Cambrian News photographer - Aberystwyth Town's new signing Ashley Ruane

ABERYSTWYTH Town have strenthened their squad by signing prolific striker Ashley Ruane from Colwyn Bay – and he goes straight into the squad for their clash with Llanelli Town at Park Avenue tonight (Friday, ko 7.45pm).

The Cambrian News reported “Known for his goalscoring ability in the Welsh Premier League, Ruane has spent time at Rhyl, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Cefn Druids, as well as playing for Warrington Town and Colwyn Bay.

The 33 year-old forward has spent the start of this season playing for Colwyn Bay, scoring twice in their recent away victory against Atherton Collieries.

He first moved to the Welsh Premier League in 2015 when he joined Rhyl from Warrington Town, before transferring to Connah’s Quay Nomads in July 2015.

After spending a loan period with Cefn Druids, he made the permanent move to The Rock in January 2017, and spent last season playing for Huw Griffiths’ side.

He has scored a total of 33 goals in the Welsh Premier League, making over 100 appearances – and offers pace and physicality up front.

The Seasiders will be looking to build on Tuesday night’s Nathaniel MG Cup victory at Welshpool Town when they return to JD Welsh Premier League action at home to Llanelli on Friday.

A brace from Geoff Kellaway and a Joe Phillips strike were enough to see Aber to victory at Maesydre, and the Seasiders will be keen to get their league campaign back on track.

In their last league outing a week ago, Aber fell to a narrow defeat away at the hands of league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads, but Powell could take heart from a spirited performance.

“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 (Walker) 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. We’ve got to keep our heads up and get ready for a big game against Llanelli”

Former Rochadale and Chesterfield defender Alan Goodall, who also played for Bangor City, Luton Town, Stockport County, Fleetwood Town, Morecombe and Altrincham is also in contention to make his Aber debut.

Meanwhile local stalwart Kellaway is also pushing for a place in the starting side after his midweek brace, and ex-Penrhyncoch keeper Leigh Jenkins is also hopeful of being fit after getting valuable game time.

Friday’s visitors Llanelli have experienced a tumultuous return to the Welsh Premier, picking up four points in their last two games, having been thumped 7-0 on the opening day by Connah’s Quay Nomads.

The Reds have a number of familiar faces in their squad, with former Seasiders Mark Jones, Joe Clarke, Kurtis March and Chris Jones all now playing their football at Stebonheath.

The last league meeting between the sides came way back in April 2013, as Aber ran out 2-1 victors at Park Avenue with goals from Chris Venables and Cledan Davies.

Kick off at Park Avenue on Friday evening is at 7.45p.m, and admission costs £8 adults, £5 concessions and £2 for Under 16’s” here.

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