THE New Saints are gearing up for a “really important” trip to Aberystwyth Town, with boss Andy Williams looking to take the positives from his side’s defeat by Cardiff Met to Park Avenue.

Sunday’s clash against the Seasiders comes on the back of last weekend’s 6-2 loss to the Archers, although that game was level at 2-2 with just 20 minutes to go.

While injuries and fatigue took their toll towards the end, Williams felt TNS were “good in parts” and put in a “great effort overall” – and he will want them to build on that in Aberystwyth.

TNS start the fixture bottom of the Genero Adran Premier, two points behind Barry Town United, who go to Cardiff City.

“It was good in parts and a great effort overall, and the difference in quality and class showed in the end,” said Williams after the Met reverse.

“We did extremely well to get ourselves in front after being behind and we went in at half-time 2-1 up.

“We always knew the second half was going to be difficult because they’re a top team and have got some really dangerous players.

“We’d spoken about the dangers before the game and we knew what to expect, and Cardiff Met didn’t disappoint us, and I wouldn’t expect them too.

“We picked up a couple of niggles in the game and struggled through to the end with injury and fatigue.

“It was square pegs in round holes a little bit towards the end.”

He added: “To concede six was a bit harsh.

“I’m a bit disappointed for the girls because I don’t think they deserved to concede six goals.

“We were a little bit overwhelmed by the waves of attacks in the second half.

“Once that penalty went in (for 2-2), unfortunately the floodgates opened.”

Williams was quick to praise the Archers, who go to Pontypridd Town on Sunday now sitting second.

“Fair play to Cardiff, I thought they were excellent,” he said.

“Their two top players came into the game and ran the second half. Walkley, in particular, was absolutely outstanding.

“It wasn’t just her ball-playing ability and the ability to get the team going, her organisational and leadership skills were absolutely phenomenal.

“She was by far the best player on the pitch.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s match, he added: “We’ve identified key games. Sunday wasn’t necessarily a key game.

“We’ve got to dust ourselves down and get ready to go again for a really important occasion.”