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New boss sets out his stall for the future Thursday 16th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Following his appointment earlier this week as permanent manager of The Town Wayne Powell has made his thoughts known on the disappointing start to the season, the current squad, the chance of being handed the reins and what he thinks could be a bright future for Aberdare. After taking his first training session on Wednesday evening he said: “Firstly I am deeply honoured at being asked by the committee to take on the job. A major factor of agreeing to it was both Gareth (Harbord) and Rob (Hudson) also confirming they will stay on.  Mark Anthony, who has been helping out with both the first team and Reserves this season, will also be on hand to assist us as well. “Everybody knows how big a job it is but we will be giving it everything we have at turning things around.  I have said to the players already that as a team we got the Club into this mess and now need to get them out if it.  Without doubt it’s important everybody gives 100% to achieve that. First things first and we need to cut out errors in our play and get a positive vibe into the squad – people always say winning is a habit but so is losing!  As soon as we get that first win in the league I hope that will be a turning point. As a former striker myself I know changes have to be made to how our play is going forward to make sure our goal scoring improves – we start that with the players already here before adding to it”. In terms of the players already signed on Wayne will be giving everybody a clean slate to stake a claim for a place in the team but there may also be some new arrivals: “I’ve spoken to the lads and I think they know what we are trying to achieve and how I expect things to work.  I will be looking to add to the squad but any additions will have to be better than those already here.  There will be one new face announced soon who has agreed to join but are waiting now for confirmation of his signing with the league but he has experience from a higher standard”. It’s not just on the field that Wayne is looking to make additions as he casts his net over possible additions to his backroom staff: “Obviously we already have Gareth, Mark and Rob helping out but I would like to add in a player/coach as well and I have been talking to a few candidates about coming in. There is always so much for a management team to do on training nights and match days so having a good team around you in the dugout is important”. One things for sure Wayne is positive on the future of the Club: “There is so much potential at Aberdare but it’s down to everybody to make sure that it’s achieved. We have had a couple of younger players step up this season and have adapted to Welsh League football. We need to get ourselves out of the situation we are in at the moment but going forward I would like to see an emphasis on us developing our own players through increasing our youth section and having a proper pathway from youth football through to the senior side”. Powell appointed first team manager Tuesday 14th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town are pleased to announce we have appointed Wayne Powell as our first team manager. Wayne has a wealth of experience and is a former player with Bristol Rovers, Hereford, Bath City, Minehead and Merthyr while he went on to become successful as head of youth development at Swansea City and then spells in charge of Clevedon Town and Leamington.  He holds a UEFA A coaching qualification. Wayne will be assisted by Gareth Harbord who we are delighted has agreed to remain with the Club along with physio Rob Hudson. On behalf of the Committee, Chairman Garry Williams said of the appointments: “We are pleased that Wayne has agreed to take up the position on a permanent basis after a difficult time for the Club that currently see us at the wrong end of the table.  We are confident that he will help us develop as a whole and has the full backing of the entire committee.  Keeping Gareth on board was equally as important and with the possible arrivals of new players we hope for a strong remainder of the season and then will look to build going into the summer”. Coles returns while two depart Tuesday 7th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town are delighted to announce they have completed the signing of Jordan Coles. Jordan, who can play either in defence or midfield, has played for Ton Pentre, AFC Llwydcoed, Penrhiwceiber Rangers, Cambrian & Clydach and of course Aberdare. Joint interim boss Wayne Powell was pleased to have completed the signing ahead of Friday nights game at home to Abergavenny: “We are delighted to bring Jordan in and will add quality to our squad and is a player who can fill a number of positions and is a welcome addition. As long as the paperwork is all competed and approved by the authorities he will be in the squad for Friday night”. Meanwhile leaving the Club is striker Rikki Evans who is set to join AFC Llwydcoed and defender Lee Hartshorn who is heading to Risca. We would like to wish both players well for the future and at the same time welcome back Jordan to the Club. Interim boss looks to galvanise squad Friday 20th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce After a difficult week when close friend Matt Driscoll left the Club our interim manager Gareth Harbord has been working hard to try and galvanise the squad and get them prepared for a tough game on Saturday away to Pontardawe. Gareth and Wayne Powell have had a busy week talking to players and making sure that the news from last week acts as a spur to a change of fortunes this weekend: “Its been pleasing that all the boys have shown us support and we had a fantastic turnout to training in the week.  