Black and Greens Manager Ian Hughes, in conversation with atfc.org.uk this afternoon, expressed his satisfaction at last Friday's battling 2-2 draw at Rhyl:
"I was happy with the performance on Friday night. The boys showed character to come back after conceding the first goal and the way the last two games have gone some teams would have folded."
After conceding early at Belle Vue to a Rob Hughes strike Aber quickly rallied to equalise and the manner of their first goal pleased Hughes:
"It was pleasing to see the team pull up their sleeves and get back into the game with a great headed goal from Rhys Griffiths, it must be mentioned that it was a great cross from Sion James - who I believe is playing his best football since I have arrived at the club in a somewhat unorthodox position".
Aber then took the lead just after the break from close range when Chris Venables' header hit the crossbar, and Jamie Reed tapped the ball home. The Players showed a dogged determination on the night and their resolve to force a positive result was praised by the Manager:
"Chris Venables' display was also pleasing and his attitude of sprinting to get the ball from our net once we had conceded the second goal demonstrates the resolve within the squad to go on another good run of form and all players are doing their very best to win games of football. Having gone 2-1 up and having chances to score a third we were of course disappointed to concede in the last 10 minutes however Rhyl have drawn against TNS and beaten Airbus recently at home."
Aber are now coming out of a difficult couple of weeks, but every cloud has a silver lining and some of Town's Youth Players are making the most of the opportunity they have been given:
"It has been a tough couple of weeks losing players to injury and Darren Thomas leaving however if players don’t want to play for this prestigious club as far as I am concerned they can leave. When one door closes another one opens and I have been impressed with both Jack Rimmer and Liam Jaques in recent weeks - If anything this has increased my determination to make sure this club continues to develop on and off the pitch."
Dafabet WPL results over the weekend meant that Aberystwyth Town retained their coveted place in the Top Six and following a positive and heartening result the Black and Greens now look forward to Saturday's televised home game with Port Talbot with confidence. Expect a slightly later kick off time to increase the anticipation and excitement ahead of the game in five days time, which begins at 5.15pm.
Photo courtesy of Chris Howells