|2nd December 2017||2:30 pm||Welsh Cup||2017/18|
|12 Park Ave, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1PF, UK|
Lakesiders fall at first hurdle in JD Welsh Cup.
Town’s journey to retain the Welsh Cup took an early exit as they lost comprehensively away at Aberystwyth on Saturday afternoon.
The home side started the game better taking a hold of play but things didn’t get going until 16 minutes on the clock. A freekick awarded on the edge of the 18 yard box following a foul by Jones saw Declan Walker step up and curl the ball home but also taking a deflection on the way through.
Aber were on top and seeing plenty of the ball. Ryan Wade waltzed past Owens to deliver into the box but Phillips was unable to meet it at backpost before Morris made a solid save to deny Craig Hobson minutes later.
John Owen went close on 26 minutes with his strike fizzling wide before Bala were dealt a blow as Glenn Rule hobbled off due to injury but saw the introduction of new signing Hyuga Tanner.
Bala seemed to improve for the final 15 minutes of the half – firstly Jordan Evans’ 30 yard freekick was pushed away by Mullock before Nathan Burke rattled the bar from the edge of the area.
Evans forced Mullock into another save right on the interval but the spilled opportunity was scrambled away.
The second half saw Aber took a hold back of the game. Walker and Melvin’s chances both saw Morris tip their long range opportunites over the crossbar.
They doubled their lead on the hour when a sloppy Bala clearance from a long throw was half volleyed in by John Owen.
It was almost three from the restart when Hobson put his chance around the post from around three yards out.
The third came on 70 minutes when Thompson’s horrible backpass fell into the path of Phillips who slotted home for the hosts.
Town by now had lost all their shape which Aber took full advantage of when they made it four when Phillips found Borrelli who poked home with virtually his first touch of the game.
Overall a below par day for the Lakesiders and one game to certainly forget.
Match photos by Arwel Jones