Most importantly the boys had a good workout but the session was a bit of fun to try and get them enjoying their football again.” There has been some squad movement this week with one player being released and another familiar face rejoining as Gareth explained: “We have decided to release Rhys Jones and we thank him for his time with the club but we welcome back Rhys Williams who goes into the squad for the game at Pontardawe. Rhys is a young defender and is popular with the players and will add strength and youthfulness to our defence, Both Wayne and myself are confident that with the squad we have, and maybe with one or two new additions, we will improve sooner rather than later”. Saturday sees Aber make the tough trip to face league leaders Pontardawe Town and Gareth is expecting a tough game: “They have had a great start to the season and its one that we are looking forward to and there is no better way to turn our fortunes around than with a good performance and hopefully getting a good result there”. Finally Gareth took time to reflect on the departure of Matt last week saying: “Myself, Wayne and Mark (Anthony) would like to go on record to thank my long term friend Matt for bringing us to the Club and for all his hard work and effort. His heart is definitely with Aberdare Town and I’m sure we will see plenty of him in the near future”. Chairman leads tributes to departing boss Tuesday 17th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce With the dust settling over the news from the weekend of the departure of manager Matt Driscoll who resigned after the defeat to AFC Llwydcoed, Club Chairman Garry Williams led the tributes to the former boss. “We all know that results haven’t been what any of us would have wished for so far this season, including Matt, but saying that he had a huge issue to deal with in regards to player availability. Nobody can question the commitment, efforts and passion that Matt showed and put into Aberdare Town every day.  When he informed me of his decision to step down you could see how disappointed he was”. Garry went on to further praise and reflect on the tough job that Matt had since joining the club as gaffer: “He took over as manager at a difficult time, galvanized the team and almost saved us from relegation from Division One. While we missed out on achieving that by the narrowest of margins he then had to completely rebuild the squad for last season and a campaign in Division Two. “I would like to thank Matt for all his efforts with us and he is always welcome at the Club at any point in the future but we hope he enjoys some well deserved quality time with his family and to recharge his batteries.  People really don’t realise just how much work is involved as a Manager. “Looking forward its been agreed that Gareth Harbord and Wayne Powell will look after the team on an interim basis while we look at all the options open to us as a committee in order to take Aberdare Town forward” Drisc calls time on Aberdare tenure Saturday 14th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town manager Matt Driscoll has resigned from his role following today’s defeat at home to AFC Llwydcoed. Matt became Manager back in 2015/16 season and almost guided the team to a remarkable relegation survival only for the team to end up relegated on the last day. We would all like to place on record our thanks to Matt for this dedication, hard work and enthusiasm and wish him nothing but the best for the future and he will always be welcome at Aberaman Park. In the meantime Gareth Harbord and Wayne Powell have agreed to remain with the Club in an interim capacity while the Committee assess all options. Club Statement: A Team Saturday 14th October 2017 article by Club Committee Aberdare Town have been notified by their A Team in the Aberdare Valley Football League of their intention to leave the Club. The Club have been funding the majority of expenditure of the teams running costs including league fees, a quality insurance scheme, trophies, pitch hire and fines. Whilst the Club fully intends to try and support local players, and encourage the use of the clubs facilities at all times, it is unable to sustain the current level of expenditure and changes have had to be made. The A Team funded themselves for kit, training and referee fees through sponsorship they arranged and weekly subs. The Club at its AGM informed all officials and mangers that the existing nominal membership fee was to be rigidly adhered to this season and as such all adult teams and officials were informed that membership was to be paid by September 30th. Despite reminders only 1 registered from the A Team. The amount of money requested, which equates to approximately £1 per player per week, would come from the existing level of subs paid. No additional money was requested from players and would have paid for the costs mentioned above. Following a meeting with the AVFL team manager it would appear that the players in the team do not wish to contribute towards the running of the Club, as the majority of its players do not return to the Club following home games and have no desire to frequent the club at any other time. As is well known, clubs need patronage of players in the bar following games to help pay bills hence the need for a weekly contribution. We wish Nick Chappell and his team all the best for the future and thank them for their efforts on the pitch which saw them claim the league title last season. Cheques presented from charity game Monday 10th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce Before the Welsh Cup game against Ammanford the club presented cheques from the recent charity game against Cardiff City Legends to Macmillan Cancer Support In attendance to receive the cheque was Nick Watkins from Macmillan and friend of the Club Cheryl Brown who received the cheques from chairman Garry Williams and vice-Chairman Bob Price. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the event from players, supporters, sponsors and of course Cardiff City. Ladies start season with big win Sunday 24th September 2017 article by Chris Churchill The Ladies travelled to Whitchurch on Sunday to kick off their season against Rhiwbina ladies. The day turned out to be one of frustration, with the ladies all warmed up and ready to go, the match ref called in sick. The match was then rescheduled to kick off 15 mins later which also came and went, the match finally kicked off 45 minutess late. From the start Aberdare completely dominated proceedings but were unable to finish and several good chances went begging, before Hannah Rowburrey put in a beautiful cross from the left for Heather McLoughlin to head in strongly at the back post on 7 minutes. Constant pressure lead to Jade Connors scoring from a fine solo effort on 30 mins. A few changes were made at half time and immediately bore fruit when Heather got on the end of a Jody Powell cross to hit her 2nd of the game. 4 minutes later Sharon Jones burst through to score and make it 0-4 to the visitors. The home side never stopped trying, and eventually won a free kick about 30 meters out which was placed right into the top corner to pull one back. Town were still struggling to get any rhythm  in their game and it wasn’t until the 80th minute that things finally clicked, with Jody running half the pitch to score, Jade grabbing her second and Myckala Jones and Carly Jones popping a few at the death to make the final score 1 – 8 to the visitors. Woman of the match award went to Amilia Cowdry, the youngest player in the side at 16 and 2 weeks old, she was outstanding at right centre back in a back three in which the oldest player is only 19.
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