ABERYSTWYTH Town manager Neville Powell was delighted to see his side pick up their first away win in the JD Welsh Premier League this season with a crucial three points at Llandudno last weekend.
Cambrian News reported “In a game of few clear-cut opportunities, Declan Walker’s 81st minute penalty was enough to see the Seasiders home with what could prove a massive victory.
Their fourth league win of the season closes the gap on a top six position to just two points, and they will be looking to build on another well-disciplined effort away at bottom club Llanelli on Friday evening (ko 7.45pm).
“It was a real six-pointer,” said the Aber manager. “I thought we deserved it over the 90 minutes, the lads have put a good shift in. We defended really well and always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, so I am over the moon.”
Powell, however, warned that there was still a long way to go in their push for a top six position this season, with 11 games still left before the league is split.
The Seasiders will be looking to maintain form against a Llanelli side that is currently propping up the table with just two wins so far, having lost 3-1 at Park Avenue two months ago.
“In this league we do not get carried away, because you know that if you lose a couple of matches you’re straight back in it, so that doesn’t mean a lot,” said Powell.
“At the end of October, we’ll take a look at it, and we can take stock. All we know right now is that we’ve got a very big game against Llanelli on Friday.
“We’ll be looking for the win, it’s going to be really tough, but if we can get the three points we’ll be in an even better league position.”
Aber have only conceded two goals in their last four matches, including two successive clean sheets, and Powell is looking to for another disciplined performance.
“Having Alan Goodall back in the side has helped massively with our defensive organisation, we’ve worked on our shape a lot in training recently,” he said.
“Having Alan’s experience in there next to Ryan Wollacott is fantastic. We’ve got a very good back four, and having the experience of Terry McCormick behind them has also benefited us.”
Midfield pair Mathew Jones and Paulo Mendes have also provided the base for Aber’s attackers to play with an added freedom in the final third.
“If we can keep teams out, then more often than not we’re going to pinch a goal at the other end with players like Ryan Edwards, Ash Ruane and Rio Ahmadi, who can hurt teams,” said Powell.
Competition for places is hotting up, with Wes Baynes coming in for Jack Rimmer last weekend, whilst Joe Phillips and Geoff Kellaway are also be keen to reclaim starting places.
Aber striker Rio Ahmadi will be missing for Seasiders through suspension.
Andy Hill’s Llanelli side have taken just seven points from their opening 11 league games, and are missing several key players through suspension for Friday’s clash.
They include former Seasiders Joe Clarke and Kurtis March, as well as defensive pairing Chris Thomas and Scott Tancock. Clarke and Thomas were both sent off, as the Reds lost 5-2 to third-placed Barry Town.
The Reds were only able to name three substitutes last Friday evening, with one of them being their replacement goalkeeper Kai Reeds, but Hill remains optimistic.
“It will be a massive game against Aber next week, and we will be going all out for the three points,” said Hill. “Hopefully, we are still in touch by January, and if we are, then we will look to push on from there” here.