ABERYSTWYTH Town boss Neville Powell admitted that his side was relieved to register their first home win of the season as they moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over in-form side Cefn Druids last Friday evening.
The Cambrian News reported “John Owen’s second half winner completed back-to-back wins for the Seasiders, after their win at Prestatyn six days earlier, and there is a sense that Aber have really turned a corner.
With just one defeat in six matches, against leaders TNS, and three wins in four games, Aber were set to travel to face Powell’s former club Bangor City in confident mood on Tuesday.
“We are delighted to have got our first home win, we’ve been waiting for that for a while,” commented Powell.
“I thought we were good value for the win tonight. It was an end to end game, especially the first half, which was played at 100 miles per hour.
“We got the goal, and we could have then gone on to score one or two after that, but we’ve got to be delighted to have taken another three points.
“It lifts us out of the relegation zone, and full credit must go to the players.
“Cefn Druids are on a great run, so we knew we were in for a tough game.
“We set out with a system of how we were going to play, with John Owen down the middle, and I thought he was the difference between the two sides. At times he was unplayable.
“He fully deserved to score the winning goal, it was a great win for us.”
Powell was looking for his side to show similar character at Bangor in midweek, before crucial back-to-back Friday night fixtures at Park Avenue.
Aber host Bala on Friday, 17 November, before entertaining Newtown seven days later, and the Seasiders are looking to maintain their momentum.
“We want a hard working team, and if teams are going to break us down, they have to work for it,” said Powell.
“They’ve acquitted themselves well, and the players are enjoying their football. The spirit’s there, and we have quality that can win you games.
“It was quality in the final third that won us the game against Cefn Druids.
“Every player has worked their socks off to get us an important win.
“The three centre halves have been outstanding, and Declan Walker and Mattie Jones put in some quality balls. We had to withstand a late rush of balls into the box and did admirably.”
Having moved three points clear of Newtown, Powell’s sights are firmly set on climbing the table, and he believes a top six place is still possible.
“Take TNS out of it, and the rest of the teams can beat each other on a given day,” said the Aber manager.
“It’s an important stage in the season, and any team who can get a run of wins wont be far off the top six.
“We will be taking one game at a time, make sure we prepare for each match properly, and all the players must do what they are expected to do.
“We’ve got a vast amount of work to do, and each game will be tough, but we’ll carry on what we are doing.
“It’s only a small squad, and we’ve got to make sure we don’t get injuries and suspensions, but if we do what we’ve been doing in the last five or six matches, we will not be too far away.”
• Meanwhile Aberystwyth’s Under 19s manager Bari Morgan was also pleased with his side’s 6-4 win against Penybont in the Welsh Development League at Park Avenue on Sunday.
Jack Rimmer and Liam Doherty continued their scoring form with two goals each, whilst Tom Evans and Harri Rowe also got on the scoresheet for Aber, who are second in the table with six wins from seven matches.
“We didn’t defend as well as we have been,” said Morgan. “We’ll work on a few things, but I think it was more of a concentration issue today, as we switched off a couple of times.
“We won’t dwell too much on it, as our defence has been fantastic all season. The main thing today was getting the three points in difficult conditions.
“We’ll be looking to keep the run going away against Barry this week” here.