ABERYSTWYTH Town’s Director of Football Neville Powell admitted that defensive errors had cost his side dearly in a 4-1 defeat to Cardiff Met on Friday night.
Cambrian News reported “The Seasiders found themselves three goals down at the interval as newly-signed keeper Terry McCormick endured a frustrating debut at Park Avenue, and despite an improved second half there was no way back for Aber.
Powell warned that lessons must be learned as they prepare travel to face his former club Connah’s Quay Nomads at the Deeside on Friday night.
“We probably gifted them four goals, which probably were all avoidable, so I’m not too happy with that aspect of it,” said Powell. “Cardiff Met are a really strong side, they play good football, and we really did not get to grips with them.
“We have defended poorly and we have paid the price for it. The damage was done in the first half, with the goals that we had conceded. The second half was an improvement, we changed shape and went with three centre halves and were probably better with that shape.
“We did give a poor fourth goal away, but (Wes Baynes) probably scored the best goal of the night.”
After keeping a clean sheet in the win against Llandudno, Powell called for a positive reaction to the defeat.
“We had a few young lads out there, and they’ll learn from mistakes,” said Powell.
“The positive was that we kept going for the 90 minutes, we got the goal and didn’t get beat second half. The players are hurting, they know they can defend better as a team than that, and have got to do better.
“When you play a team like Cardiff Met, you get punished if you don’t get it right, and we have certainly been punished tonight They’ve come here and done a job on us, it was a disappointing night for us.”
It doesn’t get any easier for the Seasiders as they travel to take on a Connah’s Quay side that will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record, after beating The New Saints last weekend.
“We’ll now dust ourselves down, we’ll train Tuesday and look forward to a tough game Friday,” said Powell.
“We are realistic, but will go to Connah’s Quay and defend better and see what we can get out of the game.”
Meanwhile the club had moved quickly to replace injured goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins last week, by signing experienced Welsh Premier stalwart Terry McCormick.
The former Bala, Connah’s Quay and Rhyl custodian, who has made a total of 179 league appearances, went straight into the Aber side last Friday.
It has been confirmed that former Penrhyncoch keeper Jenkins had suffered a hairline fracture on his shin in the win over Llandudno.
Aberystwyth have meanwhile signed young defender Lee Jenkins on a two-year contract at Park Avenue.
At just 16 years of age, Jenkins played a pivotal role in the success of Bari Morgan’s Under 19’s double-winning squad last season, and has represented the Wales Schools Under-18s” here.