Port Talbot Town were held to a 1-1 draw with Ton Pentre but stayed unbeaten thanks to an early Morgan Thomas header at Victoria Road. It was a frustrating result for the Blues who will feel like they could, and probably should, have won the game after creating several clear chances.
The first of those was put away as a Jordan Pike free-kick was met by Ben Rose-Miles, fresh off his hat-trick at West End in the League Cup, who flicked onto Morgan Thomas to head home and give the home side an 11thminute lead.
The Blues continued to apply pressure in the early stages with Conor Harris going close and Morgan Thomas seeing the resulting rebound saved by Niall Reed in the away goal. Ben Rose-Miles continued to work hard on the flanks as his long run saw him find Connor Harris, but his effort was blocked by a stubborn Bulldogs defence.
Jackson Hall impressed in defence throughout, mopping up anything that came his way and it took until the 26thminute for Ton Pentre to get their first chance which came from a corner and came to nothing.
Ryan Morgan and Owen Williams were linking well and after some good work from the pair near the corner flag, the ball found its way to Ben Rose-Miles who took a touch but fired his effort over from close range. The home side continued to create chances and Owen Williams was agonisingly close to doubling the Port Talbot lead as his twenty-yard effort went just wide.
Josh Hardy nearly pulled things level just before half time as he was close to meeting a wicked free kick but Wyn Walters did well in goal to keep his effort out and the chance to a minimum.
Port Talbot started the second half brightly and Morgan Thomas was nearly on the scoresheet again has he met a quality cross from Ryan Morgan, but his header was just over. Ten minutes later and he was denied once again, this time by the post after his low header from Jordan Pike’s cross smashed against the woodwork and he was unable to turn in the rebound.
Chances came thick and fast around the hour mark with Conor Harris through one on one, but the away goalkeeper was quick out of his box to make a great save. Owen Williams was also denied with a long-range effort going just wide.
In smash-and-grab style, Ton Pentre equalised after seventy minutes as they raced away up the other end with Leroy Thomas meeting the ball and sliding it under Walters in goal to equalise for the Bulldogs.
The Blues were now searching for a winner and went close with a John Hall free kick on the edge of the box beating the wall, but Reed did well to tip it over and keep the score level.
Morgan Thomas was denied his and Port Talbot’s second two minutes from time as he met a delightful Ryan Morgan cross but could only head straight at the keeper. Another huge chance came in stoppage time, but Ben Rose-Miles saw his effort well saved before the referee’s full-time whistle sounded.
Manager Mark Pike was understandably frustrated at coming away with just one point. “I thought we dominated throughout and created many chances, but in front of goal we were very poor,” said the gaffer.
“We did not lose the game when we quite easily could have which was a positive and our unbeaten run continues as we build towards our future. We need to be more aggressive and nastier when in front of goal. The lads know that though, and we are working on it.”
Port Talbot will meet Ton Pentre once again in the Welsh League Cup in a fortnight, this time away from home, but before that there is an FAW Trophy tie away at Gorseinon Athletic next Saturday (14 September), kick-off 2.30pm.