ABERYSTWYTH Town were denied a crucial victory against bottom-three rivals Carmarthen Town as two stoppage time goals snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw at Richmond Park.
The Cambrian News reported “Declan Walker appeared to have stolen the show with his brilliant hat-trick putting Nev Powell’s side 3-1 up, but last-gasp goals from Dwayne Coultress and Lee Surman snatched the hosts a draw from the jaws of defeat in injury time.
Powell had named an unchanged side after their draw with Prestatyn, and his team started brightly on a freezing late Sunday afternoon.
Aber’s first chance came after seven minutes as John Owen played in Declan Walker down the right flank, but the full back’s whipped cross landed safely in the arms of Carmarthen keeper Lewis Thomas.
The Seasiders, however, did make the breakthrough on 13 minutes when Walker stepped up and drilled a low free kick through Carmarthen’s defensive wall, with the bounce beating the home keeper.
Aber almost extended their lead when Joe Phillips saw his effort blocked inside the penalty area, and Damien Allen headed the follow up over – but as the half wore on Carmarthen found their feet.
Chris Mullock had to be alert to save Luke Bowen’s goal-bound effort – and on 28 minutes the hosts were level as Luke Bowen rose highest to head home Keiran Lewis’ in-swinging free kick to make it 1-1.
The Seasiders did not let that set-back knock their confidence, and they continued to create decent chances as first John Owen and then Malcolm Melvin saw their efforts sail narrowly wide of the post.
Just three minutes into the second half, however, Walker was tripped inside the penalty area, and the full back duly stepped up to hammer home the spot kick to make it 2-1.
The home side struggled to adapt to an increase in tempo, but they very nearly found an equaliser as Mullock produced a fantastic instinctive save to deny Keiran Lewis.
Soon after, Aber were back on the attack and when Damien Allen stole possession in midfield he played in John Owen, who squared the ball for Walker to finish superbly into the bottom corner for his hat-trick.
Aber were in dream-land at 3-1, and being roared on to what looked like a sure-fire three points – but the home team continued to battle for their Welsh Premier League lives.
It took another superb save from Mullock to tip Mark Jones’ effort onto the bar as the visitors looked to see out the remaining 10 minutes.
Aber substitutes Geoff Kellaway and Luke Borrelli came on for Malcolm Melvin and Ryan Wade, and as the game entered into stoppage time the three points seemed won.
Never-say-die Carmarthen, however, refused to surrender and began to pile bodies forward in injury time in search of a late consolation.
Then suddenly, in the third additional minute, Dwayne Coultress pounced on some loose defending to tap home to make the score 3-2.
The Old Gold pushed forward again, and within a minute Keiran Lewis had hooked a looping ball into the Aber penalty area, where the ball ricocheted to Lee Surman, who half-volleyed into the bottom corner for a sensational equaliser.
Still the action wasn’t finished, and the hosts launched one last final ball into the Aber penalty area in the sixth minute of injury time.
Mullock made an excellent one-handed save to deny Luke Bowen, who then saw his close range shot rebound off the back of the head of teammate Mark Jones – and Aber had actually escaped with a point.
CARMARTHEN: L Thomas, J Knott (D Coultress 73 minutes), D Sheehan, L Surman, 4. D Vincent, C Morgan, K Lewis, C Green (L Walsh 66’), M Jones, L Bowen, L Thomas (C Hanford 83’). Subs not used: S Hall (gk), D Thomas.
ABERYSTWYTH: C Mullock, D Walker, R Wollacott, T Owens, M Melvin (L Borrelli 82’), J Owen, R Wade (G Kellaway 78’), M Jones, A Young, D Allen, J Phillips (J Rimmer 88’). Subs not used: A Walters (gk), L Jenkins.
Attendance: 347. Referee: D Morgan” here.