Wyn Thomas Challenges Martin Rose
Aberystwyth Town's tough draw against Derry City FC is an exiting prospect for the fans as they challenge in Europe for the first time in ten years. Ryan Frewen spoke to player assistant manager Wyn Thomas about the draw.
Thomas is a key part of the team and coaching staff at Aberystwyth and is excited to be in Europe for the fourth time in his career. The defender spoke about the targets for the team at the start of the season, one of which was to get a taste of Europe.
Although Derry are midway through their season Thomas said: “It is only the match fitness that may prove difficult as the Aberystwyth boys only had 3-4 weeks off so the physical fitness is there.”
Preparations are going well according to Thomas as they recently saw off Bangor City 5-2 in a pre-season friendly. Ian Hughes' team also comfortably beat Porthmadog 5-0 last Saturday in their first pre-season test.
Thomas also talked about promising youngster Steffan Williams describing him as “a quiet Welsh lad with an eye for goal”. Williams got his name on the score sheet (against Bangor) and will be hoping to prove himself to make sure he gets picked for the big stage.
Park Avenue will host the second leg of the Europa League and Thomas believes that the fans can spur them on to win like they have done so well all season. Thomas added “We score lots of goals at home and part of that is due to the fans support”.
The Defender described the event as a “massive occasion for the club” but didn’t hide the fact that he thought both games were going to be tough. He added “I think both teams are pleased with the draw as the travel distance is relatively short”.
The Europa League has a very good reputation and Wyn Thomas hopes the competition will help bring in more fans for the new Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League season.
Thomas added “I hope Europe will give us the push in the league that we need to finish as champions next season.”
The first leg, which will be played in Derry on the 3rd July at 7:45pm, will be the ultimate test for Ian Hughes' side and they will be hoping to return to Park Avenue with an advantage over the Irish team. The second leg which will be played on the 10th July at the earlier time of 6:45 and is the decider for the Welsh club to see if they will progress or not.
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