Match Reports 2017/18

Mid-Wales Football League Div 1



 Cambrian Tyres Aberystwyth League Div 1


Welshpool Town v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 18th November 2017.

In what could prove to be their toughest match of the season so far Borth United visited current League leaders Welshpool Town and a difficult afternoon was made even harder as Will Thomas put the hosts ahead within a minute of play and Thomas doubled the score on 27 minutes and with the hosts threatening to increase the score as the half progressed Borth managed to restrict Welshpool to a 2-0 interval lead.

Borth made a positive start to the second half and pulled a goal back with Ryan Edwards scoring with a low drive but unfortunately for the Crows the hosts then took firm control of the match as Adam Davies scored on 50 minutes and the prolific Will Thomas completed his hattrick with a 57th minute strike and the Borth defence were unable to contain the now rampant Thomas as he completed his well-deserved double hattrick before being subbed with thirteen minutes of the match remaining and just to complete the visitors misery Adam Davies scored his second goal on 88 minutes to complete a comprehensive win and keep the hosts five points ahead at the top of the Spar Mid Wales League Div 1.

Borth take a break from league action as they play Aberystwyth University in the Central Wales Challenge Cup Round 2 next Saturday with an early kick off time of 1-30pm at the Vicarage Fields.

Final score: Welshpool Town 8  Borth United 1  

Robin Davies


Llanfair United v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 11th November 2017.

After nearly a month without a game Borth United returned to league action at Mount Field in Llanfair Caereinion this afternoon and despite the heavy overnight rain the playing surface stood up well during play and Borth kicked off the match in their new away coloured yellow shirts donated by Ian and Claire Lewis and made a solid opening to the match but the hosts opened the scoring on fifteen minutes as Josh Astley broke through the Borth defence and slotted the ball passed keeper Alex Pennock, but undeterred Borth responded well and Ryan Davies's through ball to Jamie Walker needed a superb tackle by a host defender to deny an equalizing goal and though the hosts missed some decent half chances to increase their lead as the half progressed Borth restricted Llanfair to just a 1-0 score at half time.

To be honest both teams tried to play open football as the playing surface began to cut up and coupled with the light fading the play naturally wasn't pretty so the goal chances were in short supply and despite having a player sent off with five minutes remaining Llanfair held on to their lead up to the full time whistle.

Borth manager Ian Lewis was pleased with the overall effort put in by his team and he praised youngster Daniel Hopton for an accomplished display from full back in quelling the Llanfair forwards attacks. 

Borth visit current league leader's Welshpool Town next Saturday 18th November ko 2-30pm.

Final score: Llanfair United 1  Borth United 0

Robin Davies


Borth United v Tywyn/Bryncrug 
Spar League Cup 17/18  1st Round
Saturday 14th October 2017. 

With the weather again making the Uppingham Field pitch unplayable for this Spar League Cup 1st Round tie so the Crows welcomed Tywyn/Bryncrug to Aberystwyth's Town 3G pitch this afternoon, and in an opening period both teams created some good half chances and Borth's Ryan Edwards was unlucky to see his rasping shot hit the upright and rebound to safety and the visitors made the most of their luck by taking the lead as Aled Jones scored with a low shot passed Alex Pennock, but Borth responded immediately as a through ball from midfield fell to Ryan Davies who slid the ball passed the keeper for the equalizer, but the visitors quickly regained the lead with Mike Rees scoring with a cool finish and though chances came and went for both teams the visitors held their slight advantage up to half time.

Borth resumed the second half with renewed vigour and Ryan Davies came close with a snap shot just passed the post soon followed by a Sam Middleton shot saved by the keeper, and as the match reached its conclusion Borth attacked in numbers in the hope of an equalizer but were also wary of a counter attack and in the tie's final minutes Mark Edmonson and Ben Richards both scored to put the tie beyond Borth's reach and sent Tywyn/Bryncrug into the second round of the League Cup.

