POWELL PLEASED WITH ABER’S CHARACTER

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Cambrian News photographer - Aberystwyth celebrate scoring their first goal.

ABERYSTWYTH Town director of football Neville Powell was delighted with the way his side responded to their heavy defeat to The New Saints in midweek with a 3-2 win over Bala Town on Saturday night.

Cambrian News reported “Geoff Kellaway, who had played his 300th Welsh Premier League game in midweek, gave Aber an interval lead, before second half goals from sub Rio Ahmadi and Ashley Ruane sealed a third league win.

“It was a great performance from the boys, full of character and full of heart, and I felt they deserved to win the game,” said Powell. “The players found a way to win it, Rio (Ahmadi) came on and did really well, and Ashley Ruane was my man of the match, and he deserved to get his goal.

“The team managed to see it out, and it was a massive three points for us tonight.”

It was a fitting result under the Park Avenue floodlights on what was an especially emotional evening for the club, as officials unveiled the opening of ‘Lolfa Emyr James’ before kick-off.

Emyr’s family and close friends were on hand to officially unveil the opening in his name, and Aber produced a passionate performance in honour of the very popular club stalwart.

The win lifted Aber to seventh place in the JD Welsh Premier League, and they will be keen to continue their push for a top six position when they face Carmarthen at Richmond Park on Saturday (ko 2.30pm).

“I think there’s a couple of places to be had in the top six, and we have been looking to beat those teams around us,” said Powell. “Bala will be a top four team, so that win is a bonus for us, having played the other top teams and lost.

“We now go to Carmarthen, which I’m sure will be as tough as it was tonight, and we will prepare properly.

“There’s a bit of belief there in the dressing room, so who knows. They’re enjoying their football, and that’s the main thing for us as far as I am concerned.”

Meanwhile, Aberystwyth Town’s Under 19s continued winning ways in the Welsh Premier Development League (South) as goals by Liam Doherty and Carwyn Morgan earned a 2-1 win at Barry Town.

After three successive wins, Bari Morgan’s talented young side were held to a goalless draw at home to Carmarthen on Wednesday night” here.

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