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Ladies & Girls get season underway Monday 10th September The season finally began on Sunday for our Junior and Senior female teams last weekend although the Mini’s don’t begin until the 16th. Changes have been made to our team entries this season with teams aged u8, u9, u11, u12, u13, u15 and Ladies already registered and with a big possibility that an u7 team will also be entered. First to kick off the season were the new under 13 side. Coaches Libby and Owain have been working the girls constantly through the close season and are looking for ward  to entertaining Tranch Ladies in a Div2 match. This will be a big step up for the girls to 9 aside utilising larger goals and playing from penalty area to penalty area. Following this at 2pm the u15’s played against Villa Dino Christchurch. Andy’s girls who finished half way in the u14’s div last year in their first season, will be looking to build on last week s fine 4-0 win in their last pre season friendly and hoping to make an impact at this higher age. The ladies have undergone a massive change of personnel over the last few months, both on and off the field. Chris has added Richard and Ronnie to the coaching team,  numbers are good and everyone is committed and working hard with team spirit is excellent. Severn Bridge NPC were the opening fixture this season as they visited Aberaman Park on Sunday. Severn Bridge are a new team this season, but have already shown their strength by beating Rhydefelin 10 – 1 in their first game. It proved a tough test for Aber and the visitors continued their good start with a 7-1 win. Fixture changes for Aber Tuesday 28th August With the start of FAW cup competitions there has been some changes to Aberdare Town’s fixture list over the coming weeks. Originally Aber’s next home game was set for Saturday 15th September against STM Sports however as our opponents are involved in FAW Trophy action the game has been postponed and will be re-arranged for a new date in due course.  Instead Aberdare will now visit Croesyceiliog on Friday 14th September bringing forward the away trip from January (ko 7.30pm). The Club are also still awaiting their opponents for the second round of the Nathaniel Car Sales Cup after the first round tie between Aberbargoed and Treowen Stars was postponed last Friday. The second round was due to be played on Saturday 8th September and therefore if the original tie is completed by then it means our trip to Abergavenny Town will also be off. Ladies get Villa Dino in SWFA Cup opener Wednesday 22nd August Aberdare Town Ladies have been handed an away tie in the 1st round of the South Wales FA Cup. Chris Churchill’s girls will be making the trip to face Villa Dino Christchurch in the opening round of this years competition on the 30th September.  The other first round ties are: Cwmbran Celtic vs Rhydyfelin, Coed Duon vs Cascade YC, Seven Tunnel NPC vs Merthyr Ladies and Rhos vs Caerphilly Castle.  Barry Town, Penybont and Sudbrook all received byes. Season to get underway this weekend Sunday 5th August Aberdare Town get their Welsh League Division 2 season underway on Saturday as they visit Caerau (Ely). Caerau were relegated last season from Division 1 and will no doubt be looking to put a solid foundation in place aiming to bounce straight back but, as Aberdare themselves found out when they suffered a simiar fate a couple of years ago, it is a tough and uncompromising league to get out of. Aberdare have had a tough summer with all but one of last years squad departing and the Club deciding to go in a new direction. Chairman Garry Williams is realistic in terms of the aims for the immediate future: It is tough going out there for all Clubs at the moment and the most important aim for us is that Aberdare Town have a Club that can continue for years to come. There is a realism within the Committee that the way we have operated for many years is no longer viable and we have to go in a different direction - not an easy choice to make but one that we had no option but to pursue". The summer saw the appointment of Simon Jones as the new Manager which Garry was pleased he accepted the offer: "Simon knows the Club and knows our current limitations as well as agreeing that this is the road we need to go down.  The squad he has assembled has the full backing of the Committee and they are under no pressure at all form us.  All we asked for was a team that wll give everything they have for the badge and we are asking no more than that". There have been plenty of changes off the pitch as well with admission prices being cut to £3 for all adults and a £1 charge for a new look 48 page matchday programme.  The Club have also now announced that season ticket holders of Swansea City, Newport County, Cardiff City and Merthyr Town all able to get entry in their home league games for just £1 on production of their valid and current season ticket.  