Port Talbot Town v The Nomads, Sat 3rd Nov , ko 2.30pm. - Match Preview
Thu, 1st November, 2012 8:11pm
Andrew Edwards took over as Port Talbot Chairman at the start of the 1998/99 season and transformation off the field began. A three-year plan was put into operation, which included taking the club to the League of Wales by its centenary year in 2001/02. At the end of 1999/2000, Port Talbot were promoted to the League of Wales and major improvements were carried out on the Victoria Road Ground. To mark their centenary year in 2001, the club changed its name from Port Talbot Athletic to Port Talbot Town.
A major sponsorship deal led to Victoria Road being renamed The RE/MAX Stadium (now The GenQuip Stadium) and the seating capacity was boosted to 1,000 with construction of a 750 seater stand. Hospitality was also improved by building the Gerald McCreesh Suite and investment into the playing surface, has made it one of the best grounds in the Welsh Premier League.
Port Talbot qualified for the Europa League for the first time in 2009-2010 with a 3rd place finish and also reached the Welsh Cup Final for the first time, but lost 3-2 to Bangor City. Last season, Port Talbot finished 9th in the WPL
Port Talbot have got 8 points from their last 6 games and had a home draw with Bangor prior to last weekend’s 1-0 win at Llanelli. They are in 5th place on 16 points, a point more than Nomads. After the Llanelli game, Port Talbot manager Mark Jones said he hopes that his side can maintain the same form. He said:
“Stebonheath is a hard place to come and win and we can finish in the top six if we carry on in that vein, Our back three were excellent, aided by keeper David Burnett who was making his seasonal debut for us. He was outstanding.”
But since then, just like Nomads against Airbus, Port Talbot lost 3-1 at home to Carmarthen in the mid-week league cup game.
Despite 4 defeats in the last 5 league games, Nomads are still 7th in the league, but are now in a group of 5 clubs with only a point separating them. Even 10th placed Aberystwyth are only 3 points below the group. Nomads can take some comfort from having won 2 of the 4 away games so far, the last being the 4-2 victory at Carmarthen. Looking forward to Port Talbot on Saturday, Mark McGregor said:
“It going to be a difficult game, but we had targeted it as one of the important matches. We will be without Ricky Evans who is still suspended and Mike Robertson has injured his knee, so we will be down to the bare bones.”
So a tough game it is then, but if Nomads can cut out recent defensive lapses’, returning from South Wales with at least a point, is well within the teams capability.