ABERYSTWYTH Town’s destiny is still in their own hands after Matthew Bishop’s men took four points from their festive double-header against rivals Newtown.
After following up their 1-0 win over the Robins at Park Avenue with a 2-2 draw at Latham Park on New Year’s Eve, the Seasiders know that two wins from their last two matches would guarantee a top six position at the league split.
The Seasiders are hoping for a big crowd for this Saturday’s crucial match at home to Cefn Druids (ko 1.30pm), before then hosting top six rivals Cardiff Metropolitan the following weekend.
“Three points would have been nice, but we are still in there with a chance of making the top six,” said Bishop, after Joe Clarke’s injury time equaliser had secured a vital point away at Newtown.
“Mathematically, if we can win our two games, we’ll be in there. We can’t rely on anybody else, we know that we need to do what we have to do.
“We’ll prepare now for Cefn Druids on Saturday, which is obviously a massive game for us, and hopefully the fans will turn out, as we’re going to need them.”
Bishop added: “A draw was probably a fair result. I think for the first 45 minutes we were probably the better team, and going in at 1-0 up, I was confident that we could go on and see the game out.
“Newtown came out well, and we conceded two sloppy goals really, but we kept going and found a way, and fair play, Clarkey has scored two good goals for us.
“It’s a credit to the players that they kept believing and didn’t stop. Some teams give up, but the lads kept going right to the end.
“Over two games against Newtown over the Christmas period, I’m happy with the four points.”
Aberystwyth Town have been the busiest club in the January transfer market, picking up four key targets within 24 hours.
Strikers Lee Healey from Holywell Town and Jon Owen from Llandudno have joined the Seasiders, along with midfielder Elliot Scotcher from Merthyr Town.
Keeper Chris Mullock has also signed on a permanent deal, after a successful loan spell from The New Saints, and striker Luke Borrelli and defender Ryan Wollocott have also signed extended contracts” here.