The Club house and refreshment outlet have also undergone a complete facelift. Looking ahead to the season Simon has had to look after a complete overhaul of the squad: "Apart from Levi (Jones) all of last years squad have decided to move on so it has been a complete rebuild.  We know that a new squad is going to take some time to settle in together but as pre-season has progressed our peformances have improved with each game.  There is no hiding from the fact that it is going to be a hard season but I have confidence that a squad made up of boys from the valley can prove people wrong and play in the Welsh League.  As long as everybody sticks together and works hard we will eventually get the rewards.  Everybody who has signed wants to be at the Club and I include my backroom staff in that.  This isn't an overnight project and it will take a couple of years to see the hard work pay off but the Club knows that and is backing it". Abers first home game will be on Wednesday 15th August when they face AFC Llwydcoed (ko 7.30pm) and then will play newly promoted Swansea University on Saturday 18th. Calling all Swans, Bluebirds, Martyrs and Exiles Saturday 4th August Aberdare Town have launched another initative ahead of the new season to encourage more people to attend their games. All existing season ticket holders of Swansea City, Cardiff City, Merthyr Town and Newport County will all be able to attend Aberdare home games in the league at Aberaman Park for only £1 on production of their season ticket. While all four teams operate in the English leagues we are hoping to be able to attract local football fans to come and watch Welsh League football when they aren’t watching their normal team. The first game fans will be able to use this new scheme is on Wednesday 15th August when Aberdare host AFC Llwydcoed in a local derby. The Club are using the hashtag #footballfamily on twitter for this idea. AGM for Ladies on 12.08.18 Saturday 4th August Aberdare Town Ladies and Girls section will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Sunday 12th August. The meeting will be held at Aberaman Park and will start promptly at 7.00pm.  Nominations for positions on the Committee or any rule changes should be notified to Ladies Secretary Ellie Gunson by emailing bookings@aberdaretownfc.co.uk Ladies start with Sudbrook Thursday 2nd August The fixtures for the South Wales Womens and Girls League have been announced and Aberdare will start with a home game against Sudbrook Girls. The league gets underway on Sunday 2nd September and after the visit to Aberaman Park of Sudbrook on the opening weekend the ladies will then face two away games against Rhiwbina and Ponty Panthers. For this season the league has been re-organised and with two divisions now added together to form the new Division One this means there are now 11 teams in the league giving far more games.  The new division is set to be wrapped up on the 17th March away to Goytre United. A full fixture list can be found on our website by clicking HERE Merthyr friendly cancelled Friday 27th July Aberdare Town have made the tough decision to cancel our home pre-season friendly with Merthyr Town. With the weeks of hot weather the work that was carried out by RCT Council has not taken effect leaving the Aberaman Park pitch in an unplayable state.  The Club took the option of informing Merthyr early so they could find an alternative opponent and did not want them playing on an unfit and potentially dangerous surface. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by a situation that was out of our control. Thomas, Williams and Pinch all sign forms Wednesday 18th July Aberdare Town have added another 3 players to their ever expanding squad as boss Simon Jones looks to add as many options as possible. Rejoining the Club is striker Cory Thomas who played four times last season for Aber scoring once after stepping up from the Reserves and central defender David Pinch who previously played for Aber when it was known as Ento and adds experience to the group. Also putting pen to paper is Craig Williams who played last season for Hirwaun Sports after his return to the Country after a spell at a high level in Australia. We welcome all three to the Club and hope they enjoy their time at Aberaman Park.  If you would like to sponsor any of the players you can do so by emailing website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk Former Exiles youngster signs for Town Tuesday 17th July 2018 Aberdare Town are pleased to announce the signing of former Newport County player Simon Morgan. Simon rose through the ranks with Newport County playing for their academy and upon his release attracted interest from Truro City where he spent pre-season.  He eventually signed for Aberdare Town before leaving the Club but has returned now since the appointment of Simon Jones as manager. We welcome Simon back to the Club and hope he has an enjoyable and successful time with Aber. You can sponsor Simon, or any of the other available players, by emailing website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk
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