Top of Andy Dyer’s agenda this weekend will be amending the flaws that unravelled in the 2-0 loss to Saturday’s opponents last month. Improvements have been made in recent weeks and there is no reason why the team cannot inflict more misery on a team without the mercurial Kieran Lewis.
Port Talbot are looking a good side which has come with the return of Luke Bowen. The midfielder adds energy, assists and goals to a team that looks so much better with his inclusion. He scored a double against Bangor City away, striking two screamers to leave the net rippling. The last match against Haverfordwest was so nearly another victory after Joe Clarke’s early goal was denied by ex blues forward, Luke Borelli.
Carmarthen: Current Form and Threats
They say small margins can be the difference in football matches and perhaps the chance spurned by Martin Rose after being put through by the departed Fowler, was crucial in the grand scheme of things. The usually dependable front man strode into the penalty area and struck an effort millimetres outside the post. As it happened the Steelmen went into the interval with the score goalless.
The second half saw Carmarthen’s star man, Kieran Lewis,curl an effort beyond Cann in impressive fashion. Again, this could have been eradicated had Luke Bowen’s rangy pile driver, beaten the outstretched Lee Idzi. It didn’t and the contest was ended in the last minutes by virtue of a defensive lapse in concentration that was capitalised by Jeff White slotting past Cann.
It must be reinforced that this loss came after the old gold’s string of postponed matches and they were therefore undoubtedly fresher. However they are now unbeaten in their last two matches and have only lost once in their last five.
They beat Aberystwyth 4-2 away from home by virtue of a hat trick from the potent shooting of Mark Jones, who will be another threat this weekend. They were then defeated by Bangor before rectifying this with 2-0 and 2-1 victories against Rhyl and Haverfordwest, respectively. Scintillating is the best word to describe Carmarthen in full pomp with Mark Jones and Kieran Lewis grabbing more goals in these matches.
The good news for Port Talbot is that Lewis was later sent off and will miss Saturday’s match. My prediction is a 2-2 draw, purely because both teams are scoring goals but also concede in equal measure.
Luke Bowen is the creative spark that can unlock Carmarthen’s defence and will need to supply Kostya, who will be needed to help propell the home team’s counter attacking play.
Mark Jones scores goals by the bucket load and will be needed to step up again in the absence of the midfield dynamo Kieran Lewis.
Port Talbot XI: Steve Cann (C); David Artell, Kurtis March, Leigh De-Vulgt, Matthew Long; Chris Jones, Joe Clarke, Paul Fowler, Kerry Morgan; Kostya Georgievsky, Martin Rose.
Carmarthen XI: Lee Idzi; Daniel Sheehan, David Vincent, Dwaine Bailey, Jordan Knott; Ceri Morgan, Craig Hanford, Lewis Harling, Mark Jones; Kyle Bassett, Liam Thomas.
Saturday 26th March, 2.30 pm, Richmond Park, Carmarthen.