FOOTBALL ACTION TODAY-Spar Mid Wales Division 1
Aberaeron travel to Montgomery this afternoon looking to bounce back following a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Machynlleth in midweek
The seagulls under the direction of head coach Jason Jones have made a promising start to the season with a win on the opening day followed by a 2-1 defeat and one which could so easily have gone their way if they had taken their chances.
Jones and his men have enjoyed an excellent pre season and if their preparation work is anything to go by they look set for a much improved campaign this time around under a new coaching team that also includes experienced campaigner Aneurin Roberts.
The disappointments of last term have been cast aside and there is a real buzz in the squad which has been boosted by a number of new and returning faces. Proven match winner Mattie Davies is back as is classy defender Sion Clarke alongside new signing Anthony Evans and they will compliment black and amber regulars in the form of Gareth Severs, Ryan Jones, James Hemmings and goal keeping stalwart Barry Edwards. There are many others who have stood out in pre season games and who will be pushing hard for a regular place and these include the likes of Dan Bourne, Rhodri Edwards and Gareth Lewis.
The seasiders got off to a positive start against Tywyn Bryncrug in their Spar Mid Wales Division one opener when skipper Sion Clarke set up Mattie Davies early on in the game and the front runner drew the keeper before lifting the ball into the empty net. Aberaeron should really have gone on to win more comfortably but they were nevertheless deserved winners.
Next up was a trip to Machynlleth and the seagulls were left to rue a number of missed chances especially in the first half and which ultimately proved very costly in the end. Mattie Davies opened the scoring but he and his team were forced to soak up the pressure as Mach took the game to them as the half ended.
The hosts finally managed to fire home a goal midway through the second half when Dewi Thomas was on target with a sweetly struck volley and Mach netted a winner late on with a strike from Dale Thomas that edged in off the woodwork. To add insult to injury Sion Clarke was red carded.
Speaking after the game Aneurin Roberts said ” We were unlucky as we could have been out of sight if we could have taken one more of the chances we created in the first half but fair play to Mach, they had a game plan and played the surface much better than we did.
“The boys are disappointed with themselves and their performance, they know they can produce much better than they put on show here so we will look for a reaction on Saturday away at Montgomery”.