After a breathless game at Park Avenue, two goals from Wyn Thomas helped Aberystwyth Town claim a crucial home victory over Afan Lido, which takes them out of the relegation zone and up to ninth place.
The hosts started at a high tempo and were rewarded in the third minute when Wyn Thomas’ superb free kick flew into the top right hand corner, to the delight of a vocal contingent in the Dias Stand. Whilst Aber looked good passing the ball through their strong midfield, Lido were creating chances too. Anthony Rawlings fired wide from a good position, and then drew a terrific diving save from Mike Lewis in Aber’s goal, with a header from close range. Then on 29 minutes Lido equalised, after Chris Hartland’s lovely touch set up a cross from the right, which Luke Borelli hammered home with aplomb. Up the other end Glyndwr Hughes hit the post after a jinking run, and then Antonio Corbisiero’s 40th minute corner evaded everyone and nestled into the same top corner as Thomas’ free kick had, to make the score 2-1. The lead lasted barely a minute as Simon Prangley found himself in acres of room in the box, and smashed home, to make it a nervous 2-2 at the break.
The game remained close into the second half, but Aber seemed to have gained the initiative on 58 minutes when Gavin Cadwallader won the ball from centre back, evaded two challenges then played in Jordan Follows down the wing, and Cadwallader was there again to pass on his cross to Mark Jones, who bundled the ball home for 3-2. Back though came Lido again on 69 minutes, as Rawlings found space on the right and buried the ball to equalise yet again, but three minutes later, that man Wyn Thomas, who was later named S4C’s Man of the Match, hit a sweet first time shot from Corbisiero’s corner, which proved to be the winner. Aber saw out a nervous last eighteen minutes, with Lewis saving well from Borelli’s low shot, and Mark Jones was inches away from connecting with Declan Carroll’s right wing cross, but in the end the Black and Greens held on for a win they just about deserved, and there was a palpable sense of relief at the final whistle.