“I couldn't have asked more from the players they gave me 100% this afternoon, but I am astounded that their goalkeeper wasn't penalised in the first half as he appeared to handle the ball well outside his area, but overall I am hopeful that the team's luck will change as the season progresses" commented Borth manager Ian Lewis after the match.

Borth resume league action next Saturday away at League leader's Welshpool Town ko 2-30.

Final score: Borth United 1  Tywyn/Bryncrug 4 

Robin Davies


Borth United v Knighton Town 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 7th October 2017.

For their first competitive match for six weeks on their Uppingham Fields pitch Borth United welcomed Knighton Town on a grey but thankfully dry afternoon and the visitors made a solid start to the match with Connor Bird scoring with a low shot passed Jamie Evans for the opener on fifteen minutes and doubled their lead on the half hour as the impressive Adam Farmer was allowed to volley passed Evans at the far post and though the visitors kept up the pressure as the half progressed Borth managed to restrict Knighton to just a two goal lead at the interval.

To be quite honest Knighton took firm control after the half time break and Connor Bird scored his second goal with a cool finish, and yet Borth in one of their rare forays into the visitors penalty area allowed Clive Morgan to score with a low shot but any hope of a Borth recovery were immediately dashed as Adam Farmer scored with a low drive and as Knighton pressed relentlessly forward Connor Bird scored after a mix up in the Borth defence for his well-deserved hat trick and as full time approached Sam Williams scored twice for Knighton to complete the afternoon's scoring.

On the day Borth can have no complaints as Knighton fully deserved their win. Borth are in cup action next Saturday as they welcome Tywyn/Bryncrug to Uppingham Fields in the 1st. Round of the Spar League Cup 17/18  ko 2-30. 

Final score: Borth United 1  Knighton Town 7  

Robin Davies


Borth United v Llandrindod Wells 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 30th September 2017.

With the morning rain taking its toll on the Uppingham Fields playing surface the match was hastily switched to Park Avenue in Aberystwyth and even though the rain fell heavily throughout the match both teams did their best to adapt to the wet conditions and generally neither goalkeeper was unduly troubled as the ball zipped off the greasy surface, but the visitors took the lead on forty minutes as Kieran McCarley sprang the offside trap and slid the ball passed Jamie Evans, and they doubled with five minutes of the half remaining with Kejan Foryszewski scoring via a slight deflection passed Evans to leave the Crows with a 0-2 deficit at the interval.

To their credit Borth attacked in numbers as the second half progressed and the introduction of Ryan Davies and Daniel Hopton to bolster the forward line did give hope of reducing Llandrindod's lead but generally the visitors defence coped well to deny any of Borth's half chances and in the final minutes the visitors made it 0-3 as Michael Watkins scored with a cool finish at the near post.
 
Borth will next entertain Knighton Town in the league next Saturday 7th October ko 2-30.

Final score: Borth United 0  Llandrindod Wells 3   

Robin Davies


Kerry v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 23rd September 2017

Last season's Spar League Div 2 champions Kerry welcomed Borth United to Dolforgan Park this afternoon with the hosts hoping to keep their unbeaten start to their league season on track, with Borth in their starting line up giving Alex Pennock his league debut in goal plus the welcome return of Josh Ferreira to bolster the defence, but the free scoring Luke Mumford opened the scoring for Kerry midway through the half only for Ryan Edwards to equalize with a close in finish in the last moments of the first half.

As the visitors grew in confidence as the second half progressed Lee Jones's free kick rebounded off Kerry's defensive wall and Mike South's lob beat the keeper from twenty five yards and minutes later Ryan Edwards's shot was palmed into Lee Jones's path to give Borth a 3-1 lead, and were thankful to keeper Pennock who made a superb double save to to deny the host a way back into the match, but Borth held on to their lead up to the full time whistle. 

