ABERYSTWYTH Town manager Neville Powell admitted that his side must start picking up points immediately, after their worst start to a Welsh Premier League season continued with a last-gasp 3-2 defeat to Bangor City.
The Cambrian News reported “An injury time winner by Steven Hewitt was a cruel blow for Powell’s side, but a fifth successive league loss, including three at Park Avenue, sees them propping up the rest of the table, with just one point from six games.
The Aberystwyth manager, who had won the Welsh Premier League title at Bangor in 2011 and also guided them to three successive Welsh Cup triumphs, felt that his side deserved at least a point against his former club.
“We’re obviously disappointed,” said Powell. “We took the lead deservedly, and bossed much of the game.
“I said before the game that we needed a clean sheet, but we couldn’t hold the lead. We let too many crosses into the box, and their first two goals were avoidable from our point of view.
“We got back into it, but then the lad has got that strike right at the end.
“So we’re bitterly disappointed to say the least, because we were worth at least a point today, if not three.”
Luke Borrelli, on his 100th Welsh Premier League start, had fired Aber in front, with their first goal in five league games, and later Craig Hobson looked to have salvaged a point, only for Bangor to score a dramatic winner at the death to snatch the points.
Powell will be disappointed with the way his side twice conceded within three minutes of scoring themselves, and after leaking seven goals in two games, Aber will look to tighten up.
“When you’re down the bottom, nothing goes right,” said Powell.
“The lads have got to keep working, we’ve had a right sucker punch at the end there, but we’ve got to be bigger and stronger, and see teams out.
“The lads need to show the desire to win the ball, and they’ve not done it.
“In this league you get punished by experienced players. But from a team point of view, the way we set up and played, and the work rate, I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads.
“We’ve dominated for large parts of the game, and missed some good chances of our own. The game could have been dead and buried by us.
“But we’ve got to keep going now, and believe that it will turn for us.”
The Seasiders travel to Maes Tegid on Friday evening to face a Bala Town side that will be determined to bounce back from successive defeats against Carmarthen 4-0 and Cefn Druids 3-0.
“We’ll go to Bala on Friday, and there will be a lot of balls coming into the box, but we’ve got to defend better, it’s as simple as that,” said Powell.
“Obviously it starts with the keeper, he’s got to come out for those crosses.
“After six games, we need to start getting wins. It’s a results business, and we need points on the board.”
The Seasiders had made three changes to their line-up after their 4-0 defeat away at Newtown, with Luke Borrelli, Joe Phillips and Cledan Davies replacing Mathew Jones, Jack Rimmer and Craig Hobson in the starting team.
Joe Culshaw completes his three match ban this week, but the Seasiders were also boosted by the return of John Owen off the bench last weekend.
Meanwhle ex-Aber favourite Chris Venables will miss the match for Bala as he serves a three match suspension.
Following an investigation by the FAW’s compliance department, Venables accepted the charge of violent conduct against Connah’s Quay.
Les Davies returns for the Lakesiders after missing last week’s game at Cefn Druids, but Anthony Stephens has been ruled out until after Christmas due to his re-occuring knee injury.
MORGAN RALLIES HIS YOUNG SEASIDERS
ABERYSTWYTH Town’s Under-19s manager Bari Morgan has urged his side to bounce back after they slipped to their first defeat of the season against a talented Swansea City side.
In front of a good crowd at Park Avenue on Sunday, the young Swans fielded their strongest side, and were far too good for the Aberystwyth boys as they ran out emphatic 8-1 winners.
“The boys had a real eye-opener in how Swansea played, it’s a great learning curve,” said Aber boss Morgan, a former Swansea trainee himself.
“We will take a lot from this game, I suppose the only disappointing thing was that we weren’t at our best today, we know we are far better than that.
“We’ll move on, the boys have been great and we won’t dwell too much on this result as we look forward to the Welsh Cup game against Ffostrasol.”
The game was over by half time as Swansea had cruised into a 3-0 lead, and things didn’t get much better after the break for Aber as the visitors scored two early goals to put any hopes of an Aber comeback to bed.
The highlight for Aber was a beautiful goal by striker Liam Doherty, who chipped the keeper from 25 yards.
“It was a real pleasure to see the quality of football Swansea produced and it was clear to see the professionalism in their performance,” said Morgan.
“It was a disappointing display from us, but we will learn from it, and we’ll be looking to make a good response” here.