Aber's Chris Venables tackles Luke Boundford
DESPITE a dominant second half display Bernie McNally’s Newtown side couldn’t find the net as they played out a 0-0 draw against Aberystwyth. Aber had the best of the first half but the second period was all the hosts as Craig Williams and Luke Boundford missed chances to take the lead, as well as a chance late on for sub Craig Whitfield.
McNally made one change with Max Penk coming in for Adam Worton, and Andy Jones reverting back to centre half with Matt Hearsey moving up front.
The first half began with Aber on top with a powerful Chris Venables header being blocked on the line following a teasing cross from Antonio Corbisiero. And Venables threatened again as his whistling drive was tipped narrowly wide of Dave Roberts left hand post.
And from the resulting corner the visitors spurned another chance to take the lead as Gavin Cadwallader saw his header cannon back off the Newtown bar, as Aber had the Robins well and truly under the cosh.
Newtown had their first chance at goal on the 20 minute mark as Zack Evans’ cross was spilled by keeper Mike Lewis, but Craig Williams effort went over the top of the Aber crossbar. And not long after the robins missed a golden chance to snatch an unlikely lead as a ball over the top was won by Matthew Hearsey, but as he went one on one with Lewis, Cadwallader nipped in with a last ditch tackle to take the ball off the forwards toes.
Newtown began to apply some pressure with Williams making some great runs in behind the Aber backline, but he couldn’t create any clear openings for McNally’s men. Another Aber chance came soon after as Sion James, on as a substitute for Cadwallader saw his header come back off the crossbar, with his effort being his first touch of the game.
Jordan Follows troubled Roberts as he had to back peddle to tip over a teasing chip from the Aber forward, and late on in the half Wyn Thomas had his header blocked off the line, as the Robins went in at half time, lucky to be on level terms.
Newtown came out in the second half quicker and created two early half chances as Andy Jones glanced a header wide and Iain Edmunds saw his cross sail just over the bar.
Boundford had a great early chance but his powerful low drive was well saved by Lewis in the Aber goal, and this was followed not long after by a Shane Sutton header which flew inches wide of the post following an Edmunds cross.
McNally introduced Craig Whitfield not long after and he had an impact adding some fresh legs to the side. He played a part in the best move of the game as his link up played with Matt Cook allowed Williams to whip a ball in for Boundford whose powerful header was saved by Lewis.
Then Williams missed a golden chance to give his side the lead as an Evans cross evaded everyone, found its way to Williams, but his shot went way wide. He created another run and shot for himself and this was followed by another Boundford chance. He latched onto a long ball but couldn’t hit the target, as Newtown were showing their dominance.
Whitfield fired straight at Lewis from the edge of the box late on and this was followed by a late penatly shout for Newtown, but the game fizzled out leaving both sides with a share of the spoils.