Buoyed by a great win last week, Aberaeron, surprisingly, started slowly with Berriew looking dangerous and getting behind the visitors’ defence with ease. Aberaeron switched some of their players to try and nullify the attacks down the Berriew right and Gareth Lewis switching from left back to left midfield quickly had a positive impact. The danger was nullified and Aberaeron created a handful of chances but seemed to freeze in front of goal.
Berriew then took the lead against the run of play with a long range shot that seemed to deceive Neil Evans in goal for a one nil defecit at half time.
The second half saw Aberaeron create some good chances early on and then one of the home players was sent off for two yellow cards. Rather than Aberaeron taking control, the home team put Aberaeron under pressure and a corner that created havoc was eventually poked home to the home team’s joy!
Aberaeron then created further chances and a good passing move saw Dan James put a low drive past the home keeper. Aberaeron, however failed to drive home the extra man advantage and Berriew finished strongly with a break-away goal neatly headed home to finish the contest.
At full time Mattie Davies announced that he was going to take some time away from football to spend time with his young family. This had previously been discussed with the coaching staff who knew that the announcement was going to be made. Mattie Davies has been a fantastic servant for Aberaeron? Not only in leading the line and scoring goals, but his positive influence on all players that pull on the Amber and Black. He has been inspirational and has always given 100%_ always! All the players during the past five seasons will attest to his ability, his attitude and influence. He has always been the first to welcome new players and ensure they become integrated in to the club’s ‘culture’. His influence on younger players has been brilliant and they all have the utmost respect for him as do all involved with the club. The whole club wish him well knowing that the team’s loss is his family’s gain. Who knows, we might see Mattie once again pull on the Aberaeron shirt and terrorise defences again.