The Blues’ first Division One fixture officially under the management of new player-manager Cortez Belle ended in a 0-0 draw at Monmouth Town on Saturday afternoon.
Cortez started the fixture along with the usual suspects of Jonathan Hood, Luke Bowen and Jack Hurley up front. Lewis Holmes, Rhys Owen were in defence. Jay Williams also made his Port Talbot debut after joining from Newport County on-loan a week ago.
The affair at a very muddy Monmouth Sports Ground started quite slowly, with the Blues enjoying the majority of possession but failing to turn that possession into anything of note.
Port Talbot’s first real chance came on the half hour mark when a Lewis Holmes header flew just over the bar.
The Blues piled on the pressure for the remainder of the first-half, with Jonathan Hood hitting a powerful effort just over the crossbar as well as Luke Bowen provoking a good save from the home keeper.
Blues keeper Rory McCreesh pulled off a marvellous save 20 minutes into the second-half, tipping a powerful strike from a home striker onto the crossbar then out of play.
Cortez’ men dominated the second-half much in the same way they dominated the later half of the first. Bowen came shatteringly close to giving the Blues a late winner when his shot from just within the area hit the Monmouth woodwork.
Hood almost nicked the win a minute before full-time, with the home keeper pulling off a fantastic save to tap Hoody’s strike over the bar.
The Blues are back in Division One action on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Undy Athletic to Victoria Road Stadium. Kick off 2pm.