Steelmen On Target For Europe

Port Talbot Town 3-0 Technogroup Welshpool

Scott Barrow was named on the substitutes bench on his return from suspension for this match against Technogroup Welshpool as Port Talbot Town looked to carry on from their 7-0 win over Elements Cefn Druids a few days before. Port Talbot started the better of the two sides and that was how it stayed for the remainder of the match as Martin Rose and Lee John both came close to opening the scoring early in the match. The eventual goal arrived on 19 minutes when referee Huw Jones adjudged that Martin Rose had been brought down in the area and pointed to the penalty spot after waving away an earlier appeal. Rose stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to put his side ahead.

Five minutes later Port Talbot doubled their advantage as a defensive mistake presented Neil Thomas with an open goal and he slotted the ball into the empty net. Port Talbot kept pushing forward and forced a series of corners while at the other end Lee Kendall remained untroubled. The third goal arrived from a corner as captain Matthew Rees found himself unmarked at the back post and stretched to turn the ball into the net from close range before the referee brought the half to a close.

Matthew Thompson replaced Gareth Phillips at half-time before Scott Barrow made an appearance on 51 minutes. Port Talbot remained dominant in possession but squandered opportunities in a quiet second half. The introduction of Drew Fahiya offered Mark Jones side another attacking option and his pace caused problems for the Welshpool defence although a bad tackle on him from John Boardman earned only a yellow card on 67 minutes. Controversy arrived with just minutes remaining as a tackle by McCreesh on the edge of the area was judged to be a foul by the referee and McCreesh received a harsh yellow card. His frustration then saw him sent off for dissent as the game re-started to leave manager Mark Jones disappointed despite picking up three points and another clean sheet.

21st February 2010 – Wales on Sunday

Steelmen on target for Europe

The Steelmen followed up the 7-0 drubbing of Cefn Druids midweek with another competent performance to produced three more points in their bid for a Euro spot. Mark Jones’ side started where they left off four days earlier when they rushed to a 3-0 lead by half time. But in the final 45 minutes Port Talbot took their foot off the gas and Welshpool battened down the hatches. Top scorer Martin Rose made the first mark in the 20th minute when he was nudged off the ball in the box and picked himself up to convert from the spot.

Five minutes later, Neil Thomas doubled the Steelmen’s lead when a mix-up in the visitors’ defence saw the ball break free for Thomas to fire into an empty net. The third arrived on the stroke of half time, when a Liam McCreesh header rebounded to skipper Matthew Rees to score from close range. Having created a winning position, Port Talbot dropped a few gears and protected their lead while the Lilywhites toiled purposefully but to no effect. The only blip for the home side was the late sending off of star man McCreesh.

Principality Welsh Premier League

Saturday, 20th February 2010

at The GenQuip Stadium

Port Talbot Town 3-0 Technogroup Welshpool

Goalscorers

Port Talbot Town

Martin Rose (19) (p)

Neil Thomas (24)

Matthew Rees (45)

Technogroup Welshpool

None

Referee – Mr Huw Jones

Port Talbot Town

Team – Lee Kendall, Leigh De-Vulgt, Lloyd Grist, Gareth Phillips, Matthew Rees, Lee Surman, Lee John, Neil Thomas, Martin Rose, Liam McCreesh, Daniel Thomas

Subs – Scott Barrow (rep N.Thomas – 51), Drew Fahiya (rep John – 62), Matthew Thompson  (rep Phillips – 46)

Yellow Cards – Liam McCreesh (87) Red Cards – Liam McCreesh (88)

Goalscorers – Martin Rose (19) (p), Neil Thomas (24), Matthew Rees (45)

Technogroup Welshpool

Team – David Maguire, Gareth Williams, John Boardman, Max Peate, Martin Beattie, Arran Pritchard, George Hughes, Eric Ramsey, Marc Griffiths, Steff Edwards, Joe Price

Subs – Jordan Kane (rep Peate – 72), Michael Cronshaw (Unused), Adam Jenkins (rep Griffiths – 84)

Yellow Cards – Martin Beattie (19), Max Peate (30), John Boardman (67) Red Cards – None

Goalscorers – None

Attendance – 217