In the first Talking Port, a new regular interview feature on the official Port Talbot Town Football Club website, Brandon Arthur is joined by first-team striker Tom Neville, fresh off his first goals for the club during Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Bridgend Street, to discuss scoring, what attracted him to the club and his aspirations for the season.
Hi Tom, thanks for your time. Just how good does it feel to be off the mark for Port Talbot Town?
Tom Neville: It’ll be no surprise to anyone that I was absolutely buzzing after Saturday, not just for myself personally for getting my first goals, but for the boys as well. After a win like that, it sets everyone’s weekend up perfectly before getting ready to go again next week.
Q: Is it all the sweeter after having two goals disallowed in the previous match with Abertillery Bluebirds in the FAW Trophy?
Tom: Yeah definitely, but as a striker in this team you always know you’re going to get chances. I just made sure I stayed patient and thankfully it paid off on Saturday against Bridgend Street.
It was a special way to score your first goal for the club. Is it all just instinct with a volley like that?
I didn’t expect the chance to fall for me so early on in the game, but the ball just fell perfectly for me. With the defender in front of me coming to press, I knew I didn’t have time to take a touch so I just had to hit it, and thankfully it ended up in the net!
When we talk to other players in the squad, they speak of the togetherness in the changing room. Is that something you’ve picked up on in your short time here so far?
100%. I’ve found it very easy settling in with them involving me in that togetherness from my first training session onwards. It’s a very tight knit group and that always helps with training and in the changing rooms as well as on game day.
What was it about Port Talbot Town that attracted you to the club?
I know the club has got a very good history and that it’s a massive club in itself which is always a big factor in joining. However, speaking to Mark Pike in the build-up to signing was the biggest factor for me. He made his goals for the season very clear to me and I couldn’t say no to being a part of it and hopefully helping get the club back to where it belongs.
What’s the general feeling amongst the team at this stage of the season given how well things have started? There seems to be a feeling of quiet confidence from the outside.
Yeah, it’s good. We’ve had results like the Garden Village and Bridgend Street games that really got us feeling good and motivated. But at the same time, we’ve had games that we know we should be doing better in and keeping the same consistency for them all. But yeah, we’ve had that mixture for us to know it’s going well.
What are your personal goals and aspirations for the rest of the season?
My personal goal for the season would be to hopefully get around 15 goals. After joining a few games into the season I think it’s a reasonable target for myself personally. But as a squad I’m sure everyone will agree with me in saying that promotion is the main goal for us.