TEN-man Prestatyn Town ended a six-match run without a win at Afan Lido last weekend.
Having last tasted victory in the Welsh Premier League against Bangor City on August 30, the Seasiders ground out a 1-0 victory against the league’s bottom side despite playing the majority of the match a player short.
Now back up to fifth place in the table, Neil Gibson and his men will aim to record back-to-back wins at home to Port Talbot Town this Saturday, October 12 (kick off 2.30pm).
Despite boasting some top names including famed Welsh Premier predator Rhys Griffiths and Martin Rose, the Steelmen have endured a difficult start to their campaign, claiming just eight points from their opening nine matches.
Town will be boosted ahead of the match by the return of Gareth Wilson after he sat out the Lido win due to a one-match suspension, but will miss Michael Parker for three matches after his red card last weekend. It was Town who enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges at the Marston’s Stadium, and they were awarded a penalty when Andy Parkinson was brought down by Joshua Doyle.
In-form Lee Hunt stepped up to convert the spot kick and give the Seasiders a 21st minute lead.
The game’s turning point arrived on 38 minutes, when Michael Parker’s lunge on Gareth Phillips earned the midfielder a straight red card.
A Dave Roberts save helped keep Town ahead at half time and they began the second half with their backs to the wall as the hosts continued their pursuit for an equaliser. The Town backline though, well marshalled by Tommy Holmes, Dave Hayes and Greg Stones, stuck to their guns and frustrated the hosts’ attack throughout.
Lido managed to hit the woodwork on two occasions during the second period, but could not make the all-important breakthrough as Prestatyn held on for a hard-earned three points.