MATCH REPORT: PORT TALBOT TOWN 0-2 CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH VALE – Steelmen’s Season Fades Out To League Runners-Up

With a pending licence appeal on the horizon, you could forgive Mark Pike#s squad for having thoughts elsewhere over the cloud of uncertainty that current hovers over Victoria Road. Regardless of the questions asked about the future of Port Talbot Town, the blues gave a good account of themselves against an excellent Cambrian & Clydach Vale side.

Port Talbot’s first chance of the game came around the 15 minute mark when Jandir Zola’s free kick 25 yards out from goal struck the visitor’s wall but it wasn’t to be long until ‘Cam’ broke the deadlock in stylish fashion.

Sam Jones collected the ball on the edge of PTT’s area, dribbled past two defenders and calmly slotted the ball in to the bottom corner of Harris’ goal to put Dane Williams’ side one goal to the good.

An array of chances each of the Blues front line consisting of Morgan Thomas, Dylan Llewellyn and Blake Rose-Miles kept Nial Reed occupied in between the sticks before Port Talbot put together the move of the game. Keane Watts linked up with the two wingers playing some fine one touch football between himself, Llewellyn and Thomas before the latter was unable to put away his effort. A move well deserving of the equaliser.

Cambrian & Clydach were in now forgiving the mood though and punished the missed opportunity minutes later. Corey Shephard’s made light work on the wing to control the ball in what turned out to be an excellent assist when Shephard squared the ball across the box and in to the path of Cameron Keetch who tapped home and went in to the half two goals to the good.

The second half saw little action from either side. Highlights from the home side included a Keane Watts acrobatic effort on edge of the area but both James Harris and his counterpart Nial Reed did well to ensure there were no other goals in this game.

With referee Alex McInch’s final whistle came with it the end of the season… at least on the field. Port Talbot Town earlier in the week made their intentions clear and are appealing the failed Tier 2 licence application imposed by the Football Association of Wales. Port Talbot Town on merit finished outside of the relegation zone but their fate could be determined elsewhere heading in to 2019/2020.

Match Images: Russell Morris