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Presteigne St Andrews FC
A much better weekend for everyone at Llanandras Park

Honestly, after weeks of writing about two defeats in the same weekend – then this happens!

It’s like waiting for the proverbial London bus – nothing happens for ages, and then two come along at once.

Congratulations to Alan Stocker, Bryn Roberts and their respective squads as everyone knows we were in dire need of a lift.

The Reserves set the tone on Friday evening when, under the lights at Llanandras Park, they beat Hay St Mary’s 3-2 in their Mid Wales League (South) fixture.

Liam Fletcher with a penalty, Bobby Bird and Sam Roberts were on target for the Ressies in this one and it was to prove an important result in the battle at the foot of the table.

St Harmon remain bottom – two points behind Presteigne Reserves – but they produced a fine performance of their own on Saturday when they came away from Builth Wells Reserves with a 4-0 victory while Felindre – one place and one point above the Ressies – lost only 5-0 at home to Brecon Corries.

Any casual observer might think ‘lost only 5-0’ is an odd expression to use, but the way Corries have been going this season, that’s almost a moral victory for Felindre and fair play to them.

As for the first team, well, they were not to be outdone on Saturday, 8 February when they headed to Aberystwyth University for their MMP with Norman Lloyd League second-division fixture.

Alan Stocker has his first win as manager courtesy of a 3-1 victory over the students at a windswept Aber.

First-half goals from Tom Crichton and Lewis Jones had Presteigne on their way and it could have been even better but Tom Lewis’ penalty came back off the cross bar.

Aberystwyth University reduced arrears before the break and there could easily have been a feeling of: ‘Here we go again’ but, to their credit, the first team dug in.

They made the game safe in the second half when Lewis Jones netted his second and Presteigne’s third.

That win leaves Presteigne St Andrews nine points clear of bottom side Knighton Town and five points adrift of third-bottom Abermule.

So, all in all, a much better weekend and, while one swallow doesn’t make a summer, here’s hoping it’s a sign of better things to come.