Borth after their second league win of the season will hope to keep the momentum going when they welcome Llandrindod Wells to Uppingham Fields next Saturday 30th Sept. ko 2-30.

Final score: Kerry 1   Borth United 3   

Robin Davies


Llanrhaeadr v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 16th September 2017.

On a bright sunny afternoon at the Recreation Field in Llanrhaeadr and yet the sun certainly did not shine down on Borth United as they faced an on form home team with attack in mind from the start, and Marc Griffiths got the first goal with a cool finish passed Jamie Evans after five minutes play, and Khyam Wytton doubled their lead on the half hour with a rasping shot into the top corner,but five minutes later Borth keeper Jamie Evans brought down a home player that was harshly deemed to be inside the penalty area resulting in a red card for the keeper and Daniel Graham duly scored from the spot passed Jac Wyn Williams who took over in goal, and as the homesters pressed forward Khyam Wytton netted his second goal, but as half time approached Borth scored an own goal to give Llanrhaeadr a 5-0 interval lead.

With a mountain to climb as the second half got underway Borth to their credit made a great effort to reduce the deficit but on the whole never really tested the home keeper and just to make matters worse Borth for a short time were reduced to nine men after Daniel Hopton suffered a bad nose injury and had to be replaced, and the home team completed the scoring midway through the half with Marc Griffiths scoring his second goal with a class finish, yet Llanrhaeadr were guilty of squandering some decent half chances as the match reached it’s conclusion.

Borth have a rearranged league game against last season's Spar League Div 2 Champions Kerry away next Saturday 23rd Sept. ko 2-30.

Final Score: Llanrhaeadr 6  Borth United 0 

Robin Davies


Scott Wilson


Abermule v Borth United 
FAW Welsh Cup Qualifying Rnd 2 
Saturday 9th September 2017

This afternoon's Welsh Cup 2nd Qualifying Round began in torrential rain with both clubs vying for a place in the next round and the visitors created some good chances before taking the lead as Clive Morgan's through ball ran perfectly into the path of Daniel Hopton to slide the ball passed the advancing keeper, and within three minutes Borth doubled their lead with Hopton's pass to the unmarked Lee Jones and his left foot lob evaded the despairing Abermule keeper, and as Borth kept up the pressure Jay Walker's low shot missed the far post only by inches, but Tommy Jones reduced the arrears as his fierce shot from the left wing evaded everybody and nestled in the bottom corner of the net and with no more goals in what was left of the half Borth held on to their 2-1 lead up to the interval.

The Borth defence had done well to contain the twin strike of Barry Bellis and the prolific Dave Anthony in the opening half but their obvious threat was always in the visitors minds and following a mix up in the Borth defence it allowed the alert Bellis to score with a low shot passed Jamie Evans for the equalizer, and as the match reached its final ten minutes Bellis was in the right position to score again to give Abermule the lead in what proved to be the winning goal in this afternoon's tie.

Borth can consider themselves unlucky to lose a highly entertaining cup tie but good luck to Abermule as they progress to the next round. Borth United return to league action away at Llanrhaeadr next Saturday 16 Sept. ko 2-30.

Final score: Abermule 3  Borth United 2

Robin Davies


Tywyn / Bryncrug v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Wednesday 30th August 2017.

Tywyn/Bryncrug hosted Borth United on a sunny evening at Bryncrug's Cae Chwarae, and for the second match in succession Borth conceded a goal in the first few minutes as Ben Richards intercepted a clearance in the visitors defence and coolly slid the ball passed Jamie Evans for the opener, but rather than dwell on the early setback Borth created some good chances as the half progressed with Sam Middleton low shot only inches passed the post, but generally the hosts held the upper hand in most areas and only some superb saves by Jamie Evans denied the host's forwards to such an extent they only led by a slender goal lead at half time.

