sawyer, a due reward for a stalwart both in attack and defence.
The final score by wing Rhodri Thomas added icing on the cake and the conversion by Jenkins brought a tally of 10 points for the outside half.
It will be fourth versus fifth this Saturday (Feb 16), as Aber host Laugharne in what will prove a good test for the Ceredigion side.
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