ROSE AND JOHN FIRE TOWN TO CRUCIAL AWAY VICTORY
Martin Rose rounds the keeper to score Port Talbot’s opener (Nik Mesney).
PORT Talbot Town finally recorded their first victory of the season on away soil with a 2-0 win over gap Connah’s Quay, ending a sequence of eight games without victory.
Martin Rose and Lee John were both creators and scorers as a goal in each half gave Scott Young’s side a much-need lift.
Connah’s Quay threatened immediately when player/manger Mark McGregor collected the ball free inside the area calling Steven Hall into making an early save as Port Talbot got off to a slow start.
The Nomads continued to show the more initiative early on and twice caught the Port Talbot back-line cold, as lone-striker Mike Hayes found space to run onto the ball and trouble Steven Hall.
Though it was the hosts who had looked the more likely to threaten, it was the craft of Lee John and the composure of Martin Rose that allowed Port Talbot to take the advantage on 18-minutes. John carried the ball forward down the left before slipping a pass into Town forward, who rounded McCormick to apply a neat finish from an acute angle.
Carl Payne then shot wide across goal from 12-yards before sending a deflected effort narrowly wide as Port Talbot began to take a firm grasp of proceedings, attacking down both flanks and probing in possession.
Port Talbot were left to rue their luck when they were denied a second-goal by the woodwork. Carl Payne pounced on centre-back Jack Rowlands’ stray pass to knock the ball into the path of David Brooks, who smashed the ball against the underside of the cross bar and bounced back out to safety.
And the tide of pressure from the Steelmen continued with Martin Rose missing a gift-wrapped opportunity from close range shortly before the break.
Connah’s Quay again started quickly from kick-off in the second-half and Hall had to be quick off his line to collect the loose ball after the Nomads launched a long ball forward aimed towards Everall.
And Port Talbot were left off when Rowlands headed a Nomads free-kick past the wrong side of the post.
Port Talbot certainly looked the more confident going forward, and David Brooks again rattled the woodwork as he cut inside to shoot for the ball to ricocheted between McCormick and the post.
On 56-minutes an assured finish high into the net from Lee John fired Port Talbot into a two-goal lead, this time Rose was the creator as yhe Blues broke three-versus-two, spreading the ball right into John to double what had been previously been the sides’ tally of away goals for the season.
Scott Young reshuffled the Town midfield with the introduction of Adie Harris and Lewis Harling for Sacha Walters and Carl Payne as the second goal impacted on the hosts’ confidence, who struggled to find quality in the final third even in spells where Port Talbot ceded possession.
Lee Surman’s outstretched boot to intercept Daniel Forde’s attempted through ball was made with perfect timing, as Connah’s Quay struggled for invention.
And a late free-kick and corner from the deflated Nomads failed to trouble the Port Talbot defence, who held firm to claim the points against a downbeat Connah’s Quay outfit.
gap Connah’s Quay 0 -
Port Talbot Town 2 Martin Rose 17′ Lee John 56′
gap Connah’s Quay: 25. Terry McCormick, 2. Chris Rowntree (31. Lee Jones 74′), 15. Paul Mooney, 12. Jack Rowlands, 6. Craig Jones, 4. Mark
McGregor, 7. Simon Everall, 8. Daniel Forde, 9. Mike Hayes, 11. Ryan Edwards, 17. Shaun Tinsley. Subs not used: 1. John Rushton, 33. Jack Cheetham, 47. Jack Riley
Red Cards: None
Yellow Cards: Forde 63′ McCormick 76′
Port Talbot Town: 29. Steven Hall, 10. Carl Payne (19. Adie Harris 59′), 12. Leigh De Vulgt, 5. Lee Surman, 14. Sacha Walters (8. Lewis Harling
59′), 39. David Brooks (18. Adam Wright 84′), 11. Lee John, 6. Gethin Jones, 9. Martin Rose, 3. James Bloom, 4. Ashley Evans. Sub not used: 17. Duane Saunders
Red Cards: None
Yellow Cards: Rose 90′
Attendance: 112 Referee: Kevin Parry