Three Points At Caersws For The Steelmen

Caersws 1-2 Port Talbot Town

Manager Mark Jones changed his starting line-up for this league match as Scott Barrow was named on the bench with Daniel Thomas and Gareth Phillips and the side had a perfect start when Liam McCreesh opened the scoring within the opening minute of the match. Despite the excellent start Port Talbot were caught out at the back minutes later as Caersws were allowed to equalise through Matthew Prosser after just four minutes of the match.

Port Talbot Town were dominant however and it was no surprise when Drew Fahiya slid in at the back post on 14 minutes to put his side back in front. Port Talbot pressured Caersws for long periods witha  series of corners and free-kicks but they could not find a way to extend their lead with home goalkeeper David Jones in fine form. Port Talbot continued to take control of the game in the second half with Liam McCreesh, Lee John, Martin Rose and Neil Thomas all having chances to extend the lead but the best chance arrived inside the opening ten minutes of the second half when Port Talbot were awarded a penalty. Martin Rose stepped up and despite placing the ball in the corner Caersws goalkeeper David Jones was able to parry the ball out.

The introduction of Daniel Thomas on 75 minutes again had a positive effect as he caused a string of problems for the Caersws defence with his pace while Scott Barrow offered a similar attacking option as he came off the bench and both players also had chances to make the game safe. Caersws rarely asked any questions at the other end of the field although they had a chance to equalise in the last minute but failed to hit the target. Despite missing a number of chances it was a comfortable victory for Mark Jones side although the scoreline deserved a bigger margin.

8th November 2009 – Wales on Sunday

Match Report

Port Talbot stayed in range of the leading pack after sealing victory over struggling Caersws, who suffered their fifth home defeat in six outings. All the goals came inside the first 15 minutes, after which the Steelmen made hard work of the task with a string of missed opportunities, including one from the penalty spot.

The visitors made a flying start by taking the lead in the first minute when a right-wing cross from former Caersws man Lloyd Grist following a short corner fell for Liam McCreesh to fire home. The Bluebirds were back on terms just three minutes later when Chris Melia released Matt Prosser, who neatly lobbed keeper Lee Kendall. But the Steelmen got their noses back in front on 14 minutes as the hosts were breached a second time when Drew Fahiya found space to convert a Lee John cross from the left.

Caersws stayed in the hunt, thanks to an improved performance and several missed chances from the visitors. For the hosts, Prosser headed over from a cross by Mark Griffiths, who also had an effort blocked, but the Steelmen should really have surged further ahead. Eight minutes after the break, home defender Hugh Clarke was ruled to have fouled Rose in the box. Rose took the resulting spot kick but his effort was saved by David Jones. After that, Port Talbot could have sealed a more emphatic win with Fahiya, Rose and substitute Scott Barrow spurning chances.

Principality Welsh Premier League

Saturday, 7th November 2009

at the Recreation Ground, Caersws

Caersws 1-2 Port Talbot Town

Goalscorers

Caersws

Matthew Prosser (4)

Port Talbot Town

Liam McCreesh (1)

Drew Fahiya (14)

Referee – Mr Matt Bridges

Caersws

Team – David Jones, Matthew Roberts, Matthew Holt, Simon Jones, Hugh Clarke, Scott Williams, Chris Melia, Andy Davies, Matthew Prosser, Mark Griffiths, Geraint Lewis

Subs – David Hughes (rep Melia – 75), Jacob Smith (rep Roberts – 56), Corey Jenkins (Unused)

Goalscorers – Matthew Prosser (4)

Port Talbot Town

Team – Lee Kendall, Leigh De-Vulgt, Lloyd Grist, Karl Lewis, Matthew Rees, Lee Surman, Lee John, Neil Thomas, Martin Rose, Liam McCreesh, Drew Fahiya

Subs – Daniel Thomas (rep Fahiya – 75), Gareth Phillips (Unused), Scott Barrow (rep N.Thomas – 80)

Goalscorers – Liam McCreesh (1), Drew Fahiya (14)

Attendance – 147