ABERYSTWYTH Town’s director of football Neville Powell could take heart from a positive performance as the depleted Seasiders came within a whisker of a surprise point at Connah’s Quay.
Cambrian News reported “First half goals from Michael Bakare and Michael Wilde ultimately safeguarded the Deesiders’ 100 per cent record with a 2-1 win, but they had to work hard for maximum points on Friday.
Home keeper John Danby saved Declan Walker’s late penalty, before Wes Baynes smashed in another incredible volley in the 90th minute to ensure a nervy finish for the high-flying hosts.
“For an away performance, it was really good,” said Powell. “We had a game plan and started brightly in the first half an hour, but we conceded two poor goals.
“When you switch off against a full-time time you are going to get punished, and we have done it twice.
“We set out in the second half to get back into the game, and were probably the better side, and we could have got a point out from the game in the end, with Declan missing the penalty.
“We were down to the bare bones through injury and unavailability, but the lads put a shift in, and I couldn’t have asked any more from the players on the pitch.
“We finished the game strongly against a full-time team, so the fitness levels are good, and on another night we could have got a point.”
A daunting task awaited Aber against a side that had already swept aside Llanelli 7-0 and champions TNS 1-0.
The enforced absence of central defender Lee Jenkins meant that he was replaced by Jack Rimmer in the side, but the Seasiders started brightly.
Rio Ahmadi had an effort disallowed for offside, and Baynes saw a free kick cleared, and from the corner a chance went just wide.
Wilde fired just off target and George Horan headed over for Nomads, but back came Aber with Baynes’ free kick going narrowly wide.
Nomads fought back and Matthew Jones and Jack Rimmer both pulled off great blocks to deny Michael Bakare, and keeper Terry McCormick denied Rob Hughes with a flying save.
Bakare, however, opened the scoring on 37 minutes, with a sweet free kick, and six minutes later it was 2-0.
Wilde got on the end of a Declan Poole pass to break free on goal, and he slotted into the left side of the net for a 2-0 lead at half-time.
The second half was a quieter affair, but for Aber Ahmadi stumbled in a great position, whilst at the other end McCormick denied Wilde, and sub Andy Owens.
Aber were further depleted by the enforced substitution of Ryan Wollacott, who had suffered a gash to the head, and lost a tooth, but they remained in the game.
With all three subs made for Nomads, John Disney was carried off, and Aber fought back against 10 men.
Walker saw a great shot parried, and when Ahmadi was felled in the box, Walker stepped up for the penalty, but Danby denied him with an excellent save.
There was still time for Baynes to crash home another Goal of the Month contender, and Walker curled wide in a frantic ending, but Nomads clung on to win.
There were still positives for Powell to take, however, as his side prepared to visit Welshpool on Tuesday night in the League Cup, before hosting Llanelli on Friday.
CONNAH’S QUAY: J Danby, D Holmes, 2 Disney, G Horan, L Wilson (J Spittle 57’), M Parker, R Wignall, D Poole, R Hughes (C Morris 46’), M Bakare, M Wilde (A Owens 63’). Subs not used: E Green (gk), D Harrison, J Owen, C Harwood.
ABERYSTWYTH TOWN: T McCormick, W Baynes, S Edwards, R Wollacott (N Blake 61’), J Rimmer, P Mendes, P Ahmadi, D Walker, R Edwards (G Kellaway 83’), M Jones, J Phillips (A Williams 67’). Subs not used: L Jenkins, H Rowe, L Berner. Att: 202 Ref: H Jones” here.