Since moving from Farrar Road, Bangor City’s stadium has been named Nantporth, the Book People Stadium and is currently called the Bangor University Stadium. But despite different reincarnations, they all share a common theme with regards to Aber; the Seasiders have yet to claim victory there, writes Matthew Wallace. But that changed on Friday night as a performance packed with guile, team spirit and passion earned Aberystwyth their maiden win at Bangor’s new stadium.
Ian Hughes was delighted to finally register three points at Bangor. “It’s been a long time coming! I was the assistant manager here when we lost 7-1 and that hurt. Especially being a lad from Anglesey. But it’s not about me, it’s about a great win for Aberystwyth Town Football Club. I’m delighted with the players! The work rate, the effort and they deserved to win the game! They enjoy playing for the club and they showed that with their desire out on the pitch this evening.”
Aber opened the scoring through a looping header from former Cofi player Darren Thomas that found its way into the back of the net via the post. “It’s great for him. With him being a Caernarfon boy this was an exciting game for him to be involved in. People don’t realise how good a leap he’s got. He keeps badgering me to put him into the box for corners as he thinks he can get a few more but it was a great finish from a great move. Craig Williams gives us that little bit extra at left back going forward. He put in a great cross and Darren got on the end of it.”
Although Aber were pegged back by two goals from Sam Hart and Leon Clowes, Town went into the break all square thanks to Ross Stephens’ close range volley after some excellent work from Geoff Kellaway out wide and Chris Venables to keep the ball alive.
“Ross Stephens has been doing that in training since he arrived at the club so we know he’s got that in his locker. He doesn’t get forward as much because he’s got a duty to his teammates but he’s got forward into a good position and his finish was lethal.”
The Seasiders took the lead just before the hour mark when former City striker Jamie Reed found himself unmarked six yards out to slot underneath Connor Roberts in the home goal. Reed, who was playing his final game of his current loan spell, has found the net five times over the past 28 days and with that goal scoring record to boot, Hughes is hoping to keep him in black and green for some time longer.
“We’re pleased to have him. The 28 days are now over. He’s TNS’ player but obviously we’d like to keep him and I think Reedy is enjoying his football. We’ll take this week to week and see where we go with it.”
This victory makes it 7 points from 9 in the space of a week for Aberystwyth. After something of a slow start, Aber have proven over the past week that they are a force to be reckoned with in the hunt for a top 6 place, something that delights the manager.
“It’s pleasing but our dressing room is an ambitious one and we feel we deserved 9 from 9. Our second half performance, even seventy minutes of our performance against Bala warranted 3 points. It’s been coming and we’re getting stronger. We’ve got Rhys Griffiths coming back and he showed tonight how good he is at holding the ball up. We look forward to next week already.”
Watch Matthew Wallace's post match interviews with Manager Ian Hughes and Jamie Reed on Aber Town's Youtube Channel here.