Borth opened the second half in determined mood to try and break the solid visitors defence and Jamie Evans relinquished his goalkeeping duties to bolster the Borth attack, with Justin Davies taking over in goal, and to be honest whatever chances Borth got did not duly worry the host goalkeeper, but in an all-out team effort to equalize in the final quarter the obvious threat of a counter attack increased and the hosts duly capitalized in the final minutes with Aled Jones scoring with a low shot into the bottom corner to seal the points.

Even in defeat it was encouraging that Borth made a real go of it in the second half and on another day would perhaps have shared the spoils, so with no game this weekend due to Wales's World Cup commitments, the team will next play Abermule away in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FAW Welsh Cup on Saturday 9th September ko 2-30. 

Final score: Tywyn/Bryncrug 2   Borth United 0 

Robin Davies


Scott Wilson


Llanidloes Town v Borth United 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 26th August 2017.

Llanidloes Town entertained Borth United at a sunny Victoria Park this afternoon with the hosts eager to remain amongst the early season leaders of Spar League 1 and they made a dream start after only one minute's play as a cross from the left wing evaded the Borth defence allowing Rhys Evans to score at the far post, but fair play to Borth they responded well and captain Sam Middleton intercepted a pass in midfield and his rising shot skimmed the bar, soon followed by Ryan Edwards's deft pass to Jamie Evans who saw his shot blocked by the Llani defence, and though chances came and went for both teams Llani held on to their 1-0 lead up to half time.

Llanidloes created some good chances as the second half progressed but were let down by some poor finishing, yet the threat was always there and Richie Evans gave notice of his intent with a low shot just passed the post but the well-travelled striker made no mistake later with a superb curling shot passed Justin Davies with ten minutes to go, and just on full time Joe Evans cut in from the left wing and scored with a low shot passed Davies to complete the afternoon's scoring.

Borth can take heart that a battling display providing some comfort to a good travelling support and for once I have to applaud the defensive qualities of Tom O'Connor in quelling some of the Llanidloes wing attacks.
Borth play Tywyn/Bryncrug in a league game away next Wednesday evening ko 6-30 (TBC)

Final score: Llanidloes Town 3  Borth United 0

Robin Davies


Scott Wilson


Borth United v Machynlleth 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Borth United welcomed near neighbours Machynlleth to a sunny evening at Uppingham Fields and with the visitors having an indifferent start to their season and Borth hoping to build on their brilliant last league outing against Bow Street so the prospects looked good for an entertaining match, yet Machynlleth on balance of play should have taken the lead on numerous occasion during the opening half but generally their finishing was disappointing and sadly my blank notepad showed a rather drab first half with chances being spurned by both teams so unsurprising the score stood 0-0 at half time.

On the whole the second half improved only slightly but at least Borth created two good chances with Lee Jones's free kick into the penalty area met by Lee Crumpler and his header only missed the post by inches, and later in the half Crumpler's lob was palmed on to the crossbar by Mach keeper Sean Gates and to safety, and yet somehow in the back of my mind as the match reached its conclusion that with the chances that the visitors had spurned they would have one last opportunity to snatch the points and they did so at the death with a mix up in the Borth defence allowing Callum Page to score with a low shot passed Jamie Evans for the winning goal.

Borth need to lift themselves for another tough league match away at Llanidloes Town this coming Saturday ko 2-30.

Final Score: Borth United 0  Machynlleth 1 

Robin Davies


Borth United v Trewern United FC 
FAW Welsh Cup Qualifying Rnd 1
Saturday 19th August 2017

Borth United entertained Trewern United at Aberystwyth's Park Avenue ground this afternoon due to Borth's pitch being waterlogged after last night's heavy rain, and the match was only five minutes old before a mix up in the Trewern defence allowed Ryan Edwards to nip in and toe poke the ball passed the keeper, and the second goal soon followed as Clive Morgan's deft through ball fell to Ryan Edwards whose low shot was saved by the keeper but the loose ball was netted by Jamie Walker at the far post, but to their credit Trewern responded well and a glancing header from Shaun Roberts reduced the deficit and minutes later Roberts scored his second goal with a neat lob over Justin Davies to tie the scores, and only the upright came to Borth's rescue soon afterwards as a scorching drive from Jake Mann rebounded to safety and keep the scores level at 2-2 up to the half time interval.

