ABERYSTWYTH Town goalkeeper Chris Mullock believes there is enough experience in their squad to go on and lift the Welsh Cup on Sunday.
The Cambrian News reported “The 29 year-old will be involved in his fourth Welsh Cup Final, having performed so well for Cefn Druids in the 2012 final that winners The New Saints immediately signed him that summer.
Mullock went on to pick up two winners medals with the Saints for the Saints as an unused substitute in 2015 and 2016, before signing for the Seasiders.
“It will be my second JD Welsh Cup final as a starter, so I’m very much looking forward to it, and being involved in what will be a great day for the football club,” said Mullock. “It would be great to finish the season off with some silverware.
“A lot of us have been in this situation before, and if we all pull together and put in the performance we’re capable of as a team, then we’ll be in a good position to achieve success.”
Another Aberystwyth player to have tasted Welsh Cup final success is Ryan Wade, who won the trophy with Bala Town last season, whilst Damian Allen and John Owen were runners-up for Bangor in 2013.
Geoff Kellaway also played in both Aber’s finals in 2009 and 2014, whilst director of football Nev Powell has been involved in six finals, including a hat-trick of wins for Bangor from 2008 to 2010.
“You can’t put a price on experience,” added Mullock.
“It is great to have so many individuals in our squad who have been involved in the latter stages of this competition before, it will be a big boost to us on the weekend.
“It will be helpful for our younger players too – who have done very well this season – to have those more experienced heads around them, and help bring the best out of everyone on Sunday.”
The Aber keeper, who is a product of the Wrexham academy, believes that Aber have a great chance to beat Connah’s Quay to lift the prestigious trophy on Sunday.
“We’ve got to have confidence in ourselves, and I think in particular the 4-2 win over Nomads at Park Avenue earlier in the season should give us a lot of confidence,” he said.
“We can score goals, and can cause anyone problems, but we have to make sure we concentrate on the defensive end because everybody knows what Connah’s Quay are about.
“If we work as hard as we can on limiting mistakes, and plugging any gaps, then we can win it.”
The Aberystwyth stopper added that team would love to reward the supporters with Welsh Cup glory, for the first time in the modern era.
“It would be absolutely massive for me and every single one of the players and staff to win this competition with Aberystwyth, but it would mean more for all of us to win it for the fans,” he said.
“There is a great group of supporters behind the team, travelling all over the country every weekend to cheer on the boys.
“Even when times have been tough this season, they’ve always been very supportive – they’ve never turned on any of us, they’ve always encouraged and helped us be at our best.
“It would mean so much to all of us as a team if we could win it for them, rather than for ourselves.”
He added: “It is a massive occasion for the club, a game that we very much feel we can win.
“The last time Aberystwyth reached the final was in 2014, and I remember being on the bench that day for TNS in what was a very close game.
“Aberystwyth has always had great support, and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about come the end of the match on Sunday” here.