Thoughts on the Season: The Gaffer

In the first of a series of interviews across the official Port Talbot Town Football Club website, first team manager Mark Pike provides his thoughts on the 2019/20 season so far and what the expectations and hopes are going forward into the rest of the campaign. 

With all of those providing their thoughts for this feature over the next three days, the question asked was quite simple: What are your thoughts on the season so far and what are the hopes going forward? 

The gaffer was kind enough to give up some time and give a detailed and honest answer with an assessment of the club as a whole: “The hope for this season is to be back where we should be [in the JD Cymru South]. Last season we achieved our objective by rightly being a member of the newly founded and FAW controlled Cymru South. We mathematically achieved this feat with three games to spare, but to hear of our tier two license failure for things going on behind the scenes ripped our hearts out to be honest.”

“I knew it was going to be a tough ask to keep the squad I built together for the new season. The summer was a hard one and convincing the group to stay was tough. Bringing in new faces was also tough because of the stigma that the regime of previous years brought upon us.”

“Putting all that behind us, we lost just two players and brought in additional quality. I was able to convince last year’s squad along with the new faces to give the new season a good go.”

“Our objective is a simple one: Promotion. It doesn’t come any simpler than that.”

“To date, just losing one league game is a fantastic start, but there is still a long way to go. Everyone who plays for this great club creates a cup final. We have done very well of late, but I know there is a lot more in this squad.”

“They are still shattered and extremely disappointed with what the club did to them and the staff last season and I now that still hangs around us. As a group we just want to work hard, win our games and make our fantastic supporters happy.”

“One thing we have created is a football club again – players and staff who want to get that blue and white shirt on and do their best. They are doing that in abundance.”

“We have got to be more clinical in the final third and we are working so hard on that. If promotion doesn’t happen this year, then we go again next year.”

“Our standards as a club have to improve all around and the new committee and members on the football side are working hard. I am hopeful that this will push in the near future to be a club that is fully sustainable in every sense.”

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