Peter Hoy scored his first Aber goal
Aberystwyth Town raced to an early pole position at the top of the Welsh Premier League on Monday as they ran out 3-0 winners for the second time in three days as they took on Afan Lido.
Ian Hughes named an unchanged side after the Seasiders convincingly beat Huws Gray champions Rhyl FC 3-0 on the Saturday. Again, Aberystwyth put the opposing side under some early pressure, a Craig Williams corner floated in in the fourth minute was nearly finished by the Afan Lido defence. Aberystwyth were getting most of the chances off set plays, with Stuart Jones going close with a header from an Antonio Corbisiero corner, whilst it was a free kick that gave Aberystwyth the league, as a free kick into the box met the head of Chris Venables who judged his header onto the oncoming Peter Hoy for him to finish from close range on his home debut. Aber looked to double their lead quickly with Krzysztof Nalborski, Williams and Venables in particular working well to try and play in Mark Jones. Afan Lido werent getting many chances, but reminded the Aber defensive line when Luke Borelli got his foot under a crossed ball in and he volleyed well over. Peter Hoy thought he had scored his and Aberystwyth second goal of the match, as the ball fell into the net after he was judged to have pushed the keeper. Aber did double their advantage before the break though through another set play, a corner was whipped in for the head of Stuart Jones, which was cleared on the line giving Venables the chance to score from close range.
The second half was a game of fewer chances, as both sides used their subs early after two games in three days. Aberystwyth were not given a penalty midway through the half as Geoff Kellaway had been tripped inside the area, but soon after the Seasiders made it three, as good work on the right by Krzysztof Nalborski gave himself the chance to open his account for the season, as he struck a power low shot past the keeper into the corner of the net. Soon after it was nearly four, as a counter attack by Aberystwyth led to Craig Williams low crossing in for Geoff Kellaway, who's shot was easily saved by the keeper. After that there were no more clearcut chances, so it is Aber who head away from the first weekend of fixtures as top of the league.