In the latest edition of Talking Port, Brandon Arthur caught up with Morgan Thomas following the team’s huge 3-0 win over Risca United at the weekend. Morgan talks all things team chemistry, training regimes and his season highlights so far.
Hi Morgan, thanks very much for your time. What have things been like in the dressing room coming off that emphatic 3-0 win at Risca on the weekend?
The dressing was great after that performance against Risca! After a poor display the week before against Garden Village, it was the perfect response which definitely put everyone back in a good mood.
Is it fair to say that it was a tough week in training after the Garden Village defeat?
Yes. Pikey likes to make us sweat after a poor performance following on from the Saturday. Considering he always says that we won’t do any training without a football, he likes to forget all about them for the first thirty minutes or so after a defeat!
You’ve been deployed in a few different positions this season both in midfield and on the wing, where do you prefer playing most?
I’ve been used to different roles ever since I started playing football, so it doesn’t really bother me. But personally, I have always preferred a central role as it feels more natural. The strength in depth we have at the club right now is great so it’s important that when given the chance in the team, you try and hold down any position on the field.
The majority of the group of players we have at the club have been there for a while now. How important do you think that is to success?
I believe it has been important. Last year we were getting to know each other, but you could see the spirit and bond coming together from January to the end of the last season, which should have kept us up. But this season the chemistry is there and it is showing on the field. We have added more goals and our defensive shape is the best in the league.
Going back a little, you scored a wonder goal at Cwmbran Celtic on the opening day of the 2018/19 season. How important do you think that win has been in kickstarting two seasons of proving doubters wrong?
There has not been many of those strikes since, but the result that did didn’t only prove the doubters wrong. It put belief in ourselves and showed that we deserved to be in the league and that we would be competitive.
On a personal note, what has been your highlight of the season so far? And then in your time at the club as a whole?
There have been a couple of highlights so far this season. The first was scoring the opening goal of our campaign against Monmouth. It wasn’t a good goal but to get the first was really good after the summer break. The second highlight that stands out was our performance against Bridgend Street when we won 4-1. That was very good against a strong outfit who were around us in the league table at that point of the season. The atmosphere and laughs after games is always a highlight as well.
The Blues are currently sitting in the third and final promotion spot, how important is it for you that we go up before the FAW restructure Tier 3 into South East/West?
It’s vital. We are in a good position at the moment, but we need to give that extra 10% and start putting a run of wins together to keep putting pressure on the teams around us. We only have one goal this season and that’s promotion.
Finally, we come up against Croesyceiliog on Saturday. How confident are you that the boys can follow on from last week’s heroics against opposition we face for the first time this season?
I am confident we can repeat last week’s performance and result on the weekend. You can’t take teams for granted in this league and just look at the league table and expect results, as we found out against Dinas Powys. I’m sure the boys will be focused come game day.
You can find out how focused they’ll be this Saturday at Victoria Road where Port Talbot Town host Croesyceiliog in Welsh League Division One action. Kick off is at 2pm.