WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

Paul Reid

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AFAN Lido will be bidding for a third successive win when they host Aberystwyth Town on Friday night.

Still rock-bottom of the Welsh Premier League, the Seasiders have given themselves a chance of climbing out of the relegation places after beating Gap Connah's Quay and then Newtown.

With Aberystwyth only six points in front of his side, manager Paul Reid is hopeful of closing the gap on another of his rivals.

"The players are buzzing at the moment," he told the South Wales Evening Post.

"Spirits have been high for the last five or six games, not just the ones we've won. Our performances had been good for a while, but we just weren't getting the rub of the green.

"The lads are full of confidence and hopefully we can carry our good form into tonight's game.

"Aberystwyth are a good side with a number of experienced players," he said.

"We've prepared for them and there are a number of their players who we'll be looking to target."This is an important game. I'm sure Aberystwyth will come here looking for the win, but Afan Lido can be a horrible place for visiting teams.

"It could be wet and windy, but we'll be looking to play some good football and, most importantly, we'll be looking to win."

Carmarthen Town host Port Talbot at Richmond Park with manager Mark Aizlewood claiming his side are the underdogs.

"We now have five games left before the league splits into two sections, and we are four points from a relegation position and two points from a play-off spot," said Aizlewood.

"Things in football can change very quickly, which is a point I have been emphasising to the players during training this week.

"In South Wales, Port Talbot are the big spenders of the league and we will not be able to compete with them in the January transfer window.

"They have recently changed their manager and have been in the top six of the league all season. They will come to Richmond Park looking to take all three points.

"My players will start as underdogs — a situation which they have relished in the last month and we will give it our best shot."

The Steelmen's manager Scott Young says tonight's game marks the start of a mini five-game season which will define their campaign.

"I've told the lads this is now a five-game season and that we need to win three of those matches," he said.

"There's no better place to go looking for the first of those wins than Carmarthen. They're a good, experienced side but we will be going there for victory."

Young's selection headaches are set to continue tonight, with Cortez Belle still suspended and former Wales defender Ryan Green's chances of playing rated at "50-50 at best".

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24 July 2017

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