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TALKING PORT: Owen Williams

On the latest edition of Talking Port, the regular interview feature on the official Port Talbot Town website, Brandon Arthur was joined by dynamic midfielder Owen Williams. He reflected on last weekend’s win, all the good work going on behind the scenes at the club and that stunning goal against Gorseinon Athletic. Check out the interview below:

Hi Owen, thanks very much for your time. What is your immediate reaction to the 2-0 win over Abergavenny Town last Saturday?

Owen Williams: Ultimately, we are pleased. Three points is three points at the end of the day, but I know personally my performance could have been a lot better and I know the squad can definitely be a lot better as well.

Q: How are you enjoying your role in midfield so far this season?

Owen: Being in midfield is always where I want to be, right in the middle of everything. This year it has presented a lot of challenges with the personnel changing on almost a weekly basis, but that can’t be helped. I’m looking forward to getting a more solid partnership in midfield, getting over my holidays and working on being further up the pitch to cause problems for opposition teams. 

The team have scored some fantastic goals during the campaign, but surely none better than your winner at Gorseinon in the FAW Trophy. Where does that goal rank in your career?

Yeah it’s definitely one of my best goals and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I know myself and a few of the boys didn’t have another thirty minutes left in our legs for extra time, but as for all-time favourite goals it is probably on par with my volley against Afan Lido a couple of years ago. 

What are you hoping to achieve this season from both a personal and team perspective?

My personal goals are in line with the goals of the team and management. We want a cup final and promotion. Everything is about reaching these two objectives. Of course, it is not going to be easy but I believe we can achieve them. 

Has the change in defensive shape had an impact on your game?

The shape is new to everyone. It is hugely encouraging that our management team have the confidence in us to play this way, even on some of the worst pitches imaginable. We have more than enough quality to allow for three in defence, especially when taking into consideration who we have in goals. 

The squad is largely the same as last season, but what is it like linking up with some new signings like Tom Neville and Jordan Edwards?

I’ve played with and against Jordan in the past and he’s been causing problems for defences in senior football since he was 16. To have him come into the fold is a great boost in quality and a real statement of intent for the direction the club is going in as we are able to attract this standard of player. 

With regards to Tom, I haven’t come across him previously which is surprising but he has already proven to be a very clever player offering us a lot of options which we have previously lacked.

Additionally to both of those you mentioned, Jack Underwood has also come in and is on fire. I rate Jack incredibly highly and I know he has even more to offer than he already has done which is very encouraging. 

All in all, it’s not a bad time to be a midfielder at Port Talbot Town! 

What is your favourite thing about playing for Port Talbot Town? 

In all honesty it’s just being at a club where so many people are giving up their spare time to all contribute and pull in the same direction. That is easily the best part. 

I mean, we have one of the best photographers in the league. We have a great team running the social media who are always looking for new ways to attract attention to the club. We probably have the best fan base in South Wales and a manager and staff who are always going above and beyond along with players who are willing to give their all and not wanting to let anyone down. 

I think it all makes for a really special period at Port Talbot Town FC and hopefully we can all progress together to provide some special moments. 

And what has been the best moment of the season so far?

Without doubt it has got to be my goal against Gorseinon, purely so we didn’t have to run for another half an hour! 

Finally, I just want to say a special thank you to Brandon for the ongoing work which has always been to a great standard and is attracting new people to the club all the time.