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Talybont stun Commoners and Aberaeron tie

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THERE were some surprise results in the West Wales Cricket Conference at the weekend as Aberaeron’s game with Tywyn on Sunday (Jun 17) ended in a tie while Talybont beat UWA Commoners on Saturday (Jun 16).

The results mean Aberaeron now lead the table by three points from the Commoners with Aberystwyth close behind in third following their win on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Commoners won the toss and elected to bat and they made a good total of 188-6 from their 40 overs.

Neil Stent departed early having scored 15 but Rakesh Bhatia and James Bryan shared a good stand for the second wicket.

Bryan hit five fours in a knock of 35 but he was caught and bowled by Philip Abraham.

Tim Hughes made 10 before he was caught off the bowling of Angelo Matthews and Jacob Hughes-Pickering added 11 before being stumped by Sojan Varghese off the same bowler.

Josheff Joshi bowled Will Copeland for a duck while Tom Goodman made a late score of 11 for the Commoners.

Bhatia top scored for his side with a knock of 80 which included 11 fours and a six.

Talybont batted well in their reply but lost Angelo Matthews when he was run out by Chris Ward while Sojan Varghese also suffered the same fate.

Philip Abraham was caught by Bhatia off the bowling of Tim Hughes while Josheff Joshi was trapped leg before by Will Copeland.

Ben Harper was the man in form for Talybont as he guided his side over the line with just five balls left to spare.

On Sunday, Aberaeron won the toss and elected to bat against Tywyn but they could only reach 132-8 in their 40 overs.

J Fice was out early on for a duck as he was caught by Ellis Melia off the bowling of James Bradbury-Willis.

The same bowler then had Steff Rees caught by Dylan Williams for a score of 6.

David Grinszpan made 14 but was then caught by Jack Williamson off the bowling of Richard Rees who then also bowled Hywel Rees.

Alexander Pitchford scored 11 but was then caught by Dave Jenkins off the bowling of Bradbury-Willis.

That left Aberaeron on 42-5 but a partnership of 66 took them past a century of runs.

Dave Floyd made 10 before he was caught by Rees off the bowling of Jenkins and Neil Snowdon added 12 before he fell to the same bowler.

Jenkins then claimed his third wicket as he had Daf Floyd caught by Jack Morris for a duck.

Jenkinson and Mark Gleason then saw their side to their total with Jenkinson not out on 37 and Gleason not out on 14.

Niki Williams fell early in Tywyn’s reply as he caught by Floyd off the bowling of Steff Rees.

Bradbury-Willis and Richard Rees batted well together with Rees scoring 19 before he was caught by Snowdon off the bowling of Grinszpan.

Bradbury-Willis scored 23 but he was caught by Pitchford off the bowling of Paul Hughes who also had Jack Morris caught by Snowdon for a score of 9.

Jack Williams also batted well for his knock of 33 but he was stumped by Floyd off the bowling of Snowdon.

Dave Jenkins added 15 before being bowled by Rees and Matthew Maslin was run out as Tywyn’s chances of victory faded.

Ted Hughes kept his nerve however as he scored 4, the last of his runs coming with the very last ball of the game to earn a tie for his side.

The other game on Sunday saw Aberystwyth Firsts beat their Second team.

Aber firsts won the toss but elected to field and that proved to be a good decision as they were bowled out for 144.

Tom Constantine was bowled by Gareth Lewis for a duck and Carwyn Jenkins followed soon after when he was trapped leg before by Rowan Dunbabin.

Dafydd Jones and Owen Keyworth batted well together before Keyworth was caught by Ted Trewella off the bowling of Ceri John for a score of 34.

Jones had made 36 but he was caught by Bryn Morris off the bowling of Dunbabin.

Dunabin also had Anthony Evans caught by Gareth Lewis and he then bowled Alwyn Davies and Steffan Davies.

Ioan Morris scored 18 before he was caught by Zaid Khan and Gareth Lewis bowled Dylan Jenkins for a duck.

Emlyn Mainwearing was also bowled by Kahn for a duck and that left Gwern Penri not out on 20.

In reply, Aber firsts lost Johnny Cordy when he was caught by Dafydd Jones off the bowling of Constantine and Tom Williams when he was bowled by Mainwearing

Ifan Thomas only scored 5 before he was also bowled by Constantine.

Zaid Khan and Ceri John then swung the game in the firsts’ favour with a good partnership which was eventually ended when John was caught by Constantine off the bowling of Penri for a score of 50.

Ted Trewella was out for a duck when he was caught by Carwyn Jenkins off the bowling of Alwyn Davies.

The Seconds could not remove Khan as he finished not out on 63 to help the firsts over the line.

On Saturday (June 23), Aberystwyth are at home as they take on Aberaeron in what could be another crucial match in the race for the title.

