SEASIDERS ARE KEEN TO CLOSE GAP

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Cambrian News photographer - Aberystwyth Town manager Neville Powell.

ABERYSTWYTH Town will be looking to close the gap on Barry Town United at the top of the Play-Off Conference when the two sides meet at Park Avenue on Saturday (2.30pm).

The Cambrian News reported “The Seasiders, who had no game last weekend, are nine points adrift of the Dragons, with five league games left, but there is still all to play for.

With a Welsh Cup semi-final against Newtown to come at Bala on 8 April, Neville Powell’s men are also keen to finish as high up the table as they can.

They are on a five-match unbeaten run since their defeat at Barry at the start of February, and after some much-needed recovery, Powell wants his side to pick up where they left off.

“The break will give some lads time to get themselves fit,” said Powell.

“It will be nice for them to have had a bit of time off and to rest their bodies, because they have done a lot of work in the last couple of weeks.

“We haven’t got the biggest of squads, but I expect every one of them to give me 120 per cent, which is the only thing I ask when they come here.

“Since Christmas, we’ve had a great run of results, apart from the Barry game, and we have had some solid performances and scored a few goals.

“We’ve got to be happy with the way that we have been playing, and now we want to keep that going, and take it forward into the Barry game.

“There’s a lot of character and spirit in the dressing room, we want to succeed, and with the same attitude we can do well in the remaining games.”

Barry Town’s 3-1 win over Aber at Jenner Park last month started a run of four straight league wins for them, to propel them to the top of Play-Off Conference, and also earn manager Gavin Chesterfield the Welsh Premier Manager of the Month accolade.

Powell, however, is looking for his side to continue their good home form, after back-to-back wins on their travels at Carmarthen in the Welsh Cup and at Newtown in the league.

“We haven’t been at home for a few weeks, and we have made Park Avenue a bit of a fortress,” said Powell.

“We want to win as many games as we can at home, and if we keep picking up points, we’ll see where our results get us at the end of the season.”

The Seasiders will be pleased to have February’s JD Welsh Premier League Player of the Month Declan Walker back in the squad for Saturday’s game.

Ryan Wade also looks likely to feature after a recent hamstring injury, in a double boost for Nev Powell’s side.

The squad is also bolstered by the recent availability of both Sam Kersh and Kurt Sherlock.

In addition, striker John Owen will be in contention after he played 55 minutes for Wales in their clash with England in the C International match played at Jenner Park on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile Bari Morgan’s high-flying Under-19s squad entertain Cardff Met on Friday night, before taking on Cambrian and Clydach at Park Avenue on Sunday” here.

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