On the latest edition of Talking Port, the new interview feature on the official Port Talbot Town FC website, Brandon Arthur caught up with Jack Underwood. The striker was fresh off a hat-trick in last Saturday’s 4-1 FAW Trophy victory over Blaenrhondda and he discusses his personal aspirations for the season, scoring headers and winning silverware. Check out the interview below:
Hi Jack, thank you very much for your time. I think there is only one place to start really. Just how good did it feel to get a hat trick last time out against Blaenrhondda?
Jack Underwood: I was absolutely buzzing to get my first hat-trick for the club. I am now hoping to kick on from here and bag more of them this season which will hopefully keep us at the top end of the table and help us push for promotion.
Q: You have been amongst the goals this season and are proving popular with the fans. What are your personal aspirations for the campaign?
Jack: My personal goal for this season is to get at least 20-25 goals. However, I think the main priority is to get promotion and put this great club back where it belongs.
You’re not the tallest of players but you have been scoring plenty of headers this season, is that something that has been worked on in training?
Yeah, I’ve surprised even myself this season to be honest, I’ve never scored so many headers! Pikey, the gaffer, works a lot on the strikers in training with movement and finishing and it’s definitely working so far.
It is a question I have asked many players, but how important has the team spirit been in what has largely been a successful start to the season?
The team spirit is massive for us and it is definitely one of the key reasons why we have been so successful thus far this season. I think the camaraderie we have within the club can get us at least an extra twenty points for the season which is huge.
After last week’s win against Blaenrhondda, we’re into the latter stages of the FAW Trophy now. How would it feel to be picking up some silverware at the end of the season?
It would be brilliant to bring a trophy home to Port Talbot Town. After such a deflating end to the season for the boys last year, it would be huge to pick up some silverware and then top it off with promotion would be the perfect season.
You have a good relationship with the supporters at the club. How crucial have the fans been this season?
The fans have been outstanding in every single game. They keep us going and we want to do well not just for ourselves but for the fans as well who are turning out week in week out, both home and away.
If there’s one thing you could improve about yourself or the team as a whole, what would it be?
One of the main things I think we need to improve on is to try and get a run of games where we are unbeaten and not to drop points so easily like the Llwydcoed game. I also think I need to personally be converting more chances, but after the Blaenrhondda game I think that’s coming now.
And finally, what has been the biggest challenge of the campaign thus far?
The biggest challenge so far this season has got to be the way we lost points against Dinas Powys. It should never have happened and I beat myself up for days knowing I missed that header in the last minute to draw the game.
You can see Jack Underwood and the rest of the first team in action this Saturday (30 November) as they return to Welsh League Division One action. Abergavenny Town are the visitors to Victoria Road, kick-off 2pm.