ABERYSTWYTH Town assistant boss Wayne Jones reflected on two points dropped as visitors Prestatyn Town picked up their first JD Welsh Premier League point since November in a 1-1 draw at Park Avenue on Friday night.
The Cambrian News reported “Geoff Kellaway’s 78th minute header was enough to earn Aber a point, after Damien Ketley had given the visitors a 20th minute lead, but the hosts were left to rue missed chances.
The visitors’ Zyaac Edwards was sent off for alleged foul and abusive language, but 10-man Prestatyn held on to secure a hard-earned point.
“In the context of the game and with the chances we’ve had and created, it was two points dropped,” said Jones.
“Obviously we were playing against 10 men, which we all know can be difficult at times, but we had enough chances to have won comfortably, and we are disappointed with that.
“We had a massive chance tonight to leapfrog above Llandudno, and we are now another three points away from seventh place, but that will come again, because we know teams are going to take points off each other.
“We’re still aiming for seventh place after tonight, it’s not a defeat, it’s four points from the last two games, so it is onwards and upwards from here.”
Barry Town’s 2-1 win at Newtown lifted them to the top of the Play-Off Conference, seven points clear of Aberystwyth, whilst Llandudno’s 3-2 win over Carmarthen Town means that Nev Powell’s side are now eight points clear of the bottom two.
Aber will look to move further away from the drop zone at Richmond Park on Sunday, when they attempt to avenge their double festive defeat to second-from-bottom Carmarthen.
A Liam Thomas goal earned the Old Gold a 1-0 home win over the Seasiders on Boxing Day, and they followed that up with a 2-1 win at Park Avenue on New Year’s Day, courtesy of goals from Lee Idzi and Liam Griffiths.
Carmarthen, who recently sacked manager Mark Aizlewood after his fraud conviction, maintained their upturn in fortunes in February as they followed a Welsh Cup win at Cymru Alliance side Airbus, with league wins over Prestatyn and Newtown.
Assistant manager Neil Smothers has been appointed as interim manager at Carmarthen, who themselves are just two points clear of Prestatyn.
Meanwhile Aberystwyth’s Under-19s Development side are due to take on Llanelli at Park Avenue on Sunday, as they look to keep pace with Swansea City at the top of the table.
Bari Morgan’s side are now four points adrift of the league leaders, after Swansea registered a 4-0 win at Merthyr Town on Monday, but the Seasiders have two games in hand.
Meanwhile four players from Aber’s Development squad have been selected to represent the Wales Under 18s Academy Squad, which will travel to Waterford to face the Republic of Ireland in two internationals this week.
Alex Pennock, Lee Jenkins, Liam Doherty and Harri Horwood were all named in Mark Pike’s 20-man squad, which will be looking to bring home the John Coughlan Memorial Cup in the annual double-header, being played on Tuesday and Thursday” here.