Mark Pike’s Port Talbot Town put in quite the performance at Victoria Road this past Saturday defeating Ton Pentre in a crunch game at the bottom end of the league table.
The first chance of the afternoon fell to PTT when Connor Harris supplied Keane Watts with an early effort. Edward Hewitson had a busy afternoon ahead of him in goals for the Bulldogs and did well on this occasion to make a save. Dylan Llewellyn nearly opened the scoring moments later when he found himself underneath Joshua Hardy’s clearance. Llewellyn’s volley on the edge of the area was sliced and just went wide of the target.
Minutes later Ton had a chance of their own to open proceedings when they went on the counter attack. A terrific through ball across the box looked like a tap in was the certain outcome but Jackson Hall read the situation well and slide to save a likely goal.
Hall’s timing couldn’t have been better as Port Talbot finally broke the deadlock with 20 minutes on the clock. It was another counter attack this time around but with the home side in possession. Blake Morgan shot low towards the far corner forcing another good save out of Hewitson but Connor Harris was first to the blocked shot and tapped home to make it 1-0.
This was the wake up call Ton Pentre needed early on in to the game and were soon looking the dangerous of the two sides. Ryan Morgan and Ryan Morgan both on defensive duties this time around to clear danger. Leon Jacka’s free kick from 25 yards out two minutes later went under the home wall and just wide of James Harris’ post.
Ton had one more free kick on the next attack out on the right hand side. Alex Davies got his head on the end of the ball in to the box but just missing the goal. Port Talbot needed to up their game at this point and up stepped Keane Watts with an array of chances of his own. Watts’ first effort from distance went wide following a bobble and a big defensive block from his next effort prevented PTT’s second. Scott Hayward’s late challenge the difference here.
As the half began to reach its conclusion, Port Talbot’s confidence grew. Llewellyn and Watts playing a nice one two before squaring to Blake Morgan who’s first time shot was saved once again by Hewitson. The last effort of the half fell to Connor Harris who fired home in style. Harris connected first time with a ball heading out of the area and fired low in to the bottom corner to put Port Talbot two goals to the good going in to half time.
Blake Morgan was in the thick of proceedings early on and was required in defence following a goalmouth scramble in front of Harris’ goal. Port Talbot were able to clear the danger this early on. The blues picked up where they left off however with a third goal of the afternoon. Connor Harris beat two men and drove towards the box before laying off to Blake Morgan. Morgan’s shot struck a defenders arm and a penalty was awarded. Jandir Zola stepped up and fired down the middle of the goal as PTT began to cruise away to victory.
Owen Williams cleared a ball off the PTT goal line minutes later before substitute Jordan Islip almost got a goal back for the bulldogs. Islip was at full stretch at the back post but unable to poke the ball in to the back of the net.
In stranger circumstances Ton Pentre hit the woodwork direct from a corner as manager Kevin Richards probably began to concede that it just wasn’t to be the Reds day. Blake Morgan ensured this with a little fewer than 10 to be played. Following a spectacular miss in front of goal a little earlier on, Morgan wrapped things up as he curled his first goal in to the bottom corner before grabbing his second and Port Talbot’s fifth goal of the afternoon with a tap in from close range.
This was Port Talbot’s biggest win of the season and the blues will be looking to take this momentum going in to a big cup game this Saturday (February 2nd) at Victoria Road as league leaders Penybont visit in the quarter final of the Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Cup. Kick off for this one is the slightly earlier time of 1:30pm.
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Match Images: Russell Morris