ABERYSTWYTH Town, mourning the death of club stalwart Rhun Owens this week, turn to matters on the pitch when they visit Newi Cefn Druids tonight.
Owens, a club director and secretary for many years, passed away this week after a long battle with cancer.
With the funeral taking place tomorrow at Aberystwyth’s Bethel Chapel, the Druids agreed to bring the game forward to tonight.
“It’s been a sad time for everyone involved with the club,” said manager Brian Coyne. “In my short time here, Rhun has been very helpful to me and I know a lot of the lads were very upset at the news.
“He was very important to the club and there was a subdued mood in training this week.
“We’re grateful for Cefn Druids bringing the game forward so that we can all pay our respects on Saturday.
“We could have asked for the game to be postponed, but we felt this was the right thing to do and hopefully the players can go out and put on a good how for him.”
The Black and Greens still have injury problems with Danny Barton (ankle), Andy Evans (broken nose) and Gareth Watkin (back) all struggling.
It’s been a frustrating time for both sides since the turn of the year with a lack of action.
The Druids will be looking to get back on track following their disappointing 3-0 home loss in their last outing against Bangor City. Manager Dixie McNeil accepted his team had turned in a below-par performance that night.
“We let ourselves down a bit, perhaps a bit of complacency crept in, but hopefully it will give us a kick up the backsides,” he said.
Defender Timmy Edwards returns, but striker Steve Watkin has a one-match ban.