POWELL URGES THE SEASIDERS TO PUSH ON

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Cambrian News photographer - Aberystwyth manager Neville Powell

ABERYSTWYTH Town manager Neville Powell is hoping that his side can now kick on, after their winless run finally ended with a last-gasp 3-2 victory at Llandudno last weekend.

The Cambrian News reported “An injury time header from captain Jonny Spittle snatched all three points to earn Powell his first league win since taking charge in the summer.

After successive draws against Bala and Barry, Aber’s long-awaited success, at their ninth attempt, lifted them three points clear of Carmarthen at the foot of the Welsh Premier League.

The Seasiders, however, face a massive test on Friday evening at home to defending champions The New Saints, whose campaign continued to gain momentum last weekend with a 6-1 triumph against Prestatyn Town.

“The lads have had to be patient, but our performances have been better than what we have got points-wise in recent weeks,” said Powell.

“It was important they kept going, but it was nice to get our first win, and hopefully we can now kick on.

“I’ve said to the players that it’s only one win. We’ve got TNS next, so we’ve got to prepare for that right.

“But there’s a lot of characters and experience in our dressing room.

“I really enjoyed watching them today, and even at 2-1 down I still thought that we were the better side.

“We had switched off for 10 minutes in the second half, after taking the lead, and we got punished, as you do in this league. But we changed it around a bit and got on the front foot.

“We finished the game strongly and got what we deserved in the end.”

Aber are just three points adrift of Newtown and Prestatyn, but Powell admitted that there was still as lot of work to be done if they are to move out of relegation danger.

The Seasiders were boosted by the fact that midfield maestro Malcolm Melvin returned to the starting line-up last weekend as he builds back towards full fitness.

Geoff Kellaway, however, remains sidelined through injury, whilst striker Craig Hobson will be pushing for a starting place.

Powell said: “We’ve got a good set of lads and I enjoy working with them.

“They are learning how each other play, and it’s coming slowly. But we haven’t got that many games in this league, so we’ve got to do it quickly.

“It’s still only three points at the end of the day, and we’ve got a lot of work to do before the league split, starting this week against TNS” here.

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