ABERYSTWYTH Town’s director of football Neville Powell will look for his side to push on from the disappointment of their 4-1 Welsh Cup Final defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads at Latham Park.
The Cambrian News reported “Powell, who has been involved in seven Welsh Cup finals, including a hat-trick of wins as the manager of Bangor City between 2008 and 2010, has tasted final defeats before, including his time as the manager of Connah’s Quay.
Having missed out on a lucrative place in the Uefa Europa League, Powell will look to his side to build on the experience when preparations start for the next Welsh Premier League campaign.
“When I took over 10 months ago, we only had four or five players signed, so it’s taken a bit of time, but as the season’s moved on, we’ve got stronger and we have improved,” Powell said.
“Securing our league safety was probably more important than winning the Welsh Cup, as the club has to be in the Welsh Premier League next season.
“The final was something to look forward to, a great day out for everyone, but we’d have enjoyed it more if we had lifted that cup and taken the club to European football.
“I went to Aberystwyth for a reason. They’ve good people running the club and I’d like to be part of it for the next five years and bring them the success that they deserve. Hopefully, this is just the start.”
First half goals by Michael Bakare and Mike Wilde, with a brace, set up Nomads’ win, and despite Ryan Wade replying before the interval, sub Andy Owens netted their fourth goal in second half stoppage time.
“Obviously we’re gutted,” said Aber’s assistant manager Wayne Jones after the game.
“I think the goals we conceded we sloppy, to be fair. The lads have given a lot, I think we could have given more, but Connah’s Quay deserved it on the day, I have got no qualms about that.”
Aber should have been back in contention, when Malcolm Melvin’s effort came down off the bar and over the goal-line, but the goal was not given by referee Iwan Griffith.
“It was a major factor,” said Jones. “It would have got us back to 3-2, having been chasing the game from 3-0, and put a spring in our step.
“We’ve seen the evidence, and are disappointed it wasn’t given because it was clearly a goal. But that’s football, we don’t want to rest on that.”
He added: “Some of the guys were out on their knees in the heat, we made three substitutions and ideally we looked to freshen things up.
“At the end of the day, we cannot fault our players. To be fair, the quality of Connah’s Quay showed.”
Meanwhile Nomads’ manager Andy Morrison praised his players on a ‘professional performance,’ after they lifted the prestigious trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
“Everything that we have worked on this week to make things difficult for Aber has worked,” said former Plymouth, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Manchester City defender Morrison.
“Even the goal that we scored from a corner was something that we had worked on, so I’m really delighted, because I thought we were very, very good.
“It was a thoroughly professional performance, and the goals came at the right time and made it difficult for Aber to get back into the game.”
Morrison added: “I’m really proud of everyone. We’ve come a long way in the last two or three years and that just cements it, to have won the cup.
“All respect to Aber, they’ve got some serious threats within their team, but today we had too much.
“I’m delighted for my staff and players, because we’ve worked tirelessly this season and don’t always get the praise we deserve for just how good we are and what we do.
“Full credit to Aberystwyth, but this really puts the icing on the cake on a fantastic season for us” here.