This article has been provided by the Port Talbot Town Supporters Club.
Saturday afternoon was a mixed day for Paul Evans’ men. We pegged ourselves back from being 1-0 down early on to leading 2-1 with ten minutes to go. Goytre kept the pressure on however, and ultimately it paid off, with Lee John and his men walking away from the Genquip Stadium with a huge three points that has boosted them up from 11th place to 9th in the Division One rankings.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Port Talbot Town however. If you look at the position we were in November, we’d been stuck in the relegation zone for months and it looked like we had no way out. A good run of wins changed things however, we entered Saturday’s game in 10th place, a point above Goytre United and just three points behind Afan Lido in 6th.
Although we’re now sitting in 11th following that cruel defeat, the future for the rest of the season is looking pretty bright.
It’s no lie that the quality of our squad has massively improved compared to the start of the season, when we were being drubbed every single game it felt like.
We’ve got the likes of Luke Bowen, Jonathan Hood and former Philadelphia Fury’s Scott McCoubrey in our arsenal, these players have played at higher levels and have got what it takes to make a real difference in this league.
Anthony Rawlings has been in fine form recently too, the former Penybont man worked tirelessly on Saturday and is sure to be a workhorse for us for the rest of the campaign.
If you look at our next few games, we have everything to play for. Our next Division One fixture is an away trip to Taff’s Well on February 11th, we then have a home tie against 6th placed Caerau Ely.
Both sides are in the top half of the division, but if you look at their recent results – these are two very winnable games. Taff’s Well were beaten 2-1 by struggling Caldicot Town a week ago, and Caerau Ely were beaten 6-4 by mid-table Cwmbran Celtic.
We must take the positives out of Saturday’s loss, and that’s the sheer dominance we displayed for the majority of the match. That second-half saw Goytre enjoy only about three shots on target, unfortunately for us two of them went in, but overall we were definitely the better side and we need to take that into our next game.
A few wins and we could be pushing for a top 2 spot in this division, the quality is there so there’s nothing stopping us for aiming that high. Onwards and upwards. Allez.