The Robins are back at Latham Park this Sunday (December 29) as they host Aberystwyth Town in the JD Welsh Premier League.
This weekend’s meeting takes place just five days after Newtown AFC beat Aberystwyth, 0-2, at Park Avenue on Boxing Day thanks to goals from Steve Leslie and Nick Rushton.
There are just three games remaining before the league splits into two groups of six as the Robins are fighting to finish in the top six come January.
If Newtown beat Aberystwyth again on Sunday then they will seal a place in the top six with just a couple of games left on the calendar.
Club captain Craig Williams returned to the squad on Boxing Day after serving a three match ban for the red card at Barry Town United, at the beginning of the month.
Williams began the match at Aberystwyth on the bench but was a used substitute late on in the second half and will be available for selection on Sunday.
VIEWS FROM THE MANAGER
Chris Hughes on Boxing Day win at Aberystwyth Town…
“It was a good victory away from home against a good team (Aberystwyth). I think it was more of a professional performance without being spectacular – I think we can play a lot better.
“We were a little bit critical with the players at half time in terms of how we move the ball and I don’t think we moved the ball very well and quick enough. I thought we did that a little better in the second half.
“I was really pleased with how we defended and our discipline and we’ve got that elusive clean sheet that we have been searching for a while – I’m pleased about that as well because conceding sort of one’s in games and it was pleasing to get that clean sheet. We always know that if we keep getting clean sheets we have a really good chance of winning the game.”
Chris Hughes’ thoughts ahead of the reverse fixture on Sunday…
“For us it is just focusing on the next game.
“The game will be different than Boxing Day. I’m sure Aberystwyth will want to make amends for that, we need to be better as well for that. I think we will be better we had that local derby feel on Boxing Day, it was a little bit brushed, we need to be calmer when we are on the ball and go back to our plan.
“I was pleased with the spirit on Tuesday, the endeavour and the desire to go and get the three points and that is what you have got to do sometimes. The desire to defend your box and the desire to keep a clean sheet. We’ve got to keep that into Sunday.
“They’ve had a good look at us and we’ve had a good look at them. We hadn’t played them up until this week with two games against them in six days. It can be a little different – they changed the shape at half time on Tuesday to try and counter act us.
“We expect that they will try something different on Sunday and we will be ready for that.”
- The Robins are unbeaten at home in the Welsh Premier League this season after nine matches (6 wins, 3 draws).
- Newtown have successfully scored in their previous 15 league matches home and away – the last time Newtown failed to score in the Welsh Premier League was on September 8 away to Carmarthen Town when they lost 3-0.
- Nick Rushton is currently the league’s 5th highest goal scorer by finding the net nine times in 1521 minutes played.
- Aberystwyth have lost their last three matches in the league – conceding eight goals altogether.
- The Seasiders have not recorded a win in the Welsh Premier League since November 17 when they won at Bala Town, 2-3.
- Declan Walker is the team’s current top goal scorer with six after playing 1572 minutes this season.
Matches played – 43
Newtown AFC wins – 12
Aberystwyth Town wins – 18
Draws – 13
📊 Will the mighty Robins qualify for the top six on Sunday? 🤔
— Newtown AFC (@NewtownAFC) December 28, 2018