ABERYSTWYTH Town manager Neville Powell warned that his side still has work to do in the league, before they turn their attention to their Welsh Cup semi-final showdown with Newtown at Bala’s Maes Tegid on 8 April.
The Cambrian News reported “A 2-0 defeat to Barry Town at Park Avenue meant that the Dragons strengthened their grip at the top of the Play-Off Conference, to maintain their 100 per cent record in phase two.
The result kept the Seasiders in 10th position, eight points clear of second-from-bottom side Carmarthen, who they are still to play at home in their remaining four league matches.
A win at Llandudno on Saturday, however, would lift them above their opponents, and Powell’s men can take heart from their dramatic 3-2 away win at Maesdu Park back in October, and a 3-1 home win in February.
The Seasiders, who welcomed back Welsh Premier Player of the Month Declan Walker into the line-up last weekend, will be looking to take a greater percentage of their chances.
The visitors opened their account just before the break when Jordan Cotterill fired home, but Aber missed a host of chances before Louis Gerrard sealed victory in stoppage time.
“Goals change games, “ said Powell.
“During the first half I thought that Barry probably shaded it, and they got the goal that they had deserved.
“We were a lot better in the second half, but you have got to take your chances at this level and we’ve had four or five guilt-edged chances to score goals, and we haven’t take them.
“We’ve paid the price for not taking our chances, it’s as simple as that.
“Obviously we are disappointed to have lost the game, but we wont be too heavy on the players, because we’ve got some big games coming up.
“We’ve still got a lot to do in the league, and obviously we’ve got one eye on the cup semi-final against Newtown in a fortnight’s time.
“But first we’ve got a big game to play at Llandudno, and that’s all that we will be focusing on this week.”
Local star Matthew Jones is expected to return to the squad this week after missing last weekend’s defeat through illness, whilst Ryan Wade also looks likely to feature after a recent hamstring strain.
Meanwhile Bari Morgan’s Aberystwyth Town Under 19s side has returned to the top of the Welsh Premier Development League (South).
After 1-1 draw against a strong Cardiff Metropolitan side on Friday, they registered a 3-0 win over Cambrian and Clydach Vale, to move them two points clear of rivals Swansea City.
With three league games to go, they are now guaranteed second place, and could face a potential title showdown in Swansea in their final fixture.
On Sunday, the young Seasiders will host Barry Town United at Park Avenue, before then hosting Risca United next Wednesday, 4 April.
Aberystwyth Town Ladies progressed to the semi-finals of the South Wales Women’s League Cup on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Cwmban Celtic” here.