Saturday 22nd September (2:30p.m Kick Off)
Carmarthen Town v Aberystwyth Town
Aberystwyth Town will look to build on last weekend's brilliant victory over Bala Town as they travel south to face Carmarthen Town in the JD Welsh Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Geoff Kellaway, Rio Ahmadi and Ashley Ruane were enough to see Town to victory over the lakesiders last weekend, and the black and greens will be keen to continue their push towards a top six position as they travel to Richmond Park on Saturday afternoon.
Director of Football, Nev Powell, was quick to heap praise on to his players after last Saturday's victory, and was delighted with the way the side bounced back from their heavy defeat against league champions The New Saints just four days before the victory over Bala. In his post-match interview, Powell stated; "We're over the moon with that victory, our performance had a bit of everything - we showed guts, a lot of character, played some good football, scored some great goals and defended properly when we needed to. The players deserve full credit because we came under pressure for a spell in that second half, but we found a way to deal with that pressure and win the game". Aber's Director of Football will be thrilled with the type of performance he saw from the side on Saturday evening, perhaps epitomised by local youngsters Lee Jenkins and Mathew Jones, along with striker Ashley Ruane - who's made a significant impact since joining the club.
Powell went on to comment; "I'm pleased for Ash (Ruane) because he got the goal he deserved at the end, and he was my man of the match tonight". The striker, who joined from Cowlyn Bay last month notched his debut goal for the seasiders last weekend, but perhaps what was more impressive was his industrious and energetic performance which caused the Bala back line problems all evening. Speaking after the game, Ruane commented; "It's always nice to get on the score sheet, but more important than that is that the team wins games, and everyone worked really hard from defence to attack, to get the victory tonight. There's a really good team spirit here, and hopefully we can get another three points against Carmarthen which will help us kick on this season".
In what is sure to be another challenging test for Aber this weekend, they will rely on that spirit and determination once more to get past a dogged Carmarthen side who are always strong at Richmond Park. The Old Gold finished in the bottom two of the JD Welsh Premier League last season, surviving another season in the league thanks to Bangor's demotion to the Cymru Alliance. In five meetings between the sides last year, Carmarthen were twice victorious over the Christmas period before two draws in the second phase, with Aber advancing to the Welsh Cup semi-finals thanks to a 3-1 win at Richmond Park between those draws. Neil Smothers' squad contains a number of former seasiders, including Lee Surman, Greg Walters, Declan Carroll and Luke Bowen. They'll also rely on the guile and experience of Welsh Premier league stalwarts like Craig Hanford as they look for their third home league victory of the season against the black and greens on Saturday.
In what is sure to be another fiery clash between the sides, kick off at Richmond Park on Saturday is at 2:30p.m, and Carmarthen Town's address is listed as Richmond Park, Priory Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LR. Come on down and cheer on the black and greens to the result they need as they look to climb back into the league's top six!