NEWI Cefn Druids’ barren Welsh Premier League home run continued on Saturday as they went down 5-2 to bogey team Aberystwyth to slip into the relegation places.
The second-from-bottom Ancients have now failed to win any of their six outings on their own turf this season. But Plaskynaston regulars will not have been surprised by the latest setback given their side’s terrible record against the Black and Greens, who have now won four and drawn one of their last five visits to Cefn Mawr.
The hosts, encouraged by their performance in their Loosemores Challenge Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of The New Saints four days earlier, were very much in the match until Aber, who are yet to be beaten on the road this season, hammered in three goals in six devastating second-half minutes.
Druids fell behind in the 10th minute when a defensive mix-up by Dan Barnett and goalkeeper Carl Edwards allowed Andy Evans to score.
Parity was restored seven minutes later, though, as Andrew Edgar played in leading marksman Mike Heverin to coolly slot in his eighth goal of the campaign.
Kevin Holsgrove, twice, and Heverin, once, then had chances to put the Ancients in front. But it was the away side who restored their advantage in the 59th minute as the offside-looking Geoff Kellaway skipped past Edwards and gave Andy Evans his second tap-in of what was developing into an intriguing contest.
There was still no predicting what happened next, though, as Edwards allowed Chris Venables’ strike to slip through his legs in the 73rd minute before Kellaway and Luke Sherbon, from the penalty spot, added Aber’s fourth and fifth moments later.
Druids did reduce the deficit three minutes from time as impressive defender Lee T Jones headed in his first goal for the club since signing from Wrexham, although that will be little consolation for managers Waynne Phillips and Lee Jones ahead of the short trip to Deeside to take on eighth-placed Gap Connah’s Quay tomorrow (7.30pm).
Gresford Athletic hauled themselves off the bottom of the Cymru Alliance on Saturday with their first victory of the season.
The 2-1 home success over Penrhyncoch ended the Clappers Lane outfit’s 10-game wait for a win and was secured by midfielder Huw Jones, with an excellent strike, and frontman Danny Hughes, following superb skill from Craig Williams.
Welsh Cup heroes Lex XI suffered their third league defeat on the spin as they lost 3-0 at Denbigh Town.
Lex host Guilsfield on Saturday while Gresford head to winless Glantraeth (both 2pm).