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MD: “We want to be challenging” Tuesday 26th June 2017 article by Ian Pearce With pre-season training due to get underway this week, Aberdare Town boss Matt Driscoll is looking forward to putting the lessons learnt from last season into practice and make a challenge at the top. Matt said of the previous campaign: “We started the season slowly and only picked up midway through before falling away again at the very end but our results and performances against the sides at the top were good but we have to work on the consistency in our game”. Work has been ongoing during the summer on building a squad capable of putting that consistency into place and the boss has been pleased with things so far: “Pre-season is always a difficult time as players are looking at their options but we are happy with the talks we have had and we are looking at around 90% of the players we wanted to retain from last year agreeing to stay with us.  We are also looking to bring in four or five new faces as well to provide good competition and a strong squad.  The backroom team will be remaining the same as well so we have some continuity as well”. With a settled squad Matt is looking optomistic for the season ahead: “If we can learn the lessons from last year, get the squad hitting the ground running hopefully the results on the pitch will help increase the attendances and will allow us to push on and challenge at the top of the table”. Pre-season training starts on Thursday 29th June and all players both existing and new are welcome to attend. League Cup draw made Monday 19th June 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare were given a bye in the first round of the Welsh League Cup 2nd Round but will start their challenge for honours on the road. In the 2nd Round of the cup they will be on the travels to face Division Three side Trefelin on Wednesday 23rd August. Brian Fear honored by Welsh League Monday 19th June 2017 article by Ian Pearce At the Welsh League Annual General Meeting club stalwart Brian Fear was given the honor of being named as the new president of the league. Brian spent over 40 years with the Club (then known as Aberaman) and was formerly the Club Secretary.  Upon hearing the news current Aberdare Patron Richard Rowlands expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Club: “We were proud and pleased for Brian when he was previously elected as President of the Welsh FA and this is another big statement of showing the rewards for the countless hours and years he has dedicated to Welsh football.  On behalf of everybody at the Club we send our warmest congratulations”. Provisional league fixtures announced Tuesday 13th June 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town have been handed an away trip on the opening day of the season after the Welsh League released the provisional fixture list. Aber will get the season underway with a visit to Risca United on Saturday 12th August.  The fixtures are currently only provisional and clubs now have two weeks to make any mutually agreed changes to dates.  Our fixtures are now available on the website by clicking HERE and any amendments will be updated as and when they are known. Ella rubs shoulders with the legends Wednesday 7th June 2017 article by Chris Churchill Ella from our girls team at Under 9s was chosen to be a mascot for the Legends game as part of the Champions League celebrations. The game was played on the floating pitch with the likes of Ian Rush and Ryan Giggs prior to the ladies Champions League final and Ella herself had stared along with her other Aberdare team mates earlier in the day at the specially arranged girls tournament.  All the team then went on to watch the Ladies Champions League final. FREE taster sessions for girls section Wednesday 7th June 2017 article by Chris Churchill On Thursday 1st June the Club’s female section traveled by coach and car to take part in the Football Association Wales’s (FAW) Women’s and Girls National Football Festival at Cardiff University Sports Fields. Nearly a hundred people from Aberdare Town FC consisting of 45 girl/ladies players, Club Officials and parents enjoyed a marvelous day of football and after collecting their medals everyone then attended the Women’s Champions League final in the Cardiff City Stadium. The club would like to thank the FAW for making this possible, The day marked the end of a fantastic season for Aberdare Town’s female section’s first season. Since its beginning in April 2016 the club now has over 80 girls and ladies signed ranging from 6-16 in age, and play in mini Junior Football in the South Wales Women’s and Girls League. Girls aged 16 and over play in the Ladies team in the South West Wales Girls League (SWWGL). The club is actively recruiting girls for all ages and to encourage all the budding female stars of the future. We are running two “Drop in and play” sessions for anyone interested. The sessions are free and no prior playing experience is needed. If you fancy a go just put on your trainers and turn up. If you require any info ring or text Chris on 0787 0899 015. The sessions will be run on the Blaengwawr astro pitch (old comprehensive school site) on Thursday 8th and 15th June. 6-8 year olds will be from 5pm till 6pm, 9-16 year olds is from 5.30pm till 6.30pm with ladies from 6.30pm till 8.00pm. Tournament a huge success Saturday 3rd June 2017 article by Ian Pearce We would like to thank all the teams, players, parents, supporters and volunteers for making our 2017 tournament the biggest to date. Over 70 teams took part on a day where the weather wasn’t the best but the action on the pitch kept everybody entertained and there were plenty of smiles on faces throughout the day. We look forward to making the 2018 football festival even better and we look forward to seeing you all again next summer. Pre-season fixtures announced Tuesday 30th May 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town have announced their pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. Friendlies kick off on Saturday 8th July with a visit to Cambrian & Clydach Vale and then two weeks later on the 22nd July we will be heading to last years League Two runners up Briton Ferry.  A midweek visit to Pontlottyn on the 25th July will be followed on Saturday 29th July to former Southern Football League side Clevedon Town who now play in the Toolstation Western League. The final warm up game will be on Saturday 5th August when Cwmamman United visit Aberaman Park ahead of the league season starting a week later. Boss Matt Driscoll is still finalising squad details and talks are ongoing with last seasons players and potential new targets and details on comings and goings will be announced in due course. First team presentation evening Saturday 6th May 2017 article by Steve Pearce Aber held their first team presentation evening at Aberaman Park after the final league game of the season. The few in attendance saw Kris Collins pick up the Clubman of the Year while Lewis Holder picked up the players of the year award, the supporters choice was Josh Powell and Elliott Morris finished as top scorer. There will be a presentation evening for the Reserves & A Team in June.   Season ends in defeat Saturday 6th May 2017 article by Ian Pearce
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