To continue along our Talking Port interview feature on the official Port Talbot Town FC website, Brandon Arthur caught up with Jordan Pike to talk all things on the season so far, what the club means to him and what it’s like having his dad as his manager. Check out the interview below:
Hi Jordan, thanks for your time. What are your thoughts on how the season has gone so far?
Jordan Pike: I think it has been a decent start to what we knew was going to be a tough season. We have started well, but we have also dropped points in games we should be winning which is quite frustrating. However, it’s still early days and I am sure we will achieve our goal of promotion come the end of the season.
Q: And with how things have gone, is it close to what the team was expecting or hoping for?
Jordan: I think that it has certainly been what we expected. We always knew that no game in this league would be easy and although we have started well, there are still a lot of improvements to be made moving forward into the rest of the campaign.
How do you feel your personal game has been this season?
Personally, after a nasty injury at the end of last season I am pleased with my own personal performances so far. I am lot fitter and enjoying my football more than I have for a very long time. We have scored quite a few goals off of my set plays this season which is also an added bonus.
You came so close to your first senior goal (correct me if I’m wrong on that!) in the 4-1 win over Bridgend Street with one of those set pieces. Just how desperate are you to get on the scoresheet?
Yes, that is correct. It would have been my first senior goal for Port Talbot Town, but it is not something I have really given much thought to. As long as the team is winning, it doesn’t matter who is scoring and I’m more than happy to just set them up.
You’ve obviously been around and a part of Port Talbot Town FC for quite a while now, just what does this club mean to you?
I started out my footballing journey at six years of age playing for this club and coming through the junior and academy system, so the club means a lot! Growing up being taken by my father and grandfather to watch Port Talbot Town every Saturday afternoon, watching them beat Swansea City in the FAW Premier Cup and playing games in Europe, it was always a goal of one day playing for the first team. Even though it is in different circumstances to what I hoped back then, it is still an honour to put the shirt on every weekend.
How is the dynamic having your dad as the manager? I imagine he’s quite different on the training pitch compared to Sunday dinner!
Haha! Yeah it is certainly different, but it is something I have been used to as I have had him coaching me for many years. It is soemthign special to share the experiences of the highs of the game alongside him. However, we do make sure that as soon as Saturday afternoon comes, we are no longer father and son and that we are a player and a manager just like everyone else in that changing room.
Finally, we seem to have modified a new defensive system this season. How has it been adapting to that?
I have really enjoyed the change from left back to the left sided centre half of a three. Personally, I think I have adapted to the change quite well. It took a lot of hard work over the summer for us all in this new formation and there are still some areas in which we could improve on, but that will come with the familiarity we gain with more games playing in this formation.
Many thanks to Jordan Pike for his time (and for the photo!). You can catch him and the rest of the first team in action this Saturday (23 November) at Victoria Road as the Blues host Blaenrhondda in the FAW Trophy. Kick off for that one is 2pm.