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Aberaeron on top against Aber

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ABERAERON maintained their place at the top of the West Wales Cricket Conference as they beat Aberystwyth by three wickets on Saturday (Jun 23).

Aberaeron won the toss and elected to field and they restricted their opponents to just 161-6 in their 40 overs.

Ceri John and Zaid Khan made a good start for Aber in their innings as Khan scored 45 before he was caught by Louis Fice off the bowling of Neil Snowdon.

John top scored for the visitors with a score of 61 which included ten fours and a six but he was caught by Hywel Rees off the bowling of Paul Hughes.

Hughes then had Anthony Burrell caught by Dave Floyd for a score of 1 and Ted Trewella departed for the same score when he was caught by Fice off the bowling of Snowdon.

Gareth Lewis scorted 26 to try and improve Aber’s score but he was then stumped by Floyd off the bowling of Steff Rees.

Snowdon returned to pick up his third wicket as he had Tom Constantine caught by Chris Strange.

Ioan Morris finished not out on 10 for Aber but they had made a modest total of 161 and knew they would need to bowl well to defend it.

With 23 runs on the board for the first partnership, Aberaeron lost David Grinszpan when he was stumped by Robert Rudge off the bowling of Gareth Lewis.

J Fice and Chris Strange shared 42 runs for the second wicket before Strange was caught off the bowling of Lewis for a score of 32 which included five fours and a six.

Steff and Hywel Rees then both fell victim to the bowling of Constantine with Steff caught by Rudge and Hywel trapped leg before.

Fice and Snowdon then shared 45 runs for the fifth wicket before Snowdon was caught off the bowling of Ted Trewella for a score of 15.

Soon after Fice, who had hit nine fours in a score of 54, was caught off the bowling of Titus Mathew and that left Aberaeron on 138-6.

Sion Lewis then made 12 before he was run out by Zaid Khan leaving Aberaeron on 151-7.

However, Louis Fice finished not out on 10 and Dave Floyd not out on 5 as Aberaeron crept over the line.

On Sunday (June 24), Talybont earned their fourth win of the season as they beat Tywyn and District by one wicket.

Tywyn won the toss and elected to bat first making a good total of 184-5 from their 40 overs.

Callum Taylor made 12 early on before he was caught off the bowling of Josheff Joshi and James Bradbury-Willis only made 9 before he was caught by Dave Shaun.

Richard Rees batted well for his score of 38 before he was bowled by Philip Abraham.

Dave Jenkins and Ed Iffla made an excellent partnership before the latter was caught by Kevin Jenkins off the bowling of Sojan Varghese for a score of 41.

Matthew Maslin also fell victim to Varghese when he was bowled for a duck.

Dave Jenkins was the star of the show for Tywyn as he finished not out on 66.

Talybont knew they would need to bat well in their reply to reach their target but they made a slow start as opener Ben Harper was run out by Morgan York for a score of 5 and Tibby Joseph was run out by Dave Jenkins for a score of 2.

Philip Abraham also made five before he was caught by Dave Jenkins off the bowling of Richard Rees.

Josheff Joshi and Dave Shaun played well together with Joshi making 45 before he was bowled by Callum Taylor.

Ed Hughes then had Sojan Varghese trapped leg before and Graison John bowled.

Dave Shaun top scored with 80 for Talybont but he was then caught by Taylor off the bowling of James Bradbury-Willis.

Hughes also had Vinod Mathew caught by Bradbury-Willis and when Kevin Jenkins was caught by Matthew Maslin off the bowling of Rees it looked as if they have a secured a tied game.

However, Nijo John scored the one run needed to help his side over the line with the last ball of the innings.

Also on Sunday, UWA Commoners earned their fifth win of the season as they beat Aberystwyth Seconds by 127 runs.

The Commoners batted well and made an excellent total of 245-5 in their innings before bowling the Seconds out for just 118.

There are no fixtures on Saturday (Jun 30) with teams returning to action the following week.

On Saturday (Jul 7), Aber Seconds are at home to Aberaeron. On Sunday (Jul 8), Talybont face Aberystwyth and Tywyn host UWA Commoners.

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Aber earn famous win

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ABERYSTWYTH Town secured a famous JD Welsh Premier League victory as they downed league champions and full-time outfit The New Saints 1-0 on a brilliant Friday night (Nov 2) at Park Avenue.

17-year old local Lee Jenkins’ 52nd minute goal was enough to see the Seasiders to victory as Aber picked up their third successive JD Welsh Premier League win to climb back into the top six in the table.

