In the latest Talking Port interview, Brandon Arthur catches up with first-team goalkeeper James Harris where he discusses his growth in confidence, penalty shootout misery and his desire to help get Port Talbot Town promoted.
Hi James, thanks very much for your time. How are you enjoying the season so far?
James Harris: I’m quite happy with how the season has gone so far, but we probably should have won more games than we have done and it’s up to us to ensure that doesn’t keep happening between now and the end of the season.
Q: You’ve been very impressive in goal this season. Are you happy with your performances?
James: Thank you for that. Yeah, I am pleased with the majority of my performances so far this season. However, there have been one or two games where I think I should have been a little better.
I think it’s well documented that you were in unfamiliar surroundings when you first joined Port Talbot Town a few years back. How much has your game improved since then?
I think confidence is definitely what has improved most with my game. I really struggled with it at the beginning of my Port Talbot career. Moving to a club and a league where I was an unknown, it was really hard. But since then I have developed and with the help of Dai Morgan last season, the distribution element of my game also improved.
Has the change in defensive system for this season altered anything for you in goal?
We work really hard as a defensive unit so I feel we could play pretty much any shape and still do well. I think the signing of big Ryan Morgan last season has helped us a lot. His experience and knowledge of the game has certainly made things easier.
After the disappointment of issues off the field last summer, how important is it that we can get promoted at the first time of asking?
For me and everyone involved at this club, it is a priority that we get promoted and we do it this season. We have got the squad to do it so I don’t see why we can’t make that happen.
You never fail to come over to the supporters both home and away, how great have the fans been this season and what’s it like to have that relationship with them?
The fans have been brilliant again this season. Myself and the rest of the team are very grateful for all of the support we receive. With all of the miles they travel to watch us, it’s great to see them at the games and go over and thank them.
The club have unfortunately gone out of two cup competitions on penalties this season. How frustrating is that as a goalkeeper?
Going out of a cup on penalties is never great! It is probably one of the worst things in football. You feel like you have let your team and the fans down.
Focus can now fully be kept on the league with some tough away games making up the bulk of our remaining fixtures, starting with Risca United on Saturday. What are you hoping for from the rest of the season both personally and as a team?
I just want to win as many games as we can and that is up to all of us to perform in every remaining game that we have. I just want to get promoted.
You can see James and the rest of the team in action this Saturday (25 January) as the Blues travel to face Risca United (2pm). All of your live updates will be available on the club’s official Twitter feed.