In the second of our series of interviews across the Port Talbot Town website over the next couple of days, we caught up with a number of players to give their thoughts on the season so far and what the hopes are moving forward for the rest of the campaign.
As with Mark Pike, the players were simply asked to answer the question ‘What are your thoughts on the season so far and what are the hopes going forward?’ Here is how they responded.
Jackson Hall: “I think this season we have started off really well defensively. We are a very, very hard team to beat and that is what we have worked on very hard on the training ground. All we need to nail now is the final third and if we can, we will be the ones to watch this season.”
“Going forward with the group of lads that we have here, our changing room is the best I have been in. We play for the club and we play for each other. We are looking to get promoted at the first time of asking.”
Jack Underwood: “I think this season has been quite encouraging so far. A few of the boys’ heads were down after losing a couple of games on the bounce and then drawing at home to Llwydcoed. That game felt like a loss, but it was good to get back to winning ways against Abertillery in the FAW Trophy. Our main aim is definitely promotion and we are still in a very strong position to make that happen.”
Owen Williams: “Personally I think we have had a strong start to the season, but dropping points is always a huge blow for us as a group because we go into every game with the aim of winning.”
“Within the changing room and the club, you can feel there is a real turning of the tides with Mark [Pike] working on a lot of exciting football for us to go out and beat every team we come up against. I know as a team we have all bought into the goal of gaining promotion and this is something I know we can achieve. As individuals we all have a lot more to offer than we have already seen and again, even more to offer as a team.”
“I think going forward the with the management, the team coming together and the unrelenting support from the fans, we can get the club back on its way to its glory days again!”
Blake Morgan: “It’s obviously been a frustrating season for me personally so far having to watch from the side-lines with a long layoff due to injury. I think the team are doing okay. We are still up there regarding the league table, but I don’t think we have been playing anywhere near our full potential.”
“I would love to see us gain some confidence in what we can really do, start playing better football and begin to string some strong-looking wins together. I think if we showed the same intensity and effort that was put into the home fixture against Trefelin in the league earlier this season, then I believe we would comfortably secure promotion.”
Matt Baker: “I would say we have made a decent start in the league, but we haven’t picked up as many points as we wanted. We’ve been pretty solid at the back, but we just need to convert more chances. We should be right up there come the end of the season. Our goal is promotion and we need to get this club back to where it belongs.”
Jordan Pike: “After what was a disappointing end to last season having worked so hard on the field to secure ourselves a place in the newly formed JD Cymru South but being let down by individuals in charge of the club last season and season before, we knew it was always going to be a difficult season.”
“Both the playing and management staff worked hard over the summer break to try and put the disappointment behind us and get us back to where we belong. The start so far has been positive with only one league loss out of seven, but we do know there is still a lot to be worked on as we have dropped points in games that we have dominated.
“To achieve our goal of getting back up to the league we deserve to be in, we need to minimise our mistakes and start making the most of the games we dominate.”
“Going forward, we as a group are working hard to make sure we put this club back where it belongs and believe this is possible if we carry on with our hard work, desire and the wanting to play for the badge. That has definitely been on show in the opening few games of the season.”
“I would like to add that the support so far this season has been quality and is greatly appreciated by all of the players and staff. It is majorly important in helping us achieve our goal of getting promoted and I hope it carries on throughout the season.”
James Harris: So far this season I feel that we have done pretty well. We have been unlucky in the matches that we have drawn, and we have not been clinical enough when the chances have come in those games. Going forward, I hope we can get promoted as champions and with this team I feel we can achieve it, but it is down to us and our application on the field and in training!”
Many thanks to the players for their responses and watch this space for an upcoming verdict on the season so far from the perspective of the supporters.