With 180 minutes of football left to play in the regular season, Aberystwyth Town find themselves in an excellent position to make a charge at the Europa League Playoffs, writes Club Media Assistant Matthew Wallace. With near rivals Bangor and Carmarthen drawing against one another, the Black and Greens gained three crucial points on Friday night to beautifully set the scene ahead of two massive games against their near rivals in the coming weeks.
Craig Williams opened the scoring with a sumptuous lob with the game just ten minutes old before Luke Borelli levelled the scores for the visitors. But thanks to goals from leading marksman Chris Venables and an own goal following a powerful header from striker Rhys Griffiths, the Seasiders earned a hard fought 3-1 victory to set themselves up for the next two crucial fixtures.
“It was an important three points for us. The performance wasn’t the greatest, the pitch wasn’t the greatest and didn’t help the way we want to play but in the end we scored goals in important parts of the game and it’s the three points that’s important at this stage of the season.”Interim boss Wyn Thomas told Aberystwyth Town's Youtube Channel after the match.
“We had a great start with the goal but we’ve taken our foot off the gas which was disappointing. But we came out better in the second half. Venables got his goal, Williams worked hard and we’ve won the game in the second half.”
Despite occupying the relegation spots, the visitors Haverfordwest provided Town with a tough test. Having already defeated Aber at Park Avenue once this season, the Bluebirds showed plenty of heart, commitment and desire to provide Wyn Thomas’ men with a stern challenge.
“Haverfordwest are a very good side. They didn’t give up and dug in right the way to the end. They’ve had a good season. They work hard for one another and that was evident again tonight.
Despite losing four consecutive matches before the mid season split, Aber are hitting form at the right time having won five and lost only one game in eight since January. This upturn in form is something that Thomas attests to the work rate and attitude of the squad at his disposal.
“We’re on a good run. The boys are playing well. They’re there every week for training and for games. They’re all eager and hungry to play. They deserve a lot, a lot of credit. They’re working hard, doing that bit extra. People want to play and want to get into the starting eleven. There is competition and that’s great. It’s important to keep this run going now and put the pressure back on the other sides.”
Next up for Aber is a game against Carmarthen at Richmond Park next Saturday. With the Old Gold picking up a crucial last minute equiliser yesterday at Bangor, they will be heading into the game full of confidence. However, Thomas is aware of the challenges that lie ahead and is confident that his men can get the result.
“We’ve got two massive games to come now but we’ll concentrate on the next one first. Carmarthen away next Saturday is going to be tight. We know it’s going to be close and it’ll be decided on who turns up on the day.”
Watch the full interview with Wyn Thomas on Aber Town's Youtube Channel here.