ABERYSTWYTH Town produced a spirited showing before going down 2-1 to full-timers The New Saints at Park Avenue on Friday – but points will be the priority when the Seasiders travel to Prestatyn this Saturday (ko 2.30pm).
The Cambrian News reported “The Seasiders are now lying six points behind Neil Gibson’s side, after their surprise win against high-flying Bangor City last week, and Nev Powell’s side have got to start closing the gap.
Aber, however, are now starting to find consistency, with the squad almost back to full strength, and they could take heart from two draws and a win prior to their defeat to the Saints.
Powell will be looking for his side to end the month on a positive note, before they embark on some crucial home matches in November, starting against Cefn Druids next Friday evening.
Assistant manager Wayne Jones felt that his side had produced a committed and disciplined performance against the defending champions, only to come away empty-handed.
Declan Walker had fired the Seasiders into a lead that they held for almost half an hour, before a poor back pass let in Phil Draper to score a timely equaliser just before the interval.
“I’m gutted for the lads, who put everything into the match, and stuck to the game plan, but the class of TNS showed in the end,” said Jones.
“I’m really disappointed to have lost, to be fair we scored at the right time, and had a game plan to sit back, and hit them on the counter-attack.
“We had worked on that in training on Tuesday night, and we got the goal from it, which was really rewarding. But the manner and the time we conceded was really disappointing.”
Jones, however, said that his side can take plenty of heart from recent performances as they look to bounce back against eighth-placed Prestatyn.
“Since Nev has come in, it has taken us time to adjust, but I think in the last four league performances the lads have done really well,” he said.
“Now we are starting to understand our roles and responsibilities. You can see our togetherness is important to us, and the lads are doing okay.”
Meanwhile Aberystwyth Town’s Under 19s manager Bari Morgan has praised the commitment of his players after they registered a 2-1 win at Risca in the Welsh Premier Development League.
Goals by Harri Horwood and Liam Doherty secured the points, to leave them in good heart for this weekend’s Welsh Cup tie away at Cardiff Met.
“I thought the boys battled it out well today against an organised side, and we showed we can mix it and battle for the three points,” said Morgan.
“When we conceded, everyone showed great mental strength to keep going and still get that winning goal, and for me it was the most pleasing performance of the season so far.
“We are on the road again next week, with a Welsh Cup game against Cardiff Metropolitan, and I am looking for more of the same from them” here.