It was the hosts who started the brightest, as Ryan Edwards surged into the penalty area after just 5 minutes where his looping cross was met by Rio Ahmadi, who saw his header cannon off the crossbar and into the arms of the fortunate Paul Harrison in goal.

After just 15 minutes, Aber were forced into an early substitution as Jack Rimmer appeared to injure his hamstring, resulting in 17-year old Lee Jenkins coming on in his place at centre half.

Visitors TNS gradually began to see more of the ball, and on 22 minutes showed their first glimpse of threatening play as Jamie Mullan’s low cross was brilliantly cleared by Ryan Wollacott in the six yard area.

Soon after, Mullan combined with Aeron Edwards on the edge of the box but Aber ‘keeper Terry McCormick was there to mop up the danger. As the first half wore on, Aber began to edge their way back into the game, and on 34 minutes had another good opportunity as Mathew Jones forced a fine stop from Harrison with a curling free kick, before Declan Walker curled a right footed effort just over the crossbar.

Then, on 42 minutes, the hosts had another opportunity as the effervescent Jones burst through from midfield only to see his left footed strike go inches over the crossbar.

As half time approached, so did a moment of controversy, as Geoff Kellaway scampered down the right flank in the 45th minute and produced an inch-perfect cross for Joe Phillips who’s first time volley landed in the top corner of the net – only to be denied by the assistant referee’s offside flag.

Aber’s vocal supporters voiced their displeasure at the decision as the referee blew for half time, with the Seasiders going in unfortunate not to be ahead.

The black and greens started the second half much the same way as they ended the first, pressing the visitors with great intensity and not allowing them a moment’s time or space on the ball.

On 52 minutes came the moment the home fans had been sensing, as local starlet Mathew Jones whipped in a fantastic corner kick, where Lee Jenkins was on hand at the back post to tap the ball over the line and make it 1-0. It was a truly memorable moment for the Seasiders with two home grown teenagers combining to put them ahead against the league champions, as Aber suddenly had a lead to hold on to.

Just four minutes later, the Saints almost found an equaliser as Ryan Brobbel’s goal bound effort was heroically blocked on the line by Wes Baynes, before Geoff Kellaway surged through on goal on the counter attack only to be denied by a last ditch Simon Spender challenge.

As the hour mark passed, Aber not only defended their lead superbly, but attacked with a pace and dynamism that caused the league leaders no end of problems.

On 64 minutes, Joe Phillips almost doubled Town’s lead as he cut inside and curled an effort inches wide of Paul Harrison’s post, before Mathew Jones fired an effort straight at the Saints ‘keeper from the edge of the penalty area. On 70 minutes came the Saints best opportunity to equalise, as Spender crossed for Brobbel who looked sure to slot the ball home, but instead fired wide of McCormcick’s post and Aber could breathe a sigh of relief.

As the game entered the final 15 minutes, one would have assumed the hosts would tire against their full-time opponents, but instead the Seasiders seemed to find another level of energy – summed up by the tireless efforts of midfielder Ryan Edwards, tasked with the job of marking playmaker Aeron Edwards who was positioned in the pocket behind strikers Ebbe and Byrne.

The hosts went close to doubling their lead once more on 77 minutes as Baynes rifled a free kick into the side netting, before the visitors began to throw the kitchen sink at Aber’s phenomenal back line.

Geoff Kellaway was replaced by Ash Ruane as the game entered the final minutes, but still Aber stood strong and defended their lead admirably. Then, in the fourth minute of additional time, Aeron Edwards earned his side a free kick on the edge of the penalty area where substitute Chris Seargeant stepped up only to see his strike superbly saved by McCormick – a save that was greeted with the loudest roar of the night from the home supporters.

It turned out to be one of the final acts of the night as referee Huw Jones blew for full time to mark a magnificent victory for the Seasiders on a great night at Park Avenue.

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Cardis too strong for Llangwm

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CARDIGAN picked up their third win of the season on Saturday (Oct 27) as they beat Llangwm 34-14 at Pill Parks.

It was a chilly afternoon in Llangwm and the game started slowly before the home side got the first points on the board.

Llangwm scored the first try through Craig Grice who finished well after a powerful break and good offload by Josh Hicks. Luke Hayman added the conversation.

Cardigan soon hit back and Sion Hughes lead from the front for Cardigan and opened up spaces for their sharp back three.

There wasn’t much to choose between the two teams at half time. Cardigan’s scrum was strong and gave them a solid platform.

They were soon leading after the oranges until Louis Murphy hit back for Llangwm to make it 22-14 with the Wasps still in with a chance.

From the resulting kick off Hicks caught the ball and made a length of the field break after a couple of hand offs. This gave Llangwm threatening territory with their tails up.

