Park Avenue awaits The Lakesiders this evening!
Following a late equaliser away to Cardiff Met last Saturday afternoon (5/12/2020) the Lakesiders are on their travels again, as they face a trip to Aberystwyth Town in a re-arranged game due to COVID. The sides met in early October at Maes Tegid, where the Sgorio cameras witnessed a thrilling game, as the Town handed Aber a 5-2 defeat.
The hosts come into this game on a poor run of form, with three defeats in their last six, and currently sit in 10th on the league table with just a 4 point difference between bottom side Cefn Druids and Aberystwyth. With just two wins to their name, the club find themselves seven points adrift from 6th placed Haverfordwest County, with 8 games remaining of Phase 1. Despite sitting 7 points adrift from 6th place Haverfordwest, they have netted the same amount of goals as the Bluebirds, but have conceded 27 goals down the other end, which is a cause for concern for Gavin Allen’s side going into the last few months before the split in February. Aber’s last three fixtures have seen them take no points, having battled against The New Saints, Haverfordwest County and Connah’s Quay Nomads, which has seen them concede 9 goals and only score 2, while also picking up a red card to Owain Jones in their previous game against Nomads, meaning he’ll be absent from the game tonight.
As previously mentioned, the previous meeting between the two sides saw the Sgorio cameras visit Maes Tegid, as The Lakesiders picked up all three points in an enthralling game from start to finish. The game got underway with a few early chances for the Lakesiders, however Aber had TNS loanee Connor Roberts who pulled off a couple stunning saves to keep his side in the game early on, as his hard work payed off, as Aber took the lead from a Marc Williams header on 25 minutes. Connor Roberts kept his side in the lead with a great save as he got down well to keep out Venables’ strike, however just six minutes before the break, he could’t keep Will Evans’ header out! As Will leaped highest from the corner and headed home to level the game up. Minutes before the break, Bala took the lead, as Will set up Sean Smith on a run down the left, and Sean struck the ball underneath the keeper to grab his first goal of the season. After an hour of the game gone, Bala were awarded a penalty following a trip on the Captain from Louis Bradford, and without doubt, Venables smashed the ball down the middle and into the roof of the net, and made it 3-1 to the Lakesiders. Only three minutes later, Venables grabbed his second as Lassana Mendes put a peach of a ball into the box, for Venables to header home to make it 4-1 with under half an hour to go. Despite a comfortable 4-1 lead, Aberystwyth were awarded a penalty following Anthony Stephens taking down Steff Davies in the box. Steve Hewitt converted the penalty to give his side a glimmer of hope. Just 10 minutes from time, Raul Correia sealed the win with his first goal for the Lakesiders, as a cross from Sean Smith from the left went right into the path of Raul who headed home past Roberts to give The Town a 5-2 win.
It’s a must win for both sides, for different reasons, as The Lakesiders need the win to keep up with the running pack at the top, having dropped 6 points in their last 5 games, giving Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints a healthy points gap over the Lakesiders. Aberystwyth Town need a win to push for a possible top 6 push, however must keep an eye on the two teams below them, as Cefn Druids in last place are only 4 points adrift from Aber, while Flint Town who sit just a point below them have appointed new manager Neil Gibson in a push to stay in the division. Either way, if the game is anything like the previous, we’ll be in for a cracker!
No fans will be allowed to attend the match with strict safety protocols to follow to ensure the game can go ahead.