On Sunday (June 24), Talybont host Tywyn & District while the UWA Commoners will be looking to bounce back from defeat when they take on Aberystwyth Seconds.

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Aber face must-win game

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IN their fight for a Europa League Play Off spot, Aberystwyth Town now face a must-win game against Cardiff Met on Saturday (Apr 20).

A win against the Met would put them above the Students and put them in pole position ahead of their final game away to Carmarthen a week later.

On Friday (Apr 12), Aber were held to a 0-0 draw by Cefn Druids at Park Avenue, and the Met’s win on Saturday (Apr 13) put them into the coveted seventh place.

A large crowd of 495 responded to Aber Town’s “Footy for a Fiva” initiative to watch the Black and Greens gain a valuable point from an engrossing goal less draw with their bogey side Cefn Druds. In a match of remarkably few clear cut chances defences were on top.

Geoff Kellaway and Ryan Wollacott went closest for Town and despite a late power cut both teams held out for an honourable draw.

Kick off was preceded with a presentation as Aber Town Under 19s side received their Welsh Premier Development League (South) Trophy and medals, and the Black and Greens named an unchanged outfield eleven for the fifth consecutive game.

Druids took the initiative from the start and home keeper Terry McCormick was out well to deny Jack Kenny early on.

With the Druids buzzing around Town were mostly threatening on the break and Mattie Jones made a lung bursting run down the left before pulling out a super cross, but Druids’ Neil Ashton dived in to deny Kellaway a tap in.

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Jones picked out Kellaway again minutes later but the striker was called offside.

Kenny then fired wide from a great position, set up by Rittenberg, but in general it was the holding players who were shining, with Paolo Mendes and Declan Walker prominent in Town’s good defensive shape.

Marc Williams lobbed just over for Aber, then Jamie Davies brought a save out of McCormick.

Wes Baynes set up half chances for Walker and Ashley Ruane with free kicks, and Mendes headed over from Jones’ corner. Kellaway curled a shot wide and Kenny headed over for the Druids and with shots on target at a premium the half ended at 0-0.
Into the second half, and Williams curled a header just wide from Baynes’ free kick, and McCormick again did well to deny Kenny and Davies.

Steff Edwards saw a rare effort drop just over the bar and home supporters in the Dias Stand started to make themselves heard with some super singing, echoed back by the tifosi on Narks’ corner.

The two in form sides were defending solidly and chances were at a premium. Another Baynes free kick whistled past the far post, and then a Ryan Wollacott header brought Druids keeper Michael Jones into action with a smart save.

A ball from Walker almost picked out Ruane and then with two minutes to go the floodlights dramatically cut out.

After five minutes of darkness, to cheers from the supporters, the lights mercifully came back on, and in injury time sub Niall Coleridge almost got his head on a Jones cross, Ryan Kershaw fired over the bar for the visitors and the game ended in a fair and honourable draw.

The result guarantees Aber an improved eighth placed finish this season but after Cardiff beat relegated Llandudno on Saturday, Aber now travel to the Cyncoed Campus knowing they must win to keep their Play Off hopes alive.

Saturday’s match between the two sides is a huge game and every single Aber supporter is needed to cheer the boys on to a dream end to the season.

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Aber hold off Llanelli

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ABERYSTWYTH Town took another huge step towards the UEFA Europa League Play Offs with a crucial 3-2 win over Llanelli at Park Avenue on Friday night (Apr 5).

Following Cardiff Met’s defeat to the Druids on Saturday it means that Aber now hold a one point lead over the Met who they play on Apr 20.

A stunning strike from Wes Baynes on 29 minutes gave the Black and Greens the lead, and quickfire goals from Ash Ruane (49 minutes) and Marc Williams (53 minutes) seemed to have the hosts cruising, but Llanelli, who were relegated last night by a Club announcement that they will not appeal their Licence failure, hit back through Lee Bevan (63) and Joe Clarke (83) to set up a thrilling ending, which ended with Aber’s fourth consecutive win.

Kick off at a chilly and damp Park Avenue was preceded by a minute’s silence to commemorate Club Stalwart Leighton Wall, who sadly passed away after Aber’s last home game.

Aber’s unchanged team started fairly confidently, taking the initiative and soon evergreen Geoff Kellaway was flashing a shot wide of the goal set up by the peerless Marc Williams.

The visitors however were showing signs of life themselves: Michael George sent an early effort wide, then home keeper Terry McCormick came out brilliantly to deny stand in striker Joe Clarke what seemed like a certain goal.

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The chances kept coming and Kellaway was adjudged to have been offside, while scoring from Mattie Jones ball in – and the goal was disallowed. Williams saw a shot saved by Scott Coughlin, then a Mattie Jones humdinger screamed past the post.

