Tomorrow evening, the 2nd April, we make the trip to Park Avenue for our final game of Phase 1 against a confident Aberystwyth side who have shown a resurgence since the league’s restart.
Our last league fixture came almost two weeks ago when we picked up a much needed point away to Cardiff Met. The lads have been working hard in training since then and will be looking to finish Phase 1 on a high with a win tomorrow evening. Our opponents though, have shown a noticeable recent improvement, earning 7 out of a possible 9 points at home since the league’s restart.
We last played Aber at The Rock back in October 2020 which ended in a disappointing 4-0 defeat for the Druids. However, coming into this game off a solid draw in Cardiff and two weeks training, the lads will hope to show more confidence in their ability tomorrow evening and prove how good a side we can be.
The player to watch from our opponents is former Druid Jamie Reed. The centre forward made the switch to Aber towards the end of February this year and has made a quick impact, starting every game since the restart and getting off the mark in his second outing against Haverfordwest. An experienced forward with an eye for goal and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He will be looking to get one over on his former employer and the Druids defence will need to be on their toes, especially with balls coming into our box to stop Reedy getting on the end of them.
Over to us now, we showed a solid defensive display in our last fixture, with a clean sheet and also began to look threatening going forward in the latter stages of the game. We will need a similar, if not improved performance tomorrow against a side who have shown great confidence at home. That will start from our captain and goalkeeper, Michael Jones. Jones is usually the loudest on the pitch in any game and his voice and instructions will be important to keep us organised and concentrating throughout the match at Park Avenue. It is another chance for us to gain some ground on the teams around us before the split and a win tomorrow would see us move above Flint Town to be only one point behind Cardiff Met.
Last match, we brought in two of our academy players into the starting 11 and had three more on the bench, showing our trust in youth. It will be interesting to see if Starkey decides to rotate the squad further for this match our sticks with a similar team. Regardless, whichever 11 gets the chance tomorrow, they will be eager to make a statement and grab all 3 points!
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 related restrictions there will be no fans in attendance, but follow our Twitter page for live match updates!
Come on you Druids!
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