Reinstating a winning mentality is tough when a side is going through the indifferent spell that Port Talbot are enduring at the present time. On Saturday the blues were found wanting defensively in their latest defeat, a 5-2 loss to Bala Town at Maes Tegid.
Unfortunately the horror defending that had blighted the team last month was evident within five minutes as a Chris Smith cross was placed past McFenton by Lee Hunt- his first of a productive afternoon. Port Talbot hit back ten minutes later with a beauty from 20 yards out by Chris Jones. The teams were looking evenly matched for a period but the defensive resolve of Port Talbot was again to undo the good attacking play. Just before the half hour mark, Hunt set up Sheridan, who finished with aplomb from 8 yards out.
Chris Jones added to Port Talbot’s injury list and was substituted on 31 minutes. Undeterred by this, the hosts played some purposeful attacking football and Martin Rose could have scored with a header.
Irvine laid off Sheridan and he struck a sweet volley that put daylight between the teams. Port Talbot responded admirably to another setback although such efforts were to be in vain because Hunt cut inside and prodded the ball past McFenton. With the score 4-1, Jonathan Hood lowered the arrears with a fine curling shot that was his fifth of the campaign.
Bala proceeded to throw bodies forward and Sheridan nearly met a cross to score again. The away team secured their 5th of the afternoon in stoppage time, with Lee Hunt completing his hat trick. He only had to tap the ball from close range due to more threadbare defending.
Next week sees Bangor make the long trip to the Genquip Stadium for a 5:15 pm live televised league match. Hopefully the cameras will see a much improved performance.