As far as home defeats go, they don’t get much worse than Port Talbot Town’s loss to Connah’s Quay on Sunday.
The visitors scored twice either side of half-time as they handed the Steelmen a 4-0 reverse – but that doesn’t paint a true picture of Port’s current plight.
There was less than two minutes on the clock when Nicky Rushton fired across Steven Cann into the Port Talbot goal to give the managerless Nomads an immediate lead. And Port Talbot were left to rue their luck when match official Dean John awarded Connah’s Quay a second after Wes Baynes scrambled the ball in despite the assistant referee flagging for offside.
This was all before defender Joseph Jones – a rookie player who’s been given an increased role in the team as the season has progressed – was stretchered off.
Then, after the break, Port Talbot were left to play out the final 14 minutes with midfielder Jonathan Hood in goal – Steven Cann earned himself a red-card and a three-match ban for fouling Ashley Ruane inside the area, the dismissal to Cann coming after Andy Dyer had used up all three of his substitutions. Ruane converted the penalty before scoring another before time was up.
Andy Dyer will probably reflect back on yesterday as being his most difficult day in the office since being appointed as manager but when your luck’s out, you luck’s out.
Port Talbot are a side that are traditionally hard to beat at home but their form at the GenQuip Stadium has deserted them with the team uncharacteristically losing their last four at the Sand Siro.
The fact that they have not scored in their last three games will also be of concern to Andy Dyer as he looks to dust his side down and prepare them for a tricky visit to Bala Town on Saturday before a televised encounter against Bangor City back at the GenQuip a week later.
Dyer and his assistant Ray Pennock demonstrated previously at neighbouring Afan Lido that they have a proven knack of getting their teams to play for each other making themselves hard to beat, and the Steemen could do with some of that sooner rather later.
Indeed, Port Talbot are very much in an autumn slump.
Image courtesy of Mike Greenslade Photography.