Date: Wed 01 May 2013

Aizlewood is in bullish mood ahead of PlayOffs

CARMARTHEN Town manager Mark Aizlewood is in bullish mood as he gears up for a Europa League play-off meeting with Prestatyn, writes the Carmarthen Journal.

The Old Gold will travel to Bastion Gardens for the knockout match unless the North Wales side spring a shock and overcome Bangor in the Welsh Cup Final.

Prestatyn beat Town in the final game of the regular league season last Saturday. But Aizlewood insists he saw nothing to fear in his side's opponents and would relish another meeting between the teams as they chase a European spot.

"We will probably end up playing Prestatyn once more," said the Carmarthen boss.

"I expect we will have to travel to North Wales again unless there is a surprise result in the Welsh Cup final and Bangor City lose to Prestatyn. It's all up for grabs.

"If it is to be Prestatyn once again, and on their own turf, I saw nothing which frightened me about the prospects of a quick return."

Carmarthen stayed in Prestatyn on Friday night, but the preparation did not have the desired effect on performance.

The Old Gold conceded goals to David Hayes and Anthony Stephens, either side of a Geoff Kellaway reply.

That result means they finish bottom of the Championship Conference.

"Anthony Stephens, who scored the second goal, will play for the next 20 years and never do that again. I really prefer that he scored a 'wonder goal' now than in the play-offs when it really matters," said Aizlewood.

"I have found it very difficult to be critical of my players as they are a very reliable and trustworthy bunch of lads who give their all, week in week out, for me and the club.

"I tell the team that people will forgive mistakes so long as you are honest and give value for money.

"On that score my players have been absolutely magnificent from day one and I am proud to be their coach.

"We will be working tirelessly for the next two weeks to iron out and eradicate faults in the areas which need some improvement. We will be busy preparing, not only for the game itself, but also in talking to the players about next season."

Aizlewood added: "What I shall be telling the squad is that, in my opinion, Carmarthen Town look after their players better than any other team in the Welsh Premier League.

"Maybe other clubs might offer more substantial pay packages but this club is run by very honourable people whose loyalty to the players is top class."

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