MATCH PREVIEW: Newtown v Aberystwyth Town
With the Mid Wales derby for the first time this season at Latham Park approaching, there’s all to play for as both sides look to register a win in the all-important affair.
Both Neville Powell and Chris Hughes will want to register a win over their closest rival in the Welsh Premier League, to give either side bragging rights and a platform to build on.
Newtown are currently sat in 8th and have been in the better form with the Robins picking up four points in four games with their most recent league win being a 4-1 game against Carmarthen on August 26th. Newtown have a mixed end to September as they play away to Prestatyn on September 23rd and then play Connah’s Quay Nomads on September 30th which will be live in front of the Sgorio cameras.
Losing some of their best players
This years transfer window has not been kind to Newtown as they have lost plenty of good players including last season’s top scorer Jason Oswell who moved to Stockport County and captain Shane Sutton who moved to Telford United and these will definitely prove too be a huge blow for them.
One to watch: Jamie Reed
A former Aberystwyth player, Jamie Reed is no stranger to Welsh football after plying his trade for Wrexham, Colwyn Bay, Aberystwyth, Rhyl, Bangor, TNS, Llandudno and now, Newtown. Reed also made a few appearances for the Wales semi-pro National Team.
Aberystwyth will surely want to make things even with Newtown after a 6-1 loss at Latham Park on the last day of the 2016-17 season but currently have only gained 1 point from 4 games after a 1-1 draw to away to promoted Barry on the first day of the 2017-18 season.
Manager Neville Powell will surely want a result from this game after a poor start to the season but Latham Park has never been an easy place for the Seasiders. With star midfielder Malcolm Melvin injured and defender Joe Culshaw suspended after getting a red in last week’s 2-0 loss to Cardiff Met, Aber will find choices limited.
One to watch: Geoff Kellaway
Now I struggled with this one as I could have also gone for Luke Borrelli or Joe Phillips. Geoff Kellaway is easily a club legend at Aber after playing for the club on and off for 13 years. A pacy winger, Kellaway can create chances and was a shining light for Aberystwyth last season. He may have his injuries, but on his day can easily be one of the best wingers in the Welsh Premier League.
(Featured Image: Neville Powell)