Sunday blog: Crucial home wins for Bangor and Port Talbot give managers chance to build

Bangor and Port Talbot are two sides who many automatically assume will be clinching top-six places when the Welsh Premier League splits in January, but slow starts from the Citizens and Steelmen caught call that into question.

The two victories that left Bangor and Port Talbot within touching distance of the top-six are, in my opinion, the biggest results of the weekend’s league programme.

Bangor rallied to a 3-2 victory over Aberystwyth to seal their first home win on the season on Friday night, while Port Talbot recorded a 1-0 win over Rhyl in South Wales.

October is already upon us and with eight rounds of fixtures having already now passed, the first stage of the Welsh Premier season is nearing the halfway point. Managers across the league will have had time to assess and fine-tune their newly adjusted squads and with so many of the league’s teams being finely separated, top-six aspirations from the 12-clubs will be decided on momentum and belief.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s game, Nev Powell again brought it to the attention of the press that he is working with a smaller and less-experienced Bangor squad than in previous years, and Scott Young has made no secret that a lack in confidence has disrupted Port Talbot’s start to the season.

The challenge that now awaits Powell and Young is carrying through the positives of the weekend’s results into their forthcoming games.

Both Bangor and Port Talbot play teams that finished in the Welsh Premier top-six last season in their next two matches, before coming up against each other on October 26th – which would mark the halfway point of the first-half the season.

Every game has something on it in the Welsh Premier League.

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