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Updated 25 Nov : 13:06 by admin
Ian Hughes is taking the positives out of last weekend’s draw against Bangor City away at Nantporth.

“It’s a point gained for us, I wouldn’t say it was two dropped. We’ve got 26 points now so all in all we’ve got to be content with that. This still isn’t an easy place to come to. “

What pleases Hughes the most is the attitude of his players in the immediate aftermath of the result.

“We didn’t perform to the best of our abilities tonight, we understand that but the good thing is, even thought we’ve scored a goal in the last minute, the players are still really disappointed with the result so that bodes well moving forward. You get out of jail by scoring a goal in the last minute and the players and myself aren’t happy with that. Moving forward, we’ve set ourselves high standards for this season.”

The last minute equaliser has resulted in Town’s unbeaten run extending to four games. With the league taking a back seat for the weekend, the manager is relishing the chance to sink his teeth into the Welsh Cup again this season.

“The players are keen to win something for the club and that’s the only chance for us to win something this season. We’re all motivated to try and get back to the final because it was such a good day out but obviously this time with a different result.”

Report Courtesy of Matthew Wallace and Aberystwyth Town's Youtube Channel

Updated 23 Nov : 20:51 by admin
Aberystwyth Town Manager Ian Hughes and Goalkeeper Mike Lewis have been speaking with The Black and Greens' Youtube Channel following last Friday night's draw at Bangor, which maintained Aber's Top Three position in the Corbettsports Welsh Premier League.

Hughes reflects on a decent result gained after a slightly disappointing performance, while Lewis talks us through a personal battle which saw him pull off a series of important saves to deny the Citizens' Les Davies more than one goal.

Watch the interviews via Town's Youtube Channel by clicking on the "Videos" tab

Updated 22 Nov : 11:52 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 21st November
Bangor City 2 Aberystwyth Town 2

Below par Aber came away from Nantporth with a good away point last night, thanks to goals from Geoff Kellaway and an astonishing 89th minute own goal from Seasiders' nemesis Les Davies. Although they will know they can play much better, Town will be pleased with a haul of 8 points from their last four games, which keeps them in the Top Three as things stand this morning.

After an arduous journey through heavy rain the Black and Greens were pleased to find that it was dry in Bangor, and the game started in a cagey manner. The hosts had a lot of possession without really threatening Aber, who themselves looked dangerous on the break,but then Bangor took the initiative around the quarter hour mark. Visiting keeper Mike Lewis was alert to turn a Les Davies 30 harder round the post, but then in the seventeenth minute Sion Edwards found himself in acres of space down the left and gave Bangor the lead with a low shot to the bottom corner. Town then weathered a dangerous period as the home crowd tried to encourage a second, but then on 33 minutes a hopeful ball into the box from Cledan Davies was headed by Leon Clowes straight into the path of Kellaway, who had time to compose himself before blasting an equaliser past Jack Cudworth in Bangor's goal. Aber's confidence grew and they started to pass the ball around nicely, particularly when Mark Jones sent in a great cross to Chris Venables at the back post, but his header was blocked to safety. Davies headed an opportunity over before the break but the half ended, fairly and logically, at 1-1.

Aber started the second half brighter too, gaining a number of free kicks for persistent fouls in Bangor's half, but the ball wasn't really running for them, and the only real half chance came when Tom Shaw threaded a ball through to Craig Williams, who flashed a shot wide from a promising position. With the hosts looking tired it was once again their brilliant talisman Les Davies who lifted the home side, again drawing a great save from Lewis down to his left. Davies then headed wide before testing Lewis yet again, and the game had livened back up for a big finale. Mark Jones created a great opening for Aber who had 3 on 2, but a good covering tackle denied the visitors, and then Kellaway shot wide from another rapid break,but then with eleven minutes left the irrepressible Davies, known as The Truck, finally found the bottom corner with a left foot shot, and Bangor were scenting a first home win of the season. Stuart Jones made a great block to stop a third, and Davies headed wide before Aber's Cledan Davies had a shot blocked for a late corner. With the home defence searching for Venables, his inswinging corner was inexplicably headed into his own net by the unfortunate Davies, who had been the best player on the park, and Aber were level. Bangor could still have won the game but Lewis made another brilliant stop to deny sub Jack Laird, and the points were shared after an exciting game.

Given the run of the game Town were pleased to come away with a point, and a very creditable haul of 26 points from 15 games secures a Top Four slot at least for the two week WPL break. The Welsh Cup comes back into focus next Saturday, as Aber visit Cefn Druids for a 2.30pm kick off. Breakfast will be served in the Club at 10am, and the Coach will leave Park Avenue at 10.30am. The bus was full last night, so don't miss out on Cup Fever next Weekend!

Updated 20 Nov : 08:09 by admin
Ian Hughes wants to build on the momentum gained from last weekend’s superb point away at TNS in this weekend’s fixture against Bangor City, writes new Club Media Assistant Matthew Wallace.

Aberystwyth Town visit Nantporth tomorrow, a ground that has yet to see the Seasiders win a competitive game, looking to build on the side’s exceptional performance against the league leaders last time out.

“We’ve got to make sure the TNS result is built on. We’ve got to go up there and get a result. There’s no point going up there and losing as that result wouldn’t look as good as it would do otherwise.”

The Citizens are original members of the Welsh Premier League and although they currently occupy the bottom position in the league, that is something Hughes doesn’t pay much attention to.

“It’s a tough game Bangor away. They’re fighting for their lives and quite rightly. They are a big club in this league. They are in a false position. I’ve got a lot or respect for Bangor City Football Club."

The sides have met once already this season with Bangor clawing back a two-goal deficit to tie an entertaining contest 3-3. But Hughes is confident of a better result this time around.

“The boys have proven against TNS they’ve got the hunger and the desire. As long as we’ve got that hunger and desire (on Friday) we’ll be OK.”

Updated 19 Nov : 09:10 by admin
Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 21st November (ko 7.45pm)
Bangor City v Aberystwyth Town

Aberystwyth Town have huge motivation as they head north to face Bangor City for Friday night's Corbettsports Welsh Premier League clash at Nantporth.

Despite lying second in the WPL, the Black and Greens are yet to beat a bottom two side this season and have never won at Nantporth in a competitive game. Aber also owe Bangor one after letting slip a two goal lead at home to the Citizens earlier this season for a 3-3 draw, and are desperate not to waste last Friday night's bonus point at Park Hall with a below par performance on Friday.

Bangor City have had a difficult start to the season but Aber have never enjoyed an easy game at Nantporth, losing both previous encounters at City's new ground.

Manager Ian Hughes will hope to have Stephen Wright back in contention for Friday night's game, though Luke Sherbon's return is still a few weeks away. Town's performances over the past few injury and suspension addled weeks have shown that the squad as a whole is set to thrive even in adversity, and the togetherness in the side was evident in last weekend's terrific team effort.

You too can be a part of that togetherness and team effort by joining us on the Coach on Friday, which leaves Park Avenue at 3.30pm.

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