However, an unsavoury scrap resulted in both Grice brothers leaving the field for Llangwm, one red and one yellow.

This was a game changer and Cardigan ran in two late tries to seal the win.

Cardigan’s next game comes on November 24 when they host Milford Haven while Llangwm are without a game until December 1.

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Aber up to sixth

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ABERYSTWYTH Town moved themselves into sixth place in the Welsh Premier League on Friday night (Oct 26) with a 3-1 win against Llanelli Town to inflict more trouble on the Reds.

These are troubling times for Llanelli Town as they slumped to yet another home defeat at the hands of the Seasiders, with their record at Stebonheath from the six matches to date yielding a solitary point with just three goals for and eighteen against.

In addition, an appalling disciplinary record of eight red cards from twelve games is obviously having a hugely detrimental effect on the side, with the latest culprit being Anthony Finselbach, who was making his first appearance following a previous three match ban.

These constant disruptions to the squad is making life a nightmare for manager Andy Hill, who is unable to name a settled eleven from one match to the next, forcing him to select academy players to fill the voids left by the offenders.

Another cause for concern is the lack of firepower, with James Loveridge seemingly the sole outlet up front, typified in this latest clash when Terry McCormick in the Aberystwyth goal was barely tested throughout, in stark contrast to his opposite number Oliver Davies, who saved the Reds from going down to an even heavier defeat with some important interventions.

As in the previous game at Jenner Park against Barry Town United, the hosts found themselves trailing to an early goal with the Seasiders` going ahead after 3 minutes through Paolo Mendes, when he was found in space before rounding the sprawling figure of Davies and finding the vacant net.

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Just two minutes elapsed before the scores were level, when a Chris Jones corner swung into the goalmouth led to McCormick attempting to punch clear but instead only succeeding in diverting it into the goal.

A run by Loveridge led to him finding Jordan Follows, but his strike was deflected past the target for a corner.

Within a short time of one another, both Mendes and Finselbach were shown yellow cards by referee Nick Pratt, and these were to have consequences later in the contest.

When the visitors were awarded a free kick, Matthew Jones`s strike rebounded off the wall , and when he met the loose ball, it clipped the top of the bar on its way over.

The home side were showing little sign of causing their opponents too many problems, with possession being given away far too often, and Aberystwyth were by far the more dominant, and when a Wes Baynes cross into the box was met by Joe Phillips it was cleared with some difficulty for a corner, which was then whipped invitingly across the face of goal with nobody able to apply a finish.

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The nearest the home side came to a sniff of a chance arose from a set piece awarded when Jordan Davies was brought down by Ryan Wollacott just outside the box, with Loveridge driving the kick inches wide.

This was a rare opportunity for the Reds who continued to play second fiddle to their opponents, and feared the worse when the Seasiders were awarded a penalty In the 37th minute following a tackle by Anton Nelson on Ryan Edwards, but were rescued by Davies who kept out the spot kick from Declan Walker.

Their elation as this let-off was short lived, as within three minutes they found themselves trailing again, when a corner by Jones found the head of an unmarked Wollacott to power his finish past Davies.

On the stroke of half time, a loose ball by Carlos Indja was seized on by Walker, but he directed his finish over the top.

Seven minutes after the restart, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Mendes was shown a second yellow, but this setback did not deter them to any great extent as they still continued to dominate proceedings, with a far post delivery by Stefan Edwards being met by Ashley Ruane whose finish struck Indja and out for a corner.

Disaster then struck the hosts when their numerical advantage was cancelled out following the dismissal of Finselbach after 63 minutes, again for a second caution, and they came under even more pressure following this.

Davies again came to the rescue, keeping out an attempt on target by Jones, before being called into action further, this time coming off his line to deny Ruane when he was played through into the area.

Daniel Alfei got in the way of a goal bound shot from Ruane, and with the clock running down, the Seasiders were only being kept at bay by some desperate defending, with Walker somehow contriving to have his attempt blocked from point blank range when it appeared easier to score.

Former Red, Geoff Kellaway, replaced Phillips on 70 minutes for the visitors, and was almost immediately in the thick of the action, forcing Davies to brilliantly turn over his connection from an assist from Ruane.

Ruane, himself, suffered the same fate when another chance went begging with Davies keeping it out, but with a minute left, Kellaway finally put the contest to bed when he accepted a chance to collect a ball wide on the right before cutting inside and slotting it beyond Davies.

Yet another demoralising defeat for the home side, who now face the daunting prospect of a long trip next Saturday to take on high-flying Connah`s Quay Nomads who inflicted a crushing 7-0 win at Stebonheath on the opening day of the season.

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