Pressure mounts on Morgan

Airbus UK Broughton. Photo by: Aneurin VenablesMANAGER Tomi Morgan cut a depressed figure on the journey back from Airbus UK Broughton this weekend. The Aberystwyth Town manager saw his side lose their third game on the bounce and there were little positives to take. The final result was a 5-1 thrashing by the former factory side, their third high scoring defeat this season, following the Bangor City and Port Talbot Town thrashings.

With Aber starting to feel lonely at the foot of the table, taking five points from eight games, shipping 23 goals and only scoring a meagre five, some fans are beginning to feel it may be time for a change and the mood of Tomi Morgan after the final whistle seemed to look as though all hope may have been lost.

The idea that he may not be in the job for much longer gathers momentum after Andy Legg, the Llanelli manager resigned before Saturdays home fixture against Bala which they lost 4-1. Legg has previously been linked with the job at Park Avenue and some think this might be the time he will take the mantle.

Aberystwyth started Saturdays game fairly brightly, holding possession well as they had done in previous games but it transpired that all of their chances in this first half would come from mis-directed or weak Gavin Cadwallader headers which Ben Chapman gathered easily. Airbus then took the lead as a shot was blocked, with the rebound falling to Steve Abbott who beat James Wood to the ball and got Airbus the lead.

The half continued in the same spirit as the majority of the Llanelli game, possession was held on occasion but there was a lack of spark or creativity in both distribution or movement.

Adam Worton then replaced Cledan Davies at half time and slotting into the left back berth, and whilst the oft-criticised full back had an okay game, it is hard to excuse that two of the four second half goals came from his flank. Aber once again started the brighter but on the counter-attack, Ryan Wade sped forward and lashed in a 20 yard drive that Wayne Riley got a head to and beat Wood easily.

Aber already looked a beaten side, their primary tactic was to play long passes towards veteran striker Glyndwr Hughes who made his best to deal with the appaling service and with primitive tactics such as these and Morgan offering little motivation from the sidelines, the floodgates were due to open sooner or later and Steve Abbott notched a goal from a cross from a left on 60 minutes. Four minutes later he had his hat-trick as another simple finish from poor defending was elementary for the striker who scored his second hat-trick in as many games.

With their four goal advantage, Airbus took their foot off the pedal, although Ryan Wade caused countless problems for young right-back Liam James as Wade’s trickery and running saw him have the freedom of the right wing time upon time. ‘The Seasiders’ then got a goal back, a long ball was lofted over the defend and Jordan Follows beat Chapman to the ball and from a tight angle slotted a ball in that Jack Lewis couldn’t clear and a goal was given.

Six minutes later and Airbus had another – the final goal of the game as Ryan Wade once again ran amock through the defence and hit a drive from the right side of the area which bounced under Wood, a goal that the goalkeeper should’ve prevented with ease.

Another heavy scoring defeat will have put Morgan under pressure, that much is clear but whether he will continue to carry on and attempt to drag Aberystwyth out of the mess they are in, like he did last season, is unclear. Afan Lido are next to visit Park Avenue on Friday, a ‘Student Night’ run by the club, and if they are to attract some of the seasonal fair-weather students, then Aber will have to step up a gear. The question is, who will be the one to motivate it, Morgan or Legg?