Jones then had a free kick tipped over the bar by Coughlin, and then finally a super move around the box saw Williams lay the ball back to Baynes who smashed the ball into the net for a super opener.

Steff Edwards then attempted a Cantona-esque effort from the edge of the area which dropped wide, and Llanelli were hanging on. McCormick pulled off another super close range save to deny Clarke at the other end, and headers from Declan Walker and Williams missed the target for Aber to ensure that a very entertaining first half ended 1-0 to the hosts.

Into the second half and the hosts started on fire. Four minutes in Kellaway delivered a perfect ball in from the left wing which fell perfectly for Ruane to score his second headed goal in two games.

Sub Emile Ngoy tapped in at the other end for Llanelli but his goal, like Kellaway’s earlier, was disallowed for offside, and then a simple ball up the park from the hosts was terribly misjudged by Coughlin and Williams nipped in behind him to score a third, and surely seal the game for Aber.

Ryan Edwards and Jones both curled further efforts wide for Town but credit to already relegated Llanelli, they finished the game strongly. When Lee Bevan headed home from a right wing corner to reduce the arrears there was still 27 minutes to go, and with the Reds flooding forward Ngoy headed over soon after.

Clarke sent a shot over the bar and Aber’s fans in the Dias started signing to encourage their side to hold out.

With seven minutes remaining a tricky run from George down the right saw the ball fall for Clarke who rolled his man and finally got his goal from close range for 3-2.

Ruane played a great 1-2 with Marc Williams before sending a wild shot into the new netting in front of the Dias Stand, and after a series of free kicks around Aber’s box Chris Jones’ set piece was headed over by the industrious Ngoy.

Back at the other end in injury time Marc Williams then held the ball in the corner, only to roll round a gaggle of visiting players and tickle the ball just past the post, and the job was done.

In the face of a spirited comeback Aberystwyth Town held on for what could be a priceless three points.

It was probably not a vintage performance in truth but such complaints are churlish in the face of four straight wins which have put Aber back on top of the Play Off Conference, and their UEFA Europa League dream continues on Friday night (Apr 12), at home to Cefn Druids (

ko 7.45pm).

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Llandysul through to League Cup final

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LLANDYSUL made it through to the final of the Ceredigion Costcutter League Cup on Tuesday (Apr 2), as they beat St Dogmaels 4-2.

Both sides were near full strength and it made for an exciting encounter between two of the league’s top sides.

The Saints just stole it 1-2 in Llandysul earlier in the season, but came into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Crannog while Llandysul had beaten basement side Bargod 5-0 so it really was anyone’s guess who would take the spot in the League Cup final against Crannog on Easter Monday (Apr 22).

After a few day of summer weather, the pitch benefited from the odd light shower throughout the day, making an immaculate surface at NCE – with the ball zipping about for both sides.

It took the Saints just ten minutes to break the deadlock as confusion in the box allowed them to strike an early blow to the Swallows after a fiery opening exchange.

Five minutes later Llandysul were level after a quick 1-2 between the immense Scott Mayes and Lewis Jones released on form striker Mathew Newbold, whose bullet cross was met by the head of the on-running Chrissy Harris.

Both sides kept looking to play, and some dogged Swallows defending conceded a throw in near the corner flag. The Saints full back launched a mammoth throw into the box, causing all sorts of chaos before the Saints prodded home to restore their lead.

The fiery affair continued with a few large tackles and some excellent football for both sides saw out the first half.

The Saints started the second half brightly, winning a corner within 30 seconds of the restart.

On 55 minutes, a handball just outside the Saints box gave Llandysul a chance to get back into the game. The free kick was rolled by Lewis Jones towards Captain Dean Jones who let fly an absolute rocket to make it 2-2.

The Swallows made a change to their top three with Ashley Summers, Jayden Lynch and Harri Wilson coming on for Newbold, Harris, and Ifan-Sion.

The change of pace up top changed the game and within two minutes Jayden Lynch found a gap on the edge of the box to fire the Swallows into the lead.

The game then returned to end to end action with the Saints having chances to level, only for Swallows ‘Keeper Nathan Jones to perform some outstanding saves.

With ten to go, tenacious striker Ashley Summers pounced on a through ball – causing panic between defender and keeper, stealing the loose ball and slotting home to double the Swallows’ advantage.

The Saints threw everything forward searching for a route back into the game leaving spaces vulnerable at the back.

Winger Harri Wilson’s pace meant they had to constantly be alert, causing all sorts of trouble down the right hand side.

Llandysul saw the game out however and will now look forward to their game with Crannog in the final on April 22.

Before that, St Dogmaels return to league action as they host Llanboidy.

Llandysul are in action in the first round of the Bay Cup as they travel to Maesglas.

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