In the third and final part of our series of exclusive interviews on the official Port Talbot Town FC website, we get an insight into how the season has gone thus far in the eyes of the fans.
As with manager Mark Pike and the seven first team players who have already contributed, supporters were simply asked to answer the question ‘What are your thoughts on the season so far and what are the hopes going forward?’ Plus, there’s also an added bonus from a member of the coaching staff! Here is how they all responded.
Charles Musselwhite: “It’s been a typical Mark Pike side this season and what we have been used to over the last couple of years. There has been loads and loads of effort and endeavour from the team. Even the new signings have the same temperament. This makes us very hard to break down and for other teams to beat us.”
“I’ve really enjoyed playing three at the back with wide men who have often been able to push quite far up the pitch. I think Jordan Pike needs singling out for being superb as the left-hand member of the back three. He’s hardly put a foot wrong all season so far and he seems stronger and more determined than ever.”
“I hope we can now build on this going forwards and challenge for promotion, especially as the squad gets to know each other and settles into a pattern. Despite the setback of last season’s enforced relegation, the future is still bright here at Port Talbot Town.”
Nigel Hunt: “I had little expectation from the season over the summer, but I have been pleasantly surprised with the results and resilience of this young side. They are playing with Mark Pike’s style of football and that makes me a happy man. Allez Allez.”
Dylan Llywelyn Edwards: “The season so far, in the handful of games that I have seen, have to me shown glimpses of promise and how much potential we have in this squad. We have an excellent bunch who play for the shirt and play for each other. What they may lack in quality, they make up for in endeavour.”
“The hopes going forward would be to be there or thereabouts come the season’s end and hopefully to continue the cup we have found ourselves on in the FAW Trophy. It would be nice to add a trophy.”
Kevin Griffiths: “I am loving the togetherness of the team and how they are working for each other. The energy, hard work and effort on the pitch is clear to see and I love the rapport the players have with the fans.”
“I believe we have a team that is capable of winning every game. We have dropped some points where we have certainly been the better side, but we just haven’t been able to kill off the opposition. If things had been slightly different on the day, we would also have beat Risca as they didn’t really offer much to worry us.”
“The best performances so far have been the 5-0 demolition of Garden Village where we really showed how well we can play the game, and also Trefelin in the league where we clearly showed the energy and effort we have.
“Looking forward, of course my hope is that we finish right up there at the end of the season. We are capable of winning the league and I would like to see us be a little more confident in front of goal. We need to back ourselves, try the first-time shots and if they come off then great, but if they don’t, we’ll still be behind the boys through and through! Allez Allez!”
Geraint Rowlands: “I think the season is going well currently. We have had some draws that could have been wins which sucks, but we are still in the hunt for promotion. It is still early days, but I can see us going up!”
Daniel Davies: “The season has been a bit of a hard start with us being relegated without a ball being kicked. It has been a bit of culture shock with us going from the Welsh Premier League to playing park football in the space of a few years.”
“The start has been good with us being one of the favourites. It has been hard, but the team have been fantastic. The hopes going forward are for us to get promoted quickly. We have got some hard games coming up, but I think if we keep going then we will have a promotion party. Looking further forward, I think we will be playing in the Welsh Premier League soon.”
Many thanks to all of the fans for their responses, but the interview doesn’t stop there as we also caught up with a popular member of the coaching staff…
Morrys Scott: “We have started the league campaign very well just losing the one game so far. We have put a very competitive squad together who love wearing the badge of Port Talbot Town FC. This is so important to have.”
“Our objective as a management team and the squad is promotion. As a club, we are totally gutted to not be a part of the JD Cymru South as against all the odds last season we comfortably stayed up, only to be relegated for things that have happened in the past.”
“The future is looking very promising at the moment though, with the squad getting better every week and there is a lot of good work going on by the committee as well.”
You can expect regular interviews on the website moving forward, but all attentiosn now turn to tomorrow’s league fixture as we welcome Bridgend Street to Victoria Road for a 2pm kickoff.