ABERYSTWYTH Town’s director of football Neville Powell says he is looking for his side to be switched on for the full 90 minutes in all their games.
Cambrian News reported “A poor first half performance meant that they were two goals down at the interval at Carmarthen Town last weekend, but the Seasiders showed great character to hit back and claim a 2-2 draw.
Powell said he was looking for his side to carry their second half performance into their tie against Cambrian and Clydach Vale BCG in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday, before hosting Barry Town in the league at Park Avenue on Saturday.
“Away from home you’d have settled for a point at Carmarthen,” said Powell.
“Obviously it was a game of two halves, and the first half wasn’t really acceptable from us, we were poor. But in the second half, we looked a lot brighter and better.
“If we’d performed to that level in the first half we would be going home with three points. Games in this league are never easy, and teams will have their spells.
“They started brightly and we just couldn’t get out of their half. But we’ve changed it around at half-time, and that seemed to do the trick.
“We were a lot better and deserved our goals. If one team was going to go on and win it, it was Aberystwyth.”
Powell added: “We were slow in the first half and never got out of the traps. It was a long trip down here, but that’s not an excuse from us. From one to 11 we were half a yard too short, before we changed things around.
“We told them exactly what we thought, and to be fair, they’re a good group of lads. They do not go out and try to put in that type of performance.
“We talked to them and we told them what needed doing, and they did it.”
The Seasiders face a tough test on Saturday against a Barry side that is flying high in third position, after they came from behind to beat Cefn Druids 2-1 on Saturday.
Aberystwyth are level on points with fifth-placed Bala Town, and they will take heart from taking three wins from four matches at Park Avenue this season.
“They’ve got to learn from it,” said Powell. “We gave away two poor goals, and were probably lucky to go in only two goals down at half time. But we managed to get something from the game, which says a lot about he character of the players.
“We are finishing games strongly, and the lads look fit. We’ve got a small squad and they are a new squad.
“We’ve got to do some fine tuning and show consistency, in the first half, and not just the last half an hour.
“But we are coming good at important times in the game, which shows their mentality, and the team spirit is there.”
He added: “The easiest thing would have been to go into the dressing and start ranting and raving. But we’ve got a sensible group of lads, and we tried to tell them what was going wrong.
“They took it on board, and turned it around, so I have got to be happy with that.
“We’ve got a busy week, and hopefully we can carry on our good form. We’ll take the point, digest it, and look forward to the Barry game.”
Paulo Mendes and Rio Ahmadi are both in contention after coming on at half-time at Carmarthen, as the competition for places hots up.
Meanwhile Bari Morgan’s Under-19s squad will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, following a goalless midweek draw with Carmarthen, as they travel to face Cardiff Metropolitan on Sunday” here.