ABERYSTWYTH Town manager Matthew Bishop is looking for a positive response from his players after their 5-1 Welsh Cup exit against Prestatyn Town at Park Avenue last weekend.
The Cambrian News reported “The Seasiders begin the second phase of their Welsh Premier League campaign at home to Airbus UK Broughton on Saturday, and improvement is needed.
They had been unable to cope with the livewire attack of the Cymru Alliance leaders last weekend, as they raced into a convincing four-goal lead inside an hour.
Prestatyn, still unbeaten and 13 points clear at the top of the Alliance, averaging more than four goals a game, were always likely to provide a stern test.
The manner of the defeat, however, was hard to take, and clear defensive errors added to Bishop’s woe as they were well beaten at Park Avenue.
“I’m bitterly disappointed, embarrassed,” said Bishop after the game. “I think the players have got to take a hard look at themselves.
“The first two goals absolutely killed us, they were very sloppy. After that, they have run us ragged, and fair play to Prestatyn, they were the better team on the day.”
Bishop added: “It has given me some real food for thought in terms of how we move forward, and what we’ve got in the dressing room.
“The players made mistakes today that left you thinking why are you doing that. I’m very disappointed, and a little lost for words.”
Aber now have 10 league games to secure their Welsh Premier status in the bottom six table, with the possibility of still making it into the Europa League Play-Offs by finishing in seventh position.
After three successive defeats at Park Avenue, however, the immediate goal now has to be to avoiding a relegation position.
They can take heart from the fact that they have already completed a home and away double against the Wingmakers this season, but as the old cliche goes, every game is now a ‘six-pointer’ for Bishop’s men.
Winger Geoff Kellaway hopes to make a long-awaited return, and new striker John Owen will also add to Bishop’s attacking options, after being cup-tied last weekend.
Aberystwyth have added to their squad this week with the addition of Pembrokeshire-based right-back Dylan Rees, from Cardiff City.
Midfielders Malcolm Melvin, from Halesowen Town, and Dafydd Jones, from Newport County, also joined the Seasiders on the eve of the transfer deadline.
Meanwhile Will Bell has rejoined Bala Town after half a season and 14 starting appearances the Seasiders.
Bishop will take heart from the fact that 20 of their 23 points were gained against their Bottom Six Play Off Conference rivals.
Opponents Airbus are propping up the league in 12th position, but they gave themselves a boost with a 5-1 friendly victory over Flint last weekend.
They have also added keeper Shaun Pearson, defenders Leon Clowes and Steve Tomasson, midfielders Ryan Edwards and Glenn Rule, and striker Obi Anoruo in the bid to avoid the drop” here.