HAVING beaten Aberystwyth the previous week, Talybont produced another excellent display as they beat leaders Aberaeron by 24 runs on Sunday (Jul 15).
Talybont won the toss and elected to bat first, making 204-6 from their 30 overs.
They made a steady start with Ben Harper scoring 24 before he was caught by Josh Roper off the bowling of Paul Hughes.
Hughes then trapped Barrow leg before for a duck and he later removed Josheff Joshi who was bowled on a score of 38.
Vinod Matthew added 28 to the score before he was bowled by Sion Lewis and Tibby Joseph scored 20 before being bowled by David Grinszpan.
Philip Abraham was the star of the show for Talybont as he hit 62 before being caught by Fice off the bowling of Lewis.
Sojan Varghese and Matthew Novak then finished unbeaten to take Talybont to their total.
Aberaeron then lost Grinszpan early on in their reply when he was bowled by Abraham on a score of five.
Fice and Chris Strange set Aber on their way with a good stand before Fice was also bowled by Abraham on a score of 26.
Strange hit five fours and two sixes in a score of 38 before he was bowled by Josheff Joshi.
Joshi then had Alexander Pitchford caught for a duck before Barrow bowled Steff Rees for a score of 47 which included two fours and two sixes.
Neil Snowdon hit 32 before he was bowled by Barrow and Josh Roper only scored 7 before being bowled by Tibby Joseph.
Barrow took further wickets of Jenkinson and Paul Hughes while Joseph took the wicket of Louis Fice.
That meant that Aberaeron were all out for 180 and it means Talybont close the gap to leaders to just six points.
Aber Seconds earn first win
Also on Sunday, Aberystwyth Seconds earned their first win of the season as they beat Tywyn and District by six wickets.
Tywyn won the toss and elected to bat but were all out for 126. They lost openers Callum Taylor to the bowling of Emlyn Mainwearing and Richard Rees to the bowling of Jamie Holder as they slipped to 7-2.
James Bradbury-Willis and Jack Morris then added another 25 runs before Morris was bowled by Mainwearing for a score of 25.
Bradbury-Willis then shared another 30 runs with Dave Jenkins before the former was caught by Rob Rudge off the bowling of Holders for a score of 16.
Ed Iffla was bowled by Zaid Khan and Dave Jenkins scored 21 before he was caught by Mainwearing off the bowling of Bryn Morris.
Morris also bowled Matthew Maslin and Zaid Khan also knocked the stumps over to remove Niki Williams.
Ioan Morris took the wicket of Ed Hughes who scored 10 and Titus Mathew bowled Gary Furneaux for a duck to bring the innings to a close.
Sam Williams finished the innings not out on 26 as he ran out of partners.
Aber lost Anthony Burrell early in their reply when he was caught by Niki Williams off the bowling of Richard Rees.
Ioan Morris fell to the same bowler when he was caught by Dave Jenkins for a score of 4, leaving Aber on 26-2.
Robin Varley then shared 45 runs with Iestyn Evans as they edged towards victory. Dave Jenkins broke that partnership when he had Varley caught by Rees on a score of 40.
Jenkins also had Zaid Khan caught by Matthew Maslin but that was as good as it got for Tywyn.
Rob Rudge finished not out on 15 while Iestyn Evans was not out on 48 as Aber reached their target inside 34 overs.
Mathew stars as Aber stun Commoners
On Saturday (Jul 14), 13 Year-old Titus Mathew took the last four Commoners’ wickets in four consecutive deliveries to set Aber on their way to victory.
Mathew’s late show meant the Commoners were all out for 101 and Aber reached that with plenty of time to spare.
Zaid Khan made the breakthrough when he bowled Rakesh Bhatia for a duck and Neil Stent made 11 before he was caught by Ted Trewella off the bowling of Tom Constantine and the Commoners slipped to 32-2.
