ALL pressure will be off Welsh Cup finalists Aberystwyth Town as they go into their final Welsh Premier League game of the season at home to Newtown knowing that they have avoided the drop.
The Cambrian News reported “A crucial 1-1 draw with Carmarthen Town at Park Avenue last Friday condemned their opponents to a bottom-two finish, and the Old Gold now face a nervous wait to see if they will be relegated.
Assistant boss Wayne Jones was relieved to see his side secure their survival with one game to go, and they are now looking to end their league campaign on a positive note against the Robins on Friday.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I thought we set up really well tactically tonight,” said Jones, who is himself a former defender for Carmarthen.
“We had enough chances to have not put ourselves under so much pressure, but all credit to Carmathen, they kept going and were maybe a little unfortunate in the end not to have got something.
“From our point of view, we are very, very pleased with the result.”
The Seasiders take on Newtown for the fifth time this season on Friday, following their recent semi-final win over the Robins – before all attention turns to the showpiece final against Connah’s Quay at Latham Park on Sunday, 6 May.
“We’re playing Newtown next and we’ll treat them with respect,” said Jones. “But obviously we can relax a bit now, and we’ve got time to plan for the Welsh Cup Final.
“It’s massive for the club, we’ve got players who want to create a bit of history, and we’ll play and prepare for it as best we can.”
Since their Welsh Cup semi-final exit, the Robins are unbeaten after a draw at Barry and a win against Prestatyn last week.
Robins’ boss Chris Hughes says he is keen to give the travelling fans a victory in the Mid Wales derby, to end the season on a high.
“You always want to finish strong and we always get a good following at Aber,” said Hughes. “Our performances and results since going out in the Cup have been really good, and we want to finish well.
“It will give the players something to take into next season if we can win our last game.”
With the Robins and Aber both safe from relegation, Hughes insisted that his side won’t be taking their foot of the peddle at Park Avenue.
“Regardless of what is riding on it, we go out wanting to win every game, and we know it will be difficult,” said the Newtown manager.
“Maybe they will have one eye on the Welsh Cup final the week after, but knowing Nev Powell he will want to win this one.
“We want to get three points and give us some momentum, as we will then go looking to build for next year.”
This season Aber have two wins to the Robins’ one in the games between the sides in the league, and Aber won the Welsh Cup clash.
“I think I am probably surprised by Aber and how they’ve finished below us, just through the resources they have and the experience they have in their squad,” said Hughes.
“We have finished five or six points better off, despite them having beaten us twice. They have a lot of experience in their side, so it will be tough.”
• ABERYSTWYTH Ladies are targeting their first silverware of the season when they take on Penybont in the Alun Evans Cup Final at Penybont on Sunday.
The Seasiders, who lost to Llanfair in the Central Wales Cup Final, missed out on a place in the South Wales League Cup Final when a last-gasp winner earned Britton Ferry a dramatic 2-1 semi-final win at Park Avenue on Sunday, after Hannah Pusey had scored a late equaliser for the Aber ladies” here.