Blues narrowly beaten at Carmarthen
December 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Port Talbot Town suffered a third consecutive defeat on what was very much a black Friday for manager Scott Young and his squad, as Carmarthen Town edged to victory to overtake the Blues in the table.
Port now slip outside of the top-six as they enter the festive period and it was a combination of a little bit of bad defending and a lot of bad luck which resulted in Jonathan Hood scoring the only goal of the game after 15 minutes, as he fired his shot past a stagnant Craig Richards in the visitors goal.
The visitors were down to ten-men at the time of the goal with make-shift central defender Dylan Blain receiving treatment on the sidelines, and his brief departure from the heart of the Port Talbot Town defence offered Hood the time and space to pick his shot.
Manager Scott Young offered Adam Wright a starting role upfront in place of current joint top-scorer Jeff White, but chances for the visitors were limited in the opening half as Carmarthen Town enjoyed the better of the possession and restricted Port Talbot’s attacking options.
Controversy followed the goal as a late challenge by Matthew Rees on Daniel Thomas resulted in retaliation from the former Port Talbot Town captain, but referee Richard Harrington offered only a verbal warning to both players and then booked Carmarthen’s Tim Hicks and Port Talbot’s David Brooks for their contribution to the arguments that followed.
Craig Richards was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening half, but as much as Port Talbot didn’t look like equalising, Carmarthen created few clear-cut chances themselves before the break.
Heavy rain welcomed the players back onto the field, but the weather did anything but further dampen the performance of the visitors as they began to enjoy longer spells of possession and looked the side more likely to score.
Adam Wright had the best chance early in the second half when he found himself in space and took a touch before curling his effort just wide of the far post.
Lewis Harling was instrumental to all things constructive in midfield and found himself with numerous opportunities to shoot on goal but found himself frustrated by both goalkeeper Stephen Cann and the woodwork.
At the other end, the influential Liam Thomas was kept quiet by the experimental Port Talbot Town defence, with Daniel Sheehan the regular figure making the all-important last tackle whenever the home side broke away on the counter-attack.
The home side had a penalty appeal turned down when Leigh De-Vulgt made a challenge in the area, and the decision sparked a resurgence from the visitors as they spent the last ten minutes of the match camped in the Carmarthen half.
David Broooks, and his eventual replacement Sasha Walters, together with Daniel Thomas and some over-lapping runs from Sheehan saw a far more creative performance from Port Talbot Town to finish the match, but the side were left frustrated by their inability to turn their possession and subsequent half-chances into goals.
The celebration was one of relief from the home side following referee Harrington’s final whistle, while the visitors were left to reflect on a game lost through a disappointing opening half.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 1-0 PORT TALBOT TOWN
Jonathon Hood 15’
Carmarthen: 1. Steven Cann, 2. Corey Thomas, 3. Ian Hillier, 4. Tim Hicks, 5. Matthew Rees, 16. Nicky Palmer, 7. Jonathan Hood (15. Neil Smothers 87′), 8. Paul Fowler (21. Iestyn Evans 53′), 18. Liam Thomas, 25. Liam McCreesh, 36. Casey Thomas (23. Julian Alsop 84′)
Port Talbot: 1. Craig Richards, 23. Matty Crowell, 2. Daniel Sheehan, 16. Dylan Blain, 6. James Bloom, 18. Adam Wright, 11. Daniel Thomas, 7. Lee John, 12. Leigh De Vulgt (19. Jeff White 87′), 8. Lewis Harling, 39. David Brooks (21. Sacha Walters 84′)
Attendance: 324 Referee: Richard Harrington