Ravi Mander then shared 57 runs with Jacob Hughes-Pickering for the third wicket but that was brought to an end when Gareth Lewis had Hughes-Pickering caught by Rob Rudge on a score of 23.
Lewis then bowled Will Copeland and had Richard Lucas caught by Khan for a score of 5 as the Commoners’ innings collapsed.
Mathew then took over as he bowled Jan Ruzicka and Chris Ward and he claimed his hat trick when he had Devon Simmons caught by Rudge.
He wasn’t done there as he took the final wicket to bring the Commoners’ innings to a close.
That left Ravi Mander not out on 53 but it wasn’t enough to stop Aber from taking victory.
Aber did lose Ted Trewella early on when he was caught by Stent off the bowling of Rakesh Bhatia for a duck.
Chris Ward then bowled Dafydd Jones for a score of 5 and Nigel Salmon then hit the ball straight back to Bhatia as the Commoners picked up their third wicket.
However, they were unable to take any more as Zaid Khan finished not out on 40 (7 fours) and Mark Evans finished not out on 45 (6 fours, 1 six) to see Aber over the line.
On Saturday (Jul 21), Talybont are at home to Aberystwyth Seconds while UWA Commoners are at home to Aberaeron.
On Sunday (Jul 22), Aberystwyth are at home as they take on Tywyn and District.
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.
Kellaway earns point for Aber
A SUPERB 30 yard volley from evergreen Geoff Kellaway thirteen minutes from time finally put an end to Aberystwyth Town’s seven match losing streak, and earned the Black and Greens a thoroughly deserved point at home to Llandudno on Friday (Feb 1).
On a chilly evening on the Ceredigion coast the hosts rang the changes, giving debuts to Marc Williams and Carwyn Jones, and recalling keeper Terry MCormick, Alan Goodall, Leigh Jenkins and Ash Ruane to the starting eleven.
The game struggled to get going but then Matthew Jones played a sweet ball across to Ruane, whose low goalbound drive was gathered by Shaun Pearson in the visitors goal. Les Davies blasted over for Llandudno then Jones was the next to test Pearson with a low drive.
Williams was prominent for Town, dropping deep to pick up and bringing others into play as he excelled in the number ten role. Toby Jones fired over for Llandudno but they then got a lucky break when Harry’s low drive from the edge of the area took a big deflection and nestled into McCormick’s net.
In response Jones sent in another cross which Williams glanced wide, Declan Walker aimed a long range drive straight at the keeper and despite creating more chances Aber went in at the break a goal down and under pressure.
The hosts pressed again after the break, with Matthew Jones again setting up a Williams header to bring another save from Pearson. Alun Webb sent a shot wide but then at the other end Leigh Jenkins had a shot deflected for a corner.
Kellaway then sent a superb volley inches wide from 30 yards, Williams hit the post with a curling shot and Matthew Jones fired wide as Aber upped the pressure. Town had a let off when Toby Jones’ goal was chalked off for offside, and then McCormick pulled off a great save to deny Webb down to his left.
Those of a nervous disposition feared that the game was going away from Town but then up popped the legendary Kellaway, who pulled out a brilliant low drive from 30 yards to equalise with a vital goal, before celebrating in front of an adoring Nark’s Corner.
In an exciting last ten minutes sub Ryan Edwards sent a volley just wide, Marc Williams saw a shot deflected for a corner, before Llandudno enjoyed some late pressure.
Harry sent a shot narrowly wide, and super Steffan Edwards denied Toby Jones at the death with a last gasp goal line clearance, to bring proceedings to a close at 1-1.
On a nervous night with defeat unthinkable for the Black and Greens, the game was not a technical masterclass, but thanks to Geoff Kellaway’s moment of magic Aber got the result they needed, which brings to an end their heart-breaking run of defeats.
Town will now look forward to more Friday Night Football, with a visit to Stebonheath Park, Llanelli on Friday (Feb 8), ko 7.45pm.
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