Port Talbot 1-1 Afan Lido: Derby ends all level

Port Talbot Town’s first point of their 2017/2018 Division One campaign came following a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to local rivals Afan Lido on Saturday afternoon. A healthy crowd took to a sunny Victoria Road to see the first Port Talbot derby of the season.

Paul Evans’ Blues started the affair well, enjoying the majority of possession in the early stage. They almost went one up after 10 minutes when an Anthony Rawlings shot flew just wide of the target.

The visitors’ first real chance of the game came close to the half-time mark, with a Ben Thomas effort drifting just over the cross-bar.

Lido broke the deadlock just after the break, with Chris Jones finding himself one-on-one with Blues keeper James Harris before passing to player-manager Liam McCreesh, who slotted home.

Port Talbot equalised on the 70 minute mark with a free-kick for a foul just outside the Lido penalty area allowing for a Cortez Belle header to evade the dive of Chris Curtis in the Lido goal.

The remainder of the fixture was typical for a Port Talbot derby, with tempers flaring and scrappy play. Lido came close to snatching a late winner with a powerful shot from inside the Blues area taking a narrow deflection to bounce out of play.

The Blues are back in Division One action on Saturday, September 9th when they visit Caerau Ely, 2.30pm kick off.

Port Talbot XI: Harris, Bidderscombe, Whitelock, Holmes, Owen, Jones, Rawlings, Jenkins, Belle, Bowen, Hurley

Attendance: 624

Images courtesy of Andy Nunn.

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