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Aberystwyth Town

Newtown AFC v
Aberystwyth Town

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 9 Sept 2006
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 252

Referee: Wayne Tregonning

Luke's Late Spot Kick Earns Seasiders Point

Aberystwyth Town travelled East to Newtown's Latham Park with an injury list which included Sion Meredith, Sion James and Rob King. The game got underway in the September sunshine and the Robins also looked bright despite their 100% defeat record in the Principality Welsh Premier League, whilst the Seasiders failed to set their stall up. Town struggled to create early chances, whilst the home side failed to convert early pressure through corners and some neat attack work. The added spice of the home club facing their former Manager, Brian Coyne, eventually enhanced the proceedings somewhat. Newtown won a string of corners but twice put the ball wide of goal. They also forced good defensive work from Geraint Passmore and Matt Roberts, which both led to corners.

The Robins justifiably went ahead when poor defending by Aber led to Danny Barton striking a great left-foot volley from just outside the box to beat Richard Morgan at his far post on 35 minutes. It was a great goal for the neutral and home fans to witness, but a dreadful one for the Seasiders to concede due to the poor defensive display. Glyndwr Hughes came close for the visitors with a header from a Stuart Roberts' corner just on the stroke of half time, but at the break, it was the Robins who were leading by the soliatry goal to nil.

The half-time teamtalk seemed to buck things up from the off with Aber enjoying long spells of attack. Very little seemed to trouble the black and greens at the rear but a run of missed chances would soon follow upfront. Bari Morgan forced a superb one-handed save at the near post by the outstanding Davey Jones in the home goal, and he also stopped a strong header from Aneurin Thomas shortly after.

Andy Evans held his head in his hands as he missed an open goal after Jones committed himself following a Glyndwr Hughes attempt and minutes later an Aneurin Thomas free-kick struck the bar. Geraint Passmore's superb defensive midfielder displays have been noted by Aber fans and it was his tracking back that led to a feekick for the Seasiders. The subseqent ball was played forward for Stuart Roberts to cross deep towards the far post but Andy Evans reached the ball and hit the crossbar, just metres from the goal. Stuart Fraser replaced Gari Lewis on 76 minutes as Town looked for a way towards goal and Aber fans would be forgiven for thinking by now, that nothing could make Aber score as Jones continued to pull off some fine saves. However, deep into stoppage time, Roger Preece's side were denied the maximum points as referee Wayne Tregonning spotted a handball and a penalty was awarded to Aber. Luke Sherbon stepped up and cheekily dinked the ball strainght down the middle as Jones made a sparing dive.