Port Talbot 1-1 Goytre United: The ‘derby before the derby’ ends all square

The Blues held onto their 7th spot in the Division One rankings on Friday evening with a draw against local rivals Goytre United.

Under the temporary management of Cortez Belle, the Blues began the fixture well and dominated possession for the opening 20 minutes or so.

The visitors opened the scoring on 25 minutes against the run of play, with the Steelmen caught on the break allowing for a Goytre forward to break into the penalty area and slot past Rory McCreesh.

Port Talbot equalised just three minutes later when a ball into the Goytre area found the run of Neil Thomas, who headed it into the net to secure his first goal for the Blues since his return this season.

Thomas almost nabbed a second just before a break when a thunderous strike from 40-yards out flew just over the woodwork.

The second-half saw the Blues dominate for many spells during the game, but for the most part failed to take their chances.

Luke Bowen came close to stealing a winner in the 76th minute when his header went just over the bar.

The draw marks a solid point for a Port Talbot Town side that are now unbeaten in three games despite not having a permanent manager at the helm.

The Blues’ attention will now turn to the Port Talbot derby on Saturday, December 23rd when they travel to local rivals Afan Lido. Kick off 2pm at the Marston’s Stadium.

Attendance: 256

Images courtesy of Lewis Mitchell.

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