The match continued at a fast pace as the second half progressed with some good chances being created by both teams and Borth again took the lead with Lee Crumpler scoring with a thumping header from Jay Walker's free kick, and Borth took firm control of the tie with Ryan Edwards's cross come shot from the left wing beat the keeper at his near post, and Borth's fifth goal owed much to Ryan Edwards and Lee Jones close passing allowing Josh Evans to slide the ball passed the keeper, but in the final minutes Trewern's Shaun Roberts scored with a cool finish to complete his well-deserved hattrick. 

Borth United return to league action against Machynlleth at Uppingham Fields this Wednesday 23rd August ko 6-45.

Final score: Borth United 5   Trewern United 3

Robin Davies



Scott Wilson


Borth United v Bow Street 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Tuesday 15th August 2017.
                                            
Borth United entertained local rivals Bow Street in front of a large crowd at Uppingham Fields this evening, with the visitors arriving on a high after a fine win at Berriew on the opening weekend of the season, yet on the whole the opening exchanges were optimistic with some good half chances created by both teams, and Ryan Edwards nearly gave the host the lead with a volley on the turn only for it to be palmed for a corner by keeper Willis, but the young striker wasn't going to be denied on the half hour as his shot from fully 35 yards flew past Ben Willis in the Street goal, and despite both teams playing an open game throughout the half Borth more than deserved their 1-0 interval lead.

Bow Street upped their game as the second half got underway but the Borth defence held firm as the visitors threatened to equalize, but the hosts doubled their lead on the hour with a superb left foot shot from Lee Jones from out on the left wing which nestled into the top corner, and within minutes led 3-0 as Jac Wyn Williams was brought down in the penalty area and captain James Davies scored from the spot, and though Street to their credit attacked in numbers in the last quarter of an hour of the match they were rewarded for their efforts by a penalty kick scored by Tom Williams, but Borth on balance of play deserved their win on the night.

A tremendous all round team effort from Borth which will benefit them in their FAW Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round against Trewern United at Uppingham Fields this coming Saturday 19th August ko 2-30.

Final Score: Borth United 3   Bow Street 1 

Robin Davies


Borth United v Welshpool Town FC 
Spar Mid-Wales League Div 1
Saturday 12th August 2017

A good crowd attended Borth United's first ever game in the Spar Mid Wales League Div 1 against Welshpool Town at Uppingham Fields this afternoon in anticipation of a good result to make a flying start to the league campaign, but the visitors took the lead on fifteen minutes with Ian Probert scoring from the penalty spot, yet almost immediately youngster Ryan Edwards making his début for Borth was unlucky to see his snap shot turned for a corner by a superb save by the 'Pool keeper, but gradually Welshpool  took firm control of the match with Josh Morgan with a deft chip over goalkeeper Justin Davies, and five minutes before the interval Chris Roberts scored from a free kick to give the visitors a handy 0-3 lead at half time.

To their credit Borth made a solid start to the second half but Ricky Litchfield made the points safe for the visitors with a cool finish, but with the introduction of Clive 'Jemba ' Morgan to help the hardworking Ryan Edwards in Borth's front line gave hope that the deficit could be reduced and Morgan's shot just grazed the bar within minutes of coming on, and as the match reached its conclusion Lee Jones's volley from out on left wing was only inches past the far post. 

Borth can take heart for an improved second half display, so only a short time to regroup for a mouth-watering local derby home against Bow Street in the league next Tuesday evening (15th August) ko 6-45.

Final score: Borth United 0  Welshpool Town 4

Robin Davies