DRUIDS continue to flirt with the relegation pack after a brace from Andy Evans helped Aberystwyth end a four-match losing run.
Ancients joint boss Waynne Phillips admits the season is proving a roller coaster ride, and their fifth home reverse illustrated just that.
"We were disappointing in the first half, we never got started, and the first goal gave Aber a big lift," he said.
"We were better in the second but the big turning point was when Chris McGinn had a great chance to make it 1-1. He did everything right but hit the keeper."
At the other end, Evans weighed in with a welcome double for the Black and Greens, his opener in the 22nd minute helping Luke Sherbon’s free kick into the net.
Evans netted his second to settle the issue eight minutes from time when he dived bravely to head in from close range.
Aber, with some lively pace going forward, were the brighter in the first half after the hosts had been disrupted by the loss of forwards Darren Williams (sickness) and Lee Jones (thigh).
But the Ancients looked more purposeful after the break, Osian Jones bending a 25-yard free kick just wide and McGinn was foiled from point blank range after Timmy Edwards had knocked the ball down.
Matthew Roberts also cleared off the line late on but the seasiders also had their openings through some lively running, with Evans bringing a save from Chris Mullock.